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 23, 2008

2,356 Vehicles Use SCTEx in Trial Run
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) reported that 2,356 Class 1 and Class 2 vehicles did a trial run on the 50.5-kilometer portion of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) from Clark Freeport in Angeles...
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246 Cops Promoted in N. Mindanao
CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan de Oro City - At least 246 police officers were promoted in Northern Mindanao for their good performance in the service, this was learned on Thursday. The promoted police officers came from the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office...
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3 Remedies Seen for Solving Quorum Crisis at Comelec
Three remedies have surfaced as solutions to the crisis of quorum which paralyzes the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the performance of its administrative and quasi-judicial functions. The Comelec, led by Acting Chairman Romeo A. Brawner,...
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42 Cordillera Bridge Projects Now Finished; P451.8-M Program Improves Accessibility of Remote Areas
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE BAGUIO CITY - The Cordillera office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported the completion of 42 President's bridge projects in different areas of the region with a total cost of P451.8 million. The...
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ADB Backs Transparency Move by Gov'ts for Extractive Industries
Byline: EDU LOPEZ The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has endorsed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which encourages governments to disclose their revenues, as well as companies to publicize their payments from oil, gas, and...
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ADB Donors Eye ADF Replenishment
Officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and government representatives from the international donor community and selected recipient countries convened in Manila recently to discuss the replenishment of the Asian Development Fund (ADF). ADF...
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Around the Nation
Cardinal Rosales celebrates 50th year of priesthood Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who is marking his 50th anniversary as a priest today, has earned the praise of Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope, in a letter read by Apostolic Nuncio...
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Arroyo Flagship Projects Up for Bidding
BUTUAN CITY - At least P1.8-billion flagship infrastructure projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are set for public bidding by the end of this month at the regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here. Northeastern...
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Better, Renewed Marissa Sanchez
Byline: Walden Sadiri What you see is what you get. Well, not necessarily. In the case of stand-up comedian and singer Marissa Sanchez, her pretty smiling face, her laughter and the people she makes happy with her spontaneous comedy acts didn't...
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Bright Future Seen for Caraga in Adventure Tourism Industry
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO BUTUAN CITY - Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) is becoming the center of "adventure tourism" in the southern island as more tourism spots are being discovered. Letty Tan, regional director of the Department of Tourism...
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Business and Social Conscience
Byline: Edgardo J. Angara IN a study done by the UK-based International Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, it was concluded that Asian businesses, including those in the Philippines have not done enough to alleviate social ills commensurate...
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Canada, UK Companies Find Rich Mines
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA Two mining companies separately based in Canada and UK have reported positive drilling results of "bulk tonnage" copper-gold in mineral-rich Compostela Valley and increased gold resource at Runruno, Nueva Vizcaya. "The...
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Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Hailed
Byline: EDD K. USMAN Philippine Islamic Council (PIC) president and United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) commissioner Professor Taha M. Basman, hailed yesterday the creation of a permanent Catholic-Muslim Forum...
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CITEM Awards Local Software Firm
Pointwest Technologies Corporation was awarded as the Philippine's Most Progressive Homegrown Software Services Company at the Department of Trade and Industry's Center for International Trade Exposition and Mission (CITEM) 8th E-Services Awards last...
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Cuban Coach Sees Bright Future for Pugs
Byline: WILLIE CABALLES For Cuban coach Juan Enrique Steyners Tissert, joining the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) is a win-win situation for both himself and the Philippines. Tissert, a veteran trainer of many Cuban champions,...
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Current Account Yields $ 6.4-B Surplus in 2007
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The country's current account was a surplus of $ 6.4 billion in 2007, up 18.8 percent than 2006's $ 5.3 billion. The current account surplus is 4.4 percent of gross domestic product. According to the Bangko Sentral...
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DA Waives Lab, Inspection Fees for Meat Exporters
Byline: MARVYN N. BENANING Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has ordered the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) to waive the collection of laboratory and inspection fees on pork and pork products. Yap said the Department of Agriculture (DA)...
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Diaz Craves for Pacman
Byline: NICK GIONGCO SAN FRANCISCO -- David Diaz, the bull-strong Mexican-American being lined up to collide with Manny Pacquiao on June 28 in Las Vegas, is vacationing with his family in his native Chicago and will immediately report for training...
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DPWH Turns over Unfinished Bridge to Bohol Town
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finally turned over the kalabasa awardee unfinished Loboc jumbo bridge to the Municipal Government of Loboc. Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado said DPWH Region 7 Director Josefino Rigor and Loboc Mayor...
