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 15, 2011

ADB to Pursue Fight vs Corruption
MANILA, Philippines - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) stepped up its fight against corruption in 2010 with the introduction of new initiatives, including the revised integrity guidelines and a cross debarment agreement signed with development partners....
All's Well between Sweethearts Geoff and Carla
MANILA, Philippines - All is well between Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana who recently celebrated their sixth month-sary three weeks ago.Recently, the couple's relationship hit a snag when allegedly, Carla's father, Rey, said in an interview that...
A Sadist God?
MANILA, Philippines - The powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan highlight the devastation by natural calamities. Although Japan is one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries in the world, it was helpless in preventing the calamity,...
Athletes Gear Up for 'Zamba'
CANDELARIA, Zambales - With almost half a million pesos in total cash prizes at stake, more than 200 triathletes and at least 15 trisbee teams have signed up for the Zamba Multisports Festival 2011 slated March 18 to 20 at the Uacon Cove beach strip...
Authorities Plan Philippine Water Roadmap
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) -- Water authorities plan to develop a roadmap for better management of the country's water resources.Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio raised urgency for such roadmap,...
Azkals Advance to AFC Challenge Cup
MANILA, Philippines - The freezing weather took its toll on the Philippine Azkals as they bowed to Mongolia, 2-1, in their second leg outing Tuesday, but the Filipinos advanced into the group stage of the AFC Challenge Cup just the same thanks to their...
Baguio Issues Health Advisory
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The rainy season is not usually expected until June or July, but since the last week of February, rainfall especially in the afternoon or early morning have become almost regular occurrences in this city and nearby areas...
BIR Tops Jan. Collection Goal by P2.5 B
MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Tuesday that it has exceeded its collection target of P71.97 billion for January by 3.6 percent to P74.57 billion. BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said that the government's...
Breast Cancer May Not Change Lifespan for Older Women
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women who are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer can expect to live just as long as peers without breast cancer, according to a new study. That's "a very encouraging message," said Dr. Elena Elkin, a breast...
Celebs to Texters of Radiation Rumor: Be Responsible
MANILA, Philippines - Local TV personalities has cautioned people from sowing panic by proliferating through text the rumor about radiation leaks in Japan reaching the Philippines."Let's not wallow in unwarranted pessimism and fear. Stop radiation...
Chicago, Carriers Agree to Expand O'Hare Airport
CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago and two major airlines have reached a nearly $1.2-billion agreement that resolves many, though not all, longstanding disagreements over the further expansion of O'Hare International Airport, city and federal authorities...
Comelec to Abandon Use of PCOS Machines
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to pass a resolution that would abandon the use of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and return to the manual procedure in the handling of poll protests and recounts."An...
Disaster Preparedness
MANILA, Philippines - The earthquake-tsunami in Japan, the worst in recorded history, showed us how lives can take a sudden turn, and in this case, in two and a half minutes. This tragedy not only provides many lessons but is a reminder that we must...
Disaster-Resilient Firms Gain in the Marketplace
MANILA, Philippines - The business environment has become more hostile and complex that only those manufacturers, service companies, government and non-profit organizations skilled in controlling and managing risks will not only protect their workforce,...
Donaire Mum on Contract Dispute
MANILA, Philippines - Pretty soon, Nonito Donaire should find himself embroiled in a legal tussle with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum if the Filipino-American fighter insists Top Rank is guilty of contractual violations. Donaire, the reigning World...
'Eat Bulaga' Renews Contract with GMA
MANILA, Philippines - JUST A THOUGHT: Often, the best comfort is just being there.* * *'EAT BULAGA' STAYS ON GMA: Television and Production Exponent's (TAPE) contract with GMA Network expires in December 2012 yet, but this early, an amended contract...
'Eat Bulaga' Stays with the Kapuso Network
MANILA, Philippines - "Eat Bulaga" will bring cheers to noontime viewers still via GMA-7.TAPE Inc. President Tony Tuviera and Executive Vice President Malou Choa-Fagar, two of the big bosses of the show, recently renewed their contract with GMA-7,...
Entering the World of 'Kaos'
MANILA, Philippines - The stunning Newport Performing Arts Theater proves to be the perfect home for a lavish production like "Kaos," dubbed "a visual and musical spectacle unlike anything Manila has ever seen." Housed in the ultra-modern venue, "Kaos"...
