Manila Bulletin

Published by the Manila Bulletin, the Manila Bulletin is a daily newspaper. Dr. Cris J. Icban, Jr. is the editor-in chief, Hermogenes P. Pobre is the publisher and Diego C. Cagahastian is the news editor.

Articles from December 18, 2009

207-Year-Old Kapampangan Dictionary Found
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – A vernacular dictionary on the Kapampangan language published in 1702 was unearthed in Valladolid, Spain, the Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies (K-Center) announced here Thursday.K-Center said the...
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AFP Considering Holiday Ceasefire with Rebels
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is considering a suspension of offensive military offensives (SOMO) against the Communist Party of the Philippines / New People’s Army / Nationa Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) during Christmas and...
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After Dubai, Brillante Eyes Taiwan
After winning Best Director in Cannes for “Kinatay” earlier this year, director Brillante Mendoza has done it again.This time, Mendoza’s latest film “Lola” won Best Film in the Muhr Asia Africa category...
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Agriculture Mag Features Pangasius
Watch for the January 2010 issue of Agriculture Magazine which will be off the press next week. This particular issue features three stories about Pangasius, the fast-growing freshwater fish from Vietnam which is becoming increasingly popular with...
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Alaminos City Commercializes Engineered Bamboo Products
Following a successful tie-up with a businessman in the commercialization of bamboo charcoal briquettes, the Ilocos Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (ILARRDEC) of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural...
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Ampatuan Jr. Attacked by Angry Mob
Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. of Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao, principal suspect in the November 23 massacre of 57 civilians and journalists, was attacked by an angry mob while being escorted to the preliminary investigation of the case at the Department...
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Announcement of the Birth of John
LUKE 1:5-25In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God... But they had no child,...
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ATS Suffers P67-M Net Loss in 3rd Quarter
Aboitiz Transport System has posted a P1 billion drop in consolidated revenues for the third quarter ending September 30 with a net loss of P67.3 million, slightly lower than the P66.2 million net loss in 2008.While the international chartering business...
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Baguio Councilors Defy GMA
BAGUIO CITY — Local officials here insist on its right over the 5.2-hectare property of the Sandiganbayan which was turned over to the local government, virtually defying the order of President Arroyo that a portion of the property will be...
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Bank of America's New CEO Moynihan Faces Tough Job in 2010
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) – In two weeks Brian Moynihan will take on what is sure to be the toughest job of his career: Running America's biggest bank.He's got a lot on his plate. As CEO of Bank of America Corp., the former retail banking...
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Basel Group Wants Stricter Bank Standards by 2012
ZURICH/ BRUSSELS, Dec. 18 (Reuters) – Banks face having to set aside more funds or raise fresh capital from investors in as little as three years, according to proposals by a global regulatory body that could change the way bankers do business.Seeking...
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Beware of Taxis with Flawed Meters, LTO Cautions Public
The riding public should beware of taxicabs with flawed meters which proliferate at this time of the year, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) warned Friday.This developed as six taxi units with flawed meters, or those taxis employing the “batingting”...
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BPI Opens P3.1-M Facility to Test GMOs, Ensure Safety
The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) opened on Tuesday a P3.1-million facility that will test the entry of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and secure food safety and ensure that local crops are not contaminated by illegal imports.The testing facility...
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Council OKs P1.17-B 2010 Iloilo Budget
ILOILO CITY (PNA) – The City Council here had approved “without cuts” on Wednesday, during the regular Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) session, the proposed P1,174,873,035 executive budget for 2010 that posted an 18-percent...
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DDB Calls for Stricter Port Security Following Cocaine Seizure in Davao
CEBU CITY – The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Friday called for a multi-agency and sectoral meeting with other law enforcement agencies to discuss anti-narcotics security measures that will have to be undertaken in the different ports around...
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Despite Squabbles, RP Athletes Win 38 Golds
VIENTIANE, Laos — Despite the squabbles at home and the scrapping of events where it is considered strong, the Philippines managed to improve to fifth place in the just-ended 25th Southeast Asian Games.The Filipinos, boosted by 26 gold medals...
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Doctor Accused of Fraud Found on Mountain
ROME (AP) – An American doctor on the run for five years as charges of fraud and malpractice mounted against him was arrested as he hid out on a snowy mountain in northern Italy, and stabbed himself in the neck as he was taken into custody,...
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DoJ Asks Court to Deny Trillanes Bail
The Department of Justice has asked the Makati Regional Trial Court to deny yet another motion to fix bail for the temporary liberty of detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, saying the pleading is a disguised motion for reconsideration on the earlier...
