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 14, 2003

2,000 Balikbayans Start 5-Day Meet at PICC Today
Byline: RACHEL C. BARAWID Some 2,000 overseas Filipinos will gather in Manila starting today to forge alliances and improve the Filipino competitiveness, at the 2nd Global Filipino Networking Convention at the Philippine International Convention...
3 PAF Reservists Die in Isabela Plane Crash
Byline: RONNIEL C. DE GUZMAN Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) reservists were killed Friday afternoon after their Britney-Norman Islander plane slammed into a hill covered by dense trees about two miles from an airstrip in Maconacon town, Isabela....
Around the Nation
Ramos baMarikina delicacy a hit The Marikina City Culinary Arts Guild (MCCAG) and Nestle Food Services recently cooked what seems to be the biggest everlasting eaten by many people from the shoe capital and nearby municipalities. Everlasting...
Arroyo Departs for HK, Then Bahrain for State Visit
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo left yesterday morning for a five-hour visit to Hong Kong to express her appreciation and extend Christmas greetings to the Filipino community there before proceeding to Bahrain for a two-day state visit. The President...
Atienza Mini-Series Begins Today
The five-part mini-series about the life and career of Manila Mayor Lito Atienza was supposed to have started last Sunday but a tragedy that befell Richard Gomez (who plays the mayor) prevented him from taping the episode. Richards beloved grandmother...
Blas Fajardo Ople
HE loved to quote and he followed Oliver Wendell Holmes counsel of engagement in the passion and action of ones time. In 1953, at 25, while still a deskman and a columnist (Jeepney Tales) in The Daily Mirror, the afternoon sister of The Manila Times,...
Christmas Dawn Masses Start Tomorrow in Catholic Churches
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON The nation continues its proud Christmas "Simbang Gabi" (dawn mass) tradition at dawn tomorrow when millions of Filipino families, braving the cold December air, will gather in Catholic churches and open spaces throughout...
Cities and Municipalities
2 die in suspected cholera ZAMBOANGA CITY A suspected cholera outbreak caused by a contaminated tapwater left two gradeschool pupils of Southern Command Elementary School dead and 19 others hospitalized here late last week. City Health Officer...
DepEd Sets Action Program vs Child Labor
Byline: JOEL C. ATENCIO The Department of Education (DepEd) will launch a Philippine Time-Bound Program (PTBP) to help eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) as part of the governments commitment to take immediate measures to secure the...
DFA Secretary Ople Passes Away; Succumbs to Heart Attack in Taipei
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas Ople died reportedly of a heart attack in Taipei, Taiwan yesterday morning while en route to Bahrain for the state visit of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, leaving behind a legacy of more...
Elizabeth Oropesa's 'Homecoming'
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI For 30 years, multi-awarded actress Elizabeth Oropesa has lived her life successfully because of her strict adherence to her three utmost priorities in life - God, family and career. And according to her, she will stick totis...
Enchanted Kingdom Celebrates Xmas
The true spirit of the season takes a magical route as Enchanted Kingdom, the countrys premiere theme park and favorite Holiday destination, hosts a series of activities to bring glad tidings to underprivileged children under the care of various institutions....
Enchanted Kingdom Celebrates Xmas
The true spirit of the season takes a magical route as Enchanted Kingdom, the countryEs premiere theme park and favorite Holiday destination, hosts a series of activities to bring glad tidings to underprivileged children under the care of various institutions....
Epson Mono Laser Printers Sets New Printing Standard
Epson Philippines Corp., the countrys leader in digital imaging solutions, recently unveiled monochrome laser printers which are suitable and affordable choices for SME and SOHO users the Epson EPL-6200L and Epson EPL-6200 are perfect for users who...
Epson Mono Laser Printers Sets New Printing Standard
Epson Philippines Corp., the countryEs leader in digital imaging solutions, recently unveiled monochrome laser printers which are suitable and affordable choices for SME and SOHO users u the Epson EPL-6200L and Epson EPL-6200 are perfect for users...
Everything's Coming Up Roses for Assunta De Rossi
The worst is definitely over her erstwhile sexy star Assunta de Rossi whose renewed zest for life may be attributed to the fact that shes got a flourishing showbiz career, a healthy marriage to Negros Rep. Jules Ledesma, and much closer ties with younger...
Filing of Candidacy, Gun Ban Start Today
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ The gun ban and the filing of certificates of candidacy start today in connection with the May 10, 2004 national, local and party-list elections. The gun ban prohibits the carrying of firearms outside residence or place of...
