40 Under 40: Meet the new generation of game-changers in Cebu (Environment and Sustainability)
Fiona Lim, 34 Youth for Livable Cebu, environmental and sustainability advocate
Marvin (38) and Cheryl (36) Marina
Carlo Delantar (30), Jason Gisano (34) and Ken Ngo (33) founders of Core Capital
“SunStar Cebu: 40 Under 40” is a campaign by SunStar Publishing Inc. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of SunStar Cebu. The campaign identifies and recognizes 40 Cebuano people under the age of 40 who have made a significant impact and contribution in their respective fields.In the days leading up to our anniversary on November 25, these individuals will be featured in separate lifestyle articles covering every category — from technology and innovation to business. A special publication will be released on November 23 covering all categories and honorees.
Today, November 11, meet the candidates who have positioned themselves prominently in environment and sustainability not only in Cebu but also in the Central Visayas. married couple Marvin and Sheryl Marinas; Core Capital founders, Carlo Delantar, Jason Gaisano and Ken Ngo; Environment and Sustainability Fiona Lim. They have all made incredible strides in pioneering sustainability in their chosen fields.
Marvin (38) and Cheryl (36) Marina
M+S Studio Architect, M+S Studio Interior Designer
Founded by Marvin and Sheryl Marinas, M+S Studio is focused on providing nature-inspired and sustainable design for built spaces, and the preservation and improvement of their natural environment.
They intend to spread the appreciation in a simple, simple, semi-outdoor life as the couple cuddled three pristine trees inside their tree-hugging house in the mountain with mostly screens and a bit of a solid wall to separate them from the outside world.
“Our ultimate goal is to share our vision by demonstrating the concepts we have built that are achievable with simple means and that using alternative sustainable building materials such as bamboo, will not only lower the industry’s carbon emissions but can also make an impact on people’s lives for this generation and most importantly on the future generations who we are.”
To further their advocacy, the couple will continue to host bamboo design and construction, sustainable farming workshops, nature youth camps, and children’s green camps.
Carlo Delantar (30), Jason Gaisano (34), Ken Ngo (33)
Founders of Core Capital
Venture capital firm Core Capital was founded by a group of young Cebuano entrepreneurs and friends – Carlo Delantar, Jason Gaisano and Ken Ngo – who had the same vision of sustainability.
She first financed the Gobi-Core Philippines Fund, which is co-managed by Gobi Partners. Founded in 2002, Gobi has raised 15 funds to date, invested in over 320 startups and sponsored nine unicorns across Asia Pacific.
The Gobi-Core PH Fund focuses on developing the overall ecosystem. Cebu’s opportunity is limitless for being a major trading hub and BPO. We see the tech industry open by Cebu to impact the Visayas and Mindanao regions, and achieve sustainable development. “
Individually, all three maintain shiny functionality.
Gaisano takes over the development arm of Taft Properties, a real estate development company under his family’s holding umbrella of Vicsal. Prior to the family business, Gaisano worked as a partner in a boutique private equity firm in New York focusing on deals related to health technology, biotechnology, asset management, and financial technology.
Ngo is an award winning Entrepreneur who was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 by Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) for his work in the hospitality and real estate development industry.
Ngo is also a member of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines, where he was named President of the Year 2014 and served as Executive Vice President of 2017.
Delantar is an award-winning social entrepreneur who works at the nexus of environmental opportunities and challenges in the Philippines. Received the Development Award and Bayanihan Award from former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, he has also been recognized as the Top 30 Innovators Under 30 by numerous publications including the most recent 2018 Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.
Fiona Lim, 34
Founder of Youth for Life Cebu
Environmental and sustainability advocate
Fiona Lim became a household name for environment and sustainability in her younger years in Cebu when she founded Youth for Livable Cebu (YLC).
The program initiated various initiatives that encouraged young people to think about sustainability and start their own programs and practices to protect the environment.
When Lim married, she moved with her husband to Negros Island in late 2021 to fulfill their dream of co-creating a medicinal timber forest in the Philippines.
“It has been a long and arduous process of deciphering, simplifying, and reorganizing all my beliefs, values, and choices so that I may be worthy of an answer to this divine appointment. I exchange the rush of living in a city, the incomes of running a family business, and the pressure of achieving great achievement for a balanced, slow life of inner comfort and self-compassion. and creativity flowing,” Lim said.
For years, she was an advocate for personal transformation, inner healing, and sacred empowerment to be the change she wanted to see in the world.
The plot of land for the Negros couple is a common love space for all their relationships in Cebu. They envision it to be an educational center on how to live successfully on planet earth with respect, honor and respect for all beings.
“May I be your guide to teach by example that by aligning ourselves with our uniqueness, we will get what we need. May I inspire my fellow Sibyans to follow your own unique path sculpted only for you to tread, whatever it takes, and wherever that leads you,” she added.
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