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 March 21, 2010

113th Anniversary of the Tejeros Convention
The revolution that broke out on August 23, 1896, rapidly spread to many provinces in the country. This unexpected development led the Filipino revolutionary leaders to discuss the idea of replacing the Katipunan with a government that would meet the...
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141st Birth Anniversary of President Emilio F. Aguinaldo
Born on March 22, 1869, President Emilio F. Aguinaldo was an unknown gobernadorcillo (town mayor) when he joined the Katipunan. He was inducted by Supremo Andres Bonifacio into the secret society a few years before the revolution broke out. He chose...
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20,000 Metro Residents Employed by Foreigners
Some 20,000 residents of Metro Manila were granted a new job after foreign businessmen availed the special visa for employment generation (SVEG) issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), it was learned Sunday.In a report to BI Commissioner Marcelino...
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Aljur Abrenica Thankful over Dismissed Sexual Harassment Case
Young actor Aljur Abrenica says he has forgiven Michelle Saludo, the 15-year old aspiring actress who has accused him of sexually harassing her during their chance encounter in Puerto Galera last April 10, 2009.“Opo napatawad ko na po silang...
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ANA Sees Deeper Loss but Still Aims for Asia's Top Spot
TOKYO, March 21 (AFP) – Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) warned on Friday of a deeper net loss for the year to March but vowed to soon surpass its ailing rival Japan Airlines (JAL) to become Asia's largest airline.ANA said its net loss would...
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Anti-Crime Drive in Metro Intensified
The top official of the Eastern Police District (EPD) Sunday ordered the chiefs of police of the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina and San Juan to intensify their anti-crime campaign in order to preempt organized crime groups from conducting their...
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Arum Projects 750,000 PPV Buys for Pacquiao-Clottey Fight
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said over the weekend that the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey world welterweight title match held March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, could have generated 750,000 pay-per-view buys.“The (final number)...
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BIR Targets Taxes from MRT, Tollway Operators
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is eyeing to collect roughly P617 million back taxes due from the operators of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and two toll-way operators in Metro Manila.BIR Commissioner Joel Tan-Torres, said the Department of Transportation...
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BoI, PEZA Investments Surge 107%
Combined new investments of the Board of Investments (BoI) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) surged 107 percent in the first two months of the year to P29.95 billion from P14.45 billion in the same period last year.Trade and Industry...
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Building New Pulangi Dam to Affect 1 Million People - Critics
Nearly one million people, both Moro and Lumad, will suffer once a 300-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric dam is built at the Kulaman-Pulangi River junction in Damulog, Bukidnon and President Roxas, Cotabato.Critics said over the weekend that the receding...
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Caution: Driver with Autism
I met Custer Tiuson for the first time at the carpark of The Legend Villas. He was with his sister.After a short introduction, I immediately boarded their car, with my video cameraman. We drove along Pioneer St. in Mandaluyong.Custer, the driver, was...
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Celebration of 'Agew Na Pangasinan' Features Historic, Spectacular Events
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The first-ever celebration of “Agew na Pangasinan” on April 5, features spectacular and historic events that will benefit as well as entertain multitudes of Pangasinenses as the province celebrates...
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Charice Beams over New Title; Anne Curtis Says True Feelings to Sam in Scene
Charice thrilled over ‘pop princess’ titleInternational singing sensation Charice says she’s thrilled over the “pop princess” title that a New York Post article bestowed upon her.“Siyempre...
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CHEd Funds Research Center
BAGUIO CITY — The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) approved the release of P5 million from the coffers of the national government to fund the establishment of a regional research center in the Cordillera to serve as the nerve center...
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China Can't Do It Alone
Despite the increasing worries about a possible asset bubble bursting in China, the immediate prospects in this largest Asian economy continue to be bright. The domestic market is increasingly replacing exports as the engine of growth. Any danger of...
