AFAG stands for Association of Filipinos for the Advancement of Geoscience, Inc since we reincorporated in 2002.
I was then a BS Geology student whose ambition was to be a good mineral exploration geologist. For a moment I was made to believe the dream was going to happen, I was recruited for a job Stateside. But this ambition crumbled with the 1987 meltdown, but that is another story, something for the topic “Why I remained to be AFAG”.
Being a probinsyano, I was devoid of friends or organization when I started out at UP Diliman, a “bastard” to use the campus lingo. But I started to gravitate towards a bunch of BS Geology students who hang out at the 3rd pavilion of AS, I must have been acceptable to them as I was accepted into the group and recruited. Heard the pep talks of AFAG, sounded ok to me then, but the desire grew within me to be part of the group as my batch started to introduce ourselves to the members who were in the industry, there was no turning back. This is THE GROUP where I should belong to, to grow as a professional geologist.
- Manny B.
I joined because I wanted to be part of a professional geologist group I can rely on especially when I was job hunting. It did not really work out as I moved away. I went through difficult times in life and some choices I made meant being an inactive member. Only because of what Brod Anthony (aka Tatay Husky) said above that I am once again helping out by being the webmaster. ^^, They have allowed me to shine in what I love to do as a hobby (i.e. art/website creation). They have inspired me in many ways and have boosted my enthusiasm to keep doing what I love. Also, it helps that the brods are like-minded intellectuals who enjoy jokes and a glass of beer/wine. I have certainly learned and still learn a lot from them!
- Bea C.
Being part of AFAG helped me maximize my potential not only as a geologist but as a leader and professional. I enjoy working with my co-mems with our various/upcoming programs and projects. Everyone in AFAG exudes competence and innovation and that's what makes are our organization successful in achieving our goals. From the get-go, even as an applicant, it was very easy to talk to everybody, especially our esteemed veterans as if there was no generation gap. I learn and keep on learning a lot from them and that's what I hope to bring to AFAG as I progress as a member of our legal and admin team. Cheers to 60 years of AFAG camaraderie and social responsibility as Filipino geologists!
Why did I join AFAG? First is because of the friendship I have with the members who recruited me and the camaraderie I had seen between members. Later on when I was already a member, I realized that the group has a vision which I can relate to. This is to advance geology and to use geology in nation building, to help our nation and our people. AFAG has the means to perform this goal. Let us not waste our talents, experience and idealism by doing nothing.
I joined AFAG to have another support group during my university days. It was great to belong to a group with the same interests compared to my university fraternity.
- Glenn G.