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 5, 2011

196 PMA Cadets Graduate Sunday
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City - President Benigno S. Aquino III, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), will commission 196 cadets as new 2nd lieutenants and ensigns during the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy...
280 OFWs Granted Amnesty
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar C. Binay arrived Saturday afternoon from a week-long trip to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he secured amnesty for 280 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) charged with minor offenses in those...
Addicted to Caffeine
MANILA, Philippines - Showbiz buzz: Kris Aquino has a secret admirer who sent her tubs of yogurt. She seemed appreciative but unimpressed. She said that if he's serious, let him bring coffee during taping. Hhmm... is this a case of caffeine over dairy?...
Angeles City Picked as Contest Venue
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga - Officials and organizers of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (OPM-PAGCOR) recently chose this city for their singing contest - nationwide Search for the Total OPM Performer"...
Aquino Leads WWII Bombs Disposal Exercise in Tarlac
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - President Benigno S. Aquino III led Saturday the culmination of the joint explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) exercise for World War II ordnances in Crow Valley in Capas, Tarlac.President Aquino detonated the last two pallets...
Aquino to Visit Indonesia, Singapore to Strengthen Bilateral, Regional Ties
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - President Benigno S. Aquino III will embark on a five-day state visit to Indonesia and Singapore to strengthen bilateral and regional ties with the two nations.In a press briefing at the Palace on Friday, Foreign Affairs...
Arbole Wins by 7 Shots at del Monte
MANILA, Philippines - Art Arbole fended off his pursuers right in the front nine on Friday and ran away with the NGAP's Mindanao Regional Amateur golf championship by firing an eagle-spiked three-under-par 69 for a seven-shot win at soggy Del Monte...
Bacolod College Wins I.T. Olympics
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines - A team from Bacolod City College (BCC ) bagged the championship award for IT Quiz college level, and 3rd place in the web page design, college level at the IT Olympics 2011 at SM City Bacolod held March 1-2. The BCC students...
Baguio's Panagbenga Fest Closes with a Bang Sunday
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The 16th edition of Panagbenga, popularly known as the Baguio flower festival, will be closing with a bang with fitting ceremonies lined up for the occasion which will be done after the traditional graduation rites of the...
Baldoz Says Reintegration Program for Libya OFW Repatriates Ready and Established
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) - Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said on Saturday the DOLE's National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) is ready with appropriate programs for OFW returnees, particularly those who...
Banned Books Return to Shelves in Egypt and Tunisia
MANILA, Philippines - A number of highly political titles censored by the regime of ousted Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali are now returning to the country's bookshop shelves.La Regente de Carthage by Nicolas Beau and Catherine Graciet,...
Bb. Pilipinas Fires 3 Candidates over Nude Pics
MANILA, Philippines - Three candidates in this year's Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant have been disqualified after alleged nude photos of the girls circulated on the Internet recently. This brought to 37 the number of official candidates to the 2011...
BSP Reviews 6 Proposed Foreign Loans of Gov't
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is reviewing six proposed National Government foreign loans worth $1.45 billion for release and implementation this year. The government has a borrowing requirement of $4 billion, of which...
CEB Pilot Wins 'Airline Pilot of the Year' Award
MANILA, Philippines - A Cebu Pacific pilot bested other contenders recently, and earned the Airline Pilot of the Year Award given by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Philippines (AOPAP) and the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta...
Changing Views about the Universe (Part I)
MANILA, Philippines - From the time of Claudius Ptolemy, a Greco-Egyptian astronomer, who published his famous astronomical encyclopedia, the Almagest, in 140 AD, humans faithfully believed in his theory of the system of movement of heavenly bodies....
Chinese Plane Maker Buys US Cirrus
BEIJING (AFP) - A unit of China's biggest plane maker has agreed to buy US small aircraft builder Cirrus, in what state media said was the country's first acquisition of a US or European competitor. China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co (CAIGA),...
DBP Bats for PSE Listing of SME Firms
MANILA, Philippines - State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) are encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve their competitiveness and financial capability by going into the...
Democratic Solutions to Fight Poverty (First of Two Parts)
MANILA, Philippines - The recent domino-like outcomes of people's uprisings in many closed societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), caused the collapse of the 23 year-old dictatorship of Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and...
Facts of Recent History 2
MANILA, Philippines - In view of proposals to postpone the ARMM elections, the appointment of Officers-in-Charge (OICs), and the request of my readers that I write more facts, I shall do so without referring to a particular event. Let me give my...
