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 June 11, 2011

514 Pass Radiologic, X-Ray Exams
MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Saturday that 514 out of 1,036 passed the Radiologic Technologist and X-Ray Technologist Licensure Examinations given by the Board of Radiologic Technology in the cities of...
Airlines Remain Wary of Fuel Hedging despite Oil Price Risk
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Bruised by wild swings in oil prices in 2008, global airlines may be less inclined to ramp up hedging for fuel purchases this year despite the risk of facing billions of dollars in additional fuel bills.The International Air...
An Unlikely Predicament for the Heat's "Big Three"
The Miami Heat were solid favorites to be crowned this year's NBA champions but it looks like they are on the brink of falling short of it against the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat find themselves down 3-2 and one more loss could spell disaster and hand...
Aquino Leads Independence Day Rites
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino will lead Sunday's 113th Independence Day celebration that will start with a flag-raising ceremony in Kawit, Cavite.After leading the Kawit flag-raising rites, the President will proceed to Malacanang for the...
At 81, Oscar Lopez Leads Team to Mt. Kinabalu Summit
MANILA, Philippines - When Lopez Group chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez stepped down as chairman and chief executive of the Filipino conglomerate in June 2010, he had his eyes set on more mountainous pursuits.Lopez, at 81, is known in business circles...
A Tale of Selfless Giving
MANILA, Philippines - Here is a school adventure to share with your children that will certainly generate gratitude and appreciation for what they have. It will also elicit an attitude of generosity. This is a true story.Forgotten FolksIn a land faraway...
Azkals Switch to Pacquiao Mode
MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Iranian winger Misagh Bahadoran, one of the national football team's new recruits, admitted that training in the past couple of weeks had been a hellish experience, but he's not complaining. At one point, the 24-year-old dentistry...
Be Free
MANILA, Philippines - Saturday, thousands of Rizalenos trooped once more to the Ynares Center in Antipolo, Rizal, to mark this year's Araw ng Lalawigan, the 110th founding anniversary of the province of Rizal.As almost expected, who do I bump into...
Bill Requires 'True Cost' Payment Disclosure by Credit Card Firms
MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a bill that would compel credit card firms to clearly indicate in their billing statements the high price that cardholders would have to pay, should they decide...
Biotech Crops & Political Gullibility
MANILA, Philippines - Some European organizations are rightfully promoting the green revolution, but unfortunately launching worldwide campaigns against Genetically Modified plants or biotech crops. They always say No, No to biotech crops, claiming...
Boeing Defends Its 777 Aircraft
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Boeing vowed to defend its successful 777 wide-body aircraft but said it felt under no immediate pressure to respond to a reported challenge from European rival Airbus.Industry sources said that Airbus planned to place a bigger...
BoI Seeks DoF Nod on Its Mass-Housing IPP Perks
MANILA, Philippines - The Board of Investments (BoI), attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has again sought the support of the Department of Finance (DoF) to back its proposed incentives on low-cost mass housing under the...
Book Business Will Surely Miss Oprah
MANILA, Philippines - Congratulations, Eckhart Tolle. You topped the list of the Oprah Winfrey book club's biggest sellers of the past decade.Nielsen BookScan, which tracks around 75 percent of non-e-book sales, announced Friday that Winfrey's choice...
BSP Looks into Reserve Requirements
MANILA, Philippines - Aside from considering adjustments to benchmark interest rates, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Friday it will also look into options such as tinkering with banks' reserve requirement, which the monetary authority has left...
Call Centers Can Lower Cost with Cloud-Based Technology - Report
MANILA, Philippines - Local call centers can now lower the cost of their contact handling and workforce optimization infrastructure by up to 43% over a five-year period by utilizing cloud-based offerings rather than installing equipment in their own...
Cebu Developer to Build P1.2 Billion Worth of 'Green Buildings'
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - A real estate developer here will continue to adopt green architecture in its succeeding projects as a niche in building environment-friendly structures.Innoland Development Corp. (Innoland) has in its pipeline the building...
