It is with great honor and joy that I represent the Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Commission as President for 2013 and 2014.
I am a part of a group that represents our people, our culture, its history and endless traditions. On June 15, 2014, we will gather to celebrate all that distinguishes us and tell the story of our country, our Portugal. As immigrants we do not stop being who we are, our spirit and unity within our community is infectious and we open our doors to others to experience how we enjoy life. We do this in hopes to encourage our children and grandchildren to carry our traditions when we are gone. I often say that the USA is my home and that Portugal is my heart. It is important to understand our roots and the honor that runs through our veins.
The PPHC team and I are working diligently for Philadelphia and its Portuguese-American community.
We hope to see new and old faces at this year’s events and Portugal Day festival, as we are stronger together than apart.
God bless you all
God bless America
Ana Paula Vilares