Portugal’s new Honorary Consul Antonio Rufino aims to raise the awareness of people on the historical, cultural and commercial aspects of his country. It was for this reason that he hosted a unique event to reintroduce the country’s fine wines with an art exhibit by Manuel Baldemor, who had become an artist-in-residence in Portugal.
The Port wine and popular Mateus Rose were presented with the fine red wines from the Alentejo and the Douro. The effervescent vinho verde was paired with bacalhau and other delicacies prepared by Chef Jessie at the Rockwell Club.
Among Baldemor’s stunning watercolor and oil paintings were Fatima, the favorite destination of Filipino pilgrims; Sintra; Cabo da Roca, the western most tip of the European continent on the Atlantic; and Sabrossa, the home of Ferdinand Magellan, the famous Portuguese navigator who sailed from the Old World in a historic voyage to the Philippines in 1521.
The guests of honor were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and the non-resident Portuguese Ambassador Joaquim Moreira de Lemos and his wife Paula.