The quaintness of the Portuguese Settlement and its residents were brought to the fore during the grand celebrations from last month marking the 500th anniversary of the Portuguese arrival in Malacca.
The celebrations were organised by the Malacca Portuguese-Eurasian Association whose president, Michael Singho, delivered his welcome address in English and the native language of Cristang.
The Chief Minister of Melaka, Haji Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, was the guest of honour. Accompanied by his wife, he was seen enjoying the cultural performances and entertainment by students of MPEA Academy, Os Pombos, Tunas Group from Portugal, the once famous Trez Amigos, among others.
Revellers dressed in ancient Portuguese costume were seen at the Parade from A’Famosa to the Portuguese Settlement in Ujong Pasir. The youngsters at the event were obviously proud of their heritage and performed with much gusto especially during the parade and on stage.
The celebrations ended with a gala dinner followed by dancing, with the ever popular Branyo taking the lead. Young and old were all on the dance floor having a great time — hoping their traditions and heritage would be carried on for another 500 years!
Photography by: Antony D’Cruz