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 August 11, 2011

2011 Internation Youth Day Friday
MANILA, Philippines - In its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly, on December 17, 1999, endorsed the recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth held in Lisbon on August 8-12, 1998, that August 12 of...
Adamson's 11 Treys Sink UP
Games Saturday (Smart-Araneta Coliseum) 1 p.m. - NU vs UE 3 p.m. - Ateneo vs FEU MANILA, Philippines - While it was raining heavily outside, Adamson University was busy raining down triples at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The Falcons fired...
'Amazing' Therapy Wipes out Leukemia in Study
NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia - turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. They've only done it in three patients so...
Americans Air Worries and Fears
NEW YORK, New York, United States (Reuters) - America is on the fritz. From Times Square to St. Petersburg, Florida, and Portland, Oregon, people are trying to understand how the downgrading of America's AAA credit rating by Standard and Poor's...
Aquino to AFAB: 'Be Ready'
BATAAN FREEPORT, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III said Wednesday the Authority of Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) will have to be ready for the influx of investors in the coming days, following the entry of a giant international garments...
ARMM's Transition Team Members Named
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Incumbent executives of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) announced the composition of an ARMM team tasked to ensure a record-setting transition of their stewardship to officers-in-charge (OICs) that President...
Asian Stocks Bounce Back on Fed's Decision Keeping Rates Low
HONG KONG (AFP) - Asian stocks rallied in early trade Wednesday, part of a global uptick after the US Federal Reserve pledged to keep interest rates near zero for at least two years.Manila closed 3.20 percent, or 133.11 points, higher at 4,290.14....
Australia's Claim to Icy Antartica
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia holds the largest claim to Antarctica but risks losing it in any race to unlock the frozen continent's potentially vast mineral and energy resources, an influential thinktank said Monday. With global interest in the...
Bangko Sentral Expects More Inflows
MANILA, Philippines - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. Wednesday said the US Federal Reserve's timeframe of rates action will help emerging market economies (EMEs) such as the Philippines adjust monetary policy stance...
Britons Use Social Networking Sites to Expose Rioters
LONDON (AFP) -- Britons took to social networking sites on Wednesday to expose the rioters who went on the rampage for four nights, posting photos of masked gangs looting and hurling missiles. Much of the violence, which started in London but has...
BSP Intervention Sought to Stem Further Appreciation of the Peso
MANILA, Philippines - Exporters and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) called on the central bank to immediately intervene and avert further sharp fluctuations of the peso vis-a-vis the US dollar since a below P43:$1 level will effectively slow down export-dependent...
BSP Rules out Imposing Capital Controls, Will Curb Speculative Flows
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) bank is working with banks to arrest speculative flows into the foreign exchange market, but Governor Amando Tetangco said Thursday there were no plans to impose capital controls. The central...
China and the U.S. Talk
MANILA, Philippines -- Last year China overtook Japan, as the world's second largest economy, next to the United States. This year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting that China will become the world's leading economy within the next...
Chopper Conspiracy
MANILA, Philippines - "There's a conspiracy to cover up something here." Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said Thursday as he berated Commission on Audit (CoA) auditor Jaime Sanares, resident auditor of the Philippine National Police (PNP), for failing...
Crude Tanker Freight Rates to Ease on US Economic Woes
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Rates for crude tankers on key Asian freight routes are expected to ease to multi-month lows over the next week due to lingering oversupply problems and growing fears of a double-dip recession in the United States.For clean tankers,...
Dangerous, Unnecessary
"In reality, the MILF leadership has not yet fully thought out their idea of what constitutes an Islamic state.'' - Marites Vitug/Glenda Gloria "Under the Crescent Moon'' MANILA, Philippines - For the President of the Republic to sneak out of the...
DBM Allocates P8.3-B Cash Refunds
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Wednesday that it is allocating P8.3 billion of next year's proposed national budget for direct cash refund instead of tax credit certificates (TCCs).Budget and Management Secretary...
Defense Cuts Worry U.S. Military
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) - United States troops and their families are directly affected by the prospect of deep cuts in the Pentagon's budget, which surely will shrink over the coming decade as the military closes out two wars, trims its...
