It's a proud moment for Filipinos, as 20-year-old Pinay chef Louise Mabulo has been named by the United Nations Environment Programme a "Young Champion of the Earth."
"20-year-old @LouiseMabulo from the Philippines has won the prestigious Young Champions of the Earth Prize for Asia & the Pacific for boosting farmers’ income through climate-resilient cocoa. #YoungChamps #ClimateAction" read the post from the United Nations Environment Programme's Twitter account.
The "Young Champions of the Earth" award recognizes seven young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 for their ideas on environmental change. Awardees receive seed funding, mentoring, and communications support for their projects.
According to a press release on the United Nations Environment Programme's website, Louise is the founder of the Cacao Project and the Culinary Lounge, a farm-to-table kitchen studio. With the Culinary Lounge, Louise promotes homegrown food with high-quality ingredients sourced from local farmers.
In the aftermath of the 2016 Typhoon Nina which devastated her hometown in Bicol, Louise noticed that a lot of cacao trees remained intact. Under the Cacao Project, Louise helped train more than 200 farmers using agroforestry techniques to plant over 70,000 climate-resilient cacao trees in over 70 hectares of land.
You might have seen Louise on TV before, too. She was one of the finalists in the 2011 cooking competition Junior MasterChef.
Watch ABS-CBN's report on Louise winning the prestigious UN award here: