November Ninja News

The latest news on what the DNC’s ninjas were up to this past month.

DNCWorldewide – Kevin Yu of Dreampod (link) has been cool enough to partner with us in developing the DNC brand. Kevin is a prodigiously gifted graphic artist and web designer so be on the lookout for some of his work on our site soon. We will have a chance to welcome Web Ninja into ninja-hood in short order.

Ninja Girls – We nominated some of our awesome girl friends for the Ploomy Girl Column. Ploomy is a Men’s Magazine that focuses on What Men Need to Know. Awesome interview by Melissa so far. More to come!

Out of Towners – DNC Dubai, Christopher Reinig will be returning from the Emirates for a short sabbatical on the 21st of this month. Karen Dezelle will also be visiting during the Thanks giving Holidays.

John Alfeche – John won his MMA Debut at Lonestar Beatdown 7 in Huntsville, TX on November 13th Despite slipping several times during the bout, John managed to win using the “mounted coconut smash” to pummel his opponent en route to a unanimous decision.

Chad Kight – Chad fought in a BJJ superfight during the Atama Open Tournament on November 8th. He fought a very game opponent in Patrick Head, Gracie Barra Brown Belt, and lost by points while going for a submission all throughout. He went for good attempts at a kimura and armbar before time ran out. Here is a link to the Houston Chronicle article on the tournament and Chad. (Link)

Andrew Berman – Andy is finishing up a very trying semester at UH. He fought through an onslaught of tests during the past 2 weeks and is slated to get through the semester with a 4.0 GPA, setting up a very promising future as financial consultant to our organization.

Ponciano Manalo – “Jino” scored an almost perfect score on his GRE exam recently and is finishing up his grad school applications to Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown University. Jino will be completing his graduate studies in International Policy. His brothers in the DNC are extremely elated at his accomplishments and have no doubt that he will be in asset to our organization for a long time to come.

Munveen Walia – Mr. Walia is finishing up his clinicals and will be a certified X-Ray technician at the end of 2008. Congratulations to Mr. Walia on his large accomplishment.

Steve Lieby – Congratulations to Mr Lieby and the lovely Melynda Fox on their upcoming nuptials next month. The ninjas are pleased to see yet another DNC pairing tie the knot! Melynda celebrated her birthday on Nov. 17th. Congratulations on another year wiser Mel!

Paula Donato – Happy 25th once again to Pocket Ninja this month! Paula has been a number one supporter of the DNC since our inception and also was recently promoted to Nursing Supervisor at her hospital. Congratulations on all these milestones you’re accomplishing Paula. Keep it going as it only gets better from here!

Jess & Jessica Forrest – Congratulations to little Julianna on her 1st birthday! The food that Jonathan cooked was amazing! I still think of that salad and lasagna anytime I get hungry.

Gustavo Rocha – Our beloved Gussy celebrated his birthday early this month. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to one of our finest.

Ramiro Rangel – In addition to his responsibilities as an Accounting Professional, Ramiro has been practicing heavily with his new band, Wronged Again. (Link – http://www.myspace.com/wrongagaintx) They debuted at a few shows this month and look forward to a promising future as a group! Damn Ramiro – salsa instructor, accountant, dating consultant, and baddest hardcore drummer in TX. Is there anything this man cannot do?!

That’s all your DNC news for now. Sorry if I missed anyone. Back to you Trish Takinawa!

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2 Comments on “November Ninja News”

  1. PoCkEt NiNjA Says:

    Thanks for the shout out Mikey…But I think there is a typo…it’s 21st birthday…but who’s counting?

  2. Mrs. Rivas Says:

    Wow! Lots going on! Congrats Jino.. I had no idea! And Gus, Mel and Paula sorry we missed out on your Bday celebrations. Hope you all had fantastic days.


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