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 4, 2005

Angel and Richard, Mark and Jennylyn's Long Kissing Scenes!
Filmmaker Mac Alejandre may be right when he predicted that his romantic film under GMA Films called "Let the Love Begin" will make moviegoers want to take home its stars afterwards. He said that he is confident that they will fall in love with the...
ARMM Should Prepare for Returning Workers
IF the MILF rebels are not terrorists nor have any link with the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), then the governments anti-terrorism campaign should not affect the peace talks set for tomorrow in Malaysia. The MILF may realize that resorting to terrorism and...
Around the Nation
Abu with P1-M bounty arrested in Zamboanga ZAMBOANGA CITY A Muslim extremist has been arrested for the alleged abduction of 20 people, including three Americans, and for his suspected involvement in an attack that killed more than 50 Filipinos,...
Asian Slaves in Mexico's History
Byline: Merry-Go-Round: Floro L. Mercene MEXICO CITY About 100,000 Asian slaves were brought to Mexico by the Manila galleons through the centuries, a dark side of the trade that has not been explored by historians. The slaves were captured by...
BSP to Push Third-Party Custodian Scheme for Banks
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will push for the third-party custodianship despite opposition from the Bureau of Treasury. A BSP source said the BSP has already sought the Department of Justice legal opinion on the...
Bush Notes Success of Iraqi Election, Pushes ME Peace
WASHINGTON (AP) Laying out his second-term agenda, US President George W. Bush pledged to confront governments that promote terror and pursue weapons of mass destruction and hailed the success of elections in Iraq as proof of democracys march. ...
'Constantine' Star Keanu Reeves in Hong Kong
By the time this column comes out, we are way into the thick of the promotional junket that we are attending in Hong Kong for the Hollywood movie "Constantine" starring Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves. We flew in to Hong Kong last Wednesday, along...
Corruption in Media
THAT there are journalists, or so-called journalists, in the payroll of politicians and unsavory characters as well as media personalities who exact tributes from civic, political, and social leaders does not distract the media as a whole from reporting...
Debutante's Ball
in New York. There is such an event at the International Debutante Ball of New York, quite like the Opernball of Vienna, Austria, which presents daughters of the rich and famous not only of America but from all over the world. To celebrate its 50th...
Despite Hectic Schedule, GMA Still Has Time to Text
Byline: JUN VELASCO President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo uses text messaging to communicate with members of her Cabinet and other important persons she wants to reach. This was revealed by Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman Ignacio "Toting"...
Dismissal of 40,000 Cops Looms; Unless Rigid Education Requirements Are Eased - Noynoy
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO Unless Congress enacts a law relaxing the rigid education requirements for policemen, the countrys police force will be depleted with 40,000 policemen facing dismissal. This warning was issued yesterday by House Deputy...
Erik Santos Is Not Gay - He Is Just a Happy Person!
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI When Erik Santos was asked how he felt about the alleged inclusion of his name in a Yahoo Group of local gay showbiz personalities Erik simply smiled and shrugged off his shoulders. "That is something I cant control," he...
Gin Kings Go for the Hill in Game No. 3
Game Today (Araneta Coliseum) 7:10 p.m. Ginebra vs. Talk N Text THE ALL-CONQUERING Barangay Ginebra Kings try to inch closer in a kingdom that has eluded them for several years. Armed with a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series with the...
Gourmet's Notepad
Upon the invitation of my fashion colleague, Patis Pamintuan-Tesoro ... Thelma Gana, Lulu Tesoro Castaneda, Nenuca Blardony, Karen Macasaet, and I, traveled to Barrio Putol, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, in San Pablo City one Monday morning. simply to eat. We...
Governors League Backs Proposal to Increase VAT
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY The League of Provinces in the Philippines has expressed its support for the Malacanang-initiated proposal to increase the value-added tax (VAT) by two percent, saying the hike will surely help the government...
