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 November 21, 2007

10 ASEAN Leaders Sign Charter; Economic, Environmental Documents Also OK'd Charter Approval Most Awaited in Singapore Summit
Byline: Fil C. Sionil SINGAPORE (via PLDT) -- President Arroyo joined her colleagues, the other nine heads of states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Myanmar, in signing the group's charter, defying apprehensions...
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ABS-CBN Bags 32 Trophies at 21st PMPC Star Awards
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen A total of 32 trophies were awarded to ABS-CBN 2 in the recently held 21st PMPC Star Awards held at the Henry Lee Irwin Theatre at the Ateneo de Manila University. GMA 7 got 19, QTV 11, 5, and IBC 13, 2. The Star...
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After Hitting Bump, Purefoods Aims to Resume Win Streak
Byline: Waylon Galvez Purefoods tries to regain its winning touch today when the Hotdog Giants face the Alaska Milk Aces in the PBA SmartPhilippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The Giants, who saw their winning streak stopped at seven by Red...
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Ampatuan Eyes ARMM Charter Changes
Byline: Ali G. Macabalang and Edd K. Usman COTABATO CITY -- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Uy Ampatuan is batting for another amendment in the charter of the ARMM to make it attuned to the differing concepts of governance espoused...
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Analysis; Condoleezza Rice's Mixed Record
Byline: Ann Gearan WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pope politely declined to meet with her, saying he was on vacation. When she travels overseas, the local papers do not do big photo spreads anymore. At home, Condoleezza Rice is feuding with congressional...
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Around the Nation
Pope accepts bishop's resignation Leslie Ann G. Aquino Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ernesto Carino of the Diocese of Legazpi City in Albay. Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Edward Joseph Adams said the Pope accepted...
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ASEAN Long Way from Liberalizing Aviation Industry
SINGAPORE (AFP) - Southeast Asia still significantly lags Europe in deregulating the aviation sector despite moves to liberalize air travel, the International Air Transport Association said. Mike Barclay, regional vice president of the body, commonly...
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Avatar's Heavenly Designs
Greenbelt 5 shapes up to be a haven for local designers and fashion artisans to showcase their work. The latest designer to add to the mix is Cebu's pride, accessory designer Butch Carungay. Carungay's Avatar is the latest buzzword in the world...
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BF Captures Intervillage Golf Crown
BF Resort clinched the championship of the MyPhone Presents the 16th Intervillage Golf Tournament Series last Monday, posting a 10-point victory over runner-up Hillsborough at the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa, Batangas. Robert Reyes...
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Biofuel Firm Eyes Sweet Sorghum as Ethanol Source
Byline: Melody M. Aguiba San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. (SCBI), expected to become Philippines' pioneer sugarcane ethanol producer, is alternatively eyeing sweet sorghum for its distillery which targets commercial production in October 2008. Having...
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Byline: Dr. Gary S. Sy Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is characterized by an excessive preoccupation with a real or imagined defect in your physical appearance. People with body dysmorphic disorder have a distorted or exaggerated view of how...
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Chequered Flag; Top Gear Wins First Round of Honda Media Challenge
Byline: edited by Anjo Perez The first round of the 2007 Honda Media Challenge saw Team Top Gear claiming the top podium position after narrowly beating Team Business Mirror with a time difference of just a hundredth of a second. Third place...
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Double the Fuel Efficiency of the Prius; Toyota 1/X Concept
Byline: Pinky Concha Colmenares Toyota's 1/X (pronounced 'one-Xth") looks like a concept that's about to sit in a showroom soon. Its exterior subcompact styling is familiar and only its wrap-around headlight gives a hint that this is a car not...
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European Parliament Members Air Concern on Political Killings
Byline: Charissa M. Luci Visiting members of the European Parliament (EP) yesterday voiced concern over the human rights situation in the country, saying the spate of killings of journalists and militant leaders "destabilizes" Philippine democracy....
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Fil-Oil/Flying V National Collegiate Champions League; 2 Semis Seats at Stake Today
Byline: Waylon Galvez Four teams shoot for the remaining two semifinal seats as quarterfinal action ends today in the Fil-Oil/Flying V National Collegiate Champions League (CCL) today at The Arena in San Juan. Far Eastern University and STI...
