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 17, 2003

Advocacy Programs Share Equal Billing in Tour
THE government advocacy programs share practically equal billing in the forthcoming Tour Pilipinas 2003 with two more squadsthe EcoSavers and the Drug Bustersracing against 10 other teams over 2,460 kms spread out in 15 stages. But besides the government...
Ailing Pope Starts Holy Week Rites; Will Dedicate Good Friday Ceremonies to Victims of War
VATICAN CITY (AFP) Pope John Paul II, battling Parkinsons disease, arthritis and a spirit wearied by war in Iraq, begins a demanding round of ceremonies yesterday marking the most solemn week of the Christian calendar. The Holy Week ceremonies...
'Air Jordan' Makes Final Flight
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) In the closing minutes of Michael Jordans final game as an NBA basketball player on Wednesday, Wizards coach Doug Collins knew the boos cascading down tiers of fans were aimed at him. With the 40-year-old living legend riding...
Auto Industry's Unions Fear Mass Layoffs
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Leaders of the countrys automotive manufacturing firms, labor unions and government officials recently conducted an automotive industry tripartite council congress in anticipation of a massive retrenchment problem should the...
BSP Backs Farmland as Loan Collateral Bill
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) supports the enactment of the Farmland Loan Collateral (FLC) Bill into law that would allow farmer-beneficiaries of the Comprehesive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) to access financing from...
Bush Seeks End to Iraq Sanctions
BAGHDAD (AFP) US President George W. Bush called for the lifting of UN sanctions on Iraq after the fall of Saddam Husseins regime, as Secretary of State Colin Powell was said to be mulling over a fencemending mission to Syria. With the four-week-old...
Church Discourages Crucifixions - CBCP
Byline: LESLIE ANN AQUINO and BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON Crucifixion as a way of penance this Holy Week is being discouraged by the Catholic Church, revealed Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) spokesman Hernando Coronel yesterday....
Community Press Asserts Role as Catalyst for Countryside Reforms
Community journalists from all over the country will gather in Kalibo and Boracay Island in Aklan province for a three-day summit from April 25 to 27 to reassert their role as catalyst for countryside reforms. Juan P. Dayang, president of the Publishers...
Different Views about Jesus' Cross
ON Good Friday today, this space will defer comments on Iraq After Saddam, or Peace in Mindanao, or Kujira Typhoon or The Mask of SARS. Since many Christian theologians, philosophers, and scholars have written on the subject of Christ's crucifixion...
DoE Assures Sufficient Supply of Fuel Oil for RP
Byline: : MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY Amidst the crisis in the the Middle East, the Region 7 office of the Department of Energy (DoE) has assured the public of sufficient oil supply in the country. DoE Region 7 Director Antonio Labios said...
Eala Warns FedEx against Court Case
Byline: edgard hilario FEDEX may find itself spending more than the remainder of Rene Hawkins four-year contract worth P9.6 million if it made true its threat to dispute the PBA commissioner Noli Ealas ruling in a legal court. I advise them (FedEx),...
'Equilibrium' and 'The Hours'
SCI-FI films about what could happen to us in the future abound, like Blade Runner, The Matrix, Fahrenheit 451, Gattaca, etc. Now comes Equilibrium, also set in the future after an apocalyptic third world war nearly demolished the earth. A dictator...
EU Leaders Seek Central Role for UN
ATHENS, Greece (Reuters) European Union leaders keen to bring their divided bloc and the United Nations back into play in the Iraq crisis said on Thursday the UN should have a central role in rebuilding the war-shattered country. Meeting at an...
From Nationalism to Patriotism
SOME 130 years after Gomburza, there should be no doubt in the mind of any Filipino that we have a country to love, a society to develop, and an economy to grow. We have been talking about the problems we face as a people for decades. And most of us...
Good Friday
CHRISTIANS remember the suffering and death of Jesus on this day. That is why everything is so quiet today. In chapels and churches throughout this nation, Christians will read the passion narrative, or hear it read or sung. The focus today is on the...
Inspirational Songs from Richard Reynoso
Few may be aware of it, but Richard Reynoso is still very much around as a singer. However, he is now singing a different tune. Gone are his leaning towards pop in his latest album from Praise Inc., Akoy Narito. The Prince of Ballads who popularized...
JdV Urges Solons, Local Officials to Lead Drive for Hiked Production
Byline: : ROD L. VILLA Speaker Jose de Venecia called the other day on all members of Congress to exhort their leaders and followers to undertake earnest efforts at agricultural and industrial production to attain sufficiency and spur exports. ...
