Tuesday, 19 June 2007


Hey look out for the paragraph in bold. Makes any sense? Straight out of Enid Blyton. Someone actually wrote a press release like this?

Soiree for delegates attending 2007 Goan Diaspora Convention held
NT News Desk

Panaji, June 17 A soiree was held for the delegates and guests attending the 2007 Goan Diaspora Convention on June 15 at the vineyard mansion ‘Lotus Crest --Quinta dos Mascarenhas’ at Palmela, Portugal by Dr Vilberto Mascarenhas, a highly successful entrepreneur of Goan origin, who has been residing in Portugal for the past fifty years.

Though not an active member of Casa de Goa, Dr Vilberto agreed to host the evening’s events at his country manor.

The chief secretary of Goa, Mr J P Singh, was the chief guest for the convention. Important guests also included NRI Commissioner, Mr Ulhas Kamat, leading fashion designer, Wendell Rodricks and media person, Ms Ethel da Costa.

The representatives from Lisbon included the President of the Casa de Goa, Prof Dr Narana Coissoro, Ms Maria Virginia and members of Casa de Goa.

The guests were first taken to an artificial island created and situated in a large emerald green lake, by Dr Mascarenhas on his estate. Vast vineyards with cork trees and promenade lined by orange trees, provided a visual delight to the visitors en route. The main function was later held at the Lotus Crest Quinta dos Mascarenhas.

The local Goan diasporic groups, ‘Ekvat’ and ‘Surya’ gave musical and dance performances and showcased the Goan spirit of camaraderie, love of dance and music as well as innate talents.


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