2012 Kings Message

Message from King Jose (Zé) Duarte Garcia Jr.

For over 700 years Portuguese have celebrated the "Festa Do Espírito Santo," a tradition that honors Queen Saint Isabel and her incredible devotion to the Holy Spirit. For just over a century, San Diego has had the distinguished pleasure to host this event. It is with great pride that I accept the responsibility of reigning as your 2012 Festa King for the 102nd Annual UPSES Festa!

I am extremely fortunate to be part of a community that truly values the Portuguese heritage and culture. Our forefathers would be proud to see that we have continued to honor the legacy that they worked so hard to establish.

Being a part of the Portuguese community and the Festa continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It is with gratitude that I wish to acknowledge our Festa Presidents, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Simas, who have given me the opportunity to represent our community in this honorable tradition. I hope to make Ron & Teri, as well as their daughters, 2012 Festa Queens Nazaré Nicole & Elizabeth Lauren Michele, their family, and the entire Portuguese community, extremely proud. I am humbled and honored to carry the coroa, and I look forward to further serving my community.

2012 Festa King Jose (Zé) Duarte Garcia Jr.