Love Jesus
JESUS not only opened the gates of heaven for us after Adam and Eves sin but also showed us a way of life love. Love has been used to mean many different things. But the basic meaning is to prefer the other to self. Preferring another person to self...
Make Your Sufferings Redemptive
THERE is a funny story about a man from the barrio who was entering the church just as the priest was delivering an impassioned Good Friday sermon. Pointing his finger at his audience, the priest fulminated: "Kayong lahat, dahil sa inyong mga kasalanan,...
Memories of Lenten Season
Byline: RIKKI JIMENEZ I have many memories of the Lenten sea son. I come from a conservative family and I grew up under the care of my two aunts, because my parents were often busy with work. My father Ramon Jimenez Sr. and my mother Virginia Afable...
Metro Pacific Closes BLC Stake Sale Deal
Property firm Metro Pacific Corp., a unit of Hong Kongs First Pacific Co. Ltd., said yesterday it has closed a deal transferring its $90million loan to a consortium led by Ayala Land, Inc. With the loan transfer and its other debt restructuring...
NEWS IN BRIEF; Peso Closed at P52.30/$
The peso closed at P52.30 to the US dollar last Wednesday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P52.272. Financial markets was closed for the four-day Easter holiday. Trading...
NPC Finances San Roque Dam Locality Projects
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO State-owned National Power Corporation (NPC) has earmarked some P73 million for various livelihood and infrastructure projects that would benefit the communities in Itogon, Benguet who have been affected by the $1.2 billion...
Our Crucified Savior's 'Seven Last Words'
GOOD Friday is a day for all good Catholics/Christians to remember Our Lords seven last words, as He lay crucified on His Holy Cross. "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing" - At the core of Jesus' message of redemption is...
Pabasa, Moriones Fest, Flagellation, Etc. Mark Observance of Holy Week
Byline: : CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO The season of Lent is one of the most celebrated religious traditions in the country. Seen as a time for atonement, sacrifice and self-examination, fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are practiced...
Petron's 17th Lakbay Alalay: The Good Samaritans Are Alive and Well
You pack your stuff, load the car with snacks and drinks for the kids and head for the North Luzon Expressway at 6 a.m. with Baguio City and the beaches of La Union in your mind. But as you reach San Simon in Pampanga your car starts moving at snail's...
Spiritual Retreat Is Good; Nail Them to the Cross! PUNCHLINE
Byline: Fred M. Lobo PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Cabinet officials went on a two-day spiritual retreat and reflections on Gods love, righteousness and sacrifice which are necessary for good governance of the country. A good Lenten activity...
Tariff Cuts Blamed for Revenue Loss
Tariff reduction mandated under trade agreements entered into the Philippines has caused the decline in collection of import duties on non-oil products from P44.34 billion in 2000 to P31.36 billion in 2002. Data from the Department of Finance showed...
The 'Catubig Siege' 103 Years Ago, as Bloody as 'Balangiga Massacre'
BOTH fateful events happened in Samar more than a century ago. These battles saw hundreds of Filipino native guerillas and American infantry men die a bloody death. These encounters were part of America's colonial campaigns in the Philippines from...
The Crucifixion of Jesus; John 19:25-34
STANDING by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mothers sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, Woman, behold, your son. Then He said to the...
Tuna Festival for Lent
This Lenten Season is a good time to rediscover the joy of eating fish. Its not only healthier it is also good for the soul. Cabalen, the premiere buffet restaurant, offers Tuna festival. Their Lenten specials are definitely good for the budget as...
Unioil Unfazed by Blasts, Invests P100 M in Davao; Exec Airs Confidence in Economic Future of Mindanao
DAVAO CITY Amidst the economic difficulties and the recent bombing incidents in Davao City, new oil industry player Unioil has expressed confidence in the countrys overall poltical stability and in the future of Mindanao and the entire Philippines....
What's Good about Good Friday?
FOR one, whats good about Good Friday is the Via Crucis, the way of the cross. Ordinarily, its a sight for tourists all those devouts (some uninformed people call them fanatics) bearing crosses as they are flogged by Roman centurions and then nailed...
WHO Identifies Cause of SARS
Byline: SHIANEE MAMANGLU The World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday that a new pathogen, a member of the coronavirus family never before seen in humans, is the cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The new coronavirus...