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
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)
(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.”