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Malaysia. Portuguese pastel that travels the world



Malaysia.  Portuguese pastel that travels the world

I punctuate my trip from Lisbon to Singapore with a few days in Kuala Lumpur to fulfill my desire to visit Malacca. I met people who still speak, sing and feel Portuguese through the descendants of the Portuguese who settled there 500 years ago. The Portuguese remained between 1511 and 1641, until the arrival of the Dutch. The Portuguese community took refuge in the jungle to escape religious persecution. They remained there until the arrival of the British at the end of the 18th century, who saw the Portuguese community as a good way to communicate with the natives, since they spoke the same language and this was part of the local customs. It was taken over by new settlers but did not abandon its cultural identity. Nowadays, Kampung Portuguis is a Portuguese area that has developed since the 1960s, where a Creole language is spoken, which has been preserved through the oral speech of the direct descendants of Portuguese seafarers, slaves and mercenaries from Goa, South Africa, Macau and Mozambique. There is a museum and several restaurants next to low-rise houses with gardens in front of them. This is Praça Portuguesa, where they sing fado and dance the vira. The predominantly Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist country hosts festivals of Lent, Folk Saints and Christmas every year. The area will remain Portuguese and the Malaysian government itself will legislate in this regard; the houses can only be sold to Portuguese families and the toponymy will not change. Speakers of Kristang, the last variety of this Portuguese Creole in Southeast Asia, retain this linguistic connection to their Portuguese roots, but if nothing is done, it will eventually disappear. Malacca’s initial economic momentum has waned over the centuries, but many outside influences have reverberated through its culture. Through the evidence I have gathered, I have confirmed that Malacca has always been a commercial city, open to all peoples and religions. It is in this tolerance that its attributes (cultural, gastronomic and artistic) lie. The city center was inscribed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site (July 7, 2008). It was there that I entertained next to the river, which can be contemplated while enjoying coffee, beer or a more complete meal, on one of the few esplanades that exist in colonial architecture, which is sometimes painted with “street art” and the walls are decorated with plants. At the bar I chose on the first day, I ordered one of many existing brands of beer, a pastel de nata, and even a “dal baht” that was served in a banana leaf so you could eat it with your hand. The pastel de nata was left for last and was as good as the best in Portugal. The dough was just the right consistency, light and crispy, and the filling was just right, creamy but not too creamy, sweet but not cloying. The owners of the bar are not Portuguese by origin, but the pastel in Malacca is almost an institution, not least because it is the most international Portuguese cake. There used to be a small establishment, but there are more. In the final period of the Portuguese territorial conquests, in the 16th century, Infanta D. Maria of Portugal could not even imagine that by publishing the recipe for “pastéis de leche” in her famous book, she would begin the conquest of the world. through a sweet story.

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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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