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TRAVELS – Infinity Resort and Spa

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 06:42

A resort in Puerto Galera promises its guests will want their stay to go on forever. We check-in to the Infinity Resort and Spa on this week’s Travels.



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Top 2014 stories and interviews in Balitang Showbiz

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 06:41

2014 proved to be a starry year for several Fil-Am talents and our very own Balitang Showbiz. Yong Chavez brings us some of the highlights of her high-profile Hollywood reports this year.

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Las Vegas Pinoy shot to death the day after Christmas

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 06:38

LAS VEGAS – Christmas day was the last day 58-year-old Antonio “Tony” Isnit’s family saw him alive as they celebrated the holidays together in this northwest home in Las Vegas.

The very next day after Christmas, Isnit was shot to death.

Authorities say Tony was working at a Walgreens store early morning on Friday, December 26 when a man, later identified as 25-year-old Jin Ackerman, reportedly came in the store and held Tony and another female employee at gunpoint.

Ackerman reportedly took some cash from the store’s safe and stayed in the store for an hour before fatally shooting Tony.

Authorities say Tony died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Tony’s family still could not come to terms how someone could just take their loved-one away in such a senseless way.

“I wish he just took whatever he wanted and went away,” said Tony’s sister Emily Isnit Calderon. “This is a big worry especially for my mom. I’m praying for him that something and realized what he did.”

Tony worked the graveyard shift as a store clerk for eight years. Customers remember him as a friendly man, who expressed his desire to retire in the Philippines in four years.

“You don’t see him frowning,” said Walgreens customer Remy Ojeda. “ He’s always laughing. He’s a very kind person.”

“He’s such a big loss not only because he was Filipino but because he was a good person,” said Walgreens customer Victor Ojeda.

“A very nice man good personality, good heart,” said Walgreens customer Lucio Occhinero. “Also, I know he takes care of his own mother and he works so hard for her and i believe he should not die like that.”

Local media reports say the suspect Ackerman was a former Walgreen’s assistant manager who may have acted in retaliation against Walgreens.

Ackerman is facing murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary charges.

He is scheduled for his first court appearance on Wednesday morning.

“We are happy that the gunman was caught right away,” said Calderon. “We are also thanking the police metro because of tracking the gun man”

The Las Vegas community is sympathizing with the Isnit family leaving flowers and candles outside this store where tony was last seen alive. They pray and hope that the family will heal from this tragic event.


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Pinoy inspired “Kahoy” sunglasses take LA’s fashion scene by storm

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 06:25
LOS ANGELES - One of the newest sunglass trends in Hollywood is Pinoy powered — right down to the name. Kahoy Kollections has become a must-have in Hollywood, with members of the Dancing with the Stars seen rocking the wooden framed glasses. “I wanted to do something fresh, Eco friendly that has a bit of luxury to it. So I went to sell sunglasses and eyeglasses and it’s a great industry to be a part of,” said founder Ralph Santos. The idea was started less than two years ago by Ralph Santos. Born and raised and Guam, the Fil-Am entrepreneur wanted to start an Eco friendly business that also helped push Philippine culture to the mainstream. “Growing up, identity was an issue that a lot of people struggled with and we live in a post racial society right now and we want people to connect with their culture. Our tag line is, ‘Explore and Reconnect’. We we want people to explore and reconnect with their culture using Kahoy as a platform to just relate to their roots,” recalled Santos. The bamboo material for the unique sunglasses comes from Japan. But Santos is exploring possibilities of using Philippine bamboo to create the products, as well as teaming with other community organizations in the Philippines to make the business grow. “Bamboo is the most sustainable wood. It doesn’t use a lot of water to grow and it’s the most lightweight and comfortable wood,” he added. With the sunglasses also available in boutiques throughout Southern California, Santos is hoping to carry its momentum. He recently opening a flagship store in the heart of Downtown LA’s Art District.


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