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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.

Suggestions by Katty Xiomara
23 April, 2017 / , ,

 

She is one of the most internationally known names in Portuguese fashion. Although born in Venezuela, her career development has been in Porto and it is from here that she designs creations that tread on the catwalks of the whole world.

Katty Xiomara was born in Caracas, Venezuela, having arrived in Porto at the age of 18. It was at this point that she decided to start studying fashion. All the same, it was as a student that she won, at the age of 22, the first prize of Porto de Moda. In 1996 she participated in Portugal Fashion for the first time and since then has been regularly present at this event, also presenting collections at Portugal Fashion Paris.

Since 2005 she has participated in international fairs such as Bread & Butter, Berlin and Barcelona, ​​and Project in Las Vegas among others. Her international career was consolidated in 2013, when she began to attend the New York Fashion Week. In 2014 she received the Silver Winner, awarded by IDA “International Design Awards”, a prize that she won again in 2015.

In 2007 she set up her studio in an old townhouse on Rua da Boavista, although it is possible to find her collections in the United States and Japan. Her creations are elegant and timeless but at the same time joyful and romantic, destined for confident women who prefer a unique individual style.

Katty Xiomara’s career also includes collaborations with several international brands, ranging from sportswear to creation of uniforms. A designer who is also a teacher at the same fashion school where she graduated, Modatex.

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Rua da Boavista, 795

Phone: +351 220 133 784

 

Suggestions:

  • Bar – I know it’s not really a bar, but I really like the mojito, blackberryfizz and berrygood at Honorato (Baixa)
  • Restaurant – Traditional and unpretentious: Antunes. In another register, I would emphasize the Flow or the Reitoria.
  • Stroll – Palácio de Cristal, the waterfront between Foz and Ribeira
  • Romantic place – The old manor house of Porto wine, in the romantic gardens of the Palácio de Cristal
  • A secret of the city: It is not really a secret, but I really like Passeio das Virtudes, the Portuguese Photography Centre and Soares dos Reis Museum

 

Fernando Távora – The Master of “Porto School”
3 March, 2017 /

He was one of the most renowned names in Portuguese architecture and the “father” of the so-called “Porto School”.

Born on August 25, 1923, in Porto, Fernando Távora was from a conservative family, descendant of the noble lineage of the Távoras. His first years of life were spent on family estates in Minho, in Bairrada and on the beaches of Foz do Douro. From an early age he showed a great aptitude for drawing and an avid interest in old houses. Contrary to the wishes of the family, who wanted him to study Civil Engineering, he enrolled at the Porto School of Fine Arts in 1941 to study Architecture.

He was a professor at institutions such as the School of Fine Arts of Porto (ESBAP), the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) – which he helped establish – and at the University of Coimbra. Founder of the so-called “Escola do Porto”, he was one of the great influences of other great names of national architecture such as Siza Vieira.

In addition to several works that he designed, and which reflect creativity, functionality, but also social responsibility, he equally contributed in the area of ​​heritage conservation and restoration.

Fernando Távora died on September 3, 2005.

Some of the most emblematic works:

  • Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira
  • Tennis pavilion and outdoor arrangements at Quinta da Conceição, Matosinhos
  • Restoration and adaptation of the Convent of Santa Marinha and Pousada, Guimarães
  • General plan of the Urbanization of Guimarães
  • Remodeling and expansion of the National Museum of Soares dos Reis, Porto
  • Restoration and adaptation of the Palácio do Freixo and Pousada, Porto
  • Casa dos 24, Porto (Historic Town Hall)
Eugénio de Andrade
2 March, 2017 /

Eugénio de Andrade, one of the most translated Portuguese poets, kept a strong connection to Porto for much of his life.

Although he was born in Fundão, Eugénio de Andrade (whose real name was José Fontinhas), lived in Porto for more than 50 years, until his death on June 13, 2005. He arrived in Oporto in the 50’s. At that time and although he already had written works, his position was an administrative inspector of the Ministry of Health and it was for this reason, following a transfer that he came to live in the city. Later he would receive the title of honorary citizen.

Author of several works that earned him national awards and international distinctions, he was also a translator of works by authors such as Federico García Lorca and Jorge Luís Borges. Among the several poetic anthologies of which he was the author, the one dedicated to Porto (Daqui Houve Nome Portugal, 1968) stands out. Although he cultivated strong relations of friendship with other writers and artists, he was discreet. He did not like to give interviews or attend social and cultural events.

He lived for many years at 111 Rua Duque de Palmela, but from 1994 until his death he lived in the Casa Serrúbia, in Rua do Passeio Alegre, in Foz do Douro. This house would become the headquarters of the Eugénio de Andrade Foundation for some time. His manuscripts and other documentation are currently in the Special Collections Room of the Municipal Public Library of Porto.

Not far from here, in the Prado do Repouso Cemetery stands the tomb of Eugénio de Andrade: a white shallow marble grave, designed by his friend Siza Vieira, in which verses of his book “The Hands and the Fruits” are inscribed.

Citations:

“The wisdom of the poet is a second innocence”

“One word is like a note that looks for others for a perfect chord”