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Francis X. Remedios, Ph.D

The Macanese diaspora will be proud to learn that one of its members, Francis X. Remedios, Ph.D., has authored a book “Legitimizing Scientific Knowledge: An Introduction to Steve Fuller's Social Epistemology. Http://www.lexingtonbooks.com/isbn/0739106678

In his review of this work, http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=2041, Thomas Uebel of the University of Manchester states that “Remedios' Introduction has done epistemologists a real favour.”  After a lengthy discussion of Remedios’ thesis, Uebel concludes, “Even so, it remains his merit to have advanced the discussion of Fuller's "social epistemology" to this stage.”

Francis hails from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the son of Horace F. Remedios.  To help place the latter, it is mentioned that Horace is a member of the Ho Mun Tin, Kowloon, family whose brothers and sisters include Philo, Gloria, Gaspar, Rene, Thelmo, and Zella.  


Anchors Aweigh, Brandon

Just about all the Filomacaus at Lusitano Club of California, UMA, and Cabrillo Club knew Brandon William da Costa, when he was the quiet unassuming son of Orlanda da Costa who had to tag along with her to all the meetings, parties and other events of these clubs that she attended because he was of baby-sitting age.  Was he bored silly?  Take a guess!

Well, Brandon had enough of that eventually.  On December 16, 2002, he joined the United States Navy - to see the world presumably.  His first assignment after a short training period was not exactly what he had in mind.  It was to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, i.e. right in the middle of all the war turmoil in that part of the world.  Undaunted, he applied himself to the task of doing well, and recently received a letter of commendation from Vice Admiral D.C Nichols, Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, which read

For exemplary performance of duties as a Patrol Craft Crewman, Harbor Patrol Unit, Naval Security Force assigned to United States Naval Support Activity, Bahrain from June 2003 to May 2004 in support of Fifth Fleet Operations.

You consistently displayed exceptional initiative, dedication and attention to detail in the execution of your duties.  Your superior performance as a crewman and M-60 Gunner for an Armed Patrol Craft ensured the safe passage of 200 United States and Coalition high value assets transiting to critical re-supply ports, inshore anchorage and amphibious objective areas.

You consistently provided the highest level of force protection enabling the safe and successful completion of 900 escorts and patrols for vessels.  Additionally, you maintained a professional and vigilant security post, ensuring 100 percent inspection of all vehicles and personnel entering Mina Sulman Pier.

Your distinctive performance reflects credit upon you, your command and the United States Naval Service.

Signed D.C. Nichols, Vice Admiral, United States Navy.

Well done, Petty Officer Brandon William da Costa, and well deserving of your re-assignment to Japan on January 12, 2005, on board the aircraft carrier, the USS Kitty Hawk.  We expect you will have a bit more fun there than on your days attending Filomacau meetings, parties and events. 


Maria Cecelia Roliz

In inaugural elections for officers to staff the executive committees of the newly constituted Conselho das Comunidades Macaenses (CCM), held during the 2004 Encontro das Comunidades Macaenses in Macau, Maria Cecelia Roliz, President of Lusitano Club of California, was elected 2nd Vice President of  the CCM's Conselho Geral.  In that capacity, Maria will represent the 12 Casas de Macau of the world in executive sessions of the Conselho Geral.  Seven other Casa candidates competed for the prestigious post.

A Diaspora Macaense na America heartily congratulates Maria on being accorded this high honor and wishes her every success in her endeavors on behalf of the Casas.



Well done, Stephen Remedios!


As reported by David Stell, News Editor of the Ajax-Pickering News Advertiser, Ajax, Canada on July 21, 2004:

"What started out as a tender moment between sisters has led to the bright lights of Hollywood. Steve Remedios of Ajax has won a worldwide digital photography contest held by Hewlett-Packard and Project Greenlight, an independent film company owned by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.  There were about 5,000 entries worldwide.

In addition to having his pictures used in an HP advertising campaign, Mr. Remedios won a chance to be an on-set photographer for a Project Greenlight film, as well as earning a walk-on role in the movie.

The contest was called You Take Five, and the aim was to take a series of five photos that tell a story.  Mr. Remedios took pictures of his youngest daughters, Nicole and Sarah, playing chess

It all started when Nicole, who was five when the pictures were taken, “didn’t want to watch cartoons,” so he suggested she try chess.  “My seven-year-old said she would play. I went in and they were concentrating pretty hard. I got my camera and the pictures came out great,” he says. “It was one of those times you watch kids entertaining themselves.  “It’s a good story to go along with good pictures.” 

Mr. Remedios spent three days in Hollywood, meeting Affleck and Damon, and Chris Moore, the producer of the American Pie movies. He also received  the whole red carpet treatment, including being interviewed by Entertainment Tonight.

