National Day of Timorese Culture

The Government of Timor-Leste approved the creation of the National Day of Timorese culture.

October 14th was the chosen day to celebrate the cultural diversity of Timor-Leste, because it’s the birth day of the timorese poet Francisco Borja da Costa.
Francisco Borja da Costa, who participated in the struggle for independence, wrote the lyrics of the national anthem “Pátria”.

With this initiative, all the national artists and timorese culture promoters can now achieve another form of recognition.

This will definitely be a day that all the travelers should like to be present in Timor-Leste and participate in this kind of activities.

Timor-Leste on the run for a landmark tourism destination

According to the UN agency responsible for the promotion of sustainable and accessible tourism, Timor-Leste was visited by 78 000 people in 2013, which represents an increase of 42% compared to 2012.

This number brings us a fresh incentive to continue our mission on promoting Timor-Leste worldwide.

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Timor-Leste on new web channel – Mundus 21

If you’re a portuguese speaker or just a curious traveller, we invite you to take a sneak peek at the latest cultural web channel.

Launched in 15th October, Mundus 21 intends to be the biggest culture channel for countries of portuguese language.

Our beloved Timor-Leste is one of the countries represented with cultural videos about their different activities, worthy of watching.

Yet, anyone can also send personal vídeos, about arts or culture, to Mundus 21 post them online.

Mundus21 website

Timor-Leste opens the door to European Movies

European Cinema Festival starts today in Díli.

Along the weekend you’ll be able to watch 7 European films between Casa Europa and Fundação Oriente.

Portugal, Germany, France, Hungary will be represented with different films and if you’re a cinema fan you won’t miss them.

Take a look here and here for more info.

Mount Ramelau coffee at Starbucks

Coffee lovers around the world will now be able to experience and taste the unique flavor of Mount Ramelau coffee.
Mount Ramelau, also known as Tatamailau, which means “Grandfather of All”, is the tallest mountain in Timor-Leste with a prosperous and fertile ecology that provides the special conditions for making their coffee a reference.
Starbucks recently added this amazing coffee line that will be exclusively available in super markets.
We know better how awesome Timor-Leste coffee is and this is a major opportunity of growing, developing and sharing Timor products and culture worldwide.

Don’t miss it! Taste a Mount Ramelau coffee and share it with us 🙂

You can order it here

More info

Total Lunar Eclipse in Timor-Leste

Last night the moon presented us with a total eclipse. It was like we were at a twilight zone.

There’s a legend in Timor-Leste that associates the eclipses with a darker side of spirituality, so the ancient ones teach us that we have to make noise during the eclipse to let God knows that we are alive on earth.

This was definitely a remarkable experience to have in Timor-Leste, a beautiful and intriguing island with so much to discover and learn, both nature as customs and beliefs of this lovely people.

More info

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Timor-Leste in the 17th Asian Games

Once more, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) launches the main sports event that already counts with 16 editions – The Asian Games.

This year will be the 17th Asian Games, taking place at Incheon, South Korea from September 19th to October 4th.
The Asian Games was first held in India in 1951 and for the 4th time Timor-Leste will be representing with 33 skilled and professional athletes from boxing, taekwondo, athletics, beach volleyball, weightlifting, cycling road and moutain bike, football and karate.

The official slogan remains intact – “Diversity Shines Here” – highlighting the significance of Asia’s wonderful diversity in history, cultures and religions of the 45 countries and regions that will participate in 36 sports, disputing more than 1300 medals.

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New daily flight route from Bali to Díli

Great News!! Garuda Indonesia starts a daily flight route from Bali (Denpasar) to Díli.
October was the chosen month to start the flights. This route came to help pointing Timor Leste as a landmark destination for both holydays or business providing more options for all travelers.

More info here

2014 AFF Futsal Championship

Players, coaches, fans, and all football lovers get ready for the 11th edition of ASEAN Futsal Championship!
The kick off is just about to happen next friday, 19th, at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Timor-Leste football team will be facing Brunei DS on the first match of the tournament and we won’t miss a minute of every game. Stay tuned with us to support Timor-Leste!

Timor-Leste results:

19 Sept (09:00) Brunei 0 – 2 Timor-Leste
20 Sept (09:30) Timor-Leste 0 – 9 Australia
21 Sept (17:00) Indonesia 14 – 3 Timor-Leste
23 Sept (17:00) Timor-Leste 2 – 12 Malaysia

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Indonesia 4 4 0 0 39 6 33 12
 Australia 4 3 0 1 26 4 22 9
 Malaysia 4 2 0 2 19 12 7 6
 Timor-Leste 4 1 0 3 7 35 -28 3
 Brunei 4 0 0 4 2 36 -34 0

 

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Vietnam 4 4 0 0 37 2 35 12
Thailand 4 3 0 1 32 8 24 9
Myanmar 4 2 0 2 31 13 18 6
Laos 4 0 1 3 5 39 -34 1
Philippines 4 0 1 3 8 51 -43 1

More info here

Challenge: Win a VisitEastTimor Tshirt

We’ve got a challenge to you all! To win one of our amazing tshirts just share this post and give a like to our facebook fan page ( https://www.facebook.com/visiteasttimor ) If you’re a real East Timor (Timor-Leste) lover you wont miss this opportunity! What are you waiting for?!

Terms & Conditions:
1. This challenge ends on 20th September;
2. To participate you just have to share our post about the contest in facebook page and make “Like” in our facebook page;
3. The list of participants will be randomized in Random.org;
4. The first place win ONE tshirt;
5. The winner would be informed by Facebook and annouced in our fan page.