Welcome to AQRA


Join us for the 3rd International Conference on Qualitative Research on April 24-26, 2018 at Olongapo, Philippines. Registration is still open until March 31, 2018.

  • Traveling to Subic Bay

    There are many options to travel to Subic Bay. If you are flying, you have 2 options.

    Option 1: Book your flight to Clark International Airport, which is the closest airport to Subic Bay. However, direct flights to Clark are limited in number. From there, you can take a taxi straight to Subic Bay (especially if you are a group), or you can take a jeepney that will take you to Dau and from there you take the bus to Subic Bay (much cheaper).

    Option 2: fly to Manila International Airport. From there, take a short taxi ride to Victory Liner Bus Terminal in Pasay, which goes to Subic Bay (Olongapo).

    For those coming from the CALABARZON area, simply go to Pasay or Cubao and get on the Victory Liner Bus.

    For those coming from Cavite, find the terminal of the Saulog Bus as it has regular trips to Subic Bay from Cavite.

    From the North, you know your way to Subic Bay. For those who are flying, it’s for your own advantage to book early for better fares.

  • AQRA Heart Award

    Next month we have our ICQR3.0 on April 24-26. Please continue planning in order to join hundreds of other AQRA family members as we all learn how to “hone the craft” of qualitative research in Subic Bay.

    One of the most important activities AQRA takes pleasure in doing is to recognize people who have phenomenally touched other people’s lives through the awarding of the special AQRA Heart Award.

    You can now apply. The deadline is at the end of this month. Please follow the attached guidelines very carefully before you submit your entry. Blessings!

  • Membership Renewal Notice

    It’s time for membership renewal for many of you (or to become an official member of AQRA for new ones).

    To renew (or become an official member of AQRA),

    (a) read the AQRA Membership Form carefully and then fill it,

    (b) scan/take a picture of it,

    (c) send it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once we receive it, we will send you the payment options.

    At that point,

    (d) make your payment,

    (e) scan/take a picture of the deposit slip and

    (f) send it to us using the same email address.

    Once we receive that payment evidence, we will issue you your electronic membership certificate within 7 business days.

    If you have any question, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Blessings to you all!

Research activities in AIIAS cover different fields of study such as business, education, public health, and theology. Research has traditionally focused more on quantitative methods, which means looking at and measuring variables, and analyzing trends. Qualitative research has yet to see more development especially in the Philippines.

With the dire need of qualitative research in Asia and the available qualitative research experts at AIIAS, Asian Qualitative Research Association (AQRA) was launched.

“In qualitative research we look at the whole human,” says the founder and current president of AQRA, Dr. Safary Wa-Mbaleka. “Numbers cannot give justice to an in-depth exploration of a research idea. For this, we needed to provide a platform for people to talk about qualitative research and develop needed skills in this area.” AQRA was founded and launched by AIIAS on October 28, 2015. As an integral part of the Graduate School, the vision of the association is to empower scholars and to “touch lives through research,” as indicated in the mission statement.

AIIAS presently has a number of qualitative research faculty and the research they have done is notable and highly commended. “AQRA exists to develop qualitative research scholars,” continued Dr. Wa-Mbaleka. He believes that a lot of circumstances around the world today present issues that are far too complex to be answered by quantitative research alone.

AQRA aims to set high standards and provides a platform for interaction for those interested in qualitative research. It plans to generate funds for some research grants. AQRA presently has more than 350 members from over 50 higher education institutions nationally and internationally.

Within the first ten months of existence, it has provided training in capability building to more than 10 institutions in the country. It hosted a much acclaimed international conference on April 20-21, 2016 in Tagaytay City, Philippines, which drew 152 participants from more than 50 colleges and universities from more than 15 countries. The conference consisted of 80 concurrent sessions, two keynote sessions, and four plenary sessions.

Dr. Ella Simmons, one of the Vice Presidents of the General Conference, graced the occasion by delivering a powerful keynote session entitled, “Eyes That See and Ears That Hear: A Case for Qualitative Research” and a plenary with the title, “That God May Know My Integrity.”

An article by Bruce Sumendap as published on the AIIAS Flags Magazine Vol 11, No 2, October 2016.

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