EVERY second of June, the Italian Embassy in the Philippines celebrates its “Festa Della Republica” or National Day with pomp. This year, the charming Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno together with his wife Agnes welcomed guests from the diplomatic, government, business and social circles at the Peninsula Hotel Ballroom where the local celebration was held.
Guests naturally enjoyed the Italian buffet spread composed of different kinds of Cheeses, Pizzas, Sausages, Pasta paired with good Italian wines.
It was interesting to note that the Italian Republic was born June 2, 1946 and it was on this day when the Italian population was called to decide what form of government to give to the country after the second world war and the fall of Fascism led by Benito Mussolini.
In Italy, they celebrate the day with soldiers, tanks and other military equipments parading through central Rome. Before that, a ceremonial Laurel Wreath is placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, placed inside the Altare della Patria in Rome.
The gates of the Palazzo del Quirinale Gardens, official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, are opened to the public for the subsequent celebrations where concerts are performed by the bands of the Italian Army, Italian Navy, Italian Air Force, Carabinieri, State Police, Guardia di Finanza, Polizia Penitenziaria (Penitentiary Police) and Corpo Forestale dello Stato (State Forestry Department).
Finally, Italian delicacies are abundantly available for the people to enjoy.