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 May 3, 2004

Aggie Company to Invest in Bataan Technopark
Barnston Herbs International, Inc. (BHII), a multi-national agriculturebased firm engaged in the production and manufacturing of horticultural and other agricultural products will invest P30 million at the Bataan Technology Park (BTP). BHII will...
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Announcing the Makeover Challenge Winners
Im really excited to finally be able to announce the winners of the Makeover Challenge! Though the announcement has been long in coming, Id like to think it was worth the wait, especially for the winners, who will now have what they wanted the...
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Around the Nation
1 dies, 5 nabbed in clash MANILA (DPA) One communist rebel was killed and five others were captured yesterday in a clash with Army troops in an eastern Philippine province, the military said. The soldiers were on patrol when they encountered...
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Asia Crosses Fingers on Soft China Landing
Byline: ALAN WHEATLEY SINGAPORE, May 2 (Reuters) Chinas growth momentum is so great that even determined tightening steps are unlikely to induce much of a slowdown in an economy that has become a major driver of regional and global demand, analysts...
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Asian Economies Less Vulenerable to Financial Crises Now - Lehman Bros
SINGAPORE (DPA) Many Asian economies are less vulnerable to financial crises now than a year ago after strong recoveries, improved policies and a sharp increase in capital inflows, an investment banks index showed on Saturday. Asia is the least...
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AyalaPort Receives EITSC Accreditation
Data center AyalaPort Makati, Inc. was recently certified by the European IT Service Center (EITSC) as an accredited member of its vendor network. The accreditation certifies that AyalaPort has a proven record of delivering quality IT products and...
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Bata, Django Up against Taiwan's Top Cue Artists
Efren Bata Reyes and Francisco Django Bustamante will not only have to contend with Taiwans finest cuemasters but also an expected hostile crowd when they compete in the fourth leg of the rich San Miguel Asian 9-ball Tour beginning Friday in Taiwan....
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Bautista's New Novel Now Out
Cirilo F. Bautistas latest work, the novel entitled Galaw ng Asoge, has just been released by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. To the often erratic and unproductive field of Philippine long fiction, Galaw ng Asoge is a timely contribution...
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Bondoc Pledges Billion Lahar Income
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga The judicial use of the countrys natural resources including the maximization of income thereof was pledged yesterday by the National Peoples Coalition (NPC) bet Juan Pablo "Rimpy" Bondoc as he seeks the gubernatorial post of...
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Boys Town Rehab Pact Signed in Manila Today
Manila Mayor Jose Lito Atienza Jr., the Yamato Lions Club of Japan, the Manila Lions Club Foundation, and the Manila Host Lions Club Asias oldest and the mother of Lionism in the region will sign an agreement at the Manila Hotel this noon to rehabilitate...
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Bringing It on for the 1st National Cheerleading Camp
Byline: Text by AMYLINE QUIEN CHING Photos by MERLINA R. HERNANDO If one didn't know better, one would swear they could fly. It was straight out of the movie Bring It On, except that Kirsten Dunst was nowhere in the picture. Instead of the blonde...
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Champ out to Wow Vegas Crowd Again
Byline: nick giongco LOS ANGELESJuan Manuel Marquez knows what it is like to fight under the klieg lights of Las Vegas. The Mexican warrior has fought there 10 times, while his Filipino foe on May 8 the electrifying Manny Pacquiao has only...
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Constitution Day of Poland
TODAY is Polish National Day, which coincides with its Constitution Day. The Republic of Poland, which is 94 percent Roman Catholic, has strong ties with the Philippines. It has a population of over 38 million. The name Polska, which is the Poles...
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Controlling Tuberculosis with DOTS
How widespread is TB in the Philippines and the world? What is DOTS? The news article that I read in connection with World TB Day which was celebrated last March 24 said that the Philippines is trying to control TB by DOTS. Jonathan V., Cebu City...
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Creative Packaging Promotes Various Mango Products
Delectable mango products now come in colorful packages with nutrition facts attracting international buyers, thanks to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). DOSTs Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research...
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Credit Data Sharing by Banks Requires Legislation, Says BSP
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN To facilitate and set in motion credit data sharing among banks under the aegis of the central bank will require legislation or amendments to the Bank Secrecy Act, lawyers of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said. But...
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De la Salle-GSB Backs Election Info Campaign
The De La Salle Professional Schools, Inc.-Graduate School of Business (DLS PSI-GSB) shares its marketing and communication expertise to disseminate useful information in the coming presidential election through its support to findprecinct.com, a website...