Far East Movement Member Admits He Fell in Love with a Filipina
MANILA, Philippines - A member of Asian-American electro hop group Far East Movement admits that a Filipina has had his heart "flying like a G6."Kev Nish answered "Yes" when asked if he has fallen in love with a Filipina, as reported on "TV Patrol,"...
Ferdinand Magellan and His Discovery of the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines - FERNAO Magalhaes was born in Portugal around 1480, the son of the mayor of his native town. His interest in the nautical sciences started when he studied in the Court of Portugal. These studies filled him at an early age with...
Fight versus Human Trafficking Boosted
MANILA, Philippines - The fight against human trafficking has been boosted by different government agencies, private sector and civil society groups with the holding of the event dubbed: "Commitment Against Trafficking in Persons" held Tuesday at the...
Fired-Up Heat Gain Sweet Revenge over Spurs
MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami Heat banished memories of their worst loss of the season by returning the favor to the San Antonio Spurs in a 110-80 thrashing of the NBA leaders on Monday.After suffering an embarrassing 125-95 defeat to the Spurs on March...
Firm Breaks Ground on Chromite Plant
SERGIO OSMENA, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines - Groundbreaking for a new chromite mining project here is widely seen as the start of a new era in private-public partnership (PPP) in the mining industry. Fifty-four-year old housewife Arlene Ogoc...
Full Accounting of P1-B Contingency Fund Urged
MANILA, Philippines - A neophyte lawmaker has demanded a full accounting of over P1 billion in earthquake contingency fund being collected from water consumers in Metro Manila and neighboring localities since 2008. Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Bagong...
Ghostbusters Lives on through Comics, Video Games
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - More than 25 years later the answer to the question "Who ya gonna call?" remains "Ghostbusters!"The specter-busting quartet that debuted in 1984 on movie screens and then was in a sequel and an animated series remains firmly planted...
Gilas Import Is Now a 'Pinoy'
MANILA, Philippines - With the 30-day period over, Marcus Douthit, the American import of Smart Gilas Pilipinas, has become a naturalized Filipino citizen. The naturalization papers of Douthit, known as House Bill No. 2307, were reportedly not signed...
Ginebra Faces Air21 Wednesday
Games on Wednesday (Astrodome, Pasay City) 5 p.m. - San Miguel vs Powerade 7:30 p.m. - Ginebra vs Air21 MANILA, Philippines - Barangay Ginebra coach Jong Uichico said they must play with consistency if they want to make a winning run. They...
'Glee' Star Loves Burlapp
MANILA, Philippines - Burlapp by Filipino designer Alan del Rosario is one of TV and stage actress Lea Michele's favorite fashion labels."I love the Burlapp clothes! They are so comfortable, stylish and hip," the 24-year old actress told GMA News Online...
Globe Builds 2nd 'Telepresence' Facility in the Country in Cebu
MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom Inc. just opened its Cebu Telepresence facility which enables a life-size 'in-person' meeting experience for interaction and collaboration across multiple locations around the world in real time. The full 3-screen...
Globe Green Line Helping Protect Bulacan Environment
MANILA, Philippines - "Please check into illegal quarrying activities along Sta. Maria River and Sitio Kaylawig, Barangay Catmon, Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Nasisira po ang ilog pati na mga public roads na dinadaanan ng mga dump trucks (It is causing the...
Gov't Weighs Quake Impact on RP Exports
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government is currently assessing the impact of the calamities that hit Japan on the country's agri-based and non-food exports to its second biggest trading partner. "We have an initial assessment already, but...
Health Experts Sound Warning over Iodine Rush
HONG KONG (AFP) - Japan's nuclear crisis has sparked panic buying of iodine pills, with online bids exceeding $500 for one packet, but health experts hosed down the hysteria and warned the pills are of limited use. As fresh blasts rocked a stricken...
How the NCAA Tournament Favorites Stack Up
Every year when the NCAA tournament bracket comes out, there's a team, maybe a couple that stand out as the ones to beat.Last year, to a certain extent, it was Duke. Kansas, with those five future pros, was the bracket behemoth in 2008 and Florida...
How to Take Good Care of Your Teeth and Mouth
To get healthier teeth and mouth, make sure you do proper brushing of your teeth, regularly use floss, treat swollen gums and control plaque using a mouth rinse prescribed by a specialist, keep your dentures clean with a denture care product, and avoid...
Illegal Structures along Riverfront Definitely out by April 1
ILOILO CITY, Philippines (PNA) - Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog reiterated his appeal to all owners of illegal structures around the Iloilo River to voluntarily remove their structures before the deadline on March 31, 2011 set by the multi-agencies task...