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First Pinoy Animation Festival in Animahenasyon 2007
The birth of animation can be traced to the 1800s when animation devices were invented. But it did not develop until the arrival of the motion picture film. The stop-motion and hand-drawn animation techniques were first used by the American film...
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'Fish Talks'
Byline: Joey de Leon If the many historical attractions, monuments and landmarks in Lisbon, one held my attention. It's the great, white structure in Belem built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to celebrate the 500th anniversary...
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From the Backseat; We Are All to Blame
Byline: Jesus Erle Sebastian, SBMJ We should all blame ourselves for the death last week of Dulce Saguisag in a road accident. We all are guilty because we tolerate the situation that led to her death. We see it every day. We commit it all every...
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Gold or Nothing for RP Five, Says Mikee
It's the gold medal or nothing for the Philippine men's basketball team to the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Thailand from Dec. 6 to 15. "If this is the gold that really matters, then we assure you that we will bring home the gold," said Mikee Romero,...
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Gov't Auctions 60% of PNOC-EDC Today
Byline: James A. Loyola The government is all set for the auction of the majority stake in PNOC Energy Development Corporation today for the full privatization of the geothermal power producer. "Full privatization of PNOC-EDC sets the stage for...
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Historic Hotels Given Second Chance to Serve Guests
Byline: Daniel Yee ATLANTA (AP) - Elaine Hernando planned to stay in one of the city's big-box hotels, but when she saw The Ellis, she canceled her reservation and booked a room at the renovated historic hotel instead. On the outside, the 15-floor...
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Honda Lets You 'Find Your Wings'; Tokyo Motor Show Displays Visions of Motorcycling's Future
Byline: Ding Marcelo, Anjo Perez (photos) It's hardly debatable that the motorcycle is becoming the transport of choice in the Philippines. The country's clogged streets, its inferior public transport system, and the high cost of gasoline have...
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Hotel Roundup
Pan Pacific Hotel recently won the 2007 Web Award "for outstanding achievement in website development." Given by the Web Marketing Association, the Web Awards is the premier annual website competition that names the best website in 96 industries....
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House Committee Passes EPIRA Bill
Byline: James A. Loyola The House Committee on Energy passed, through a majority vote yesterday, a house bill amending certain provisions of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or Republic Act 9136 amid opposition from private power producers....
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House Panel Includes Kalayaan in RP Territory
Byline: Ben R. Rosario The House Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday unanimously voted to push for the approval of a measure that declares the Philippine archipelagic baseline boundary to include the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) and the Scarborough...
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IFC Joins NPC in Sulu and Basilan Electrification
Byline: James A. Loyola The Intenational Finance Corporation and the National Power Corporation-Small Power Utilities Group has started initiatives for private sector participation to bring electricity to small villages in Basilan and Sulu. IFC...
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Information Access and Transparency
Byline: Florangel Rosario Braid A preliminary report on the research on information access related bills filed in the 13th and four months of the 14th Congress is part of a project on national information policies that is currently undertaken by...
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Japanese Seniors Visit Bohol; DoT Pushes Health Plan
A "Travel to the Philippines" program launched in Toyokawa City late last year has begun to yield fruits as a 22-man group, mostly active seniors, visited the Philippines and explored prospects of sisterhood ties with Tagbilaran, Bohol. The group's...
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Lamoiyan Sees 30% Toothpaste Sales Growth
Byline: Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Lamoiyan Corp., homegrown toothpaste and dishwashing aids manufacturer, is targetting 30 percent increase in sales volume next year driven by the company's aggressive export market expansion in Europe for its toothpaste...
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Loren Cites Progress of Indigenous Women
Sen. Loren Legarda said yesterday that more and more indigenous Filipino women are either getting elected into public offices or earning distinctions in their chosen fields. "The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People says that indigenous...
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Loving Long Drives; Isuzu Alterra 4x2 M/T
Byline: Inigo S. Roces You can never tell a Filipino to pack light for a trip. It's like saying pasalubongs are just a gift idea and not a requirement. We'd bring our whole house with us if it had wheels and were street legal. Of course, the...