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DFA to Accommodate Bulk of Overseas Voters
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN The Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (OAVS) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday assured that all voting precincts abroad are ready to accommodate the expected high turnout this week of overseas voters....
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Disturbing Complaints
Byline: Willie N Ng THE several respondents in opinion surveys who complained about irregularities in the questioning by interviewers attempting to influence their answers deserve to be taken seriously. The pollsters involved have yet to dignify...
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DSWD Anti-Poverty Project on in Mountain Province
Byline: ROMY V. MAPILE The implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) Project will push through, despite a brewing tribal conflict in Sadanga, Mountain Province. ...
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Erap Attends Mother's 99th Birth Anniversary
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON Detained former President Joseph Estrada tightly embraced his seriously ill 99-year-old mother, Mary, as the Ejercito Estrada family prepared to observe an emotion-filled event on his mothers birth anniversary. Mr....
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Exercise Is Key to Teen Weight Problem
Byline: MAGGIE FOX WASHINGTON (Reuters) Exercise may be the key to keeping the pounds off adolescents and may help overweight children reverse some of the harm caused by being fat, two teams of researchers reported. The studies bolster the argument...
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Exotic Fauna in FLATLANDS
Byline: ARIEL S.H. LACSON SAN LEONARDO, Nueva Ecija There is not much to do tourism wise in a landlocked province such as Nueva Ecija. In the middle of rice fields and agri-business concerns, absent bodies of water that excites mammals in the heat...
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Experts Solve Sampaguita Growers' Problems
Where have all the flowers gone? This was the common question among sampaguita growers in Cabanatuan City when insect pests attacked their farms causing heavy damage. In response, Gov. Tomas Joson III of Nueva Ecija endorsed the growers problem...
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Extending the Human Life-Span
Byline: Elinando B Cinco BIOTECHNOLOGY as a 21st century scientific activity is not difficult to understand. It is simply the improvement of living organisms to keep pace with a demanding lifestyle. Lately, we have come to know more of new developments...
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Fighting Diabetes: A Mother's Story of Courage and Faith
Mrs. Grace Santos, of Sanville, Quezon City, is a young mother of four energetic boys. Her eldest son, Ernest is 19 years old, followed by Vincent, 16, Sean, six, and her youngest Brian, who is three years old. But beneath her grace and beauty Mrs....
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FPJ Vows to Fight Crime If He's Elected
TARLAC CITY Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) standard bearer Fernando Poe Jr. yesterday said he would vanquish criminality and restore peace and order during the first 100 days of his administration if elected on May 10. "If theres no peace,...
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Global Equities Sets Debt-Asset Swap
Global Equities Inc. is planning a P425 million debt-for-assets swap to restore its stockholders equity to positive. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) yesterday, GEI corporate information officer Arsenio Cabrera Jr. said the...
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GMA to Form Gov't of National Unity
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will form a Government of National Unity, share executive powers and build new political coalitions to reform politics and propel the economy toward industrialization, if and when the President wins her own mandate...
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Good News to Millions of Overseas Filipinos
WE received a copy of a letter written by PAGC Chair Dario Rama addressed to a morning daily (not the Bulletin) asking that a grossly erroneous story about his alleged resignation be immediately rectified. The story said that Rama was resigning...
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Google IPO Share Price Seen Too High
NEW YORK, May 2 (Reuters) Google Inc.s plans for a $2.7 billion initial public offering has garnered a staggering amount of publicity. The IPO may also be staggeringly expensive for investors. The announcement Thursday by the Mountain View, California-based...
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Growth Is Trickling Down
The GDP of the Philippines will grow by as much as 5 percent in 2004. This will be fueled by continuing strong consumer spending, strong exports and an agricultural sector growing at an above-average rate of more than 3 percent, thanks to good weather....
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Hatfield's Almost Fit to Return
THE PAIN that felt like taking a hammer to my left foot is gone, but Coca-Cola Tigers star forward Rudy Hatfield is careful not to bring it on again by coming back prematurely. "The doctor said I must make sure it doesnt reoccur," said Hatfield...
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Hedging Instruments to Avert Volatility in Spot Power Market
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Operators of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) have been proposing hedging instruments as a way to avert extreme volatility in electricity prices at the power pool and consequently to protect consumers from drastic...
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Home & Garden Talk
INDOOR PLANT TIPS. Charles C. Powell, an American plant disease expert, has some tips on maintaining indoor plant health. He says that it is important to remember that a healthy plant just coming off a production growing schedule (a commercial nursery)...