Fans Use Social Media to Air Views on PBA Trade
MANILA, Philippines - The smoke may have cleared on the dramatic trade that took place some days ago between Air21 and San Miguel Beer and as expected, PBA fans were divided on the said transaction. Heavily affected were the fans coming from the San...
FIDA Eyes 1,000 Hectares More for Abaca
MANILA, Philippines - The Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) is targeting 1,000 hectares of new abaca plantations this year as part of its strategy to increase production of quality abaca fiber. FIDA is implementing the abaca expansion...
Filipino Bets Bounce Back, Win Doubles
MANILA, Philippines -The Philippines defeated Japan in doubles Saturday to keep its hopes alive in their Davis Cup tie at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu.Fil-Americans Cecil Mamiit and Treat Huey downed Hiroki Kondo and Takao...
Flirt Alert! Chris Evans and Dianna Agron Get Close at Oscar Party
Fresh off her breakup from "I Am Number Four" co-star Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron wasn't shy about hitting the party scene. UsMagazine.com reports the "Glee" star hit the Weinstein/Montblanc pre-Oscar bash at L.A.'s Soho House on February 26 with...
Getting to Know the Real Sarah Is Quite a Challenge for Gerald
MANILA, Philippines - After Sarah Geronimo opened up about her heartbreaking past with Rayver Cruz, earning the singer/actress' trust has become quite a challenge. Sarah's "Catch Me I'm In Love" co-star Gerald Anderson had mixed feelings working...
God and Suffering
MANILA, Philippines - "When it rains, it pours." I'm referring to the various calamities that hit the global community. There's the People Power revolt in Egypt followed by Libya, then the powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 in the Richter scale in Christchurch,...
Gov't Steps Up Coffee, Seaweed, Nipa Sugar, Sago Production
TAGBINA, Surigao del Sur - In an effort to make far-flung communities more productive and continuously uplift their living condition, the government has joined other stakeholders in focusing on the needs of the villagers so that they could increase...
Grunge Heroes and Wailing Rockers
MANILA, Philippines - 'Stone Temple Pilots,' Stone Temple Pilots, Warner Music STP's seventh album - their first in nine years - busts open the door with the hard rocking "Between The Lines," which sees the San Diego, California quartet in fine...
Gutierrez Seeks to Dismiss Two Impeachment Cases against Her
MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez has sought for the dismissal of the two impeachment complaints filed against her, arguing that her Office's purported inaction on high-profile graft cases does not constitute a betrayal of public...
IATA Halves Airline Industry Profit Forecast to $8.6 Billion
MANILA, Philippines - As high oil prices slashed airline profits by almost half, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its industry outlook for 2011 to $8.6 billion from the $9.1 billion it estimated in December 201, a 46% fall...
If Actress, Dancer Didn't Do It, What Did They Do the Whole Day in a Room Together?
MANILA, Philippines - A beautiful young actress vehemently denied an alleged tryst took place between her and a handsome young actor-dancer. Both celebrities belong to a network with a "heart." According to a source, a close friend of the actress...
Iya Villania Will Not Pose for Men's Mag despite New Sexy Rocker Image
MANILA, Philippines - Iya Villania has been known for her wholesome image until she shed her clothes for a sexy stint in Tanduay Rhum's 2011 calendar. Donned in sexy swimsuits, her appearance in the calendar raised a lot of eyebrows among showbiz watchers...
Joy Cancio Explains SexBomb Girls' Appearance on Rival Show
MANILA, Philippines - The SexBomb Girls, who had long been associated with GMA-7's "Eat Bulaga!," surprised many by appearing on ABS-CBN's newest noontime show "Happy Yipee Yehey!" on March 5.However, their manager Joy Cancio preempted intrigues by...
'Kabayan' Noli Comes to the Rescue of Pinoy OFWs
MANILA, Philippines - It must have been a deja vu of sorts for former Vice President Noli "Kabayan" de Castro who marked the eighth month of his successful return to radio and television broadcasting. Remember when Kabayan was the second highest...
Lakers End Bobcats' Mastery, Win 6th Straight
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and the Los Angeles Lakers ended the Charlotte Bobcats' inexplicable mastery over them Friday night with a 92-84 victory, their sixth straight win since the All-Star break.Pau Gasol had 20 points and...
Lea Salonga Lashes out at Alabang Ordinance on Contraceptives, Sex Education
MANILA, Philippines - Internationally acclaimed singer-actress Lea Salonga was enraged at the ordinance put out by barangay officials in Ayala Alabang prohibiting the sale of contraceptives without prescription and at restraining sex education in schools...