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LP Officials, Members Call for Reconciliation
Byline: Raymund F. Antonio Officials and members of the Liberal Party (LP) allied with Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose "Lito" L. Atienza Jr. held a meeting yesterday and called on the other bloc of the LP led by Sen. Manuel "Mar"...
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New Tournament, Same Result for Women Netters
Byline: Kristel Satumbaga, Albert Garcia (Photo) Bambi Zoleta and Michelle Pang stumbled against separate Indonesian rivals yesterday in the PLDT-Smart ITF Women's Circuit Week 2 at the Manila Polo Club claycourts. Vivien Silfany-Tony of Indonesiaprepares...
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NFA: No Drastic Price Hikes for Rice in Zamboanga City
Byline: Nonoy E. Lacson ZAMBOANGA CITY - The National Food Authority (NFA) in this city yesterday dismissed public speculations that the price of rice sold in public markets here will increase drastically as a result of the recent increase in the...
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Norwegian Envoy Probes Mining Firm in Mindoro Oriental; as Norwegian Media Highlight Resistance to Mining Operations
Byline: Robert A. Evora CALAPAN CITY -- The government of Norway, expressing concern on reports in that country about alleged "resistance" of residents to proposed operations of a Norwegian-run mining company, has sought the help of its diplomatic...
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P68-Million Marijuana, Shabu Burned in Baguio
Byline: Dexter A. See BAGUIO CITY -- Over P68 million worth of prohibited drugs was burned by government forces and court personnel at the Melvin Jones grandstand here over the weekend. The destroyed illegal drug was composed of 260,959 grams...
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Palace Explains Deferment of $ 232-M World Bank Loan
Byline: David Cagahastian Malacanang officials yesterday said the government's role in the World Bank-funded National Roads Improvement Management Program (NRIMP) is above board, blaming "politics" within the bank and a "weakness" in its procurement...
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Passing Away of a Teacher, Aunt
Byline: Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD On the eve of the graduation of a senior class in high school, a dedicated, unassuming teacher was invited to a class farewell party. In her inspirational talk, the teacher said, "Someday you will all be successful...
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Poverty of Children
Byline: Francis N. Tolentino As the Christmas season begins to set in, the number of street children in Manila (and other major cities of the Philippines) also begins to increase. Knocking on car windows and jeepney sides, under the scorching...
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P/$ Rate Closes at P43.11/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P43.11 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P43.19 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P43.374 from P43.278. Total volume amounted to $...
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Price Increases
Byline: Fred M. Lobo Security and oil price increase plus its ill-effects have emerged as major national concerns. Let's pursue war vs terror and war vs price hikes! * * * Senate President Manuel B. Villar and House Speaker Jose C. de Venecia...
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Puno Laments Small Budget for Judiciary
Byline: Rey G. Panaligan Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno lamented the judiciary's paltry share in the P1.22-trillion national budget for 2008, saying the Philippines "cannot have a world-class judiciary on a third world budget." Puno said the Supreme...
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Regine Velasquez's 'Ang Ating Musika' Exceeds Anyone's Expectations
Byline: Walden Sadiri Has heavy metro traffic become an integral part of a diva's concert? First, it was international pop and R&B diva Beyonce's show that was hit with a monstrous traffic jam from Cubao to Fort Bonifacio and Makati City....
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Revisiting the Two-Party System
Byline: Manny Villar The Philippines has a unique political landscape. It has a presidential form of government with a multi-party system. A multi-party political configuration is a standard feature in democratic parliaments of countries like...
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Senate Should Not Force Neri to Testify -- Apostol
Byline: Genalyn D. Kabiling and Hannah L. Torregoza Malacanang yesterday called on the Senate to question before the Supreme Court its invocation of executive privilege in preventing former Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri from attending...
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Shakey's V-League: SSC Tossers Clinch Playoff Berth
Byline: Jake Salvador (Photo) San Sebastian College, dragged into a tough five-setter by ousted Adamson, pulled through just the same as itcarved out a 21-25, 31-29, 25-16, 22-25, 15-7 victory yesterday to assure itself of a crack at the second...