First Asian, a Filipino, Won Intel Competition
AMIDST the many bad news people here and abroad read about the Philippines, let me relate the heartwarming success story of a Filipino teacher and students who brought honor and glory to the country when they won in respective international competitions...
Food Firms Hit Tinplate Tariff Hike
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Local food manufacturers have aired grave concern over plans to raise import tariffs on tinplates in light of the ongoing negotiations for the sale of the moribund National Steel Corp. (NSC) to foreign hands. This...
Fortification of Staple Foods Targets Vitamin Deficiencies
Byline: CHRIS DATOL The Department of Health, with support from the Micronutrient Operational Strategies and Technologies (MOST), recently announced that local manufacturers one year deadline has started before full fortification of staple foods...
Global Filipino Networking Convention
WITH close to 8 million abroad, spread out in all continents of the world, the Filipino has definitely become a global citizen. These Filipinos contribute more than US$8 billion in remittances yearly to shore up the Philippine economy. Their exposure...
GMA Grieves over Sudden Death of Ka Blas, Calls Him a 'Great Filipino'
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday grieved over the sudden death of Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople as she described him as a "great Filipino" who has helped champion the cause of peace, human rights,...
Gov't Sees P9.4-B Revenues from Proposed Tax Amnesty Scheme
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The national government is expected to collect some P9.40 billion in incremental revenues arising from its proposed tax amnesty both to individual taxfilers and corporations. Official documents showed authorities have estimated...
Group Eyes Honasan as FPJ's Runningmate
Stalwarts of the newly formed Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) are considering Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan as the running mate of the united opposition's standard bearer Fernando Poe Jr. in May 2004 polls. They said that like Poe, Honasan...
Internet Empire Rises out of the Dot-Com Ruins
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of the DotCom industry, WSI Internet is turning other companies internet failures into new found profits. Our position is simple, explains Louis Zalany, WSIs Chief Executive Officer, most websites dont work, and...
Internet Empire Rises out of the Dot-Com Ruins
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of the DotCom industry, WSI Internet is turning other companiesE internet failures into new found profits. oOur position is simple,o explains Louis Zalany, WSIEs Chief Executive Officer, omost websites donEt work,...
Internet Empire Rises out of the Dot-Com Ruins
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of the DotCom industry, WSI Internet is turning other companiesE internet failures into new found profits. oOur position is simple,o explains Louis Zalany, WSIEs Chief Executive Officer, omost websites donEt work,...
It Notes
SAS products win awards SAS, the leader in business intelligence, announced that the readers of Intelligent Enterprise named four of its SAS products as tops in their respective categories. Winning four out of 16 awards, SAS is the only vendor...
It Notes
SAS products win awards SAS, the leader in business intelligence, announced that the readers of Intelligent Enterprise named four of its SAS products as tops in their respective categories. Winning four out of 16 awards, SAS is the only vendor...
It Notes
SAS products win awards SAS, the leader in business intelligence, announced that the readers of Intelligent Enterprise named four of its SAS products as tops in their respective categories. Winning four out of 16 awards, SAS is the only vendor...
It's All Systems Go for F4 Concert, Dec. 26 at Fort Bonifacio Open Field
PUZZLER NO. 1: When this actress-singer heard that there was a gay wedding reception held recently at a beautiful and romantic venue at the outskirts of Metro Manila, our mole said she wasted no time in inquiring about it from the owners of the...
Iya: From Game Jock to 'Crush Ng Bayan'
With her sweet, angelic looks and bubbly demeanor, shes turning out to be the latest object of affection of just about any hot-blooded male these days. After all, shes virtually everywhere. Shes Coca-Colas hottah-hottah girl. Shes also the it girl...
Kris Aquino: The Birth of an Actress
One of the first actresses to be cast in Mano Po 2 was Kris Aquino. Her role was not definite yet, but it was the consensus of the Regal staff led by Mother Lily Monteverde that Kris ought to be in the project, and entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival....
Latin Mass, Rites for the Yuletide Season
THE mighty voice of the choir will reverberate in the still of the night Christus natus est nobis Christ is born to us. It is one hymnal prayer sung in Latin in the Liturgical Ceremony that will precede the Midnight Mass on December 24. The...
Mick Jagger Knighted at Buckingham Palace
As gigs go, it was a long way from London venues the Marquee and the Crawdaddy or the Station Hotel, Richmond, west London, where Mick Jagger got his start with the embryonic Rolling Stones just over 40 years ago. On Dec. 12, after confirming his...
