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I am a great follower of the US version of the show and really enjoyed the different challenges on all the seasons of the show. I was really thrilled when I first saw in AXN that they will be having a franchise of the show in Asia with Tony Fernandes as the counterpart of Donald Trump. 

If you're wondering, I wanted to apply for the show. I already downloaded all the forms but forgot to work on it given you need to work on 10-page long form. Seeing the selected contestants, I then realized I might not be near their expertise. Last week, we were very fortunate to be invited to meet the Filipino contestants for the Asia version of the Apprentice franchise...Celina and Jon!
Celina and Jon during the event.

The 1st Apprentice Asia Winner is from the Philippines?

I know you been wanting to know if either Celina or Jon won the competition. Unfortunately, they cannot disclose it just like with Amazing Race Asia event before. During the event though, we have a private viewing of the first episode of the show. I was able to watch this pilot episode and I'm very thrilled seeing all the contestants of the show even before the event. The first episode of Apprentice is really something to watch out as you can see already the dynamics of the contestants within the team and the potential conflict. I'm for Team Mavericks but unfortunately they loss the first challenge. :(

After the private viewing, we were able to know further the person behind the contestants we can see in the show with Celina and Jon. Celina Le Neinder, at first, I thought was not a Filipina because she looks like a foreigner like Alex. However, seeing her in person really made me see the Filipina in her. This 29 year old Davaoena is really a lovely lady but you can sense from her aura a very competitive person. Jonathan, on the other end, worked as a Marketing Manager from a multi-national company. Even without seeing  him, I have seen him on the first episode to be really a very competitive person and someone who can defend himself to Mr. Fernandes during the heated board room debates on who to be fired.

During our Q&A sessions with Celina and Jon, we were able to know more about their experience and their preparations. I was amazed to hear their journey to be part of the show and how they were able to beat more than 3000 applicants around Asia. I was able to ask personally about their strategy going to the show. Both Celina and Jon was able to share that they don't have a specific strategy going to the show. What amazes me though was how they informed us that they joined the show not for their own pride but also to represent our country. Jon and Celina told us that unlike their other competitors, they ensured that Filipinos can be proud of them with joining the show. Jon even shared that he even wore a Philippine flag pin during the middle episodes to show how proud he is as a Filipino. He even told us that this helped him as his lucky charm especially if he is having difficult discussion defending himself against Mr. Fernandes. They were able to show how Mr. Tony Fernandes is also a great boss and would really provide "constructive" criticisms because he really cared the interest of his employees.

We really had a fun night chatting with Celina and Jon during the event. It really made me appreciate the show more and will definitely follow all the episodes of the show. If you want to see the exciting episodes, you can watch it every Wednesday, 9pm, at AXN Asia Cable Channel. When you watch the show, please don't forget to use hashtag #AACelina #AAJon #TeamPH and #TheApprenticeAsia . Please also vote them on the AXN Asia website at http://www.axn-asia.com/programs/apprentice-asia/AAindex. Btw, Thanks to Papa John's Philippines for hosting the event.

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