Justice Artemio V. Panganiban's 'Leveling the Playing Field'
(A Book Review by JUSTICE ANTONIO T. CARPIO at the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Book bound, 479 pages, Published December 2004 by Print Town, available at LEXMEDIA Digital Corp., Garden Level, Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati.) JUSTICE...
La Salle Spikers Smother Letran; UST Twits Suzara, PSC
LA SALLE smothered a hapless Letran College side and came away with a quick, merciless 25-20, 2517, 25-16 rout yesterday to inch closer to a repeat finals appearance in the Shakeys V-League second conference at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Watched...
Manny Inks Deal with New Management
Byline: winchell campos LOS ANGELES Calling it a career-defining move, Peoples Champion Manny Pacquiao signed a two-year management deal with famed manager Shelly Finkel and renowned attorneys Keith Davidson and Nicholas Khan Tuesday here. Signing...
Mining Safeguards Assured; GMA Sites Economic Dev't & Environmental Protection
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI SC ruling allows foreign investors in local mines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday assured that the government will have a legal and administrative system of safeguards installed to achieve balanced economic...
Montana Evens Series; Trips Welcoat Paints, 55-48
Byline: nick giongco Game Tomorrow (Makati Coliseum) 2 p.m. PBL Achievement Awards 3 p.m. Welcoat vs Montana (Game 3) MONTANA IS very much alive and kicking despite being left for dead a few days back. The Jewels turned to their main...
National Caddies Open; Ababa Stays on Top
CANLUBANG, Laguna Jonel Ababa held fort under windy conditions at Canlubang North here, clinging to the lead of the National Caddies Open despite an 81 on a day that saw a major shake-up in the standings. The 20-year-old Ababa opened the third...
National Day of Sri Lanka
SRI LANKA celebrates its 57th Independence Day today. Over a period of 2,500 years, the island was known by many names. For instance, the ancient Greeks and Romans knew Sri Lanka as Taprobane. Arab writers and sailors in olden days knew Sri Lanka as...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P56.155 to $1
The peso rate closed higher on the first trading day of the year at P56.155 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P56.28 last Wednesday. The weighted average rate appreciated...
Nissan Frontier: Legendary Durability
For four consecutive years, the Nissan Frontier, Universal Motors Corporations best-selling compact pickup, has bagged the No. 1 title under its belt and the loyalty of thousands of satisfied owners. Dubbed as the benchmark for dependability, it...
Opportunity Losses
BECAUSE they are not measured and not measurable accurately, awareness of opportunity losses is poor. But they are still real losses. Unemployment is a good example. The man hours of an unemployed worker, who wants to work but is left unemployed, are...
Pals Appeal
THE TALK N Text Phone Pals yesterday formally appealed the decision of PBA Commissioner Noli Eala which deprived the team of its victory in Game 1 of the Philippine Cup finals last Sunday. Although the Phone Pals won the game over Barangay Ginebra,...
PTAA Cautions against Tsunami-Aftermath Tourism Marketing Drive
Byline: RACHEL C. BARAWID The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) president Marciano "Nit" Ragaza recently appealed to the government and colleagues in the travel sector not to capitalize on the miseries of tsunami-stricken countries in...
Roundup
LUZON Rape-slay suspect surrenders SILANG, Cavite A 37-year-old tricycle driver surrendered to the police the other day after witnesses tagged him as suspect in the rape-slaying of a Grade 4 pupil whose body was found in a cemetery in this town....
Sandoval Inhibits Self from Division Trying Erap Raps
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA Sandiganbayan Senior Associate Justice Edilberto G. Sandoval decided yesterday to voluntarily inhibit himself from sitting as member of the anti-graft courts special division hearing the plunder and perjury charges against...
SBMA Pledges to Curb Smuggling
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The new administration of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has vowed to stop all forms of illegal importation in the Subic Freeport as the Board pledged to run Subic like an efficient business. This commitment...
Senate Honors Ople for Legacy to Labor Sector
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN The Senate honored yesterday the late Senate President Blas F. Ople, a statesman, as the Father of Overseas Employment and Author of the Philippine Labor Code. This came after Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile filed a Senate resolution...
