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Make Your Presence Felt Forever In The Pages Of Our Beautiful 2008 Goan Convention Souvenir!


Each one of us can write - some a little easier than others! Sit down at your key-board and sketch a little vignette for our Convention souvenir - something uniquely Goan, perhaps our beautiful heritage, a rare recipe, a secret health cure, a whiff of religion, some forgotten bit of history, a gust of gossip, a glimpse of spirituality?

If you've moved away or were born abroad or lived in the diaspora, as millions of Goans have and do, then you obviously have heaps of experiences to share with our world - unforgettable characters you've come across, experiences you've shared, adventures you've had, perhaps life-changing or deeply moving...

What do you think of our literature and our customs? Does the lilt and swell of our language fascinate you and the rhythmic jingle of our phrases tickle your fancy? Do Konkani tiatros fascinate you, their witty sarcasm make you double helplessly in the aisles in stitches? A witty bit of Goan doggerel, an old romantic poem? Do Alexyz or Subodh Kerkar inspire you to sketch the most delicious and wicked cartoons?

Perhaps some trivia or family heirlooms you'd like to write about - old photos or pressed flowers, or earthen implements, antique crockery and cutlery from old Portuguese times stashed in voluminous cabin trunks in a cobwebbed attic? Whatever you can turn your mind and pen or keyboard to, we'd love to hear it, and our international readers would absolutely die for. Bring Goa and our long and fascinating history of culture and adventure to life for millions around the world!

Please e-mail all articles in Microsoft Word to


Advertising in our beautiful souvenir not only reaches millions of our friends throughout the world, during and after the Convention, but helps us to meet some of our organisational expenses! Our editorial team is delighted to help design your ad! For advt. guidelines or sending articles, contact

The rates for the advertisements are as follows:
Full page:   $800
Half page:   $450
Quarter pg: $250


A special section of the Souvenir will contain an international Goan directory, which will ensure the Souvenir remains a lasting reference work. The 'Goan Seniors Directory' by John J. D'Souza will be available at the Convention.

The last date for accepting advertisements for publication is 15 May, 2008.


Some of the celebrated Goans who will be addressing the 2008 Goan Convention:

GNAT President's Message:
We've got a world-class team! You'll get a world-class event. Welcome!

GNAT President: Francis Rodrigues

Convention Director's Message:
On behalf of the 2008 Convention Committee, welcome to the beautiful city of Toronto. Our GIANT theme: 'Goan Identity And Networking Today.'

Convention Director: Dr. Kevin Saldanha

Event Coordinator's Message:
We've assembled the finest group of international celebrities, to give you an unforgettable event. Welcome!

Event Coordinator: Lisette Saldanha

Ben Antao Marinella Proença Cecil Pinto Cornel Dacosta Victor Rangel-Ribeiro Ethel Da Costa Fred Noronha Walter Tavares Silviano Barbosa Tony Fernandes Wendell Rodricks Bosco D'Mello Helga R. Gomes George Pinto Roland Francis Ruth De Souza Mervyn Lobo Rene Barreto Filomena Giese Rajan Parrikar Alex Fernandes John J. D'Souza Zulema De Souza Herman Carneiro Tony D'Souza Troy De Souza Dean D'Cruz Victor Martins Jr. Menezes Joaquim Goes