PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysians are listed in Forbes Asia's inaugural Emergent 25 List, which honours star businesswomen who are making their recent mark in regional enterprises. Kuok Hui Kwong and Joanne Kua are named in the list released today. The listees reflect the broader impact women are having in the Asian business world, and were chosen for the money they generate, the influence they wield, and the ideas and trends they are advancing. Hui Kwong is the daughter of Robert Kuok, who is Malaysia's richest man. She rose to the top of her father's luxury crown jewel, Shangri-La Asia, at the beginning of 2017, taking over from her elder brother. As chairman of the Hong Kong-listed Shangri-La, she oversees total assets of US$13.2 billion, including stakes in 77 of more than 100 hotels the Kuok family manages around the world under four brands — Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders — as well as side businesses in wine and golf courses. Kua is group CEO and executive … [Read more...] about Two Malaysians in Forbes Asia’s inaugural Emergent 25 List
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DAVAO -- The future couldn’t be any sweeter for Rex Puentespina, who has grown the Malagos brand from a humble mom-and-pop operation to an award-winning “tree-to-bark” chocolate producer respected around the world. But what many do not know is that the chocolate business actually came much later for the Puentespinas, who were long known for for growing ornamental plants. In fact, Puentespina Orchids has been an institution for 38 years. The land which the Malagos Garden Resort now occupies was saved by the Puentespinas from a buyer who would have cut all the trees and razed the land for a pineapple plantation. A one-hour drive from Davao City, the 12-hectare resort features a variety of attractions for day-trippers and comfortable lodging for overnight guests. There is just so much to see just by walking around the expansive grounds. The Malagos Butterfly Sanctuary is a series of geodesic domes housing greenery and butterflies, while the Museo De … [Read more...] about News Meet Davao’s Willy Wonka who put PH chocolate on the world map
Shopback’s Josephine Chow and Lai Shanru, as well as Secretlab’s Alaric Choo and Ian Ang, were among the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list in 2018. The Straits Times, The Business Times Singapore can be proud of its young movers and shakers. From the arts to consumer technology, 24 trailblazers working out of Singapore have made it to the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list for 2018. Themed “Disruption and Innovation”, the list this year features 300 young talents under the age of 30 from various countries across Asia Pacific. While China dominated the 10-category list with 59 names, Japan tied with Singapore at 24 names. At the same time, Malaysia churned out 13 names, while Hong Kong had 12 entrepreneurs featured. Here are the 24 under-30 talents from the Lion City who have earned their stripes with hard work and major contributions to their dedicated fields of work. ARTS Jackson Aw, 28, Founder, Mighty Jaxx The Straits Times Jackson Aw’s design … [Read more...] about These are the 24 trailblazers from Singapore on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list for 2018
The men and women of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) have their work cut out for them in ensuring safe and hassle-free travel in tollways under their watch all year round. “We are implementing a more extensive motorists assistance program starting this Holy Week to further improve our services for safe and convenient travel to our motorists traveling between Metro Manila and Central and North Luzon provinces,” announced MPTC’s dynamic President and CEO, Rodrigo E. Franco. In a recent media gathering attended by Motoring Today it was announced that starting this year, MPTC, the holding company of NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX, is expanding the coverage of its annual “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” (SMSK) motorist assistance program to include not only this year’s Holy Week, Undas, and Christmas holidays but also the forthcoming long weekends specifically Araw ng Kagitingan (April 7-9), National Heroes’ Day (August 25-27) and Bonifacio Day (November … [Read more...] about Assurance of safer travels in the tollways
Thai beauty queen Maria Poonlertlarp, who was selected as one of the final five contestants in the 66th Miss Universe 2017, smiled bravely through her disappointment as she watched Miss South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe this morning (Bangkok time) at the Axis, Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas in the world’s biggest beauty pageant. Colombia’s Laura Gonzalez was first runner-up and Jamaica’s Davina Bennett was second. The 25-year-old Thai had been a favourite throughout the competition, often standing out amongst the 91 candidates. For the finals, she wore a stunning midnight blue silk velvet gown embroidered with dazzling Swarovski crystals created by leading Thai brand Asava, which was inspired by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s outfits. In the last question and answer section, each of the contestants was asked “What do think has been the most important social movement of your generation, and why?” Maria answered was … [Read more...] about Miss Universe Thailand gets into the Top Five. Miss South Africa wins.