I’m a huge fan of US TV Series, US TV reality shows and I even spend my free time watching and catching up on these shows. Take for example some The Apprentice by Donald Trump. Their celebrity seasons are just one of my favorites. And early this month I have heard that an exciting production currently filming in Singapore and Malaysia. Yes, Ive heard that there is an Asian Adaptation of the US reality series! Entitled The Apprentice Asia which will have an Asian premiere on May 22 on AXN!
You know what is more exciting? We have a contingent! Yes there are two (2) Filipino on the race to becoming Asia’s very first Apprentice! Celina and Jonathan! This week I was able to sit with them over lunch they are both happy to share how excited the show was!
Celina recalls she submitted the video almost on the last day of the extended deadline. She said it was really hard to make it on TOP 30. She is a commercial model and now a beverage consultant for a Steak house. She is now managing her own pasta bar here in the Philippines.
When asked about her performance in the show, she said “Its really different from modelling. Doing that you are portraying a character. This show, this is about you. Your integrity, beliefs, values and you cannot afford to play the role. That is why it is a combination of excitement and being yourself.”
Her memorable statement on the show, “I’m a sore loser but I enjoy a good challenge. I pout and even get angry with myself. I grew up being used to winning, and getting what I want.”
Jonathan on the other hand is equally talented and competitive representative with Celina. He is a recepient of numerous awards including the 2012 Mansmith Young Market Masters Award, one of the top seven marketers in the Philippines under the age of 35. He believes that “Asian are the best”. He successfully launched a new phramaceutical brand, achievin market leadership in terms of volume and sales.
AXN has searched the region for the best business entrepreneurs keen to work for Mr. Fernandes. Representing seven countries in the region (Singapore, Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines), the top 12 come from an interesting myriad of backgrounds in entertainment, food & beverage, hospitality, information technology and the legal and finance world. From ages 25 to 38, some are in their first jobs, some already own a thriving business where they are based; some have the gift of the gab from their years in showbiz and some have been recognized for their work in marketing and entrepreneurship in their respective countries.
The Apprentice Asia is another made-in-Asia-for-Asia Original Production next to Amazing Race Asia. The face of the show is aviation tycoon and Forbes Asia’s 2010 ‘Asia Businessman of the Year’, Tony Fernandes, most well-known for turning around Air Asia and breaking even within a year of taking over. Twelve candidates from around Asia will vie for the honor of becoming Asia’s very first Apprentice, with the winner walking away with the opportunity to work for Tony in one of his enterprises.
Tune Hotels’ Group CEO, Mark Lankester and Expedia Asia’s CEO, Kathleen Tan – both highly accomplished in their own fields. Having led Tune Hotels’ growth to 27 properties in the region, Mark recently won the ‘Outstanding Entrepreneurship Awards 2012’ at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards.
Oh well I am so excited! Tune in to AXN on May 22 to find out who or what makes Tony declare ‘a bloody disaster’ and ‘a weapon of mass destruction’, and hedge your bets on the candidate who might just end up winning The Apprentice Asia!