|Primeiro Encontro dos Presidentes das Casas de
(by Michael Guterres,
The First Encontro of the Presidents
of the Casas de Macau worldwide has just concluded in the beautiful and historical city of
Due to the kind generosity of the
Casa de Macau Lisboa, Fundação Casa de Macau, and the Fundação Jorge Alvares, in collaboration with
the Fundação Oriente, all the Presidents of the Casas de Macau worldwide
converged in Lisbon for the Encontro which was held between June 19th - 24th,
2000. The meetings involved daily work
sessions to discuss areas of mutual interest, challenges and ideas in order to promote and
continue our culture and heritage for future generations.
Prof. Engº Luis de Guimarães Lobato
from the Fundação Casa de Macau and Dr.
Vitor Serra de Almeida from the Casa de Macau Lisboa were our
most gracious hosts throughout the week.
The results/conclusions of the work
sessions will be sent to each Casa in the coming weeks for comment, further ideas and
discussion. As there were so many issues
discussed and logistics for many of these still to be ironed out, it is probably prudent
to highlight just a few of the major conclusions here in this article in order to provide
a gist of what the week was like for us in Lisbon.
Due to space limitations, I am unable
to provide further details other than what is written here, but be assured, the week was
filled with "work" and was hectic, fun and most enjoyable.
The President of each Casa was
invited along with his/her spouse. If the
President's spouse was unable to attend or if there was no spouse, the Casa could send
another (one only) representative in place of the President's spouse. As most of the readers of this article know my
wife Carol, you can also then appreciate that there was no way on earth she was going to
let me go to Lisbon without her, so we proudly set out as your Casa's representatives on
this historical Encontro. As we now reflect
upon the trip, we feel incredibly grateful at having met so many of the Presidents and
their wives and the many special friendships and bonds that have emerged from this
Encontro. The foundation is now in place for
many more such meetings in the future as this one has proven to be such a success from the
standpoint of camaraderie, friendships and a sense of belonging to one universal
The journey from Vancouver to Lisbon
was an adventure from the start. What would
normally have been a 16- or 17-hour trip (including a 5-hour layover in London's Heathrow
Airport), turned into a 33-hour adventure thanks to an air traffic controllers computer
crash in London. After a night spent on the
airport floor, we were finally able to leave for Lisbon the following morning on the first
Upon arrival at our hotel (The Lisboa
Penta Hotel) in Lisbon (a day later than planned), we were grateful to see so many
familiar faces, many of whom were in Macau last December for the Handover.
First Major Conclusion Monday, June 19, 2000
On the first day, we were taken by
tour bus to the beautiful clubhouse of the Casa de Macau (Lisboa). The structure is an older heritage-styled home
renovated to suit the needs of the club. It
is a multi-storey building (with basement) which was very likely a family home at some
point in its past, but today, it represents the "Sede Social" for the Macanese
Community in Lisbon.
The first work session that morning
opened with a huge question asked by Prof. Engº Luis de Guimarães Lobato. The question was: "Who is a Macanese?" As most of our members know, there has been an
on-going issue locally about being Macau -born, -raised and -educated, and I was,
therefore, more than keenly interested as to where this discussion was headed. To make a long story short, after a short debate,
it was "UNANIMOUSLY" agreed to by all the Presidents of the Casas de Macau
worldwide, that being born in Macau alone is not the sole criterion. Thus, the first major conclusion of this
conference was reached - UNANIMOUSLY. A
Macanese is anyone: (1) born in Macau, (2) a
descendant of someone born in Macau and (3) someone with a desire in his/her heart to be
Macanese. I was elated at this
"revelation", but it was important to have it clearly defined like this (and
agreed to) by all the Presidents of all the Macanese associations on our planet, including
many in attendance who are Macau-born themselves. As
our members know, this conclusion is exactly what we have been stating all along. This was indeed going to be an interesting week,
and it was going to prove to be just that. It
was also important to have this major issue defined as all discussions during the week
involved the Macanese people, especially our youth, worldwide.
