Bicolana teen brings ‘cacao’
to UN Assemby
By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay
Internationally-acclaimed Bicolana Teen Chef
Louise Mabolo, after discussing the social relevance of cacao to the lives
of Filipino farmers before the tight scrutiny of the panel of judges at the
United Nations headquarters in New York was awarded with the earned her a
Lifetime Fellowship offer from the Resolution Project.
SAN FERNANDO, CAMARINES SUR, Feb.17 (PIA) -- The lowly cacao took center
stage and stood out as one of the best social ventures for young
entrepreneurs in a youth assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New
Louise Mabolo, an 18-year old Bicolana, presented before an elect panel of
judges the relevance of cacao to the lives of Filipino farmers, earning for
her a spot in the five outstanding social venture presenter during the
Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge (SVC) at the UN Youth Assembly
held from February 1 to 3 in New York.
“I was teary-eyed , because I didn’t expect that they will like it. I came
forward with the humble plan and there were people from all over the world
coming with ways to solve health, promote women empowerment and I came with
agriculture. Surprisingly, they picked me as one of the top five outstanding
social venture presenter and I completely didn’t expect that,” Louise said.
The Cacao project, according to Louise aims to provide local farmers with
short and long term forms of income, educate the local growers how to farm
sustainably, supply for the global deficit of cacao, reforest barren plots
of land, create an awareness about the need to add diversity to their crops,
and increase the purchasing power of indigenous farmers, among others.
Louise said that she got the cacao inspiration from his father, San
Fernando, Camarines Sur Mayor Fermin Mabolo who introduced cacao farming to
empower indigenous farmers in the municipality. This pioneering venture has
earned positive response from the agriculture stakeholders.
Louise’s presentation earned her a Lifetime Fellowship offer from the
Resolution Project where she will receive funding, mentorship and will be
provided with global ecosystem of resources that she needs to implement her
SVC is a business-plan-style competition with an objective to inspire the
youth, particularly university students to come up with solutions concerning
pressing issues around the globe.
Resolution selects finalists with the best proposals and most compelling
personal leadership characteristics to become resolution fellows.
Louise who is also young master chef was chosen from among the 300
participants coming from 69 countries to present their social venture
UK-raised home schooled, Louise at the age of 12 was a finalist in a local
TV show’s Junior Master Chef cooking competition and reality TV show.
She has since earned recognition in the culinary world. She garnered the
Best Dessert Award at the Disciples des Escoffier Young Talent Trophy Asia
at Hong Kong in 2015; Bronze Medal for the Creative Breakfast Challenge at
the Philippine Culinary Cup; the youngest person to be awarded a National
Certificate in Cookery by the Technical Education and Skills Development
Administration (TESDA) and was a Philippine delegate to The Asian Student
Currently, she is serving as Ambassador of Operation Smile and Breville
Philippines and a UN Youth Ambassador for Disaster and Risk Reduction
As an only child, she’s living with her supportive Dad, and Mom Michelle in
San Fernando. Louise is also good in archery, loves to write and blog and
does charity works during her spare time.
This young lady is indeed a pride, not only of the Bicolanos but also of the
Filipinos. Truly a Bicolano Oragon!