Project Greenlight helps up and coming moviemakers and Mr. Remedios will be working on the film ‘Feast’. “It’s about aliens killing people. It’s horror and comedy mixed in,” he explains.  Wes Craven, a veteran of horror movies, “was brought in to oversee these things, he adds.  It’s pretty big.  I didn’t realize how big it was, to be honest.”

 Nicole is now six and Sarah is eight.  His oldest daughter Jenna is 10. “They’re excited to see me being part of a movie.  They don’t know about the rest,” he says.  He’s on the set for ‘Feast’ and will have a walk-on role.  Hopefully, it will lead to other opportunities.”

 For now, he’s a broker with Freedom Bond Brokerage.  He also has a sideline photography business with his brother Jeff and a friend."

Stephen Remedios, son of Lourdes and Eric Remedios of Toronto, accompanied his prize-winning entries, which he titled  "Morning Challenge," with the following words:

"Instead of wanting to watch cartoons for the 100th Saturday morning in a row, my 5-year-old daughter asked me to play chess.  When I told her I was too tired, her 7-year-old sister excitedly accepted her challenge.  I set up the pieces and was waiting for the barrage of questions on how each piece moved.

After enjoying my coffee and newspaper I still had not heard a word from them.  They were concentratng so hard they didn’t notice me taking their pictures.  Who won?  I’d have to say it was me."

(A Diaspora Macaense na America is indebted to Gloria Anok of Casa de Macau no Canada (Toronto) for the foregoing story. Photos courtesy of Hewlett-Packard Website www.hp.com. - Ed)



Ray Cordeiro

By Virginia Maher


Reinaldo Maria "Uncle Ray" Cordeiro, 78, MBE, began his working life as a warder at Stanley Prison and had a stint at the bank before boredom led him to apply to the newly opened Rediffusion in 1949. He started as a scriptwriter in the days when DJs had to follow strictly the patter and choice of music of scriptwriters. He moved over to Radio Hong Kong, now RTHK, in 1960, where he introduced live shows, before opting for late-night easy listening in 1970. He says the secret to becoming the world's most enduring DJ is speaking from the heart.

"I started in cable radio in 1949. I love saying that because of cable TV nowadays. Ever heard of cable radio? Well, I was there. I wasn't allowed to go on air, because I was a scriptwriter. I knew absolutely nothing about scriptwriting. I went to them straight from the Hongkong Bank. When I came back from
Macau after the second world war, there were no offices open, only the Hongkong Bank and the government. So I went with a bunch of Portuguese boys to Stanley Prison, where we all became warders. We had a lot of fun, but I gave in when my dad insisted I joined him at the bank.

I stayed for four years, but I was bored to my bones. There were no computers in those days. Everything had to be done by hand, and those ledgers were so heavy. Imagine spending day after day just checking names in the ledgers.

Luckily, I had started to play the drums in
Macau, so I continued with it and formed my own trio. Then Rediffusion started in 1949 and I went to see them. I saw an American boss who offered me a job when I told him I liked music.

My starting pay with them was $700. I was getting only $217 at the bank after four years. I almost fainted. I thought they had to be either blind or stupid. I was overjoyed. I started to research all the transcription services for how to write scripts. After three months, I was already quite aggressive. I loved jazz and was scripting a programme called Progressive Jazz. I told the boss I wanted to voice my own jazz programme. That was my on-air debut. I was also scripting pops programmes like the Diamond Music Show and the Shiro Hit Parade. My lucky break came when the director of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation visited and I had him as a guest on my show. I had no idea he knew so many jazz musicians. He had met Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and all those greats. We got along and before he left he told my boss to give me a proper break. So I started to voice all the pop programmes and have never looked back.

From there I worked my way up, putting on live shows which were very popular. One regular member of the audience was Emily Lau Wai-hing, now a legislative councillor. She was a very naughty teenager. Lucky Dip was the first live show, with a live band or group and I went around with a box of letters and the kids were allowed to pick a letter and read the request on air. They had great fun being disc jockeys. Emily Lau was one of those who was always grabbing the microphone from me.

Another very popular programme was a talent show we had just for army personnel. One young soldier by the name of Terry Parsons won every week, with his versions of Frank Sinatra songs. It got to the point where no one wanted to take part because he always won. In the end we gave him his own 15-minute show, just to keep him away from the competitions. We became friends and when I went to the BBC in
Britain for a broadcasting course in 1964, I met him in London. By then he was well-known and had changed his name to Matt Monro.

When I finished my course, I went to a friend at EMI and asked him to line up some interviews for me to bring back to Hong Kong
. I told him, I wanted to start at the top, with The Beatles. He called Brian Epstein, their manager. I went for the interview, armed with the latest edition of Fab magazine, which was all about them. All four Beatles signed it for me. It's now my life insurance, locked away in the bank. When I came back I took over the 4pm-6pm slot, Monday to Saturday. I became King of Pops.

Then in 1970, I started All The Way With Ray, because I wanted a wider audience. Thirty-three years later, it's still going strong. It gained my second entry into the Guinness Book Of Records. I already hold the record for the most durable DJ in the world.

