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Police apprehend Filipino sexual assault suspect

by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department arrested a Filipino sexual assault suspect after he turned himself in last Sept. 5, Friday.

For about two weeks, police officers had been searching for FilAm Horacio Candia Jr., who was wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman near 16th Street and Carolina in the Potrero District in San Francisco on Aug. 22. The victim managed to escape from his vehicle and called the police.

According to reports, Candia was arrested in his attorney’s office last Friday.

Candia is a former San Francisco Fire Department firefighter. After nine years, he was terminated in 2000 for refusing a drug test, according to reports.

Police alleged that Candia shows his badge to facilitate his encounters with women. He then sexually assaults them, using physical violence, according to SF Police officials.

“He lured a woman into a false sense of security,” police Inspector Elaine Economus said to the San Francisco Chronicle. “He said, ‘I’m a firefighter, everybody loves us, you can trust me.’”

The 38-year-old Candia is charged with three counts of forced oral copulation, one count of sexual battery, one count of making terrorist threats, and one count of false imprisonment.  (www.asianjournal.com)

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Pinay nurse fighting extradition

by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress
SAN DIEGO – Lawyers for a 72-year-old Filipina nurse is calling for the US Secretary of State Condolezza Rice to stop the extradition charges of their client to Mexico.
For the past two years, Eufemia Alamo Ramirez, a US citizen from San Diego has been detained at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility awaiting extradition to stand trial on charges of being involved in a human trafficking scheme.

“She has remained [in the detention center] for the past two years, denied bail and denied any hearing on the merits of the Mexican charges,” said Shanlon Wu of Wheat Wu Law.

According to Wu, Mexico claims that in 1998 Ramirez engaged in human trafficking when she was on the same bus as four Filipino nurses, who lacked proper Mexican immigration papers.

Wu said his client had nothing to do with how the nurses entered Mexico and had no reason to believe anything was wrong with their paperwork.

“She was let go by the Mexican police after her arrest and heard nothing about the matter for the next eight years,” he said.

However, in 2006, US Marshalls arrested Ramirez at her home in San Diego.

The Marshals informed Ramirez that Mexico had issued an extradition request for her and arrested her. Ramirez is currently being detained in an ICE detention center.

Wu believes his client is innocent “but she will never be able to prove it now—nearly 10 years after the fact.”

Wu said at her extradition hearing, the law prevented Ramirez even from trying to refute Mexico’s charges.

Her legal appeals are running out. Her family is asking for the Secretary of State to exercise her power and protect this outstanding American citizen, added Wu.   (www.asianjournal.com)

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Pinay Boxer Loses Championship Bout

by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress
LEMOORE – FilAm Pinay boxer Ana Julaton’s dream of being an undefeated champion fell apart after losing a split decision against Brooklyn native Dominga Olivo in an eight round bout at the Tachi Palace Resort and Casino last August 21.

“The girl was much more effective at 120 than she was at 135,” said Roach about Olivo. “She was very durable and quick…Not to say that Ana didn’t fight a good fight. Ana fought well. I think a few adjustments here and there and we could have outpointed Olivo.”

With only two weeks notice, Olivo accepted this match against the highly regarded Julaton after several other opponents backed out.

Fighting for her fourth world championship attempt, the 36-year-old veteran boxer looked sharp throughout the fight. She threw more punches and combinations, while Julaton seemed to have lost a step. The judges scored split-decision bout in her favor 79-73, 77-75 and 75-77.

“I wanted to pressure her and throw the stronger punches,” said Olivo, the new World Boxing Council (WBC) International Female super bantamweight titlist. “I wanted to work the body to the head and use my hooks. And you saw what happened.”

Roach said that Julaton didn’t look like her normal self during the match.

“I don’t know what it was,” said Roach about Julaton’s performance. “I’m not sure if she over prepared. I feel like Ana was a little flat in the fight. Not so much her hands but her legs.”

Julaton, who has only had five professional bouts, admits to having rookie nerves. The bright lights and championship atmosphere took the better of her.

It appeared that Julaton was the quicker fighter with the effective jabs to keep Oliva away. However, Julaton abandoned that strategy for a more brawler type fight.

“I think going into this fight I was too excited,” she said. “I knew she was a forward fighter but my ego got the best of me in terms of me just wanting to go in there and slug it out with her.