Important Guidelines for Oral Health of Pregnant Women
Pregnant women can improve their oral health if they look for information concerning oral health, regularly brush and floss to get rid of bacterial plaque, include fluoride toothpaste and fluoride rinse into your routine, consume a well-balanced diet,...
Injured Robin Soderling Departs as Rafa Nadal Breezes Through
INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Swede Robin Soderling bemoaned his stupidity for playing with an injury on Monday after becoming the highest-seeded casualty at the Indian Wells ATP tournament, where Rafa Nadal cruised into the fourth round. Fourth...
Intensive Quake Drills Ordered in Navotas Schools
MANILA, Philippines - Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco ordered Tuesday the holding of an intensive earthquake and other emergency drills especially among city students and residents of coastal barangays in the wake of the devastating earthquake...
Internet Buzz Helps the Civil Wars Find Success
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Here's a question the members of the duo The Civil Wars have been contemplating a lot lately: What's the value of a star's tweet? Or two? Or three? For Joy Williams and John Paul White, tweets by Taylor Swift, Hillary Scott...
INXS Recruit Guest Vocalists for New Album
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thirteen years after the premature death of their frontman, Australian rockers INXS still have not settled on a full-fledged replacement. But the five members of the most successful homegrown rock act from Down Under are...
Jason Sudeikis Stars in Two Warner Comedies 'Hall Pass,' 'Horrible Bosses'
MANILA, Philippines - Funnyman Jason Sudeikis (TV's "Saturday Night Live") made audiences laugh as the quirky bestfriend of Justin Long's character in the romantic comedy "Going the Distance." Now, he's set to amuse moviegoers again with two consecutive...
Joint Rescue Team Flies for Mission
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines - A directive from President Aquino has prompted three of the best search-and-rescue (SAR) units in the country to help in a humanitarian mission to Japan. Some 40 operatives from the SAR group of the Subic Bay Metropolitan...
K Brosas, Iwa Moto Tweet about Health Issues
MANILA, Philippines - The advent of Twitter has undoubtedly made celebrities more available to their public, inasmuch as it allows some of them, including TV and movie personalities Iwa Moto and K Brosas, to tweet about anything and everything at once-including,...
Looking Good
MANILA, Philippines - Any friend of mine will attest that I am probably the least vain person you'd ever meet. I have a very simple rule when it comes to skin cleansing: non-irritating soap and water. That's it, even during that tricky transition to...
Marian Rivera Goes Topless; Vice Ganda Surprises Mom and Lola with New House
MANILA, Philippines - Though it's not her first time to go topless onscreen, actress Marian Rivera still feels awkward when thinking about doing it in her forthcoming epic serye, "Amaya.""Gusto ko namang sabihin na sanay ako bilang nag-Dyesebel ako....
Maynilad Assures Safety of Drinking Water
MANILA, Philippines - Maynilad Water Services Inc. (Maynilad), the water concessionaire in the west zone area, assured the public Tuesday on the safety of the drinking water it distributes to its customers as the Department of Health (DoH) confirmed...
Microsoft Releases New Internet Explorer 9 Browser
AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) - Microsoft has released the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online, hoping to fend off recent challenges by Firefox and Google Chrome."IE9 has just released around the world," a booming voice...
More Hiring Seen in Bulletin Job Fair
MANILA, Philippines - With the influx of more job applicants this year, organizers of the 2nd Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair are confident that the hiring rate for this year's event would surpass that of last year's."We reached over 2,100 applicants...
NFA Relaunches Fortified Rice Program
MANILA, Philippines - Months after the National Food Authority (NFA) froze the iron-fortified rice (IFR) program, the food agency has turned around and Administrator Angelito Banayo made a big splash by launching the I-Rice Program at the San Andres...
No Cause for Alarm
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government Tuesday said there is no need to panic over the nuclear reactor blasts in Japan following the 9.0-magnitude temblor last Friday, saying that chances of the adverse effects of radioactivity are very slim...
No Hate, Just Peace
MANILA, Philippines -- Religion has always been a contentious issue in the country. And because 90 percent of the country's population are Christians, while only 10 percent are Muslims, the majority has always associated the minority with terrorism...
No to Hi-Tech Confession
MANILA, Philippines - Confession has to be done the traditional way. No high-end technology can replace the usual way of going to confession and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance. Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, said over the...
P16-M Earmarked for Agri Project
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Philippines (PIA) - The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) will spend around P16 million for the second quarter in order to extend both technical and material assistance to farmers to enhance food production from diversified...
