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 27, 2011

2nd Police Force for ARMM Formed
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has approved the splitting of the police force in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) into two regional offices. Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag, director of the ARMM regional...
Acer Iconia Touch Technology Now Here
MANILA, Philippines -- Acer Philippines, in partnership with Microsoft, has launched the Acer Iconia-484G64ns dual-display touchscreen PC and the Acer Iconia Tab W500 tablet-netbook combo computer. Powered by Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system,...
Acer Iconia Touch Technology Now Here
Acer Philippines, in partnership with Microsoft, has launched the Acer Iconia-484G64ns dual-display touchscreen PC and the Acer Iconia Tab W500 tablet-netbook combo computer. Powered by Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system, the Iconia touchscreen...
Air Raids Force Gadhafi Retreat, Rebels Seize East
AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) - Libyan rebels clinched their hold on the east and seized back a key city on Saturday after decisive international airstrikes sent Moammar Gadhafi's forces into retreat, shedding their uniforms and ammunition as they fled. ...
All about Rett Syndrome
MANILA, Philippine -- QUESTION: My daughter has just been recently diagnosed with Rett syndrome. What should we do in terms of early intervention for her case? Are there places in the country we can go to specifically for Rett Syndrome? Thank you for...
Appeal for Open-Skies Policy to Be Amended
MANILA, Philippines -- A representative of the tourism sector has called on Malacanang to amend the executive order giving foreign carriers liberal access to international airports in the country aside from the Ninoy Aquino Inter-national Airport (NAIA)...
Ariel: Mukha Raw Kasi Akong Magsasaka
Beyond good looks: Good to see Ariel Rivera in a dressy, sophisticated role for a change. The romantic balladeer is back on ABS-CBN where he plays the senior male lead in "Mula sa Puso," which opens March 28, opposite Dawn Zulueta and Eula Valdez....
A Sudden Rush of Cesare
Compared to the Philippine Heart Center's focus on the heart or the Lung Center of the Philippines' focus on the lung or the National Kidney and Transplant Institute's focus on the kidney -- no center or institute whatsoever caters solely on the brain....
Attack Threats and the Internet
MANILA, Philippines - If you were among the number of Facebook users lured towards clicking on a link to view a supposed close-up video of victims running away from the recent tsunami in Japan, then chances are you have just been the victim of a cyber...
Beyond the Ombudsman
As the Senate prepares for the trial of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and the televised proceedings, the ground rules must provide her the widest opportunity to have her side heard. She has always maintained that more than 40 years of sterling record...
'Brain Waste' Thwarts Immigrants' Dreams
NEW YORK (AP) - After finishing medical school in Bogota, Colombia, Maria Anjelica Montenegro did it all - obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, even surgery. By her estimate, she worked with thousands of patients. None of that prepared her...
Breathing Hope
MANILA, Philippines -- God has kept on giving me answers these past days, even if I have not really been asking. All I have been doing was to think about it and He would answer. I told my mom that it was like God was eavesdropping on my mind. Ha...
Carjack Suspect Asks Police to Return Phones, P170,000
MANILA, Philippines -- Suspected carjack gang leader Roger Dominguez asked a Quezon City court to order the police to release his cash worth P170,000 and other valuables seized from him when he was flagged down for a traffic violation leading to his...
Car Paper Trail Leads to Murder Suspect
MANILA, Philippines -- Following the paper trail of the registration of the get-away vehicle, investigators have finally found a possible suspect in the murder of a pastor last year. Chief Superintendent Benjardi Mantele, director of the Quezon...
Congress Approval Rating Up
More and more Filipinos have become appreciative of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., whose approval rating soared to 50 percent in the recent Pulse Asia survey. In the survey conducted from February...
DENR Resolves 50% of Pending, Inactive Mining Applications
MANILA, Philippines -- At least half of the total pending and inactive mining applications have been eliminated or resolved as part of reforms in the country's mining sector. In a report to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)...
DoE Assesses Impact of Japan Crisis on Energy Supply, Demand
MANILA, Philippines -- The triple whammy hitting Japan is viewed by experts to be bringing in landscape changes in the energy supply-demand balance, and this is similarly prompting the Philippine officials to re-assess impact in the domestic energy...
Europe's No. 1 Direct Selling Company Now in PH
MANILA, Philippines - A new direct selling company based in France and owned by the Groupe Yves Rocher, one of the top beauty companies in the world, is now in the Philippines with the goal of changing the lives of Filipino women and mothers for the...
Felimon Suarez's Passion for Perfection
MANILA, Philippines - Over the past 26 years, Suarez & Sons, Inc. has become one of the leading companies of metal arts in the Philippines. The patriarch of the family, Felimon Suarez learned everything about the business leading to its success,...