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Housing Beneficiaries Thank Arroyo; Commit Support for May Polls
Byline: BABY CAYABA MANILA (PNA) Beneficiaries of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyos programs for the urban poor have committed to support her in the coming May 10 elections as a way of expressing their gratitude to the Chief Executive. In their...
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IBS Fast Tracks New Ventures
Incuse Business Solutions (IBS) has spun off from IFCA Consulting Philippines, Inc. in a move to speed up global expansion moves. Also in response to the global direction of IFCA MSC Berhad, the formers mother company in Malaysia. In line with...
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Iglesia Ni Cristo Announces Candidates on Wednesday
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO & ROY C. MABASA The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) will announce its choice of candidates in the May 10 national and local elections on Wednesday, it was learned yesterday. The church has not yet made any decision on whom...
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Immigration Chief Rolls Sleeves to Clean Bureau's 'Dirty' Image
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ DAGUPAN CITY Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez announced here over the weekend the arrest of two Indian nationals in his massive bribery and anti-corruption campaign at the agency. The two foreigners were nabbed last...
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Isaw
Byline: Professor P.I. Flashbulb My name is P.I. Flashbulb. I live in a luxurious apartment in Manila. My den is equipped with the latest hi-tech security device that I personally designed and developed, some of them reverse engineered from other...
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IT Experts to Monitor Poll Results, Cheats
A group of information technology experts has expressed willingness to monitor election results in a bid to thwart any attempts of cheating during the May 10 polls. Lawyer Manny Portes, chairman of the Food, Peace and Justice Movement (FPJM), said...
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JBIC Ready to Finance Road Extension to la Union; 90-Km More from Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Even before the start of the construction the 94.5-kilometer SubicClark-Tarlac expressway, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is granting P18 billion loans to extend the expressway by another 90-kilometer...
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Kabalu Gives Word Arrests of MILF Rebels Won't Affect Talks' Resumption
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato (PNA) The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has given its assurance that it stands firm in talking peace with the government to finally find solution to the political problems in Mindanao. MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu...
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Labor Productivity
Business groups wariness of plans by the countrys legion of labor groups to press for a wage increase as a consequence of governments decision to allow an increase in transport fares, particularly in jeepney fares, calls to mind Henry Hazlitts commentary...
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Lacson Tops Mock Elections at SSS
Byline: ROY C. SINFUEGO Opposition presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo Ping Lacson continues to gain support from government employees after leading another mock election conducted among workers of the Social Security Systems (SSS). The mock...
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Last Supper Discourse; John 14:6-14
JESUS said to Thomas, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you know Me, then you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him. Philip said to Him, Master, show us the Father,...
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List of New Electrical Engineers Part 1
ABANAG, ADRIAN CAYAT ABARQUEZ, CLEMENTE JR DEMECILLO ABARRA, MARVIN PANLILIO ABAYA, RICARDO BOLANO ABDU, NASHER HASSIM ABELARDO, RICHARD JOSEPH FERIDO ABENOJA, FEBRAYLIN BELANDRES ABENOJAR, MARIE GRACE CUSTODIO ABION, CLARENCE...
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List of New Electrical Engineers Part 2
TRASMONTE, JASON JARANILLA TRUJILLO, ERNESTO TUCIAP TUBIS, JERRY ONAN UDARBE, LEIF MARVIN MABUNGA URBANO, CHARLYN ORDILLO URBANO, MARDONIO JR DE VERA USERO, FELIPE JR KILAKIL VALENZUELA, ROD ERIC PERALTA VARILLA, MARK MARCEL...
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Malolos Flyover Built in Just 60 Days
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan The Presidents Bridge Programs (PBP) Tulay ng Pangulo Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under the Arroyo administration has reached another record-breaking achievement in bridge-building and infrastructure...
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Menopause: A Celebration of Life
Byline: J.A. RAMIREZ Menopause is a universal and irreversible part of the overall aging process involving a woman's reproductive system, after which she no longer menstruates. At the same time, it is a daunting word, to any woman approaching the...
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MMDA Sees Mounting Poll Garbage on Streets
Byline: CHITO A. CHAVEZ Metro Manila residents should brace themselves for more garbage on major roads, inner streets, and center islands in what is expected to be a litter-filled elections. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman...
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Money Policy Change Good or Bad for Masses?
