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Meet the Filipinos in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2024 list

Ralf Rivas

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Meet the Filipinos in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2024 list
(1st UPDATE) Seven Filipinos who made it on the list include content creators and a rapper

MANILA, Philippines – Seven Filipinos made it to the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30, which recognizes young individuals under 30 years old for their contributions and achievements in various industries.

Get to know them and their stories of success here:

Arshie Larga

If you’re on TikTok a lot, you’d recognize Ramon Christian “Arshie” Larga for his comical skits about medicine use.

A licensed pharmacist who works in his family’s pharmacy in Marinduque, Arshie has four million followers on TikTok.

He goes beyond funny videos and even started fundraising efforts to pay pharmaceutical bills of customers who can’t afford them. He also debunks disinformation about medicine.

In 2023, he was recognized by TikTok Philippines as best educational content creator.

Abigail Marquez

Another TikTok content creator, Abigail Marquez is known for promoting Filipino cuisine and culture.

Crowned as the “Lumpia Queen,” she has over 3 million followers. She was a trained chef before moving into videography.

In 2023, or less than two years on TikTok, she was recognized as the platform’s creator of the year for food.

Amanda Cua

Amanda Cua is the founder of Backscoop, a free newsletter on Southeast Asia’s startup scene. 

Forbes said her content and One More Scoop podcast help startup founders find investors.

Cua described her newsletter as a “fun and easy” way to stay updated in the Southeast Asian tech and business scene. 

Ez Mil

Ezekiel Miller, popularly known as Ez Mil, is a rapper who has caught the attention of the likes of Dr. Dre and Eminem.

Forbes said that even though the rap legends couldn’t understand Filipino, Ez Mil’s “Up Down” and “Panalo” was enough to get him noticed. Eminem even went on to perform on Ez Mil’s 2023 album “DU4LI7Y: REDUX.”

Ez Mil was born in Olongapo and is now based in Las Vegas. 

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Chia Amisola

21-year-old Chia Amisola is an internet artist and founder of Developh, a nonprofit that aims to use “technology as a tool for liberation rather than oppression.

Amisola established Developh in 2016 to preserve digital work and art. It has since been recognized by numerous publications.

Amisola’s project, Ang Bantayog, commemorates the victims of human rights abuses in the 1970s.

Mikaela Reyes

Mikaela Reyes is the co-founder of Parallax, a cross-border payment startup that makes remittances cheaper through cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Reyes founded Parallax in 2023 when she was a freelancer who experienced the pain points of being paid from another country.

Parallax has raised $4.5 million in seed funding led by Dragonfly Capital.

Joshua Serafin

28-year-old artist Joshua Serafin is based in Brussels and was invited to participate in the 60th Venice Biennale in 2024.

Forbes described Serafin as an artist who “combines dance, music, and theatre with live performance, typically exploring concepts of cultural identity, transmigration and queer representation.”

Serafin has performed in several prestigious festivals, including the ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival in Finland, the TONO Festival in Mexico, and the HAU Hebbel am User in Berlin.

Forbes’ selection process

Forbes tasked its reporters and editors to comb through thousands of online submissions, as well as tap industry sources and list alumni for recommendations.

“Candidates are evaluated by the Forbes Asia team and a panel of independent, expert judges on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) funding and/or revenue, social impact, scale, inventiveness and potential. All final listers must be 29 or younger as of December 31, 2023,” Forbes said.

Other notable individuals making it in the prestigious list are Taiwanese drag queen Nymphia Wind, who was recently crowned winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race; Thai actor Vachirawit “Bright” Chivaaree; and Japanese astronaut candidate Ayu Yoneda.

Check out Forbes’ full 30 Under 30 Asia list here. –

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.