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    U.P.S.E.S. Scholarship

    The United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc. (UPSES) has organized up to five (5) $1,000.00 scholarships to assist qualified applicants in pursuing a higher education. If you are of Portuguese decent and are pursuing further education, enrolled or accepted in one of the following:

    -Four Year University

    -Community College

    -Graduate Program

    -Post Graduate Program

    -Technical or Vocational Career Education Program

    If you are interested and would like more information please click READ MORE below and download the application! Deadline to submit your application is May 15, 2019

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    U.P.S.E.S. Kenny Alameda Scholarship

    The United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc. (UPSES) Kenny Alameda Scholarship is a special scholarship available to all high school students of Portuguese descent graduating from a San Diego Catholic High School or Point Loma High School looking to pursue a college education. One (1) selected qualified candidate will be awarded $1,500.00. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

    -Applicant must be of Portuguese descent and reside in San Diego County

    -Applicant must attend a Catholic San Diego High School (Saint Augustine High School, Academy of Our Lady of Peace, Cathedral Catholic High School, Mater Dei High School) or Point Loma High School and in the graduating class of the current year

    -Applicant must submit essay detailing why they are deserving of this award

    -Applicant must submit two (2) letters of recommendation

    -Applicant must have 30 hours of community service within their community

    -Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

    -Applicant must be accepted to a four year institute but may attend college a two year college

    If you are interested and would like more information please click READ MORE below and download the application! Deadline to submit your application is May 15, 2019

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    Padres Portuguese Heritage Night

    Join in on the fun at Portuguese Heritage Night with the San Diego Padres!

    Tuesday, August 27 vs DODGERS at 7:10pm

    Your Portuguese Heritage Night Theme Game ticket includes a limited-edition hat and a ticket to the Dodgers vs. Padres game.

    You want to make sure to arrive early and catch all the pre-game entertainment!

    All of this for just $23!!!

    To purchase your tickets please click READ MORE below!

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    Festa da Lapa

    Join us in celebrating our Fourth Annual Festa da Lapa!

    Saturday, September 7, 2019


    Free Admittance

    Lapas, Espetada, Bolo do Caco, Milho, Linguica, Hot Dogs, Beer, Wine and Poncha all available for purchase!

    Entertainment by the Portuguese-American Dancers, Filarmonica Uniao Portuguesa de San Diego and Queridos!

    Please click READ MORE for more information!

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    Join the Filarmonica Today!

    Become a member of the Filarmónica União Portuguesa de San Diego today!

    We continue to reach out to the youth and adults in our community with a love for music who would like to join our Portuguese band. Our marching band performs throughout the year here in San Diego at many social and civic events but the greatest part is that we also travel abroad to various cities throughout California to represent our city of San Diego. Many youth members in our group enjoy traveling and playing at various functions. It helps them learn more about our tradition & culture.

    You do not need to be Portuguese to join!

    For more information please contact:

    Carlos Pereira – Phone: (619) 876-1855, Email: cnpereira48@gmail.com

    Natalie Virissimo – Phone: (619) 252-0507, Email: filaruniaosandiego@yahoo.com

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    U.P.S.E.S. Chapel News

    The California State Historical Resources Commission voted and have accepted our very own UPSES Chapel “Capela” as a State of California historical building!

    It will now be sent to the Office of Historic Preservation Department in Washington D.C. to be finalized as a Historical Building.

    A big thank you goes out to John & Geri Lauriano who have worked tirelessly on this project, congratulations!

    In addition Supervisor Greg Cox and the Board of Supervisors proclaimed Tuesday, March 21, 2017 as Portuguese Chapel Day in the City of San Diego!

    Please click READ MORE for pictures of the proclamation ceremony.

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    Little Portugal

    We are officially trying to form a Little Portugal district in Point Loma. However we can’t do it without your support and community donations. As a donor you will be part of an amazing historic creation here in San Diego.

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    Our Heritage Walk of Faith

    Honor a loved one or commemorate a special event with Our Heritage Walk of Faith. Purchase your very own paver to be placed in front of our Portuguese Hall!

    For more details or to purchase a paver READ MORE

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    Portuguese Consulate Services

    Portuguese Consulate Services here at the Portuguese Hall!

    To schedule an appointment or for more information please READ MORE

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About United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc

San Diego’s Portuguese community today is made up of immigrants from the Azores, Madeira, and mainland Portugal going back five generations in some cases. As Portuguese, we have a natural pride in our traditions and in the global accomplishments of our ancestors. We strive to honor those who have come before us, preserve our traditions and customs, and instill in our youth the spirit of devotion to the Espirito Santo, so our community will go forward in faith and tradition, generation after generation.