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Almost a century of the Portuguese humanist – Observer



Almost a century of the Portuguese humanist - Observer

September 6 Adriano Moreira, Mr. Professor of a huge audience of students and admirers, in which I am proud to include myself, ends 99 years of his life, continuing to devote himself to the common good. An existence that originated in the village of Tras os Montes, which, like many other lands in the interior of Portugal, was part of the Geography of Opportunity.

Hence, it became necessary to appeal to the big city. Going down the map to fight for a promotion in life.

A city in which, thanks to his life dedicated to public affairs, in many of its dimensions, he would achieve the status of a senator. The honor that his modesty, even if masked by a bashful smile, does not allow him to accept.

A life in which there is so much to be told, even if one does not take into account the historical issues and curiosities about which more and more informal coexistence has made me a confidant. However, at a time when voices emerge wishing to interpret the past through the eyes of the present, namely to reduce Portuguese expansion to the reprehensible slave trade, I decided to write about his short but indelible passage through the Foreign Office and decided to write an analysis of six decades. A step back until September 6, 1961, because on his birthday, Adriano Moreira decided he didn’t deserve a gift. Better two, as explained below.


Thus, on that day, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adriano Moreira repealed the Statute of the Indigenous Peoples by Decree-Law No. 39,666, written in his own hand. The decree, the preamble of which is the most perfect synthesis of Portuguese colonization and condemns the usual lack of authenticity in the relationship between word and action. Consequently, the regulation designed to protect indigenous peoples and protect their private rights ultimately failed to live up to “the reasons and intentions that determined it” and actually harmed those who should be protected.

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One paragraph at the end of the Decree-Law ended an annoying practice that had lasted for decades. It was authenticity that showed that her time had come. In fact, it is in the name of this authenticity that a year later, on September 6, 1962, Adriano Moreira will be forced to pass Decree 44.455, which aims to exempt former indigenous people from the documentation required to obtain a ticket. personality. Once again, it was the minister who showed that he was aware of the existence of agents of the colonial administration, who used this pretext to prevent access to a document confirming their existence as a citizen.

It may be worth remembering that Adriano Moreira continues to insist on taking responsibility for all the actions he takes in any life circumstances, namely as foreign minister. In fact, at this stage in life, the only thing that worries him is the thought that he may not have done what he could have done. An unnecessary inconvenience, but it points to the humanistic instinct of one who was right before that time, which was predicted by a regime that could not read the winds of history. A regime that refused to change policy and faced the need to look for another minister.

Speaking about history, when asked about the role that history would play for him, Adriano Moreira once again showed humility and simply said that history has something to worry about. Fortunately, the time has not yet come for this balance. There is only one year left until the century. Fortunately for the Portuguese, who can continue to count on the attentive, welcoming and enlightened presence of the senator.

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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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