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A Taipan’s Granddaughter Is a Taipan Herself—Nothing to Do But Be Successful: Carel Lee Tan


A Taipan’s Granddaughter Is a Taipan Herself—Nothing to Do But Be Successful: Carel Lee Tan


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Most successful entrepreneurs especially in the Philippines must know Tan Yu and was a Chinese Filipino philanthropist and businessman who founded the Asiaworld Internationale Group and established the KTTI Foundation, which provided scholarships to and supported the education of thousands of young students.

In 1997, Forbes listed Tan Yu as the 7th wealthiest person in the world, estimating his net worth to be about $7 billion. He was placed amongst the top 10 in the world on the Forbes List of World Billionaires in 1997, making him the wealthiest man in the Philippines.

The Equally Determined Granddaughter

Another empowered woman, Carel Lee Tan, joins the roster of the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific in the pilot issue of the new Business and Lifestyle magazine “Rising Tigers: Nation Builders.”

Carel Lee Tan, granddaughter of Tan Yu is the young CEO of Yes Carel, a Health platform and Beauty specializing in manufacturing and importing skincare and cosmetics K-Beauty products. Carel W International Corporation officially signed the contract with Dr. Elton See Tan, Chairman, President & CEO of The E-Hotels, Resorts & Residences Suites giving their Hotel Gift Shops the sole distributorship of all YesCarel imported products.

Carel Tan graduated from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with Bachelor of Architecture. She also studied at Harvard University, the Graduate School of Design (GSD), with a Concentration in Architecture. She was in the Honor society throughout her college career and was awarded Presidential Service award by His Excellency President Barack Obama. After graduating, she worked at JERDE, top architectural firm in Los Angeles, and eventually became the Consultant of the Jerde Partnership, Singapore.

With her family background, successful entrepreneurs and as an architectural designer, having grit is in her blood—she was able to compare and formulate a structure for true beauty. Design and beauty follow a simple rule: they must be achieved by taking the right steps. And YesCarel took this core philosophy that, instead of covering up their differences that make them who they are, they need to accentuate it and understand how to utilize their foundation – to build themselves better.

She is by the way the daughter of a beauty icon and former Miss Korea, Carolyn Lee Tan.

“We are proud to launch our high-quality skincare line as well as bring in authentic top tier Korean beauty products for our valued customers. We always promise the best shopping experience for a community that admires Korean skincare and cosmetics,” says Carel.

“It’s about providing the “Yes!” experience. We believe that self-care is not selfish; it is an important part of living a healthy and happy lifestyle,” she added.

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Recognizing the Leaders of Tomorrow

“With 2022—The Year of the Water Tiger promising 365 days of positive changes, business must be stable, and finances will flow smoothly throughout the year with grit on its side.” – shared Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, Founder and CEO of Tag Media Group.

Asia Leaders Awards take the opportunity to recognize Miss Carel Lee Tan among the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific both in person and tribute through the launching of the Rising Tigers: Nation Builders Magazine. Carel also is the current President of Kiwanis Club of Makati with monthly projects to help the indigents nationwide.

Rising Tigers: Nation Builders

Launching on March 22, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt Manila at the BGC in Taguig, “Rising Tigers: Nation Builders” is another brainchild of Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) Committee.

This new publication will feature the best and the brightest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia who never fail to balance commitment to growth with corporate social responsibility, even during the most trying times.

“Asia Leaders Awards Presents the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific to motivate us all that despite all the challenges, we will emerge triumphant. These are the top leaders with the very new vision of the world now,” shared Robert Laurel Yupangco, one of the ALA Board.

Asia Leaders Awards is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different chambers, organizations, and embassies such as the Embassy of Singapore, Embassy of Poland, and Korean Council among others. It’s main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in Asia.

To know more about Rising Tigers: Nation Builders and Asia Leaders Awards, visit