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 April 5, 2003

12 Die in New Mindanao Clashes
Byline: BONG REBLANDO GENERAL SANTOS CITY Ten Muslim rebels were killed in a clash with government troops in Mlang, North Cotabato, while two civilians died in a bomb blast in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, yesterday. The latest bombing and fighting...
30 Armed Men Rob PCI Bank in Makati
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN & FELIX MEDIAVILLO At least 30 unidentified men armed with high-powered firearms on board three luxury vehicles yesterday staged a daring broad daylight bank robbery in Makati City, carting away cash estimated to be more...
A Bird-Watcher's Haven
Bird-watching, or the hobby of observing various species of birds, may sound like a boring pastime for some, but to those who are into it believe that its a lifetime ticket to the theater of nature. Aficionados say that some of the best bird-watching...
Advance Payments May Put Deficit over Q1 Ceiling
The national government may exceed its P55.2 billion budget deficit limit for the first quarter of the year due to the P4 billion advanced payment of clothing allowance to government employees and the unforeseen disbursement in constructive cash component...
Around the Nation
Parang mayor hurt in bomb blast COTABATO (AP) A bomb exploded at a minibus terminal in the southern Philippines yesterday, injuring the towns mayor and at least eight others, the military and police said. Vivencio Bataga, the mayor of Parang...
Arroyo Opens New LRT on Birthday
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo opened yesterday the Santolan-Cubao stretch of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 known as the Megatren, the first phase of the 13.8-kilometer railway route to Manila from Marikina and...
'ASAP's' Baguio Invasion and Boys to Watch
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ Not even reports that the killer disease S.A.R.S. (severe acute respiratory syndrome) has reached Baguio stopped ASAP in staging one hell of a party at the Burnham Park last Sunday, March 30. As early as Saturday, March...
Beyond SARS
Byline: Edgardo J. Angara A CONGRESSMAN who recently arrived from Shanghai was amenable to the idea of a seven-day quarantine, China being one of the countries hit by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). But he also had a piece of advice...
Bituin Escalante's Winning Streak Continues
Following her phenomenal entry into the musical entertainment circuit, Bituin Escalantes star continues to bring her to brighter heights. Touted as the true heiress to the legitimate diva throne, Bituin has remained consistently impressive in terms...
Boycott of American Goods over Iraq War
Byline: ERIK KIRSCHBAUM BERLIN (Reuters) No more Coca-Cola or Budweiser, no Marlboro, no American whiskey or even American Express cards a growing number of restaurants in Germany are taking everything American off their menus to protest the...
Care for a 'Bag of Beans'?
Byline: Text and photos by THERESE J. CAMET Tired of the coffee bars in the metropolis but cant stop drinking coffee? Take a trip down south for a different coffee experience. Unlike other coffee shops, the Bag of Beans, a unique cafe and bakeshop...
Contrarian View on Power Charges
THE reduction of purchase power adjustments and the rescinding of contracts of independent power producers (IPPs) will have dire consequences in the long run. True John Maynard Keynes said that in the long run we'll all be dead, but that depends...
Denim N@tion
Byline: RHEA P.M. CATADA Denims are fashion items that one cant live without. Be it the basic jeans, belly- bottoms, hipsters, skirts, jackets, or overalls... you just have to have them in your closet! Perhaps this predilection to denims comes...
Dressing Up for Summer
Byline: CANDY S. MANALOTO Refreshing colors are definitely in this sultry season as summer brings an explosion of tomato red, pink and gelato colors mixed with striking shades of blue a reflection of the festive and casual ambiance of the season....
Enchanted Kingdom Opens Its Gates Seven Days a Week
Thrills and spills, enchantment and lots more, seven days a week! Yes, it will literally be everyday magic at Enchanted Kingdom this summer as it opens its gates 7 days a week starting this month June 1 in celebration of its 8th anniversary. For...
Geebee Turnaus Boxing Tournament
Byline: dodo catacutan jr. HELSINKI Violito Payla opens his title-retention bid against a tough Irish fighter on Friday as RP Revicon fighters drew contrasting fortunes in the draw for the 22nd Geebee Turnaus international boxing championships...
Happy Birthday, Mrs. President
LUBAO, Pampanga President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo always comes home to this hometown of her parents on her birthdays and today is no exception. I and my two companions Ambassador Jose Lino Guerrero and Consul Elmer Cato, my regional director in Central...
