Maloli Espinosa Supnet (bottom, third from left), wife of Maj. Gen. Mark Supnet (defense attache, Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.), at the luncheon reception she hosted for over 40 members of the Defense Attache’s Wives Association of Washington, D.C.

“Good wife and health is man’s best wealth.”


A farewell reception was recently hosted by Maloli Espinosa Supnet, wife of Maj. Gen. Mark Supnet (Defense Attache, Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.), for over 40 members of the Defense Attache’s Wives Association of Washington, D.C.

The event was held at the Romulo Hall of the Embassy on Nov. 30, as e-mailed by Bing Branigin.

Mrs. Supnet and her staff served favorite Filipino cuisine.

She also presented a video of places to visit in the Philippines.

Raffle prizes of handicrafts from the Philippines was a big hit among the guests.

The hall was decorated with baskets, lanterns, jars, different colorful fabrics, and a huge map of the Philippines highlighted by the different regions.

As one guest said, “I had a virtual tour of your beautiful country.”

Mrs. Supnet urged them to try the baro at saya, where their photos were taken.

Mrs. Supnet was effective in promoting the Philippines.

She not only gave them a taste of the cuisine, music, art, culture, but the Filipino hospitality.

As everyone bid farewell to Mrs. Supnet, each guest received a bag with souvenir items from the Philippines, Filipino snacks, etc.

Maj. Gen. Supnet will finish his tour as defense attache this month.

The new defense attache is coming to Washington, D.C. early next year.


One of the Filipino-American community’s loveliest faces, Jen Michelle Magno, tied the knot with Matt Fratkin, a dashing and successful engineer from Massachusetts, at the elegant Veronique in Brookline, Massachusetts on Sept. 25, with some 150 guests in attendance.

Jen Michelle, daughter of Murray and Lana Levine, is a cum laude marketing graduate of Northeastern University in Brookline.

She’s currently marketing manager for Bicon Dental Implants in Jamaica Plain.

Matt, son of Michael and Barbara Fratkin, has a masters degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.

He is a principal electrical engineer at QinetiQ North America in Waltham.

Jen’s sister, Lauren Levine, served as the maid of honor.

Matt’s best friend, Andrew Gowan, was the best man.

The newlyweds, now based in Brookline, flew to Maui and Kauia islands in Hawaii for their their two-week honeymoon.



Ambassador Carlos D. Sorreta, deputy permanent representative of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, celebrated his birthday on Nov. 11 with a get-together luncheon with officers and staff of the Mission, including Permanent Representative Libran N. Cabactulan.

Sorreta also hosted a luncheon for all U.N. deputy permanent representatives at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue on Nov. 23.

Well-loved and respected by his staff, Sorreta entered public service at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in 1991 as foreign service officer.

He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law and passed the bar when he was already with the DFA.

The son of retired Colonel and Mrs. Jose C. Sorreta, he is married to the former Maria Consuelo Sison, who is with Citibank New York, and with whom he has three children: Christopher, Clarissa and Camilo.


Lighten-up, e-mailed by an FR reader:


Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, “Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land.”

Nearly 75 years ago (when Welfare was introduced), Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land.”

Today, Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!

I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc....I called a Suicide Hotline.

I had to press 1 for English.

I was connected to a call center in Pakistan...I told them I was suicidal.

They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck...


God, I felt the same way up until Saturday night on my way home from Queens.

Having eaten Chinese food, I was hungry so I stopped in Westbury at KFC.

To my surprise they had a special called the “OBAMA CHICKEN SPECIAL.”

I am so enthralled with Barry that I asked what was in it.

The counter person said, “It’s half white meat and half dark meat, with only left wings and assholes, but no backbones.”

I ordered two but all the specials were on vacation...


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Please check it out for the latest news in the Filipino and Filipino-American community, as well as news worldwide.

You can also find my column appended on the site under the society page.



Birthday cheers to Dr. Vivy Corteza Malantic on Dec. 9.


Belated birthday greetings to Carol Baluyut.


Happy returns of the day to Dr. Frank Rabadam on Dec. 3.


Happy birthday to Rev. Fr. Freddie Balinong, S.J., enjoying a light moment with Atty. Tamara del Carmen during a wedding reception at Lever House on Park Avenue in Manhattan.



First Lady Michelle Obama (r.) hugs Filipino White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford after Mrs. Obama visited Christmas arts and crafts workstations in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday.  (AP photo)

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