40 Under 40 Manilenians Worth Taking Notice Of

If there’s anything this list has proven, the Philippines is a place of possibility, and these people have made their dreams happen or have simply stood out — all before they turned 40. We’re sure we have missed so many other brilliant people worth celebrating, which only means there’s room for a Part 2, and more. This unranked list just sounds off some of the 40 people under 40 worth taking notice of.

40 Under 40 Manilenians Worth Taking Notice Of

Ace Espiritu

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A staple in the Metro’s nightlife for over a decade, he is actually a French-trained chef, with culinary footprints in Provence, El Nido, and Manila. He now spends his time focused on expanding his food and beverage business portfolio, which includes The Burger Joint, Black Sheep, TUNNL, and most recently, Souper Bowl Noodles.

Sean Fariñas

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34-year-old Sean Fariñas has been in the F&B industry for 8 years now, having first dipped his feet in the industry after he co-opened Dillingers 1903. Since then, he has gone on to co-open Tipsy Pig, with two of its branches in Ortigas and BGC, and a third branch underway.

Originally from the corporate world, Sean shied away from politics despite coming from a political family, and it seems that the restaurant industry is his calling. During his free time, Sean can constantly be found diving and surfing with his wife, actress Karel Marquez, as well as exploring the mountains on his dirt bike.

Yassi Pressman

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Passionate, talented, and adventurous, 22-year-old Yassi Pressman has the world in her hands. The actress is almost always seen on the top-rating teleserye FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, and has an exciting movie called Ang Pambansang Third Wheel, where she co-stars with Sam Milby. On her days off, Yassi loves to drink and eat pizza by the beach — or at Tipsy Pig, where she is a partner.

Pam Solilapsi

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When it comes to your favorite nightlife establishments, it’s quite possible that 29-year-old Pam Solilapsi is behind all of them: The Palace Nightlife complex at the Fort, home to Palace Pool Club, Valkyrie, Revel and Yes Please; Aracama and the newly opened Early Night? bar; Tipsy Pig at Capitol Commons and BGC; and The Barn by Tipsy Pig at U.P Town Center.

But if you’re the type to drink at home with friends, she has also launched a startup company called Boozy.ph, an online liquor delivery service that delivers alcohol straight to wherever you are in the Metro within 90 minutes.

Hans Kenner Fernandez

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You might be surprised that Hans’ brands are from vastly different industries, but he’s not the type to be boxed in labels. Many of Hans’ businesses are born out of his personal interests or form his own experiences. Being a board game fan, he started Gaming Library, so adults and kids alike can learn and bond together.

Urban Traveller & Co., on the other hand, was conceived from his experiences traveling for work, where he encountered an ever-evolving lifestyle through technology. He also owns Spectre, a “man cave” meant to build a community of like-minded individuals.

Jovic Monsod Susim

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You might recognize Jovic Susim as a former Pinoy Big Brother housemate on the Teen Clash edition. But the model is a risk-taker, and has always had a passion for business – so much so, in fact, that despite a few failed attempts, he never gave up on his dream. So, when the opportunity came to open the food park Container Turf, there was no hesitation at all. This goes to show that with persistence, passion, and creativity; there’s no stopping you!

Benj Bolivar

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Model and aspiring actor Benj Bolivar has dabbled in business since he was in his late teens, opening streetwear brand Outkast Paradigm when he was still in college. As his business experience grew, he met partners and friends along the way; and together, they founded Container Turf in BF Homes, Parañaque, offering unique and hip dining concepts to their customers.

Joyce Pring

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Joyce is a charming star to watch onscreen, whether it’s on TV or on your smartphone. This former Myx VJ finalist has since grown into an in-demand host, with her usual stint on Magic 89.9, as well as various shows on GMA-7 and even on StarWorld! You can also catch her on social media, where she actively posts on Instagram, as well as her new vlog channel under PaperBugTV.

Wil Dasovich

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California native Wil has been traveling around Asia for the past 3 years, before he finally landed in his mother’s native Philippines — and the rest is history. Wil quickly rose as one of the country’s most popular vloggers through his channel Tsong & Tsonggo, and even skyrocketed further during his stint on Pinoy Big Brother. Now, he has over 1 million subscribers and counting.

Jako de Leon

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He may be the son of legendary host Joey de Leon, but Jako proves that he can easily stand on his own. A graduate of Fordham University, Jako is a prolific video producer and content creator, having worked with GMA News TV. Nowadays, you might recognize him more as the executive producer of PaperBugTV, though, aka the Youtube home of Bogart the Explorer. Looks like he might have inherited his dad’s flair for comedy, after all.
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