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 April 26, 2011

17th Century Swedish Warship Wins New Lease after Salvage and Restoration
STOCKHOLM (DPA) - A more than 300-year-old Swedish warship that sank on her maiden voyage could well have faded into the mists of history but for a successful salvage conducted 50 years ago.The raising of the Vasa gave her a new lease, and has since...
2,361 Pass Criminologist Licensure Examination
MANILA, Philippines - A total of 2,361 out of 10,943 passed the Criminologist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Criminology in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao...
Abbas Seeks UN Recognition
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) - Shelved since late 2010 and eclipsed by the pro-democracy Arab uprisings, the faltering Middle East peace process may soon be back in focus as Palestinians push for UN recognition of their state. Palestinian...
A Beautiful Mind
MANILA, Philippines -- A lot of people may recognize him as the psychologist-slash-psychiatrist who made his boobtube debut in ABS-CBN's reality-TV show "Pinoy Big Brother" earning him the moniker "Celebrity Shrink." In truth, however, Dr. Randy Dellosa...
Actors into Music and Musicians into Acting
MANILA, Philippines-- Don't look now but the music industry is getting a boost from a pair of beauties pretty soon. Lending their star power to local music are actresses Anne Curtis and Alessandra de Rossi who both are set to release their respective...
After Mosley, Arum to Consider Marquez
LOS ANGELES - Plans are afoot for Manny Pacquiao to close out the year in a blaze of glory. Talks are already rife about Pacquiao's next fight penciled for November possibly against Mexico's master counter-puncher, Juan Manuel Marquez, in case Floyd...
An Absolute Must
MANILA, Philippines -- If the basic demand of personal governance is conversion, such that values get converted into actual personal virtues, then we all have to understand that personal governance has performance in its cross-hairs. Performance is...
An Ex-Child Star and Child Rights
MANILA, Philippines - It takes one to know one. It takes one who had the same experience to give a credible analysis of a situation.Aiza Seguerra is a known Filipino singer-songwriter. She is the only daughter of Decoroso and Caridad Yamson Seguerra....
An Information Culture
MANILA, Philippines - I was asked to give my opinion on this topic as it could explain the critical importance of information in our lives. This concern is relevant as information today is equated with innovation and progress. Yet, even as we recognize...
Another P1.2-B Fuel Subsidy Mulled
MANILA, Philippines - The transport sector may have a second take of the government's fuel subsidy or the "Pantawid Pasada" program expected to be worth about already been lodged for discussion at the Inter-Agency Energy Contingency Committee (IECC)...
Aquino Administration Able to Lengthen Gov't Debt Maturities by Almost a Year
MANILA, Philippines - The government debt maturities lengthened by almost a year in the first six months of the Aquino administration giving it more time to settle its obligations with more resources to achieve inclusive growth.Data from the Bureau...
Are You Worth Saving?
SINGAPORE - Once a man risked his life by swimming through the treacherous current to save a youngster being swept out to sea.After the child recovered from the harrowing experience, he said to the man, "Thank you for saving my life."* * *The man look...
Arnie for EU President?
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) - It's a script drawing laughs and frowns among European Union veterans: Arnold Schwarzenegger, EU president, chairing summits next to Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, and David Cameron. News that the Austrian-born former...
ASEAN to Harmonize Transportation System
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government is hosting a conference of Southeast Asian Nations aimed at improving the integration and efficiency of transport and logistic services in the region.The Department of Transportation and Communications...
Australia Threatens Tiger's License to Fly
SYDNEY, April 26 (AFP) - Australia's air safety regulator has issued a warning to Tiger Airways Australia, the budget carrier said, with reports linking it to flight training and maintenance concerns.Tiger, whose parent company is Singaporean, said...
Beauty Queen's Father Passes Away
MANILA, Philippines - The father of Binibining Pilipinas-International 2011 Dianne Necio succumbed to cardiomyopathy on April 26 in Polangui, Albay. When Dianne got wind of the sad news about her dad, Edwin Necio, on the same day, she was distraught....
B.I.R. Eyes More Capiz Firms
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Philippines (PIA) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue office here is eyeing at least three more business establishments in its "Oplan Kandado" drive till the end of 2011. "We'll likely padlock another store by end June," said local...
Brace for New Taxes
MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos should brace for the prospects of new or higher taxes under the present administration after President Aquino apparently took back an earlier campaign promise not to impose new taxes during his term.The "no new taxes"...
