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On February 2, 1963, the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (UP GeogSoc) was established by a number of great minds in the then Department of Geology and Geography; led by Ricardo S. Domingo, Jr. (B.S. Geography ’65), the society’s founder and first president. After only nine years of existence, the organization faced challenges that brought it to a period of uncertainty and stasis. The political repression caused by the declaration of Martial Law in 1972 forced the suspension of activities of academic organizations in the University. In the year 1980 however, through the leadership of Darlene Gutierrez (BS Geography ’83) UP GeogSoc was able to regain its strength. At that time, every Geography Major was a member of the organization aside from Geography enthusiasts from other disciplines.
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The Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines, also known as UP GeogSoc (formerly abbreviated as GSUP), was founded on 02 February 1963 as The Geographic Society University of the Philippines by Ricardo S. Domingo, Jr. at the UP Diliman College of Arts and Sciences under the Department of Geology and Geography. Ricardo S. Domingo, Jr. also served as the organization’s first president. For a time, during the 1990s, the organization was also once known as The Geographical Society of U.P.  
  
In 1983, during the time when the College of Arts and Sciences had dissolved into three
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UP GeogSoc’s first faculty adviser was Dr. Domingo C. Salita, who was also the first professor of Geography to serve as the chairperson of the UP Department of Geology and Geography, and one of the pioneers of the discipline of Geography in the country. UP GeogSoc was initially a social club for Geography majors during its early years but has since evolved to become an academic organization composed of individuals who are driven together by the passion of making Geography a better-known discipline in the country and developing the practice of geographic inquiry, particularly in the Philippine context. It is guided by four main principles: academic excellence, camaraderie, service, and advocacy.
Colleges, the Geography section decided to detach from the Department of Geology and Geography and establish a separate Department in the newly formed College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) as a remark of most faculty members' and graduates' inclination to the Social Sciences. Following the Department of Geography, UP GeogSoc from then on was based in CSSP.
 
  
In the mid-1990’s, UP GeogSoc experienced a brief hiatus in its activities following the graduation of the members of its Executive Committee in 1996. During Jonas Gaffud’s presidency in 1997, activities and recruitment of new members for the organization was resumed and intensified. In less than a year, the organization regained its dominant position as the only undergraduate organization in the Department of Geography. Under the presidency of Angelica Geronimo in 2007, GSUPtember, an activity-filled month of September, was implemented apart from the annual week-long anniversary celebration during the month of February.
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In 1972, after only 9 years of existence, UP GeogSoc, along with the other student organizations in UP during that time, was forced to suspend its activities due to the declaration of Martial Law and the ban on student organizations. UP GeogSoc was revived and its activities resumed in 1980 under the leadership of Darlene Occeña-Gutierrez after almost 8 years of inactivity. On 26 October 1983, when the College of Arts and Sciences was split into three separate colleges (College of Arts and Letters (CAL), College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), and College of Science (CS)) by virtue of Administrative Order No. 170 by the UP Board of Regents, Geography became a separate Department under CSSP. UP GeogSoc continued its programs and expanded its membership under the newly created Department of Geography, and has been based in CSSP since then.
  
Through the years the organization has been improving and incessantly bearing witness through its projects that promote the science of Geography. Guided by its organizational principles, UP GeogSoc has remained an instrument in molding its members to become excellent individuals in the discipline and in the society.
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UP GeogSoc experienced a brief hiatus in the mid-1990s following the graduation of the members of its Executive Committee in 1996. During Jonas Gaffud’s presidency in 1997, activities and recruitment of new members for the organization resumed and intensified.
  
UP GeogSoc was, and still is, a home for most of the members of the Geography Department Faculty in the recent past. At present, the organization is also known for producing student leaders. Since 1992, the organization has provided twenty (20) Geography department representatives, twelve (12) councilors, and two (2) vice chairpersons in the CSSP Student Council. Until now, UP GeogSoc is still carrying its goal of producing individuals of principles and values. UP GeogSoc aims to give its members a training ground for leadership, a space for self-improvement and countless opportunities to understand the discipline. On average for every year the UP Department of Geography has been existing, a GeogSoc Resident Member graduates with honors. Five out of six Magna Cum Laude BS Geography graduates are UP GeogSoc Alumni.
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In 2010, under Hanie Sanchez’s presidency, the two flagship events of UP GeogSoc--namely Geog Ride and the Philippine Geography Olympiad--were established and held for the first time.
  
