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Alexandre Quintanilha
15 March, 2018 / ,

Alexandre Quintanilha, internationally recognized scientist,  was born in Africa and lived in the United States before moving to Porto, where he directed and taught at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology until his retirement. He is currently a Member of Parliament in the Republic Assembly.

He was born in Mozambique on August 9, 1945, son of an Azorean and a German. His father was a famous biologist but Alexander began by studying physics. He graduated in Theoretical Physics at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He later traveled to the United States and studied at the prestigious University of Berkeley, California. It was during this period and whilst living in San Francisco that he met Richard Zimler, then a student. Zimler, who he later married in Portugal, is nowadays a famous writer as well as a university professor.

Between 1983 and 1990 he was assistant director of the Energy and Environment section at the Lawrence National Laboratory. In the 90’s he was challenged to return to Portugal and help found the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, where he eventually became the director. The arrival to Porto happened at the invitation of the neurologist Corino de Andrade, who at the time was already planning to create the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar. It would be there that Alexandre Quintanilha would teach until he retired. He is the author of publications in the areas of Biology, Environment and Applied Physics. He is the only Portuguese member of the National Geographic Society’s Research and Exploration Council. He has published close to 100 articles in several worldwide scientific journals and was the editor and author of six volumes in areas of Biology and Environment. More than a scientist, Alexandre Quintanilha is a passionate for knowledge. He’s lived in three continents, speaks four languages ​​and likes to question what seems permanent. If at first he felt some difficulties adapting to the city, he quickly became infected by the beauty of Porto and by the friendly way in which he was received.

 

 

The suggestions of João Espírito Santo
15 February, 2018 / , ,

One of the most famous Portuguese dentists, frequent TV show guest and a with a charitable mission: make people smile and care of their oral health regardless of their economical standing.

In Portugal, he’s mainly known as “Senhor Doutor” (Mr. Doctor) or “Doutor João” (Doctor João), thanks to a television show that offers dental treatment to the less fortunate. Besides his appointments and investigation, he teaches at Portuguese and Spanish schools.

Born in Porto in 1979, João Espírito Santo studied and worked most of his time in the city, where he founded and runs the Medical Art Center clinic. Porto, and mainly Foz, are his base despite having to travel frequently the past few years for academic and business reasons. Here is where he lives and where he has his clinic as well as some of his favorite spots. João Espírito Santo, married and a father of three, enjoys traditional dishes and restaurants, but doesn’t pass up a family stroll along the ocean or close to the Rio Douro.

 

  • Bar 

Casa do Livro (R. da Galeria de Paris, 85 Porto)

Fé Wine & Club (Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre nº1)

  • Restaurant

Cepa Torta

  1. de Gondarém 843, Porto
  • A stroll

The gardens of Serralves

Or a bike ride from Foz to Afurada, crossing by boat and coming back through the ponte D. Luís (D. Luís bridge)

  • Romantic place

Jardins do Museu do Vinho Porto –  Rua de Monchique 94

  • A city secret (a place that is not well known)

Ham rolls at Casa Bacelar (Praça Dom Afonso V, 55, Porto) Hake fillets or Arroz de Cabidela (Cabidela rice) at the Restaurante A Capoeira (Esplanada do Castelo 63, Porto) Capela de Santa Teresinha (Chapel Santa Teresinha)

 

João Queiroz – Baixa’s architect
7 February, 2018 / , ,

Café Majestic is perhaps his most emblematic work. João Queiroz always worked alone in a small workshop in the Baixa do Porto, and helped define the aesthetics of one of the most famed areas of the city.

He was born in Porto in 1892, and lived all of his youth in a house in Rua de Santa Catarina in front of where Café Majestic currently stands. At the time, those grounds were filled with mulberry trees which were essential for the production of silk. They would come to be occupied by buildings that would become essential to the story of the city, many of them with the architect’s mark.

He did his Preparatory Course of Drawing at the Escola de Belas Artes do Porto and, in 1926, after having worked at the General Board of Buildings and Monuments of the North, received his architect diploma. He would go back to studying at age 52, enrolling in the course of Urbanology which had been created that same year. As his academic and professional lives were influenced by two world wars, he also developed a strong military career and getting to the position of Captain. He was, in fact, known as Capitão (Captain) Queiroz.

