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!
By VIA BAROMA