A change in monetary system from the old gold standard to the managed currency around the 1930s has obviously accelerated economic progress around the world. The United States opted to modify the gold standard when money supply was pegged to amount...
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MWC Bags Cebu Water Supply Project
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA Ayala Corporation announced that the Cabinet Committee of the Investment Coordinating Council has granted first-pass approval to its Carmen Water Supply Project. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE),...
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Nation Pays Tribute to Nick Joaquin; Presidents Sites Joaquin as Artist, Journalist and Hero
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo paid tribute to National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin for whom final rites, including a necrological mass, were held at the Santuario de San Jose in Forbes Park, Makati City yesterday....
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New SAS[R]9 Software Raises the Bar for Predictive Analytics
SAS recently delivered SAS[R]9 to users worldwide, complete with a new platform, enhanced analytics and refined user interfaces that provide fresh insights for solving business problems and driving competitive advantage. This software marks the most...
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NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closed at P56.07
The peso closed at P56.07 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P56.034. Govt sets green procurement The government will establish a green...
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Non-Passage of Anti-FMD Bill Scored
The National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. has appealed to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Agriculture Secretary Luis P. Lorenzo Jr. to act decisively and swiftly against the excessive importation of carabao meat into the country and its sale...
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Oil Firms Due to Finalize Comm'l Agreement on Pandacan Oil Depot
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The countrys giant oil companies Petron Corporation, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation and Caltex Philippines, Inc. are already due to finalize the proposed commercial agreement that would bind them on the operation...
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On Buddy's Grand Slam and Noli's 'African Misadventure'
Byline: Beth B Celis ON THE day the PBA delegation left Davao City for Manila, chairman Buddy Encarnado stayed behind for the trip to Kidapawan, his groups takeoff point for their trek to the 14,300-ft. Mount Apo. Buddy didnt say it out loud,...
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Opening Pages; Don't Lie to Me Baby
Byline: Peachy Limpin This might well be a warning to philandering males out there. Forget lie-detector tests and the look-me-in-the-eye thing when confronting someone about the truth. First, polygraphs are unreliable and second a chronic liar...
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Pacesetters
Byline: Ethel Soliven Timbol INCREDIBLY... four months after his birthday, Maurice Arcache was being feted at a merienda cena by his friends in society. This last one (which I hope it was) was held at the posh Pacific Plaza condo in Fort Bonifaci,...
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Plot to Attack Comelec Foiled; 2 Suspects Nabbed
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday the arrest of two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf who are allegedly involved in a plan to bomb the Commission on Elections (Comelec) building in Intramuros,...
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PNP Assures Safety of TODA Nationwide Motorcade Today
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) assured yesterday the safety of the tens of thousands of participants of the TODA nationwide motorcade rally that will kick off today, May 3, to show their support to the candidacy...
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'Private Rhyan' Has Earned His Stripes; Novo Vizcayano Tanguilig Is New Toast of RP Cycling
Byline: noli cruz CALL HIM Private Rhyan no more. This guy has definitely earned his stripes. Rhyan Tanguilig yesterday officially wrapped up his first Air 21 Tour Pilipinas title, the final circuit race around Roxas Boulevard turning into no...
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Qatar to Serve over 60 Major Cities by 2004
DOHA, Qatar. One of the worlds fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways, will add four prestigious global destinations to its rapidly growing list this year, according to the airlines Chief Executive officer, Akbar Al Baker. Al Baker said Qatar Airways...
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Roundup
LUZON PNP absentee voting held BATANGAS CITY The Batangas Provincial Police office held a three-day PNP absentee voting at Camp Miguel Malvar in Barangay Kumintang here starting last Tuesday. About 632 policemen who will be on active duty on...
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Rowling Rubs Shoulders with Richest Muggles on the Planet
NEW YORK, (AFP) In an act of career wizardry worthy of the most ambitious Hogwarts alumnus, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, once a single mother struggling on welfare, broke into the Forbes billionaire list. Rowling, 38, ranked a joint 552nd...
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RP Seaweed Exports Seen Hitting $310 M
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) is targeting to raise seaweed production to 168,014 metric tons (MT), up by a significant 31.6 percent in 2004 as 14 non-traditional provinces are eyed to grow seaweed...
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Samsung Syncmaster 173p LCD Monitor; Pretty in Anorexia
Byline: Paul Marc Ranon and Allan D. Francisco Prolonged staring at the cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor can give most PC users severe eyestrain, even serious bouts of migraine-level headache or blurry vision. This has been the case for most of the...