Nat'l Grand Derby: 450,000 Bets for 17,500 Positions; Merry-Go-Round
Byline: Floro L. Mercene FPJ is taking a leaf from the late Gene Magsaysay: More talk, more mistakes. Less talk, less mistakes. A bon mot from our friend, the raconteur Larry B. Belgica. *** We have a new animal in the political zoo a...
NEWS IN BRIEF; Peso Closed at P55.47/$
The peso closed at P55.47 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P55.464. MWSS bond issue okayed The Monetary Board, the policy-making body...
New Technology Improves Accuracy of Laser Surgery
The Asian Eye Institute is now using a new and improved technology in eye laser surgery, which offers more accurate laser pulse placement and faster treatment times in correcting problems. The Asian Eye Institute is now using a new and improved...
New Technology Improves Accuracy of Laser Surgery
The Asian Eye Institute is now using a new and improved technology in eye laser surgery, which offers more accurate laser pulse placement and faster treatment times in correcting problems. The Asian Eye Institute is now using a new and improved...
New Technology Improves Accuracy of Laser Surgery
The Asian Eye Institute is now using a new and improved technology in eye laser surgery, which offers more accurate laser pulse placement and faster treatment times in correcting problems. The Asian Eye Institute is now using a new and improved...
Pacesetters
LOS BAILES ESPAnOLES was the theme of this years benefit ball of the Friends of Cultural Concerns of the Philippines. Spain is a favorite motif for a ball for these ladies since they love every excuse to dress up in multitiered ruffles and flounces,...
PBA Fetes Best, Brightest Today; MVP a Toss-Up among Taulava, Cariaso, Hatfield
THE PHILIPPINE Basketball Association fetes its best players of the 2003 season and celebrates its glorious past in one glittery affair making up the Leo Awards to be held tonight at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan. Talk N Text slotman...
Pimentel Says Administration Not Keen on Fight vs Jueteng
Senator Aquilino Nene Q. Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) expressed dismay over the weekend that the administration bill raising penalties for jueteng and other forms of illegal gambling is still in limbo and unlikely to be approved before Congress adjourns...
Political Uncertainty to Slow Down IT Investments
Byline: edu h. lopez Investments in information technology had slowed down amid the current political and economic uncertainties coupled with the May 2004 elections. Most companies are on a wait-and-see attitude at the moment until after the...
President Arroyo's Very Fruitful Visit to Japan; Speaking Out
Byline: Ignacio R. Bunye WE arrived at 3:30 Friday morning at the Villamor Air Base following a very fruitful visit by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Japan to attend the Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit. Only hours earlier, the President...
Program Improves Survival of High-Risk Heart Patients
The greatest concern for high-risk heart patients is that their long-term survival may be significantly compromised. Two of the worlds highly respected research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies pooled resources to sponsor what is believed...
Program Improves Survival of High-Risk Heart Patients
The greatest concern for high-risk heart patients is that their long-term survival may be significantly compromised. Two of the worldEs highly respected research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies pooled resources to sponsor what is believed...
Program Improves Survival of High-Risk Heart Patients
The greatest concern for high-risk heart patients is that their long-term survival may be significantly compromised. Two of the worldEs highly respected research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies pooled resources to sponsor what is believed...
QC Mothers, Children in New Feeding Program
More than 300 children and mothers in Bahay Toro, Quezon City, benefited from a feeding program recently launched by Berna Romulo Puyat of the Bayanihan tungo sa Reporma at Pag-unlad and daughter of Executive Secretary Alberto Romulo. She was accompanied...
Red Star Rising in Big Gold Cup Upset
UNHERALDED 3-year-old colt Red Star Rising came up with an explosive move down the final stretch to snatch the coveted PCSO Presidential Gold Cup from top favorite West Bound one of the biggest reversals in local track history at the San Lazaro Leisure...
Rica Peralejo Gets the Scare in 'Malikmata'
After doing a string of sexy movies, Rica Peralejo takes on a different role in Canary Films official entry to the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival, Malikmata. The suspense-thriller film is written and directed by Jose Javier Reyes. Malikmata goes...
Roundup; Luzon
Workers deployment assured CABANATUAN CITY Good news to some 5.2 million overseas foreign workers (OFWs) in the Central and Northern Luzon regions. Undersecretary Renato Diaz, Presidential Assistant for Northern Luzon, announced here recently the...
RP FMD-Free by May; Meat Exports Readied
The Philippines will be foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)-free by May next year, paving the way for the country to export its meat and meat products for the first time in its history. This was announced recently by the Department of Agriculture (DA)...