BSWM Surveys Malalag Watershed in Davao Sur
MANILA, Philippines - The Malalag watershed in Davao del Sur is not suited for massive cultivation of cash crops and rice.This can be gleaned from a study conducted by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) headed by Director Silvino Q. Tejada,...
Can Marvin Agustin Bring Madonna to Manila?
MANILA, Philippines - Though many have tried - and failed - in having American pop superstar Madonna hold a concert here, actor and aggressive concert promoter Marvin Agustin still has her in his wish list."Madonna, U2, Britney Spears and winners of...
CA Orders Freeze of 41 Bank Accounts
MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA), on request of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), has ordered a freeze for 20 days on the 41 bank accounts of an overseas employment agency on charges of illegal recruitment.Ordered frozen were...
Carlos Wins Sabah Golfest
Manila, Philippines - Jobim Carlos, the country's top amateur, on Sunday fired a tournament-best five-under-par 67 to complete a comeback from nine strokes down and win the Sabah International Amateur golf championship over Malaysian veteran Gavin...
Century Properties Posts Brisk Sales on Milano Condo
MANILA, Philippines - Luxury real estate developer Century Properties reported brisk sales for its internationally-branded condominium The Milano Residences, with as much as 54 percent of the building already sold after only two months from its formal...
Cesar Montano Raises Funds for Kids of Sta. Ana; Rayver on Working with Sarah and Cristine
MANILA, Philippines - Actor Cesar Montano is mounting a basketball tournament this summer--his way of giving back to the people of Sta. Ana, Manila where he grew up. Dubbed the Cesar Montano Cup Basketball Tournament, the league was led by the actor's...
Clash of Titans Starts Tomorrow
MANILA, Philippines - Talk 'N Text has the depth and talent to win the PBA Commissioner's Cup, but does it have the heart to go toe-to-toe against Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-seven championship series? Today's first game will provide a clue,...
Commuting Impacts Job Satisfaction: Poll
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Commuting might not make you unwell but a new survey of U.S. employees showed that four percent, or 5 million people, have called in sick because they could not face the trek to work.The Harris Interactive poll commissioned...
DepEd Holds Summer Program for Foreign Language Teachers
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education Bureau of Secondary Education is holding simultaneous summer training courses for high school teachers based on the Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL). The training aims to capacitate the teachers...
DFA Raises Alert Level in Syria
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) raised Tuesday the crisis alert level in Syria to alert level 2.The DFA said the decision was reached in light of the continuing political tension in that country and as a precautionary...
DoE Opts for Oil Inventory Augmentation
MANILA, Philippines - After drawing criticisms from various quarters, the Department of Energy (DoE) finally set on record that the proposed 50 million liters of importation by the Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) is...
DoLE Hopes to Give Positive News for Workers on May 1
CEBU CITY, Philippines - As Labor Day fast approaches, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) in Central Visayas is hoping that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) will be able to come up with positive news for the labor...
Farewell, AJ
MANILA, Philippines - Young actor AJ Perez was taken to his final resting place in the afternoon of April 26 at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City.An outpour of love and tears filled the Plaza of Wisdom at the Manila Memorial Park as AJ's family,...
Feast of Virgin of Montserrat
MANILA, Philippines - Marian devotees celebrate today the feast of Our Lady of Montserrat, also known as the Black Madonna of Spain. Highly venerated in Catalonia, Spain, where devotion to the La Moreneta (Black Madonna) began, as well as in Puerto...
Free College Education for Tutors' Kids Sought
MANILA, Philippines - The children of public school teachers may get a free college education once a bill filed at the House of Representatives granting them scholarships in state schools is enacted into law.Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Rep....
Grizzlies Grab 1st Ever 3-1 Series Lead over Spurs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Whatever Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said to his team at halftime worked very, very well. The eighth-seeded Grizzlies outscored San Antonio 30-15 in the third quarter, turning a 2-point halftime deficit into a 104-86 rout...
Heat Stroke
MANILA, Philippines - Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness and is a life-threatening emergency. It is the result of long, extreme exposure to the sun, in which a person does not sweat enough to lower body temperature. The elderly, infants,...
Heidi Mendoza
MANILA, Philippines -- When Heidi Mendoza returned to the Commission on Audit (CoA), not everyone received her with open arms. According to reports I heard on AM radio, some of her coworkers expressed their displeasure because they felt that Ms. Mendoza...
