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 February 19, 2010

570 Meralco Customers Qualified to Join Interim Open Access Program
At least one-fourth of the customer base of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) numbering 570 commercial and industrial end-users are being eyed to join the newly-approved Power Supply Option Program (PSOP), which will be the bridge policy leading to...
Aboveboard, Villar Says of Iloilo Land Conversion
ILOILO CITY – Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Villar, Jr. has denied illegally converting irrigated rice lands to build a first-class subdivision in Pavia town in this city.Villar, who is the subject of another purported...
Alterra Trails Southern Luzon
February 2010: Summer is here — quite early because of the El Nino; Discovery Suites opens another exclusive resort down in Bicol; Isuzu Philippines Corporation unveils this year’s iteration of the Alterra; So how do we tie all...
Another Suicide in Quezon City; Young Graduate Shoots Self in Head
A graduate of Miriam College shot herself in the head inside her family’s condominium unit in Loyola Heights Thursday night.Chief Inspector Benjamin Elenzano, chief of the homicide investigation section of the Quezon City Police District...
Arroyo Names 4 New Appointees
President Arroyo has named four new appointees, more than a month before the two-month constitutional ban on government appointments, Malacañang said Friday.Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita announced that Lina V. Castro, who served as...
A Weakened Weekend for Night Owls
I heard the news that GMA-7 will be cancelling its late night weekend report beginning this Sunday. This is most unfortunate for the many night owls I know who have made it a habit to watch the show regularly. A friend of mine once told me that GMA...
Bands as People
Think about your favorite band. Think of their songs. What if he or she were a person? (And first of all, would your favorite band be a he or a she?) Would he or she be friendly, outgoing? Brash, loud? Morose, depressive? Prone to fits of silliness...
Bath Bliss
Bath time has always been recommended by experts as a good time to bond with your kids. There’s nothing more fun for the little ones than to splash around in the tub while blowing bubbles or lathering up with foam. In our own family, bath...
Bro. Eddie Urges Remedy for Poll Glitches
Bangon Pilipinas presidential bet Bro. Eddie Villanueva Friday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Friday to completely obliterate, resolve, and remedy all possible glitches in the poll automation system as soon as possible.Villanueva made...
Bucks Send Warrick, Alexander to Bulls for Salmons
MILWAUKEE, February 18, 2010 (AP)  – The Milwaukee Bucks acquired guard John Salmons from the Chicago Bulls before Thursday's NBA trade deadline and sent the expiring contracts of forwards Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander to a Bulls...
Bulls Send Thomas to Bobcats for Murray, Law, Pick
CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 18, 2010 (AP) – The Charlotte Bobcats addressed coach Larry Brown's biggest concern on Thursday, acquiring power forward Tyrus Thomas from the Chicago Bulls just before the trade deadline.Charlotte sent a future,...
Bureau of Customs Handled Less Volume, Value of Imports in 2009
The Bureau of Customs (BoC) processed 54.3 million metric tons imports last year, a decrease of 6 percent compared to 57.5 million metric tons in 2008 due to lower volume of non-oil and crude products.Data from the BoC showed that the aggregate value...
Can Melai Extend Her 15 Minutes?
No “Pinoy Big Brother” winner in its entire local franchise history made a circus of a reaction the way Melissa “Melai” Cantiveros did when she was proclaimed champion of the “Double Up” season...
Cebu Power Supply Stabilizes
The Department of Energy (DoE) in Region 7 said the power supply situation in Cebu may be back to normal next week with the full operation of Unit I of the Cebu Energy Development Corp. (CEDC) coal-fired power plant in Toledo City, which has a power...
Celtics Hold off Lakers
LOS ANGELES, February 18, 2010 (AP) – Ray Allen scored 12 of his 24 points in the third quarter and made 10 of his first 11 shots, leading the Boston Celtics to an 87-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.It was the defending...
Choosing Good or Evil
A bible Christian, who was on a strict budget, scolds his wife who bought a new dress. “But I was tempted," the wife remonstrated. The husband retorted: “You should have said, ‘Get behind me, Satan’”!...
Death Anniversary of Francisco Baltazar
Francisco Baltazar’s works help awaken the national sentiment of his countrymen. At a time when Philippine arts and culture were dominated by Spanish and European works, his Florante at Laura broke their strangehold on the Filipino people’s...
Development for Filipinos
This priority under the strategic theme, Shared Values, calls for focus of all our efforts on the enjoyment by every Filipino of genuine development.This means that every one of us should have more; and we should know more, and do more, so that in...
Did 'Designer to the Stars' Rajo Laurel Copy the Cobweb?
