On Tuesday, August 19, the Consulate General of Portugal in San Francisco announced that the nomination of the Honorary Consul of Portugal in Tulare, Mr. Diniz Borges, was confirmed by the US State Department.
Mr. Borges is a Portuguese Language Teacher for Tulare Union High School and Chair of the World Languages Department. Mr. Borges earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Chapman University (Magna Cum Laude) and a Master of Arts in Humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills. His community service includes serving as a the moderator of the Portuguese language cultural television program, Os Portugueses no Vale (KNXT-Channel 49–Fresno, CA), Counselor to the Portuguese Government on issues of Emigration and Portuguese Communities in the United States, Member of the Board of Directors for the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Member of the advisory board of the Luso-American Education Foundation, and past Member of the advisory board to the Concordia Portuguese Language Summer Course. He is President of the North American Portuguese Teachers Association (elected for three consecutive terms).
Mr. Borges is a contributing writer for the Azorean newspapers Açoriano Oriental & Diário Insular and for several Portuguese-American and Canadian Portuguese language newspapers, including this newspaper, Luso-Americano, and he is also coordinator of the Literary page Maré Cheia of the Portuguese Tribune Newspaper from San Jose, California.
Besides being an accomplished author, Mr. Borges received the Medallion of Merit from the Portuguese Government for Services rendered in favor of the Portuguese Language and Culture in Central California, the Portuguese-American Citizen of the Year by the Portuguese-American Heritage Association in Tulare, Azorean Outstanding Language and Cultural Promoter living in the United States, a distinction given by the Azorean Regional Government, and the Portuguese Language and Culture Award from the Luso-American Education Foundation.