Recently, the organization successfully conducted two new projects. The Geog Ride and the first inter-high school Geography quiz bee in the country, the Philippine Geography Olympiad. In the near future, UP GeogSoc hopes to provide new and/or enhanced projects that would help the students realize the importance of Geography.
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In February 2012, the Alumni Association of the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines Inc. (GSUP Alumni Inc.) was formally registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission to establish an association that would maintain connections among the UP GeogSoc Alumni Members. The following December, GSUP Alumni Inc. was recognized as an Organization-Based Chapter of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA).
  
In February 2012, the Alumni Association of the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines Inc. (GSUP Alumni Inc.) was formally registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission to establish an association that would maintain connections among the GeogSoc Alumni Members. The following December, GSUP Alumni Inc. was recognized as an Organization-Based Chapter of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA). Among the projects of the GSUP Alumni Inc., in cooperation with the GeogSoc and the UP Department of Geography, are the Philippine Geospatial Forum and the Philippine Geospatial Congress.
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In 2015, GSUPERSPECTIVE: The Forum Series (currently branded as PERSPECTIVE: The Geography Forum Series) was established to expand horizons of geographic thinking and perspective in society’s most critical and most talked-about issues.
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In February 2018, UP GeogSoc officially became a student branch of the International Association of Young Geographers (IAYG) and became the first and only student branch of IAYG in the Philippines. It is also the largest student branch of IAYG in Southeast Asia.
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In May 2020, UP GeogSoc’s constitution was amended under the presidency and leadership of Jacob Jacela to update the organizational structure, internal processes, and membership rules of the organization. It was also done to make room for innovations within the organization. The constitutional amendment has also codified “UP GeogSoc” as the official abbreviation of the organization, replacing the abbreviation “GSUP” while still recognizing its historic and sentimental value. In October 2020, upon the formation of a new executive committee, UP GeogSoc made headlines, gained national prominence, and was featured in several news media outlets when its open letter to DENR undersecretary Benny Antiporda regarding his comments made against the UP Marine Science Institute went viral on social media.
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UP GeogSoc has produced student leaders and academic achievers ever since its foundation. It has produced 20 Geography department representatives, 14 councilors, and 3 vice chairpersons in the CSSP Student Council. It has also produced 6 CSSP FST council department representatives for the past seven years. The incumbent Geography department representative, Troy Matavia, and the incumbent Geography FST council representative, Kent Rondario, are both members of UP GeogSoc. Since its establishment, there have been 66 cum laude graduates of UP GeogSoc. Fifteen out of twenty-one of the Magna Cum Laude BS Geography graduates are UP GeogSoc Alumni. Roi Anton Boribor and Arvin Jake Adovo, both alumni of UP GeogSoc, are two of the only three Summa Cum Laude of the Department of Geography.
  
 
==Geography==
 
==Geography==
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*Ricardo S. Domingo Jr. - Founder, Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines
 
*Ricardo S. Domingo Jr. - Founder, Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines
 
*Darlene O. Gutierrez, Ph.D. - College Secretary, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman
 
*Darlene O. Gutierrez, Ph.D. - College Secretary, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman
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*David Michael "Mr. Typhoon" Padua - Meteorologist and Typhoon Specialist, One of the most recognized typhoon forecasters in PH
 
*Jonas A. Gaffud - President & Manager, Mercator Artist & Model Mgt
 
*Jonas A. Gaffud - President & Manager, Mercator Artist & Model Mgt
*David Jonathan C. Garcia - Owner, [https://www.mapmakerdavid.com/ Mapmaker] (Cartography Website)
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*Joseph Palis, Ph.D. - Department Chairperson of the Geography Department
*Roi Anton C. Boribor - Most recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of the BS Geography program, University of the Philippines Diliman
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*David Jonathan C. Garcia - Owner, [https://www.mapmakerdavid.com/ Mapmaker] (Cartography Website), Digital Geographer, University of Canterbury, Founder, Ministry of Mapping
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*Roi Anton C. Boribor and Arvin Jake A. Adovo - Most recent Summa Cum Laude graduates of the BS Geography program, University of the Philippines Diliman
 
*Kristian Karlo C. Saguin - Philippine Social Science Council's 2018 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award
 
*Kristian Karlo C. Saguin - Philippine Social Science Council's 2018 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award
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*Mikko Tamura - Asia and the Pacific Regional Hub Community Manager, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Founder, MapBeks
  
 
==Activities and Events==
 
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The IAYG is a global nonprofit organisation taking a lead in advancing geography and geology, and access to education in these subjects. Serving students and the stakeholders that support them in geography (educators, parents, field experts, institutions, and anyone who believes in a more informed, connected future), the IAYG is empowering children and educators on five continents through free, game-changing programmes. With a global mindset, the IAYG works to open unprecedented access to education and advance this critical field for tens of thousands of students and educators. Their work is made possible by the incredible efforts of volunteers and volunteer employees worldwide – involved educators, distinguished field experts, institutions, and community stakeholders making a difference.
 
