170th Portuguese Anniversary Gala Dinner

November 4, 2019

Yesterday evening [Nov 3], the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports Lovitta Foggo spent time with His Excellency, the President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro, at a gala dinner in his honour.

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During the ocassion at the CedarBridge Academy, Minister Foggo reinforced the importance of Bermuda’s Portuguese heritage.

Minister Foggo said, “President Cordeiro, as you’re keenly aware, in 1849, the first Portuguese immigrants arrived on Bermuda’s shores from Madeira, leaving behind their families and all that is familiar. For nearly two centuries, their vibrant customs, unique traditions, distinct language and fascinating personal histories have been woven into Bermuda’s story.

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“On November 4, we will formally recognize the 170th anniversary of the arrival of the first Portuguese immigrants in Bermuda with a Public Holiday — and we are so delighted to join you in celebrating this significant historical milestone.”

Minister Foggo continued, “President Cordeiro, our Portuguese residents have played a significant role in Bermuda’s social, economic, political and cultural advancement. Their contributions have been immeasurable.

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“As the Minister responsible for Community and Cultural Affairs, I not only look forward to sharing with you more about our efforts to help raise awareness about our Portuguese heritage throughout our community, but I also look forward to reinforcing our shared cultural commonalities.”

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Earlier in the day yesterday, Premier David Burt, Governor John Rankin and Cabinet Ministers joined President Cordeiro at a special 170th Anniversary church service at St. Theresa’s Cathedral.

President Cordeiro and a delegation from the Azores are visiting the Island through November 5, to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the arrival of Portuguese immigrants to Bermuda. A number of events are being held to mark the occasion.

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  1. Rocky5 says:

    More PLP pandering to our proud, hard working Azorean brothers & sisters!!

    • Onion Juice says:

      Well did you realize that thanks to the PROUD, HARD WORKING BLACK BERMUDIANS who built this Island with FREE LABOUR for a few centuries and decided that they were not going to work FREE any more, hence the arrival of proud hard working Azorean brothers and sisters?
      Some of us know our HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • wa says:

        You don’t know your own history, OJ.

        We laugh at you, OJ.

      • Anbu says:

        Jealous much oj? Such a sad little individual. Please keep this up. Im burning calories laughing. Dumbass.

    • P.L.P. pandering??
      Rather a disrespectful WORD to use, Rocky5.
      It would appear as though you dislike the P.L.P.
      Conclusively, relocate!!!
      That would/ should whet your disrespectful appetite better!

  2. Dread says:

    Dam!!!! Minister Foggo, you look great!!!

  3. Dunn juice says:

    See everyone dressed for the occasion.

    • Anony. Mous says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Then again, it was Cedarbridge. I wonder why not Southampton P. or somewhere like that? Maybe it was an issue of space but ‘gala dinner’ and Cedarbridge don’t exactly go together…

  4. rubberman says:

    A nice gesture. I look forward to the PLP thanking the many guestworkers who have also worked very hard for the local economy, often against a backdrop of racism and vitriolic comments.

    Will never happen though, as guestworkers cannot vote, so they are worthless in the eyes of the PLP.

    • swing voter no more!!! says:

      People like you in the OBA are the reason they had to change the name. You will never understand.

    • Pure Madness!!!!! says:

      Sooooo, you don’t see yourself as worthless by the OBA/UBP when they are the Gov’t of the day. You still will not be able to vote then either…. SMDH!!

      • rubberman says:

        The difference being, of course, that the OBA weren’t sucking up to the Portuguese to get their vote.