An issue involving renowned designer Rajo Laurel and little known Arcy Gayatin has surfaced in the local fashion scene.According to scene insiders, Laurel recently pulled a fast one on Gayatin by allegedly copying one of the latter’s old...
Educate Poor on Election Automation, Villar Urges
Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manny Villar expressed deep concern about the May 10, 2010 automated elections Friday following survey results showing the poor sector, which comprises at least 30 percent of the voting population, has...
Enzo Pineda Wants a Showdown with Mark Herras, Joross Gamboa
Given the chance, “StarStruck V” finalist Enzo Pineda said he would love to have a showdown with his dance idols Mark Herras and Joross Gamboa.“Siyempre po big honor na makasama ko sila. Personally I’m a big...
Fans Snap Up Super Junior Albums in Anticipation of Concert
K-pop boy band Super Junior proved their growing popularity in the Philippines with their “Super Show 2” live album, which topped the country's international album chart.According to the record label that released Super Junior's...
Filipinizing Chekhov
A sleepy, obscure town in Northern Luzon during the early years of Martial Law isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when one mentions the work of Anton Chekhov. After all, Chekhov is known more for his short stories and his four...
GMA Opens Vital Projects in South
TARAKA, Lanao del Sur – Received warmly by thousands of young and old villagers here where her father, former President Diosdado Macapagal, set foot in 1965, President Arroyo led on Wednesday the groundbreaking for a P29 million waterworks...
GMA Opens Vital Projects in Southtem
Taraka, Lanao del Sur – Received warmly by thousands of young and old villagers here where her father, former President Diosdado Macapagal, set foot in 1965, President Arroyo led on Wednesday the groundbreaking for a P29 million waterworks...
'Hating Kapatid' Proudly Stars Juday and Sarah
We are one among those who are really excited for the latest casting coup in the local moviedom being made possible by Viva Films. This early, everyone is already celebrating because of the much-awaited major movie project starring two of the country’s...
IMF Now Sees Strong RP Growth Rebound
The International Monetary Fund expects the Philippine economy to rebound strongly this year, but urged the country's central bank to maintain an accommodative monetary policy to ensure the recovery even as it told the government to ease up on fiscal...
Ivler out of Hospital in 2-3 Weeks - NBI
Road rage shooting suspect Jason Aguilar Ivler is expected to be discharged from the hospital in two to three weeks and will be transferred to the Quezon City Jail, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Friday.Lawyer Angelito Magno, chief...
Jackie Rice Is Learning to Balance Career and Love Life
Even after she jeopardized her rising career when she prioritized her love life, Jackie Rice, the ultimate female survivor of “StarStruck” season 3 in 2005, has found herself a new special someone.“We’re not...
Jaywalkers, Beware of Funny Signs
One can’t say that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority post Bayani Fernando, who is now running for vice president of the country, lacks for zany, brilliant, or stupid (take your pick) ideas.Remember the blue sign on pink background...
Jazz Trade Guard Ronnie Brewer to Memphis
SALT LAKE CITY, February 18, 2010 (AP) – The Utah Jazz traded shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first-round draft pick.The trade completed just before the 1 p.m. MST deadline Thursday should open up some room...
Lakeside Resort to Boost Caraga Tourism
BUTUAN CITY – The Mainit Kasili Lakeside Resort, a new tourist draw at the side of scenic Lake Mainit, is seen to spur tourism not only in Mainit town in Surigao del Norte province but the entire Caraga region as well, officials said Friday.The...
Lakeside Resort to Boost Caraga Tourism
Butuan City - The Mainit Kasili Lakeside Resort, a new tourist draw at the side of scenic Lake Mainit, is seen to spur tourism not only in Mainit town in Surigao del Norte province but the entire Caraga region as well, officials said Friday.The Mainit...
Lea Salonga and Her Cat-Ty Love
A cat has nine lives, but this musical has been staged in Broadway for 18 years. A cat may just live anywhere but may never actually cross borders, but this Broadway musical has been around the globe—to over 26 countries to be exact. A cat...
Lim's Release Seen to Boost PMP Campaign
The temporary release of Gen. Danilo Lim, who has been incarcerated for leading the siege of Manila Peninsula Hotel in 2007, would be a great boost to the campaign of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) under whose slate the military official is running...
Lotus Unveils Formula 1 Challenger
Lotus Racing recently unveiled its 2010 challenger, the Lotus Cosworth T127, at the Royal Horticultural Hall in London. Team Principal Tony Fernandes led the unveiling of the T127 with Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne and drivers Jarno Trulli,...
LP Confident to Get Quezon Voters' Nod
GUMACA, Quezon - The Liberal Party is confident that Senators Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas and their senatorial bets will get the nod of majority of the one million voting population...
