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 January 31, 2004

A New Culture
Byline: Jesus P Estanislao OUR system looks broken, so we have to fix it. Our current culture falls way below our ideals and expectations, so we have to raise it. All this sounds so simple and so clear. The fact is that the task involved is so...
Angel Thought for the Day
"Secrets to a fulfilled life; see the good, expect the best and believe that by Gods love, wisdom and guidance, you can make a difference, so start now." Sent by Edna Corrales of Vancouver, Canada ****** This nation mourns the...
Around the Nation
Natl Prayer Week on The Archdiocese of Manila leads today until Feb. 7, the celebration of National Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, starting with an ecumenical dialogue with the youth, to be led by Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, Socrates Villegas....
Atang De la Rama's 'Kamuning' to Be Launched
As of the highlights of the celebration of the National Arts Month, "Kamuning," an album of re-mastered original recordings by Atang de la Rama will be launched by the Tawid Publications and the Tribung Pilipino Cultural Foundation, in cooperation...
A Treatise on Reading
Byline: SUSAN A. DE GUZMAN I WORSHIP at the altar of Anna Quindlen. Her vivid prose, witty candor and keen insights are things Ive come to expect of this author who has been aptly described as the laureate of real life. Way before she made a...
Aussies Rap Blu Boys; Men's World Softball Championship
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand The Blu Boys were puzzled and dazzled by Australian young hurler Andrew Kirkpatrick, and suffered a 1-2 defeat in their opening game in the XI Mens World Softball Championship at Smokefree Ballpark here Friday. Kirkpatrick,...
Bad News Overshadows Good; Market Track
Byline: RING F. JOVEN Early in the week, international rating agency Moodys downgraded by a notch its ratings on the Philippines. On the other hand, the PHISIX took a temporary reprieve from Mondays decline, to the extent of visiting a 34-month...
Barbers to Consult Tourism Leaders Prior to Decisions
Byline: PETE DACUYCUY Reports going around that Philippine Tourism Authority general manager and chief operating officer Dean Barbers will replace the "WOW Philippines" campaign of the Department of Tourism (DOT) was dismissed yesterday by the National...
Bernis Champ at Last after DHL Open Win
Byline: edgard hilario CANLUBANG For Jun Bernis, it couldnt get any better than this. His wife and three-year-old daughter by his side and his hands wrapped around the huge DHL-NGAP Amateur Golf Championship trophy, the former Villamor range...
Bicol Officials Refuse to Pay Poll Fees; NPA Hands out Reprisals; Authorities Identify 34 'Hot Spots' in the Region
LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) Thirty-four of the 114 local government units across the Bicol region have been listed as potential election hot spots. A police report said 13 of the number are in Masbate province, six are in Camarines Norte, four in Camarines...
BoC Files Charges vs Officers in Batangas 'Chickenrunning'
TAGAYTAY CITY Customs Chief Antonio Bernardo has filed administrative and criminal charges against nine Bureau of Customs officials at the Port of Batangas and three private persons, following the release of 19 container vans of chicken leg quarters...
Bookshelf
UP honors writer Gemino Abad The U.P. Institute of Creative Writing (ICW), in coordination with the Department of English & Comparative Literature (DECL), will honor writer- educator Gemino H. Abad (Jimmy to friends and admirers) on Feb. 5,...
Business Sector Just Modestly Optimistic in '04
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Businessmen are mildly optimistic over economic prospects this year but are concerned over interest rates, peso-dollar exchange rate and slowdown in investments inflow they also rated President Gloria Arroyo as the...
East Asia - Lat Am Ministers Meet; Delegates from 32 Countries Gather in Tagaytay for Plan of Action
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN TAGAYTAY CITY Delegates composed of the foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers of the 32 member-countries of the Forum for East AsiaLatin America Cooperation (FEALAC) gathered at the Tagaytay International Convention...
Equitable PCI Bank Expects 20% Growth in Net Earnings This Year
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Equitable PCI Bank Inc., the countrys third largest in terms of asset base is confident of achieving higher growth this year on the back of its expanding consumer loan portfolio and treasury operations. Bank president...
