By Tina Hidalgo Jacinto
Life is really bright for larger than life Rene Puno. Recently, the birthday celebrator hosted a dinner at his residence, which gathered friends, relatives, clients, and personal associates who came prepared for an evening of divine food, fun, and music.
The Rene V. Puno family – Atty. Yago, Ann, Renee, and Atty. Rene
Jaime Ponce de Leon, Susan Joven, Johnny Litton, and George Sarakinis
Robbie Santos, Francis de Leon, and Ito Curata
Congressman Manny Lopez and Suzette Lopez
Cory Quirino and Eimee Cragun
Len Olbes, Yolly Ayson, and Mayenne Carmona
Becky Garcia, Consul Helen Ong, Ann Ong, Elaine Villar, and Connie Haw
Paqui Campos, Lilibeth Campos, Israel Ambassador Ben Effie Matityau, Consul Gen. Fortune Ledesma, and Margie Floirendo
Rupert Jacinto, the author, Consul Helen Ong, and George Sison
Jojo Zabarte, Henry Zabarte, and Tony Leviste
Governor Joe Zubiri and Jomar Munarriz
Joseph Calata and Nel Calata
Sheree Chua and Czarina Ong Camus
Ricky Davao, doing a special song number
Dra. Nik Lombos and Engr. Ram Lombos
Rene’s good nature and hearty laughter, plus his being a committed father, make him well-loved. What better way to lighten things up than with music and dance. After-dinner performances were musical numbers from Consul Fortune Ledesma, Dr. Nik Lombos, Eimee Cragun, Bebot Laurel, George Sarakinis, and Ricky Davao. In the past, Rene had made music his main focus, as he was a member of the New Minstrels, and this earned heavy praises then; and to this day, friends always ask him to sing. His catchy tunes stirred up the party people, among them Israeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau and his wife Lizia Lu, Joseph and Nel Calata, Vicky Zubiri, George Sison, among others.
All night dancing capped Rene’s unforgettable dinner. His sweet and loving wife Ann had the party catered by Neil’s Kitchen. The menu included baked fish, stuffed turkey, a grilling station for juicy steaks, and a variety of other party favorites. Eva Gullas, publisher of Zee Lifestyle, sent two Cebu lechons. Foodies savored Ann’s famous sweet bites, among them, the cassava cake and Chocnut cake. Rene is managing partner of Zulueta, Puno, and Associates.
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