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LIST: 7 Filipinos who made it to Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2024, including Abi Marquez and Arshie Larga

By Feigh Cyrelle Alvis Published May 16, 2024 7:09 pm

Seven Filipinos were recognized in Forbes' 30 under 30 Asia list, including content creators Abi Marquez and Arshie Larga.

The annual 30 under 30 list honors young individuals in their fields under ten different categories: Entertainment and Sports; Media, Marketing, and Advertising; The Arts; Finance and Venture Capital; Retail and Commerce; Industry, Manufacturing, and Energy; Enterprise Technology; Healthcare and Science; Social Impact; and Consumer Technology.

Forbes' reporters and editors went through thousands of online submissions and got recommendations from industry sources and those who were previously in the list to come up with this year's rankings. Here are the Filipinos in the 30 under 30 Asia list:

Abigail ‘Abi’ Marquez

23-year-old food content creator Abigail ‘Abi’ Marquez is popularly known as "Lumpia queen" for her flavorful and unique food ideas, especially her videos where she wraps unusual ingredients in lumpia wrapper.

In 2023, Abi was named the TikTok Foodie Creator of the Year, and in 2024, she earned a Webby Award for People's Voice Winner in the General Social: Food & Drink category.

Ramon Christian ‘Arshie’ Larga 

Ramon Christian ‘Arshie’ Larga, 27, is a pharmacist known for his educational TikTok videos where he educates his followers with facts about medicine, and addresses stigmas surrounding some health beliefs among Filipinos.

Arshie won the TikTok Creator of the Year award in 2023 and has over 4 million followers on the short-video platform, as of writing. 

Chia Amisola 

Chia Amisola is the CEO and founder of Developh, a youth-led publishing and research project created to preserve Filipino internet history. 

Her works have been featured in overseas publications like the New Yorker and Frieze and exhibited in Manila, San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Toronto.

One of her latest projects is Ang Bantayog, a website honoring the victims of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos' martial law.

Amanda Cua 

At 21, Amanda has founded Backscoop to cover tech and startup news in Southeast Asia, expanding to include partner content. Through updates and her podcast, she helps startup founders connect with investors and has gained a substantial following.  

Ezekiel Miller 

Ezekiel Miller, a.k.a. Ez Mil, is a Filipino-American rapper who captured the attention of rap legends Dr. Dre and Eminem with his talent, even though they couldn't comprehend his Filipino lyrics.

Born into a musical family in Olongapo, Ez Mil's 2023 album DU4LI7Y: REDUX featured Eminem, marking a significant milestone in his career. 

Joshua Serafin 

One Filipino who was recognized in the arts category is 28-year-old Joshua Serafin.

Based in Brussels, Joshua is a multidisciplinary artist who combines dance, performance, visual arts, and choreography. Their art tackles identity, transmigration, queer politics, states of being, and "ways of inhabiting the body."

Mikaela Helene Reyes 

Mikaela Helene Reyes, 29, is the co-founder of Parallax, a Manila-based cross-border payment startup. Parallax was launched in 2023 with the aim of easier and cheaper money transactions through cryptocurrency and blockchain.