Louise Mabulo is an award-winning Chef, Farmer and Entrepreneur hailing from the Philippines. She will be presenting on September 7th at the JIS Arts Centre Auditorium in an interview, panel, as well as a solo seminar on ‘How to Develop your Global Network and Influence?’. As one of our multi-talented young speakers, Louise made her cooking debut at 12, becoming one of Junior MasterChef Philippines finalists. Louise continues to strive with a string of achievements under her wing, including winning the Best Dessert in Asia Award at the Disciples des Escoffier Young Talent Trophy, and being recognized as the Outstanding Youth Ambassador at the 21st Session of the United Nations Youth Assembly. We spoke to her to find out where she draws lessons from as a youth leader, and how discipline, perseverance and a fierce work-ethic help to channel these into positive changes to affect the world for good. Read the full Q&A below!

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Q. You’re the youngest speaker to grace the stage of Youth Empowerment Conference with an unusual job title- a chef. A multi award winning chef from the Philippines and Asia. What central message would you be bringing to the Youth in Brunei?

A. The central message I hope to bring to Youth in Brunei would be to become Stewards to Creation, and that young people like us can go on to make great waves in the world. Age is not a hindrance to what we can achieve. Follow your dreams, and follow your passions.

Q. What does the kitchen teach you about creativity and life?

A. The kitchen, for me, was an amazing training ground for managing everything that life has to throw at you. The Culinary industry is a highly fierce industry, one that requires a lot of grit, perseverance, and awareness of the current trends and the world around you. All these eventually evolved to cultivate essential skills and knowledge I needed to take on the outside world. Growing up as a young chef, I took advantage of every opportunity that came my way as a pathway to self-improvement, which has led me to where I am today.

Q. Beyond being a chef, you’re also a restaurant owner, a student, and a community leader. How do you organize your time to do all that?

A. Growing up, I was homeschooled, and was tasked with the daunting challenge of managing my own education and timelines. The discipline and study ethic I developed in this time was something I took with me, and still use today. I’m fortunate to have been enrolled in University of the Philippines Open University, which is based mostly online, so I have the freedom to use my time of day and dedicate myself to much more meaningful tasks and missions. I utilise every spare second I have into dedicating myself into my work, my career, and much more. I also happen to be very proud to be a farmer, one of my advocacies being Youth in Agripreneurship, and I spend my mornings at my farm. Other than that, I manage a flexible schedule that I maximise so that I can accomplish my tasks and goals accordingly.

Q. Your passion in cooking has brought you around different parts of the world. Cultivating Global Mindset is a central theme of the conference. What advice do you have for young people who cannot afford to travel overseas to expand their horizons about the world around us?

A. My advice for the young people out there, who for any reason cannot travel overseas is that, in this day and age, we live in a highly connected world. I personally live in the far flung provinces of the Philippines, but I still manage to stay connected to people in cities all around the world with a good enough internet connection, and a device that connects me to everyone at the tip of my fingers. Countless opportunities are available to us online, and we just need to unlock the full potential of these platforms as a gateway to opportunity. There are countless ways to connect with people around the world to help you develop your global mindset, and there are even full or partially funded travel and learning opportunities you can look into online! There’s no limit what our generation can do in this highly connected, constantly changing, digital world we’re in, you just need to put yourself out there and open up to the opportunities available to you!

Q. What drives you?

A. I like to say I’m driven my faith and personal beliefs. I feel responsible and accountable to myself and to others to be able to use the skills and knowledge I’ve been blessed with to serve others, and to make as much possible positive impact in the world. In a world of fleeting timelines, fast paced media, and shorter attention spans, I want to strive toward something that’s much more meaningful, long-lasting, rooted, and would far outlive me.