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Dress to Impress
Q. Dear Ms. Dawn,I am going back to work after 5 years of being home-bound and I feel excited and scared at the same time. One of my worries is the dress code. All my clothes for the past five years are all for inside the house. I have a few dresses...
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Farmers Return to Mayon
LEGAZPI, Philippines, Dec 18, 2009 (AFP) - Farmers have begun returning to the foothills of the Philippines' most active volcano despite an increasing flow of lava from the mountain, officials said Friday. The picturesque Mayon volcano continued to...
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Florida Man Cleared, Freed after 35 Years Behind Bars
BARTOW, Florida (AP) – James Bain used a cell phone for the first time Thursday, calling his elderly mother to tell her he had been freed after 35 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.Mobile devices didn’t exist in 1974,...
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Gov't Allots P1.2 B for Samar Road Rehab
TACLOBAN CITY – Early next year, travel along the Maharlika Highway from Allen in Northern Samar down to this city will be a more comfortable ride as the rehabilitation of the road from Allen to Calbayog City, Samar will be completed with...
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'Grandpa Is Dead' Reawakens in Oscars
In 2008, the whole nation witnessed the journey of a native woman named “Ploning” – a film by Dante Nico Garcia and starred by Judy Ann Santos – as she fought her way to Hollywood just to take part in the 81st...
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Grocery Shoppers Advised to Use Biodegradable Bags
To decrease the huge volume of garbage expected this Yuletide season, Quezon City authorities advised shoppers Friday to ask the city’s supermarket personnel to stuff their groceries in carton boxes and paper bags made from biodegradable...
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Gunman Kills 3 Family Members, Falls to Death from Fire Escape While Fleeing
NEW YORK (AP) – A rampaging gunman killed an elderly man, his son-in-law and grandson in their apartment Thursday, then fell off a fire escape to his death while trying to flee the scene, police said.Hector Quinones — who knew one...
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Heart, Cristine Bury the Hatchet
Like most cases in local showbiz, the verbal tussle between Heart Evangelista and Cristine Reyes was relegated to classic misunderstanding, this Cristine found out through Manila Bulletin last Thursday at the press conference for Metro Manila Film...
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Holiday Traffic Starts Peaking
Traffic in the country’s major expressways is expected to build up beginning Saturday as thousands of motorists and travelers start trekking to the provinces for their Christmas vacation.The Tollways Management Corporation, operator of the...
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International Day for South-South Cooperation
The world has undergone an economic and political transformation in the last decades, with many countries in the South building up significant financial and technical capacities. Relationships between South and South and between North and South have...
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Judgment Call
Whatever her critics may say, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo scored a big plus when she proclaimed martial law in Maguindanao, and while they were rationalizing what was happening, she lifted it without much commotion or drama, leaving them dazed...
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Kia Launches All-New Sorento
Kia continues its design and vehicle line-up transformation with the launching of the all-new Kia Sorento. The new Sorento adopts Kia’s signature design offering a well-equipped and functional SUV suited for today’s generation....
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Leap for Joy
The fourth and last Sunday of Advent relates about Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth in her pregnant state.I had visited that Biblical "hill country" called Ein Karem, the village of Zacariah and Elizabeth. Ein Karem is 90 kilometers away from Nazareth...
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LP Confident Noynoy to Keep Lead in Surveys
The Liberal Party is not alarmed with how its standard bearer has ranked in pre-election survey conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center), which has claimed a “stationary dive” of Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy”...
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Mayon Activities Intensify
A significant increase in volcanic activities in the last two days has prompted state volcanologists to warn Friday about the “high possibility of eruption” by Mount Mayon in Albay province.Citiing reports from its seismic network,...
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Maza, Ocampo Defend NP Slate
DAVAO CITY – Progressive candidates eyeing for a senatorial post in 2010 defended their move to run as “guests” of the Nacionalista Party (NP).This came after critics began expressing opinions opposing the move of the...
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Meet Nicole Uysiuseng of 'Mano Po 6'
When the major cast members of “Mano Po 6” entered the Forbidden City in Beijing, China for their pictorial and shooting with Raymond Isaac and Joel Lamangan respectively, it was 19-year-old actress Nicole Uysiuseng who caught the...
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Military Leaflets Rain in Basilan
ISABELA CITY, Basilan – At least two Philippine Air Force (PAF) helicopters dropped some 14,000 leaflets on Thursday in six towns in Basilan Province, urging the local residents to help government troops recapture the 28 Abu Sayyaf Group...
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New Q11 Show Aims to Showcase Children's Multiple Intelligence
Like the colorful, sweet, and different flavored soft-chewy candies, Potchi, “Tropang Potchi,” Q Channel 11’s children’s variety show airing today at 11:30 a.m., is about highlighting the “multiple-intelligence”...