was to progress with several other major conclusions reached, and these will be sent to
every member or included in our next Newsletter once we have received the recap from
Lisbon and have responded with our ideas and suggestions.Lunch on this first day was an
exquisite Macanese lunch which included Portuguese chicken, minchee, rice, bacalhau and
shrimp toast and which was prepared by the staff working at the clubhouse.
ending the day, the Associação Promotora de Instrução dos Macaenses (A.P.I.M.) presented us
with their plans for the logo contest and the 4th Encontro scheduled for the
last week of November 2001 in Macau. A
planning session for the 4th Encontro is in the works for November of this year
so that the Presidents can help decide on just how the Encontro should be run and
Second Day - Tuesday, June
The work session on the second day
was held in the Missão de
Macau, who were also our gracious hosts at a fabulous lunch at a restaurant called Tia
Matilde. The highlight of this second day included a
trip to visit His Excellency Sr. Jorge Sampaio, President of Portugal and the Presidential
Palace in Belem. This was indeed an
incredible and unforgettable honour for us all as we briefly toured the palace before the
President made his appearance. His Excellency
was most gracious as he posed for several group and individual pictures then chatted
briefly with us as he expressed how aware he was of our roles as we strive for unity and
the preservation of the Macanese culture and heritage for future generations. The President was extremely polite especially when
he noticed my wife, Carol, struggling to try to understand his Portuguese dialogue. He noticed this and immediately came up to her,
apologised and started over again, this time in English.
He remarked at the impressive and relatively young average age of the
Presidents and noted that this was indeed going to be our unifying force as we work toward
Third Day - Wednesday, June 21, 2000
The work session was to be hosted by
the Fundação Oriente and was conducted in Arrábida which is over an hour south of
Lisbon. The Fundação Oriente owns a 16th
century monastery there which they have converted into a modern day study-centre while
retaining much of the historical architecture and symbolism which is now nearly 500 years
old. The monastery is built into the hillside
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is situated in a protected area so that housing and
industrial development is either prohibited or strictly controlled. While the Presidents were at the work session, our
hosts took our spouses on a tour of the beautiful peninsula adjacent to the monastery. They returned to join us for lunch and afterwards
were given a tour of the monastery as the Presidents concluded the afternoon session. Lunch was hosted by the Fundação Oriente in a dining room
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean below us.
The day's work session included
discussions on a planned student exchange, scholarships, clubhouses and funding of same
and other items of interest to our Casas.
Fourth Day - Thursday, June 22, 2000
The day's activities did not commence
until 3pm so Carol and I were fortunate to have had the opportunity to race north to Fátima on a personal pilgrimage to this
major religious site. We returned just in
time as our bus prepared to leave on a "fun-afternoon". We were taken on a tour of Estoril, Cascais,
Sintra, and Guincho Beach where we had a magnificent seafood meal hosted by Casa de Macau
Lisboa and Fundação Casa de Macau.
Fifth Day - Friday, June 23, 2000
Today represented the final day of
work sessions and was to be held at the Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau (CCCM) hosted
by Engª Alexandra Costa Gomes. We were given a tour of the Museum of the CCCM
after which they hosted a luncheon at the Verandazul Restaurant where many of us
Later that evening, a Chá Gordo was held at the Casa de Macau
clubhouse (see Day 1) where we finally met the former Governor of Macau, General Vasco
Rocha Vieira. An exhibition of paintings by
Cmte Herlander Zambujo and a live Fado show were the highlights of the evening. The Fado performers were all former students at
Coimbra University, and the music they produced was absolutely magical.
Last Day - Saturday, June 24, 2000
We were taken by bus to the Macau
Pavilion on the Expo 98 grounds where we were given a guided tour of the pavilion. Our hosts then arranged for Holy Mass to be said
on the occasion of the Feast of St. John the Baptist and Dia de Macau. Lunch afterwards was at the Macanese Restaurant
close by within the Expo grounds, and seating arrangements and place cards were very
sensibly used to ensure the dignitaries present were seated with the Casa Presidents and
their spouses (or the invited representative, in the absence of a spouse). Seated at our table at the quite
formal luncheon was one of the sponsors of this Encontro, the new Chairman of the Jorge
Alvares Foundation, General Antonio Lopes dos Santos, himself a former Governor of Macau.