His first project was of a rationalist building he created for his father, located at the Rua de Santa Catarina, in Porto. It was there where he established the workshop he always worked from.

His most famed building was unquestionably the Café Majestic, which was initially called Café Elite. When the owners of the café decided to create a window in the back for the sale of newspapers, they resorted to the architect’s services once again. Both the Cine Teatro Olímpia and the Cinema Trindade are likewise his creations; he was also the author of a project for the Coliseu do Porto which ended not being carried out.

Amongst his creations were also private housing and stores. One of the most innovative ones, number 54 at Rua de Santa Catarina, had a circular window display which at the time did not please the most conservative critics. As for housing, number 65 at Rua António Aroso and number 315 at Rua António Patrício are the most conspicuous.

He died at the age of 90, on the 25th February 1982.

 

Marques da Silva – The architect of Porto
10 January, 2018 / ,

His work definitely stamps the city of Porto. From private homes, schools and even the iconic monument, Marques da Silva has helped build a more modern and more beautiful city.

Born on Costa Cabral Street in Porto, he died in the same city in 1947. José Marques da Silva was born, lived and died in Porto, but Paris and French aesthetics influenced him most. He began studying at the Academia Portuense de Belas Artes, and later studied in École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts.

He returned to Portugal in 1896, and almost immediately signed a project of great importance: the São Bento station. In fact, the Gare Central had been his final work in the Architecture course taken in Paris. However, the initial idea had to be reformulated successively, as the station would only be completed in 1916. Despite the fact that a work of such magnitude was handed to him – the city’s first railway station – demonstrates the prestige he already had in the early stages of his career. In 1900 he received a silver medal in the exhibition of Paris, which contributed to increase his national and international prestige.

Throughout his life, Marques da Silva signed several projects that modernized the face of the city. Rarely do you find buildings which fuse aesthetics with functionality and which are sprinkled throughout the city, from Baixa to Serralves.

He was also a professor and director at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto and the School of Applied Art Soares Reis. He was also the author of important works in Guimarães and Barcelos.

Some emblematic works in Oporto:

São Bento Station (1896-1916)

Building of the Four Seasons (1905), Rua das Carmelitas

Atelier Marques da Silva (1909), Marquês de Pombal Square

Monument of the Heroes of the Peninsular War (1909), Rotunda da Boavista

São João National Theater (1910-1920), in Praça da Batalha

Building of the Nascimento Department Stores, (1914-1927), corner of Rua de Santa Catarina and Passos Manuel

Lyceum Alexandre Herculano (1914-1931), on Avenida Camilo

Sobrinho Simões – An Oporto citizen who is a reason of pride for the city
5 December, 2017 / ,

In 2015 the magazine ThePatologist chose him as the most influential pathologist in the world. Manuel Sobrinho Simões is a passionate about Porto and one of the great reasons of pride of the city where he was born in 1947.

Recognized worldwide not only for his work done in the area of ​​thyroid cancer, but also for the pathology schools that he assisted in establishing around the world. Founder of IPATIMUP (Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto) – an internationally recognized research unit that annually conducts hundreds of diagnostic consultations for hospitals and oncology institutes in Europe and America – he is a real workaholic, but always attentive and concerned with the great issues of the world around him.

He was born into a medical family: his great-grandfather and grandfather had been doctors and his father was a professor and researcher in the field of biochemistry. He was born in Paranhos, studied in the area of ​​Antas and Alexandre Herculano Lyceum, before enrolling in medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. He continued excelling as he had been in high school; his academic career was always marked by excellent marks, having won several awards of merit.

An avid member of FC Porto, he also played hockey in Estrela and Vigorosa Sport and was champion of ping-pong at university.

It was at the University of Porto that he took a liking to Pathology. His love of travel had grown since he was young, thanks to prizes of academic merit and some help from his grandfather. After his marriage, he did a post-doctoral in Oslo, Norway and it would be from this international experience that he would become known internationally.

In addition to collaborating with universities and hospitals around the world, he is the author and co-author of hundreds of articles. At the age of 70, he continues to have an intense rhythm of work, but without neglecting his grandchildren and the rest of the family, with whom he likes to spend his free time. As a child he played in the garden of Arca d’Água, but currently he prefers cycling in the City Park.