Comelec Eyes Campaign Finance Dep't
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has expressed hopes of establishing a permanent department on campaign finance that will monitor the statement of expenditures and contributions of candidates.Comelec Commissioner Christian...
Complaints Swamp DepEd Action Center
MANILA, Philippines - Complaints, queries and requests continued to arrive up until Friday at the Oplan Balik Eskwela Information and Action Center (OBE-IAC) set up by the Department of Education (DepEd). Based on its report as of noon Friday, the...
Convergys Corp. Named among the World's Top 5 Outsourcing Companies
MANILA, Philippines - Cincinnati-based Convergys Corporation, a global leader in relationship management which has extensive outsourcing operations in the Philippines, announced that it has been named one of the Top 5 outsourcing companies in the world.The...
Cultural Legacy
MADRID - Culture is the most potent currency of influence. Several institutions demonstrate the power of culture to shape the world's popular consciousness.One of the oldest is Alliance Francaise, formed in 1883 in Paris by a group of eminent men:...
Dennis Claims He's a Sinner
MANILA, Philippines - JUST A THOUGHT: Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein * * *SAINT OR SINNER?: A sinner, that's what Dennis Trillo picked when asked by interviewers...
Discount Carrier Struggles to Fly in Caribbean Due to Competition
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Caribbean's first discount airline is having a rough time getting off the ground and the company's Irish chief executive blames political fear of competition for the region's government-affiliated carriers.Ian Burns dreams of...
Elmo on Fronting for Miley's Manila Concert, Fame and Cooking
MANILA, Philippines - Rapper Francis Magalona's son Elmo is overwhelmed for being chosen to perform as front act at Miley Cyrus' "Gypsy Heart" concert in Manila."I didn't really expect this. I'm just really thankful na 'yun nga 'yung result and napili...
FedEx and Cathay Pacific See Rebound in Global Cargo Demand
FedEx Corp., the biggest air-cargo carrier, and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. forecast a pickup in freight demand in the second half of the year that may help airlines offset surging fuel prices."The momentum we see in the cargo sector is strong," David...
Fiery Start Keys Thai's Victory
MANILA, Philippines - Thai ace Thanyakon Khrongpha bested the country's top professionals by winning the $50,000 ICTSI-Mt. Malarayat Championship Saturday at the Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas.Khrongpha bogeyed the final hole...
'God Will Pay You Back'
MANILA, Philippines - (Speech before the Rotary Club of Manila on June 9, 2011 at the Manila Polo Club.)Lately, there has been a spike in the number of text messages, blogs, news items over the radio as well as on television about the Philippine Charity...
GPLAC Gears Up for Expansion after Record Year in Profitability
MANILA, Philippines - Generali Pilipinas Life Assurance Company (GPLAC) described 2010 as a record year in terms of profitability following the strategic focus it successfully implemented on its bancassurance distribution channel.Central to this strategic...
GREPALIFE Group Posts P1.99-Billion Gross Sales in First Quarter
MANILA, Philippines - The GREPALIFE group experienced a strong surge in gross sales in the first quarter of the year, a growth of 132 percent from P0.86 billion last year to P1.99 billion this year.In the first three months of 2011, GREPALIFE brought...
GSIS Raising Stock Investments Portfolio
MANILA, Philippines - State-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said that it plans to boost investments in the stock market to about 12 percent of its entire investable funds in the long-term. Robert G. Vergara, GSIS president and general...
Heat Hope to Force Rubber
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James came to Miami last summer for the chance to be a champion.He arrived back here Friday just hoping to be a survivor.The Dallas Mavericks have a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals and can win their first championship Sunday night. Less...
IATA Hopeful on Biofuels Alternative
SINGAPORE (dpa) - The world's leading airline association said it would bank on biofuels for future air traffic, but aviation biofuels currently are too expensive and rare.The industry would like to fly 100 per cent jet biofuels as soon as possible,...
Import Makes Kings Look Good
MANILA, Philippines - After falling short of winning the championship in the last conference, Ginebra mentor Jong Uichico believes he has the right materials to contend anew for a PBA title in the Governor's Cup. Uichico made special mention of versatile...