General Vasco Rocha Vieira was also
in attendance, and his self-initiated conversation with me leaves no doubt in my mind we
are on the right track with respect to the troubled clubhouse/unity issue in Vancouver. He gave me sound advice on an action plan which
has been discussed with our Casa's Executive Officers.
It is worthy of note that the former Governors ideas are not too
different from our own.
After lunch, a cultural show (Martial
Arts) was put on for us and was followed by another art exposition, this time by Teresa
Mesquitela Cabral. The beautiful
paintings depicted many present and olden day/historical scenes of Macau. A light cocktail (beberete) party ended the day.
The fact this Encontro has taken
place leaves no doubt in my mind that our culture and heritage must be preserved for our
children and their children in turn. I left
Lisbon with a feeling of belonging to a worldwide community rather than a generic
"Macanese" community, and I am sure many of my counterparts felt the same way. Most of us did not descend upon Lisbon on a
self-promotional tour - but rather on a mission to give, participate and learn how we can
become a stronger community worldwide.
of the week was indeed on our "Youth" and how we can foster in them the desire
to continue our culture for their children. The
many ideas discussed and planned for implementation in the coming months will bear fruit
if we can all keep in mind that all these clubhouses we are striving for may be empty
someday if we do not ensure what we are doing today is carried on by the next generation.
is to continue to have these meetings at regular intervals, and I am sure these sessions
will provide the necessary thrust and motivation for us to continue doing what we have set
out to do. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank once again, the sponsors for their foresight and intitiative which
has led to this Encontro. I thank also the
many individuals who worked so tirelessly in the background, especially Dr. Mário Matos dos Santos of the Fundação Casa de Macau, who so capably handled
all the travel and host arrangements for us all and made sure we were comfortable and had
everything we needed for an enjoyable stay in Lisbon.
Note: Kudos, thanks and appreciation to you,
Michael and Carol, for representing our Casa in Lisbon.
We are all extremely proud of you! Glad you had a wonderful time!)
de Senna Fernandes was visiting family and
friends in May and her visit coincided with our May 13 General Meeting.
It is with much regret that I have to
report that Patricia (Butler) Adams has found it necessary to tender her resignation as
Editor of The Voz due to extreme personal constraints.
Pat has been the backbone and strength behind our Newsletter for the past
three years; she has set the standard and high quality of its appearance, layout and
content. Dont worry, Pat has not deserted us she has agreed to
remain as a Consultant/Advisor to the
Editorial Staff of The Voz. Muito obrigada, Pat!
On every page of this Newsletter, you
can see that it is the July 2000 issue, or perhaps one can call it the summer
issue. Hence, this summer issue
should then really reflect what summer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is all
about, nung eh? Well, we tried but
with no success. Fortunately, like all
previous issues of The Voz, everyone has continued to be extremely helpful and
co-operative, and this summer issue continues to be by us, about us and for
us! Tanto de nossos membros logo ajuda escreve
storias e conta novidades - nung eh somente
So although the lazy, hazy days
of summer are upon us, the muito alegre life of each and every Filho de
Macau in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada goes on, no matter what season we are
in mahjong games have never been known to depend on the weather (jugaderas e
jugadores are always on hand, rain or shine; somente toca quanto telephonadas e voce pode teng tanto paraceiros!), our
beloved lingua Filomacau remains the same throughout the year (although it
may get more intense and more chapado when chuchumecas get together!), our
Macanese taste-buds are in full bloom all year round (without a doubt, an
inborn Macanese trait!), festas are always held indoors because we would not be
able to dine and dance in the rain nor in the snow (sunny days in Vancouver are extremely
unpredictable, and our weather galos spend most of their time in their chuva
See-sung ving neve, see-sung ving
chuva, see-sung ving vento (talvez tambeng vento suju), see-sung ving sol - qualque tempo,
nos Filhos de Macau nadi fica mung mung tung tung! Nos
pode busca tanto coisas pa faze, pa juga e pa come e bebe pa passa horas. Nos Filhos de Macau deveras sabe vivo, deveras
sabe goza! Ving ya, nungcasa faze ceremonia
somente nos com nos!
