We’re head over heels for this legendary fashion designer from Penang, Malaysia.Known for co-founding women’s shoe company Jimmy Choo, Datuk Professor Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat OBE learned how to hand make shoes from his father who was a cobbler. Though he started from humble beginnings, today women around the world want to walk in Jimmy Choo shoes.
Retired mixed martial artist and Sanshou kickboxer, actor, producer and action director, Chung Le is a household name in many parts of East Asia and is equally adored in Hollywood. With a Sanshou record of 16–0, and holding a kickboxing record of 17–0, Cung Le is the force to be reckoned with.
Our list would be incomplete without this super fly guy! Tan Sri Anthony Francis, also known as Tony Fernandes is a Malaysian entrepreneur. He founded Tune Air and also introduced the world to AirAsia -the first budget no-frills airline. Thanks to Tony, “now everyone can fly”!
Cambodian-American actor François Chau is known for his work on Rescue Dawn, Lost, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. He is also the voice of Quick Kick on G.I Joe: A Real American Hero, Dr. Shen on XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and Lieutenant Winston ‘Vagabond’ Chang in the Wing Commander III and IV video games.
This Filipino Senator packs a punch! Manny Pacquiao is a businessman, an actor, a Senator, and a professional basketball player and boxer. The only eight-weight world champion boxer, Manny was named ‘Fighter of the Decade’ by World Boxing Council.
Hosting shows like Asia’s Got Talent and GOASEAN’s original series The Eco Traveller, Rovilson Fernandez is not short on talent himself. Besides being a host, model, and the editor for a national magazine, Rovilson is the Philippine National Ambassador for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). Rovilson spends his time taking care of our earth and we think the world of him for it!
Indonesian actor, model and television personality Nicholas Schubring Saputra is known for his role as Rangga in Ada Apa Dengan Cinta. His role in the fantasy thriller film Interchange debuted at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
He might be from a small country, but this Bruneian singer, model and actor has a huge heart! Famed for his role as ‘Ji Feng Liang’ on Tokyo Juliet, Wu Chun is a big supporter of blood donation and environmental movements. Wu is known for offering blood donors free classes at his family-owned health club and rolling up his selves to help clean beaches around Asia.
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Myanmar Academy Award-winning film actor and model, Pyay Ti Oo founded the Pyay Ti Oo Education Foundation. The charity provides scholarships to outstanding students who qualify for medical school.
This Singaporean athlete’s career has been going swimmingly! Joseph Isaac Schooling won Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold medal for the 100 m butterfly 2016. Joseph has won a total of 25 medals for swimming at the Southeast Asian Games: 23 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze.
Tony Jaa left the monastery for a career with a kick. The Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director is best known for his features in films such as Ong-Bak 1 and 2, Tom-Yum-Goong, Furious 7, and Sha Po Lang 2.
If you’re looking for a good read we found the ‘write’ guy for you! Award-winning Lao–American writer, Bryan Thao Worra holds an NEA Fellowship in Literature and is the author of six books appearing in over 100 international publications. Bryan is the Creative Works Editor of the Journal on Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, and his work is on display at the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit called, I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.
This ‘supper hero’ knows how to cook up a storm! You may recognize Chef Nixon Low from GOASEAN’s original series Supper Heroes: Kuala Lumpur/Singapore, where he shows off his skills and made a deliciously salted egg fettuccini. Nixon has cooked in a wide variety of restaurants including the Shangri-la Hotel, Sque Rotisserie, and Alehouse, and is currently the head chef at Portico.
Nur Emy Syahira, a.k.a. Emy is a brand intern at GOASEAN. A fresh grad who majored in Journalism at the University of Selangor, Emy loves traveling, sightseeing, listening to music, and browsing the internet. Her life motto is ‘do what makes you happy’.
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