MANILA — Leonardo Leviste joined the Forbes Magazine’s first ever “30 Under 30 Asia” class, topping the list of the manufacture and energy category.
The “30-Under-30 Asia” class is comprised of young, bright individuals who stand out in their respective fields, wrote Forbes’ staff Caroline Howard.
Leviste founded Solar Philippines, a company which provides solar energy with the aim of bringing down the Philippines’ electricity rates, in 2013. It now owns the largest solar farm in Luzon.
The 22-year-old is the only Filipino to be included in the 30 millennials recognized under the manufacture and energy category.
Meanwhile, Filipina artist Charice Pempengco, 23, made it to the “30 Under 30 Asia” list in the entertainment and sports category. She joins actor Liam Hemsworth and K-pop artist Kim Yoona, among others.
In the arts category, two Filipinos made it to the roster. One of them is Xyza Cruz Bacani, 29, maid-turned-photographer who captured on camera the modern slavery in Hong Kong. The other is Ronson Culibrina, 24, a painter who deconstructs “figures, symbols, and other elements to challenge people’s stereotypes.”
A 26-year-old anthropology degree holder, Koh Martinez Onozaawa, was included in the retail and e-commerce list for his bamboo music amplifiers. He is the founder of Loud Basstard.
Co-founder and chief technology officer of Cropital, Rachel De Villa, is among the 30 millennials in the finance and venture capital category. She is 23 years old, and her company helps finance local Filipino farmers.
In the healthcare and science category, Amin Hataman, 15, of Southern Mindanao was recognized. He invented the biodegradable bags made of coconut by-product that disintegrates after several days.
Belonging to the social entrepreneurs category are Henry Motte-Munoz, 29-year-old co-founder of Edukasyon.ph and Bantay.ph; Raphael Mijeno, 28-year-old co-founder and chief financial officer of SALT lamp; and Valcenie Balace, 27-year-old founder of dating service provider, Peekawoo.
No Filipino, however, made it to the media, marketing, and advertising category as well as in the enterprise tech category. (Manila Bulletin)