DELICIOUS! FUN! INFORMATIVE!
(by Edwina Shuster)
A few words that describe the Casa's
first cooking class of the new Millennium (March 26 at the Bonsor Recreation Complex):
The Haslam family Aleixa,
Caroline and Catriona very kindly agreed to be the first 'cooks' of the year and demonstrated Franga nu Pucara, Caldo
Verde and Sonhos. They cut, chopped, peeled,
mixed, stirred with ease and made it all look so very simple!
Our Portuguese teacher, Mrs Julieta
Catao, was also on hand to teach us how to make Broa de Bacalhau. The smell and taste of freshly-baked bread is
very satisfying to one's palate.
There were at least 30 Casa members
at the class learning how to make these Portuguese dishes as well as totally enjoying the
addition to the cooking, we also had two tables set up with genuine Portuguese bric-a-brac
for the members to peruse and enjoy at their leisure.
he Casa will be holding more cooking
classes this year, and each one will be interesting, enjoyable and unique. See you all there!
proxima classe de cozinha!
SPRING SOCIAL 2000
(by Jules Duguay)
The first major social event of the
year 2000 was enjoyed by members of our Casa with their families and friends on April 15
at the Holy Family Church Hall in East Vancouver.
The turnout was great, 91 members and
guests, a good mix of people filling the hall with a happy buzz. We were honoured by the presence of a number of
special guests from UMA, California, and our official Portuguese teacher, Mrs. Julieta
Catao and her husband Jose. Mr. and Mrs.
Catao seem to be learning as much about Macanese culture as we are about the Portuguese
tables were festooned with balloons, paper streamers, and cortadinhas - which, for those younger members such
as myself who may not have recognized them are lacey white table decorations, hand
cut from fine white tissue paper, traditionally made for Macanese festive occasions.
The Casa "choir", formed by
the Portuguese language class, led us all in singing the Portuguese and Canadian national
anthems. They then regaled us with their
rendition of the Portuguese folk song " Tia Anica" in both the original
Portuguese tongue and a Macanese version.
Pre-dinner speeches were succinct and
to the point (thanks Michael!), for woe to any who stand too long between any Filhos de
Macau and their Tacho or Minchi (!); speaking of which, I should write about the food,
arguably the single most important element at any Macanese gathering. The feast was done in a potluck style - my
personal favourite - which yielded a combination of Macanese dishes and North American
style food. Nothing beats carefully prepared
home cookin'! There was Minchi, Prawns,
various types of Chicken dishes, Pasta and Noodles, Barbequed Duck, Salads, and hot
Vegetables. The desserts reflected the
diversity and variety of the savoury entrées, including the likes of Bebinga, Cornstarch
cookies, Coqueira, Natas, various types of Cakes, Mango Pudding, Jello and Fruit Platters. Yum! Despite
our enthusiasm, we swarmed the tables with some degree of order, and I don't believe any
were shy about seconds. We all gave a good
account of ourselves, for when all was said and done (and eaten!), more than a few belts
had to be loosened a notch or two, I'm sure!
The Cultural Committee conspired with
Socials to make the night a memorable success. First,
Betty Sousae reprised her role as the adorably dotty "Cha-Cha" - with the
assistance of sidekicks Mariazinha (Rozario) DuGuay, Angelina Rozario and Edwina Shuster -
generating many laughs.
The entertainment didn't stop there -
Fernanda Ho also assumed a role, that of Eliza Doolittle, complete with hat and flowers,
singing "Wouldn't it be Lovely?" from the classic movie "My Fair
for the winning raffle tickets was held at this point, with the first winner, Mrs. Hercia
Delgado generously donating the prize back to
the Casa. The King family seemed to be having
a lucky evening, as their table scooped two of
the large gift baskets, with another prize going to Angelina Rozario. Although not everyone could win the raffle,
Fernanda, still in character as "Eliza", distributed her flowers to all the
ladies in the crowd. A very sweet touch.
