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Viva Italia: The 70th Republic Day of Italy

Mme. Agnes Roscigno; Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno; DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis; and Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto

The Harbor Tent of the Sofitel Philippines Plaza teemed with panache as it showcased top Italian brands such as Ferrari, Maserati and Ducati last June 2 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Republic of Italy.

Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno together with his wife, Mme. Agnes Roscigno hosted Festa della Repubblica to commemorate the day in 1946 when the Italian people, through a national referendum, decided that the monarchy must come to an end.

“We are a young republic but born out of an ancient nation rooted in thousand years old civilization and rich history that has blessed us with heritage and culture, knowledge and art,” Ambassador Roscigno said in his welcome address.

The relationship between the Philippines and Italy have continued to flourished since the establishment of its bilateral relations in 1947, a partnership which will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year.

“Italy is a partner the Philippines can count on. We’d be happy to continue working with the [new] government in order to further strengthen our relations on the basis of common values and principles we firmly share. In these recent years, our relations have become more intense, more exchanges, more visitors in both sides. Prospects of moral, economic and trade, interexchanges, stronger cultural bounds,” the Ambassador said.

The Ambassador also noted meaningful and advance programs of cooperation and development with the Philippines that include the Italian Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program, the Debt-for-Development Swap Program and the Agreement on Bilateral Cooperation on Labor Migration between the Government of the Italian Republic.

We here at Expat belatedly toast to the people and the government of the Republic of Italy, Viva, Italia!

Apostolic Nuncio Giuseppe Pinto and DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis joins Italian Ambasador Massimo Roscigno in a ceremonial toast

Belarus Consul Anna Marie Ablan and Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno

Dominican Republic Consul George Litton; Expat’s Butch Bonsol; and Atty. Abundio Arrieta, Jr.

Becky Garcia; Dr. George Sarakinis; and Cory Quirino

Austrian Ambassador Josef Mullner and EU Ambassador Franz Jessen

Angola Consul Helen Ong; Guatemala Consul Amelia Ablaza; and Ambassador Virgilio Reyes

Angola Consul Helen Ong; US Ambassador Philip Goldberg; Miguel Realmonte; and Guatemalan Consul Amelia Ablaza

Ambassador Jose Zaldarriaga; Philippine Star’s Jarius Bondoc; and DWIZ’s Marissa Bondoc

Tessa Prieto Valdes; Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely; and husband, Stuart Hodge

Expat’s Butch Bonsol; Costa Rica Consul Fausto Preysler; Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales; and Rustan’s Rico Tantoco

Giacomo Giannetto; Vinka Palameta; and Maorizio Ghirga

Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno delivers his speech

Marivic Rufino and Portugal Consul Tony Rufino

Cambodian Ambassador Tuot Panha with her daughter

Swiss Ambassador Andrea Reichlin and Monaco Consul Fortune Ledesma