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Eagles, Archers Mix It Up Today for Charity
Byline: Waylon Galvez No title is at stake, but expect a battle royale when former players from rival schools De La Salle University and Ateneo clash in the 1st PBA Ateneo versus La Salle Showdown at the Araneta Coliseum. "We all know that every...
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Easter: Be Optimistic & Lucky
Byline: Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD THERE'S a picture depicting a manly Christ belching a big, hearty laugh? Why is Jesus laughing? Jesus has the "last laugh" because Easter celebrates the supreme joke God played on Satan by raising his Son from...
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Easter Sunday: Christ Has Truly Risen, Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad
TODAY all Christians around the world jubilantly shout with St. Paul, "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" (1 Cor. 15:55) To capture the transformation brought about by the Risen Jesus is to reflect on what it was like...
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Ethanol Producers Eye Bigger Market with Flex-Fuel Vehicles
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The newly-established Ethanol Producers Association of the Philippines (EPAP) is exploring series of dialogues with the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) to gain their support on a wider market...
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Filipino Professor Wins SEAMEO-Jasper Research Award
Byline: SHIANEE MAMANGLU A Filipino education professor who made a study on the impact of a changing education landscape to sustainable development has been honored with a prestigious award by a joint award-giving body composed of the Government...
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From Enemies to Friends
Byline: Nelly Favis Villafuerte TODAY, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ - let us take time to seriously re-examine our spiritual relationship with our living God. Is it a oneway relationship where we always say: "Lord, give me this,...
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Gov't Takeover of MRTC Still in Limbo
Byline: FIL C SIONIL The government takeover of Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC), the private operator of mass rail transit, hangs as "renegotiations" of the terms and conditions of reverse privatization looms. This becomes apparent as Development...
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Harbour-RP Five Faces Uphill Climb in Jakarta
The addition of San Beda star Sam Ekwe in its line-up does not guarantee victory for defending SEABA Club champion Harbour Centre-Philippine team. For one, host Indonesia is reportedly getting two tough imports in its burning desire to get back...
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Honasan Warns vs Indiscriminate Use of CA's 'Section 20'
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Administration Sen. Gregorio Honasan warned yesterday that the blanket invocation of the "dreaded" Section 20 of the rules of the Commission on Appointments (CA) on all nominees awaiting the confirmation of their appointments...
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Immigration Solutions; Greencards for Abused Spouses and Children
Byline: Robert L. Reeves Spouses and children of US citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPR) find themselves in a difficult situation where they are relying on that US citizen or LPR to petition them for permanent residency, but they are being...
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Kalinga Peace Memorial Shrine Inaugurated
Byline: ESTANISLAO ALBANO JR. TABUK CITY, Kalinga - People who want to remember their relatives and friends who lost their lives in tribal and criminal violence in the province now have a place to go, aside from the individual graves of their loved...
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Katrina Halili: Life after 'Marimar'
Byline: Robert R. Requintina By now you have witnessed and fell in love with the finale of "Marimar," one of the most popular telenovelas to hit primetime. Amid fireworks display, the grand wedding scene gathered all the cast of the show led...
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Katsidis Fights Casamayor, Eyes Pacquiao
CABAZON, California (AFP) -- Undefeated Australian powerhouse Michael Katsidis, with 20 knockouts in 23 fights, challenges Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor for the World Boxing Council interim lightweight title here Saturday. A victory by the 27-year-old...
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Kitchie's Spiritual Side Bared in Her New Album
Byline: Yugel Losorata Rock princess Kitchie Nadal's follow-up to her successful full-length solo debut is already out in the market. From the surface, the "Love Letter" album appears to be just a collection of love songs. In fact, its carrier...
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Law to Protect RP Beaches Must Be Enforced -- Atienza
ILOILO CITY -- "I want to see people going to jail for violating environmental laws," said Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza as he emphasized that Batas Pambansa 265 must be fully enforced. The Department of Environment and...
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Learn Ballet the Right Way
The atmosphere at the Halili Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) is contagious. The school is preparing for the 3 grand recitals to be held at the Meralco Theatre on March 28, and the CCP Main Theatre on March 30. At the helm of the preparation is the...
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Make or Break for Castro, Basadre
Byline: WILLIE B. CABALLES ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Flyweight Godfrey Castro goes through the first of two chances to make it to the Beijing Olympics while lightweight Genebert Basadre shifts into a do-or-die mode in the semifinals of the second and...
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Mayors to Make Stand on Single Ticket System
Byline: Chito A. Chavez Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said yesterday preparations are under way for the implementation of the single-ticketing system (STS) in Metro Manila with the ongoing review of its...
