Jess Quevenco Memorial Fund on Kiva

February 2014

I’ve set up this Kiva lending fund in Kiva to honour the memory of my beloved father — Jesus Andrada Quevenco Senior — who passed away on 5 February 2014, just a month shy of his 91st birthday. Fondly called “Tisoy” by friends and family (Lolo Soy to the grandchildren), my father lived a simple but virtuous life, staying true to the principles of honesty, fairness and character integrity. He valued family above all else and truly embraced the Rotary’s Four Way Test as the guiding principle for all his actions. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Kiva lends to poor but enterprising individuals the world over, all with a burning desire to get out of poverty and improve their lives. By lending to these people — $25 dollars at a time — in his name, we hope not only to keep his memory alive i our hearts but also to continue the good work and influence that he has had on many people when he was alive. We honour you, dad!

Please Visit site and be a part of the lending team.

Fundraising Campaign for the Victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan

November 2013

This online fundraising campaign was to raise money for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which devastated several islands in the Visayas in the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Using both online and traditional channels, we were able to raise some 3,490 Euros which we donated to the Gawad Kalinga Disaster Relief Fund Yolanda victims. Visit site.

Seibersdorf 50th Anniversary Documentary Film

November 2012

My first mini video documentary about the IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratories on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, featuring some historical highlights and the pioneering scientific breakthroughs that have been developed at the laboratories. As told through the perspective of the scientists and technicians working there, this 9-minute, short version introduces the laboratory staff and the ideals that motivate them, its world-renowned fellowship and training program, and the outlook for the future. Watch video.

Fundraising Campaign for the Habagat Flood Victims in the Philippines

August 2012

The most recent short-term, charity project, which involved a fundraising campaign to raise money for the flood victims of the August 2012 Habagat flooding calamity in the Philippines. Using both online and traditional channels, we were able to raise 1,100 Euros which we donated to the Gawad Kalinga Disaster Relief Fund for flood victims. Viait site.

GK Hope Village Dental Clinic

July 2012

In partnership with Dr. Hani Farr and the European branch of he International College of Dentists (ICD), this project involved setting up a fully-functional dental clinic in a remote village in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. This was successfully concluded from the last week of June to early July of 2012, and coincided with our vacation to the Philippines this summer. I wrote a feature story on this project here.

Build a Center, Rebuild Lives

September 2011

a fund raising project to help build a multi-purpose, livelihood center for the families living in a Gawad Kalinga-built village in the outskirts of Silay City in the Philippines. This center is a major milestone in the villagers’ quest to improve their community and build a better life for their families. It will house their livelihood efforts, serve as a workplace and a show room for their handicrafts and produce, thus providing a source of regular income and employment for members of the GK village. Visit site.

Photobook: Five Goes Fifty/Fifty

August 2010

This is a photo book collaboration between five photographers from different parts of the world – Austria, Croatia, Philippines and the US. It is a collection of different photographic genres, ranging from portraits, landscape, still life, black and white, and high dynamic range images. It is being published to benefit the Fifty4Fifty Education Fund, a grassroots initiative to help poor but deserving young students in the Philippines attain a high school education.

Santa’s Corner at the UN Women’s Guild Bazaar


A photo event at the annual UN Women’s Guild Bazaar for three consecutive years from 2008-2010 to raise funds for the Fifty4Fifty Educational Fund. (Photos are circa 2010, courtesy of Dean Calma).

Fifty4Fifty Educational Fund

August 2007

This is the grand daddy of all my projects – the one that started it all. This project ran for 4 years and helped support 50 students in various parts of the Philippines gain a high school education. Visit Facebook Group Page.