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 March 9, 2011

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2011: The Year of iPad 2
MANILA, Philippines - Before Apple made the unveiling of the iPad 2, there were speculations that Apple will have an incremental update of the iPad, say 1.5, and then another one this September, in time for the holidays. However, at the March 2, 2011...
50 Cent, Linked to Gadhafi Event , Donates Money
NEW YORK (AP) - 50 Cent is the latest artist to make a donation to charity after it was revealed he performed at an event linked to the clan of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A statement released to The Associated Press on Wednesday said the rapper,...
Academe Challenged to Support Passage of RH Bill
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - Iloilo native, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is challenging the academic community here to support the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.Santiago is the sponsor of Senate Bill No. 2378, otherwise known as An Act Providing...
Angel Locsin Sides with Angelica Panganiban; Vice Ganda Explains Absence in Campus Concert
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Angel Locsin feels Angelica Panganiban is right in tweeting that Team Azkal's Phil Younghusband should concentrate on football rather than acting."I understand Angelica because she's a big fan of football, 'yun ang pagkakaalam...
APNewsBreak: NBA Mulling Formal Concussion Policy
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The NBA is consulting with an independent neurologist and may establish a league-wide policy for handling concussions by next season, The Associated Press has learned.NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the discussions Tuesday."The NBA...
Aquino Starts Singapore Visit
SINGAPORE - President Benigno S. Aquino III started his state visit to this neighboring country Wednesday after his state visit to Indonesia, aiming to further strengthen bilateral and regional cooperation, as well as ensure the enhanced protection...
Arms Flowing into Mexico
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, United States (AP) - Federal agents are barely able to slow the river of American guns flowing into Mexico. In two years, a new effort to increase inspections of travelers crossing the border has netted just 386 guns - an almost...
A Show of Force
MANILA, Philippines - Covering a furniture exhibition brings a heady mix of anticipation, surprise and dread. Yes, dread-for how and where do you begin as every booth, lavishly designed and thoughtfully created, beckons with its sumptuous furniture...
Astronauts Salute Discovery on Eve of Last Landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - On the eve of Discovery's final homecoming, the six shuttle astronauts paid tribute Tuesday to the world's most traveled spaceship, saying it may be some time before there's another vessel that's worthy of the name and capable...
ASUS Launches Stylish Redesigned K Series Notebooks
MANILA, Philippines - New K Series notebooks from ASUS deliver the power of Huron River-based 2nd generation mobile Intel Core processors and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 500 series graphics. These specifications result in a greatly accelerated computing...
Beauty Titlist, Artist's Widow Promote Cancer Awareness
CEBU CITY, Philippines (PNA) - Celebrities, including the widow of an artist and a beauty titlist, were in Cebu Tuesday to advocate for cervical cancer vaccination as part of the celebration of the International Women's Day.Every day, 12 Filipinas...
Bejeweled Indian Canopy to Be Auctioned in New York
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A stunning, rarely seen bejeweled, nearly 150-year-old canopy from India is expected to sell for as much as $5 million when it is auctioned next month, according to Sotheby's.The Pearl Canopy of Baroda will go under the hammer...
Benefits to Reach Poorest Sectors
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occ. (PIA)-The government is expanding conditional cash transfer (CCT) and PhilHealth coverage to reach the poorest of the poor Filipinos so that they can benefit in the country's economic growth. This was disclosed by President...
Binay Leads Mourners at Salud's Wake
MANILA, Philippines - The high and the mighty, as well as the common folk whose lives he touched, attended the wake of the late sportsman Rudy Salud Tuesday at the Sta. Maria Della Strada Parish along Katipunan Road in Quezon City. Among those who...
Boeing Gets Orders to Buy 43 Jets from Air China and HK Airlines
HONG KONG (AP) - Boeing says it has signed a deal to sell five of its new 747-8 Intercontinental passenger jets to Air China. Chicago-based Boeing and Air China, the country's flag carrier, didn't say how much the deal was worth. At list prices...
Bringing Technical-Vocational Courses to Provinces
MANILA, Philippines - Technical-vocational (tech-voc) courses are increasingly becoming popular among many Filipinos. In Metro Manila, several public schools and government centers are offering tech-voc courses for adults and young people who wish...