Pinto da Costa – The man who put FC Porto on the map
7 November, 2017 / ,

Although he once played football, it is not for scoring goals that makes him stand out in FC Porto. His vision for the club, the strategy he outlined and his strong leadership has made FC Porto one of the most prestigious clubs in the world.

Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa is not only adored by the fans of his club, who sing songs with his name during the games and affectionately call him “The Pope”. He is also the president with the most football titles won at the helm of a club: two Cups of Champions / Champions League, two Intercontinental Cups, two UEFA / Europa League Cups, one European Super Cup, 20 National Championships, 12 Portuguese Cups and 20 Super cups.

Since January 13, 2017 this year he is also the leader who has the longest tenure in the world superseding Santiago Bernabéu (former president of Real Madrid).

He was born in Cedofeita, Porto Downtown, on December 28, 1937, in a family of the upper bourgeoisie, more interested in culture than in sports. However, one of his uncles was already a feverish supporter of FC Porto and took him to see his first game of football in the Field of the Constituição. He would later become a club member and, after high school was no longer just a supporter, he engaged in the club management positions. He began to work in the section of roller hockey, went through boxing and other modalities.

His entry into the football department happened in 1976. In 1978 FC Porto became national champion, 19 years later. The club seemed to have begun a victorious cycle, but in 1980 Pinto da Costa disagreed with the management and moved away. In 1982 he applied for the first time to the leadership of the club and won with 95% of the votes. The rest is a success story.

During the 80’s, FC Porto gained national and international prestige; in the 90’s, they won for the first time five consecutive national titles. In the first decade of the 21st century, there were more titles, including the UEFA Cup in 2003 and the Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup in 2004. The victories in football add to triumphs in other sports as well as important land leveling works: old Estádio das Antas, the construction of the Estádio do Dragão, Dragão Caixa and the FC Porto Museum.

Suggestions by Joaquim de Almeida
6 November, 2017 / , , ,

With a career spanning almost 40 years and more than 100 films and television series, Joaquim de Almeida is the most famous Portuguese actor in the world. He lives in the USA, where he worked for the most part of his career, but spends some periods of the year in Portugal.

He was born in Lisbon in March of 1957, being the sixth of eight children to a couple of pharmacists. His career, however, would turn out to be another and, still very young, chose to pursue the profession of actor. When the Conservatory of Lisbon was temporarily closed due to the upheaval caused by the revolution of April 25, he moved to Vienna to continue studying. At that time he landed a job as a gardener.

In 1976 he went to New York to study acting with Lee Strasberg, Nicholas Raye and Stella Adler, while working in a bar. His first major role came in “The Soldier” in 1981, but it was “Good Morning Babylon” that launched him into an international career that has not stopped since. He has worked with actors such as Harrison Ford, Gene Hackman, Antonio Banderas, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh, Benicio del Toro or Kiefer Sutherland.

As a guest star on TV shows such as “CSI Miami” or “Bones” – where he often plays the role of a Latino villain – he has also appeared regularly in other series, such as “24”, “Queen of the South” or “Training Day.” Simultaneously, he continues to work with Portuguese filmmakers and actors, achieving box office successes and winning several awards and distinctions.

 

Best bar

On a more cultural level, I suggest Maus Hábitos. To go out late at night, any day of the week, Casa do Livro.

Best Restaurant

It is difficult to choose one. Thus, there are three:  Oficina of chef Marco Gomes or the LSD of the chef João Lupo and also the less known Paparico, perhaps the biggest secret to eat well in Porto

Romantic Site and Tour

Sail the Douro River on the boat that was built for the 60th birthday of Queen Elizabeth of England. Spend two nights in cozy rooms and enjoy first class service. September and October is the best time to do so.

Secret of the City

It is the view that one has from the space of the Cooperativa Árvore. How beautiful it is to see the Douro from there, spend the afternoon between a wine and a snack … Very close to the center and yet, still so unknown to the people of Porto.

Pedro Burmester – A life at the piano
13 October, 2017 /

He has played the piano since his childhood, having a career at an international level and he is one of the mentors of Casa da Música. Pedro Burmester is one of the greatest icons of the Portuguese culture.