Highlands Prime Allots P1 B for Capex
MANILA, Philippines - After experiencing a lull in sales last year, the SM group's luxury developer Highlands Prime Inc. is allotting P1 billion in capital expenditures to boost profits by 200 to 300 percent this year.In an interview after the firm's...
Imbayah Festival
MANILA, Philippines - The Imbayah Festival, which is slated on April 26-29, 2011, in Banaue, Ifugao, kicked off on April 17 with the "nabah" or nine consecutive nights of Imbayah merry making, dancing and chanting. Ifugao is a province in the Cordillera...
Inmate to Graduate as Valedictorian
MANILA, Philippines - A 49-year-old inmate will graduate as class valedictorian next month, proving that age and dire social circumstances are no match for inner determination.Jacqueline Torrefiel bested 19 of her classmates enrolled in the Alternative...
Integrity and Competence
The IBP Board of Governors and Officers, led by its Officer-in-Charge Justice Santiago M. Kapunan, Executive Vice President and incoming President Roan Libarios, this year's Convention Director Atty. Rosario T. Setias Reyes, fellow lawyers, distinguished...
Int'l, Local Triathletes in Subic Tilt
MANILA, Philippines - The country's young triathletes hope to make a good impression when they compete in the 2011 ITU-K-Swiss Subic Bay International Triathlon (SUBIT) at the Subic Bay Freeport this weekend. Participants in the 13-15 mini-sprint,...
Jan-Jan's Parents Slap Child Abuse Suit vs. Carandang, et Al
MANILA, Philippines - Parents of the controversial six-year old "macho dancing" boy who appeared on "Willing Willie" mid-March filed on April 26 a second set of complaints against child psychologist Dr. Lourdes "Honey" Carandang, blogger John Silva...
Judicial Robes of Senator-Judges Ready
MANILA, Philippines - When the impeachment trial of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez starts on May 9, the 23 senator-judges will be wearing judicial robes patterned after those worn by members of the Parliament in London.This was disclosed by lawyer....
Kapampangan Is 7th Online
ANGELES CITY, Philippines - The Kapampangan dialect has emerged as the seventh most-used in online social networking after the Kapampangan Indigenous Tweets Page, just two weeks old, has zoomed past other languages on the Indigenous Tweets Page, which...
Karylle Takes the Indie Route in 'Roadtrip'
MANILA, Philippinses -- Singer, actress and TV host Karylle has moved forward, hitting the ground running with her latest album "Roadtrip." Venturing out of her comfort zone and producing the album by herself, it boasts of 11 original compositions...
Korea Willing to Fund Agri Dev't of Idle Lands
MANILA, Philippines - South Korea has expressed interest in funding an initial 3,000 hectares of idle government lands in four provinces with corn and other crops to increase productivity in the country's agricultural sector and ensure food security....
Landslide Toll Rises to 13; ComVal Evacuation Starts
MANILA, Philippines - Averting what could have been a forced evacuation, a total of 47 families living in declared danger zones in a landslide-hit area in Pantukan, Compostela Valley, have voluntarily left their homes as police started to demolish...
'Masa' Radio Head to Rock Stations: 'You Can't Serve One Menu All Day'
MANILA, Philippines -- The format of then NU Rock 107.5 had no chance of survival in the ears of the man tasked to do something about Atom Henares's 23-year-old station. Manny Luzon, a veteran radio head formerly with Energy FM and now the EVP/COO...
Mass Housing Investments Reach P1.8 T
MANILA, Philippines - There were a total of 380 housing projects with combined investments of P1.8 trillion that were registered and granted tax incentives by the Board of Investments since 2010.BoI executive director Efren V. Leano told reporters...
Mavs Bounce Back to Win Game 5 vs. Trail Blazers
DALLAS (AP) - Holding another double-digit lead going into the fourth quarter, the Dallas Mavericks found a great way to protect it. They just stood and watched the Portland Trail Blazers miss 10 straight shots. Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 25...
MPHI to Get MPIC Shares Worth P6.6 B
MANILA, Philippines - Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) has received a Notice of Conversion from Metro Pacific Holdings, Inc. (MPHI) for the exercise of its P6.6 billion conversion rights. In a disclosure to the Philippines MPIC said MPHI's...