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Shipments of Mobile Phones Powered by Open OSs to Reach 89 Million Units in 2008
LONDON According to the recently released report from ARC Group, Mobile Application Platforms and Operating Systems 2003-2008, 97% of datacapable handset devices shipped in 2003 were powered by proprietary operating systems (OSs). Shipments of devices...
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SkyCable, HomeCable Creditors to Ink New Deal
Creditors of the merged SkyCable and Home Cable are expected to sign soon an agreement to restructure the cable television providers debts once $30 million in fresh equity is pumped in by ABSCBN Broadcasting Network. ABS-CBN chief financial officer...
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Sony Ericsson Pushes Mobile Imaging with New Camera Phone
Byline: edison d. ong Sony Ericsson has made a camera phone that makes the camera part a camera on its own. What this means is because of a dedicated camera-button, shooting pictures becomes easier and faster. With a brushed aluminium finish,...
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Stock Market Investors Seen Playing Safe Ahead of Elections
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ Share prices are likely to undergo some correction this weeks as investors would take profits as investors opt for caution and play safe ahead of the natiojal elections on Monday. In addition to interest rates woes, investors...
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Summer Reading Better Prepares a Child for School
When school finally ended some weeks ago, kids must have jumped with ecstasy for endless days of playing, jumping, running, climbing, and swimming oh summer! But a lot of parents are also hoping that their kids will enjoy summer and will also...
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Summer Reads
ALONG with the sizzling summer months come equally hot books for your time under the shade: Toni Morrison returns in top form with the book Love. Since the death of her son, Daniel, half-human, half fury Lyta Hall was wandered through a wasteland...
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Tao of Programming; a Pinoy Programmer's Life in Shanghai, China
Byline: Paul Vergel NI HAO! A common greeting meaning hello is one of the first mandarin words I learned aside from NI HAO MA (how are you) and XIEXIE NI (thank you). I never thought that there was such place called Shanghai in China until I...
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The Great 'Swing' Vote
GMA is reported upbeat over the intelligence that the politically monolithic Iglesia ni Cristo, popularly known as INC, is going for her on May 10. In what media calls an insubstantial campaign, the fight has been reduced to the wooing of institutions,...
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The Poor Also Don't Believe in Surveys; Merry-Go-Round
Byline: FLORO L. MERCENE US to deploy 120 monitors to observe conduct of the elections. The Seventh Fleet is lurking on the horizon. Democracy RP-style will be preserved. *** Raul Roco has lost some weight and some supporters. But he is not...
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Travels in Spain (12)
Byline: Zenaida A Amador ABOUT 230 kilometers from Sevilla is Granada, where we drove to early on Easter Sunday morning. Since the roads in Spain are beautiful, we easily took that distance in two and a half hours. We had left Sevilla at about 9...
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Trekking the Pathways
Byline: MARLON G. MIGUEL / Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila When I first got the invitation from the Pathways to Higher Education Program of the Ateneo de Manila University for their 1st National Youth Conference, I really had no idea what the organization...
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UCPB Targets Selling P18-B Acquired Assets
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN United Coconut Planters Bank is planning to sell P18 billion worth of non-performing and acquired assets through an asset management company this year, the banks highest official said. UCPB president Jose L. Querubin...
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Unfairness of Religious Bloc Voting
THERES a patent unfairness concerning the practice of bloc-voting by certain religious groups. It could be used and is being used as a tool to make money or curry favors. Our church is big and solid, could be the religious groups threat, so better...
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Variegated Chico Is Prolific and Sweet
It bears a lot of fruits year-round. Its medium-size fruits are fine-textured and very sweet. It is also very decorative because of its green and yellow leaves. Thats the variegated chico which is both an economic and decorative plant. The variegated...
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WB Set to Okay $60-M Farm Project Loan Next Month
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The World Bank is expected to approve in June this year the $60million Diversified Farm Income and Market Development Project (DFIMDP) that aims to help the Department of Agriculture (DA) implement the Agriculture and Fisheries...
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What You Need to Know about Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
If you happen to have high cholesterol and well aware of it, it is possible that your doctor had already discussed with you, or perhaps prescribed you with cholesterol-lowering drugs. Synthetically prepared statins are one of the most frequently...
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YLEA: Bringing out the Leadership in Youth
Byline: Text and photos by MERLINA R. HERNANDO Believing that the youth plays a vital role in nation-building, specifically in the realm of leadership, the Junior Chamber International-Philippines, committed to helping improve the quality of life,...
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