6 Under-30 from PH land on Forbes list

Stephanie Sy

A makeup blogger, clean water advocate and activist-artist were among six Filipinos named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia class of 2018.

The list was compiled to honor 300 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs all under the age of 30.


There were 30 individuals named across 10 categories, which were the arts, entertainment and sports; finance and venture capital; media, marketing and advertising; retail and e-commerce; enterprise technology; industry; manufacturing and energy; healthcare and science; social entrepreneurs, and consumer technology.

The six Filipinos on the list were Miko Aspiras, the pastry chef behind the Tasteless food group; Stephanie Sy, founder of Thinking Machines; Bretman Sacayanan, behind the Bretman Rock makeup blog; Carlo Delantar, country director of Waves for Water; Patrick Lynch, cofounder of fintech startup First Circle, and Archie Oclos, an artist.


According to Forbes, Aspiras, 29, started baking as early as 11 years old. He started his career as commis chef at the Shangri-La Manila and went on to work in Resorts World Manila and Raffles. Under Tasteless, he co-owns seven restaurant concepts.

Miko Aspiras

Sy, 29, started Thinking Machines in 2015. The company is a data science startup whose goal is to make “artificial intelligence work for humans.” A key project was using data from traffic-beating app Waze to come up with road congestion solutions.

Sacayanan, 19, was described as a social media personality with millions of followers. His blog is known for its makeup tutorials. Sacayanan was recognized by Time Magazine in 2017 as among the 30 most influential teens.

Delantar, 26, saw the vast need for clean water in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in 2013. Waves for Water enlists the help of travelers in distributing water filtration systems to water insecure communities. So far, 10,000 systems have been handed out, benefiting some one million Filipinos.

Irish native Lynch, 28, cofounded First Circle, a Philippines-based fintech company. First Circle takes a different approach in lending to small to medium enterprises. It determines a loan’s feasibility by using information from social media, cell phone data and credit information.

Oclos, 28, was described as an artist seeking to inspire through social change. Some of his works have been critical on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. One such mural depicted Mr. Duterte with a crown made of guns.

Archie Oclos

Bretman Sacayanan

Patrick Lynch


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