Lessons Learned
MANILA, Philippines - The world was hit by a twofold blow back in 2008 when skyrocketing global food prices resulted in a full-blown food crisis that intensified the worldwide economic recession. Rice, our staple food, was selling for at least P35...
LT Finally Touches Rudy's Belongings, Sets Spot Showcasing Her Husband's Life
MANILA, Philippines -JUST A THOUGHT: You can close your eyes to things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to things you don't want to feel.* * *MOVING FORWARD: It has been three years since Rudy Fernandez passed. On the actor's birth...
Mizuno Turns over Hi-Tech Gear for PHL Azkals
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) -- Mizuno, the official outfitter of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), on Thursday turned over to PFF president Mariano Araneta Jr. the high-tech winter football gear that the national men's team (Azkals) will use...
Nadal Powers Spain to 2-0 Lead vs Belgium
CHARLEROI, Belgium (AP) - Rafael Nadal celebrated his return to top-level tennis with a straight-sets win over Ruben Bemelmans on Friday to give Spain a 2-0 lead over Belgium in Davis Cup World Group play.The top-ranked Nadal was dominant in his comeback...
NBA-Best Spurs Crush Skidding Heat 125-95
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Tony Parker made a surprise return to the starting lineup and the San Antonio Spurs handed the skidding Miami Heat their most lopsided loss of the season, 125-95 on Friday night.In the first meeting...
Nokia to Sell Windows Phone in 2 Years
MANILA, Philippines - Nokia has 31 percent market share in the smart phone market worldwide and still ranks as number one handset in the Philippines with over 50 percent market share. However, it has lost the lead in terms of 'mind share' in the...
Non-Essential Staff in PH Embassy in Tripoli Ordered to Evacuate
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) -- Dependents of Filipino diplomats and non-essential staff of the Philippine embassy in Tripoli are among those who must board the Philippine-chartered repatriation vessel "MV Ionian Queen" on Saturday, joining hundreds more...
Opera Belles to Music Lovers: Free Your Mind
MANILA, Philippines - Sony Music's latest recording artist, Opera Belles, exhorts Filipino music lovers to try other types of genres including classical and opera. "Don't limit yourselves to pop music," was the advice the trio of Allison Tanner, Lara...
Pangasinan State U President Confident of a Second Term
DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines (PNA) -- The incumbent president of the Pangasinan State University (PSU) is confident he will be given a mandate for a second term of office by the Board of Regents despite the protest letter lodged against him by 12 faculty...
Permanent Vacation for 'Party Pilipinas' Director
MANILA, Philippines - Another director has opted out of "Party Pilipinas."Director Rico Gutierrez, who formed part of the replacement team that took over the post that director Louie Ignacio vacated last year, has allegedly submitted his resignation...
PhilExport Urges Gov't to Suspend Total Log Ban
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PhilExport) has called for the immediate suspension of the implementation of the total log ban, citing dire consequence to the lucrative wood-based industries. Philexport stressed...
Plot Is an Afterthought
MANILA, Philippines - When "Hush, Hush" came out in 2009, it was a commercial success for first time author Becca Fitzpatrick. The book spent 45 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has been translated into several languages. However, the...
Potatoes Touted as Diet Food
MANILA, Philippines - People on a diet may consider potatoes as an effective alternative to bread considering the information gathered by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) about it. "A potato has approximately the same energy value as...
PPP Must Succeed!
MANILA, Philippines - Our ageing infrastructure has always been an impediment to our economic advancement. The shortage of roads, choked-up ports and ridiculously expensive electricity contribute to the perception that our country a less-than-ideal...
P/$ Rate Stands at P43.28 to $1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate stands at P43.28 to the US dollar, the closing rate last Friday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands at P43.30. COCO OIL EXPORTS FALL 9.6% IN FEB. ...
Promoting the Sanctity of Marriage
MANILA, Philippines - Pope Benedict XVI called on Filipino bishops, who recently paid him a visit at the Vatican, to promote the sanctity of marriage, especially among young couples. The Holy Father told the bishops from Southern Luzon and the Visayas...
QC Cracks Down on Illegal Gambling
MANILA, Philippines - Alarmed by reports of the proliferation of illegal gambling, Quezon City authorities said they will go after its operators and protectors.Councilor Jaime Borres of the third district of Quezon City said he will meet with police...
Rain or Shine Guns for Third Straight Win
Games Sunday (Araneta Coliseum)4 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Powerade6:30 p.m. - Ginebra vs B-Meg Derby AceMANILA, Philippines - In-form Rain or Shine guns for a third consecutive win against Powerade Sunday, kicking off a regular doubleheader in the PBA...