Intellectual Property Rights Consciousness Underscored
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Edgardo Angara said he is throwing his support to a legislative measure that would compel elementary pupils, high school and tertiary students all over the country to be taught and eventually promote intellectual property...
'Intensify Campaign against Private Armies' - Escudero
MANILA, Philippines - Following the postponement of elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in August, Sen. Francis Escudero is urging the government to step up its campaign against private armed groups not only in Mindanao but...
Juana Change's 'Relationship' with PNoy
MANILA, Philippines - Despite showing "tough love" for President Noynoy Aquino courtesy of her viral "Porsche video" last February, political satirist Juana Change assures that her support for PNoy is far from waning.Mae Paner, in real life, told abs-cbnNEWS.com...
Just Any Other Supernatural Romance
MANILA, Philippines - When Cassandra Clare came out with "City of Bones" back in 2007, it would prove to be just the start of a string of success for the former author of Harry Potter fanfiction. "City of Bones" would be the first book in the highly...
Karylle Shares Passions, Healthy Lifestyle
MANILA, Philippines - One of the artists we know who is endowed with a healthy persona is singer-actress Karylle. She radiates inner glow, projects health of mind and body. But she was not always like this, saying that she only got into a healthy lifestyle...
Latest YouTube Sensation Is Fil-Am and Darren Criss' Biggest Fan
MANILA, Philippines - YouTube has found another young half-Filipino gem in four-year-old Kellen Sarmiento, more popularly known as "Mini Warbler." Filipino-American Kellen has gained the attention of the online community with his adorable mimicking...
Luistro Taps Help of Penaflorida
MANILA, Philippines - In an effort to attract street children and out-of-school youth (OSY) to return to school, Education Secretary Armin Luistro has tapped the help of CNN "Hero of the Year" Efren Penaflorida to explore and formulate general plans...
Manila Bulletin Holds Freedom Sketchfest
MANILA, Philippines - In keeping with the spirit of nationalism, the Manila Bulletin Sketchfest 2011 dubbed "Freedom of Expression" was held on the eve of the 113th celebration of Philippine Independence at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City.People...
Massive Propagation in Bicol Pushed
MANILA, Philippines - The government is setting up a big-scale nursery in Bicol for natural sweetener stevia as a planting material source for its propagation in light of highly-prospective export markets in US and Europe. The Bureau of Agricultural...
Measure on Gender Equality Pushed
MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has pushed for gender equality following the passage of a measure penalizing acts of discrimination against women in the workplace.House Bill 4643 provides more protection to women, particularly in...
Minimalist Air
MANILA, Philippines - There is always, at some point, synergy between fashion and music. This was the case recently when local streetwear brand Oxygen (mostly known for its edgy "stylish gimmick clothes") had Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol-two of the...
Nation Celebrates 113th Independence Day
MANILA, Philippines - On June 12, 1898, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo, in the presence of a huge crowd, proclaimed the independence of the Philippines at Cavite el Viejo, now Kawit, Cavite. For the first time, the Philippine National Flag was hoisted...
Nat'l Competency Assessment Report
MANILA, Philippines - In the National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) program held last April, returning OFWs registered the highest certification rate at 83.3 percent.On the other hand, local workers posted a certification rate...
'No Exposed Soil' Policy Pushed
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has proposed a "no exposed soil" policy in the National Capital Region (NCR) to cut air pollution after pushing for reduced vehicle emissions in the region.Environment...
Number Line: Indie Music Online
MANILA, Philippines - As far as record label launches go, this party is as easy and laidback as jamming by a bonfire. No stunts, no big show. Just a crowd of friends and fans in the comfy grunginess of famed Saguiho Bar, cheering on as siblings Michael,...
Official: Caquiputan Channel Needs to Rest to Avoid Fish Kill
MANILA, Philippines - Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. has called for a stop of all economic activities along the Caquiputan Channel between Anda and Bolinao towns to save the troubled aquaculture industry in western Pangasinan affected by recurring...
