2013 Kings Message

I am extremely honored and proud to be a part of such an amazing tradition and feel privileged to be a part of this Portuguese Community. Growing up my parents instilled in me the importance of Faith, Family & Traditions as their parents had instilled in them. Our traditions mean a lot to me especially the Festa. I'd like to thank my parents for giving me this opportunity. As this year's Festa King, I look forward to all the time I will get to spend with so many hardworking volunteers we have in our community by simply embracing the entire year knowing this experience will be like no other. This truly is a tremendous opportunity for me to give back to our Community that has shared so much. I think that one thing that makes our Portuguese Community stronger than other communities is our foundation of family. I am fortunate to have a special relationship with my grandparents not only have they continued to lay the foundation of the importance of faith, family & traditions they have also been my teachers. Growing up, my Avo John B. took me to Sea World often and was always a proud supporter of my sports. He always had advice and words of encouragement to share. My Avo Alvaro also taught me many life lessons. Our relationship began with one of tough love and discipline and flourished into so many moments of learning. Then there is my grandmothers, words cannot express how truly amazing they really are. They have loved and supported their husbands through all life's obstacles especially when my grandfathers became sick. My grandparents have both been married for fifty years which is an amazing testament to them and their love. I would like to thank my whole family, especially my parents and my sister Sierra, for the love and support they have shown me that has made me the man I am today. As this year's Festa celebrates Family, Friendship, Tradition, Faith in the greatness of God and the Holy Spirit; I ask the Holy Spirit to bless my family, especially my grandfathers. I am excited to start this journey as Festa King and can only hope to make my family and our community proud.

- Roman Anthony Ferreira, 2013 Festa King