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 December 20, 2003

16 Regions Vie for P1 M, Honors in Street Dancing
A spectacle of sound and sight will unfold today, Sunday, at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila as 1,600 revelers from 16 regions compete to be crowned "Best Street Festival" and bag a P1 million cash prize. The street dance frenzy, dubbed "WOW! Kapistahang...
22 Sulu Leaders Back Mrs. Arroyo
Twenty-two key political leaders of Sulu have issued a resolution declaring their support to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's presidential bid in May, 2004 and to her programs of government. The political leaders included incumbent and former...
3com Integrates All Three Wi-Fi Standards into Sol'n Packages; to Drive Use of Wireless Enterprise Data Applications
3Com Corporation recently expanded its range of wireless solutions with new tri-mode wireless LAN access points and client adapters to accomplish a critical objective in its enterprise wireless strategy combining advanced wireless security with integrated...
70 Die in Landslides & Floods; Leyte Landslide Kills 30; Floods Devastate Agusan, Surigao
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN At least 70 people were killed, while scores were reported missing as continuous heavy rains triggered landslides and flashfoods in several areas in the Visayas and Mindanao regions during the past three days, reports reaching...
A College for Every City and Municipality?
THE proposal of Mayor Francis Tolentino to establish a higher institution of learning at the municipal level under the management of the local government unit (LGU) is a good move that the entire nation will benefit from. If this will really materialize,...
Angel Thought for the Day
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we find in our travels is an honest friend. Robert Louis Stevenson Starting January, Private Citizen Cory Aquino will again be going around Metro Manila and in key cities of the...
Bondoc Nips Aunzo in Eastridge Playoff
Byline: Samsung Amateur Tour GIVEN A big break with his recent inclusion in the national Putra Cup team, good things keep coming Gene Bondocs way. The young Bondoc rolled in a 21-foot birdie on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff...
Businessmen Join Hands versus Graft and Corruption
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Businessmen have banded together to strengthen efforts in fighting against graft and corruption. Signatories to the memorandum of agreement are the Anti-Smuggling Committee (ASC) of the Federation of Philippine...
Cebu Reiterates SEA Games Bid
Cebu City yesterday reiterated its bid to become one of the regional hubs when the country turns host of the Southeast Asian Games in 2005. We are ready to host at least six events without the national government spending a single centavo. Cebu...
'Council of Elders' for PBA
Byline: edgard hilario TIME TO bring in the experts. PBA chairman Jun Cabalan called for the creation of a so-called Council of Elders composed of the past and brilliant league chairmen to help, among other things, in checking the alarming problems...
Farewell, Ninong Blas
Byline: Atty. PETE S. PRINCIPE IWAS one of many whose life had been touched by the kind deeds of Secretary Blas Ople. Like our countrymen and friends all over the world, I was stunned by the news of his sudden death. I was his frequent visitor...
Farewell to a Statesman, Public Servant, and Journalist, Secretary Blas F. Ople
BORN to a working class family, Blas Fajardo Ople established for himself a remarkable record in virtually every field of public service he entered, from soldier as a second lieutenant in World War II, to Minister of Labor and Employment, legislator,...
Ford Appoints New President for ASEAN Operations
Ford Motor Company announced the appointment of Michael J. McCarney as the new president for its ASEAN Operations, to be based in Bangkok, with immediate effect. McCarney will be responsible for Fords operations throughout the ASEAN region that...
Holiday Gout
Gout, n. A physicians name for rheumatism of a rich patient. - Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) U.S. satirist The Devils Dictionary PARTIES and reunions are about two a day now. And if you have been insatiable, you have, by now, turned your...
Informatics Cites Growing Trend on Ethical Hacking
Byline: edu h. lopez More financial institutions are now engaging the services of ethical hackers to test their computer systems against intruders and malicious hackers. S. Raman, a Malaysian-based certified ethical hacker said that ethical hackers...
Ka Blas: A Prophet of Hope
Byline: Aquilino Pimentel (Remarks of Sen. NENE PIMENTEL at the necrological service for the late Sec. Blas F. Ople at the Senate, December 17, 2003) ON February 3, last year, I was asked to speak on the occasion of the 75th birth anniversary...