“I was a little tight,” she added. “She’s a strong fighter. I just didn’t get off the way I wanted to.”

Julaton said that the loss is a humbling moment in her short career.

“I’m taking it for what it is,” she said. “The best thing is to leave it all behind…and continue on to be better. No excuses on anything. I just need to try to get better next time. I’ll do whatever it takes to get to the next level.”

Too Soon?

Manager Angelo Reyes took the blame for Julaton’s lost.

Coming into this match questions surrounded Julaton’s management about whether she was ready for a championship bout against a very worthy opponent so early in her career.

Reyes said he was overeager to go for a championship early in Julaton’s career because women’s boxing doesn’t have the number of fights available like the men’s professional boxing.

“Look I went on record on saying that we had five top five women in the world who turned down this fight,” he said. “Why is Ana the one challenging people when it should be the other way around?”

The loss drops Julaton’s record to 4-1-1 1 KO.

Reyes said Team Julaton would go back to the drawing board and prepare a new training regiment for Julaton. Reyes added that he and Roach are already preparing for another match for Julaton scheduled for late October.  (www.asianjournal.com)

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To be loved . . . by the King of Love Songs

by Cynthia de Castro/AJPress
“Balatkayo lahat ang buhay sa mundo Nakangiti kahit hindi totoo Magandang bulaklak ang s’yang katulad mo Nguni’t paglapit ko’y walang bango.”
The lines above are from the classic love song entitled Balatkayo composed by the Philippines’ King of Love Songs, Anthony Castelo . The song laments how his lover has turned out to be a phony. So, he grieves that most people live life pretending; putting on an act; faking love or happiness; being balatkayo.

Fortunately, the multi-awarded singer/composer is exactly the opposite of being a balatkayo. A truly accomplished international artist, Anthony is a genuinely caring and loving human being who has lived to make a difference in the world he lives in. Despite a long list of gold records, sold-out concerts and outstanding performances for world dignitaries like US President George W. Bush, Saudi King Fahd, Moroccan King Hassan II, Princess Margaret of England, Premier Suzuki of Japan, and Pope John Paul II, he has not been dazzled by show business. He has always had an innate charitable interest in others; looking for ways to extend help, show kindness and give support.

Born in the Philippines, Anthony has a unique Eurasian mix of Filipino and Portuguese/Spanish ancestry. He studied in Los Angeles and it was there, while in his teens that he began his music career, joining the world-famous choral group The Young Americans.

Later, while still a student at the University of the Philippines, Castelo joined the Gentle Rain—a group led by well-known songwriter/producer Nonong Pedero. The quartet, whose members included Boy Camara and Rody Picar, developed an amazing quick and faithful following among the collegians. Later, Anthony was discovered by famous recording producers and OPM pioneers Vic del Rosario, Tony Ocampo, Orly Ilacad and Tito Sotto. A marvelous singer and performer gifted with a soulful baritone or tenor voice, he instantly gained the respect of his audiences everywhere.

Anthony’s success as a solo artist has been nothing short of remarkable. His songs such as Hahanapin Ko, Panaginip, Ibig Kong Ibigin Ka, Nang Dahil sa Pag-Ibig, and numerous others quickly hit the charts and Castelo was dubbed as the “Philippines’ King of Love Songs.” He has earned numerous awards for his music; among them were the ALIW and CECIL Awards (the Philippines’ version of the Grammy Awards).

In addition to music, Anthony has also starred in several hit movies together with the Philippines’ finest actors such as Christopher De Leon, Dindo Fernando, Vilma Santos, and Lorna Tolentino. His 1982 Movie of the Year Pakawalan Mo Ako, garnered him a nomination for the FAMAS (the Oscars of the Philippines).

While many would be contented with a successful career in the arts, Anthony did not rest on his laurels to give more contributions which are significant to the society. He had served as a councilor of Quezon City for which he received the BANTAYOG Award for the “Most Outstanding Quezon City Councilor” in 1999 and 2000 given by the Quezon City Press Club.

Several years ago, Castelo immigrated to the States, making his home in Los Angeles with his family. While continuing his career as a performer, Anthony also used his talent to help organizations such as the International Red Cross, the March of Dimes and other humanitarian institutions. In one occasion in Las Vegas, Anthony performed for the Sammy Davis Memorial Concert, which was held in honor of the late entertainer for the benefit of the March of Dimes Foundation.