Cebu City to Remove Politicians' Pics, Names from Projects
CEBU CITY, Philippines (PNA) -- Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has ordered the removal of the pictures and names of politicians from government programs, projects and properties in the city.The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has sent...
Cebu Gov't to Build First PDEA Lab in Region 7
CEBU, Philippines - The Cebu Provincial government is providing a building that will house Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 and the first PDEA crime laboratory outside of Manila.Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has made a decision to build...
Charlie Sheen Outranks Obama and Lady Gaga in Social Media
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If you think Charlie Sheen has been "winning" media attention these past few weeks, you'd be right. The now former "Two and A Half Men" star has topped all Internet and social media discussions since the beginning of 2011,...
Chinese in Stew over California Shark Fin Threat
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Chefs in San Francisco's Chinatown are sharpening their knives to defend the right to serve shark fin soup, a staple in high-end Chinese restaurants in the city. Two local assemblymen have proposed a law to ban the transport...
Chinese Voices Find Outlet in Microblogs
BEIJING (AFP) - Yu Jianrong has spent years advocating the rights of China's rural poor and denouncing lawless officials, but five months ago he took a step that expanded the reach of that campaign exponentially. Since opening a Twitter-like microblog...
Cityhood Fight Back to SC
MANILA, Philippines - Claiming that only its members are so far qualified to be cities, the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) asked the Supreme Court (SC) Wednesday to reverse its decision that declared constitutional the laws that converted...
Comm Majors Learn from Industry's Finest
MANILA, Philippines -- A powerhouse of network executives recently went out of their way to meet with young mass communicators and empower them to be their best if and when they decide to enter the broadcast industry. Over a thousand of Communication...
Comparing the ASEAN Nations
MANILA, Philippines - Our ASEAN neighbors have foreign visitors/tourists numbering millions yearly who spend countless billions of dollars. Competition to earn precious dollars is like running a 100-m race in the Olympics or regional competition....
Cooler Body Temperature May Not Feed Obesity
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Contrary to one theory on obesity, people with extra body fat may not have a lower body temperature than thinner folks, a new study finds. Many factors, from super-sized fast-food portions to increasing time in front...
Could Gene Tests Tell If Kids Can Be Sports Stars?
CHICAGO, USA (AP) - Was your kid born to be an elite athlete? Marketers of genetic tests claim the answer is in mail-order kits costing less than $200. Some customers say the test results help them steer their children to appropriate sports. But...
Curtain Raiser
MANILA, Philippines - From Quezon City, it takes just a 20 minute drive to reach the town of Sta. Maria in Bulacan. Yet the place feels as if it was in a more distant province like Laguna, or even Ilocos Norte. The town is bustling with activity and...
Debt Service Burden to Rise to $10.5 B in 4 Years
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' debt service burden is expected to hit a peak of $10.5 billion in four years because of maturing state and private sector obligations by 2015, central bank data show. In four years, National Government maturing...
Designing Woman
MANILA, Philippines - If for the chairs and sofas alone, a visit to the showroom of Mozaic Living (Sheridan cor. Pioneer St.) is surely a must. Their selection can present a visitor with a dilemma on what to choose. There's the Rucker Chair, which...
Doctors Aim to Save Fertility of Kids with Cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The treatment beating back 9-year-old Dylan Hanlon's cancer may also be destroying his chances of fathering his own children when he grows up. Upset that doctors didn't make that risk clear, his mother, Christine, tracked down...
DoF Sounds Market for Dollar Bond Sale
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance (DoF) said Wednesday that the Aquino government is preparing for the sale of bonds to global investors to plug a budget deficit equivalent to 3.2 percent of the country's economy. Finance Undersecretary...
DTI Uses Moral Suasion on Firms to Stagger Price Hikes
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry appears helpless when it comes to the price hikes of basic commodities, particularly on flour and bread producers, but to use moral suasion for them to stagger future price increases. DTI...
EDC, WWF Forge Tie-Up to Speed Up Geothermal Dev't Here and in Indonesia
MANILA, Philippines - Geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and World Wide Fund for Nature, Philippines (WWF-Philippines) joined forces to accelerate geothermal development in Asia, starting with the Philippines and Indonesia, via...
