November 20, 2017
Lepanto Mining scholar placed 5th in Geology Licensure Examination
By Butch Mendizabal
Twenty-two-year-old Marvin V. Diaz of Adamson University placed 5th in this year’s Geologist Licensure Examination.
Diaz, from Barangay Paco, Mankayan and a proud Lepanto BREW (born, raised, educated, worked) is the lone geology graduate of the company’s scholarship program for 2017.
According to Diaz, he did not expect to be in the top 10 and only prayed to pass the board exam and be a licensed geologist. “Nagulat talaga ako kasi sobrang unexpected. After the exam I just prayed na makapasa nalang dahil sobrang hirap talaga”, Marvin shared. He even lost hope of passing the exam on the 3rd examination day. “Sobrang hirap ng day 3 ng exam to the point na kinakabahan po ako na baka mag-fail ako. Feeling ko mabibitin score ko,” he added.
Diaz has been one of the consistent top performing geology students in Adamson University. He graduated with a general weighted average (GWA) of 1.65, a cum laude standing, but failed to bag the Latin honor due to his transferee status and fell short on the required number of units. “Naiyak nga Daddy ko sa sobrang saya, medyo na-disappoint kasi parents ko nung wala akong award nung graduation, pero ang laki naman daw ng nabawi ko ngayong naka-top 5 ako sa board exam,” Marvin vividly shared.
Marvin admits it was a daunting task for his parents to send him and his younger brother to a private university in Manila, as his father’s income alone is not enough to cover all their school fees and other expenses. It even came to a point when one of them has to give way for the other to finish college. But Marvin saw a glimmer of hope when he got accepted to Lepanto’s scholarship program.
“Ang dami ding sacrifices ng parents ko lalo na kapag may mga biglaang expenses na di sakop sa scholarship program, talagang dumidiskarte sila to provide for me,” he added.
Now that Marvin is a licensed geologist, he wants to give back to Lepanto. “I look forward to the coming years that I will be trained well and contribute to the betterment of the company and hopefully, to lead others too,” he shared.
Placing 5th in the licensure examination gave Marvin not the license to brag, but the confidence and the motivation to be the best in his field. “Dagdag confidence ito sa akin and of course dagdag pressure din, tataas ang mga expectations sa akin but I’m determined to do good. Though may mga bagong obstacles and challenges, pero syempre mas makakaya ko na sila ngayong ma-meet with flying colors”, Marvin beamed with pride.