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Pfc. Rui Relvas
Honoring a Portuguese-American Hero from Philadelphia.
In the early morning of October 23, 1983, the First Battalion, 8th Marines headquarters building was destroyed by a non-Lebanese, terrorist-driven truck laden with explosives. The resulting explosion and the collapse of the building killed 241 Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers. 

The loss of these brave men stunned the Philadelphia Portuguese-American community. 

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Gazela is a 1901 wooden tall-ship homeported in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She serves as the maritime goodwill ambassador for the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Ports of Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. She has been featured in a number of films, and participated in domestic and international events, including OpSail 2000. The barquentine Gazela Primeiro (meaning Gazelle the First in Portuguese) was built in the shipyard of J. M. Mendes in Setúbal, Portugal in 1901. Read more...



Americo Gouveia Monteiro
Americo Gouveia Monteiro is a Luso-American painter with a specialty in ceramic paintings. Mr. Monteiro was born in Alcobaca, Portugal and has made Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his home for many years.

Mr. Monteiro is a ceramic tile artist with various exhibitions and expositions held throughout the Luso-American east-coast communities.

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Jonathan Rola is a Luso-American Writer and Director born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Shortly after a brief stint in Film School, Jonathan decided to rebel and take a risk, and in 2000 co-founded Lola Productions with childhood best-friend and filmmaker Michael Leary.

Through the production company, Jonathan directed and edited various music videos, some of which were televised on MTV and Urban Expressions; an experience no classroom could offer. In 2002 he won the Philadelphia Best Hip Hop Video Award. Read more here...