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Feb 22, 2023 thru Apr 6, 2023

Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in His word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor.       - Pope Francis

Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.     - St. Francis de Sales

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

Directors and Officers

(From left to right)

Robert Wong (VP Backup), Jennifer Wong, Geraldina Wong (Secretary),

Elsa Denton (President Backup), Albertino da Rosa (Vice President), Luiza da Rosa,

Henrique Manhao (President), Marta DaLuz, Arnold Lim, Alice DaLuz (Treasurer)

Gil Manhao (not at the picture)

Contact information:

1380 Lichen Court, Concord CA 94521 (

25555 Compton Court Apt 113, Hayward CA 94544 (

36156 Toulouse St, Newark CA 94560-1659 (

3152 Ptarmigan Dr #1, Walnut Creek CA 94595 (

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President's Message

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January 1, 2023


Dear Fellow Members,

Another year went by very fast.  Wishing you all and your families a very Happy New Year of 2023 with peace, love, and prosperity.

In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had two fantastic parties on December 2021 for our 25th Anniversary and December 2022 for our Christmas party. The Board of Directors would like to extend our upmost gratefulness for all of your supports and participations.  Your loyal supports and especially for the ones who traveled far to attend the events are very much appreciated.  Many thanks to all the parties’ helpers. Especially Albertino, Alice, Geraldina, Elsa, Marta, Robert, Jennifer, Arnold, and all the Directors.  Everyone contributed and excellent team work was reflected on our successful celebrations.

In regards of the next Encontro in Macau, I am still waiting for the information from Macau and we will keep you posted as soon as it is available.  It seems like the pandemic still persists in Macau but let’s keep our finger cross and wish for the best to come soon.

Casa de Macau always looks for members who are interested to be involved to work as Directors or Officers so that we can continue to run the club’s affairs efficiently.  Currently, we have a good team.  New bodies are welcome to replace as if Officers’ positions become available.  Please contact us if you are interested to be part of the team.

A very kind and friendly reminder that the annual membership fees of $10.00 per member for 2023 are due on the 1st of January 2023.

Please send your checks to anyone from below:

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

Happy New Year!


Henrique Manhao      

Portugal President's Visit

President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, visited the Portuguese-American communities in California, the state with the largest diaspora of Portuguese origin.

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Casa de Macau's Vice President, Albertino DaRosa and member, Elsa Denton represented the Casa to meet with the Portugal's President.

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In gesture of appreciation, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa invited the Portuguese community of San Jose for a lunch on September 25, 2022 at the I.E.S. Portuguese Hall of San Jose.

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Casa de Macau's Vice President, Albertino DaRosa met with reporters from CNN Portugal and from Washington DC RTP.

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University of Macau

Master of Arts in Portuguese Language and Intercultural Studies

Tuition fee waiver1
Postgraduate House fee waiver2
Monthly Stipend3

Master of Arts in Second Language Acquisition

Tuition fee waiver1
Postgraduate House fee waiver2
Monthly Stipend3

Master of Arts in Translation Studies (Portuguese-Chinese)

Tuition fee waiver1
Postgraduate House fee waiver2
Monthly Stipend3

  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 (

Website links:

- Introduction of University of Macau:

- Global Affairs Office of UM:

- UM International Student Scholarship:

- Application for the Master Degree:

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FLAD Legislative Internships

For ages 18 to 25
Summer 2023

Open Call for FLAD’s Legislative Internships

The Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) launched the 2nd Edition of the Call for FLAD’s Legislative Internships. This program, designed by FLAD for young Americans of Portuguese Ancestry – aged 18 to 25 -, this year will be enlarged to support seven internships at the offices of Portuguese American elected officials in the United States Congress, and at State Senate and House of Representatives of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

These are paid, in-person internships, with the goal of providing to the selected candidates first-hand experience of the legislative process and knowledge about local and federal government. In addition, the internships will give interns tools to develop their leadership skills and boost their careers.

Internships will happen between April and August - varies depending on the internship office - with flexible starting date, length and working schedule.

The call is open until March 10, 2023, 11:59 PM, Pacific Time / March, 11, 2023, 2:59 AM.

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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!

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Facts about the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Sea Bridge and Tunnel

The bridge makes Macau's sights easier to get to from HK's airport

  • Opened: October 24, 2018

  • Length: 55.5 kilometers (34.5 miles)

  • Allowed top speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)

  • Materials: 420,000 tons of steel plate, 330,000 tons of steel bars and 1,000,000 tons of concrete.

