The ‘Manila Mail’ family mark anniversary
|Posted by Manila Mail under Around DC|
On November 15, 2008, the â€œManila Mail,â€ the only professionally-edited fortnightly Filipino American newspaper in the nationâ€™s capital, marked its 18th year of service to the Filipino American communities in the tri-state area of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
To celebrate the occasion, Manila Mail volunteer food columnist Evelyn Bunoan and her husband, Oscar, hosted an impromptu anniversary dinner at her residence in Fairfax, Virginia on November 16. And for the first time in many, many years, almost all the volunteers and their husbands or wives were able to get together as one big family. For lack of time, however, some volunteers like Tessie and Pablito Alarcon, Maurese Owens and others, have not been informed in advance of the impromptu celebration. Others invited failed to make it.
What made the affair more memorable was the presence of Greg Macabenta, Manila Mail columnist and newly-elected chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). Greg, who directly drove to the Bunoan residence shortly after arriving at Dulles International Airport, was in Washington D.C. for a NaFFAA meeting.
In his remarks after the dinner, Greg, who is also publisher of â€œFilipinas Magazineâ€ in San Francisco, said one of his goals as NaFFAA chair is to make business aware of the huge, untapped Filipino market in the United States. He pointed out that while other Asian ethnic and Hispanic media groups were getting the bulk of advertisements, many businesses do not know how to utilize the Filipino American media to penetrate this untapped market.
Atty. Warie Azarcon, president of MMCI, and Bert Alfaro, editor, thanked the members of the Manila Mail family for their support and vowed to continue with the Mailâ€™s mission of serving as a medium of information for the community. They also thanked the Bunoans for preparing the sumptuous dinner and opening their bar which was loaded with top name brands.
Azarcon said that the Manila Mail, ran mostly by volunteer veteran journalists, had undergone several transformations since its founding in 1991. Its first publisher was Salakot Corp., followed by Maya Media Inc. in 1993 and now Manila Mail Communications, Corp. (MMCI), Azarcon said.