Following Simon's Footsteps
There was once a well-off French man who seemingly felt uncomfortable living a materially comfortable lifestyle. His name was Simon Vela, the Franciscan brother who found the revered image of the Our Lady of Penafrancia and built a shrine in her honor...
Furnaces Fired Up at Tsunami-Struck Crematorium
NATORI, Japan (AFP) - The furnaces are burning again at the tsunami-battered crematorium in Natori, where workers face a grisly backlog of bodies from Japan's worst natural disaster in nearly a century. Since the March 11 tsunami that slammed into...
Gold Mines, a City's Pride, Leave Toxic Legacy
RANDFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) - When it rains in the shantytown of Tudor Shaft, the streets pool with orange water that smells like vinegar. Experts say the water contains radioactive minerals and has killed all aquatic life in a nearby river. ...
Gov't Sets Marketing Blitz in HK
The Philippines will launch an intensified marketing campaign to attract tourists from Hong Kong who have avoided the country following the bus hostage tragedy in Manila last August. Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim yesterday admitted that his department...
Hamzah Plays with the Naif
Hamzah Marbella is definitely one of the young faces art enthusiasts should watch out for in the local art scene. His recent solo exhibit, which opened at The Podium last January 22, is testament to the child-artist's prolific and inspired painterly...
Hamzah's Shining Shanghai Moment
Nine-year old gifted Filipino artist Hamzah Marbella is packing his bags for Shanghai. No, he is not leaving the country for good. In fact, he is set to give the Philippines another proud moment. Hamzah is the only Filipino artist invited to...
IP E-Games in Domination V
MANILA, Philippines -- Publicly listed online gaming publisher IP e-Game Ventures Inc. is going overdrive with the preparations for Domination V, its fifth year anniversary celebration which will be held this April 2, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center,...
Is TV Obsolete?
The increased number of online users is the reason why internet providers are doing well in terms of business. With an internet connection present, accessing news and entertainment is just within our reach. But has the Internet made television obsolete?...
It Is 'STILL' about the Apps!
MANILA, Philippines -- Amazon launches Android App Store. Apple sues over "App Store" name. Amazon re-launches as Amazon AppStore. Sneaky, eh! :) Anyway, Amazon is on to something here. It has a Kindle eBook reader, which does not run Android applications...
It Is 'STILL' about the Apps!
Amazon launches Android App Store. Apple sues over "App Store" name. Amazon re-launches as Amazon AppStore. Sneaky, eh! :) Anyway, Amazon is on to something here. It has a Kindle eBook reader, which does not run Android applications (yet), and with...
Langit Wins Gold in Thai Sportsfest; Javier Bronze
Not even an intensity seven earthquake days before the race start could dampen the spirits of the Philippine delegation that is seeing action in the 2011 Mekong River Multi-Sports Festival at Chiangsean district, Chiangrai Province, Thailand Lea Coline...
Looming Crisis
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is in a downward spiral of violence and chaos. Thousands of overseas Filipino workers have fled the area and many are back in the Phillippines - jobless. President Aquino should alert his Cabinet to the looming...
Manufacturers to Assess Anti-Smuggling Initiatives
MANILA, Philippines -- Domestic manufacturers will gather concerned government agencies and stakeholders to a mini-summit to asses the actions taken against smuggling in the country and to press for the implementation of the proposed compulsory acquisition...
Megawide Reports 371% Rise in Profits to P335M
MANILA, Philippines -- Megawide Construction Corporation registered an almost fourfold jump in net profits in 2010 to P335 million, up 371 percent from P71 million in 2009, due to a higher number of completed projects. "Growth was due to the increase...
Motorola Has Reached Another Milestone
MANILA, Philippines -- Barely a year ago Milestone came to revolutionize Motorola handsets and indeed it served its purpose. With the release of Milestone 2, will it be able to sustain and keep up with our expectations? Motorola Milestone 2 comes...
Motorola Has Reached Another Milestone: Milestone 2 Boasts of Android 2.2 and MotoBLUR
Barely a year ago Milestone came to revolutionize Motorola handsets and indeed it served its purpose. With the release of Milestone 2, will it be able to sustain and keep up with our expectations? Motorola Milestone 2 comes to us with the same look...
Motorola Solutions Focuses on Channel Partner Community in Asia Pacificto
MANILA, Philippines - The formation of Motorola Solutions after the separation of Motorola earlier this year has enabled the company to further sharpen the focus on its strategic growth priorities.To share its vision of growth, industry opportunities...