Ford Everest 4x2 Survives Bicol Off-Roads
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Theres the perception that Filipinos always go for the underdog. In movies, they would often side with the weaker, more fragile beings. In times of pain, Filipinos even tend to absorb the despair and gloominess of the underdog....
Free Internet Connection to Benefit RP Students
Byline: JOEL C. ATENCIO The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) signed an agreement yesterday on the donation of free Internet connections and computer laboratories for the benefit of millions...
Globe Plans to Raise $150-M Loan for Capex
Globe Telecom Inc. said yesterday it would seek new loans of up to $150 million to finance its capital expenditures for this year. The company has set a $350million budget for its 2004 capital expenditure, of which $260 million will be spent on...
Jenny Wins If
Byline: Ding T Marcelo Jenny Rosales may not know it, but she could help energize local golf from its current moribund state. How? By playing in the Philippine Open. Shes not going to win it, for sure. She might not even make the cut. She could,...
Lhuillier Tops Spring for 3rd Straight Win
CEBU City M. Lhuillier-Cebu made it feel like home sweet home. For the third time in four days, M. Lhuillier-Cebu underscored its billing as the tournaments top team with yet another emphatic victory in the National Basketball Conference-Panasonic...
'Milan' Has the Makings of a Blockbuster
From the trailer alone, one can be certain Star Cinemas "Milan" has the makings of a blockbuster. Too bad it missed the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival. But the director, Olivia M. Lamasan, has no regrets. In the first place, although she knew Star...
More on the IT Debate; Breakfast Table
Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal THE Supreme Court decision on the Comelecs Automated Counting Machine (ACM), which Chief Justice Davide and other colleagues disputed, has not put the controversy to rest. Several experts, who are members of the Information...
Nata Extract Confirmed to Have Healing Power
More than a year ago we featured in this column one more byproduct that had been added to the 101 uses of coconut. Thats Boston-C, a herbal food supplement (herbal drink) presented to us by Antonio R. Agustin, a researcher- entrepreneur from Tarlac...
New Book Says Creativity Can Be Learned
Conventional thinking says that only creative people have talent. You were either born with talent or not. The ones who have it do not need to be taught and for the ones who do not have it, why bother? Well, this latest self-help book, Unleash Your...
NEWS IN BRIEF; Peso Closes at P55.98
The peso closed slightly higher at P55.98 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P56.01 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P55.964 from P56.084. Total volume...
NPC May Tap Long-Term Coal Supply
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Department of Energy (DoE) has already given its go-signal for stateowned National Power Corporation (NPC) to enter into long-term contract for supply of its coal-fired power plants. Energy secretary Vincent S. Perez...
Of Popular Leaders
Byline: Romeo V Pefianco (Editors note: A Malaysian visitor in a small RP town tells how he admires national leaders discussed in this article.) LAST Christmas season my godson Steve visited my hometown. He is Malaysian who met my kababayan,...
Phil Food Expo Puts Its 'Best Food' Forward
Byline: LAI SUAREZREYES Photos by MANNY LLANES Foodist, restaurateurs, homemakers, students, et al, are getting a taste of the good life for free at the 3rd Philippine Food Expo 2004 ongoing until Sunday, Feb. 1, at the SM Megatrade Halls 1-3. ...
Poe Elated over Lead in Nationwide Survey
LEGAZPI CITY Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) standard bearer Fernando Poe Jr. expressed elation yesterday over the results of the latest survey by a prominent pollster which showed him ahead with 11 percentage points over his closest rival,...
Polinar Camp Insists Priest Is Not a Nuisance Candidate
Members of a Christian charismatic group claiming to have 20 million members nationwide appealed yesterday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to grant the motion for reconsideration of presidential aspirant and retired priest Leonardo Polinar,...
Probe of Books of Used Auto Importers Sought
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Domestic motor vehicle assemblers have urged the government to look into the books of importers of used motor vehicles to ensure that correct duties and taxes are paid in light of the propensity of the lower court...
Ramos Assails Plan on No May Elections
Former President Fidel V. Ramos has called on the No-El (No Election) advocates and other "misguided elements" to stop fostering a new political system that "smacks too much of martial law or military junta." Ramos, chairman emeritus of the ruling...
