The big thing of 2007 in Portugal, particularly on the TV channel RTP is the selection of the biggest Portuguese personality of all time of all things. They had a list of more than 100 people on their web site during December and now, in the past 2 days, they've revealed who are the 100 that were most voted on, and the 10 that received the most votes and that will be the 10 from which people will vote to be the top.
Here is the link to the 90 most voted - unfortunately, they don't have them in order:
Here is a link to the top 10:
Now, this is all voted on on people's own opinions, and that's fine, but me, having lived there for a little while, listened to my family, and just my own personal knowledge of Portuguese culture, I have a few comments of my own....
1. How is it possible that a politician that ran a fascist government of which I have ever only heard negatives comments about (from people that lived through it) and from which we had a very famous 1974 revolution could be in the top 10? He kept you hungry and poor people! He had a secret police that would kill you if you spoke badly about his government! I really just don't understand...
2. How are Vitor Baia, Helio Pestana, and Pinto da Costa great Portuguese? One is a goalie, another a 2-bit actor and the third a guy that runs a soccer team. What exactly have they done that would make them great? Seriously people...forget what team you root for or how cute the actor may be - what exactly makes them GREAT? The same things that make me great, but we're talking about the 100 greatest Portuguese personalities. I can understand how Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho are there, but these three?
3. Whoever put Ricardo Araújo Pereira on the list is a genius. He shouldn't even be on there, but since they put on the potential list, someone should have a petition to put him in the finalists because he should win.
Regardless of who wins, people will complain. People, including myself, are complaining now and for that RTP already has a winning program on their hands because people are talking about it.
Being in Canada, I have only seen the first 50 at this point on RTPi, but the 100 are already known, so once I've seen the actual countdown for the last 50, I may be able to comment further...