The IAYG is a global nonprofit organisation taking a lead in advancing geography and geology, and access to education in these subjects. Serving students and the stakeholders that support them in geography (educators, parents, field experts, institutions, and anyone who believes in a more informed, connected future), the IAYG is empowering children and educators on five continents through free, game-changing programmes. With a global mindset, the IAYG works to open unprecedented access to education and advance this critical field for tens of thousands of students and educators. Their work is made possible by the incredible efforts of volunteers and volunteer employees worldwide – involved educators, distinguished field experts, institutions, and community stakeholders making a difference.
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===Ugnayang Tanggol KAPP (UTAK)===
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The Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines is also one of the founding member organizations of the Ugnayang Tanggol KAPP or UTAK.
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Ugnayang Tanggol KAPP is a community of students, organizations, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy committed to defending academic freedom in the college.
  
 
==External Links==
 
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[https://www.fb.com/geographicsociety.up Facebook Page]<br>[https://twitter.com/GeogSocUP Twitter Page]<br>
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[https://www.fb.com/geographicsociety.up Facebook Page]<br>[https://twitter.com/GeogSocUP Twitter Page]<br>[https://www.geogsocup.org Official Website]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineGeographyOlympiad Philippine Geography Olympiad]<br>[https://iaygfamily.org/ IAYG Website]<br>[https://news.iaygfamily.org/news/10211-2/ 10th PGO Article]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/GSUPGeogRide Geog Ride]
[https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineGeographyOlympiad Philippine Geography Olympiad]<br>[https://iaygfamily.org/ IAYG Website]<br>[https://news.iaygfamily.org/news/10211-2/ 10th PGO Article]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/GSUPGeogRide Geog Ride]
 
 
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Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (UP GeogSoc)
GeogSoc logo 4.png
Established February 2, 1963
Organization Type Academic
Membership College-wide
Headquarters Pavilion 2, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City, Philippines 1101
Home College College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Online Resources Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Official Website

Philippine Geography Olympiad
IAYG Website
10th PGO Article
Geog Ride

Executive Committee
A.Y. 2022-2023
President Rey Edward E. Dimacuha
Vice President for Internal Affairs Mark L. Bueza
Vice President for External Affairs Angel Nichole R. Nate
Vice President for Membership Arjan Dave E. Alfeche
Vice President for Academics and Research Marvin Joshua M. Estacio
Vice President for Publicity Janica Kylle V. De Guzman
Vice President for Finance Nathanael Kent E. Rondario
Faculty Advisers Dominique Sasha N. Amorsolo
Maria Celeste H. Hermida

The Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (UP GeogSoc) is an academic, college based organization from the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), composed of individuals that are driven together with a common goal and passion of making Geography better known. The Society aims to unite the members through its principles and objectives: to promote the science of Geography and the practice of geographic inquiry in the Filipino context, and to develop camaraderie and enhance scholastic excellence among Geography majors and students from other disciplines.

History



The Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines, also known as UP GeogSoc (formerly abbreviated as GSUP), was founded on 02 February 1963 as The Geographic Society University of the Philippines by Ricardo S. Domingo, Jr. at the UP Diliman College of Arts and Sciences under the Department of Geology and Geography. Ricardo S. Domingo, Jr. also served as the organization’s first president. For a time, during the 1990s, the organization was also once known as The Geographical Society of U.P.

UP GeogSoc’s first faculty adviser was Dr. Domingo C. Salita, who was also the first professor of Geography to serve as the chairperson of the UP Department of Geology and Geography, and one of the pioneers of the discipline of Geography in the country. UP GeogSoc was initially a social club for Geography majors during its early years but has since evolved to become an academic organization composed of individuals who are driven together by the passion of making Geography a better-known discipline in the country and developing the practice of geographic inquiry, particularly in the Philippine context. It is guided by four main principles: academic excellence, camaraderie, service, and advocacy.

