Jhett Tolentino, a Filipino entertainment producer residing in New York City, was born on December 28, 1976, and is the second Philippine-born Tony Award winner. Since his Broadway debut in March 2013, he has won three Tony Awards and his first Grammy Award in February 2017. He won the Pamana ng Filipino Award from Malacaan for his non-profit and non-commercial activities, as well as for becoming the first Filipino person to win both the Tony and the Grammy awards.
From 1983 to 1989, Tolentino attended Calumpang Elementary School. From 1989 until 1993, he attended the University of Iloilo as a high school freshman, completing his secondary education. He completed his studies at the University of Iloilo and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in March 1997.
Tolentino began working as a general bookkeeper at Mercantile Credit Resource Corporation in Iloilo City shortly after graduation, and after three months was promoted to accountant while also serving as the company’s corporate secretary. From 1997 until 2002, he worked for Mercantile Credit Resource Corporation. From 1999 to 2001, he worked for two global Hong Kong-based companies: JP Capital Partners Ltd. as an internal auditor, and Inside Fashion as a sales and marketing executive.
Tolentino is the youngest child of Gloria Dizon, a resident of Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon, and Arthur Tolentino, a native of Iloilo with Bataan ancestry, according to his self-produced biographical video Life Is What You Make It. Tolentino grew up in Barangay Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City, a very destitute neighborhood just a few meters from the Iloilo Strait.
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