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Francisco Javier de Olazábal: If I were Portuguese, I got the impression that I would be in politics – Weekend



Francisco Javier de Olazábal: If I were Portuguese, I got the impression that I would be in politics - Weekend

Francisco Olazábal (meaning “great forge” in Basque) has always been associated with the family home, where he has received public and private recognition throughout his career. Grandpa Ramon was the first to come to Portugal and became the administrator of the House of Ferreirinha. The descendants followed a very close path.

Let’s start with his father’s family, which gave him his nickname. Where is it from?

My family is 100% Basque. Even my grandfather only had Basque nicknames. He came from a family in Iruna, on the border between Spain and France, where my seventh grandfather, Domingos de Olazábal, was the first mayor. Irun was dynamic with industry and a lot of smuggling. The family and the entire population took an active part in these events. It was a family that had a certain significance in this area. My great-grandfather, since he knew the passages in the Pyrenees, the ports very well and was a Carlist, was appointed a kind of adjutant to the groom Carlos. This dispute began in 1830 and dragged on until the last war (there were three of them) in 1876.

His grandfather Ramón de Olázabal y Mendoza was the one who contacted D. Antonia Ferreira’s family by marrying his granddaughter. But he did not live in Portugal.

I lived in Saint-Jean-de-Luz and it was there that I met my grandmother, the granddaughter of Ferreirinha and the daughter of the Count of Azambuja, who was married to Maria da Assuncao, the only daughter of Doña Antonia. I had some property, namely the family palace (Arbelaiz) in Irun, which was burned during the war and later returned to my elder uncle.

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Title marriage?

My grandmother Maria Luisa Ferreira de Mendoza was the daughter of the Count of Azambuja and the granddaughter of Ana de Jesus Maria, Infanta of Portugal and Duke of Loulé. Hence my claim to the throne of Portugal. [risos]

Why did your grandfather come to Portugal?

This happened in 1920 for a very simple reason. He belonged to a family of twelve brothers. He married my grandmother, who had eleven brothers and sisters. And, to fulfill the family tradition, he had twelve children. He lived on his income and that of his wife. But my grandmother’s income was much more important than his, who had several farms in the Basque Country, a few things, and maybe some fortune. At some point, he realized that it was necessary to take a closer look at the assets of his wife, who had an important stake in Casa Ferreirinha, at that time called Companhia Agrícola e Comercial dos Vinhos do Porto.

He also owned part of the Quinta do Vale Meão.

In the division of my great-great-grandmother’s estate, the 20 farms she had were distributed among her two children, and the two largest, Vesuvio and Meao, went to her son and daughter, respectively.

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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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