Alto Minho loses Francisco Sampaio, the greatest promoter of its traditions | Viana do Castelo

Alto Minho loses Francisco Sampaio, the greatest promoter of its traditions | Viana do Castelo
Alto Minho loses Francisco Sampaio, the greatest promoter of its traditions | Viana do Castelo

The former president of the Alto Minho Tourism Region (RTAM) Francisco Sampaio died this Friday, aged 84, the mayor of Viana do Castelo told the Lusa agency. Luís Nobre stated that Francisco Sampaio’s death constitutes a “loss for the municipality, for Alto Minho and for the country”.

“He was a promoter of the county, the region, traditions, gastronomy. He spared no efforts to promote our identity. He ended up being a visionary regarding relations with Galicia. He was one of the first to wake up to the need for added value in promoting our territory in Galicia”, maintained the socialist mayor.

Luís Nobre added that, “in Viana do Castelo, he will always be remembered as the great organizer of the ethnographic historical procession of the Romaria d”Agonia and for the unique presentation of the Costume Festival.” in communicating. He was a natural communicator. It’s a great loss,” he lamented.

Honorable Citizen of Viana do Castelo since 2004, Francisco Sampaio participated in the constitution process of RTAM, the body he chaired between 1980 and 2009. He was a strong promoter of the Regional Tourism Entity of Porto and North of Portugal, defending the installation of the headquarters in Santiago da Barra Castle, where it still stands.

Francisco José Torres Sampaio was born in Barcelos, on June 7, 1937. He taught in secondary education at the Instituto Superior de Turismo e Empresas, was a member of the Establishing Committee of the Superior School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, where he was professor and coordinator of the higher course in Tourism, and also president of the pedagogical council. Between 1973 and 1979 he presided over the Vila Praia de Âncora Tourism Board, in the municipality of Caminha, where he lived.

For 40 years he organized the ethnographic historical procession of the Festas de Nossa Senhora d”Agonia, and was also the founder of the Confraria dos Gastronomos do Minho. He is the author of dozens of titles on historical, archaeological, tourist, ethnographic and gastronomic themes, and he was Francisco Sampaio is also a contributor to several publications in Alto Minho.

 
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