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Is Grab Philippines’ Brian Cu related to Globe Telecoms’ Ernest Cu?

That's James Reid, one of Grab Philippines' endorsers, as shown on a screen set up during the ride-hailing service's June 2017 event in Pasay City.

That’s James Reid, one of Grab Philippines’ endorsers, as shown on a screen set up during the ride-hailing service’s June 2017 event.

I tried to find out the answer to that question when I got the chance to interview Brian Cu, Grab’s Philippine country manager, last June 14, 2017, when the company marked its fourth year in the country.

Just the week before, Grab flew me — and three others — to Singapore, its headquarters, where we covered events related to its fifth year anniversary. (Grab was launched in Manila in 2013, the next city (and country) after Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.)

While in Singapore, Grab announced that its Filipino passengers got around 70% faster than when they used public transportation, a rate that is the highest in Southeast Asia, according to a study it commissioned [READ: Grab says users in Philippines see biggest time-savings in Asia]. I also wrote a feature about the ride-hailing service and its moves to take the lead in electronic payments. [READ: Grab stays on course, sets goal beyond ride-hailing]

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