Director Confident of Latest TV Serial Top-Billed by Erich, Enchong
MANILA, Philippines -- Awarded filmmaker Rory B. Quintos said she's very confident of her latest project "Maria La Del Barrio," top-billed by two of the hottest stars today, Erich Gonzales and Enchong Dee. The Filipinized version of the hit Televisa...
'El Presidente' Spans Several Decades, Nora Arrives Earlier Than Call-Time
MANILA, Philippines -- The epic movie "El Presidente" will span several decades in the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippine Republic. So expect the film to be somewhat long, not less than two hours-and-a-half. This is...
ERC Asked to Deliberate on FIT Applications on Rate Parameters
MANILA, Philippines - Hopes are dimming for a timely decision on the feed-in-tariff (FIT) charges for renewable energy given the legal technicalities raised that will likely hamstring continued deliberations on the application of the National Renewable...
GFI Convergence for SME Finance
MANILA, Philippines - Secretary Mar Roxas received his moniker as "Mr. Palengke" when he was at the Department of Trade and Industry for his active support of the small and medium enterprise agenda. He is credited for having created a unified SME group...
Gilas Thumps UAE, Nears Semis
Games Friday (Hsinjhuang Stadium, New Taipei City) 1 p.m. - Malaysia vs UAE 3 p.m. - Jordan vs Iran 5 p.m. - Philippines vs Japan (Live on IBC13) 7 p.m. - Taipei vs Korea NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan - Smart-Gilas Pilipinas sizzled in the...
Giving Up Reaches for Love
MADRID, Spain (DPA) - She rules over one of the world's most breathtaking fortunes, but she is giving up a large part of it for the sake of love. Spaniards knew that the 85-year-old Duchess of Alba was independent-minded, but her romance with a...
GMA Fitted with 'Halo Vest'
MANILA, Philippines - Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been fitted with a "halo vest" to support her brittle cervical spine, doctors at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City said Thursday.In a media...
Gold Breaches $1,800 an Ounce
HONG KONG (AFP) - Gold prices surged past $1,800 an ounce on Thursday as investors bought up the safe haven as markets around the world slump due to ongoing fears about the global economy. In early trade the price of the precious metal soared to...
Gov. ER Downplays Second Choice Issue over Nora, Calls Her National Artist; Tikoy to Shoot Aunor Docu
Just a thought: Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy MANILA, Philippines -- National Artist: Not once or twice but more than thrice, Laguna Governor ER Ejercito kept saying during the Aug. 6 press conference...
Government Shelves Overseas Debt Issues
MANILA, Philippines - The government will wait until the global financial markets stabilize before pursuing the issuance of overseas bonds and global peso notes, the Department of Finance (DoF) said Thursday. On the sidelines of the Finance Asia...
Graceful Aging
MANILA, Philippines - For purposes of medical classification, physicians define elderly age as between 60 and 70 years old, the oldest 80 and above. In practice, however, clinical evaluation is based not only on age alone but encompasses a person's...
Hall Gives Rodman Recognition for Hoops Skills
MANILA, Philippines - The outrageous outfits and tabloid tales guaranteed Dennis Rodman fame long after he finished running with the Bulls.He was in Mexico about five years ago on a midnight run for tacos - the fun often started for Rodman around midnight...
Holistic Learning and the Learning Atmosphere
MANILA, Philipppines - All learning involves our body, mind, emotions, attitudes and others. All of our feelings, beliefs, personal problems, and attitudes affect our learning capacity. Teachers need to consider the emotional disposition of students...
Home Is Where the School Is
MANILA, Philippines - Kids are rushing off, leaving their half-eaten breakfast on the dining table. Mom is frantic, making sure that the children have everything they need. School bag, check. Baon, check. School uniform, check. Meanwhile, dad revs...
House Suspends Excise Tax Deliberations
MANILA, Philippines - The leadership of the House of Representatives has decided to suspend deliberations on all bills seeking to amend excise tax laws that are currently pending before the Committee on Ways and Means.Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said...
In the Name of 'Freedom'
MANILA, Philippines -- So many barbarities, vulgarities, despicable acts of disrespect, indecorous behavior, mediocrities, crass opulence, pretensions, and perversions have been committed, accepted, lauded, tolerated at the very least, in the name...
