he first ever Macau International Film Festival & Awards (IFFAM) was held December 8th to 13th 2016, to a diverse and global audience, received with much enthusiasm. Secretary of Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam and Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes proclaimed the event to be a "great success."
Chinese‑inspired dances. Elaborate percussion routines. Family‑friendly puppetry. At Parade Through Macau, Latin City, there was something for everyone.
Russian-born artist Konstantin Bessmertny has resided in Macao since 1992, becoming a fixture in the local art scene. In November 2016, his artistic vision came to fruition with the advent of an exhibition that was finally put together after a very long time.
From November 26th to December 2nd 2016, over 900 members of the Macanese diaspora met with local fellow countrymen, friends and relatives in Macao, for the "Macau 2016 -– Macanese Community Meeting," better known among the Macanese as "Encontro," the Portuguese word for meeting.
The Pearl River Delta (PRD) region in southern Guangdong province has proven to be remarkably resilient in its economic development in the last few decades. In the early reform years of 1980s, the region transformed itself from a largely rural and sparsely populated area into a global production base of labour‑intensive products.
Emerging from the murky waters of the Pearl River in 1513 came a bearded man the likes of which the Chinese had never seen before. This stranger and those who followed him in later years were to eventually change the Middle Kingdom of China forever.
With the arrival of the Lunar New Year comes one of China’s oldest customs: the giving of red envelopes (Lai See) to relatives, friends and employees. Known in Mandarin as ‘hong bao’ (red envelopes) and in Cantonese as ‘lai see’ (being useful), the little red packets represent a gesture of thanks, friendship and recognition.
The presentation ceremony of Decorations, Medals and Certificates of Merit 2016 was held at the Macao Cultural Centre on January 6th 2017. Cheong U and Lei Pui Lam each received the Decoration of Honour – Golden Lotus and Kou Hoi In and Van Kuan Lok each received the Decoration of Honour – Silver Lotus.
In recent years the Forum Macao Permanent Secretariat and its partners have sought to foster co-operation in different areas, implementing and publicising the China/Portuguese-speaking Countries Co-operation and Development Fund, besides supporting efforts to build ‘One Platform, Three Centres’.
The founder of Internet giant Alibaba told young people that they should make use of the World Wide Web and Big Data to turn Macao into an ‘intelligent city’, with advanced Internet and finance companies.
According to the “Interim Review of Gaming Liberalisation for Games of Fortune in Macao: economical, social, livelihood impacts and operating conditions of the concessionaires”– an interim report released on 11th May 2016 – all six of Macao’s gaming operators have satisfied their contractual capital commitments.
Paulo Martins Chan, Director of the DICJ is “all in” to solve Macao’s gaming industry challenges Macao Magazine: How long did you work at TDM and then as a prosecutor before joining the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ)? PAULO CHAN: I started working at Ou Mun Tin Toi [TDM] radio station in 1981 where … Continue reading "All in"
COTAI’S METAMORPHOSIS “When I was a high school student in the early 1970s, I thought Coloane was a long way away,” reminisces locally born Eddie Yue Kai Wong, a prominent architect in Macao. “When we went there we had to take a small ferry, but from time to time the ferry wasn’t able to reach … Continue reading "12 years of Cotai"
From the pristine, vast beaches of the Quirimbas Islands in the north to the colonial-style café esplanades in the capital of Maputo, Mozambique is a place of sun and leisure not exactly known for being a fast-paced destination. But in a time when heated discourse over the country’s recent economic downturn rises above the coffee-shop … Continue reading "Mozambique and China: A fast friendship into the future"
Entrepreneurs from Macao are seeking out business opportunities in Mozambique – “a country with everything, for everyone” The recent state visit of the President of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi to Beijing this past May confirms the commitment of both countries to strengthening their relationship. The two countries have agreed to increased bilateral … Continue reading "Searching for success in Mozambique"
Zhuhai builds reputation as a green place on the Pearl River Delta When a visitor walks out of the ferry terminal of Zhuhai, the first thing he sees is a long stretch of shore lined with trees. Walk along the shore, of the Pearl River, and you come to a beach 1.5 kilometres long and … Continue reading "Zhuhai, a “Garden City”"
Basketball loved by local community and athletes BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Lai Ka Tong is a rising star of Macao’s basketball. At 1.93 metres, the 20-year-old has a natural advantage over other local players, who rarely exceed 1.8 metres. Nicknamed Little Yao Ming, after the famous 2.2-metre Chinese basketball player, Lai shrugs off the often raised question … Continue reading "Magic of the ball"
New museum celebrates forgotten profession: the watchman Down a narrow street in one of the oldest districts of Macao is a new museum that celebrates a profession that was common in the city but has died out and almost disappeared from the public memory – the watchman. The Patane Night Watch House opened in December … Continue reading "Beware of the dark"
City University of Macau Rector seized historic chance for expansion When Professor Shu Guang Zhang was offered the chance to head a university that had moved from a cramped city site to a new campus 20 times its size, it was an opportunity he could not refuse. “I was very happy to come,” said the … Continue reading "A higher responsibility"
The late, great architect Zaha Hadid, also known as the “Queen of the Curve”, will soon posthumously change Macao’s architectural landscape. With the construction of the fifth hotel tower at the City of Dreams (COD), a six-year venture set to be completed in 2018, Macao’s skyline forever will be graced by the work of one … Continue reading "Radical genius"