Ellen Adarna Shrugs off 'KTV Pictures'
MANILA, Philippines - Sexy starlet Ellen Adarna is not troubled that her series of photos dubbed "KTV pictures" by GMA has been circulating the World Wide Web of late. "For me wala namang malisya, or wala naman akong kailangang itago kasi it was...
Elorde Award for Donaire
MANILA, Philippines - Nonito Donaire , considered by boxing pundits as heir apparent to Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, will be honored as one of the top boxers of the past year during the 11th Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxing Awards and Banquet...
EO Cuts Property Tax Assessment Rate for IPPs to 15%
MANILA, Philippines - Fearing repercussions of cross-default and spikes in electricity rates, the new Executive Order (EO) issued by Malacanang has significantly slashed to 15-percent the assessment rate for the real property tax (RPT) to be levied...
Europe to Turn Up Heat on Climate Targets
BRUSSELS (AFP) - Fresh from the launch of a trillion-euro bid to slash dependency on Middle East oil and Russian gas, Europe sets out this week its most ambitious targets yet to offset climate change. The European Union, home to half a billion people...
Faithful Urged to Help Needy
MANILA, Philippines - As good Christian soldiers, we can show our repentance and triumph over evil "by giving the money that belong to us, either by dishonest means or excess, to the poor." Rev. Fr. Sid T. Marinay, parish priest of the Sta. Maria Goretti...
Fear Battles Fatalism in Africa's AIDS Fight
JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) - Messages from years of AIDS campaigns are finally filtering down to the dingy streets of Johannesburg where sex workers turn tricks. But all of that can vanish in an instant when a customer offers a little more cash...
Feb. Auto Sales Up 5.8% but AUVs Down
MANILA, Philippines - Auto sales in the first two months this year posted a modest 5.8 percent growth with 22,518 units sold from 21,282 units sold in the same period last year as all categories vehicle improved their sales performance except the Asian...
Fil-Aussie Performer MiG Ayesa Rocks Broadway Anew
MANILA, Philippines - In the playbill for what has been described as a rock/jukebox musical, "Rock of Ages," MiG Ayesa, who plays one of the leads, is reportedly described as an "Aussie/Filipino rock vocalist of Spanish and Ilonggo ancestry." The Manila-born,...
Former Alice in Chains Rocker Mike Starr Dies
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr, who went public with his drug problems on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," was found dead in a Salt Lake City house, police said on Tuesday, nine years after the rock band's...
Globe Surpasses 100gbps IP Port Capacity
MANILA, Philippines - As Globe pursues its network optimization and capacity build up, large corporations and enterprises served by Globe Business stand to benefit, as well as over a million Globe broadband subscribers nationwide. The huge capacity...
Gold Probe in Congo, Kenya
BUKAVU, Congo (AP) - The tip-off led intelligence agents to an American jet loaded with half a ton of gold, a Houston diamond merchant, and a car chase that produced $6.8 million. But since the Feb. 5 bust on gold smuggling in Congo, more than $5...
Heat Stay Cold as Blazers Sizzle in Win
MIAMI (AFP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers ripped Miami 105-96, spoiling 30-point scoring efforts by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James as the Heat lost their fifth game in a row.The Blazers had 22 points and nine rebounds...
Hello IPv6 - Goodbye IPv4
MANILA, Philippines - The recent announcement made by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) that IPv4 is depleted to some is unbelievable. How can 4.29 billion IP addresses can be exhausted? And because of this reason, there is now a call for...
Holy Streaming, Batman! 'Dark Knight' on Facebook
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Warner Bros. is bringing movie rentals to Facebook, the first Hollywood studio to turn to the fast-growing social network as an online platform for its films. "The Dark Knight," the 2008 Batman thriller directed by Christopher...
Howard Scores 18; Butler Wins Horizon Title
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Matt Howard scored 18 points and Shelvin Mack added 14 to lead Butler to a 59-44 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday night for its third Horizon League tournament title in the past four years.The Bulldogs (23-9) will get a...
Incoming CEO John Slosar Talks of New Cathay Pacific
As Cathay Pacific's incoming chief executive, it's only appropriate that John Slosar spoke of a "New Cathay" when he met with members of the Manila office in a recent visit to the Philippines. With graciousness and optimism, Slosar, Cathay Pacific's...
