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Portugal Commemorates Birth of Camoes
Reception attended by 300 High-Profile Guests
Portuguese Amb. Carlos Frota (second from right) is posing for camera with EU Amb. Dorian Prince (left), Kwak Kyul-Ho (second from left), South Korea's environment minister, and Amb. Othman Jerandi of Tunisia (right).

Portuguese Amb. Carlos Manuel Leitao Frota and his wife Mrs. Frota threw a reception on June 10, 2004 to observe Portugal's most important day, the birthday of Luis de Camoes, the greatest poet in the history of the Portugal.

The cocktail party held at its ambassadorial residence in Sungbuk-dong, northern Seoul was attended by about 300 high-profile guests comprising ambassadors and wives of each nation, Korean government officials, business circles, media and other social fields. The reception started at 6 p.m. and lasted more than two hours.

Amb. Sydney Kubheka
Amb. Sydney Bafana Kubheka of South Africa takes with one of the party participants in the garden of Portuguese ambassadorial residence. Scores of ambassadors and their wives attended the reception.

Many dignitaries from the diplomatic circles attended the function. They included Amb. Francois Descoueyte of France, Amb. Dorian Prince of European Union, Amb. Sydney Bafana Kubheka of South Africa, Amb. Ahmed Boutache of Algeria, Amb. Othman Jerandi of Tunisia, Amb. Jaafar Alj Hakim of Morocco, Amb. M. K. Helmy of Egypt, Amb. Zaid Al-Sherida of Kuwait, Amb. Jeina Rammal of Lebanon, Amb. Alfredo F. Ungo of El Salvador, and Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau, representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

President Samuel Koo of Arirang TV, South Korea's popular English-language channel, Andre Kim, South Korea's fashion guru, Kwak Kyul-Ho, minister of South Korea's Environment Ministry, John A. Nowell, publisher of "Seoul Word" as well as public affairs officer of US Army's 34th Support Group, were also among the participants.

Mrs. Frota, hostess of the party
Mrs. Frota (right), hostess of the reception poses with EU Amb. Dorian Prince (left) and Amdre Kim (center), a fashion guru inside of her residence.

Other attendees included Lee Kyung-Sik, publisher of Korea Post, Choi Jeong-Eun, marketing chief of a specialty magazine "Wine Review," Prof. Chun Young-Baek of Hongik University's Art College, Hyo-Jung Kim, director of "Sklo" gallery, and Julie Kim of Air France, and Kim Soo-Jung of Air France.

Participants from business circles included Sung-Man Yoon, manager of Korea Digital Communications Corp., and Song-Hyon Jang, president of S. H. Jang & Associates. Inc, an international business consultants group.

President of Arirang TV
Samual Koo (center), president of Arirang TV, poses with other participants in front of door of Portuguese ambassadorial residence. Nearly 300 party attendees commemorated the Portuguese National Day of June 10, birthday of its greatest poet Luis de Camoes.

The 10th of June of each year is the most important day to all Portuguese home and abroad. This is the day Luis de Camoes died in 1580, arguably the most sublime figure in its the history. Its National Day or the "Day of Portugal" is observed by not only 10 million-plus Portuguese but also nearly 5 million overseas people of Portuguese descent.

The 10th of June is the day Luis de Camoes died in 1580. Camoes is comparable to the ranks of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), and Alighieri Dante (1265-1321) in the pantheons of world literature.

French Amb. Francois Descoueyte (left) poses with Amb. Ahmed Boutache of Algeria (second from right), and Amb. Othman Jerandi of Tunisia (right).

Camoes was the very the poet who wrote about the maritime voyage of Vasco de Gama's navigation of the world, the first trip by sea ever. He traveled to the Indian sub-continent along the coast of Africa from Europe.

The Portuguese people are proud of this fabulous adventure, which later encouraged the Portuguese navigators to South America, and all the way to Asia including China, Japan, and Korea.

See Photos of Portuguese National Day Reception

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