Lepanto produces new mining engineers

As a child, Edison Mating dreamed of becoming a litigation lawyer, attending court hearings in a black suit with matching leather shoes and briefcase.


Edison was born and bred in Barangay Guinaoang in Mankayan, Benguet, a mining town. His mother is a contractual office clerk at an exploration firm in Mankayan, while his father is a farmer. Even with their shared earnings, sending all seven children to school has been a daunting task for his parents, a fact Edison was well aware of.

“Tatlo kaming nasa college noon, and I have seen kung gaano namroblema parents ko sa pagpapaaral sa amin. So, I asked my mother kung pwede kumuha na lang ako ng ibang course,” Edison vividly shared. His mother advised him to apply with Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company for a scholarship grant and take up Mining Engineering.

Edison was the last applicant to get accepted into Lepanto’s scholarship program. He was not too enthusiastic about it at first because his heart’s desire was still to study law but being an obedient son, he pursued a Mining Engineering course at Saint Louis University in Baguio City. “Sabi ko susubukan ko lang, baka sakaling magustuhan ko naman. Then nagbasa-basa ako about mining engineering, gusto ko din kasi matulungan mama ko kasi nagta-trabaho siya sa isang exploration firm sa amin,” Edison recalled.

Little did Edison know this detour will be the beginning of a fulfilling and far more colorful journey. “It was during my 2nd and 3rd years when I became exposed to various mining subjects that I learned to appreciate mining more. Sobra ko siyang nagustuhan hanggang sa naging very active ako sa mining organization namin sa SLU.

At mas lalong hindi ko inexpect na magiging president pa ako ng SLU Mining Engineering Society (SLU Mines). Dito mas lalo akong na-inlove sa mining dahil sa may mga nami-meet akong mga mining engineers and it was very interesting and exciting learning new things from them,” shared Edison. Edison, along with two of his fellow Lepanto scholars Eden Rose Sabiano and Alfe Guaki of Barangay Suyoc, Mankayan, passed this year’s licensure examination for mining engineers.

They will soon be working for Lepanto. Eden Rose is just too happy to give back to Lepanto and work in Mankayan, where she grew up. “I want to give back to the company dahil kinuha nila akong scholar and ‘yung natutunan ko sa five years ay gusto ko ding i-share sa company,” she said acknowledging if not for Lepanto’s scholarship grant, she would have to work to support her studies as her grandmother’s earnings from vegetable farming were barely enough for them to get by. Alfe is excited to start his stint with the company. “Being in the mining industry will bring me more opportunities in life and I know that working for Lepanto is just the beginning”, he uttered.

Like Edison, Alfe initially had no intention of taking up mining engineering, but he grabbed the opportunity to finish college for free when he was granted a scholarship under Lepanto’s Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences program. The DMTG program grants scholarships to deserving Geology and Mining Engineering students from Lepanto’s host and neighboring communities and has produced 12 professional mining engineers and geologists since 2012, many of whom are now employed by Lepanto.

Aside from this program, there is also the Lepanto Educational Assistance Program or LEAP, which has produced hundreds of graduates since 2002. For Edison, taking up mining engineering was not a matter of choice but of necessity, but it has made all the difference and intends to prove he deserved the scholarship granted him by Lepanto. (PR)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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