PAL Celebrates 70th Anniversary
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) celebrated its 70th year anniversary Tuesday by commemorating its storied past while charting a course for the future. The PAL family has marked the milestone with simple but meaningful activities....
PepsiCo Unveils 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) - Remember the Cola Wars? Get ready for the Bottle Wars. PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a bottle made entirely of plant material, which it says bests the technology of competitor Coca-Cola and reduces its potential carbon footprint....
Peptic Ulcer
MANILA, Philippines - A peptic ulcer is a spot where the lining of the stomach and the tissues beneath - and sometimes part of the stomach muscle itself - have been eroded, leaving an open wound inside the stomach. The surrounding tissue is usually...
Pirate Threatens India after Capture of 61
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday. The navy captured 61 pirates...
Planting of Bt Corn Expanded 60% in 2010
MANILA, Philippines - Planting of the genetically modified (GM) Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn expanded heftily by 60 percent to 541,000 metric tons (MT) in 2010 as farmers continued to take on the yield benefits of the crop amid high prevailing...
Practical Tips to Preserve Your Treasured Photographs
If you'd like to preserve and take care of your photos, be sure to manage and label your pictures making use of the correct materials, handle them moderately and in the right way, be extra cautious with older photographs, utilize the suitable storage...
P/$ Rate Stands at P43.59 to $1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate stands at P43.59 to the US dollar, the closing rate on Monday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands at P43.645. 10-YEAR T-BONDS FETCH 7.367% The Philippine...
Precious, Miriam Give Advice to 'Thank You' Girls
MANILA, Philippines - Look at the bright side.This was the advice given by 1999 Miss Universe first-runner up Miriam Quiambao to those candidates who were either disqualified or eliminated in beauty contests."Look to the bright side, because if you...
Prices of Basic Commodities Starting to Stabilize, DTI Says
MANILA, Philippines - From a seemingly endless price increases in the past two months, consumers are now assured of a respite as prices of basic goods are stabilizing including flour, cooking oil, milk and sugar. "We are getting more good news and...
Quezon City, 6 Others to Suffer If Massive Quake Hits Metro
MANILA, Philippines - Seven cities in Metro Manila, out of 17, will suffer the most damage and casualties in case a massive earthquake slams this metropolis of more than 13 million people.A Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study, prepared by...
Radiation Leak Rumors Negated
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC)-7 in Cebu on Monday negated text reports that radiation leaks from a nuclear reactor in Japan may hit the country. "It's plain misinformation," said...
Reasons Why Online Marketing Is Indispensable
Online marketing is necessary because it has the potential to meet the demands of a dynamic business environment, it will help establish an online presence and identity, it is very affordable and efficient, professional help is readily available, and...
'Red Riding Hood' Opens at No. 1, Grosses P16.6-M in 3 Days
MANILA, Philippines, March 14, 2011 -- Warner Bros.' romantic fantasy thriller "Red Riding Hood" -- about a medieval lass haunted by a werewolf -- howled at the Philippine box-office over the March 11 to 13 weekend for a three-day gross of P16.6-million...
Rich Getting Dole-Outs, Baguio Mayor Says
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The implementation of the national government's conditional cash transfer under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps to help alleviate the living conditions of the country's poorest of the poor is being set back...
Robredo Says ARMM Needs Reforms
MARAWI CITY, Philippines - Amid overwhelming rejection by Maranaos of House Bill (HB) 4146 at a hearing here over the weekend, Aquino administration officials have said the measure ought to be passed so as to rid the Autonomous Region in Muslim (ARMM)...
Sam Milby Contacts Marie Digby in Quake Aftermath
MANILA, Philippines - A worried Sam Milby immediately called up international singer Marie Digby upon learning that a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan on March 11."All my friends are reaching out to me because all of the cellphone lines were down...
Sandigan Junks Third Motion of Perez
MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan Third Division has junked a third motion of former Justice Secretary Hernando 'Nani' Perez asking to set aside his graft case on grounds of forum-shopping. Justice Francisco Villaruz, division chair said that...
Six out of 10 Movies Streamed Via Netflix: Study
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Netflix's share of digital movies downloaded or streamed reached 61 percent between January and February, according to research firm NPD Group. Cable giant Comcast came in a distant second with a share of eight percent,...
Social Networks and the Internet Were Invaluable to Japan Following Quake. Will They Be for the Philippines?
MANILA, Philippines - "Social networks have shown their ability once again to unify us as human beings," said Brad Shimmin, an analyst at Current Analysis, according to a report posted on Huffington Post following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Northeast...
