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How the Portuguese Map Saved Me in South Korea



How the Portuguese Map Saved Me in South Korea

None of my Luxembourg cards went through the taxi driver’s device in the middle of Seoul.

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Madalena QUEIROS

None of my Luxembourg cards went through the taxi driver’s device in the middle of Seoul.

I know it was nine thousand kilometers. That it took me about 13 hours by plane to get to the other side of the world. That the taxi driver did not understand anything from what I said. That I did not understand anything from what he told me. But all I had to do was stop at the door of my destination, a hotel, on one of Seoul’s many avenues, and turn around to realize it was time to pay the bill for I don’t know how many thousand Koreans had won. Instinctively, I opened my wallet and proudly pulled out my Luxembourg bank card. Turning away, the taxi driver quickly handed me a small white car that looked like something from the Cosmos 1999 TV series. And so he handed over the card. From the first try. Anything. It must be a small device, I thought. I renewed the card again. And he went back there, trying to get through it. Anything. Let’s try with the second Luxembourg card. After two more attempts, nothing. And the gentleman at the entrance to the hotel where I was, opened the taxi door for me. And the taxi driver looks at me suspiciously. And I imagined myself already being interrogated by the South Korean police, detained at a police station on the other side of the world because I couldn’t pay the bill. When… I remembered my Portuguese bank card, which I hardly use. Without much hope that it would work, I handed it over to the taxi driver. And to my surprise… it worked!

This is one of the mysteries that has tormented me for a long time. Why does the richest country in the world, which ranks second in terms of investment funds in the world, have such an archaic system of bank cards, compared to the Portuguese system. Because ATMs in Luxembourg can withdraw money and nothing else. While Portuguese ATMs only need to cook….they can pay bills, transfer money, charge mobile phones, buy train tickets and even pay tax debts.

As for South Korea, where I went with the Economic Mission led by the Crown Grand Duke, I keep the memory of a high-tech city full of Christmas lights that never stops. Where historic buildings sit side by side with skyscraper architecture of the future, in the world’s fourth largest metropolitan area with a population of over ten million people. Friendly, delicate people who do everything to guide us. It was 72 hours in the eastern lands, full of surprises and some disrespect for journalists from the local authorities. At the last moment, journalists were canceled at the Korean Space Forum, where the Korean president was present.

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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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