The most gratifying aspect of the show is how it is able to bring comfort to the old and sick. Retire? I've never heard of the word. As long as God gives me good health I will carry on. No matter how sick I am, when that light goes on I am cured. The programme is my life."

(The above article appeared in The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, Oct 13, 2003.  Ray Cordeiro continues to ply his trade in Hong Kong and is fast approaching 80 years of age.  We hear that a big party is planned for the world’s most durable DJ Ed.)


A Macanese Club Celebrates

A Diaspora Macaense na America compliments Lusitano Club of California on their Macanese celebration of Dia de Portugal with a food booth at the Festa held by the Portuguese Heritage Society at Kelley Park in San Jose, California, on Sunday, June 13, 2004.  This represented their sixth such culinary celebration.

A choice of Chicken com Chouriço over Rice or Minchi and Rolls followed by Bebinga de Leite was offered and eagerly gobbled up by a crowd of hungry revelers.  The crew manning the booth - Maria Roliz, Dorothy Oliveira, Maria João da Cruz, Nuno Prata da Cruz, Luis Ozório, Hunter Choi, and others - worked feverishly to keep the food line moving. 

Diaspora Macaense.org’s own Eduardo Collaço was a volunteer at the adjoining Portuguese Heritage Society food booth.

Well done, guys, and kudos for keeping the Macaense flag flying on a very important day for the Portuguese, O DIA DE PORTUGAL, DE CAMÕES E DAS COMUNIDADES PORTUGUESAS.



Volunteer par excellence

Recognized for the month of December 2003 by the Anchorage Senior Center, Gabby Pereira received from the Center’s Volunteer Corner the following citation:

Gabriel (“Gabby”) Pereira is one of the best fund raisers Anchorage Senior Center has, all by himself!  The 76-year-old volunteer always is top salesman at any raffle or split-the-pot for which he works.  He cheerfully responds when asked to work “for any cause.”

Gabby came to Alaska in 1958, working for Alaska Airlines in Anchorage and Nome.  Later he worked for the White Alice system, RCA, Caterpillar, Sears and with Civil Service at Fort Richardson, retiring after 25 years of government service in the produce department at the base commissary.  He has been volunteering at ASC ever since the Center opened 20 years ago.

Prior to arriving in Alaska, Gabby had come to the United States from Okinawa, where he had worked for Northwest Airlines (also in Shanghai and Tokyo).  The United States government had trained him for his first job as an air traffic controller.  His parents are of Portuguese ancestry.  Gabby became a U.S. citizen in 1961.

Gabby and his wife Juanita were married in 1961 and have five grown children and six grandkids.  He says that the “special event” in his life was “getting married to the best and most beautiful woman in the world.”  They have visited seven countries in Europe, Brazil, and many areas of the USA.  He loves sports, including bowling, table tennis, soccer, swimming, badminton and fishing.  He also loves to read and to write letters.

But Gabby says he has had “some hard, hard, hard times.”  “If you want to hear stories of World War II,” he says, “call me.”

The Center is fortunate to have such a willing and dedicated volunteer!

(See article in The Way it Was under "Alaskan Hospitality" - Ed.)


Gabby Pereira Scores Again!

  Gabby Pereira seen here with fellow Anchorage resident, Scotty Gomez, holding the 2003 Stanley Cup, the ultimate in USA Pro Ice Hockey.  Gabby was given the high honor of presiding over the presentation as Committee Chairman and Coordinator.  Says Gabby to A Diaspora Macaense na America, "Nossa gente temos jeito." 


Tony Cruz, a Macaense Champion

(Excerpted from a South China Morning Post article dated February 25, 2004)

SCMP’s Murray Bell  suggests to Thomas Yeung Kai-tong, an apprentice jockey, that he might like to arrange a meeting with Tony Cruz, whom he describes as the greatest apprentice Hong Kong has ever produced, before he, Thomas, “throws his silks and saddles into the incinerator, as he seems determined to do.”

Now 46 years of age, Cruz started his riding career locally and ended his riding days after having won six titles as Hong Kong’s champion jockey.  Such was his fame that he was invited to become the first jockey for the Aga Khan in France where he collared many wins in big European races.


At the end of the 1995-96 riding season, Cruz decided to call it a day.  As with hundreds of successful jockeys he turned to training as a career, an occupation that has defied the best efforts of many champion jockeys who tried their hand at it.  No problem for Cruz.  He became a champion trainer too and joined that elite club of champion jockeys who went on to become champion trainers.  That happened in 1999-2000 when he was crowned the top trainer of Hong Kong with a third-season total of 57 winning mounts.


This season, Tony Cruz will be challenging the reigning premier trainer, John Size for honors, and Murray Bell opines that he may well pull it off since Cruz has, as Bell puts it, “the uncompromising determination to be a winner.”