Luck: The Tee
Here’s a new nick on the statement tee: your Chinese astrology sign. We found these adorable T-shirts at the Girls Teens Wear section of SM Department Store, at P299.75 a pop.The TigerTigers emphasize their ambitions, always keeping a steady...
Luisita Golfers in Driver's Seat
BACOLOD CITY — Iggy Clavecilla wrapped up his campaign in the Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf championships with 48 points Friday and declared that Luisita is ready to win its 14th seniors crown in the Philippine Airlines Interclub...
McGrady Trade the Big Deal on Deadline Day
The Cleveland Cavaliers hope they took another step toward keeping LeBron James. The New York Knicks are in better position for a run at him — and a second superstar, too.And they aren't the only team lining up for a chance to become a summer...
Meralco Dispels Overcharging Allegations
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) dispelled reports that it allegedly overcharged customers by P7 billion in 2004 and 2007.  Meralco President & COO Jose P. de Jesus said, “We maintain that we did not overcharge. Our unbundled...
Miriam Conquers Iloilo Turf Anew
LA PAZ, Iloilo City — Reelectionist Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago once again proved that the province of Iloilo is her turf.Santiago, who was with the Nacionalista Party ticket during their kick-off rally in this province, received an...
MMDA Looking at Lowering Towing Rates
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is thinking of lowering the towing fees to discourage abuse of local traffic enforcers imposing disproportionate towing rates.MMDA chairman Oscar Inocentes proposed the adjustment of towing fees for...
NBI Busts Int'l Drug Ring
Clark Freeport, Pampanga - The National Bureau of Investigation Friday said it has rescued three Filipinos being used as drug mules by an international drug ring after they arrested four members of the syndicate, three of them foreigners, in Angeles...
New Law Abolishes OMA
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday signed Republic Act No. 9997 which abolishes the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) and creates as replacement a more powerful strengthened National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).In anticipation of...
NPA Got P136 Million from Extortion - AFP
The New People’s Army amassed P136 million from extortion activities in 2009, more than double from P61 million in 2008, the military said Friday.In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said the...
Nuggets End Cavs' Hot Streak
CLEVELAND, February 18, 2010 (AP) – Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, including the winning basket, and the Denver Nuggets overcame LeBron James' triple-double and ended the Cleveland Cavaliers' 13-game streak with a 118-116 victory in overtime...
Orchid Business Creates Job
Not many people may realize it but the orchid business is also creating a lot of jobs, not only for farm workers but also for traders and other entrepreneurs.Just take the case of Edwin Veneracion and his wife Gina of San Rafael, Bulacan. When they...
Philippine American Group of Educators and Surgeons Celebrates Two Decades of Giving Hope at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel on February 20, 2010
The Philippine American Group of Educators and Surgeons (PAGES) was established on May 10, 1990 by a group of medical missionaries who held the common aspiration of helping poor Filipinos, especially children who suffer from birth defects such as cleft...
Pinoys Show What They Got in 'Pilipinas Got Talent'
Will the Philippines find its own Susan Boyle who conquered the world with her singing prowess? The country’s biggest and only nationwide talent-reality show “Pilipinas Got Talent” kicks off on Saturday (Feb. 20) on ABS-CBN...
PMA to Honor 9 Outstanding Cavaliers
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City - At least 20,000 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy and their families had arrived in this mountain resort city to celebrate the annual PMA alumni homecoming that precedes the annual graduation of new military...
PMP Senatorial Bets Vow to Go Nuclear
Realizing the greater need for a more stable power supply as the country steps closer to its first automated elections on May 10, senatorial bets of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) vowed Friday to author a law reactivating the mothballed Bataan...
PRC Bares 39 New Engineers
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Friday that 32 passed the Professional Mechanical Engineer Examination given by the Board of Mechanical Engineering in Manila, Al-Khobar, K.S.A., Abu Dhabi & Dubai, U.A.E. and Doha, Qatar last...
Propaganda and All That
Manipulation of information to influence public opinion: That’s propaganda and mostly that’s what we are hearing and reading these days about the candidates running for public office, mostly those seeking the presidency.Practically...
Security Fears Force Venus off Centre Stage
DUBAI, February 18, 2010 (AFP) – Venus Williams will have to play her semi-final in the two-million-dollar WTA Dubai Open on a distant outside court on Friday after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-4 in the last eight here.That is...
Sharapova Cruises into Memphis Quarter-Finals
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, February 18, 2010 (AFP) – Top-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova cruised into the quarter-finals of the WTA Tour event here, crushing American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 6-1.The Russian remained on course for a clash with...