RP's Measles Elimination Campaign
I went to PGH recently to visit a friends daughter who was in the hospital for a kidney infection. In the hospital childrens ward, I noticed several children who were being treated for measles. If I remember correctly, the government had a drive...
RP's Measles Elimination Campaign
I went to PGH recently to visit a friendEs daughter who was in the hospital for a kidney infection. In the hospital childrenEs ward, I noticed several children who were being treated for measles. If I remember correctly, the government had a drive...
RP's Next Goal: No. 1 in '05; Emboldened by No. 4 Finish in Vietnam, Athletes Look Forward to Manila Games
HANOI, VIETNAM Emboldened by the Philippines inspiring fourth-place finish overall in the 22nd Southeast Asian Games, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Eric Buhain makes no effort to hide where the country intends to be when its turn to host the...
Shell Set to Name New Coach
AMONG MY many well wishers yesterday were people who could gift me a real juicy scoop, people like Shell governor and team manager Bobby Kanapi, for example, who could give me the long awaited short list of prospects for resigned coach Perry Ronquillos...
Showbiz Folks Get Hook to Art for a Cause
Byline: ANTONETTE R. VALDEZ Strip your walls off of Vincent Van Gogh and Picasso as Muebles Italiano and Rotary Club of Makati Central (RCMC) bring Filipino art via All-star Art and Painting Exhibit to the Muebles Italiano Showroom on Dec. 17 at...
Spex Eyes High Volume of Oil, Gas in New Drilling Prospect
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (Spex) is eyeing high volume of oil and gas reserves, that would possibly match the magnitude of the Malampaya field, in its new drilling prospect in strategic offshore northeast Palawan....
Strange, Rare Loss at Home for LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) It wasnt even close when the Los Angeles Lakers finally lost at home for the first time in 13 NBA games this season. Four technical fouls in the first quarter against the Lakers and the ejection of guard Gary Payton provided clues...
Swimming, Fencing Lead SEAG Achievers; Gainers, Losers
Byline: eddie alinea FOR THE first time since 1991, the gainers outnumbered the losers in the Southeast Asian Games as far as Philippine participation is concerned. The biggest jump, of course, was scored by aquatics where the Filipino pool campaigners...
Thailand Takes over '07 Hosting from Singapore
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) Thailand is set to hold the 2007 Southeast Asian Games after proposed host Singapore revealed necessary facilities will not be ready in time, officials from both countries said Friday. Singapore was supposed to host the 24th...
That Blockbuster Force to Beat Called 'Captain Barbell'
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ When local comicbook heroes are given their big-screen lease, its usually a case of just having the caped hero seizing the day and getting the good-over-evil poster pose when the film has ended. And then, theres Captain...
The Authority of Jesus Questioned; Matthew 21:23-27
WHEN Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached Him as He was teaching and said, By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority? Jesus said to them in reply, I shall...
The Awakening of Bianca Araneta
She comes from a long and prestigious line of actors, models and beauties. With stunning good looks and fine lineage to boot, its no surprise that Bianca Araneta is undoubtedly one of the countrys most recognizable faces. Now that she has an Interdisciplinary...
The Making of 'Crying Ladies'
One of the entries to the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival that fascinates us is the one Tony Glorias Unitel Productions has fielded: Crying Ladies. The movie stars Sharon Cuneta, Hilda Koronel and Angel Aquino and also features Eric Quizon, Ricky...
The Most Attractive Candidate
WITH just five months to Election Day, the public is all heated up as to whom to choose as the next President without understanding how it will be if their favorite candidate wins. After decades of corruption in government, the candidate perceived...
The Other Side of Mandy Moore
Byline: JOJO PANALIGAN Sky diving, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and going into space are plans hardly expected of a girl who started her career as a blonde teen star singing Candy on MTV. Then again, like everyone else, there is another side to...
The Parable of the Blood Transfusion
THE farmers daughter was in criti-cal condition. For days, the albularyo attempted to treat her. But there was no discernible improvement despite all the heroic efforts of indigenous care. So, reluctantly and with apprehension, the farmer and his...
Thermophylae at the Philippine Senate
Byline: Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. (Paper prepared and presented by Senator AQUILINO Q. PIMENTEL JR. at the 10th Foundation Anniversary of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) in Bangkok, Thailand, December 10, 2003.) The greatest...
What Women Need to Fight Osteoporosis
Todays young women are an active bunch, so the need to ensure physical health is important. Building strong bones is also as essential because they serve as the pillars of the body. Bones change with age. However, bone loss occurs in the late 30s....