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Cordillera Gets P496 Million for Infra Rehabilitation
BAGUIO CITY — The national government approved the release of P496 million from the P12 billion calamity fund for the restoration of damages inflicted by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” to the major road...
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DA Usec Wants Food Aid for Farm Areas Affected by El Niño
Agriculture Undersecretary Joel Rudinas is seeking international support for his plan to take out food aid to help farmers reeling from the impact of the current El Niño episode. Rudinas said both the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...
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DoT Sees Furniture Industry as New Cebu Tourism Draw
CEBU CITY – Cebu can capitalize on its world-class furniture designs to draw more tourists, an official from the Department of Tourism (DoT) said.“Cebu has evolved from just being a beach and leisure destination. Now, it can boast...
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DPWH Construction Plan in Full Swing
The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) said Sunday that construction activities nationwide will be in full swing due to the favorable weather condition.DPWH Undersecretary for Luzon Romeo Momo said they are taking advantage of the dry spell...
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EEI Earns P563 Million, Pays Cash Dividend
EEI Corporation, a construction firm belonging to the Yuchengco Group of Companies headed by Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, reported that its profits rose 11 percent to P563 million last year from the P506 million earned in 2008 – surpassing...
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Election Officials Remind Voters to Brace for Long Lines on May 10
CEBU CITY (PNA) — Senior election officials have warned voters of long lines in the May 10 elections and urge them to help speed up the process by preparing and showing up early at their precincts.“Let us be reminded that this is...
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El Niño Phenomenon Starts Drying Wells
TALISAY CITY, Cebu — Residents of at least six mountain villages in this city are starting to worry following the drying up of wells that have served as their water source for drinking and other needs.The dry spell seemed to have casted its...
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Erap, Noynoy Agree to Tear Down Oversized Posters
The camps of presidential contenders Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada have agreed to take the lead in dismantling their oversized campaign posters, yielding to...
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Fighting Maroons Earn Raves
When the 2010 PBL PG Flex-Erase Placenta Cup started last Feb. 16, Pharex B-Complex wasn't considered as one of the teams to beat.But after a surprising finish in the elims where they strung up five straight wins, the Fighting Maroons earned raves...
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Firms Need Resiliency against Natural and Man-Made Disasters
In the light of expected increase in frequency and degree of natural disasters arising from climate change, lifeline institutions such as local governments, schools, hospitals, housing, commercial buildings, and hotels need to pay close attention to...
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Forest Fire Lines Seen to Avert Destruction
BUTUAN CITY – The rural communities were urged to establish forest fire lines to control and avert wide destruction when fire occurs.Communities, especially the village officials were also urged to closely coordinate with other concerned...
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Forest Fires Aggravate Drought in Cordilleras - Expert
BONTOC, Mountain Province — The unabated burning of forests is aggravating the drought that has caused massive agricultural damage in this region, an irrigation management expert said.“Forest fires are now a daily and nightly scene...
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Free Condoms to Continue
Comelec says it has discovered 700,000 double or multiple registrants in the voters' list but Namfrel claims the number is higher.There is still time to delist the delinquents. Please act now.***Comelec has discovered that fake gun ban exemptions are...
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Global Power Still Favors Visayas for Further Plant Capacity Expansion
Before any planned investment incursion in the widely-perceived ‘juicier’ power market of Luzon would be concretized, Global Business Power Corporation is evidently giving Visayas grid a preference at this point as far as capacity...
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Gov't Targets to Procure 11,000 Heads of Dairy Animals to Boost Milk Output
CAGAYAN DE ORO – The government is targeting to procure 11,000 heads of dairy animals to boost milk production and reduce the country’s dependence on imported milk.According to National Dairy Authority (NDA) Administrator Orkhan...
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Guico Seeks Stop to Tuition Hikes
A senatorial bet who owns two private schools Sunday backed proposals for the imposition of a moratorium on tuition hikes in the coming school year. Citing the adverse economic impact of the El Nino phenomenon. Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial bet Ramon...
