Hired! Filipino wins first ‘Apprentice Asia’
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - July 1, 2013 - 5:32am

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.

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

ANDREA LO OF SINGAPORE APPRENTICE ASIA CELINA LE NEINDRE FERNANDES FILIPINO JONATHAN ALLEN YABUT KUALA LUMPUR LE NEINDRE TONY FERNANDES UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES YABUT
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