In 1972, after only 9 years of existence, UP GeogSoc, along with the other student organizations in UP during that time, was forced to suspend its activities due to the declaration of Martial Law and the ban on student organizations. UP GeogSoc was revived and its activities resumed in 1980 under the leadership of Darlene Occeña-Gutierrez after almost 8 years of inactivity. On 26 October 1983, when the College of Arts and Sciences was split into three separate colleges (College of Arts and Letters (CAL), College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), and College of Science (CS)) by virtue of Administrative Order No. 170 by the UP Board of Regents, Geography became a separate Department under CSSP. UP GeogSoc continued its programs and expanded its membership under the newly created Department of Geography, and has been based in CSSP since then.

UP GeogSoc experienced a brief hiatus in the mid-1990s following the graduation of the members of its Executive Committee in 1996. During Jonas Gaffud’s presidency in 1997, activities and recruitment of new members for the organization resumed and intensified.

In 2010, under Hanie Sanchez’s presidency, the two flagship events of UP GeogSoc--namely Geog Ride and the Philippine Geography Olympiad--were established and held for the first time.

In February 2012, the Alumni Association of the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines Inc. (GSUP Alumni Inc.) was formally registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission to establish an association that would maintain connections among the UP GeogSoc Alumni Members. The following December, GSUP Alumni Inc. was recognized as an Organization-Based Chapter of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA).

In 2015, GSUPERSPECTIVE: The Forum Series (currently branded as PERSPECTIVE: The Geography Forum Series) was established to expand horizons of geographic thinking and perspective in society’s most critical and most talked-about issues.

In February 2018, UP GeogSoc officially became a student branch of the International Association of Young Geographers (IAYG) and became the first and only student branch of IAYG in the Philippines. It is also the largest student branch of IAYG in Southeast Asia.

In May 2020, UP GeogSoc’s constitution was amended under the presidency and leadership of Jacob Jacela to update the organizational structure, internal processes, and membership rules of the organization. It was also done to make room for innovations within the organization. The constitutional amendment has also codified “UP GeogSoc” as the official abbreviation of the organization, replacing the abbreviation “GSUP” while still recognizing its historic and sentimental value. In October 2020, upon the formation of a new executive committee, UP GeogSoc made headlines, gained national prominence, and was featured in several news media outlets when its open letter to DENR undersecretary Benny Antiporda regarding his comments made against the UP Marine Science Institute went viral on social media.

UP GeogSoc has produced student leaders and academic achievers ever since its foundation. It has produced 20 Geography department representatives, 14 councilors, and 3 vice chairpersons in the CSSP Student Council. It has also produced 6 CSSP FST council department representatives for the past seven years. The incumbent Geography department representative, Troy Matavia, and the incumbent Geography FST council representative, Kent Rondario, are both members of UP GeogSoc. Since its establishment, there have been 66 cum laude graduates of UP GeogSoc. Fifteen out of twenty-one of the Magna Cum Laude BS Geography graduates are UP GeogSoc Alumni. Roi Anton Boribor and Arvin Jake Adovo, both alumni of UP GeogSoc, are two of the only three Summa Cum Laude of the Department of Geography.

Geography


The organization's official tambayan or headquarters is located at the 1st floor of the Pavilion 2 Hallway right beside the CSSP Faculty Lounge.

Committees and Members


Residents A.Y. 2022-2023 1st Semester
President
Rey Edward E. Dimacuha
Internal Affairs Committee
Mark L. Bueza
John Paul A. Golingan
Raymund Sebastian L. Añonuevo
Pauline Jen J. Madrona
Troy Owen P. Matavia
Zamuel Anthony Michael O. Pimentel
External Affairs Committee
Angel Nichole R. Nate
Erika Joy I. Del Rosario
Francesca Mariae M. Duran
Caila Marie Denielle B. Mariano
David Chester B. Reyes
Membership Committee
Arjan Dave E. Alfeche
Marion Jolo M. Imperio
Andrea Joyce E. Eugenio
Marifer R. Patricio
Eunice Stephanie D. Samson
Basil Angelo M. Viloria
Academic Affairs Committee
Marvin Joshua M. Estacio
Shanna Rose M. Fetalino
Nathaniel C. Angue
Jeimarson P. Politico
Fernando Louise B. Sablay
Charles D. Tiu
Publicity Committee
Janica Kylle V. De Guzman
Leamsi Eniale C. Alconaba
Rovenz Vinzent G. Cortez
Chelsea Denise H. Garfin
Miles Dejnille S. Mendoza
Beanne Paula R. Salvanera
Finance Committee
Nathanael Kent E. Rondario
Ceejay T. Abilay
Jeanne Clarisse C. Obaña
Markel James C. Rivera
Hazel Joy G. Yanos

