All the Filipinos in Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30 List, Class of 2023

Every year, outstanding Filipinos from all industries make it to Forbes Asia’s coveted 30 Under 30 list. This year, several Filipinos made the list for their achievements in finance, logistics, e-commerce, and the arts.

Also read: The Esquire Trailblazers List: 50+ Startup Movers and Shakers in 2023 

Here are all the movers and shakers from the Philippines who made it to this year’s Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list:

Aaron Villegas of Lista

Category: Finance and Venture Capital
Age: 25

At just 25 years old, Aaron Villegas is the co-founder CEO of finance tracker app Lista. The Filipino startup is designed to help individuals and small businesses manage their finances, plan spending, track finance, and set payment reminders. Founded in 2021, the startup has reportedly raised $5.8 million from investors, which include OpenSpace Ventures, East Ventures, Saison Capital, and 1982 Ventures.

Rui Aguiar, King Alandy Dy, Jeff Tan, and Jig Young of Expedock


Category: Industry, Manufacturing, and Energy
Age: 25, 25, 25, 27

Expedock has been creating buzz for years, so it’s no surprise that all four co-founders find themselves on this year’s list. Led by King Alandy Dy, Expedock created a platform that automates the international freight industry. Through the use of AI, Expedock is able to help supply chain businesses save time and money. The startup has raised $21.7 million so far, led by investors such as Insight Partners, WIN, Motion Ventures, and Decent Capital.

Isabel Sicat of Toqa

Category: The Arts
Age: 29

The co-founder of Toqa, Isabel Sicat used her dual degree from Brown University-Rhode Island School of Design to make high fashion more sustainable. Her brand Toqa turns headstock fabrics into sustainable high fashion, which has caught the attention of Vogue Philippines and L’Officiel. Sicat previously interned at New York fashion houses like Alexander Wang.

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David Marquez of Shipmates

Category: Retail and e-commerce
Age: 29

Y Combinator alum David Marquez co-founded Shipmates in 2020 to address the pandemic’s demand for efficient e-commerce and couriers. Shipmates allows small businesses to centralize all of their needs on one platform, which lets them make multiple shipping orders at once and compare the rates of different couriers. Shipmates has raised over $2.2 million with the support of Wavemaker Partners, Capital X Fund, Taurus Ventures, Cathexis Ventures, and Sketchnote Partners.

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