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THE 4TH. EAST ASIAN GAMES 2005

EXHIBITION OPENING

It can be said that the exhibition opening was a very successful event as many conservative people of social importance in Macau who had no connection to swords showed up, along with a crowd of sword enthusiasts from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Philippines showed up.
Let us alsp bear in mind that this is a Museum environment which confers the event a more notable importance. The atmosphere was extremelly good, with VIPs showing genuine interest in the displayed items, asking questions, while I had the pleasure to meet some old and new friends.

The waiting crowd grew as the exhibition opening ceremony time drew close. I had the pleasure to meet Anton Lichauco in person after more than 3 years of meeting each other netwise. Anton flew in from Manila specially for the exhibition.

Introducing Anton and Lancelot Chan from Hong Kong to our Museum Director. Slightly later the opening speech by Vice-President Miss Cheong signaled the beggining of the opening ceremony. Details of the crowd listening to the speech.

The ribbon cutting ceremony with representatives of Mainland China Government, FedEx representative and Museum Director Mr. Ung Vai Meng was followed by the visit to the exhibition. The crowd jumped to the exhibition while others followed the explanations I was giving on each sword and answering questions. The guided tour took well over twenty minutes to view 18 swords plus the educational corner.
Priscilla was very kind in offering to take the pictures. There will be more by the Museum's photographer. Guiding the VIPs requires full concentration and here and there I spotted a familiar face, but I could feel the crowd going around.

Lancelot, Anton and me. With Chinese smith Zhou Zhen Wu who came from Long Quan. With Anton, Lancelot, Joe Leung. Finally in this row, with Luis Trabuco, and wife. Luis is Macau's best Kendoca who won his san-dan in first place in an examination with other 299 Japanese Kendoka.

As the exhibition crowd moved to the cocktail area, I was able to say quick hellos to Pedro, a Portuguese designer, and to Konstantin Bessmertny, a great painter, have an unwinding joke with director Ung Vai Meng a most kind and warm friend of many years who was very happy with the success of the exhibition. My wife watched the warmth between us.

Staci and my daughter Bea, Joyce and Staci. Joyce worked in all the graphics, while Staci commanded the translation of texts. Isabel with Staci and Johvanna, at the background of the exhibition opening. The Museum staff is a fantastic group of people. Finally, Priscilla whom I wish to thank for taking all these pictures. She is also another wonderful person.

       
 

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