Jennylyn Not Replacing Rufa Mae
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Jennylyn Mercado dispelled speculations that she will replace comedienne Rufa Mae Quinto as one of the hosts of "Showbiz Central." In an interview aired on "Unang Hirit," Aug. 11, Jennylyn said, "Hindi- guest lang po...
Joseph Bitangcol Now Stable after Accident, but Might Undergo Operation
MANILA, Philippines - Young actor Joseph Bitangcol is now in stable condition after he and five others got into a vehicular accident last Aug. 10 in Antipolo City. In an interview with "Showbiz News Ngayon (SNN)" that night, Lydia Bitangcol, the...
Juday Defends Ryan from Third-Party Issue; Answers Criticisms on Weight
MANILA, Philippines - Judy Ann Santos says there's no truth to rumors linking her husband Ryan Agoncillo to another woman, who, according to the grapevine, is one of the latter's "Eat Bulaga" co-hosts. "Saksi ako na kung talagang magturingan sila...
June Export Earnings Decline 10.2%
MANILA, Philippines - The country's export earnings in June 2011 posted a 10.2 percent drop to $4.09 billion from $4.55 recorded during the same period last year.The National Statistics Office (NSO) reported that total export earnings for first half...
Juvic Poised for APO Win
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - In-form Juvic Pagunsan made Apo Golf and Country Club look like a pitch-and-putt course Thursday, firing a second straight 66 for a commanding eight-shot lead going into the final round of the ICTSI Apo Classic. It was...
Laser Watch
MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is taking steps to stop the increasing frequency of "laser attacks" on pilots landing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by still unidentified perpetrators, causing...
Love, Philippine Show Business Style
MANILA, Philippines - The current showbiz milieu is rife with actors and actresses engaged in various state of twitterpatedness. Here's a quick look at some of our local idols and their controversial showbiz relationships. Trouble in paradise? ...
Malampaya Group Likely to Get 15-Year Extension of License
TABANGAO, Batangas, Philippines - A 15-year license extension will likely be granted to the Malampaya consortium following the fresh batch of $1.0 billion investment that they will cough up for the next two phases to ramp up gas production in the field.The...
Marriage, Divorce
MATTHEW 19:3-12 Some Pharisees approached [Jesus], and tested Him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?" He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'...
Memory Loss in Older People
NEW Haven, Connecticut, United States (DPA) - A team of US scientists say a chemical substance in the brain that slows down the rate of neuron activity is the source of forgetfulness in elderly people. Their findings, which have been published in the...
Merger of Printing Entities Proposed
MANILA, Philippines - Deputy Speaker and Cavite Rep. Crispin Remulla has proposed the integration of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Production Unit and the National Printing Office (NPO) into a sole printing arm for the government.He said...
Missionary Work
MANILA, Philippines - Since 1989, priests and brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have been working among the poor and disadvantaged in the country, initiating pastoral and social activities particularly in Mindanao. For the last 22 years, they have...
Miss Universe Bet Hopes to Invite Donald Trump to Philippines
MANILA, Philippines -- Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup has vowed to promote the country as an important destination, as she left yesterday for the 2011 Miss Universe beauty pageant to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sept. 12. While she hopes to...
More Showbiz Celebrities Turn Businessmen
MANILA, Philippines -- There have been quite a number of stories about stars who had been there who ended up living in poverty, some of them under public bridges. Most of them misused their money, squandering their earnings and neglecting the fact...
My Kind of Take-Out Cuisine
MANILA, Philippines -- I call Jyn's selections as take out Cuisine with a capital C because it is only so apt and fitting that it cannot be grouped within the classes of your regular call-in delivery food. Jyn's delivery selections break away from...
Myths and Legends
MANILA, Philippines - Newsbreak. Government expresses concern over MILF infighting - News item. After GRP settled with MNLF, MILF formed splinter group. Now this? I hope that P-Noy's secret talks doesn't get caught up in a good cop-bad cop Moro-Moro....