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NFL: Bengals Receiver Henry Dies of Injuries after Truck Fall
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Dec 17, 2009 (AFP) - Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry died Thursday following a fall from a moving pickup truck during a dispute with his fiancee, police said. Henry, who was 26, died in hospital at 6:36 a.m., Charlotte...
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No Talk of Boxing as Pacquiao Marks Birthday in GenSan
GENERAL SANTOS CITY — For a moment during his lavish 31st birthday celebration on Thursday night, Manny Pacquiao hardly spoke about the sport that has given him an unimaginable amount of fame and fortune.Instead of regaling his guests with...
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Obama Has Goal to Wrest a Deal in Climate Talks
COPENHAGEN (NYT) – President Barack Obama will arrive here on Friday morning bent on applying a combination of muscle and personal charm to secure a climate change agreement involving nearly 200 countries.He injects himself into a multilayered...
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On the Way to Marking a Million
Going electric – or driving small – is the way to go in support for the environment. Mitsubishi cars are in both alternatives. Mitsubishi’s electric car, the I-MIEV, was launched in June and leads the company’s...
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OUT OF THIS WORLD: Woman Pleads Guilty to Disrupting Sex
LONDON (AFP) – A British woman admitted breaching an anti-social behavior order by having noisy sex.Caroline Cartwright was served with a civil order over marathon romps with her husband Steve, which testimonies described in court as “unnatural”...
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Over 1 Million Holiday Travelers in UK Face BA Strike Chaos
LONDON (AP) – More than a million people faced travel chaos over the Christmas and New Year's holidays as baggage handlers and check-in staff at Heathrow and Aberdeen airports announced strikes in tandem with work stoppages by British Airways...
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PACER Sent to Check Abductions in South
Elite anti-kidnapping agents of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were ordered Friday to be deployed in Mindanao in order to curb the rising trend of abduction in the area, a top police official said.Director General Jesus Verzosa, PNP chief, said...
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Pacquiao Joins Villar Bandwagon
Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has finally made up his mind and formally took his oath as the newest member of presidential candidate Senator Manuel Villar Jr.’s Nacionalista Party (NP). Villar raised the hands of Manny...
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Panel Created to Implement Gun Ban
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) created Friday a Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP) to carry out the government policy to prohibit the bearing, carrying and transporting of firearms or deadly weapons to ensure the...
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PGA Will Be Fine without Tiger - Finchem
ORLANDO, Florida (AFP) — Tiger Woods halting his golf career will not bring ''doom and gloom'' to the US PGA Tour, commissioner Tim Finchem said Thursday, predicting a ''successful'' 2010 without the world number one.Embattled Woods said...
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Philam Life Joins the AIA Group
AIA Group Limited, Saturday announced that it has completed the acquisition of the 99.78% stake held in The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) by American International Group, Inc. (AIG) on 3 November 2009. The transaction...
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PHIVOLCS Warns of "High Possibility of Eruption": Gov't
After observing a “significant increase” in volcanic activities in the last two days, state volcanologists warned Friday about the “high possibility of eruption” from the perfect-coned Mount Mayon in Legazpi,...
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Player's Life Cut Short after a Turnabout
(NYT) Chris Henry had the NFL logo tattooed on his right hand when he was in high school, a constant reminder of the job he aspired to as a boy and for which he ultimately became an unintentionally troubled adult. During his brief career, Henry had...
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Police Start Securing Judge in Massacre Case
Despite her initial refusal to be provided security escorts, the Philippine National Police will insist on providing personnel for Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes after the trial of the Maguindanao massacre was raffled off to her sala on Thursday.Officials...
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Public Governance and a Culture of Caring
A center for governance and leadership has as one of its tasks the nurturing of orderliness. It seeks to help us live self-discipline and self-control so we do not give in to distractions; Our main focus should always be trained towards helping our...
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Record 68 Journalists Killed in 2009
NEW YORK, December 17, 2009 (AFP) - A record 68 journalists were killed around the world in 2009, including 31 in a massacre in the Philippines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.The CPJ, a New York-based press freedom group, said...
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Remembrance of Gigs Past
"Last night. Did that really happen?” Depending on your frame of mind, those six words may very well induce cold dread if you were ever awakened by them, either via bleary thought balloon or actual text message. But in the context of the...
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Rep. Irwin Passes 'Anti-Voyeurism' Bill
One congressman who is a favorite among showbiz folks is Rep. Irwin Tieng. Not only are his bills timely, they espouse moral upliftment also especially in showbiz milieu. And just recently, he scored another plus point, which was “timely”...
