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A vacation abroad, in a country where the Portuguese wrote in their own language.




Because of Covid-19, we have been without vacations for a year and a half. An earlier tour report recreates the ‘out’ vacation replacement. Places, guides, comrades and natives of the country are remembered. It remains to remember the tours, views, landscapes and monuments. Finally, vacation inside, in the mental mode “tour (s) ismar”.

The focus is on a pre-coronavirus visit to Vietnam organized by the Boa Nova mission magazine, which was enthralled by the experience of an exotic country. By bus, boat, plane and on foot, it was about three thousand out of four thousand kilometers. coastline that has 1650 in a straight line. A country that on the map looks so much like puddles and rice fields of the second largest producer, hundreds of kilometers of coffee crops and, as we were told, lands of various minerals; like a dragon facing China. There are already many industrial plants and growing companies polluting rivers, beaches, adjacent waters and their fish. It will be the third largest coffee plant after Colombia.

In this range of three to four Portuguese, about 95 million live and work continuously. Tonkin in the north, Anamita in the center and Kochichina in the south. Many rivers are full of beauty and polluted waters leading to the vast Mekong Delta with its myriad of boats and river market. You cannot miss some of the guided boat trips. One of the incredible spectacles that cannot be forgotten is the thousands of motorcycle anthills. They follow us, look at us face to face, surprise us from the right, to the left, on avenues and alleys. They carry the driver, almost always in a mask that protects against pollution, with two, three, four more passengers. These processions do not stop; It looks like the bet came on pawns. During my first visit to the country, surprised, I even jokingly asked the driver if they had come to wait for me at the airport and accompany me. An accident can be expected through the anthill every five minutes; however, you won’t see them in a week. There is no explanation. A three-hour boat trip with a seafood lunch on board among dozens of islands in Halong Bay in the north bordering China was a spectacle of surprises and beauty. Hue led walking tours of the citadel, a “forbidden” imitation of Beijing. In search of ancient remains, another boat trip was made through the murky waters at Hoi Na, where the Portuguese Jesuit from Guarda, father of Francisco de Pina, 1585-1625. (The teacher of another Jesuit, Alexander de Rhodes) studied, taught and wrote for the Anamita (Vietnamese) language. Before that, it was an oral Chinese dialect, and since then it has been written in Latin letters.

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The fortified city of Hue, the capital until 1975, serves to compare the Forbidden City of Beijing with other tyrannical empires and emperors, but comparing them to our culture of current, pilot democracies is more shocking than understanding past cultures. If we compare this to a ceremonial visit to the mausoleum of the great Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, the chastity who defeated the Americans and unified Vietnam, we can better understand each other. Thanks to the tactics of this strategist, we have little experience of visiting the military underground of Ku Chi, near the Cambodian border. People under sixty were invited to climb into these wormholes, and those over seventy and eighty were afraid to surrender, but not everyone was careful; “88”, for example, crawled about thirty meters through the holes without panic. He was comforted that he was able to say that he did it, as did the million tourists who pass here every year.

Comparison is one of the most exciting travel experiences. In the north, at 170 km, we saw only the church; in the south, Bien Hoa, for 5 or 6 km, more than 15 or 20, many are comparable to large cathedrals. The north, through Hanoi, remains more Buddhist and communist, with the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum fueling this ideology. But that did not stop the Spanish guide from the north from weaving miracles with changes in communist discipline to obey and collect service fees for market countries in Africa, where everyone can already have the initiatives they want, but only with the Good of the One Party. A sort of Revolutionary Council on April 25 or close to the Constitutional Court of state communism, softer than in China. The guide boasted that the system had free schools all the way to the university. We, the participants in the discoveries and preachers, were left with the sweetness of the Christian Portuguese connection with this country, and on another visit I was pleased to hear that it was the Portuguese who brought the Christian faith to their country and taught them to write. language; and I, who knew how to pronounce even the most difficult sounds. Disguised lusophony?

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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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