MAN OF THE HOUR

Prestige (Singapore) - - UNDERCOVER -

Rob­bie An­to­nio is try­ing to beat the clock. The Filipino founder and CEO of pre­fab­ri­cated de­signer struc­tures re­tail start-up Revo­lu­tion Pre­crafted sweeps into the stu­dio and im­me­di­ately sets the shoot in mo­tion. There are in­ter­view ques­tions whizzing about, of­fers of var­i­ous ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing to try on, a re­quest for a shav­ing kit, and in­struc­tions handed to An­to­nio’s PR man­ager to move that evening’s meet­ing to the fol­low­ing morn­ing — be­fore the real es­tate de­vel­oper and art col­lec­tor jets off to Malaysia. He vis­its Sin­ga­pore about six times a year, but takes a long, long pause be­fore nam­ing ho­tel food as his favourite lo­cal del­i­cacy. And life looks set to get even busier: He snagged the 2018 Philip­pines Real Es­tate Per­son­al­ity of the Year award for turn­ing Revo­lu­tion Pre­crafted into a “uni­corn” (a start-up val­ued at more than US$1 bil­lion) and an­nounced a deal to build apart­ments and vil­las on The World Is­lands in Dubai. With his sta­tus as a tech en­tre­pre­neur ce­mented, he’s no longer a suit-and-tie per­son. “That’s my past life,” he quips. “I’m al­ways in sneak­ers and ca­sual clothes now. I have to be part of the dis­rup­tive world — never take your­self too se­ri­ously.” Visit pres­ti­geon­line.com for our video in­ter­view with Rob­bie An­to­nio

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