A 27-year-old Filipino Jonathan Yabut, senior product manager of a pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, has been declared the first winner of the reality show “The Apprentice Asia”. The final task was to organised a charity auction for Air Asia Foundation.
Yabut’s contender was Andrea Loh, a lawyer from Singaporen who came second says
“It is a very bitter disappointment, but I am very proud to have made it to this stage. I definitely have regrets, but at this point I feel that it would almost be ungrateful to complain.”.
He said: “This victory is not just for me, it’s for the Philippines. I entered this competition knowing that I wanted to show how Filipino talent is truly, truly world-class.
“Many times in my experience in the corporate world, the Filipinos are usually the underdogs in marketing and sales.
“But I believe there’s so much, so much world-class talent out there and I felt this platform, ‘The Apprentice Asia’, was the best stage to show that.
A University of the Philippines graduate, Yabut said he has been a fan of “The Apprentice” since he was in college. The 27-year-old talks freely about his humble beginnings abs-cbn.com has the full story.
“I’m pretty much a self-made man. I went through preparatory school to college all through scholarships. I’m not saying these things because I want your pity but because I made it big, sir, without anything else. And that’s something I’m very proud of,” he told Fernandes.
The Apprentice Asia version made its debut on May 22 on AXN.