NAIA Witnesses Sad Tales of Two Families
MANILA, Philippines -- One family makes a last-ditch effort to save a loved one from certain death. The other only wants to give a decent burial to their loved one, in return for her unselfish sacrifice. These two separate occasions at the Ninoy...
No Jobs Here, Only Careers
MANILA, Philippines - According to the IT-BPO Roadmap of Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), jobs generated by business process outsourcing companies (BPOs) and contact centers in the Philippines could increase to 1.3 million,...
Nokia X2-01: Double the Fun
Chat with friends through YM, Google and Ovi Chat. Send messages fast and easy on the full Share updates from Facebook and Twitter and update your status while on the go. QWERTY keyboard. Download songs at Ovi Music and quickly access your music...
Nuclear Reactive
MANILA, Philippines - It would be an understatement to say that the triple whammy in Japan (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear dilemma) is causing panic among nations. And here in the Philippines-where circulating texts allegedly from the BBC News advising...
One Hour of Darkness
Military leaves security issue in Spratlys to DFA - News item. Diplomacy is our first line of defense and offense. "To conduct foreign policy without an army is like conducting a symphony without an orchestra" - Frederic the Great. Philippines...
Painters Stick with Import
With two games to play in the shortened elimination round of the PBA Commissioner's Cup, Rain or Shine has decided to stick with import Hassan Adams. "We can't blame everything on the import," Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said yesterday after...
Palace Drafting Measure on Short-Term Fuel Subsidy
The government is powerless to stop the surge of world oil prices but will exhaust measures to ease its blow on the public transport sector, a Palace official said yesterday. Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development...
Persona 3
MANILA, Philippines -- Only a small number of games have attempted to cross the continuum separating real-life from fantasy and Persona 3 by Atlus is one of those few that have succeeded in this make believe transition. First released in the PS2...
Persona 3
Only a small number of games have attempted to cross the continuum separating real-life from fantasy and Persona 3 by Atlus is one of those few that have succeeded in this make believe transition. First released in the PS2 in 2007, the Japanese...
PEZA Cumulative Investments Reach P1.724 Trillion
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has generated cumulative investments of P1.724 trillion, generated $400.651 billion in exports and created 792,524 jobs since 1995. PEZA director-general Lilia B. De Lima reported...
Philrice Promotes UC-Davis Fuel-Efficient Rice Hull Gasifier
MANILA, Philippines -- A University of California (UC)-Davis inspired rice hull gasifier is being promoted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) as a cost-effective and nature-friendly gasifier for irrigation pumps in farflung rainfed...
Post Mortem
Watching TV clips in the aftermath of the closure of Banco Filipino, I can only feel sorry for the bank's small depositors. If it is any consolation, they will get paid by PDIC if their deposit is P500,000 or less, although it may take a little while....
QC Stabilizes Payatas Landfill
MANILA, Philippines -- On orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, the Quezon City government has instituted engineering measures to maintain the structural stability of the new Payatas landfill to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities especially...
Reading between the Lines
Life navigates through a series of lines; from the course that we each take every morning, the career path we choose to pursue, to the way we each handle personal relationships. Surely, the simplest way to represent and observe patterns or trends is...
Rebuilding the Biz
MANILA, Philippines - With the shop's roster of colorful cakes in whimsical shapes-ball dresses, jewelry boxes, a soda can, and a DSLR camera-you'd think that life has always been sweet and easy for owner Eliza Mangio-Manalang.Manalang started as a...
Reclamation in Laguna Lake Ordered Stopped
LAGUNA, Philippines -- The Laguna Lake Development (LLDA) has issued an order against two people to stop occupying an illegally reclaimed area of the lake in Taguig City. LLDA General Manager Rod Cabrera said his office and the city of Taguig are...
Revillame's 'Hit' on a Minor Causes Stir in Cyberspace
MANILA, Philippines -- The video clip of "Willing Willie" contestant "Jan-Jan" has triggered a new round of controversy for the show's host Willie Revillame. Dated March 12 and has since circulated on Facebook and Twitter, it shows a six-year-old boy...
Revival of Agro-Clustering Eyed to Replace Palay Support Program
MANILA, Philippines -- The agro-clustering approach may be revived by the government as an alternative to capital-intensive palay support program that will cost government a huge P29 billion by 2013. The Congressional Oversight Commission on Agriculture...
Rotating Brownouts Loom
MANILA, Philippines -- Fears of rotating brownouts this summer were raised following the tripping of the San Jose-San Manuel transmission line of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), causing power outages in Metro Manila and nearby...
Ruddy C. Tan: General Manager, Burlington Industries Philippines, Inc
MANILA, Philippines - Ruddy C. Tan, 57, has been General Manager of Burlington Industries Philippines, Inc. for the past 23 years. The 43-year-old company has established a reputation as a local socks and hosiery authority, and enjoys continued patronage...