After the main meal was over and
digestion well under way, song sheets were distributed (carefully prepared by Rowena Tan),
and the hall resonated with the combined voices of the Casa lifted in song. The tunes were nostalgic, and Im sure they
brought to mind the good old days of youth for some old timers present. Heck, I felt a little misty eyed myself, and I
wasnt even around back then!
this trip down memory lane, it was time to crack open the snack trays, dim the lights, and
put on some dancing shoes. As he has been many times in the past, Humphrey Ho was the DJ
and audio systems manager. Of course, a
sizeable contingent of dancing enthusiasts did the "Macarena"; while various
other dance tracks and golden oldies kept ankle biters and octogenarians alike jumping
well into the night. Uncle
Humberto Pires even did a turn on the floor. Though
he's closing in on a century, our most senior member continues to delight us all with his
unflagging zest for life.
to "roll credits"
Helping the night run smoothly was
Francis da Costa, Master of Ceremonies. The night was planned and co-ordinated by the new
head of the Socials Committee, Rowena Tan. Rowena
was assisted by her dedicated team, consisting of Tessie Delgado, Hercia Delgado, Gilly
Marshall, Carol Guterres, and new Casa member, Pat Albuquerque - who seems to have jumped
right into Casa life with both feet. On
behalf of all who were there that night, I would like give thanks and appreciation to
Rowena and all the others who were involved in making the Casa de Macau Spring Social 2000
a reality. Their hard work allowed us all to
have a wonderful time, and we have the pictures to prove it!
It was a night of good food, good
friends, and good times - a night that highlights why we all work to have a Casa in the
first place: to celebrate our traditional culture through food, song, and the sharing of
memories while creating new ones... to have a place of our own, wherever we may be.
(Editors Note: Jules,
thank you for doubling as our camera-man!)
NEW VOTING MEMBERS
Our Membership Co-ordinator has
advised that our Casa has 10 new voting members since the beginning of this fiscal year!
DATES AND VENUES*
*refer to your Casa Activity
- next General Meeting - September 9
- Member Appreciation Day - October 7
Programme has been cancelled for October 7
- Portuguese Lessons cum Cultural Programme on August 12 will now be held at the Bonsor
Recreation Centre (instead of Eaton).
Membership dues for fiscal 2000 were
due on April 1. If anyone has
renewal form and payment ASAP. ($15.00 per
voting member). Thank you J
Our thoughts and prayers are with the
families of the following fellow Filhos de Macau who
Aunty Bel Reed (in Seattle, WA)
Carlos Noronha (in
Eduardo Barradas (in
Nelson Souza (in HongKong)
(in Tracy, CA)
Dr Luis Baptista (in San Francisco, CA)
Eddie Remedios (in San
Casa de Macau Club (Vancouver) does hereby express thanks and appreciation to the
Fundacão Oriente for their continued financial support to The Voz, our
Website and our Portuguese Language Classes.
The editorial staff of Voz
dos Macaenses de Vancouver wish to acknowledge and thank all contributors to this
summer edition of The
(Editors Note: (1) Omission of proper accents on the Portuguese
words appearing throughout this issue is because
my keyboard is not equipped with these. Desculpe!
(2) By the way, Boca Tanto* is the pen-name of your humble Editor.)
CLASSES AND PORTUGUESE CULTURE
(by Angelina Fatima Rozario)
Our Portuguese classes, held
fortnightly on Saturday mornings, continue to make good progress. Our teacher, Julieta Catao, conducts the class and
speaks to us in Portuguese. In addition to
textbook exercises and conversation, we have covered a lot of Portuguese culture as well.
At our Spring Social on April 15,
2000, members of our Portuguese class and Julieta led the singing of Hino Nacional
A Portuguesa at the start of the party.
We also sang Tia Anica (de Loule) in Portuguese and
Chuchumeca de Macau in Macanese (both of which were based on the same tune).
we had to teach Julieta how to pronounce some Macanese words such as
chuchumeca and she is now very proud of the fact that she can sing a Macanese song!
Our last three Portuguese classes
coincided with three significant dates in the Portuguese calendar. We observed these dates with pride:
13 - The Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco
at Fatima by Pope John Paul II: During the class, we learned and sang the song
dedicated to Nossa Senhora de Fatima
..A treze de Maio na Cova da Iria,
aparceu brilhando, A Virgem
.. We also had a statue of
Our Lady of Fatima and a music-box accompaniment of this song.