How Martin and Regine Took USA by Storm
PUZZLER NO. 1: This popular singer is not inclined anymore to try and rekindle her friendship with her TV host-friend after they had a huge misunderstanding recently. The mole said the singer got tired already of the odd behavior being shown by...
Is It a 'Go' for the Chavit Singson Movie?
At the recent birthday dinner for up-and-coming singer Danita Paner (Manny and Daisy Paners daughter who turned 14 last April 2) at the Chinese restaurant of The Heritage Hotel Manila, former Ilocos Governor Luis Chavit Singson was in a serious discussion...
It Notes
APC holds UPS workshop American Power Conversion (APC), world leader in the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) industry, has gone full in its UPS management solutions campaign via the APC network UPS Workshop. Part of its Beyond Power Solutions...
Jamie Rivera Demystifies the 'Inspirational Diva'
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN Ask singer/songwriter Jamie Rivera about titles and shed say straight up: Easier given than lived up to. And better believe her. After all, the Star Record artist is acknowledged everywhere as the inspirational diva...
Joyce & BMG Set Videoke Trend
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI She created a stir in Philippine Cinema with the movies she made like Scorpio Nights 2 which set a trend in sexy movies with young actresses wanting to follow in her showbiz footsteps. Then she made an impact in the fashion...
Kaamulan Festival: Pure Culture
Byline: JASER A. MARASIGAN MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon At first it seems like it is just the same old festival. But then, people wont call Bukidnons Kaamulan Festival as the most authentic ethnic festival in the country for nothing. As the first...
Kepco Inks Deal to Build Coal Fired Power Plant in Visayas
The Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) will be putting up a 100-megawatt coal-fired power plant project in the Visayas to partly ease the looming power shortage problem that is seen to start in the Panay area. For this initiative that may...
'Laon / Laan'; Rice Exhibit at National Museum
Byline: Photos by ALI VICOY Laon / Laan, a year-long exhibit about rice, featuring implements, tools, and images of the staple, is on view at the National Museum. The exhibit is dedicated to national hero Jose Rizal, whose family came from rice...
Lifelong Learning and Institutions of Higher Education (Part II); EDUCATORS SPEAK
Byline: Dr. Dolores Baja-Lasan IN the United Kingdom in 1997 the Dearing report published in 1997 noted, inter alia, that the role of Universities and colleges is seen embedded in a world of compulsory education, of professional and vocational learning...
LTO-Info Tech System Incorporates Online Emission Test Results Facility
Byline: edison d. ong Whether you have just returned from a business trip abroad or a vacation in the countryside, you know you are in Metropolitan Manila because the air is terribly bad. Suddenly your throat sores. You cough sporadically. You...
Muslims in Davao City Air Fears of Retaliatory Attacks
Byline: : BONG REBLANDO DAVAO CITY Muslim residents here have expressed fears of retaliatory acts against Muslims in this city, apparently referring to three bomb attacks on mosques and arrest of their fellow Muslims in this city. As fears gripped...
NEWS IN BRIEF; Peso Closed at P53.25
The peso closed at P53.25 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P53.225. RP on track to GDP goal The country remains on track to meet its...
NextMobile Embarks on Aggressive Wireless Broadband Deployment
NextMobile, formerly Nextel Communications Philippines, is upgrading and expanding its network infrastructure and has tied up with strategic technology partners such as Motorola, Hewlett Packard, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. NextMobile will lead...
No Quorum in PSE Poll; Brokers Protest Appointment of Independent Candidates
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA The much-awaited and highly controversial Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) board elections did not push through yesterday as there was no quorum due to a boycott by brokers protesting the appointment of independent candidates....
'Open City' Urged on Iraqi Leaders
House Speaker Jose de Venecia yesterday called on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein or, if incapacitated, his top military commanders to immediately declare Baghdad an open city and spare Iraqi women and children the carnage of war if the final assault...
Perez Bars Civil Society, Consumers in PPA Review
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Energy Secretary Vicente S. Perez has thumbed down proposals to include civil society and consumer groups in the team tasked to review the power purchase agreements (PPAs) of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) with its independent...
Pres. Arroyo Shows Commitment on Fight vs Terrorism by Deed
TO dispel any suspicion that politics rules Malacanangs choice in appointing nominees endorsed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a position in the judiciary, it might be a better policy that once a nominee or nominees were rejected by the President...
QuickInfo Unveils First Integrated Internet-Based Fax Phone Messaging
The key business strategy imperative for start-ups is to create or introduce a technology that changes the way people and businesses do things. That understanding of what makes a successful business led brothers Macneil and Nelson Tan to set up...
