The Embassy of Italy in Manila celebrated the 76th Italy's Republic Day on June 2 with cocktail reception at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Manila in BGC, Taguig City. The celebration also marked the 75th Diplomatic Relations of Italy and Philippines.

DFA Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente, Nuncio Arch. Charles John Brown, Dean of Diplomatic Corps
DFA Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente, Nuncio Arch. Charles John Brown, Dean of Diplomatic Corps

The event was attended by large number of more than 400 guests from the Philippine government, Diplomatic Corps, Consular Corps, business leaders, and members of the Italian community.

Joining the Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente in the toast was Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Apostolic Nuncio Charles James Brown. Meanwhile, the National Anthems of Italy and Philippines were delivered by the charming and magnificent Young Voices of the Philippines. Among the VIP guests received by Ambassador Clemente and wife, Maria Rosaria was Cielito "Honeylet" Avanceña.

Argentinean Ambassador Ricardo Bocalandro, Canadian Ambassador Peter MacArthur, Madam Irene Carlos and Irish Ambassador William Carlos
Argentinean Ambassador Ricardo Bocalandro, Canadian Ambassador Peter MacArthur, Madam Irene Carlos and Irish Ambassador William Carlos

The event, which also showcased candidacy of Rome to EXPO 2030, was very successful. There was the free flow of Italian "vino rosso", "vino bianco" and "prosecco" for the celebration, accompanied by tastes of italian food, music and images of Italy.

June 2 was not only Italy's Republic Day, but a celebration of life after the more than two years of people in quarantine. A celebration with precaution (from Covid-19) and valuing more the gift of being reunited in person with Italy's family in the Philippines.

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Ambassador Phan Peuv (Cambodia), Ambassador Gerard Ho,(Singapore), Ambassador Betty Palao ( Papua New Guinea), Ambassador Radebe-Netshitenzhe (Africa)
Ambassador Phan Peuv (Cambodia), Ambassador Gerard Ho,(Singapore), Ambassador Betty Palao ( Papua New Guinea), Ambassador Radebe-Netshitenzhe (Africa)


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Enjoying her single blessedness being a widow of Italian businessman Azelio Beano more than three years ago, lovely Lulu Boon took time out from her busy schedule buying and selling real estate properties and her catering business to gather her close friends from her Frenzies group to celebrate her birthday. Of course she chose Caruso Italian Restaurant as the venue for her celebration and chose her favorite Italian dishes on the menu.

 Fortune Ledesma, Honeylet Avancena, Louie Locsin
Fortune Ledesma, Honeylet Avancena, Louie Locsin

Lulu asked her guests to come wearing Pearls and she gave P5,000 as prize for the guest with beautiful pearls. Lady winner was sexy Dra. Elsie Pascua and Male winners were John Gaddi and Sonny Tanchanco who were wearing lovely pearl necklaces and jewelry. What a pearly night.

Michael Ang, Dr. Antonio Gallo, Lulu Beano, Dr. ING. Armando Cazzola, Dr. Michelle Colangelo
Michael Ang, Dr. Antonio Gallo, Lulu Beano, Dr. ING. Armando Cazzola, Dr. Michelle Colangelo

Being a good friend, Hi Society helped her organize the fun party with Marcy David providing the music with lovely Singer Chris Ledesma. It was a whole night dancing and singing with guests like Kathy Manuntag and Ruth Ahmad providing entertainment numbers jamming with Marcy. What a fun group she had. Happiest birthday dearest Lulu and more celebrations to come!

 Grand Hyatt GM Gottfried Bogensperger, Dr. George Sarakinis
Grand Hyatt GM Gottfried Bogensperger, Dr. George Sarakinis

Tillie Pellagallo of Philippine Italian Association, Nedy Tantoco, Margie Moran Floirendo, Chairman of CCP, Patrick Jacinto Pres. of TJ Industries Amb. Reda Mina Al Fassi of Monacco
Tillie Pellagallo of Philippine Italian Association, Nedy Tantoco, Margie Moran Floirendo, Chairman of CCP, Patrick Jacinto Pres. of TJ Industries Amb. Reda Mina Al Fassi of Monacco

Maria Rosaria Brizi and Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente
Maria Rosaria Brizi and Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente

Emmy Gonzales, Dra. Elsie Pascua, Merci Padolina, (seated) Irene Montemayor, Agile Zamora, Brenda Ngo
Emmy Gonzales, Dra. Elsie Pascua, Merci Padolina, (seated) Irene Montemayor, Agile Zamora, Brenda Ngo

Annie Trillo, Jinky Rabano, Georgette, (standing) Brenda, Emmy Gonzalez
Annie Trillo, Jinky Rabano, Georgette, (standing) Brenda, Emmy Gonzalez

Cory Quirino, Kathlyn Manuntag, Lulu Beano, Camille Agbayani
Cory Quirino, Kathlyn Manuntag, Lulu Beano, Camille Agbayani

Dra. Elsie Pascua, Emmy Gonzalez, Irene Montemayor
Dra. Elsie Pascua, Emmy Gonzalez, Irene Montemayor


Edwin Medalla Marian Ong, Albert Andrada, Lulu Boon Beano
Edwin Medalla Marian Ong, Albert Andrada, Lulu Boon Beano

 Esie Pascua, Lulu Boon, Merci Padolima, Kathy Park, Kathlyn Manuntag
Esie Pascua, Lulu Boon, Merci Padolima, Kathy Park, Kathlyn Manuntag

Gerard Ramirez, Irene Montemayor, Joanne Matschuck, Beging Soriano, Elsie Pascua
Gerard Ramirez, Irene Montemayor, Joanne Matschuck, Beging Soriano, Elsie Pascua