June 10 Camoes Day
and Portugal Day: Julieta gave us some background history on Luis Vaz de
Camoes (1524 1580), the noted Portuguese poet.
After serving in India and Morocco, where he lost an eye, the poet wrote
Os Lusiadas, an epic on the Discoveries.
We read two poems written by Camoes: Alma
Minha Gentil, Que Te Partiste and Descalca Vai Para a Fonte.
June 24 Feast of St.
John the Baptist: We learned from
Julieta that on this day, it is traditional in Porto and Braga to eat grilled sardines. Also one smells the Marjoram plant while another
person taps you gently on the head with a dried leek stem.
(Nowadays, the dried leek stem is substituted by a rubber mallet or hammer.) She demonstrated this to the class.
We also learned a verse on the three
popular Portuguese saints, namely St Anthony (June 13), St. John the Baptist (June 24) and
St. Peter (June 29):
Vem o Santo Antonio
Depois São João
No fin vem São Pedro
Para a reinação
DIA DE PORTUGAL 2000
(by Betty (Figueiredo) Sousae)
11 de Junio, tanto de nossa membros ja attende festa de Dia de Portugal na Escola
Secondario de Killarney a Kerr e 49 em Vancouver. Quanto
membros de nossa Casa ja faze tanto leia de sobremesas de filo-macau por vende. Bagi, batatada, bebinga, gelete de chocolate,
gummi-gummi, genetes, coqueiras, gelea de frutas, bolo de chocolate, pao de leite e gelea
mesa de comidas divera tem bom nengoxio. Nom
pode para de gente-gente qui vem compra comidas. Cada
dos horas, unga par di nos tem di fica encarigado di nossa mesa beleza, bem decorado com
prato-pratos cheio de comidas sabrozo. Na
meio-meio de mesa, unga bonita boneca com ropa de portuguesa e uma fita na cinturum
embrodado com "Casa de Macau, Vancouver" scrito, e mesa adornado com unga toilha
de mesa portuguesa.
e vento forte-forte na aquele dia tamem nunca manda gente fuji. Sedo-sedo, gente vem unga
traz di otro. Mas tarde, tropa-tropa de gente
qui passa aquele porta, divera pode ola qui nossa comunidades portuguesa sum muito forte e
tem muito amizade.
frente de porta grande, na lado baixo de unga grande cobertor de lona, tem cinco ou seis
chefe-chefes muito ocupado - unga ta pica cebolas, tres ou quatro ta assa
sardinhas, befe e galinhas por capi dentro de papa-seco.
Unga linha comprido de gente ta spera por da ordems de comidas e paga, baixo
teatro drento di sala, gente pode vai ola tanto leia de representasum di dansas, cantigas
e poemas di diferente grupos. Muito
um di nos qui ja fica voluntarios, ja recebe unga camisa (t-shirt) di azul com letras PCOV
scrito na lade. Comidas e bebidas e digraca
por nos. Nos pode toma quelcum coisa qui nos care. Nom
precisa paga, qui bom?
de otro clubos ja empe e fala de olotro-sa organacum, e nosse vice-presidente, Miguel da
Roza, ja vai na palco por papia quanto palavras simples por nossa clubo tambem.
noite, unga banda toca musica de fado, e dansas de portugues por unga hora e meia, seguido
com musica e dansas moderno. Nossa membros ja
bem di gosa este festa qui ja acaba quase des horas.
e unga bom festa por unga bom causa qui tudos ja gosa muito.
(by Boca Tanto*)
Casa thanks the Portuguese Club of Vancouver for their kind invitation to participate in
this festive event as well as for the complimentary T-shirts, food and drink, to the
volunteers, and above all, their hospitality.
Our Casas contribution to this
festive event was to co-ordinate the bake/desserts sale throughout the day. There was a total of ten members who volunteered
their time to man the sale and our volunteers were Aleixa Haslam, Mickey da Roza, Betty Sousae,
Angelina Rozario, Lyce Rozario, Ricardo Rozario, Michael Guterres, Carol Guterres,
Humphrey Ho and Fernanda Ho. Our bakers were:
Tina Archer, Grace Johnson, Tessie Delgado, Catherine Guterres, Angelina Rozario, Lyce
Rozario, Betty Sousae and Fernanda Ho.