Born in Porto on October 9, 1953, Pedro Burmester studied for ten years with Helena Sá Costa (1913-2006), a renowned pianist, who in addition to a notable international career, also excelled in teaching. Burmester has been since an early age a prodigious student. His first concerts happening when he was only 10 years old

In 1981 he finished a Superior Course of Piano at the Porto Conservatory with full marks. Between 1983 and 1987 he was in the United States, where he worked with Sequeira Costa, Leon Fleisher and Dmitry Paperno. He also attended several master classes with pianists such as Karl Engel, Vladimir Ashkenazi, T. Nocolaieva and E. Leonskaja.

He has won prizes in several contests, such as the Moreira de Sá Prize, the 2nd Vianna da Motta Prize and the Special Jury Prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in the USA.

Throughout his career he has participated in all Portuguese music festivals and in international events around the world. In the late 90’s he toured Australia with the prestigious Australian Chamber Orchestra.

He collaborated with conductors such as Manuel Ivo Cruz, Miguel Graça Moura, Álvaro Cassuto, Omri Hadari, Gabriel Chmura, Muhai Tang, Lothar Zagrosek, Michael Zilm, Frans Brüggen and Georg Solti.

Pedro Burmester has a vast discography, including solo albums, but also has collaborated with other artists.

In December of 2013 he performed at Casa da Música in a recital edited in January of 2015. That same year he performed the five Concertos for piano and orchestra of Beethoven with the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Casa da Música.

He was Artistic and Education Director at Casa da Música, a project he helped create and implement. Nowadays, besides his artistic activity, he is a professor at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) in Porto.

Hélder Pacheco
10 July, 2017 /

The storyteller of Porto

A scholar of the city’s history, he has published dozens of books and hundreds of articles about Oporto. He is one of the few that knows the secrets of the city and the soul of the people of Porto.

Born in the old Rua do Correio, in the parish of Vitoria, Hélder Pacheco has since a child been passionate about the city. His grandfather took him to the old Palácio de Cristal (which disappeared in the 1950s); his father was a supporter of various sports, accompanying sports events that took place in Académico, Camélias Park and Fluvial Park.

The memories of his childhood and many years of study made him one of the greatest specialists in the History of the City. In addition to several works on the history and characters of Porto, he also studied, for example, the hospitals of the city, the festival of São João and the trams. Besides telling facts and stories, Hélder Pacheco demonstrates all his passion in the texts that he writes for the city, apart from sharing his opinion and his vision about what is Porto and what it is to be a local of Porto.

A journey that may seem surprising, considering that he studied Fine Arts. Later, he also studied Pedagogical Sciences and History, passing through the universities of Porto and Coimbra. As a student and researcher he deepened his knowledge in the areas of Education and Cultural Heritage outside of Portugal. He collaborates with newspapers and magazines, has had radio programs and has participated in conferences in Portugal and abroad.

Since the 70’s he has been intensely involved in civic activity, integrating commissions and entities in the areas of Education and Heritage. His work has been recognized with several awards, including the Medal of Merit – Gold Degree – of Porto City Council (1988). He is also an honorary member of several communities of the city.

Rui Veloso
26 June, 2017 /

The father of Portuguese rock

A career of 35 years, 25 albums released, more than one million CDs sold. They call him the father of Portuguese rock because it was his first album which was released in 1980, that national rock was born and developed, conquering   the great public.

Rui Veloso was born in Lisbon in 1957, but when he was three months old his family moved to Porto and at the early age of 6 he started playing the harmonica. The blues were his first passion and Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and B.B. King   greatly influenced him. As a teenager, he formed a band and began composing music. In 1976 he met Carlos Tê, the author of the lyrics of most of his songs. He had made some homemade recordings of unpublished songs and one day, without his knowledge, his mother sent the tapes to a Portuguese record label that challenged him to sing in Portuguese. In the 1980s “Ar de Rock” is released, an album with awesome tracks achieving great success from the public and critics.

This would be just the beginning of a successful career. Over the last few decades, Rui Veloso has gained a prominent place in the Portuguese music and international recognition that allowed him to play alongside the legendary BB King in 1990. That same year he performed before 12,000 people in the Pavilhão do Dramático, in Cascais, a feat never achieved before by any Portuguese artist.

The following year he performed in the first part of the concert of Paul Simon, before more than 50 thousand people.

In addition to having already performed in many concerts abroad and having released albums in other countries, Rui Veloso has participated in several projects with other Portuguese musicians.