Reach out to Parents, Pope Tells Local Bishops
MANILA, Philippines - Pope Benedict XVI has said that parents are the primary educators of their children in the faith.The Pontiff, in a recent audience with Filipino bishops, urged his brothers in the episcopate to reach out to families and educate...
Realize Your Dream Via OPM-Pagcor Nationwide Talent Search
MANILA, Philippines - More and more Filipino talents are being discovered through talent competitions, the latest of which is the "OPM@Pagcor, A Nationwide Search for the Total OPM Performer!" which was launched recently.The search, which is being...
Rehab of Davao Rizal Park Set
DAVAO CITY (PNA) - The Davao City Parks System Board has allocated P1.5 million for the refurbishing of the city's Rizal Park located at the heart of the city in time for the 74th Araw ng Dabaw celebration this month. Acting City Administrator Zuleika...
Rhian, Solenn Cross over to News Channel
MANILA, Philippines - JUST A THOUGHT: When faced with a situation where aggression is an option, the silent and calm emerges as the real man. * * * YOUNG ACHIEVERS: It has become some kind of a status symbol among GMA Network artists to cross...
Robin Holds off Having Baby with Mariel for Two Years
MANILA, Philippines - Celebrity couple Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez may have rushed into marriage but when it comes to having children, both have agreed to wait two years.According to Robin, he wants to be Mariel's baby in the meantime. He wants...
Rose Scores 24 to Lead Bulls over Magic 89-81
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Derrick Rose had 24 points and Luol Deng added 16 to help the Chicago Bulls hang on for an 89-81 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls bounced back from...
Subic Port Expansion Set This Year
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - Pushing for the promotion of the Port of Subic as a one-stop logistics center, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is now aiming to establish and expand more facilities here to accommodate virtually all types of maritime...
Sugar Production Estimate Lowered
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has cut slightly its raw sugar output estimate for the current crop year but officials said yesterday there was still no need for imports given ample stocks. Production for the 2010/2011 crop year ending August...
Task Force Formed to Run after PMA Official's Killers
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) here and other law enforcement agencies created Task Force Macasaet in order to fast-track the investigation of the brutal murder of an official of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA)...
The Rizal Capitol
MANILA, Philippines - Last Friday, the fourth of March, Rizalenos marked the second anniversary of the return of the provincial seat of government to a site that is within the province's territorial jurisdiction. In 2009, the dream of Rizalenos...
The True Disciple of Jesus
MATTHEW 7:21-27 Jesus said to His disciples: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy...
Thia Megia Makes 'Idol' Top 10 Cut; Charice 'Glee' Episodes Down to Four
Charice Pempengco is not the only celebrity rallying behind Filipino-American Thia Megia's "American Idol" cause. Judges and voice coaches of the most popular talent search on TV have also raved about the 15-year-old's belting ability. And America...
Under the 'Hood'
MANILA, Philippines - Sarah Blakley-Cartwright is 22-years-old and is a recent cum laude graduate of Barnard College. She is the recipient of the 2008-2009 Mary Gordon Fiction Scholarship Award and the 2009-2010 Lenore Marshall Barnanrd Prize for Prose.Blakley-Cartwright...
Wine Shop Clerk Refuses to Honor Matt Damon's Credit Card
Matt Damon was left embarrassed and annoyed when a wine store clerk recently rejected the actor's credit card because he wasn't convinced his customer was the Hollywood star. Damon recently relocated to New York with his wife Luciana and their four...
Wolfgang's Lead Singer, Basti Artadi, Returns to the Country for Good
MANILA, Philippines - One of the country's biggest rock bands, Wolfgang, has been missing in the scene for years and has only recently been back on the local stage for a handful of shows. Vocalist Basti Artadi moved to the States a few years ago and...
World's Sixth Mass Extinction May Be Underway
PARIS (AFP) - Mankind may have unleashed the sixth known mass extinction in Earth's history, according to a paper released by the science journal Nature.Over the past 540 million years, five mega-wipeouts of species have occurred through naturally-induced...
Writing for Writers
MANILA, Philippines - How can a beginning writer know a good how-to book on writing from a bad one? Is there a way to sort one from the other? What are the guidelines?Students and Campuses Bulletin corresponds with Peter Selgin, author of "Drowning...
'You Are My Sunshine'
MANILA, Philippines - Every day, a thousand and one miracles are happening. Everywhere. Anytime. I am referring to extraordinary events which cannot be explained by the ordinary natural forces or by the operation of known human laws. There are miracles...