Muito obrigada pa tudos!
REAL MEN DONT COOK QUICHE
by Patricia (Butler) Adams)
you wanted to know what and how Real Men cook, you should have been at the mens the
cooking class at the Bonsor Rec Centre on June 24. This was a no-holds-barred,
in-your-face cooking class that made WWF look like a cake-walk.
up was Tony Lopez, the Hulk Hogan of chicken-cooking. Tony is of Portuguese parentage, but
has a South African accent you could cut with a faca.
He explained how to make the home-made version of the world famous
Nandos African Flame-grilled Chicken. Microwaves? Theyre for sissies. For this
chicken, you need a flame-thrower at twenty
caused a near stampede by asking if there was a masseuse in the audience, and when the
dust cleared, only Betty Sousae stood victorious and was given the honour of massaging the
cooks back while he deftly demonstrated how to
flatten the chicken. (Not pretty!)
made the mistake of asking for the secret recipe for
Peri-Peri sauce. A voice in the gathering piped up, Of course you can
have the recipe, but then we would have to kill you. Suffice to say the recipe
remains a secret, and Mac lives to attend the next Casa meeting. Nandos not only
provided a generous sampling of their great-tasting chicken for lunch, but also donated a
draw prize. Gilly Marshall was the lucky winner of a gift basket of sauces plus a family
the heels of Tonys presentation came a lecture on safe food handling, presented by
Paul Holtved from Stongs. His motto: Dont mince words; mince meat!
Paul really knows his stuff and tells it like it is. It being the unseen enemy bacteria, in all its five
forms. Questions on food safety came at him as fast as rifle shots, but he stood his
ground and answered each one confidently. He ended with these few words of advice:
Wash Your Hands; Sharpen Your Knives, and most importantly, Dont spit in the soup, we all have to
Gomez demonstrated Creme Caramel with the assistance of his second-in-command,
Anita. No sweet-talk from Gilbert. He recommended using Splenda instead of sugar. Like a
Commander-in- Chief, he issued the orders, while Anita carried them out. Everyone watched
in awe as they brought in heavy artillery in the form of a new hand-operated whipping
cream beater from Wal-Mart, and they cheered wildly when Anita successfully flipped the
Creme Caramel upside-down onto the platter, a particularly delicate operation.
Minchee was next on the menu. Tim
Haslam was ably assisted by his five-year old son, Michael, who entertained everyone with
two renditions of the Alphabet Song while the minchee was cooking. (Real Men sing the
Alphabet Song). Tims minchee was no fuss, no muss. Simple. Cook meat and onions,
then add soya sauce. You want colour, add ketchup; you want spicy, add BBQ sauce. Finito!
our Man at Wok, Mickey da Roza, showed how to cook Mai Fun. The audience hung on his every word until
he took a bit of char siu and popped it into his mouth with his fingers! A shudder ran through the
audience as the dreaded word bacteria was whispered throughout the room.
Mickey hadnt been around for the talk on food safety. But, like the rebel that he
is, Mickey said,Whatsa matter? A good cook never washes his hands, besides, he
added, my mother always used to say O que nao mata engorda , which means If you don't die you'll get fat.
Mai Fun was done, all the food of the day was set out . Alas, there was no Lat Chiu Cheung
to accompany the Mai Fun! Suddenly all fingers pointed to Hercia Delgado, and a cry went
out, Tony Lopez gave her a a sample bottle of the hot Peri-Peri sauce!
Immediately the prized bottle was wrested from her possession (not too difficult to do
because her arm is in a cast) and was placed on the table for public consumption. When it
came to eating, equal rights prevailed, and in typical Macanese fashion, it was first
come, first served, no matter what the gender.