Intra-Personal Perspective
MANILA, Philippines - Each one of us would need to answer the set of simple, straightforward questions regarding the duties we owe to ourselves. These duties fall under various facets - physical, cultural, and professional - under what we might refer...
Is the Magna Carta for SMEs Increasing the Sector's Access to Credit?
MANILA, Philippines - The signing of RA 9501 or the Magna Carta for MSMEs is going on its third year anniversary in May. This new law included the micro sector in its coverage and increased the mandatory lending from 8% to 10% (8% for micro and small...
James McAvoy Breathes Life to 'Gnomeo' in Shakespeare Tale Spoof
MANILA, Philippines - British actor James McAvoy ("Wanted," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe") explores his romantic side as he provides the voice of the lovestruck Gnomeo in Touchstone Pictures' new animated comedy "Gnomeo...
Japan to Help Vietnam Build Port in the North, Airport in the South
HANOI (Nikkei) - Japan will provide about [yen]500 billion in financial assistance to help Vietnam undertake two major infrastructure projects seen as key to promoting economic growth in the Southeast Asian nation, the Nikkei reported. Tokyo will...
JICA Funds New School in Lanao Sur
LUMBATAN, Lanao del Sur - Residents in this secluded town are expected to benefit from the P7.630 million state-of-the-art eight-classroom two-storey school building that was completed through the funding of the Japan International Cooperation Agency...
Jobert Plucky in Face of Sweet's Lawsuit
MANILA, Philippines - Entertainment writer-radio host Jobert Sucaldito is confident he will overcome an impending court litigation resulting from the case filed by comedian-TV host John "Sweet" Lapus against him on Monday.In an interview with abscbnnews.com,...
Lady Farmers Grow New Corn
DAVAO, Philippines -- We met some of the most enterprising lady farmers during our visit to Mindanao last Friday. Some started very young and continue to be farmers even after finishing college. One of them is Josephine Roquero who looks more like...
Lakers Maintain Fierce Form to Beat Hawks for 8th Straight Win
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant became the sixth-highest point scorer in the NBA as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-87 Tuesday and recorded their eighth successive win.Bryant made a free throw late in the first half to notch the 13th...
Lawyers Question Autopsy Reports on Massacre Victims
MANILA, Philippines - Defense lawyers continued to try to find discrepancies in testimonies of medico-legal experts on the autopsy of murder victims during Wednesday's resumption of hearings on the "Maguindanao Massacre" before the Quezon City Regional...
Livelihood Grant for Isabela Women
ISABELA CITY, Basilan (PIA) - Women organizations in the villages here will soon get their share of the livelihood capital that the city government has promised. During the city's observance of International Women's Day, City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar...
Living in a Real-Life Fun House
MANILA, Philippines -- Although Markki Stroem already has his own place, a condo unit he shares with friends, the Filipino-Norwegian crooner still looks forward to going home in Antipolo. "When I go home, what I most look forward to is the food....
Love Hit with Knee Bruise on Verge of Record
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AFP) - On the verge of an NBA record, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love missed practice on Tuesday with a bruised left knee, adding drama to his quest for basketball history.Love has had a "double-double" -- double-digit...
Magazine Ranks Stars' Behind-the-Seams Stylists
NEW YORK (AP) - Oscars host Anne Hathaway had many winning outfits during the recent telecast, even if the banter with her co-host was less memorable. For Hathaway and other stars famous for looking great wherever they go, those flashbulb-fashion...
Marines Face Combat Stress
SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) - When US Marine Lance Cpl. Derek Goins deployed to the most dangerous place in Afghanistan five months ago, he mentally prepared for the risk of getting shot by the Taliban or stepping on bombs buried throughout this southern...
Miami Taking in Heat
One of the more popular topics in the NBA today is perhaps that issue of "crying" in the locker room as shared by Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. While the issue may have been blown out of proportion, that is what you get from a controversial team...
New TV and Social Media Trend among the Youth: Study
LONDON (Reuters) - Young Britons have taken to a new television and social media trend which could have far-reaching consequences for the worlds of broadcasting and advertising, according to a new study. Specialist digital marketing agency Digital...