Much-Needed Break for Policemen
MANILA, Philippines - Policemen assigned in Luzon and the Visayas were given a post-Holy Week break after the Philippine National Police (PNP) downgraded Tuesday the security alert status it earlier hoisted for the entire Lenten break.Police forces...
My Choice of Nuts
MANILA, Philippines -- Whenever I go to supermarkets, I do not fail to visit the peanut section as I regularly buy a can of peanuts for the purpose of supporting my hair nourishment. Since I started having problems with falling hair, I have tried to...
NAIA or Ninoy Aquino?
MANILA, Philippines - When the Child Angel of the Las Pinas "Salubong" lifted the veil- instead of the Risen Christ was the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Nino. Again, Christmas one-ups Easter.* * *Azkal Phil denies love child rumor in...
National Day of the United Republic of Tanzania
MANILA, Philippines -- The United Republic of Tanzania celebrates its National Day today (Monday). A nation in central East Africa, Tanzania is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to...
Nat'l Day of the Republic of Togo
MANILA, Philippines - The Republic of Togo celebrates its National Day on Wednesday. A country in West Africa, Togo is bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east, and Burkina Faso to the north. It extends south to the Gulf of Guinea. Togo has...
New Study on Happiness
WASHINGTON, DC, United States - Does misery really love company?An intriguing new study suggests that may be the case.Researchers who study how people's sense of well-being varies from place to place decided to compare their findings with suicide rates.The...
Non-Compliant Power Asset Buyers Face Cancellation of BoI Tax Perks
MANILA, Philippines - The buyers of the power facilities who have not been complying with their commitments to rehabilitate or expansion of capacities of the privatized assets will face cancellation of the investment incentives extended to them by...
Nuggets Fend off Elimination
DENVER (AP) - The spark plugs energized the Denver Nuggets. Ty Lawson scored a career playoff-high 27 points and fellow speedy point guard Raymond Felton hit four clutch free throws in the final 23 seconds to help Denver beat the Oklahoma City Thunder...
Nursing Nature
MANILA, Philippines - It all started with a thought of a polar bear swimming and having nowhere to land because all the ice have melted. The polar bear eventually drowned of exhaustion. What if it wasn't a bear? What if it was our family?"This particular...
Ogie-Regine's Celebrity 'Ukay-Ukay' a Sell-Out
MANILA, Philippines -- Celebrity couple Ogie and Regine Alcasid's venture to help the GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) raise funds to provide underprivileged public schools with decent and functional classrooms was a success. The fund-raising activity...
On the Road to Emmaus
LUKE 24:13-35That very day the first day of the week, two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus... And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with...
Palace Open to Dialogue on RH Bill
MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang said Tuesday that they are not fighting with the Catholic Church on the issue of the Responsible Health (RH) Bill, stressing that the Palace is still open to conduct a dialogue with Church leaders."I think the Church...
Paul Bettany, the Vampire-Slayer in 'Priest'
MANILA, Philippines -- From the fertile imagination of visionary filmmaker Scott Stewart comes a fantasy adventure set in an alternate world in which humans have been battling vampires for ages. Inspired by the Korean manga comic books, Columbia...
Philam Life Appoints New CEO
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life), the largest life insurer in the country, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rex Ma. A. Mendoza as President & Chief Executive Officer subject...
Pinoy Designer Tapped to Make Costumes for US Singer's Video
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino has been tapped by "Forget You" singer Cee Lo Green to design the costumes for the latter's upcoming music video, "I Want You." In an interview published on abs-cbnnews.com on April 26, Tolentino...
P/$ Rate at P43.28 to $1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate closed lower at P43.28 to the US dollar on Tuesday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P43.185 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P43.288 from P43. 199. Total...
Pressure on Ivory Coast
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council will renew this week an arms and diamond embargo on Ivory Coast for a year to keep up pressure on the new government as disturbances keep the country on edge, diplomats said.The council will meet on Tuesday...
PSE Revises Composition Rules for Its Index
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has revised its policy on determining which stocks will be eligible for inclusion in the main and sectoral indices and the new rules will be applied during the review for the recomposition of...
Rising Global Food Prices a Threat to Asia
Soaring global food prices threaten to push tens of millions of Asians into extreme poverty and cut the region's economic growth this year, the Asian Development Bank warned in a report on Tuesday.Coupled with skyrocketing oil prices, the spike poses...
