Editor's note

This issue of Macau CLOSER shows the great impact art has in the lives of people and communities. 
The recently released photobiography of Carlos d’Assumpção – Um Homem de Valor by Celina Veiga de Oliveira, traces the legacy of one of the most important figures in Macau’s political life during the second half of the twentieth century.

Life is an apparently irreversible succession of events, organized by what we commonly define as time. Time has been an object of fixation to humans, to some more than to others. To me, time is like an executioner, sitting there, waiting. Time is unforgiving.

Ung Vai Meng was a name I quickly came to learn when I first arrived in Macau in 2010. I stepped foot for the very first time in this city in January that year, and one month later Ung Vai Meng was taking the wheel of the Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau.

And here we are again. Summer is basically over, and so are the traditional holidays. The two Macaus are back to their usual pace and business, with new casino properties opening on one side; and the International Music Festival starting on the other side.

It never crossed my mind to use the slogan of our magazine as the title for an Editor’s Note.

I remember when I first came across fashion designer Ice Cheong and her brand Dynasti, featured on our cover this month.

No matter who you are, where you’re at or what you do, we all need to eat every day. This very obvious statement (what we call a La Palice truth) is important as a starting point, and that’s the biological starting point. Humans need food.

If one pays enough attention, it’s possible to identify, with a certain level of regularity, a spark of talent here and there, in different people, from different fields. At the same time, you don’t need to be a talent scout to know that only a few of those talents will ever actually succeed.

For centuries, this city where we live today has been a refuge for all sorts of people, and for a considerable number of outstanding artists. The remarkable Portuguese poet Camilo Pessanha died here in 1926, however since then Macau has not had one single literary author of significant note.