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Portugal Day 2014



Welcome to the Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Commission's official website. The Commission ensures the preservation of Portuguese-American (Luso-American) historical information and provides resources to increase awareness of the people, places, and events that have given the Portuguese culture a special place in the history of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, and America. 

Today, we serve more than 65,000 Portuguese speaking inhabitants in the Delaware Valley. 

We hope you enjoy exploring PPHC's website and learning more about our rich culture and our contributions to American society.

Note: If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please download the online PDF form or contacts us for more details. Sponsor Letter here | Sponsor Form here

Visit our 2014 Events page for complete listings. 


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Thank you - from Paula Vilares

On behalf of the 2013 commission, I would like to thank everyone who joined us at our Portuguese Heritage Festival last year, it was fantastic, and we couldn't have done it without you! Thank you!

Thank you to all of the additional helping hands that helped us for the first time this year. Words are not enough to express how grateful we are for everything you did.

We would also like to thank all of the artists and folklore groups that were present, The MirrorMen, Priscilla Paige, Josh Pereira, O Manel dos D'Alma, Xaque, Jorge Ferreira, Concertinas de Riverside, Tamar Alto Folklore Group, Philadelphia Portuguese Club Folklore Group... we thank all of you for bringing Portugal a little closer to Philly.

To all of the those who provided pastries, WOW! Thank you. They were amazing!

To all the companies that were present, such as Kids Health Partners, OBA OBA, Philadelphia Free Library, naBrasa, Milagros Craft, Pnc Bank, Fixe, Alvanel Creations, etc... our sincere thank you!

We also thank the Philadelphia Portuguese Club and all of their wonderful volunteers, for allowing us to use their facilities for prep work, and for all of there help this year, and every year.

Thank you to all of the childrens parents that were involved in the Art Expo... Thank you to parents, the children, Mr. Américo Monteiro, and Mrs.Leonor Morais for preparing such a beautiful project.

We can't forget to thank this year's Sponsors for their continued and generous support!

I would also like to thank our guests: Councilman David Oh, Maria João Ávila, Padre Hugo, Carlos Pino, Representatives from the Gazela, and anyone else that may have been present.

A special thanks to all of those who were responsible for many of the tents, Ilda Santos, Lurdes Xisto, Zeza Veríssimo, Sílvia Ricon, Bianca e Erica Santos, and all of their helpers.

To my commission collegues and families, and all of those who helped in the kitchen with our amazing Chef Jose Graixinha, a special THANK YOU!

We know that it's not possble to satisfy everyone, especially when you have a commission made up entirely of volunteers, but we try our best. So to those that went out of their way to find members of the comitte to thank them for what we did, we really appreciate it, and we thank you!

God Bless, and a really big and sincere thank you!
Paula Vilares

Did you know?

Portuguese Heritage Festival - 2014


Portugal day

Luis de Camoes
Did you know that “Dia De Portugal” is always on June 10th?! Portugal Day or officially "Dia de Camões, de Portugal e das Comunidades Portuguesas" ("Day of Camões, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities"), is the date of Luís de Camões' death on June 10, 1580 and is Portugal's National Day. Camões wrote the “Lusíadas”, Portugal's national epic poem celebrating Portuguese history and achievements. It is said that Camões was in a shipwreck and swam with one arm above water to save his poem. The poem is mostly about Portuguese explorations which made Portugal famous. This is only a national holiday in Portugal but Portuguese descendents in Brazil, India, and the US, Canada, Macau and other European countries celebrate as well.

PECO Multicultural Series Presents: 
The Philadelphia Portuguese Heritge Festival

Portugal Day 2014 will be held on June 15th in Philadelphia's beautiful Penn's Landing section. Come join us! 

All attendees to the festival will have the opportunity to enjoy a great variety of Portuguese music,cuisine... everything from BBQ sardines, chicken, pork, and the famous BBQ Chourico. You can sample great Portuguese Beer, sample traditional Portuguese cheese and Wine. Activities for the kids will feature a clown, face painting and moon bounce.

Admission is FREE for all PECO Multicultural Series events. KYW Newsradio and NBC 10 are proud media partners of the series.

PECO Multicultural Series is sponsored by PECOKYW NewsradioCBS 3 and The CW Philly and Metro.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC).  PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.  PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012.  Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

DRWC is a 501(c)(3) created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia. DRWC is transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia. 


Dear Friends: 

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 
Viva Portugal.

Ana Paula Vilares