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Amarantino Cesar Duarte became the best Portuguese on the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc. [C/ÁUDIO] – Amarante Express



Amarantino Cesar Duarte became the best Portuguese on the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc. [C/ÁUDIO] – Amarante Express

Cesar Duarte was the best of the fifty Portuguese who competed on Sunday in the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), a mountain race in the Alps that runs through Italy, Switzerland and France.

Athlete Boavista finished 123rd, 33rd among men out of 2956 participants. He completed the 171 kilometers of the race in 28 hours 57 minutes and 18 seconds.

Cesar Duarte, an Amarante GNR Post soldier, admitted to being overjoyed at the feat achieved, admitting he didn’t expect to be “the best Portuguese” after overcoming a knee injury that kept him out of competition for two months and delayed his preparation for one of the most difficult races in the world.

“I did not expect to become the best Portuguese until I was stopped. I had an injury two months ago. I’ve been training for a little over a month. Even though I didn’t practice much, everything went very well because I had the right team with me. I was very afraid because it was a long distance and because of the injury, but everything went well. I was very pleased,” he admitted.

The athlete from Amarante admits that getting the best position among the Portuguese armada was the achievement of a goal that he had been striving for since his first participation in UTMB. But César Duarte is now aiming for more and intends to beat the best Portuguese brand in the competition next year.

“I will be back next year and I want to have the best time in Portugal. I want to see if I can pass the test in 22 hours. I know it’s difficult, but I think I will achieve this goal. Since this year I was afraid, afraid that my knee would break, I did not try. I think I can do it,” he said.

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Cesar Duarte, who competed in UTMB for the fourth time, explains that preparing for a race of this magnitude requires some sacrifices, such as “a balanced diet and long four to five hour workouts, sometimes twice a day.” which is not always easy to combine with the profession of a military GNR.

“It’s not easy because I work most weekends, go out very late and party, but with a love for the shirt, anything is possible,” he guarantees.

Cesar Duarte’s participation this year in the world’s leading trail running event will also be remembered by Cesar Duarte for another, very special reason. A runner from Amarante after crossing the finish line decided to ask for the hand of his girlfriend.

“Do you want to marry me, Diana?” asked Cesar Duarte at the finish line. A resounding yes was the answer.

“This has been planned for a long time. In 2017, I did a 330 km test. But I got to the end almost dead, and I didn’t have the strength to ask, ”he said.

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is a mountain ultramarathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, crossing France, Italy and Switzerland. With a distance of around 171 kilometers and a positive gradient of 9400 meters, it is considered one of the most difficult races in the world.

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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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