Shipping Fleets Added Record Capacity amid Recession, SSY Says
Bulk carriers led a 25 percent growth in new cargo-carrying capacity last year, when the US and European economies shrank, according to a report by SSY Consultancy & Research Ltd.Shipyards delivered 77.6 million gross tons of new vessels, a record...
Show Manilans What You've Done, Lim Dares Rivals
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim Friday challenged his detractors, who have been allegedly belittling his accomplishments, to surpass his feat by showing to Manilans what they have done, if any, during a forum at the Philippine Normal University (PNU).Lim...
SM Prime Notches P7 Billion Net Profit in 2009
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), the Philippines’ dominant shopping mall developer and operator, reported a 10 percent growth in consolidated net income last year to P7.0 billion from P6.4 billion in 2008.In a disclosure to the Philippine...
Sugar Prices Stabilizing
The price of sugar in Metro Manila is beginning to stabilize after the National Food Authority (NFA) intervened in the market by selling refined sugar at a subsidized price of P48 per kilogram through the agency’s Institutionalized Bigasan...
Syjuco Plays Down P3.8 Billion Plunder Raps
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Secretary Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco downplayed Thursday the P3.8 billion plunder charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman by the Public Services Labor...
Teves Pushes Sale of FTI, Tokyo Property
Philippines will sell the Taguig City industrial estate, shares in an energy company and the lease of Fujimi property in Tokyo before the end of first quarter this year, a move aimed at increasing revenues to plug the widening budget deficit.Finance...
The Call of Levi
LUKE 5:27-32Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow Me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed Him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for Him in his house,...
The Notebook
What’s in a notebook anyway but fancy paper and straight lines?No, notebook purists (yes, there is a huge, connected community of such people!) would certainly raise hell and scoff at this kind of thinking. For them, there are notebooks –...
The Oscars 2010: 45 Seconds and You're Out!
Those long awards shows can indeed be boring, unless you’re a nominee. Or, should you be lucky enough to get an invite to its glitzy live event, you are there for the food and the champagne.So this year, the producers will keep a tight rein...
The Story of Musa
When we wake up in the morning, the daily miracle begins to unfold. Twenty-four hours at our disposal. No one can take it from us. It is unstealable. No one of us receives more. No one of us receives less. Nobody is rewarded by even an extra minute...
Tiger Woods to Return to Therapy
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, February 18, 2010 (AP) – Tiger Woods is to return to therapy after he speaks publicly for the first time about his infidelity, according to a letter from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem that was obtained by The...
Tigress Annabelle Rama Predicts a Good Year for Family and Talents
"I’m born under the year of the Tiger. And I believe that this will be a good year for me, my family and my talents!”Annabelle Rama, talent manager and matriarch of the Gutierrez clan of actors, intimated the above statement in...
Transports to Fantastical Worlds
Commentators were not to be blamed for defaulting to cliché when characterizing Alexander McQueen, who died, apparently by suicide. And they were not altogether mistaken in referring to him as fashion’s designated bad boy, a reliable...
TRUMPETS Playshop Continues Tradition of Honing Talents
Standing proud and strong for 17 years and counting, TRUMPETS Playshop has proven time and time again that it is the number one theater workshop in the country.With classes held not only ever summer but also the whole year long, it has branched out...
TVXQ's 'Best Collection' Sells 228,542 on First Day in Japan
K-pop groups aiming to capture the Japanese music market should take their cue from boy band TVXQ (aka Tohoshinki in Japan). Proving once again their awesome ability to surpass their own records, TVXQ topped the Japanese Oricon chart recently...
US Chief Justices Great and Small
(Editor's note: The US judicial system can be summarized in the incumbency of three Chief Justices as noted by the author.)TO most lawyers, anywhere in the world, who are familiar with American constitutional and judicial system would probably vote...
Vice Ganda Bites Back
After a barrage of negative writeups lately, Vice Ganda finally got back at his detractors spewing venom. In a recent "Showtime" episode, Vice Ganda went on an outburst.“Sabihin n’yo na lahat ng sasabihin n’yo sa akin...
White and Dry
Q. Dear Dawn,Lately, I noticed these white flakes on my scalp. People tell me that it’s not dandruff because they are not itchy. They’re just there, sticking on my scalp. Some say it’s probably the shampoo that I used...
Why Revive a White Elephant?
All the presidentiables at the FOCAP forum last week said “No” to the rehabilitation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP). They cited safety and security reasons not to mention the expense – about $800 million, to...
World Day of Social Justice
As a special day to further consolidate the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promoting employment and a decent world, gender equality, and access to social well-being and justice for all, World day of Justice is observed...