In the course of the 17th and 18th centuries, people from India thronged Macao and many governors of that settlement hailed from Goa like Luís de Mello Sampayo and Diogo de Mello Sampayo, both born at Bassein, Vasco Carneiro de Sousa e Faro born at Taleigão and more recently Mourão Garcez Paiha.

Native Goans started holding high positions in several branches of the administration at a later stage, but already in the 17th century priests trained and ordained in Goa began to arrive in Macao dispatched there at the request of the local sea.

Mário Leão (passage from a conference given in 1992 at Institute Menezes Braganza)

Communicare Trust  through Viagem Oriental aimed to bring back some of the treasures hidden in the lost cupboards of Indo-Portuguese houses, that many of these Goans brought back from Macau. Communicare Trust in collaboration with the Macau-based Gabinete de Apolo ao Ensino Superior (GAES) and the International Institute of Macau (IIM) has organised a photography competition on the topic Viagem Oriental- Rediscovering Macau in Goa.

The competition began on 19 August 2016 and was open to all photography enthusiasts. Photo enthusiasts had to capture the remnants of Macau that still exist in Goa; in the form of crockery, porcelain keep-sakes and even mosaics that were made with broken pieces of china. The best 40 pictures were displayed at a photo exhibition that was held on September 20 at Sunaparanta, Altinho. The selected 40 photos were made into a coffee table book that was released on September 20.

Winners of Viagem Oriental

First Place

Goencho Avaaz
Photo by: John Lino D’Mello
Location: Campal

Second Place

Uphill Climb: Ivory lady in a pulled rickshaw
Photo by: Alisha Manuel
Location: Alto Porvorim

Third Place

Third prize: Shades of pastel
Photo by: Fernando Monte De Silva
Location: Margao