Distinguished Members and Alumni


  • Ricardo S. Domingo Jr. - Founder, Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines
  • Darlene O. Gutierrez, Ph.D. - College Secretary, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • David Michael "Mr. Typhoon" Padua - Meteorologist and Typhoon Specialist, One of the most recognized typhoon forecasters in PH
  • Jonas A. Gaffud - President & Manager, Mercator Artist & Model Mgt
  • Joseph Palis, Ph.D. - Department Chairperson of the Geography Department
  • David Jonathan C. Garcia - Owner, Mapmaker (Cartography Website), Digital Geographer, University of Canterbury, Founder, Ministry of Mapping
  • Roi Anton C. Boribor and Arvin Jake A. Adovo - Most recent Summa Cum Laude graduates of the BS Geography program, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Kristian Karlo C. Saguin - Philippine Social Science Council's 2018 Virginia A. Miralao Excellence in Research Award
  • Mikko Tamura - Asia and the Pacific Regional Hub Community Manager, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Founder, MapBeks

Activities and Events


Geog Ride

Official Geog Ride logo

The Geog Ride is a semestral event spearheaded by the Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines (UP GeogSoc). During the past years, UP GeogSoc has taken students to different places such as Pangasinan, Bataan, Zambales, and Batangas to provide experiences outside the classroom. The Geog Ride has been providing students an opportunity to gauge their understanding of the lessons, test the skills they have learned during class discussions, and apply them in real world scenarios. It also aims to make them perceptive specifically on the need for proper resource management and the advantages of a sustainable tourism.

The event involves three main activities: the GeogReview, which allows the students to participate in an educational tour and discussion featuring the geography and culture of the selected province, the GeogRace, which incorporates the concepts learned from the GeogReview to a fun and challenging amazing race, and the GeogRelax, wherein the participants can unwind and enjoy the recreational activities prepared by their hosts. The GeogRide is dedicated to developing the appreciation for the science of Geography, unfolding a sense of camaraderie and sportsmanship among UP students, and promoting the Philippines’ beautiful landscapes and its genuine culture.

Philippine Geography Olympiad

Official Philippine Geography Olympiad logo

The premier nationwide inter-high school Geography quizbee presented by the organization recognized by the International Geography Olympiad (iGEO) of the International Geographical Union. The competition aims to:

  • Promote the discipline of Geography among high school students
  • Introduce Geography as a discipline that deals with the study of the earth as one home, and a possible career path where students are taught skills in analyzing geographic patterns observed on the Earth’s surface, as well as understanding human-environment interactions
  • Provide a venue for high school geography enthusiasts to share their knowledge and interests in geography.

GeogSoc Week

GeogSoc Week is a week-long celebration which showcases several events organized by the organization. These events are open to everyone, especially UP students, in order to reach the largest number of people possible.

  • Week-Long Exhibit

Throughout the duration of the whole event, an exhibit will be displayed in Palma Hall, one of the University's busiest lobbies where students from every college converge.

  • Perspective

A newly-launched forum tackling various issues in a geographic point of view.

  • Geog Alog

The ultimate mind and body challenge, a quiz show that will showcase geography in a fresh and exciting format. The event is participated by students from different colleges of the University and by our partner organizations.

  • GSUPaikot

As a way of saying thanks, the organization will give free ikot jeepney rides to everyone on the last day of GeogSoc Week.

Affiliations


International Association of Young Geographers (IAYG)

The Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines is the first official student branch of the IAYG in the Philippines located at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

The IAYG is a global nonprofit organisation taking a lead in advancing geography and geology, and access to education in these subjects. Serving students and the stakeholders that support them in geography (educators, parents, field experts, institutions, and anyone who believes in a more informed, connected future), the IAYG is empowering children and educators on five continents through free, game-changing programmes. With a global mindset, the IAYG works to open unprecedented access to education and advance this critical field for tens of thousands of students and educators. Their work is made possible by the incredible efforts of volunteers and volunteer employees worldwide – involved educators, distinguished field experts, institutions, and community stakeholders making a difference.

Ugnayang Tanggol KAPP (UTAK)

The Geographic Society of the University of the Philippines is also one of the founding member organizations of the Ugnayang Tanggol KAPP or UTAK.

Ugnayang Tanggol KAPP is a community of students, organizations, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy committed to defending academic freedom in the college.

External Links


Facebook Page
Twitter Page
Official Website
Philippine Geography Olympiad
IAYG Website
10th PGO Article
Geog Ride