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Hired! Filipino wins first ‘Apprentice Asia’

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Jonathan Allen Yabut became the first-ever winner of the reality TV show “The Apprentice Asia”, topping 11 other contestants in the competition that stakes a job under business mogul Tony Fernandes.

Yabut emerged the winner after edging co-finalist Andrea Lo of Singapore in the contest’s final task, which is to spearhead a black-tie fundraiser for the AirAsia Foundation in Kuala Lumpur. It was aired as the show’s season-ending 11th episode.

Fernandes is the chief executive officer of AirAsia.

In winning the contest, Yabut, an Economics graduate from the University of the Philippines, secured for himself a one-year contract to work for AirAsia. The job reportedly comes with a salary of at least $100,000.

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He and Celina Le Neindre were among the two Filipino contestants in the show. Le Neindre, however, was "fired" in Episode 7 but was later offered a position at the AirAsia's Philippine office.

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“The Apprentice Asia,” which tests the contestants’ marketing and sales savvy, made its debut episode last May 22.

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