New Zombie-Ant Fungi Found
BRAZIL -- The world just got a little weirder: Scientists have identified four new species of brain-controlling fungi that turn ants into zombies that do the parasite's bidding before it kills them. Identified from samples collected at two sites...
Nonito Donaire on Rift with Media: What's Important Is My Family
MANILA, Philippines - Nonito Donaire, Jr. no longer wants to protract his tumultuous row with some sports scribes, giving more importance now to his career and his recently reconciled family."Ang importante ngayon sa'kin is that lahat ng family ko...
Of Prices and Taxes
MANILA, Philippines - Prices of basic commodities start to rise, following increases in oil prices. Help, we're drowning, we're choking! * * * But the government says it will not impose price controls despite the increases, adding that "it...
Oil May Top $200 over Escalating Libya Crisis
LONDON (AFP/AP) - Escalating violence in Libya risks widespread disruption to global oil supplies that could send crude prices to record highs above $200 a barrel, according to analysts.This, despite Saudi Arabia insisting that the current amount of...
Oscars: The Grouch
MANILA, Philippines -- But one of the great benefits of being young and stupid is I get to ask: Why? Why do they make the easy choice? And why do we know it but patronize it anyway? I know the Oscars are already a good two weeks behind us, but I...
P300 Million Needed to Improve Baguio's Water Distribution
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Approximately P300 million is required by the Baguio Water District (BWD) to complete the rehabilitation and upgrading of the city's 35-year old water distribution system that will significantly enhance the provision of water...
PAGCOR O.P.M Search On
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga - The search for Filipino pop stars organized by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Wednesday remind all aspiring OPM- total performers in Northern and Central...
PBA Results: Alaska Downs SMB, 96-94
MANILA, Philippines - David Young had a rousing debut, producing 35 points but fell short of making it a perfect one when he failed to sink the potential game-winning three pointer.Coach Ato Agustin was indeed right in saying that he had found a gem...
PCGG Trims Staff, Sets Austerity Measures
MANILA, Philippines - The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has laid off "redundant" personnel hired during the tenure of its former chairman, Camilo Sabio.In a preliminary audit report on the expenses of the previous administration,...
PDEA: Suspect Used Daughter to Hide Drugs
MANILA, Philippines - Masbate's most wanted drug pusher used his two-year-old daughter to conceal his stash of illegal drugs, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency following a successful drug buy-bust operation in Masbate City last March...
'Perfect Storm' Threatens Agriculture in Developing Nations
HYDERABAD, India (PNA) -- With the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) warning that the world is heading towards a food crisis, coupled with the political instability in the Middle East, which resulted in the incessant increase in oil and food...
PH Grabs 2-Stroke Lead
LIPA, Batangas, Philippines - Jobim Carlos fired a 4-under-par 68 despite the wet and windy condition to help Philippine Team 1 seize the solo lead in Day 2 of The Montecillo Junior Golf Team Championships at the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club...
Philippines to Buy 200,000 Tons of Rice from Vietnam
MANILA, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said Wednesday that the state-run National Food Authority (NFA) will buy 200,000 tons of rice from Vietnam in a government-to-government deal.Alcala also said he wanted...
Philippines to Fight Invading Species
MANILA (AFP) - Like some bad science-fiction movie, Philippine fishermen are encountering strange alien creatures: Tough, speckled fish with sharp spines that tear and rip their nets. These suckermouth catfish from South America are just one of...
P/$ Rate Stands at P43.465 to $1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate stands at P43.465 to the US dollar, the closing rate on Tuesday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands at P43.38. I.F.C. BUYS 7% STAKE IN R.C.B.C. The...
Price War Looms for Tablets?
MANILA, Philippines - Last week saw Steve Jobs taking a break from his medical leave to launch his company's first update of the iPad. As usual, Apple showed the world who's boss when it comes to marketing and doing product launches.The iPad 2's coming...
PSALM Eyes 15-Yr Tenor for $1-B Bonds
MANILA, Philippines - The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp.'s (PSALM) proposed $1 billion bond issue will likely carry a 15-year tenor, documents from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said. BSP said the estimated tenor is...
PSE Expects More Listings with New Rules
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) expects more firm to list their shares at the bourse after the approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of its proposed amendments to the rules for listing by way of introduction...
