Happy Chinese New Year
February 1, 2022


Kung Hei Fat Choi - Happy Chinese New Year! Always welcome the new morning with a new spirit, a smile on your face, love in your heart and good thoughts in your mind.


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



President, Henrique Manhao
Vice President, Albertino Da Rosa
Treasurer, Alice DaLuz
Secretary, Geraldina Wong
Directors:  Luiza da Rosa, Americo Coelho, Marta DaLuz,
Gil Manhao, Robert Wong, Jennifer Wong

Contact information:
1380 Lichen Court, Concord CA 94521 (hjmanhao1@yahoo.com)
25555 Compton Court Apt 113, Hayward CA 94544 (albertinod@sbcglobal.net)
36156 Toulouse St, Newark CA 94560-1659 (anemerald@gmail.com)
3152 Ptarmigan Dr #1, Walnut Creek CA 94595 (geraldina_wong@yahoo.com)


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

President's Message


January 1, 2022


Dear Fellow Members,

Wishing you all and your families a very Happy New Year with peace, love, and prosperity.

The Board of Directors would like to extend our upmost gratefulness for all of your supports and assistances, in especially on your participations to our 25th Anniversary party.  The celebration party was a huge success and we thank you all.  The party would not be the same without you.  In addition, congratulatory messages were received from Macau and Portugal for this special occasion.

As soon as the pandemic is over and when situations are normalized, we will resume all of our activities.  May the year of 2022 be a safe and prosperous year.

I am looking forward for your continue supports to Casa de Macau so that we will continue to grow to a strong and healthy community.

A very kind and friendly reminder that the annual membership fees of $10.00 per member for 2022 are due on the 1st of January 2022.

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      

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 (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!


Macaense Sabrina Mendes coroada Miss Hong Kong
Macanese Sabrina Mendes crowned Miss Hong Kon

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A macaense Sabrina Mendes de Assunção, de 22 anos, foi, este fim-de-semana, coroada Miss Hong Kong. Em segundo lugar ficou Carina Leung, de 26 anos, e em terceiro Kristy Shaw, de 27 anos.
Sabrina, de ascendência chinesa e portuguesa, nasceu em Macau e começou a aprender dança aos seis anos. Tem experiência em ballet, dança chinesa, jazz, hip-hop e dança latina, entre outros. Formou-se em Bioquímica e Biologia Humana pela Universidade de Toronto, no Canadá, e espera seguir a carreira de médica.
A jovem cresceu para tornar-se uma competidora forte, referiu o júri durante o concurso. De acordo com a comunicação social da região vizinha de Hong Kong, a vitória de Sabrina foi cuidadosamente ponderada pela sua mãe desde que ela era criança. “Ela sempre me estimulou e apoiou. Recomendou que participasse no concurso, e como também tinha pensado nisso, acabei por me inscrever”, explicou Sabrina aos jornalistas.
A mãe de Sabrina também tem passado no mundo da moda, tendo sido segunda colocada no concurso Miss Macau de 1990, ainda com o território sob Administração Portuguesa.
Para além do terceiro lugar, Kristy Shaw também arrecadou o título de Miss Amizade, enquanto Penny Yeung, de 19 anos, ganhou o prémio Miss Fotogenia. Os prognósticos davam Fabienne Kwan como a principal candidata a receber o ceptro, mas a chinesa acabou na quarta posição.
O palco para o evento deste ano custou mais de um milhão de dólares de Hong Kong. O tema do certame foi baseado na arquitectura das civilizações antigas, tendo sido usada tecnologia de ponta para diversas apresentações durante o espectáculo. As cantoras Jacky Cheung, Joyce Cheng e Gin Lee foram alguns dos nomes que subiram ao palco para actuar.
Sabrina Mendes é a segunda mulher de origem portuguesa a vencer o título de Miss Hong Kong, depois de, em 1988, Michelle Reis ter arrecadado o primeiro prémio do concurso. Michelle Reis, actualmente com 51 anos, também nasceu em Macau, e tem feito carreira de modelo e de actriz na região vizinha. Michelle casou-se com o milionário Julian Hui, em 2008, depois deste se ter divorciado de Pansy Ho, filha do falecido magnata do jogo Stanley Ho.
The Macanese Sabrina Mendes of Asunción, 22, was crowned Miss Hong Kong this weekend. In second place was 26-year-old Carina Leung and 27-year-old Kristy Shaw. Sabrina, of Chinese and Portuguese descent, was born in Macau and began learning dance at the age of six. He has experience in ballet, Chinese dance, jazz, hip-hop and Latin dance, among others. She graduated in Biochemistry and Human Biology from the University of Toronto in Canada and hopes to pursue a medical career. The young woman grew up to become a strong competitor, the jury said during the contest. According to media in neighboring Hong Kong, Sabrina's victory has been carefully pondered by her mother since she was a child. "She always encouraged and supported me. He recommended that I participate in the contest, and as I had also thought about it, I ended up signing up," Sabrina explained to reporters. Sabrina's mother has also spent time in the fashion world, having been runner-up in the 1990 Miss Macau pageant, still with the territory under Portuguese administration. In addition to third place, Kristy Shaw also won the title of Miss Friendship, while Penny Yeung, 19, won the Miss Photogenics award. The predictions gave Fabienne Kwan as the main candidate to receive the title, but the Chinese finished in fourth position. The stage for this year's event cost more than a million Hong Kong dollars. The theme of the event was based on the architecture of ancient civilizations, and state-of-the-art technology was used for various performances during the show. Singers Jacky Cheung, Joyce Cheng and Gin Lee were some of the names who took the stage to perform. Sabrina Mendes is the second woman of Portuguese origin to win the title of Miss Hong Kong, after Michelle Reis won the first prize of the contest in 1988. Michelle Reis, now 51, was also born in Macau, and has made a career as a model and actress in the neighboring region. Michelle married millionaire Julian Hui in 2008 after he divorced Pansy Ho, daughter of the late gambling mogul Stanley Ho.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


Casa de Macau USA's 25th Anniversary

December 12, 2021


A Casa de Macau, USA felicita  a Comunidade Portuguesa e Macaense por ocasião
do Dia de Portugal,
de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas 

Casa de Macau, USA congratulates the Portuguese and Macanese Communities on the occasion of Dia de Portugal, of Camões and the Portuguese Community

June 11, 2022



Dia de Portugal - Saturday, June 11, 2022


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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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