Morion's PhotoTravel Diary| "Blue Water!" Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu

Malapascua Island| Located at the northernmost tip of Cebu Province. An hour flight to Cebu City via Philippine Airlines/Airphilexpress/Cebu Pacific or ZestAir, 3 to 4 hours land travel  (V-hire or Bus) from Cebu's North Terminal to Maya Port of Daan Bantayan, then almost an hour boat ride- you will reach this Island Paradise.

Asian Journey| MySingapore Stopover

Travel notes and memoirs of my stopover in the bustling cosmopolitan city of Singapore (in August 2010).

August 26, 2010
6:00PM: Check-out (room 514) at Prince Hotel in Dhaka Bangladesh
6:30PM: We're on our way going to Dhaka International Airport - to avoid rush hour and the "unforgettable" traffic! 

Thanks to "a.k.a Paulito" for driving us going to the airport...

8:30 PM : We arrive at the airport.

Asian Journey| Six days in Bangladesh

We are six (6) Social Development Practitioners who joined in this Exposure Training at ASA Bangladesh - Me, Joel, Jhed, Larry, Ms. Virgie and Ate Lucy.

Traveling for Social Objective

Since 2005, our institution is adapting ASA's microfinance systems and procedures. To be exposed to the actual operation of one of the largest Microfinance Institutions  in the world is a privilege and  a great learning experience.

"ASA has emerged as one of the largest and most efficient Microfinance Institution (MFI) in the world and has been working relentlessly to assist the poor since its inception in 1978. 
During its early years, ASA undertook various development programs like awareness building for social action, training local birth attendants, capacity building of journalists, etc. In the mid-80's it introduced new programs working in the sector of health and nutrition, education, sanitation, etc. It was at this stage that ASA introduced microcredit as a pilot project.
From its hands on experience in the field, and by evaluating the impact of development assistance, ASA realized that financial solvency, to a great extent, is what the poor need to bringing positive changes in their lives. In 1992, this paradigm shift led ASA to focus solely on microfinance as its tool in fighting poverty.
ASA wanted to evolve its operations to become self-reliant and move away from depending on donor funding and grants - ASA's Microfinance Model gradually transformed itself to become the globally renowned "ASA Cost–effective and Sustainable Microfinance Model."
Following this model, ASA became self-sustainable within a short span of time and the organization declared itself a "donor free MFI" in 2001.
This model, that has been practiced and perfected in the field by ASA, has proved effective in making a branch self-reliant within 12 months. Any MFI that adopts this model for operations becomes sustainable within the shortest possible time. It has been adopted by many MFIs around the world to get result within the shortest possible time.
As of December 2009, ASA has successfully extended its outreach in Bangladesh through 3,236 branches and its 24,021 staff work relentlessly to serve more than 5.50 million clients."   

Morion's PhotoGallery 101| Magellan's Cross in Cebu City

I am working here in Cebu for more than one year. Staying in the Queen City of the South is an opportunity to visit famous places that I can only read and see in the pages of Philippine History Books.

Let me share photos of my first visit to the location of Magellan's Cross, last July 16, 2010.

TRAVEL NOTES| Paintings on the wall of Siquijor Provincial Capitol Building

Siquijor Province (2009)| These shots of two untitled paintings were taken at the gallery of Siquijor's Capitol Building (Provincial Planning and Development Office) during our courtesy-call and data gathering for our NGO program expansion in the said province.

first painting features the typical House in Siquijor