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Portuguese Pride – JM Opinion



Agostinho Silva

If there is a phenomenon that evokes and encourages Portuguese patriotism, it is a sport, namely international football competitions, as is the case in the 2020 European Final, which the pandemic has postponed until this year.

It is a phenomenon that is gaining momentum and enthusiasm among the various Portuguese communities in every part of the world. What can be understood: after all, it is somewhere else, in foreign lands, that more confirmation of our Portuguese identity is required. For our compatriots, Portugal’s assertion is not limited to the selfless and usually winning way in which the Portuguese devote themselves to various professional activities, pride in being Portuguese also implies the effective recognition of Portugal in areas such as sports, culture, economics and even the leadership of high national figures. in international organizations.

Just over a week ago, Madeira hosted an extensive program of celebrating the Day of Portugal and Portuguese Communities. The speeches and calls for patriotism were worthwhile. In less than two weeks, we will hear the same messages again from other actors and in an abbreviated frame for the Day of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

At the same time, during Euro 2020 in eleven European capitals, the name of Portugal and its chief sports ambassador, Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo, was remembered by both citizens and foreigners. All this enthusiasm is moving towards a sporting result, which may even weaken this afternoon if the outcome of the game against Germany differs from the result obtained against Hungary.

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There is euphoria that can be interrupted at any moment, but there is national pride that persists and takes root more and more. Football is one of the few activities in which Portugal competes effectively, where it can compete against any other country.

In the United Nations, which is a different “world”, we have a second mandate from the Portuguese, Antonio Guterres, as Secretary General of this huge machine. Another reason to be proud, another fact that is increasing Portugal’s presence in the world.

The former Portuguese prime minister became the first Portuguese to take the UN seat. He served his first term, and the second part – from January 1, 2022. Respected and listened to, Guterres is a conciliator who has already taken his place in world history.

257,508 hometowns?

According to the officially released figures, 257,508 citizens are registered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira and will therefore be able to vote in the next municipal elections. Now, there is something that shocks the pride of the Portuguese: in an era of technology and simplicity of processes, using sophisticated data intersection to establish the truth, the Portuguese state continues to spread “lies” such as the number of registered people.


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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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