Rosel Mystery Slowly Unmasked
MANILA, Philippines - The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) are digging deeper into the activities of Rosel Jacosalem Penas, the victim-turned-suspect female companion of actress Pilar Pilapil, after it received several information,...
Shanghai Port Traffic Returns as Strike Dwindles
SHANGHAI, April 26 (Reuters) - Trucks laden with cargo containers on Tuesday appeared to operate as usual on roads leading to ports in China's coastal commercial hub, Shanghai, where officials sought to defuse lingering anger among truck drivers who...
Smart Gilas on Course - Toroman
MANILA, Philippines - Smart Gilas Pilipinas created a big impression when it advanced outright to the semis of the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Although the Nationals lost to the Ginebra Kings in their best-of-five semis duel, they earned raves from...
SM to Help Highland Farmers
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Philippines - Thousands of vegetable farmers may soon be supplying the vegetables requirements of the largest shopping mall in the country and gain sufficient access to the high end market in order to make the local agriculture...
Soldiers Tapped for School Units
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - A freshly forged civilian-military partnership has gained ground in the safe and swift building of school units in remote areas of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), producing two more new edifices in a village...
Summer of Uncertainty
MANILA, Philippines -- The full impact and adverse economic consequences of the Middle East political revolution and technical and physical dislocation of strategic Japanese industries that was brought about by the massive 9.0 earthquake and devastating...
Thailand's 'Mr. Condom'
MANILA, Philippines -- The British Broadcasting System (BBC) recently ran a special report on Mechai Virivaldya, Thailand's famed "Mister Condom," whose advocacy to distribute free condoms to Thailand's rural poor to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS...
The Appearance to Mary of Magdala
Mary of Magdala stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, "Woman, why are you...
This Is the Way: Walk in It
MANILA, Philippines - You are on a pilgrimage, well headed to a place right where your steps exactly point. And pursuing the Way to a God-ordained destiny is a matter of the heart's condition more than anything else: "Above all, guard your heart with...
Trouble with Chlorinated Water
Q: We recently got connected to Maynilad. After many years of buying dirty water from delivery trucks, we finally have potable water coming out off our faucets. I know Maynilad water is potable, but does it not contain chlorine? I think I read somewhere...
Tuesday of the Easter Octave
MANILA, Philippines -- Today is Tuesday in the Easter Octave. The Easter mysteries are so central to the life of the Church that the celebration cannot be contained in one day. Therefore, we have the entire octave (eight days) - from Easter Sunday...
US Ponders Moves on Syria
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) - The United States has sharpened its criticism of Syria amid a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protests, but analysts said Saturday that President Barack Obama's options are limited. The White House has little...
Vic, Bea Pull Great Network Crossover
MANILA, Philippines -- Just a thought: Nobody has the power to make things perfect, but everyone is given countless chances to make things right. Great network crossover: Audiences were at once surprised and elated seeing Vic Sotto guesting on several...
Wednesday of the Easter Octave
MANILA, Philippines - The Gospel of Wednesday in the Easter Octave is one of the most popular narratives in the Gospel of Luke. Two disciples on the road to Emmaus were met by Jesus but they did not recognize Him. Jesus asked them: "What is this conversation...
Welcome to Banana Beach
MANILA, Philippines -- Banana Beach, as its name implies, is the world's only beach resort inside a banana plantation. It is located in Barangay Madaum in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, or about an hour away from Davao City. Davao del Norte Vice Governor...
Why the Riots and Unrest?
(Editor's note: In countries where leaders won 99.42 percent of the vote (as in Tunisia) the people themselves rose in rebellion as form of protest, as noted by the author.) MANILA, Philippines -- There are no riots and visible signs of unrest in...
Willie Revillame, TV5 Execs Slapped with Child Abuse Case
MANILA, Philippines - In what is dubbed as landmark case, TV host Willie Revillame and TV5 executives were slapped with a child abuse case by rights advocates, Monday, April 25. Six individuals and officials of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography...
Wow! Eating Manners
MANILA,Philippines -- Filipinos are known to be food lovers and perhaps, they (we) may be considered as the most flexible ones when we talk about eating. Colloquially, we call ourselves "cowboys" or down-to-earth- meaning, it's, generally, not a...
Zambo Norte Gears for 'Hudyaka'
DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte - When Gov. Rolando E. Yebes first took the reins of the provincial government in 2004, he noted the rich tourism potentials of Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte) and its two cities of Dipolog and Dapitan. Yebes, then...