Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

From Casa de Macau USA, Inc. Board of Directors

May this Christmas fill your homes with the peace and joy of Christ.

May this year, you come even more closer to God.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Treasure the smiles, good times and memories.

Leave behind the disappointments, hard-times and enemies.

Hold onto Faith, Hope and Beliefs.

And may your New Year be filled with Love, Joy & Peace!

 

Casa de Macau U.S.A., Inc.

President's Message

 

December 6, 2020

 

Dear Fellow Members,

Wishing you all and your families good health, wealth, and happiness.

The safety and health for all of you are the upmost concern for Casa de Macau.  Therefore, due to the coronavirus epidemic, two of our major events: Silver Jubilee Party and Annual General Meeting have postponed to next year of 2021.

Hopefully, things will be back to normal soon and we will resume all of our activities when situations are normalized.  May the year of 2021 be a safe and prosperous year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Directors for their dedications, selflessness, and times given to the Club.  Most of them have been doing for the wellbeing of Casa de Macau for years. I, sincerely welcome new blood to run affairs for the club.  Please come and help us with the activities.

I am looking forward for your supports so that Casa de Macau will continually to grow as a strong and healthy club.

A very kind and friendly reminder that the dues of $10.00 per member for 2021 are due on the 1st of January 2021.


Please send your checks to:


Albertino da Rosa:  25555 Compton Court Apt 113, Hayward CA 94544

Alice DaLuz:  36156 Toulouse St, Newark CA 94560-1659

Geraldina Wong: 3152 Ptarmigan Dr Apt 1, Walnut Creek CA 94595

Henrique Manhao:  1380 Lichen Court, Concord CA 94521



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Sincerely,

Henrique Manhao      

Casa de Macau U.S.A., Inc.

2020 Annual General Meeting Cancellation Notice

 

November 9, 2020

 

 

Dear Members:

 

Due to the new COVID-19 cases as well as hospitalizations are on the rise, the Board of Directors are regrettably decided to cancel our 2020 Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Macau Cultural Center, 37695 Niles Blvd, Fremont CA 94536 until further notice.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and be safe!

 

 

Best regards,

 

Board of Directors

Casa de Macau U.S.A., Inc.

25th Silver Anniversary Celebration 

 

Dear Members:

 

During this period of heightened concern around novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Casa de Macau U.S.A., Inc. has decided to take extra precautions to suspend all celebration events including the upcoming 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration until further notice. 

 

We are continually monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other governmental agencies to ensure we are up to date on the most current guidelines in order to resume all event activities.

 

Thanks to all the hard works and devotions from our Directors, supports from our Members and friends both from local and abroad, Casa de Macau comprehends twenty-five years of wonderful memories.  The 25thSilver Anniversary Celebration is a huge important event supported by Conselho das Comunidades Macaenses, Fundação Oriente and the Fundação Jorge Alvares.  However, due to the pandemic circumstance continues to develop, we are taking extreme cautious for the health and safety to our Members, our 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration is hereby postponed and we will keep you all inform upon available confirmed dates.

 

Please be assured that we will have an unforgettable celebration with excellent food, dance, and music entertainment for all of our dear Members.

 

Thank you and be safe!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Henrique Manhao, President

University of Macau

Master of Arts in Portuguese Language and Intercultural Studies

Tuition fee waiver1
Postgraduate House fee waiver2
Monthly Stipend3
Assistantship4

Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition

Tuition fee waiver1
Postgraduate House fee waiver2
Monthly Stipend3
Assistantship4

Master of Arts in Translation Studies (Portuguese-Chinese)

Tuition fee waiver1
Postgraduate House fee waiver2
Monthly Stipend3
Assistantship4

  1. Students who meet GPA 3.0 or above after the first year of student shall receive a continuation of the scholarship.

  2. Students will be assigned to a shared bedroom in Postgraduate House and need to serve in Faculty / Global Affairs Office for 5 hours / week.  The serving hours may be exempted by taking into account the study workload of the student. 

  3. Monthly stipend are available through the student trainee program.  Student trainee positions are subject to availability but Global Affairs Office will try to endeavor a placement for international students who are in need.