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Hero's Welcome for Pacman
Manny Pacquiao will receive a rousing welcome when he arrives in Manila this morning for his convincing victory over Joshua Clottey of Ghana last March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.Pacquiao, his wife Jinkee, and key members of his entourage...
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Hollywood Shorts: Timberlake to Perform at Least Eight Songs in Manila Show
Justin Timberlake’s performance in the coming “Changing Lives Benefit Concert” featuring the Shock Value II artists will not be a cameo. Contrary to rumors, Timberlake is scheduled to perform at least eight songs in the...
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How 'Thinking' Doctors Are Made
The spacious lounge high atop the 7th floor of the St. Luke’s College of Medicine Building overlooks the sprawling suburbs of Quezon City. Inside, dozens of fresh-faced medical students quietly pore through medical books and manuals, while...
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Jennylyn Mercado: Love Her or Hate Her
Mel Pulmano calls Jennylyn Mercado a ‘liar’Rowena “Mel” Pulmano, Jennylyn Mercado’s former personal assistant, called the Kapuso actress a “liar” when they crossed paths once again...
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Katrina 2
Here in New Orleans in preparation for the Rotary International 2011 convention, I found that after recovering from the Katrina disaster which ravaged New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, the citizens are now faced with another storm. Of course,...
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KBP-Cebu, DENR7 Sign Deal for Rehab of Mangrove Area
SIBONGA, Cebu — To show its support for the Trees for Life (TFL) project, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Cebu Chapter recently signed a Memorandum of Partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources...
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Lasprilla out to Dazzle URCC Fans Anew
Richard Lasprilla, slowly regaining the passion that made him one of the country’s top mixed martial arts (MMA) practitioners, battles Angelo Estanol in his comeback fight in the Colt 45 URCC XVI “Reckoning” on March 27...
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Let's Take Back the Streets
Taft Avenue is one of the busiest streets in Manila. A hodgepodge of activity, from pedestrians to side walk vendors, street children to traffic enforcers, you name it and Taft Avenue has it, all drowned by the noise of bustling traffic.But one block,...
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LP Seeks Lifting of 'Fatwa' against Roxas, Drilon
The Liberal Party (LP) Sunday asked the Bangsamoro Supreme Council of Ulama to reconsider the "fatwa" (religious edict) it earlier issued forbidding Muslims to vote for two of its stalwarts, former Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Manuel...
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Malay: Histourism in Hongkong
While the human race was all glued – passively -- like Joshua Clottey on just another Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title defense, we were in Chater Garden in Hongkong two Sundays ago.Actively, of course.With Fr. Robert Reyes,...
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Migrante Criticizes Amendment to Law on Migrant Workers
A worker’s group slammed over the weekend the newly amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act, or Republic Act 10022, saying that it will only “heighten and intensify” exportation of human labor while not safeguarding...
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More Americans in Mexico Falling Victims to Wave of Drug Violence
MEXICO CITY (AP) – More Americans in Mexico are falling victim to a wave of drug violence sweeping the country, a change driven home by the recent killing of a United States Consulate employee and her husband who were gunned down after leaving...
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Muslim Leaders Laud Interfaith Meet in RP
DAVAO CITY — Muslim leaders such as Executive Director Datu Ali B. Sangki of the defunct Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) and Islamic clerics Sunday lauded the successful conduct in Manila on March 16-18 of the Special Non-Aligned Movement...
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No Doubt, Polls to Proceed as Scheduled - Palace
The May national and local elections will push through as scheduled with an ample backup system in place, as President Arroyo prepares for her departure from office after nine years, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Charito Planas said Sunday.Planas...
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OUT OF THIS WORLD: Library Book Returned - 45 Years Late
LONDON (Reuters) – Staff at the Dinnington library are used to people bringing books back late but the package they received last month was in a class of its own.It contained a paperback first edition copy of “Quatermass and the...
