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3 Pinoys make it to Forbes 30 under 30 in Asia

Three Filipinos made it to Forbes Magazine’s 2019 list of 300 best millennial and Gen Z entrepreneurs and game changes in Asia.

Based on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, which was culled by an A-list of judges from a list of over 2,000 entries in the region, the best rising stars in Philippine business are: Cubo Modular of Earl Patrick Forlales and Zahra Halabisaz Zanjani; Georgianna Carlos of Fetch!; and Ken Costales of Monolith Growth Ventures.

Designboom.com described Cubo as “a system of low-cost modular residences to help solve housing problems in the Philippines… but can be applied to any city where bamboo can be grown — including most of Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and Latin America.”

When the duo won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for our future design competition, Floralales said: ‘This is a huge step forward to helping the people of Manila. The state of housing in the city is at crisis point, and will undoubtedly get worse with this new influx of workers. CUBO started as nothing more than an idea, conceived while spending time at my grandparent’s house — it is incredible to think that it now will become a reality.”

The 28-year old Carlos is cofounder and CEO of pet care brand Fetch! Naturals, a premium pet care brand.

On Facebook, Carlos wrote: “The real reason why I’m on the list: ‘This girl has the cutest dog!’ But really, what an honor. All those late nights peddling my pet brand, never thought it would be #ForbesU30Asia worthy.”

Costales is a former brand manager of Procter & Gamble who, in a media interview, who quit his high-paying job because “I knew I was smarter than my peers and bosses and I knew that I can reach my goals if I just put in the work.”

Costales formed digital marketing firm Monolith Growth Ventures which currently serves Fitness First, The Boston Consulting Group, Sonos, and Klipsch.

Here’s how Asian countries stacked up in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list:

1) China – 61
2) Japan – 30
3) South Korea – 28
4) Singapore – 23
5) Australia – 19
6) Indonesia – 17
7) Hong Kong – 11
8) Malaysia – 9
9) New Zealand – 6
10) Pakistan – 6
11) Thailand – 5
12) Afghanistan – 4
13) Kazakhstan – 4
14) Vietnam – 4
15) Mongolia – 3
16) Philippines – 3
16) Bangladesh – 2
17) Cambodia – 2
18) Kyrgyzstan – 1
19) Laos – 1
20) Taiwan – 1
21) Myanmar – 1

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