50 ASIAN TO WATCH: SINGAPORE – Public and Social Sectors: ‘Cardinal Luis Tagle’

 Cardinal Luis Tagle


50 Asians to watch

They are the new stars in business, the arts and sports. They are changing lives for the better, and making their presence felt. Meet Asia’s rising stars.

Cardinal Luis Tagle

The lead contender from Asia for the papacy in 2013, Manila’s social media-savvy and charismatic archbishop is considered a “rock star” in the College of Cardinals.

He delivers inspiring, light-hearted liturgies on Facebook, and preaches and sings on TV and on stage. He rides his bicycle across Manila’s streets and invites the homeless to his dinner table.

A native of Manila and a banker’s son, with Chinese forebears on his mother’s side, Cardinal Tagle initially planned a career in medicine before being recruited to religious vocation by a Jesuit friend. After earning his doctorate at Catholic University, he rose quickly in the church, becoming bishop in 2001 and archbishop of Manila a decade later. Last year, Pope Benedict XVI welcomed him into the College of Cardinals.

His relative youth perhaps diminished his chances to become Pope. But it has also made the baby-faced cardinal among the most out-of-the-box choices and a favourite among those who are pushing for change.


Arts, Culture and Sports

Shila Amzah
Darren Teoh
Joey Alexander
Brian Imanuel
Hun Chansan
Mattie Do
Jerwin Ancajas
Taopiphop “Tao” Limjittrakorn
Rasmee Wayrana
Han Kwang Song
Yuki Kawauchi
Sota Fujii
Yuzuru Hanyu
Jenn Lee
Mithali Raj
Martina Veloso
Public and Social Sectors

Ganesh Muren
Faye Simanjuntak
Leni Robredo
Cardinal Luis Tagle
Kris Aquino; Imee Marcos
Min Min
Netiwit Chotipatpaisal
Parit Wacharasindhu; Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Kang Kyung Wha
Kim Yo Jong
Shinjiro Koizumi
Haruno Yoshida
Liu He
Wang Qishan
Asad Raza
Rakitha Malewana

Anthony Tan
Rachel Lau; Raja Hamzah Abidin; Lionel Leong and Jo Jo Kong
William Tanuwijaya
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao
Nadiem Makarim
Budi Gunadi Sadikin
Robbie Antonio
Sophie Kim
Kim Bom
Lee Seung Gun
Jean Liu
Wang Wei
Steven Lam Hoi-Yuen
Frank Wang Tao
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Ritesh Agarwal
Bhavish Aggarwal; Ankit Bhati
Tan Min-Liang
Produced by: Ravi GandhiLim Ling LiTan Dawn WeiClaire HuangDavid LeeLester HioShannon TeohTrinna LeongFrancis ChanWahyudi SoeriaatmadjaRaul DancelTan Hui YeeJitsiree ThongnoiChang May ChoonWalter SimGoh Sui NoiLim Yan LiangChong Koh Ping
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