The chapel of Nossa Senhora do Monte, in Old Goa was completely crowded that evening of January, 2009, the last one of the Festival do Monte, when Alma de Coimbra made its entrance, one after the other, coming in through the door of the sacristy, and lining up in front of the altar. That black capes frame made complete silence under the stone vault. All present, natives, Portuguese and foreigners, felt that this could be the highest moment of the Festival. When their voices for the first time echoed in the church, and, subsequently, as the sound waves enveloped all the present on a sort of embrace, at the same time nostalgic and happy, I looked behind me, to see people seated in crowded pews, up in the balcony the young ones, and I saw the older people's serious faces, the enchanted smiles of the younger ones and, on everyone, shiny eyes. Close to the end of the concert, when the goeses sang together in Portuguese with the choir, there were many tears shed, and the choir was enthusiastically applauded for a very long time, which, in that part of the world, is usually more discreet." — Paulo Varela Gomes, representative of Fundação do Oriente in India, January 2009