Pinay teen's proposed project recognized in UN-sponsored event
A former contestant to a reality cooking show has been given recognition for her outstanding social venture proposal at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Teen chef Louise Mabulo's The Cacao Project was among the top five proposals presented during The Resolution Project's (TRP) Social Venture Challenge sponsored by the UN Youth Assembly on February 3.
Mabulo's project was shortlisted from projects submitted by 110 youth leaders invited by TRP, a non-profit that offers fellowships to outstanding youth leaders with promising social ventures.
Judges were impressed at how Mabulo was able to present the importance of cacao to the food industry and how the demand for cacao relates to the world's cacao deficit.
They also marveled at The Cacao Project's sustainable development proposals for global resolutions and expansion of the Philippines' cacao industry to end poverty among cacao farmers while protecting the environment.
Mabulo was given a Resolution Fellowship, which will enable her to undertake a three-year study in cacao production. She will also be given seed money, strong advisory support, access to resources and the international cacao market to expand her cacao production entrepreneurship project.
Mabulo, a freshman who takes online courses at the University of the Philippines' College of Entrepreneurship, already has an ongoing study at San Fernando, Camarines Sur. The sole child of Fermin and Michele Mabulo, placed fifth in the Philippines' version of an American cooking competition at the age of 12.
She continued to gain recognition for her culinary skills beyond this stint, as she won the Best Dessert Award at the Disciples des Escoffier Young Talent Trophy Asia at Hong Kong in 2015.
Aside from judging prestigious cooking competitions and giving culinary seminars, Mabulo is also an ambassador for Breville Philippines and Operation Smile. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News