Pinoy Stories of Success
There are numerous stories of the successful Pinoy entrepreneur throughout the world. Perhaps none is more impressive that that of Diosdado Banto, known also by his nickname, Dado. He was born into a family of Filipino rice farmers, while his mother was a housekeeper. His achievements in math and science allowed him to attend the prestigious college at the Mapua Institute of Technology and he graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree, cum laude.
Dado designed and implemented the first Ethernet controller chip that established a link between computers which allowed them to communicate. He also introduced the first chip set that made the personal computer faster, more interactive and cost effective.
Banto was a recipient of the prestigious Ernst and Young “Master Entrepreneur of the Year." He was also included in the Forbes magazine, “Midas List". In 1996 he sold his second new business venture, “Chips and Technologies" to Intel for 430 million.
Manny Pangilinan, a leader in telecommunications and founder of First Pacific, PLDT, had this to say regarding the entrepreneurial environment for Filipinos. “I was born poor, but poor was not born in me. And it shouldn’t be born in you either. You can make it. Whatever you may wish to do with your future, you can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes always. Challenges breed character. Character breeds faith. In the end, faith will not disappoint. You must not disappoint."
Josef Quiroz is a C.P.A and a successful businessman in the Midwest. He is a second generation Filipino-American who specializes in helping clients achieve the dream of home ownership. His many businesses include a mortgage company, property insurance title company, estate planning, taxation, life insurance and annuities. He has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and Orlando, Florida.