Regional Film Festival Mounted in Zamboanga
MANILA, Philippines - The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), headed by filmmaker Briccio G. Santos, held recently its second regional film festival under its program "Sineng Pambansa (National Cinema)" in Zamboanga City. Sineng Pambansa...
Repertory Philippines Presents 'The 39 Steps'
MANILA, Philippines -- IX a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous, "unmissable" comedy smash - "The 39 Steps." "The 39 Steps" is the second offering of Repertory...
Ricardo Brown Rekindling Memories through Facebook
MANILA, Philippines - It was not until a close friend of mine tipped me to connect with a former PBA legend whose achievements and firsts are certainly something to be look back on. And considering that the San Miguel Beer franchise has been in the...
SEARCA Leads Study to Protect Mt. Malindang
MANILA, Philippines - Mt. Malindang in Misamis Occidental and its environs, regarded as one of the country's biodiversity hotspots and a priority national protected area, is the latest site of a new biodiversity conservation study that features an...
Short Naps Boost Brain Activity: Study
Studies have shown that getting a good night's sleep is no longer just for resting the body; it's also a great way for people's minds to reboot and lock-in information learned throughout the day.But now a study recently conducted at the University...
Show off Your Creative Streak in Ovi Theme Contest
MANILA, Philippines - Missed the first wave of Nokia's Ovi Theme-spirations? Here's another chance to show off your creative streak: Start designing your very own themes for Nokia mobile phones and join "Ovi Theme-spirations 2: FUNtastic Summer Edition"!...
Slow Response to Crisis Criticized
MANILA, Philippines - If the government is to lessen the impact of the continuing oil price hikes, the government should adopt drastic measures, like pushing for a comprehensive oil sector reform agenda and a review of Oil Deregulation Law.This was...
Small and Medium Businesses to Drive Lenovo's Growth in the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines - In line with the company's "protect and attack" strategy to achieve further growth and profitability, one of Lenovo's priorities is to target the local small and medium business (SMB) market, which also happens to be one of the...
Small-Scale Farms Could Abate World Hunger - UN
PARIS (AFP) - Small-scale "eco-farming" could double food production in many of the world's poorest regions and also help fight climate change, according to a United Nations report unveiled Tuesday. The spectre of world hunger looms ever larger...
SMEs Expand Their Network through 88db.com
MANILA, Philippines - In this time and age when everyone is keen in maximizing value for their hard-earned peso, customers are now discerning about the products they buy or the shops where they buy it from before making a purchase. At the other end...
Something Happened on His Way to the Kitchen
MANILA, Philippines -- Before he shot to fame as the grand winner of a talent reality search, young actor/model Steven Silva was a dedicated student who almost missed his graduation! Steven was preparing to go back to the United States to finish...
Sotto Expects Senate to Start Impeachment Trial in May
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) -- While the House committee on justice is trying to submit articles of impeachment against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez before March 26 adjournment, the Senate equally expects the impeachment trial to start at the resumption...
Spanish Flavors
MANILA, Philippines - At least 700 guests feasted on modern Spanish tapa and the free-flowing wine at the recent opening party of Barcino Rockwell. The festive mood was notched up by the passionate dance performance of the Nuevo Grupo Flamenco of Emma...
Stockpiling of Rice amid Tension Not Solution to Shortage - Group
MANILA, Philippines - Stockpiling rice as tension embroils the Middle East is not the solution to the problem of grain shortage, the rice watchdog Bantay Bigas says.The solution lies in increasing output and giving farmers a better deal, it adds.Neither...
The Conditions of Discipleship
LUKE 9:22-25 Jesus said, "The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised." Then He said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny...
The Show Must Go On
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - Strutting in a rainbow of glittering colors, Rio's samba groups opened two days of Carnival parades with a dazzling show that included a rousing welcome for one of the elite bands that lost most of their elaborate costumes...
The Wives Have Their 'Hall Pass' Too in New Comedy
MANILA, Philippines - Initially conceived as a tale in which two husbands score a week off from marriage while their mates anxiously await developments, Warner Bros.' new comedy "Hall Pass" took another twist as filmmakers the Farrelly Brothers delved...