National Health Research System Week
Stakeholders in health and health-related systems in the country gathers today in Bacolod City, for the 5th Philippine National Health Research Systems (PNHRS) Week Conference with the theme "Convergence in Divergence, Innovations for Better Health."...
NG's First-Half Borrowings Decline
MANILA, Philippines - Government borrowings from local and foreign lenders significantly dropped in the first semester of the year amid lower than programmed spending, data from the Bureau of Treasury showed Wednesday.In January to June, the Aquino...
Nothing Illegal in Tokyo Talks
MANILA, Philippines -- The government and the private sector should closely monitor and take preemptive measures against the economic and market impact of the US credit downgrade on the local economy. Beware of financial storm that could batter...
OFW Perishes Saving Her Ward
MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are very loving people who would sacrifice their lives for others, said Edwin Limbago, husband of Juanita Agustin Limbago, the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hong Kong who got killed last June 10 for protecting the...
Overseas Poll Registration Plan Sought
MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino migrant rights watchdog on Thursday Thursday urged the government to bare its plan and timetable of activities on information dissemination and campaign for the upcoming overseas absentee voters (OAV) registration."It...
P1.4 M for 'Dragon Warriors'
MANILA, Philippines - The 20-man Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) will get P1.4 million in cash reward after congressmen passed the hat Wednesday to support the victorious team.Solons agreed to contribute P5,000 each Wednesday for the bemedalled...
'Peace Soldiers' Deployed in Davao
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - The Philippine Army (PA) has deployed soldiers who will be tasked to undertake peace and development efforts in the conflict-stricken villages of Malita town in Davao del Sur.Col. Gloriouso Miranda, 1002nd Infantry...
Petition Tackled
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) decided Thursday to tackle as a full court the petition of Stradcom Corp., the information technology (IT) contractor of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), seeking to compel the government to pay its...
P.F.F. Taps Top Football Refs
CAGAYAN DE ORO - The Philippine Football Federation has tapped its best referees to officiate in the group eliminations of the PFF-Smart Club Championships, including six who passed the rigorous week-long FIFA referees' course held last May in Dapitan...
Record Rice, Corn Production Achieved
MANILA, Philippines - The country's rice and corn production rose to record volumes in the first half on favorable weather, boosting overall farm output with annual growth likely at more than 4 percent in the period, agriculture officials said on Wednesday.Unmilled...
Remembering St. Clare of Assisi
MANILA, Philippines -- Thursday, we remember the life and works of Saint Clare of Assisi. Saint Clare was born Chaira Offreduccio on July 16, 1194, in Assisi, Italy, the eldest daughter of Favorino Scifi, Count of Sasso-Rosso, and Ortalana (who became...
Riding out and Shooting Up the Old West with Lasers
MANILA, Philippines -- Sure, it's silly- for people with zero imagination. But it's an intriguing concept for those who have, at some point in their lives, brought out the toy soldiers and LEGOs and thought, "What would happen if-" Which is why even...
Rotizza: Heritage Pizza, Truly Asia
MANILA, Philippines -- At dinner two nights ago, I witnessed a "Eureka!" moment when the excitement of discovery literally made the inventor leap from his seat. There, at the Riviera Restaurant of the Heritage Hotel, a chef's brilliant concept moved...
Simple Yet Sophisticated Premium Brew
MANILA, Philippines -- Chugging down a cold drink after a stressful week and getting caught in lively conversations with friends is a situation that is synonymous with a good brew. There are ways of enjoying beer other than drinking large quantities...
Simply Pinoy Enjoy Pinoy Comfort Cuisine at Recipes Restaurant
MANILA, Philippines -- It is always a thrill to discover new restaurants and enjoy cuisine from all over the world. And a lot of local food experts agree that Vietnamese and Thai culinary creations are now becoming popular choices for restaurant regulars,...
Social Security System Collections Hits P8.4 Billion in Visayas, Mindanao
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - The Social Security System (SSS) has collected a total of P8.4 billion in contributions in Visayas and Mindanao during the first half of this year. The amount is an 11 percent increase from the P7.41 billion over the...