Status of Japanese Ports 5 Days after Devastating Quake and Tsunami
Japanese ports handling were as much as 7 percent of the country's industrial output sustained major damage, disrupting global supply chains and causing billions of dollars in losses. * The box shipping industry was seen as the most strongly affected...
Stock Futures Plunge 16 Percent after PM Radiation Comments
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese stock futures prices plunged 16 percent on Tuesday as the country's prime minister said radiation levels at a stricken nuclear plant had become high, deepening concerns about the disaster and its likely economic toll.Cash...
Stop a Cold in Its Tracks
MANILA, Philippines - Q: Last week, I had a cold which kept me from school the whole week. Please write about this disease which is taken for granted by everyone. I know there is no cure for this disease yet, but is there something that can be done...
Summer Skin Care
MANILA, Philippines - For most of the time that humans have been on the earth, the sun has been regarded as a celestial object of special significance. "Many ancient cultures worshiped the sun, and many more recognized its significance in the cycle...
Surgery Helps Men Regain Fertility after Cancer
WASHINGTON (AP) - New research shows a painstaking surgical technique can help some men deemed infertile because of childhood cancer treatment to become fathers after all.Many of the cancer treatments that can save lives also leave survivors infertile....
Take It off, Baby!
MANILA, Philippines - Flip your hair as sensual as you can. Tease with your sultry eyes that bespeaks of heavenly promises. Flirt with your hands as they move sensually, caressing the body with light, feathery touch. Move your booty without a care...
Tech Companies Pitch in on Earthquake Response
SEATTLE (AP) - Google Inc., Twitter, Microsoft Corp. and other U.S. technology companies are finding ways large and small to help out in the wake of last week's earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami.Google put together an online "person finder"...
Teen Cancels Facebook Party with 200,000 'Guests'
SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian schoolgirl had to cancel her 16th birthday party after her Facebook invitation went viral and close to 200,000 people said they would turn up at her house, reports said Tuesday.The Sydney girl had wanted her schoolmates...
The AIESEC Agenda
MANILA, Philippines -- Present in over 107 countries and territories and with over 50,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organization. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people...
The Beautiful Beauty Doctor
MANILA, Philippines - Her letters to Santa Claus when she was a little girl would always ask for toy stethoscopes, syringes and doctor play sets. She loved playing doctor, with her brother and sister as willing patients. In her young heart and mind,...
The Demand for a Sign
LUKE 11:29-32 While still more people gathered in the crowd, [Jesus] said to them, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so...
The 'S-Factors' of Singapore
MANILA, Philippines - The past few years have seen a dramatic rise in Filipinos visiting Singapore.With very affordable air fares enticing even the ordinary Filipinos to travel, Singapore evolves as one of the more popular destinations for travelers...
The Sound of Silence
MANILA, Philippines - The first quarter of 2011 (Heavy) Metal Rabbit is fraught with challenges - VP appeals for death row drug mules-presidential trouble-shooter jawing (no lunch break) in Taipei-whistle-blowing on plundering generals-ombudsman facing...
Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Lineup Revealed
New York, NY - The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 10th edition of the Festival will...
Unemployment Rate Hits 7.4% in Jan
MANILA, Philippines - The unemployment rate in January 2011 was estimated at 7.4 percent, while the employment rate was recorded at 92.6 percent, the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported saying that there were more unemployed males than females....
Used Motor Vehicle Importers, Dealers Fear Dislocation in New IRR
MANILA, Philippines - Importers and dealers of second hand motor vehicles have expressed apprehension that the proposed implementing rules and regulations on the Importation of Used Motor Vehicles, a major component of Executive Order 877-A, would...
'We Saw the Tsunami Wash Away Our Home'
MANILA, Philippines - "We saw the tsunami wash away our home."This was the horrifying experience of Mediatrix Takahashi, a Filipina married to a Japanese businessman residing in Miyagi, Japan, at the height of the tsunami onslaught on that fateful...
What It Takes to Be an MVP
MANILA, Philippines - How do you define an MVP? More often than not, during the course of observing human behavior, there comes a point where a person stands out among the crowd. You see that star and you get mesmerized by the way that person moves;...
Yeng Laments Slump in Rock Scene
MANILA, Philippines - Only a few months separated the endings for rock/alternative bands Bamboo and Sugarfree. Not even their rich catalogs saved impending dead end since today's local rock scene is in comatose, far from that rocking period between...