Sakura Will Surely Come to Japan
MANILA, Philippines -- A Japanese classmate of mine at Harvard taught me all about "Sakura," the cherished Cherry blossoms to the Japanese. He even wrote a "haiku" (a form of Japanese poetry) about this sign of spring that every Japanese eagerly anticipates...
Schneider Electric Explores Local Tie-Up on RE Project
SINGAPORE - As it establishes a stronger foothold on investments in the Southeast Asian region, French firm Schneider Electric is opting to further build up its presence in certain markets through partnerships with local companies, including the Philippines....
SEC Okays Megaworld's P562-M Infusion into Suntrust
MANILA, Philippines -- Megaworld Corporation, the flagship property developer of Andrew Tan, has infused P562.06 million in cash into Suntrust Properties Inc. to support the firm's hike in authorized capital from P500 million to P2 billion. The...
Sennheiser Launches Adidas Originals
Barely a year ago, Sennheiser, world's leading manufacturer of wireless transmission systems, microphones and headphones, joined forces with the leading global producer of sports footwear, equipment and leisure wear, Adidas. The collaboration was marked...
Survey: Stepping out Tops Priorities List
MANILA, Philippines - According to the MasterCard Survey on Consumer Purchasing Priorities released recently, 69 percent of consumers in Asia/Pacific said they would spend on Dining and Entertainment in the next six months, just a percentage point...
Syrian Port City Rocked by Unrest; Tensions Widen
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - A scenic seaside city echoed with gunfire Saturday as protesters defied government forces in Syria's second day of nationwide unrest, burning tires, attacking businesses and setting the offices of the ruling party aflame. ...
The Rejection at Nazareth
Jesus said [to all in the synagogue at Nazareth], "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and...
They Won't Take It Sitting Down
MANILA, Philippines - Their products have caressed and given relief to Celine Dion, Ralph Lauren, and Oprah Winfrey's tired bums and legs. They're displayed prominently in homes that appear in "Architectural Digest". And you're likely to find them...
Three Awarded Actors Return to ABS-CBN Via 'Mula Sa Puso'
MANILA, Philippines -- Three award-winning actors return to the Kapamilya Network via the drama series "Mula sa Puso" which premieres today at 6 p.m. on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida. They are Ariel Rivera, Dawn Zulueta and Eula Valdez. Ariel, Dawn and...
Tiny Amounts of Radiation from Japan Reach Nevada
RENO, Nevada (AP) - Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear plant have reached Las Vegas, but scientists say it poses no health risk. Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and xenon-133 reached a monitoring...
To Strive, to Seek and Not to Yield
MANILA, Philippines -- Thousands of college students will graduate this year, all of them aspiring to land the perfect job without being fully aware that in the real world, they have to battle it out with other fresh graduates! But if it is difficult...
Tough Days Ahead for Azkals
National coach Hans Michael Weiss said he will need six tuneup matches against club teams in Asia to whip the Philippine Azkals into fighting form for the qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that starts this June. "We will start...
Tsunami Harpoons Japanese Whaling Town
AYUKAWA, Japan (AFP) - The Japanese whaling town of Ayukawa has survived the wrath of environmental groups for decades, but had no defence against a giant tsunami that wiped out the industry here, possibly for ever. One of only four communities...
Tsunami Orphans Face Uncertain Future
RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AFP) - Naho Tsuchiya's parents won't be there to wish her luck when she starts high school next week. She and her little brother are now orphans, left to fend for themselves by Japan's tsunami. "There were four of us in the...
US-Led Airstrikes Aid Retaking of Ajdabiya
WASHINGTON (AP) - A barrage of United States (US)-led airstrikes opened the door for Libyan rebels to retake the eastern city of Ajdabiya on Saturday, handing US President Barack Obama a tangible example of progress as he defends the military action...
Vanessa Hudgens: I Would Do 'Glee' If They Invited Me
LOS ANGELES - "I would love to do 'Glee' if they invited me," revealed the former "High School Musical" star, Fil-Am Vanessa Hudgens in an interview recently at the Beverly Hilton hotel. "It would be fun," she added. "I think we're all in this because...
Women with Disabilities Day
Women with Disabilities Day observed on March 28 aims to increase awareness about the rights and situation of women with disabilities by serving as a portal of resources and work of the United Nations in this area. The entry into force in 2008 of...
Young Stars Are among the Class of 2011
MANILA, Philippines -- Education is still a priority for a handful of young actors. Following in the footsteps of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, who recently got their high school diplomas, Kapamilya star Julia Montes is also part of batch 2011 graduating...