At around 930 in the morning, Mr Mon Lopez call woke me up. I got to my bed at around 4AM I thinto finish some website projects. Mr Lopez said Joey Concepcion wanted to meet us at 12NN. Sir Joey saw the website and he has urgent comments to call our attention. I said I’m making myself available.
Checking my email, I received the same message from Mr Concepcion himself raising his concerns on the mentoring website.
Prior to finally packing up for Manila Polo Club, I finished the homepage of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Youth website. And then I prepared.
The GoNegosyo Mentoring Website Project started two months ago. And I had both good and not-so-good experience on this project. One, I’m dealing with the country’s finest entrepreneurs and hard core businessmen. Once screwed the project up and my career would have been ended prior to its anticipated explosion this year. Nonetheless, I’m convinced that I have delivered the goods.
Entering the Manila Polo the first time is worth blogging. It was raining hard and I brought no umbrella whatsoever. The place was designed for car-owners and so I had to walk 200 meters to get in. I spent some time drying myself up and then waited in the Veranda beside the swimming pool. I arrived before time.
I saw Mr Concepcion walking and I called him. We proceeded to the President’s Room. We waited for nearly an hour before the PCE people got there. In between, I was reviewing the system we incorporated in the website and writing them as much as I could. I did that as preparation for possible questions.
Accidentally, Mr Concepcion came in with people from MIT Alumni in the US. They were Artessa Salvidar-Sali, a civil engineer and Illac Diaz, a MIT research fellow. They presented “a great idea that will surely help uplift the education system in the Philippines.” They proposed a classroom design competition. The objective is to get the “best” design and use it as model of the revolutionary classroom that is “environment-friendly.”
I will discuss the details of the project later.
Going back to the website, Mr Concepcion said he appreciates the design, colors, and entire feel of the website. However, it’s not what he envisioned it to be. Our original framework PCE Website with “mentoring” component should be the the other way around. It should be 70% mentoring and 30% PCE information.
Since day one, our design and program are well coordinated with PCE people. And what we did was simply based on the instructions that we received. And I think we did great, though Mr Concepcion’s expected a great one that is correct.
I’m proposing a web redesign and reprogramming. Since I heard the instruction directly from Mr Concepcion and I got a “more clear” picture, I think we will be able to do it right this time.
First time in Manila Polo Club? Well, another lesson learned. And another opportunity to use the learning. When it’s raining and you don’t have a car going inside Polo, do bring an umbrella. Otherwise, rainshowers will embrace yours “getup.”
I don’t have a car. But having an access to these great people are more than enough to feel I’m driving. Nevertheless, I think I’m driving my own destiny toward the best fortune.