The Australian Filipina is proud to put the spotlight on its featured offering for the celebration of International Women’s Month.

Another Filipina who is part of Ausmumpreneur is a co-author of a book aimed at further empowering women and any readers. The book, titled Courage and Confidence, involving twenty-four women’s inspiring messages has been launched in time for the month long celebration.

We are delighted to present none other than Mafae Yuson-Belasco who is best known for her success in the beauty pageant industry, having won prestigious awards locally and internationally, such as Miss Philippines Australia 1998, Binibining Pilipinas World 2003 (and prominently landing top 5 in the Miss World competition of the same year held in Sanya, China), and Mrs. Philippines Globe 2008. 

Apart from her achievement in the beauty pageant world, Mafae is also an achiever in the areas of talent management, public relations & marketing, content creation, events management, online show production, and social media management for companies and individuals all over the world, life coach and tennis coach.  

Combining the inspirational stories and expert business advice of 24 women business leaders this book ‘Courage and Confidence” shares the life-changing power of what can happen when you learn how to embrace your courage and confidence. 

Mafae’s interview about the book and her chapter, and her life story as reflected on her chapter, can be seen in this video:

Co-author Peace Mitchell of The Women’s Business School says, “Believing in yourself is an incredible force of power that starts with you. Whether you want to change the world, invent an incredible product, take on the big brands, inspire people, take your business global, start a movement or dream bigger in any way, it’s time to embrace your courage and confidence and follow that calling!”

“We wrote this book because we know that there are so many women out there with big dreams and ambitions who are playing small and being held back by fear and self-doubt. We wanted to send a strong and clear message to the world and women everywhere that it doesn’t have to be this way, and this book will guide you through everything you need to develop the courage and confidence to follow your dreams.” Mitchell explains.

‘Courage and Confidence’ launched nationally on 7 March 2022 with a 5-day online festival featuring interviews and presentations from each of the 24 authors.  To view the various activities for the launch, check out the ausmumpreneur page.

For more information about ‘Courage and Confidence’ and the launch, week celebrations visit Ausmumpreneur FB page.


Following her achievements in the world of beauty pageantry, she has since gone on to channel her expertise into image consulting for Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines Pageant) since 2003, taking on the role of Personality Development Director for the Miss World Philippines in 2021 and Pageant Director of kumu Global Pageants on the #1 live streaming app of the Philippines, kumu. She continued on in her journey in expanding her services & entrepreneur expertise, starting up her own company - Mafae Management Consultancy (founded 2015), wherein she manages talents, spearheads public relations & marketing, content creation, events management, online show production, and social media management for companies and individuals all over the world.

Mafae has vast experience in commercial, ramp and print modelling, and even television and events hosting. She enjoys passing on her knowledge of each of her experiences through her talks, workshops, and shows in which she does on a weekly basis. She is firm in her mission of making the world a brighter space as a certified Life & Personality Development Coach, Sacred Space Holder and Well-Being Boost Facilitator wherein she helps others become their best selves through positive mindset guidance.

Mafae, alongside her husband Nic Belasco, former professional basketball player in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), also owns a sports academy - the Belasco Unlimited Skills Academy where she coaches Tennis. Mafae is passionate about empowering others with her family campaign #SaveLivesOnline, where she encourages others to be their true and authentic selves online while populating the digital world with positive content. 

Recently, she was awarded 100 Most Influential Filipino Women on LinkedIn 2021, took on the roles of Australia Region Director & kumu Creators Academy Head for kumu.

Mafae lives by her motto “The World Is Yours” and “Time + productivity = success”, and aims to bring the best out of everyone around her.

Lastly, she considers to be the biggest reward in her life is being a mum, bringing up her own young leaders of today in her 6 children, Nico, Mike, Moses, Nicole, Noah and Melo. To add the cherry on top is her husband Nic, who supports and mentors Mafae in all that she does.

The Australian Filipina wishes Mafae more success in her areas of passion and the advocacies she is pursuing.

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