  • Travel time on the bridge: about 40 or 50 minutes. This includes about 6 minutes passing through an undersea tunnel.

  • Immigration checking time: Immigration checking procedures on both sides of the bridge may add up to half an hour at each port as of early 2020.

  • Other features: The HKZM project has one undersea tunnel and two artificial islands.

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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

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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.


The City Name of God

"News from Jornal Tribuna de Macau"

As Macau was the only territory of all Portuguese possessions that never hoisted the Spanish flag, King João IV awarded in 1654, as a reward for the loyalty of Macau's population to Portugal during the Philippine occupation, the honorable designation of “THERE IS NO OTHER MORE LOYAL”, to be added to the name of the city of Macau, and since then it has been called:


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Battle of Macau

"From Wikipedia"

The Battle of Macau in 1622 was a conflict of the Dutch–Portuguese War fought in the Portuguese settlement of Macau, in southeastern China. The Portuguese, outnumbered and without adequate fortification, managed to repel the Dutch in a much-celebrated victory on 24 June after a three-day battle. The battle is the only major engagement that was fought between two European powers on the Chinese mainland.

Background - 

After the Portuguese gained permission from the Ming mandarins to establish a permanent settlement and trade base in Macau in 1557, the port of Macau benefited greatly from being the intermediary of the lucrative China–Japan trade, since the direct routes were banned by the Ming court due to fears of the wokou pirates. Portugal's success in Macau drew the envy of other European maritime powers who were slower to gain a foothold in East Asia. When Philip II of Spain became King of Portugal after the 1580 Portuguese succession crisis, Portuguese colonies came under attack from Spain's enemies, especially the Dutch and the English, who were also hoping to expand their overseas empires at the expense of a country that had largely ceased to exist.

Macau had been raided by the Dutch in 1601, 1603, and 1607, but the Dutch invasion of 1622 represented the first real attempt to capture the city. The Hollanders, frustrated that their trading post at Hirado was unable to compete with the Portuguese traders at Nagasaki as a result of the latter's easy access to China, hoped that the capture of Macau would grant them a commercial base in China while at the same time depriving the Portuguese of the profitable Macau–Nagasaki route.[2] The fall of Macau would also leave the Spaniards in the Philippines without means of support and make it easier for the Dutch to mount an attack on Manila.[3]

Despite the raids, the Portuguese authorities had not raised an extensive defensive system for the city because of interference by Chinese officials. Macau's defenses in 1622 consisted of a few batteries, one at the west end of the Macau Peninsula (later site of the São Thiago da Barra fortress), and one at each end of the southern bay of Praia Grande (São Francisco on the east and Bom Parto on the west), plus a half-completed Fortaleza do Monte that overlooked the Cathedral of St. Paul.[4]

The sorry state of Macau's defenses became known to the Hollanders when the Dutch ship Gallias seized a Portuguese ship carrying a case of letters off the coast of Malaya at the end of 1621. Judging by these intercepted letters and information available from Japan, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies Jan Pieterszoon Coenconsidered that Macau was not in a position to resist a serious attack, and set his invasion plan in motion.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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Happy 90th Birthday

Albertino and Luiza da Rosa

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Christmas Party 2022

December 16, 2022

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Upcoming Events

2023 Events


Dia de Portugal Festival

Saturday, June 10, 2023    10am - 6pm

Kelly Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95106


Dia de SÃO JOÃO 

Saturday, June 24, 2023

(See flyer for information)



Sunday, October 15, 2023

11:00am Mass at St. Anne's Catholic Church 

1600 Rossmoor Pkwy, Walnut Creek CA 94595


12:15 PM Lunch at Rossmoor Fairway Room, Creekside Clubhouse

1010 Stanley Dollar Dr, Walnut Creek CA 94595

(Flyer will be posted when available)

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Casa De Macau USA

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Our Background

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.

Explore the rest of our site to learn more about what we have to offer, and get in touch with any questions. Casa De Macau USA is here for you.

We welcome anyone of Portuguese heritage by birth, marriage, or born in Macau to join our Casa de Macau.  Please click the below "Membership Application Form" link to complete the application process.

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Casa De Macau USA

37695 Niles Blvd
Fremont, CA 94536

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