USJ Commemorated the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities
On 10 June 2019, USJ Commemorated the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities in Macao
On June 10th, 2019, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) commemorated the Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities by attending several celebratory activities in Macao. USJ was represented by its Rector, Prof. Fr. Peter Stilwell, the Faculty of Humanities’ Emeritus Prof. Maria Antónia Espadinha and the Coordinator for the Department of Portuguese Studies of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Vera Borges.
The celebrations started with Portugal’s National Anthem played by the Public Security Police Force of Macao and a flag raising ceremony at the Consulate General of Portugal in Macao. Next, crowds gathered at the Luís de Camões Garden, where activities like poetry recitals by High School students, traditional Portuguese folklore dances and a visit to the Camões Grotto to place flowers next to the bust of Luís Vaz de Camões, a famous Portuguese poet that once lived in Macao and whom the garden is named after, occurred.
Finally, the Consul-General of Portugal in Macao and Hong Kong, Ambassador Paulo Cunha Alves, hosted a Reception for the Portuguese Community and friends at the Official Residency of the Consul-General, which counted with the presence of distinguished guests, including the Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Mr Chui Sai On.