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Pacquiao Comes Home
Like a king coming home from a victorious war, Manny Pacquiao will return to the country to a hero’s welcome as tens of thousands of fans pay homage to the Filipino’s successful defense of the WBO welterweight crown against Joshua...
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Panel versus Private Armies Urges Revamp of Lanao Police
The independent commission against private armies has called on the Philippine National Police to take several actions to prevent election violence, including a revamp of its personnel in Lanao del Sur, establishment of more checkpoints in Masbate...
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Papal Letter Fails to Calm Anger over Abuses
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI’s unprecedented letter to Ireland apologizing for chronic child abuse within the Catholic Church failed Saturday to calm the anger of many victims, who accused the Vatican of ducking its...
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PSE's New Rules on Listing by Way of Introduction out Soon
The Philippine Stock Exchange expects to come out with revised rules governing the listing by way of introduction as well as the possible spinning off of the bourse’s regulatory functions by the end of next month.In an interview with reporters,...
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ROUND 'D BIZ: 'Up in the Air' on Its Second Week
In “Up in the Air” charming and handsome George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham who practically lives a nomadic life taking him from one company to the next doing the dirty work that local executives would rather avoid – delivering...
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Ruling Party Steps Up Campaign in Mindoro
SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro- Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidates vying for national posts led by presidential bet Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. and his running mate, Edu Manzano, intensified their campaign activities in this city and other remote towns of Mindoro...
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Rural Bankers Pledge to Continue Funding Support to Farmers, Fisherfolk
Amid continuous adverse effects the prolonged dry spell is inflicting on thousands of hectares of farmlands and fishponds in different parts of the country, the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) has stepped in to give the embattled...
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SBMA Seeks Investors for Wind Energy Facilities
In line with efforts of the national government to tap renewable energy sources in the locality, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is now encouraging investors to build wind-turbine facilities in this free port.SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga...
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SC Lifts Gov't Hold on Farm Linked to FM
The Supreme Court (SC) recently lifted the sequestration by the government of a 7,000-hectare cattle farm on Busuanga Island in Palawan believed to be owned by the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos.Considered one of the largest cattle stations in...
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SEC Okays P10 Billion Ayala Bond Issue
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved Ayala Corporation’s planned issuance of a maximum of P10 billion worth of peso seven-year retail bonds.SEC documents show, the firm will initially make a public offer of P8 billion...
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SM, Bulletin Sponsor 5th RP Sudoku Challenge
The growing popularity in the country of the number-placement puzzle game “Sudoku” got a further boost as SM Supermalls and the Manila Bulletin inked an agreement with the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG) for the holding...
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Sojourn in India
(First of two parts)Early last month, this writer, together with BSP Assistant Governor Ma. Cyd Tuano–Amador, had the privilege of attending the First International Research Conference hosted by the Reserve Bank of India. Attended by around...
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Solon Sees Stronger Bid to Reimpose Capital Punishment
A stronger bid for the reimposition of the death penalty should be expected in the next Congress as a result of the approval by President Arroyo of the Free Legal Assistance Act of 2010.Quezon City Rep. Matias Defensor, chairman of the House Committee...
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South Cotabato Reactivates Special Unit for Population, Housing Census
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has reactivated its census coordination board to assist in the conduct of the 2010 population and housing census in the area.South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes...
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Subic Cargo Operators Question SBMA's Port Fee Increases
Long-time cargo operators at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone questioned the recent resolution of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) approving tariff hikes in Subic ports in favor of the joint venture it formed with Harbour Centre Port Terminal...
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The Generation Charge
There seems to be a continued misinterpretation of issues concerning power generation charges.Bearing the brunt of the blame whenever there are spikes in the price of electricity, particularly, in the generation charge are the distribution utilities...
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The Last Word on the 'R' Word
How many times have you referred to someone or something as “retarded”?It’s OK to be honest. Many of us have done it, taken a word that means “slowed or delayed in development,” according to Webster’s,...
