When the two remaining candidates of ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ square off for one last showdown, it will be between two entrepreneurs who have developed mutual respect for each other throughout the season.
Filipino cancer survivor Louie Sangalang and fiery Venezeualan Jessica Ramella gear up for what is expected to be a wild finale in ‘The Apprentice’. Despite being two of the feistiest candidates in the show, however, the pair have developed a rapport as weeks went by.
Louie actually sees a connection between him and Jessica.
“When I first started speaking to Jess, there were a lot of similarities in the ways we think and the ways we act,” Louie said.
“I’ve seen that we put a lot of value in deep and meaningful personal relationships. And there’s a parallel in our lives that really connected us together. The fact is that we’ve gone through hardships, instances in our lives that have broken us down… And I think that in a way, we mirror each other’s lives.”
The 43-year-old holds Jessica in high regard — so much that he’d have no issues coming up short against Jessica. He holds her in high regard as his greatest competitor to the US$ 250,000 job offer to work as ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong’s Apprentice and Chief of Staff.
“She will always have the highest regard on my end, because I’ve seen how she really fought for her place to be in the finals,” Louie stated.
“I think that’s the reason why even if she’s my greatest competitor in the finals, it doesn’t matter for me. She deserves to be there.”
Their connection started off while at Team Valor, then picked it up from there. Jessica eventually moved to Team Conquest, before they worked together again as a group of five called ‘The Dream Team’.
Jessica echoed Louie’s sentiments, saying that results don’t really matter now. Instead, it’s how they’ll handle themselves in the finale.
“Louie and I have said since day one that we wanted to get to the finale. And if we got to the finale, we wanted to compete against the best,” Jessica said.
“And Louie is just that, he is the best. So for me as a finalist, I couldn’t ask for a better partner to go and spend this last challenge with. I couldn’t ask for someone that would give me a hard battle, and would make me feel proud of myself if I win; but also proud of myself if I don’t because next to him, I already know that I won.”
Catch the season finale of ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ on June 14, 9 p.m. at One Sports.
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