Marlon Aquino Malinao – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

Marlon Malinao

Journalist and Community Volunteer 

Photo by: Ino Florencio

Marlon Malinao is committed to two very distinct disciplines that exemplify the infinite talent and creativity of Filipinos.   The Senior Editor of Kuwait’s leading English daily, he devotes his free time perfecting his skills in the field of make-up, while also utilizing his gifts to support those in need.  He shares, “As a journalist, I am proud to share my credibility and work ethics.  On the other hand, I use my craft as a platform to highlight the Filipinos’ ingenuity and concern for others.”

Capping his growth in the make-up sector, Marlon has been recently tapped by world-renowned British make-up artist and label owner Charlotte Tilbury for a collaboration that will be featured in their regional and global campaigns.  “This is definitely a dream come true,” Marlon shares.

The flip side of this is being able to further his advocacy for supporting cancer patients and the less fortunate by giving proceeds of his make-up projects to community initiatives.  Marlon has also teamed up with Childhope Asia and Project 30 to facilitate the donation of school bags and hygiene kits to disadvantaged students in Manila.  To provide a potential source of livelihood in the Philippines, Marlon has also started teaching makeup application to distressed Filipino workers.  “I want to leave a legacy of empathy, charity, and inspiration. I want to be known as an ‘encourager’ to do good and break the glass ceiling. The world has plenty of critics and disparagers already.”


Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf is Supported by: Kaya Skin Clinic,  Emirates Airline, and Unilever.

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Marlon Aquino Malinao

Marlon Aquino Malinao - Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf 2019

Senior Editor of Kuwait’s leading English daily Arab Times, Marlon Aquino Malinao has become a conduit for Filipino excellence. Beginning his career as a sub-editor in 2005, he rose to Business Editor in no time and was eventually promoted to the third highest post in office. In a field where Filipino representation in leadership positions is rare, especially in the media, Marlon is a testament that Filipinos are indeed world-class and can make a difference in the workplace.

Aside from being a respected journalist, Marlon’s passion for creative expression has led him to the vibrant field of makeup. “For me, make-up is a stress-relieving form of art; a haven from the challenging routine of a newsperson.” Through make-up, he has collaborated with many talented individuals and celebrities, for television commercials and editorials, not to mention projects for a cause. His artistic prowess was showcased abroad when he directed Resty Lagare’s fashion show in the USA, and when he worked on Miss Austin Texas 2018, as well as Miss Austin Texas Teen 2018.  Just recently, Marlon also launched his make-up line called ‘MARvelous’ which he hopes to be a global household name someday.

With his unique career path, pursuing two entirely different disciplines, Marlon shows that indeed, one can have a flourishing career while pursuing another passion.  He underlines the importance of balancing his pursuits properly, but even more of having a good attitude in life.

“Let other people’s success or happiness, be your success or source of joy and inspiration. With that attitude, this world will be a better place.”



Special thanks to our sponsors: Emirates Airline, Stars n Bars La Mer, Liali, Instax – Grandstores UAE, Dusit Thani Dubai, Gver – Your Friendly Marketplace for Sharing, Meeting Dancewear , MPQ, CMG, Filbrit, and our partners Rozen Antonio Photography,  Alex Callueng Photography, Jef Anog Photography, and Ethereal Photography.


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