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The Light of the World
JOHN 8:12-20Jesus spoke to [the people] again, saying, “I Am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to Him, “You testify on Your own...
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The Surrealistic Reality of Danny Sillada
“Behind all those forms, colors, songs, or verses, is an inexplicable melancholy, which is invariably distant and aloof, that only a creator succumbs to and traverses amid its indefinable presence.”— Danny Sillada, Despair,...
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The Survivor in Richard Gutierrez
If it all comes down to one young actor who deserves to be called a survivor, it will definitely be Richard Gutierrez.There were three reasons given by Fr. Larry Faraon for the successes of Annabelle Rama’s family during the Thanksgiving...
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Things Looking Bright for ROS
With the thrill and experience it gained in the previous all-Filipino conference and with import Jai Lewis back, things are looking bright for Rain or Shine in the season-ending PBA Fiesta Cup.Lewis, a 6-foot-5 wide-bodied power forward, was tapped...
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Thousands Bid Farewell to Koirala
KATMANDU, Nepal – Politicians, diplomats and thousands of supporters lined up for hours at a public stadium Sunday in Nepal’s capital to pay respect to Girija Prasad Koirala, the former prime minister remembered for leading efforts...
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'Tinikling' Tops Samba Football
FRANKFURT, 22 March. Nobody’s perfect. Despite repeated reminders of no-visa agreement for diplomatic and official passports, Frankfurt immigration officers occasionally lapse into forgetfulness and hold up Filipino officials.I was lucky...
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Toni Rose Gayda Refutes Son's Suicide Rumors; Admits Feeling a Tinge of Guilt
TV personality Toni Rose Gayda refuted earlier reports that her son, Edward James Lim, took his own life because of depression.The 27-year old youngest son of the “Eat Bulaga” host passed away on March 19, after accidentally falling...
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Unang Hirit's Summer Extravaganza
Get ready for sizzling mornings as the official morning barkada, “Unang Hirit,” ushers in Summer 2010 this March!UH kicks off the season with the launch of a brand new opening video, capturing a sense of summer fun, environmental...
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US Offer of Dialogue Still Stands, Obama Tells Iran
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – United States President Barack Obama renewed his administration’s offer of dialogue and diplomacy with Tehran on Saturday, a year after his offer of a new beginning with Iran failed to achieve concrete results.Obama,...
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Valeria Cavestany: Speaking in Colors
An artist-writer, this author once said that an art exhibition is very much like a funeral—where the artist’s soul and body, seen as artworks, are brazenly displayed for everyone to take a look at. Yes, it is very cliché...
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Villar, Loren Vow Justice for Alleged Luisita Victims
TARLAC CITY - Nacionalista Party standard bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. and his running mate, Sen. Loren Legarda assured victims of the alleged Hacienda Luisita massacre that they will assist them to get justice once they win in the May 2010 elections....
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Wala Lang: Visita Iglesia
This is the time of year when Catholics generally remember heaven and presumably, hell.  We fast, abstain, pray before the fourteen Stations of the Cross, and on Jueves Santo go Visita Iglesia at seven churches, saying our prayers at two Stations...
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Whistleblower Demands P1.5 Billion Reward Money in Shell Tax Case
The whistleblower in the P7.3 billion tax case of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) against the Bureau of Customs (BoC) may corner cash benefit of up P1.5 billion should the oil firm bowed to pressure on the pay off.Customs informer Geronimo...
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'Year 8'
The beginnings of Galerie Joaquin is deeply rooted in one man’s sheer love and passion for all things beautiful. This fondness, he discovered and nurtured when he had been given many opportunities to travel abroad, in moments where he frequented...
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Young Kapuso Stars Prove Drawing Power at the 73rd Araw Ng Dabaw
DAVAO CITY – The strong appeal and drawing power of young stars from the Kapuso Network was proven once more when they graced the recent 73rd Araw ng Dabaw celebration.Last Tuesday (March 16), thousands lined up the streets of Ramon Magsaysay...
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