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Minoza to Defend RP Open
Frankie Minoza will be aiming to end a career jinx when he defends his title at the $ 300,000 Philippine Open from April 3-6. Throughout his illustrious career, the 48-year-old Minoza has won 16 professional tournaments spanning over three decades...
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Mojo:lations; the Rainbow Connection
Byline: DJ Mojo Jojo Stretching across the sky and heralding the sunshine after the storm, we've all marveled at one time or another at the splendor of a rainbow. Splitting the spectrum of light into its colorful components, this natural phenomenon...
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More Support for Livestock Industry Sought by Leaders
Byline: JUN VELASCO ROSALES, Pangasinan -Livestock industry leaders here appealed to Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap "to give more support to livestock at par with crops," saying "it is a much better earner." Expressing their sentiment through...
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Moriones Festival
THE annual Moriones Festival in the towns of Boac, Mogpog, Buenavista, Santa Cruz, and Gasan on the island of Marinduque, ends today, Easter Sunday. This week-long festival started in 1807 when a parish priest in the town of Mogpog in the person...
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Nations Celebrate Easter Today
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON The Philippines joins other Christian nations in the joy of the Risen Christ today, Easter Sunday. The somberness of Lent is lifted and Easter Sunday is celebrated with joy by the two billion Christians around the...
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New Lapu-Lapu City Police Chief Being Eyed
Despite his accomplishments, Lapu-Lapu City Police Chief Louie Oppus is on the verge of being replaced by the PNP Regional Office. The City Council, however, immediately said they would prefer that Oppus would stay. Asked if the impending transfer...
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New Taiwan Leader Ma Vows New Era of Peace with China
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AFP) -- Taiwan's President-elect Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday he wanted a ''mutual non-denial'' agreement with China and vowed to work to lay the groundwork for a century of peace and prosperity. Speaking the morning after sweeping to...
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Nograles to Ban Gov't-Funded Junkets for Solons
Speaker Prospero C. Nograles will implement a total ban on governmentfunded junket trips as he tries to tie down the House of Representatives to fiscal discipline and other austerity measures under his watch. Nograles, who is set to return from...
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NPC Allays Fears of Peak Prices at WESM This Summer
State-run National Power Corporation (NPC) has downplayed fears of new round of peak prices at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) this summer, noting that cheaper power plants will be available to run during the period. NPC president Cyril...
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Pacquiao Arriving Today; Ticker-Tape Parade Set Tomorrow
Byline: REY BANCOD Newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) super-featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao returns today, a week after scoring a split decision over Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao, who will arrive aboard...
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Pacquiao Starts Training in April
Byline: Nick Giongco SAN FRANCISCO -- Manny Pacquiao plans to report back for training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood in the last week of April in preparation for a June 28 fight being lined up by Top Rank. Pacquiao told the Bulletin...
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Pacquiao to Grace Elorde Awards
Newly-crowned World Boxing Council super featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to return to the country after the Lenten season in time for his induction into the Elorde Hall of Fame during the eighth Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Awards...
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Palawan Tribes Reject Attempt to Take over Their Ancestral Lands
Tribal councils in Palawan, which have a total membership of 8,000, yesterday asked Malacanang to block the aggressive lobbying of non-government organizations and local government units for the move declaring the entire Mount Mantalingahan as a protected...
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Pathologic Stealing; a[euro]Thou Shalt Not Steal.a[euro] Exodus 20:15 the Holy Bible
Byline: Dr. Jose S. Pujalte Jr. SINCE we are the most corrupt country in Asia (according to the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy; #13 in a list of 13), it's tempting to call each other "kleptos". But let's make it clear that indubitable,...
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Peace and Tranquility in the City
Byline: Ed Picson It was only a couple of weeks ago that I realized Holy Week was at hand. The weather certainly didn't indicate it, since it was still relatively cool especially in the mornings till recently. Until the usual reminders from my...
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'Polvoron' Made from Powdered Milkfish Bones
A local researcher has developed a calcium-enriched "polvoron," a Filipino powder-based delicacy, using powdered milkfish (bangus) bones to decrease waste materials from fish deboning and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis due to calcium deficiency....
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P/$ Rate Stands at P41.69/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed at P41.69 to the US dollar, last Wednesday at the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands P41.580. GFIs tapped for infra funds Finance Secretary Margarito B. Teves said they...
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P/$ Rate Stands at P41.69/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed at P41.69 to the US dollar, last Wednesday at the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands P41.580. BSP reviews exports, imports The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is currently...