Sin Urges Faithful to Pray for Pope's Speedy Recovery
Byline: LESLIE ANN AQUINO Manilas Archbishop Emeritus Jaime Cardinal Sin yesterday urged the faithful to pray for the swift recovery of the ailing Pope John Paul II, who was hospitalized for respiratory problems. In the retired Cardinals message...
Steve O' Neal's Beatles Memorabilia; He Loves Them Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
Byline: ANTONETTE R. VALDEZ To say that The Beatles were icons in the music world would be a gross understatement. Their role is much bigger than that. They were THE architects of music. Others tried to imitate The Beatles but failed.Many envied...
Sunny Days Ahead
What shall I do to be forever known, and make the age to come my own? A. Cowley AS everyone can see, it does not really matter that much what grade the holierthan-thou "Holy Trinity" ratings bureaus, namely, Standard & Poors, Moodys Rating...
Supreme Sacrifice by Vargas
THE atmosphere was tense and foreboding when I arrived at the Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday afternoon for Game Two of the Gran Matador PBA Philippine Cup championship series. I had meant to get to the venue an hour before gametime that day because...
The Bamboo Organ: Then and Now
THE 30th International Bamboo Organ Festival is now upon us, yet it seemed only yesterday that Manila music lovers hied to St. Josephs Parish Church in Las Pinas to listen to the first festival. Stories have been written of how the bamboo organ...
The Death of John the Baptist; Mark 6:14-29
KING Herod heard about Jesus whose fame had become widespread, and people were saying, John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him. Others were saying, He is Elijah; still others, He is a prophet like...
The Parable of Civilization
THE farmer was unable to cross the gorge leading back to his barrio. The brittle bridge hanging between the steep cliffs of jagged rocks had collapsed. The only way was to find an alternate route through the forest where barriofolk hunted and gathered...
Treasury Bill Rates Up, 91-Day at 7.87%
Treasury bill yields rose across the board at a fortnightly auction yesterday, driven higher by expectations of a further rise in the domestic inflation rate and a policy tightening by monetary authorities early in 2005. The yield on the benchmark...
Two-Tier VAT Scheme Mulled at Senate to Help the Poor - Drilon
Byline: GABRIEL S. MABUTAS Multi-tiered value-added tax scheme is taking the centerstage at the Senate as senators explore various ways of raising VAT rates without causing the prices of basic commodities to increase significantly at the expense...
Versatile, Bigmen a Must for RP 5 - Calma
HECTOR CALMA, a key figure in the last Philippine mens basketball team to win the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) crown, believes the national team should be versatile and big to be competitive in international arena. "Given na yung talent...
Weapons of Mass Upliftment: Good Governance, Quality Education, and Sustainable Development
(Speech delivered by Former President FIDEL V. RAMOS, Chairman, Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV).) AS we all know, citizenship is neither a part-time job nor a hobby: It is an everyday obligation. Concerned citizens like you and me...
Withhold Salaries of 'Illegal Appointees' of GMA - Pimentel
Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) yesterday urged Congress to scrap the funding in the 2005 national budget for the salaries and allowances of illegal appointees of President Arroyo. Pimentel said Congress should assert...
World Volley Qualifier in Cebu
Byline: eddie alinea INTERNATIONAL-CALIBER VOLLEYBALL comes to Cebu City when it hosts the first round of the 2006 Mens World championship on March 2 to 6 at the University of San Carlos gym. Five countries, including world No. 36 Taiwan and...
You've Gotta Have Friends
A GROWING number of children suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) that makes it difficult for them to concentrate on anything for more than a few minutes. ADD is a learning handicap that can lead to complications in adult life if not properly...
Zsa Zsa's State-of-the-Heart
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN "Ang haba ng buhok ko" is how singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla puts the state-of-affairs in her life in 2005. Indeed, the Divine Diva was in high spirits during a recent interview in the wake of news about the granting...