After the 911 terrorists’ attack, Castelo composed the song, Long Live America, which he himself presented to President George W. Bush during his visit to the White House in 2002. The song soon became a best-selling hit and for this patriotic composition, the State of Maryland House of Delegates, the City of Los Angeles, and the San Diego, California Congressional District honored Castelo with special awards of artistic recognition.

“Through the years, our people have always been my inspiration in everything I do. It was through music that I’ve learned how to love God, our people and our country, and my role as a public servant is the articulation of that song of love,” Castelo said.

In 2004, through his established non-profit organization Long Live America Foundation, the singer helped secure for Engracia Gutierrez a humanitarian visa to come to the United States. Engracia is the sister and only living next-of-kin to US Lance Corporal Jose Gutierrez, an immigrant from Guatemala who died in Iraq. Likewise, with the help of city officials from Lomita and Carson, Castelo organized a 2004 Fourth of July event honoring Gutierrez and another immigrant soldier, Philippine-native US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their adopted country.

All of Castelo’s philanthropy and help for the needy has recently earned him his most cherished award and recognition. Last April 2008, he received the prestigious “President’s Volunteer Service Award” during ceremonies at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. The award was issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a committee formed by President George W. Bush in 2003 by Executive Order. It recognizes outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations towards their community and country.

“On behalf of Long Live America Foundation, it is a privilege for me to receive this recognition and I share this honor with all Filipinos around the globe,” he said. “Through the years, America has shared its blessings of freedom and prosperity with the nations of the world. As a thankful immigrant whose native Philippines has been liberated by the United States in World War II, it is truly an honor to be of service to this great country.”

Albert Einstein once said that “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Anthony Castelo has truly made his life worthwhile by making a difference in the lives of others. (www.asianjournal.com)

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Jane Monreal: The eye in the sky

by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress
She provides the most important information for any Southland driver.
Everyday FilAm Jane Monreal provides millions of drivers their traffic updates. If there’s a big rig on fire on the 60 West Pomona freeways, Monreal is there. If there’s a traffic jam on the 10 West heading to Santa Monica, Monreal gives the up-to-the-minute update.

Since 2004 when Monreal started working for KABC 7 Eyewitness News This Morning team, Monreal has seen countless of accidents and traffic jams as well as providing the much-needed information for commuters.

Monreal began her reporting career in 1994 delivering weekend, overnight traffic reports and eventually became the lead afternoon traffic reporter for all-news radio station KFWB, according to the KABC website.

Her work on the afternoon news team earned her a Golden Mike award, an annual award given by the Radio and Television News Association.

She has also served as an airborne traffic reporter at KFWB, covered the North Hollywood attempted bank heist shootout in 1997, and the brush fires in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. She also served as a broadcaster on 94.7 the Wave for five years.

A University of Miami graduate, Monreal was a former Miss Asian-America Florida. She served as captain of the university’s dance team and is still active in dance.  (www.asianjournal.com)

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Kristine Johnson: Beauty, Brains, and Beyond

by Nickee de Leon/AJPress
If you google Kristine Johnson on the web, you’ll come across a number of adoring fan sites. There’s Rateitall.com, a forum site where ogling men pine for the stunning half-white, half-Filipina beauty whenever they see her on TV. Cameroncole.com has a wide collection of screen captures of Kristine, while Chickipedia.com describes her as adorable but breaks through her adorability with her professionalism. “The adorability sinks back in by the end of the broadcast, but by that time, they’re talking about things like street fairs and adopting kittens, so it’s fine,” the site further quips.

Kristine is definitely more than just a pretty face. She is the co-anchor of Chris Wragge for the 5pm and 11pm News broadcasts of WCBS-TV in New York City. Before joining WCBS-TV, Kristine was the anchor for NBC News Early Today, an alternate anchor for Weekend Today and daytime anchor for MSNBC. Major newsmakers and breaking news events, such as the killing of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi and the London Terror Bombings were part of Kristine’s daily fare as a journalist.