Penshoppe Brings over the Edge and Elegance of Ed Westwick
MANILA, Philippines - When acclaimed local fashion brand Penshoppe announced that Ed Westwick (who's the talk of the town and social networking sites these days ) is its brand ambassador for its 25th anniversary, fans and Blair Waldorf-wannabes were...
Pentecost Sunday
MANILA, Philippines - Sunday is Pentecost Sunday when we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the Upper Room. Our First Reading on Sunday from the book of the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-11) narrates this dramatic event...
Philippine Independence: Rightist, Leftist Views
MANILA, Philippines - Satur Ocampo and Rex Robles have emerged as among the country's leading political thinkers. Both are compassionate nationalists. They share the same measure of zeal in fighting for freedom; the goal to uplift the poor are similarly...
Political History
MANILA, Philippines - This week's hot topic is our Kalayaan territory (Spratlys). However since I have already written three articles about it, I shall write briefly about Cebu's political history. It is not my intention to hurt anybody's feelings...
Power Breakfast
MANILA, Philippines - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a good breakfast will allow kids to maintain better focus throughout their day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, breakfast can lower the risk of...
Practice Restraint
ILOILO CITY, Philippines - United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. called on the Philippines and China to practice restraint over the Spratlys Islands dispute."We call for restraint of all parties," said Thomas as he reiterated...
PSE Estimates Tektite Floor Price
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) expects a minimum P206-million windfall from the auction of its former headquarters in Ortigas after setting the floor price at P45,000 per square meter.In its invitation to bidders, the PSE...
QC Residents 'Ignoring' Garbage Problem
MANILA, Philippines - Quezon City authorities warned local residents of heavy flooding, ground water contamination and the spread of communicable diseases if they continue to be lukewarm to the city's waste segregation scheme.With the city producing...
Quark's Last Tribute to Rock before Leaving for US; Showbiz Kids KC and Matet Bond during Shoot
MANILA, Philippines - According to a report by PEP on June 11, indie director and rock n' roller Quark Henares has stated that "Rakenrol" is going to be his last film-for now at least. Apparently, Quark is soon leaving for the US to study, and should...
Samar Solstice: Unexpected and Lesser-Known Getaways
MANILA, Philippines - For most people, hearing the word "Samar" unfairly conjures up images of election-related violence, or perhaps New People's Army hidden in the jungles. Little do they know of its hidden treasures: a paradise known to only a handful...
Spicing the Gospel with Humor
MANILA, Philippines - Any are immensely gifted by our Lord God with a cheery and funny disposition. The hearty laughter and lively sense of humor of cheerful people make them stand out in any crowd gathering. The way they greet others, the way they...
Teamwork in Philippine Nation-Building
MANILA, Philippines - "We must win our freedom by deserving it - exalting reason and dignity of the individual - loving what is just - what is good - what is great - even to the point of dying for it." - Dr. Jose RizalOn this anniversary of the Declaration...
The Liberation Our Nation Needs
MANILA, Philippines - There's a scene where a young man reclines on the side of a huge statue of a national hero. He's serenely reading a book under its large shadow and sipping juice from a plastic cup.It's a picture of peace, security, and tranquility.*...
The Shocking Truth about Learning
MANILA, Philippines - There is a growing educational revolution and education innovators, led by Peter Senge, are seriously rallying behind it.Embarking on an aggressive global campaign to change the mindset of people, and work towards the creation...
Valenzuela Has New Police Chief
MANILA, Philippines - Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian vowed to maintain "professionalism, support and accommodation" with the city's police force as he witnessed yesterday the turnover of command of the city's police with Senior Supt. Wilben...
Vice Ganda Warms Up to Popular Azkal Player Via Twitter
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Angel Locsin is not the only one keen for an Azkal. Seemingly, popular TV host and comedian Vice Ganda wants one too, in the person of Azkal goalie Neil Etheridge. And the former wants the whole of Twitter-verse to know...
Visa, UnionBank Forge Remittance Partnership
MANILA, Philippines - Global credit card firm Visa Inc. this week partnered with UnionBank of the Philippines to get into the almost $19 billion per year remittance business and allow 3.5 million Filipino debit card holders to receive funds from the...