Two Filipinas named NatGeo Young Explorers


The National Geographic, or NatGeo, names two Filipinas 2020 Young Explorers of the National Geographic Society. Louise Mabulo and Josefa Tauli are both alumni of the University of the Philippines and are engaged in impact-driven efforts that address global issues.

Louise Mabulois of Camarines Sur is a cacao farming advocate while Josefa Tauli, indigenous youth from Cordillera, joined the Fall 2020 cohort of Young Explorers announced by the National Geographic Society in January 2021.


Josefa Tauli, IP youth leader

Josefa Isabel Tauli, 25, is an Ibaloi-Kankanaey Igorot indigenous youth from the Cordillera Region. She represents indigenous and local youth on the Steering Committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), the official youth constituency to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

She graduated in Wildlife Studies from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.


Louise Mabulo, Farming Advocate

Louise Emmanuelle Mabulo, 22, is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur, farmer, public speaker, and competitive archer.

Founder of The Cacao Project, which she established to help farmers in the Bicol region when their livelihoods were destroyed by Typhoon Nina in 2016, her social venture is to equip farmers with sustainable methods that will ensure food security and establish resilient livelihoods.

Forbes Asia called Mabulo as a Filipino youth leader of The Cacao Project. The Straits Times of Singapore placed her in the “30 and Under Young Asians to Watch.”

Mabulo was also named in the Gen T list of Filipinos shaping Asia’s future. In 2019, she  won the United Nations Asia-Pacific Young Champions of the Earth prize.

Mabulo completed Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship at Brown University, U.S.A. and the Watson Institute Philippines. She graduated from the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) in December.


#GenGeo activists

Both Pinays are part of the #GenGeo, a global community of young people who are helping to shape the conversation, drive progress, and seek solutions to help protect our planet.

Young Explorers are nominated and later selected by the National Geographic Society through a competitive, multi-tiered application process. In addition to funding, Young Explorers receive skills building, leadership development training, and networking opportunities to connect and collaborate with their peers. The National Geographic Society has brought together extraordinary individuals from around the world since 1888. (JSM/JuanManila)

Featured image: The National Geographic Museum. The National Geographic Society, headquartered in Washington, D.C., United States, is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world. (Photo National Geographic website)

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