Kristine also worked as a weeknight anchor and field reporter for WPRI/WNAC-TV in Providence, RI and was responsible for field anchoring from live breaking news events in the Providence market. She is a recipient of two Emmy nominations for her contribution in the production of Brendan’s Story and Newsmakers.

Kristine was born to a Filipina mother and an American father in Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga in the Philippines. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and minors in political science, history and English. She now resides in New Jersey with her husband, Steve and their two children,  Ava, 6 and Burke,1.

(www.asianjournal.com)

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Elita Loresca: Sunny Skies for America’s Sexiest Weather Anchor

by Cynthia de Castro/AJPress
Television newscasters belong to the crème de la crème; a select elite of men and women possessing an extraordinary combination of beauty and brains. They must look good at all times; even if their stressful days start in the wee hours of the morning or very late at night. Not only must newscasters have a pleasant voice, good timing, excellent pronunciation, and correct English usage; they’re also expected to be well-informed about a variety of things as they are expected to “ad-lib” during the show.
Considering all these, Filipinos are mighty proud that several of their kababayans are among the select elite of beautiful and intelligent newscasters admired in American TV today.

One beautiful newscaster that stands out in American TV today is Elita Loresca. Viewers of KNBC know Elita as the pretty weather anchor in Today in LA and the Midday Report. Her past coverage of hurricanes Frances, Katrina, Rita and Wilma when she was with WSVN (FOX) in Miami, Florida have made her quite famous with American viewers.

But since October 2006, Elita is not just known as a weather anchor. She is also known as “America’s Sexiest Newscaster”, a title conferred upon her by readers of FHM Magazine, which featured her in its October 2006 issue.

Born in the Philippines, Elita Loresca moved to Southern California when she was 10 months old and grew up in both downtown Los Angeles and Chino. She took up Broadcast Journalism at Cal State Fullerton and earned the Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University.

“That is where my interest and passion for the news industry started. It wasn’t until my internship at the Orange County News Channel that I wanted to pursue a career on-air as a weather anchor. I was working with my mentor, Maria Quiban (currently an anchor and meteorologist at KCOP, Ch. 13) at the time and she inspired me to follow my dreams. I know it sounds so cliche’, but it was because of her encouragement that I wanted to get into the business and knew that I could do it. I wanted to be just like her!” she said.

Loresca began her career as a news associate at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she was responsible for the assembly of scripts and teleprompter operation during the newscasts. Then, she worked as the noon weather anchor and assignment editor for Bakersfield, California from January 2001 to August 2002. She then moved to KGPE-TV in Fresno, California, as the morning and noon weather anchor. From 2004 to 2006, she was with WSVN (FOX) in Miami, Florida until she joined  KNBC.

In an earlier interview with Asian Journal regarding her being voted “America’s Sexiest Newscaster, Loresca admitted being wowed upon learning about the news.  ““I was elated! It’s a national magazine! I was flattered by the nomination alone, but to actually win the poll, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “When I found out in June that I won, I made sure that my parents knew exactly what type of magazine this was and the demographics this catered to. I didn’t want them to be caught off guard.”

Elita’s Filipino parents were happy for their daughter. She related, “My parents are awesome! They are super supportive of the pictorial and couldn’t be prouder. My dad is so proud. He loves to brag about all his daughters and our accomplishments. He has called all of his friends from the US to the Philippines, so that they go out and buy a copy. My parents are the best!”

Her friends, including her boyfriend have been quite supportive as well. “Overall, I have gotten nothing but support from my friends and my boyfriend. I  am very blessed,” she said.

In order to further hone her skills, Loresca pursued further studies in her field. She wanted to  be a meteorologist so she took up a 3-year distance course on broadcast meteorology.

The news muse admitted that she’s not fluent in Tagalog, having moved to the US when she was just a baby.  “My tagalog is not bad. But, I can understand Tagalog much better than I can speak it,” she said. But the sexy and smart weather anchor proudly stated that she can cook Filipino food.  “I can make lumpia, chicken adobo, fried tilapia and a few of my other favorites. I try not to cook the fried stuff too often,though, ” she added.

To keep her body in shape, Elita goes for kickboxing and cycling. And to keep her spirit strong, Loresca reaches out to help the underprivileged, being actively involved as a volunteer for for Humanity and The National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth (NANAY), a non-profit Filipino organization.

(www.asianjournal.com)

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