Rafanan's Bid for Protection Referred to DoJ; It Is Up to Datumanong, Bunye Says
Byline: : FERDIE J. MAGLALANG Malacanang referred last Friday to the Department of Justice (DoJ) a request for government protection of former Ilocos Sur board member Efren Rafanan who has expressed willingness to testify against the suspected mastermind...
'READ TO LEAD'; How to Become a Future Leader
Byline: PRISCILA R. ARIAS An old adage goes: Read a book a day and youll finish a library in five years. With the onset of electronic communications, however, reading has been relegated to the background, as the electronic media presents information...
Roundup
LUZON Pings offer turned down LAOAG CITY Ilocos Norte Gov. Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. has turned down an offer of Sen. Panfilo Ping Lacson to become his running mate in the 2004 presidential election. Lacson, who served as guest at the recent...
SARS Global Death Toll Now 89; Cases Total 2,300
SINGAPORE (AP) Hong Kong and Malaysia reported new deaths from a mystery illness Saturday, bringing the global death toll to at least 89, while China vowed to share more information on the disease that apparently started in one of its southern provinces....
Scoliosis (the Girls of Summer)
The crooked be made straight and the curse be ended. T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-born English poet The Family Reunion (1939) pt. 2, sc. 3 IT'S summer and for some reason, an avalanche of scoliosis cases come. Worried mothers, with worried...
SEC Taps BAP Help to Fight Scams
Byline: ANA MARIE MACUJA The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sought the assistance of the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) in disseminating information on investments scams through the various branches of its member banks....
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Should Not Cause Undue Alarm among Filipinos
THE last couple of weeks have seen a disturbing rise in the number of confirmed cases of the mysterious atypical pneumonia that has been named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in some countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) issued...
Sex Sells, but Not Too Much, Warn German Media-Watchers
MUNICH (DPA) Sex sells, say many advertising executives. But according to the German Advertising Council (Deutscher Werberat), copywriters had better be careful. The sex appeal approach can mean stirring the wrath of the general public, not to...
Some Ideas against Terrorism
THIS week another bomb whose main ingredient was a chemical used as a mixture for fertilizer, exploded in a food tienda at the Sasa, Davao port. This was the second bomb that was detonated by unknown terrorists. This bomb killed at least 16 persons...
Southwoods Rules PAL Jungolf
JUSTIN Tambunting sparked a fiery final-round salvo by Manila Southwoods with an even-par 71, carrying his team to a 10-point victory over Eastridge in the Philippine Airlines Junior Interclub golf championships at the Manila Golf Club course. The...
Story of Walter
THEREs a story about a man named Walter. He owned a little variety store and, for years even in his own small way, he extended credit to poor people, helping them to get started in life. His town mates had all praises for him. One day, he struck...
Street Children Rediscover the Joys of Learning
In the Philippines, not all children are able to go to school, or if they have the means, students dont have access to modern school equipment and learning tools. Virlanie Foundation, Inc., established in 1992 by a French social worker, Dominique...
Tatad Says Gov't Plans to Sell 7 of Its Properties in the United States
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Former Senate Majority Leader Francisco S. Tatad disclosed yesterday a plan of the Philippine government to sell seven of its properties in the United States within the next six months after specific disposition plans...
The Coming of Jesus' Hour; John 12:20-33
THERE were some Greeks among those who had come up to worship at the feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, Sir, we would like to see Jesus. Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told...
The Nebuchadnezzar Link
LAST March 16, 2003 before the Iraq war broke out, I wrote an article in this column titled the BabylonIraq Connection. I mentioned in my article that Iraq and other biblical cities predominantly Babylon are located in the same site. The site I am...
There's No Place like 'Home'
Byline: LAI SUAREZREYES For abandoned and abused children, the world is a jungle they have no one to rely on but themselves to survive! Since their own parents failed them, the word trust is definitely not in their vocabulary! Jenneth Villosino...
US Tanks to Roll into Baghdad; TV Shows Smiling Saddam in the Streets
Byline: CHRIS TOMLINSON and ELLEN KNICKMEYER NEAR BAGHDAD (AP, AFP) US tanks rolled into Baghdad yesterday, smashing through Iraqs Republican Guard to reach the ultimate destination of their two-week surge across southern Iraq, U.S. officials said....
WHAT TO DO for Holy Week?
We have scrapped all plans for travel in the coming months, including Holy Week. The SARS scare certainly took care of that. We had planned to take a cruise to Shanghai via Hong Kong where we were to board the ship. In May we planned to take another...