Philippine bet Jonathan Allen Yabut, a Senior Product Manager of a pharmaceutical company in the country, bested lawyer Andrea Loh Ern-Yu of Singapore for the title “The Apprentice Asia.”
Yabut, a Mansmith Young Market Masters awardee, a University of the Philippines' graduate, a Filipino, became the first ever winner of The Apprentice Asia as announced by AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes, the show’s host, during the program’s finale episode on Wednesday, July 31.
Yabut bested Singaporean lawyer Andrea Loh during the final episode and 11 other contestants from all over the region including fellow Filipino contestant Celina Le Neindre who was fired on week 7.
As the first “Apprentice Asia” winner, Yabut bagged a one-year work contract with a salary of at least $100,000.
During his speech at the AXN's viewing party held at HYVE bar in Taguig on Wednesday, Yabut openly expressed his frustrations on how, despite these advantages, Filipinos are "bullied" in the corporate world.
"It pains me so much that so much talent is wasted... I'm so sick and tired that the Filipino have always been bullied, not knowing that we can stand out in the sales and marketing world. It's a win not about me, it's a win for the Philippines."
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