Rotary's Rich Tradition of Vocational Service
(Speech delivered by JONATHAN MAJIYAGBE, President of Rotary International, at the Rotary Club of Manila.) MY fellow Rotarians and all of the members of the family of Rotary It is an honor to be at this meeting of The Rotary Club of Manila a...
Roundup
LUZON Minors rescued from bars SAN LEONARDO, Nueva Ecija _ A composite team of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and local police rescued from two videoke bars along the Maharlika highway in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija Thursday reportedly...
RP Stands to Gain from Free Trade Pact with Japan
The proposed bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and Japan will have positive impact on the Philippine economy. In a series of studies conducted by the Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN), whose lead convenor is...
Seminars on How Start a Farm Business and Hydroponics Set
Two agribusiness seminars will be held this Saturday, January 31, at the AANI seminar center at the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) in Taguig, Metro Manila. In the morning, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Zac B. Sarian will conduct a seminar on "How to Start and...
Sinulog: A Different Kind of Festival in Cebu City
Byline: LOUIE GUARIN I was filled with sheer excitement when I boarded the SuperFerry 12 for the first time on my way to Cebu City for the Sinulog Festival, along with other media practitioners and advertisers, recently. The large ship was docked...
Suspend New Grading System, Loren Urges DepEd
Sen. Loren Legarda, Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) vice presidential candidate, yesterday appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) to suspend implementation of its new grading system in public schools "until a more thorough study of...
The Calming of a Storm at Sea; Mark 4:35-41
ONE day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to His disciples, Let us cross to the other side. Leaving the crowd, they took Him with them in the boat just as He was. And other boats were with Him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the...
Time to Stand Up & Be Counted, Says Arroyo; UNTIL Raul Roco Appeared before Them the Other Day, the Country's Top Leaders of Business and Industry Could Only Acquiesce to the Sincerity and Personal Charm of Their Previous Guests, Panfilo Lacson and Fernando Poe Jr., Not Necessarily in That Order
Byline: Hern P Zenarosa Raul Roco, with his wit and grasp of issues, according to them, was different and they were highly impressed. "He was very articulate," Mike Valera, president of Philippines, Inc. noted, saying the former Education Secretary...
'Towards Greater Inter-Regional Cooperation'
(Message delivered by Hon. FRANCIS N. TOLENTINO, City Mayor, Tagaytay City and President, League of Cities of the Philippines at the FEALAC Foreign Ministers Ministerial Retreat TICC, Tagaytay City, January 30, 2004.) YOUR Excellencies, Secretary...
'TrackMe' Proves Useful to Car Owners
While driving home late one night, Rina, a business executive, noticed that two vehicles were following her since she left her office. Upon reaching the Coastal Road, she stepped on the gas in an effort to put distance between her and the suspicious...
Volvo V50: Sports-Oriented Estate Wagon
The design language and the equipment level in the new Volvo V50 are taking a step upwards towards the larger estate model, the Volvo V70. The new Volvo V50 is a genuine premium car, with properties that appeal directly to young families on the move....
We, Too, Reject Christ
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D WHEN I worked in a school in the province, I observed that students tended to underestimate their regular mentors even if they had some bright ideas to offer. But when a new lecturer, especially from Manila,...
What Really Brought It On?
Byline: Willie N Ng WHAT really brought on the breaching of the P56 to $1 exchange level, better known as the barrier, never before threatened? Malacanang blamed it on the news of the new destabilization plot against it, you know, that thing...
With More Focus, Fash Hopes to Equalize Today; Welcoat Goes for Commanding 2-0 Lead
Forget Game One. Better still, forget about the blowout loss. Those were the reminders of Fash Liquid Laundry Detergent coach Junel Baculi to his boys yesterday as he prepares his elaborate game plan for todays vital Game Two of their title series...
Zambo Cop in Big Trouble
At least three witnesses have positively identified a Zamboanga policeman as the lawman in uniform who, in a fit of anger, shot the car of Manila Bulletin reporter Roy Sinfuego last Jan. 23, while his car was parked along Muralla St., in front of the...