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Rannie's Music and Magic
Byline: Walden Sadiri Why can't it be two? Rannie Raymundo is juggling two worlds: His music and magic. The singer-songwriter whose song "Why Can't It Be" became the national love anthem in the 80s disappeared from the limelight of mainstream...
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Reform, Renewal, and Rebirth
Byline: Fidel V. Ramos EASTER is an opportunity for us to try to bring everyone back into the fold, as it is a wake-up call for all to mend our ways. Christ's redemption applies to all who sincerely believe in its purposes and effects, and His example...
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Resurrection Sunday
Byline: Rene Espina ALLOW me to congratulate the Christian world for having successfully celebrated the anniversary of the rebirth of Christ our Lord. Let me also greet my faithful readers a Happy Easter! Since tomorrow we will be back in the real...
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Rice Production, Population, and Natural Resources Endowments
Byline: Gelia T. Castillo National Scientist Member, NAST THE story of rice production in the Philippines is a story of historical rice shortages and recurring annual rice importations. Where do we get "breaking news" on rice production performance...
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Soldiers Hail GMA's P14-B Pledge for Pay Increases, Housing
CARMEN, North Cotabato -- Field soldiers welcomed President Arroyo's pledge of P14-billion worth of social programs for pay increase and housing among officers and men of the Armed Forces, saying this would surely boost their morale and socio-economic...
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Susano Conveys Message of Love
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ Easter Sunday symbolizes not just the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ over death but also represents God's unending love for mankind and His everlasting blessing for everyone for a happy and meaningful life. Rep. Annie Rosa...
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Swift Issuance of Human Trafficking Warrants Sought
DUMAGUETE CITY -- The Provincial Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking (PIACAT) is set to pass a resolution requesting the Executive Judge in the province to come up with measures that will expedite the issuance of search warrants for cases involving...
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The Empty Tomb
John 20:1-9 ON the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and...
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The Many Faces of NescafA[c]'s through the Years
Byline: Quark Henares Let's sit and talk a while, in the one world of NESCAFA. While reading the sentence above, I bet you anything that it was accompanied in your head by a melody. The line comes from a jingle of a NESCAFA campaign back in...
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The Resurrection of Jesus
Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back...
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The Resurrection of Jesus; the Report of the Guard; Matthew 28:8-15
MARY Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce [the good news] to [Jesus'] disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced His feet, and did...
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Tibet Protests Worry Olympic Sponsors
Byline: JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) -- McDonald's, Coca-Cola and other sponsors paid tens of millions of dollars (euros) to link their names with the Beijing Olympics. Now they're trying to mollify activists pressing for change...
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Top RP Female Boxer Trains for World Crown
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA Amateur boxer Annie Albania has won two Southeast Asian Games gold medal. Now she wants a bigger one -- a World Championships victory. The flyweight Albania, who won in the 2005 Manila and 2007 Thailand biennial meet,...
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Truth & Justice Will Always Prevail
Byline: FORMER PRESIDENT JOSEPH EJERCITO ESTRADA My family and I join all of Christendom as we rejoice over the Risen Christ and the Good News of salvation He brings. There is a special gladness in this year's Easter celebration, coming as it...
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Vhong Navarro Stars in Laugh-Trip Movie
Byline: Crsipina Martinez-Belen After a brief hiatus from the big screen, Vhong Navarro is back to tickle once more the funnybones of moviegoers. This is via his latest character in Star Cinema's newest offering "Supah Papalicious," which opened...
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WALK with Pride
Byline: Jenny F. Manongdo UP's multi-awarded medical frat gives hope to amputees and vows to restore their lives to normal The rehabilitation ward of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is very productive these days. With the opening of a new...
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WB Sees Higher Food Prices Ahead
Byline: LESLEY WROUGHTON WASHINGTON, Mar. 22 (Reuters) -- Skyrocketing food and fuel prices have affected about 30 to 40 developing countries and are prices likely to remain high for a number of years, a senior World Bank official said. "It has...
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We Must Begin to Be True
Byline: FORMER PRESIDENT FIDEL V. RAMOS Last Sunday, Palm Sunday, while browsing through John Wesley's Hymnal, I came across two great hymns familiar to me in Sunday School many, many years ago which I felt I should share with our national community...
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World Meteorological Day: Observing Our Planet for a Better Future
EVERY year on March 23, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), its 188 members, and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day (WMD) to commemorate the entry into force in 1951 of the WMO Convention that created...
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Yeng Sings from the Heart
Byline: Kaye Villagomez Yeng Constantino admits she is used to bottling up emotions. She rarely cries but lets the lyrics of her songs weep the loudest. Yeng made this confession in an interview during the launch of her sophomore CD "Journey"...
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