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Romero Resigns as Philcycling President
Citing the massive expansion of his various business interests, Mikee Romero on Friday stepped down as president of the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (ICFP) or Philcycling.Romero, CEO and president of Harbour Centre, submitted his...
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Safety above Duty
(Editor's note: Safety before glory is a doctrine in despair as noted by the author.)Our “Matatag na Republika” and high officials are witnesses to virtual desertion of judicial duties in Cotabato City, when judges filed for mass...
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SLTC Takes over SLEX Operation Dec. 21
The South Luzon Tollway Corp. (SLTC), which has already lost P1.9 billion in prospective revenues to date because it was unable to collect tolls from its P12 billion newly rehabilitated South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) since March, can now operate the...
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SMB Inc. to Pay $300 M for SMC Int'l Beer Assets
San Miguel Brewery Inc., a joint venture partnership between San Miguel Corporation and Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, has signed a share purchase agreement with its parent company to acquire SMC’s international beer business subsidiary,...
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Strict Supervision on Sale of Expired Items Sought
Senators sought Friday stricter government supervision over the sale of expired and defective food items and Christmas lights as consumers rush to the markets for the Christmas season.Senator Manuel Villar, presidential candidate of the Nacionalista...
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Style and Substance
Pickups, as utilitarian as they are, are no longer just meant for work on the farm or going into the wilderness for some off-road action. Today, these beasts of burden should not only have lots of brawn under the hood, tough components within the chassis,...
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Sunshine States Really Are Happiest, US Study Shows
WASHINGTON (AP) – People in sunny, outdoorsy states — Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida — say they're the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective...
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The Copenhagen Summit
This 15th Conference of Parties (COP15), the successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which ends today, is described as the most important conference of the decade with delegates from 192 countries and some 115 heads of state, including President Gloria Macapagal...
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The Oblation Run, Zorro, and Me
I started this academic year as a junior in UP Diliman with an unspeakable sense of panic.One day I was one of the thousands of young hopefuls taking the dreaded UPCAT; next thing you know, here I am, just 42 units shy of graduation. If all goes well,...
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The Wristwatch Syndrome
Many of us have the rude habit of looking at the time in our wristwatch when we are bored, annoyed or irritated by somebody delivering a speech or just plain conversing with us. This rude habit unfortunately is not easily discarded. On the contrary,...
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Time to (De)construct!
It’s so easy to buy toys for kids these days. With toys coming in all types, shapes, sizes, prices from everywhere, it is tempting for parents to buy as much toys as they like. Ironically, with so many options available, the field of choices...
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Turning 'Japanese'!
With the growing number of trained workers being dispatched by TESDA overseas, particularlyto Japan, we take it as our responsibility to find out about their overall condition out there. TESDA would still like to take care of its graduates though they’re...
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US Brightens UN Climate Summit Mood with $100 Billion Aid Pledge
COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Hopes for the last day of United Nations climate talks Friday were raised by a United States pledge to a climate finance fund, but leaders still warned of failure amid debate on sharing the burden of carbon-emissions cuts.US...
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US Gov't Commits Road Project in Maguindanao
KIDAPAWAN CITY – The United States (US) government will continue its road construction project in a town in Maguindanao despite the tension created by the massacre of 57 individuals including 30 journalists on November 23 in Ampatuan town...
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US Missiles Kill 15 People near Border in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (NYT) – In an exceptionally heavy barrage by U.S. drones in Pakistan, five Predator aircraft fired 10 missiles at suspected militant compounds along the border with Afghanistan on Thursday. Along with an earlier attack,...
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Vietnam, Thailand in Battle for Supremacy
VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Regional powerhouse Thailand and a greatly improved Vietnam entered the last day of the Southeast Asian Games on Friday battling neck-to-neck for the last nine golds and victory at the 11-nation event.Thailand had 84...
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Weekend Warrior
Weekends spell fun for the entire family. Not only is it the time of the week that all pressures from work and school can be placed on the sidelines but it is also the time when families and friends can drive off to a favorite getaway.A perfect getaway...
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Will the Best Festival Picture Still Be Based on Box-Office Receipts?
Two years ago, the choosing of the Best Picture in the Metro Manila Film Festival became controversial because of one of the criteria, that 40% of the score should be based on commercial viability. Last year, the criterion was raised to 50%. But despite...
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You Know It's Christmas
When traffic builds up and remains built just when you are going home, especially if there’s an SM mall along your favorite route....When kids from nine to 92 sidle up to your car at street corners clapping their hands, singing familiar carols...
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