DIA DE SAO JOAO ANNUAL CASA PICNIC
(by Boca Tanto*)
On Saturday, June 17, 2000, we were
blessed with the company of great people, mouth-watering refreshments, glorious weather
and a picturesque environment. The occasion? It was our Casas Annual Picnic to celebrate
Dia de Sao Joao (June 24). Our Social
Team was on the scene as of 10:00 a.m. to set the logistics in motion, and by noon time, gente
gente began arriving.
Muito obrigada to our Social Team for their
enthusiasm and efforts in organizing this years picnic. Muito obrigada also to the members and
guests who turned up in support. Unfortunately
(or might we say, fortunately) our President, Michael Guterres and his better
half, Carol, were unable to join us because they were in Lisbon, Portugal, by
invitation, to represent our Casa at the First Reunion of Presidents of the Casas de Macau
worldwide. (Editors Note: Remember to read
the cover story of this issue. By the way, Michael and Carol,, we devoured for you your share of the goodies!)
Our mascots of the day were Tristan
and Buddy. Tristan is a 4-year old Siberian
Husky and Buddy is a 2-year old Dalmatian, whose parents are Roy and Isabel Ma
and Ricardo and Lyce Rozario, respectively. Our
mascots greeted each other with their waggly tails and intuition
they became instant friends.
Throughout the day, everyone had a
wonderful time - mingling, chin-wagging, sun-bathing and enjoying the
barbequed chicken wings, mai-fun, chili con carne, hot dogs, watermelon, etc..
Some even took to the park to enjoy, among other attractions, the childrens swings
and water-park. (Hey, who said we cant
be kids again!) I guess our line-dancers
found it a little too warm for dancing and decided to sit this one out.
In keeping with tradition, no Filhomacau
picnic would be complete without some form of jogo. Dado Farinha was the name of the
game, and young and old joined in the fun and excitement.
There were no losers, only jinxes to vira sorte de aquele
Among our guests was Father Lucas Ho
who celebrated Mass for us at the picnic shelter. Father
Lucas is the godson of Casa member, Clotilde Waites and he was visiting family and friends
in Vancouver. Father Lucas is presently
serving in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Mass was
simple yet beautiful. I am sure no one had
enjoyed Mass so much in a long time. There
could not have been a more fitting conclusion to a day filled with camaraderie and love
for one another. Muito obrigada, Father
BEATIFICATION OF JACINTA AND FRANCISCO
MAY 13, 2000, AT FATIMA, PORTUGAL
(by Angelina Fatima
13, 1917, three young Portuguese shepherd children were tending their parents flocks
in a field at Cova da Iria, close to the small village of Fatima. Lucia dos Santos was 10, her cousins, Francisco
and Jacinta Marto, nine and seven, respectively.
the sky grew bright revealing the figure of the Virgin above an oak tree. All three children saw the apparition, but only
Lucia was able to communicate. In her
memoirs, Lucia recorded that she heard the Madonna a Lady brighter than the
sun say I am from Heaven. I
have come to ask you to return here six times, at this same time, on the thirteenth of
every month. Then, in October, I will tell
you who I am and what I want.
childrens story was met with skepticism. However,
in the following months, interest picked up, and on October 13, the day of the last
apparition, some 20,000 people gathered at the Cova da Iria. There, the so-called Miracle of the
Sun took place where the sun turned into a vast swirling ball of dancing light. Countless miracles took place that day the
blind could see, the lame made whole and the sick were cured. However, only the three children could see the
Blessed Virgin Mary.
predicted by the Blessed Mother, Francisco and Jacinta died shortly after the visions by
the flu epidemic in 1919 and 1920, respectively. Lucia
joined the Carmelite Convent near Coimbra in 1928.
On May 13
this year, Pope John Paul II beatified Jacinta and Francisco Marto at Fatima amidst an
estimated crowd of 600,000 people. Present at
the beatification of her cousins was Carmelite Sister Lucia, aged 93.
Nossa Senhora de Fatima Our Lady of Fatima
A treze de Maio
On the 13th of May
Na Cova da Iria
At the Cova de Iria
a brilliant light
A Virgem Maria
The Virgin Mary
Ave, Ave, Ave
Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
A Virgem Maria
The Virgin Mary
Cercada de Luz
Encircled in light
Nossa Mae bendita
E Mae de Jesus
And the Mother of Jesus
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!