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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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