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Spawned by Tropical Storm 'Lando'; 9 Dead in Landslides, Floods
Byline: Rio Rose Ribaya and Mike U. Crismundo At least nine people were killed, including a woman three months pregnant, after they were buried by landslides and floods triggered by tropical storm "Lando" in the Southern Luzon, Visayas and Northern...
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Surfers Name Their Paradise
Byline: Jaser A. Marasigan While some people hit the beach to relax and bask in the sun, the so-called "real beach lovers" are those who engage in a much more energetic activity -- surfing. It doesn't matter where it might be, for at the mere...
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Surf's Up
Byline: Jaser A. Marasigan Lounging beneath the palm trees, watching the waves kiss the shore, and peaceful, just sitting there under the sun. I bet everyone has this vision of becoming a beach bum. Perhaps, most of all, they dream of riding...
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Teen Boxer Creating a Buzz
The manager of emerging boxing wonder AJ "Bazooka" Banal is perplexed with the way the teenage fighter is creating remarkable buzz this early. Michael Aldeguer admits they are still about to start to thrust Banal into the limelight considering that...
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The Humbling Journey Up to Mt. Sinai
Byline: Rachel Castro-Barawid Amid freezing weather that drops to 0 degrees Celsius and a stern warning from a tour guide, our group of 18 Filipino pilgrims bravely embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the summit of Mt. Sinai in Egypt. ...
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The Parable of the Ten Gold Coins
Matthew 12:46-50 While [people] were listening to Jesus speak, He proceeded to tell a parable because He was near Jerusalem and they thought that the kingdom of God would appear there immediately. So He said, "A nobleman went off to a distant country...
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The Solemnity of the Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary
Today, the Church commemorates one of Christianity's holiest feast days, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple of Jerusalem as a small child. Tradition says that Mary was brought to the temple in fulfillment of a...
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The Transport of the Future Is Here! Driverless, Electric-Powered Cars Roll Out
Residents of Abu Dhabi's zero-carbon community Masdar will be able to get around on the world's first citywide personal rapid transit system. One of 18 podcars or driverless 4-seater vehicles to be launchedwhen London's Heathrow terminal 5 opens...
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Timeless Christmas Story Retold
Byline: Ma. Glaiza Lee The couple -- Joseph, guiding Mama Mary, who was then carrying the Baby Jesus in her womb -- were on their way to Bethlehem to register on a census ordered by Emperor Augustus Caesar. Coming from Nazareth, they arrived...
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TIME OUT with Jason Castro
Byline: Rey C. Lachica He's one of the shortest players in the amateur ranks but Jason Castro, the 5-foot-10 guard of the Harbour Centre-backed Philippine basketball team to the Southeast Asian Games, appears to tower over some of his taller teammates....
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Top China Chessers in GMA Tilt
Thirteen Chinese, led by GM Ni Hua and Li Chao, have already confirmed their participation in the second President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup International Open chess championship set Nov. 22-28 at the Duty Free Fiesta Mall in Paranaque City. Ni,...
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Transpo News
No sex please on A380 SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Singapore Airlines, the first operator of the new Airbus A380, has dashed the hopes of sexual thrillseekers planning to engage in amorous activity aboard the world's biggest jumbo jet. The carrier said...
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Vic-Dina: Soon to Be Grandparents
Ex-couple Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie welcomed the news about their daughter Danica, who's now six weeks pregnant. That means Vic and Dina will soon be grandparents, something that they both initially cringed at but were truly happy about.They might...
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Who Will Pacquiao Choose - Marquez or Diaz?
Byline: Nick Giongco Manny Pacquiao is going to make a tough decision this week. Top Rank chair Bob Arum is inclined to pit Pacquiao with lightweight champion David Diaz of the US, while trainer Freddie Roach is batting for super-feather titlist...
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Wins Put Hapee, Harbour in Semis
Byline: Rey C. Lachica, Tony Pionilla (Photo) Hapee Toothpaste reached another milestone by extending its winning run to six with a 79-75 win over a stubborn Toyota Balintawak squad and towed Harbour Centre into the semis of the 2008 PBL V-Go Extreme...
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