  4. Assistantship is available for student by Faculty.  For details, please visit Guidelines of UM Master Assistantship (https://www.um.edu.mo/grs/en/admissions_master_assistantship.php

Website links:

- Introduction of University of Macau: https://www.um.edu.mo/about-um/overview/introduction.html

- Global Affairs Office of UM: https://gao.um.edu.mo/international-student

- UM International Student Scholarship: https://gao.um.edu.mo/international-student/international-scholarship-schemes

- Application for the Master Degree: https://www.um.edu.mo/grs/en/admissions_regular.php

 

Does the World's Newest City Speak Portuguese? Get to know the History, Attractions and What to Do in MACAU

There is a place on the planet that has just taken the rank of richest in the world and it was once a Portuguese colony! Meet Macau, now an autonomous territory of China, which is also the world capital of casinos, but with strong marks from its Portuguese. In 2019, Macau's GDP per capita exceeded that of Tokyo, according to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The Portuguese, however, is spoken by a minority of the population and the most popular language in Macao is Cantonese. Here's what to do, what to eat and macau's top attractions!

 

Protest-free Macau to win financial policy rewards from China

Farah Master, Keith Zhai

MACAU/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Macau next week to announce a raft of new policies aimed at diversifying the city’s casino-dependent economy into a financial center, according to over a dozen interviews with officials and corporate executives.

The move is seen by officials and executives in Macau as a reward for having avoided the anti-government protests that have gripped nearby Hong Kong over the past six months.


The policies include the establishment of a yuan-denominated stock exchange and the acceleration of a renminbi settlement center already in the works, as well as the allocation of land for Macau to develop in neighboring mainland China, they said. 

While there has been speculation about the proposals in recent months, the fact they have been officially approved has not previously been reported. 

“The financial industry used to be an idea that we reserved for Hong Kong,” said one Chinese official who requested anonymity. “We used to give all the favorable policies to Hong Kong. But now we want to diversify it.” 

Xi’s trip to mark the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China comes as the central government has praised the city for upholding the “one country, two systems” framework that governs both Hong Kong and Macau.

In contrast, China has condemned anti-government protests in Hong Kong and accused demonstrators in the financial center of undermining national stability. 

China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Macau Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Macau Light Rail Transit (LRT) is also called Metro Ligeiro de Macau. Its construction work has been officially started since 2012 although the site investigation project started in 2003. Once finished, it will serve Taipa, Macao Peninsula and Cotai.

Currently, Macau light rail Taipa Line Phase One has been under construction since 21st February, 2012, passing Taipa old district, residential area and tourist area. With a length of around 13 miles (21 kilometers), Taipa Line Phase One will connect Border Gate and Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, covering 21 stations. The exact operation date of this line is in suspension, but it is said that it is expected to serve the public in around 2019 or 2020. Besides Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, this line links several transportation hubs such as Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal (Maritime Ferry Terminal), Lotus Checkpoint and Macau International Airport (MFM).

According to the long-term plan, Macao will totally have 5 subway lines. Macao-Taipa Line Phase II, Seac Pai Van and Coloane Line, Hengqin Branch Line, Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge Line, which are under research now, will operate in future years. In addition, this convenient transit system is also planned to link to the Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Railway. Passengers can spend around an hour to reach Guangzhou in December, 2020.

 
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Eight New Wonders of Macau

 

After 54 days of voting, the election of the eight "new wonders" of Macau was completed. 

Among 20 options, Penina Hill, the two Lakes and Macao Tower, Happiness Street, Senado Square, Travessa da Paixão, fishing village of Coloane, the Long Chao Kok trail in Hác- Sá and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai Macau Bridge, the Chinese Culture Exchange Association, the promoter of the initiative, announced. 


According to the president of the association, among more than 30,000 votes counted, 60% were submitted by residents.

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Macao is an interesting mix of Chinese & Portuguese traditions

From history and religion, to casinos and gourmet cuisine, Macao has an eclectic array of attractions.

"News from India Today"

Do you think the Portuguese would have dropped anchor in this part of the sea?" asks Chen, smiling, as I gaze out of the clear windows of the Turbojet ferry fast nosing its way over the Pearl River Delta towards Macao. The 48-year-old Australian, who originally hails from this petite peninsula, has my attention as she laughs, "Well, as kids we'd often let our imagination run wild and imagine their fleets of ships gliding towards our shores."

Well, that's what happened in reality too, when more than 400 years ago, Portuguese sailors sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, into the Indian Ocean basin towards China. In a few years' time, they had made Macao on the southern edge of China, their colony. As they settled here, marrying local girls, a new ethnic group the "Macanese" came up.

