The IIM Cultural Session was held on 24 November, included on the Reunion of the Macanese Communities 2019 programme.
Several presentations were made, including “Macanese in Hong Kong – Hong Kong History Museum Project” by Belinda Wong, Director of the Hong Kong History Museum and Francisco da Roza, Honorary Advisor of the Hong Kong Museum.
The Patuá language was highlighted with the presentation “Preserving our Sweet Language of Macau - Patuá”, by the researcher Elisabela Larrea.
Regarding the panel of the present and the future of the Greater Bay Area in Macau, Antonio Monteiro, José Luís Sales Marques and Jorge Valente spoke about the potential and opportunities of the Greater Bay Area for Macau and the Macanese.
The high moment of the session, the IIM Identity Award 2019 was presented to Carlos Marreiros and Víctor Marreiros. Certificates of Merit were awarded to individuals of the Diaspora “Casas” of Macau: Maria Roliz, José Cordeiro, Henrique Manhão, Francisco Xavier Rodrigues, Eduardo Rozário, Yvonne Herrero, Aurea Meyer and Rogério da Luz; Those awarded certificates of recognition were given to the Macau “Casas” in the diaspora, as well as two Macanese associations in Macau, to APIM, the Macanese Association (ADM) and the Macanese Youth Association (AJM).
The session also presented the latest editions published by the IIM, including António P. Jorge da Silva's “The Portuguese Community in Macao - A pictorial history”, editions related to the Greater Bay Area, among history and identity´s issues. The books “O Macaense, Identidade, Cultura e Quotidiano”, was presented by Roberto Carneiro and the story about Pedro José Lobo was presented by his grandson Marco Lobo.