Legal Concepts of Amnesty & Pardon
THOUGH there is no dispute that President Arroyo has the authority to proclaim amnesty for certain beneficiaries by converting her draft of the proposed amnesty bill into a Proclamation, some quarters have a misconception of what amnesty is, and of...
Little or Loaded, We All Need Help
I WAS parked in front of the mall wip-ing off my car. Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous...
Mary Visits Elizabeth; Luke 1:39-45
MARY set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Marys greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,...
Meralco's Appeal
REACTING to the public outcry over the 12-centavo per kwh adjustment rate, Meralco put up advertisements appealing for public understanding and support. The power companys chairman and CEO did not repeat his populism charge against the administration,...
NEC Takes a Shot at RP Mart
Byline: edison d. ong One of Japans top selling personal computer brands, NEC, is now in the Philippines and will attempt to become the leader in the country. To realize this on the onset, NEC Computers International chose to introduce an Intel...
NEWS IN BRIEF; Peso Closed at P55.40/$
The peso closed at R55.40 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at R55.381. Peso seen at P54-56/$ in 04 The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said...
Ople Honored in State Burial Today at Makati's Libingan Ng Mga Bayani
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN The nation pays its last respects to the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople, honoring him with a rare state burial befitting one of the nation's most respected and beloved patriots at the Libingan ng mga Bayani...
Ople's Legacy: Windows & Horizons
Byline: Lauro L. Baja Jr. (Remarks of Permanent Representative LAURO L. BAJA JR. during the necrological service for Secretary Blas F. Ople, Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center, New York, December 18, 2003.) AFTER words of comfort and inspiration...
Outsourcing Posts Strong Growth in Asia
Outsourcing in the marketplace emerged with the strongest growth in the first half of 2003 in the Asia-Pacific region. An IDC report, however, said there was a more significant growth of 15 percent from Applications Management than Outsourcing which...
Outsourcing Show Helps Local IT Companies Boost Revenue
Ouillow Enterprise Developers Company has significantly improved its revenues following its participation in the 2003 e-Services Philippines exhibition held recently. The small software start-up established in 2001 by two female IT programmers expanded...
Political Implications of the Plunder Law
AS the public is aware, former President Estrada is being held in custody without bail because of the plunder law. I am not keen in discussing the legal aspect of such a law but rather its present and future implications that will influence our politics....
Project Joy Shares Christmas Spirit with 1,500 Kids
Some 1,500 children celebrated yet another unique Christmas as they took part in Petron Corp.'s annual gift-giving event Project Joy, held for the second time in Malacanang Palace yesterday. "This year, we included as part of our beneficiaries the...
Red Star Rising: A New Star Shines
Byline: howie basilio It was like watching a maudlin movie in the mold of Seabiscuit and Rocky. Here he was, dismissed by most as a mere leaf in the oppositions slipstream, a fool with four legs. He was an inconsequential minnow, so not a...
RP, Palau Sign Air Agreement
Byline: A. ANNE VILLANUEVA The Philippines and Palau will start mounting direct flights between the Philippines and Palau soon. Palau in the Pacific Island is only about an hour or an hour and a half from Davao. Ner Porcunculla of the Civil...
SSS Sees 2003 Collections Up 14.3%
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Social Security System (SSS) is anticipating a R40 billion collection for 2003, up by 14.28 percent from R35 billion last year brought about by intensified collection effort including a new teller system that allows...
The Values of Christmas
THERES something about Christmas that positively changes people. Maybe its the whole point of the celebration itself, our Lord Jesus Christ, which brings forth our better self. Throughout the world, Christmas is essentially an occasion of merriment,...
Traffic Jams, Last-Minute Xmas Shopping in Metro
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON With five days to go till Christmas Day, last-minute shopping marathons have made traffic in Metro Manila a nightmare. Being the last weekend before Christmas Eve onWednesday, Dec. 24, motorists have accepted the...
Verbal Sunshine
IT is often said that no matter how busy we are, we must take time to make the other person feel important. Why? Because one of the deepest cravings of people is to feel appreciated. A few sincere words of recognition, of praise, of encouragement,...