CITY WALK

Macao, we are told, offers quite an interesting mix of Chinese and Portuguese traditions and it's more than evident in its architecture, culture and cuisine. "But that's only if you can tear yourself away from its casinos," adds Chen, laughingly.

And she may well be right. With more than 40 casinos in its 30 sq km, Macao has for long been happy with its moniker of Las Vegas of the East. But in no mood to sit on the roulette table and let the game of chance play havoc with my wallet, I tell her exploring the other - the 'Macanese side' - will be more my cup of tea.

"Ah, you shan't be disappointed," said Chen, giving me a thumbs up after we disembark. Taking in the crisp morning air, enjoying the artistic high-rises and the innumerable opulent addresses that open up around the Cotai Strip, one thing seems clear - Macao clearly wants its place high up on the travellers' itinerary. And not as one where you squeeze in a day or two's trip. We checked into the Hotel Royal and soon were on our way to discovering the delights of the city that, was recovered by China in 1999 from the Portuguese after centuries. It has much to give you an adrenaline rush, says our guide Jenny Kou, pointing to the Macao Tower located in the new reclaimed area of West Bay.

This has become a landmark ever since it was inaugurated in December 2001. With the introduction of the skywalk in 2003 and bungee jumping two years later, it has become a must-visit place for adventure lovers. Despite not having the nerve to indulge in these gravity-defying sports, I still find myself enjoying the experience of zooming up to the 61st floor, to a height of 338m and watching the queue of youngsters waiting to step onto the outer glass rim. I can't help but admire the courage and nonchalance with which they're readying themselves for bungee jumping and skywalking. Of course, songs like You can do it playing and messages such as, "Why live on the edge when you can jump off?" painted on the glass wall egg them on.

BAKED TREATS

Quaint pastel Portuguese-style houses and narrow cobblestone lanes let you experience the Macao of yore. It's difficult to imagine this serene little place was once a pirates' den. All that remains of that is a monument dedicated to the fight against these sea robbers. After a look at the Chapel of St Francis that boasts of some beautiful paintings including one of Jesus and Mary with Chinese looks and robes, we're at the must-do part of Coloane, Lord Stow's Bakery. Biting into the hot egg tarts, we learn this bakery was launched in the mid 1980s by Andrew Stow, a British pharmacist turned baker. And as he was an Englishman, some locals called him Lord Stow, which stuck. The Macanese avtar of the Portuguese style pasteis de nata made him and his egg tarts the talk of the town. No trip to Macao is complete without a taste of this edible icon.

TEMPLES AND PANDAS

Panda watching is next on our list as we head to the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion located in Seac Pai Van Park. It's not just the kids who're excited to see the Kai Kai and Xin Xin, two giant pandas - kept in separate areas for the male bear is a bit of a bully - and their offspring Mano and Irmao, but even the grown ups for whom this up, close and personal experience is a treat. Also take a dekko at the ornate temple dedicated to the goddess of seafarers, A-Ma - from whom Macao is believed to have got its name - in the Taipa Village. Not too far from the serene Our Lady of Carmel Church lies the Taipa Houses Museum considered to be a prime example of Portuguese architecture that has influenced much of Taipa Village. Later that evening, as it turns into a twinkling fairyland we stroll in the Senado Square paved with wave-patterned black and white stones. It's fun checking out outlets selling wares - from branded stuff to souvenirs like coins and postcards. As Kou tells us about the cultural activities such as fireworks, lion and dragon dances and the Grand Prix - when some of the major streets are converted into a racetrack - we sit near a fountain admiring the Ruins of St. Paul's church. First built in 1580, this gorgeous structure survived several fires. The last one was the result of a typhoon that hit Macao in 1835. Left with just its façade and a grand stairway, it is nevertheless, impressive and probably one of the most photographed sites of this pretty peninsula.

 

Events

Mid Autumn Festival Celebration   September 2020
Our Lady of Fatima Celebration    October 2020
Annual General Meeting   November 21, 2020

 

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Objectives and Purposes

The primary objectives and purposes of this corporation shall:

 1- To organize and operate activities exclusively for pleasure, recreation and other nonprofitable purposes and to conduct social and fraternal activities for the benefit of its members,

2- To promote social contacts and any other lawful cultural activity approved by its Board of Directors that would foster a social relationship between its members and that of other Portuguese social clubs.

 3- To educate its members of their Portuguese history, language, literature, art, music and domestic arts.


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