Solenn Huessaff's Lovelife on 'Fire'
MANILA, PHILIPPINES -- Bona fide recording artist Solenn Heussaff has revealed dating for a week now, a foreigner whom she kind of likes except that "He's not a skinhead!" Apparently, Solenn like his guys "kalbo" because she loves the smooth feel...
Solon Calls for Capital Controls
MANILA, Philippines - A party-list congressman representing the country's small entrepreneurs has called on the government to start imposing capital control in the country as he noted that the United States problematic economy will continue to unsettle...
SPUD Proclaimed Eco-Friendly School
DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Philippines (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Education (DepEd), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has adjudged St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) as the...
Survive Those Rainy Days
MANILA, Philippines - The second half of the year marks the rainy season in the Philippines, and that means anything from a light drizzle to a torrential downpour. Lest you get caught in a storm, a rainy day traffic jam, or a flash flood, it's best...
Tabuk Prepares for Any Disaster
TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Philippines - Members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) recently met to formulate the city's counter-disaster plan for August to December to make sure that concerned agencies and the local government...
Teaching Religion, Faith in Universities
MANILA, Philippines - Harvard University, only 25 years younger than our University of Santo Tomas, also started as a training ground for Christian ministers. In fact, its flagship program was a course in theology which is still being taught in its...
Testimonies Pin Car Dealer
MANILA, Philippines - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it has statements from at least seven persons in Houston, Texas, that it said would be enough to make a case against luxury car dealer Lynard Allan Bigcas not only for car smuggling...
The Enigmas of Mindanao Power
MANILA, Philippines - The land of plenty is true for Mindanao with respect to hydro electric power. The beautiful Maria Cristina Falls, named after a queen of Spain, was harnessed to produce electricity. Although it can easily produce about 1,000...
The Geneva Conventions of 1949
MANILA, Philippines - Forged on August 12, 1949, the Geneva Conventions and their subsequent Additional Protocols are at the core of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the body of international law that regulates the conduct of armed conflict and...
The Gomez Family Governance Charter
MANILA, Philippines -- The Gomez family looks blessed in many ways: Surrounded by many good close friends and by a supportive extended family, it also counts these among its many other blessings - a good education on the part of all; adherence to the...
Therapy & Cure for Hyperhidrosis
DRESDEN, Germany (DPA) - The lawyer, 31, was sitting across from a client in the conference room of her office. Although an air conditioner was cooling the room, she began to sweat as if the temperature had been 40 degrees centigrade. The sweat stains...
Totally Thai
MANILA, Philippines -- Decades ago, honest-to-goodness Thai food could mostly be enjoyed at upscale hotel food festivals, or in small hole-in-the-walls operated by Thai migrants, catering mostly to students in the university areas. Today, although...
Trial by Media Badly Needed
(Editor's note: Financial scandals involving tax money need instant expose even at the risk of a libel suit as noted by the author.) MANILA, Philippines -- The fast but lame defense of "trial by publicity" is conveniently invoked to dampen the impact...
Unforgiving Servant
MATTHEW 18:21-19:1 PETER approaching asked [Jesus], "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven...
URC Reports P4.9B 9-Month Income
MANILA, Philippines - Universal Robina Corporation reported a 23.6 percent drop in unaudited net income for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011 to P4.94 billion from P6.47 billion in the same period last year due to the decline in market values...
Vilma Shrugs off Nora Rivalry; Superstar 'Overwhelms' 'El Presidente' Director
MANILA, Philippines - "Malaking bahagi ng industriya si Nora Aunor so I'm sure the industry is very happy for her. Pero para intrigahin kami? Excuse me naman! Thirty-seven years na ako sa industrya ha... para sumabay diyan, ay 'wag na." This was...
'We Manned Up' - Coach Chot
Game Friday (Smart-Araneta Coliseum) 7:30 p.m. - Petron vs Talk N' Text (Series tied 1-1) MANILA, Philippines - With momentum shifting back to Talk 'N Text following a bruising win in Lanao del Norte the other night that tied the PBA Governors...
Young Actor Quits Pursuing Sam
MANILA, Philippines -- OMG Amazing Male Newcomer winner Alden Richards booked a date with FHM Philippines' sexiest Sam Pinto but admitted that he's headed for heartache if he pursues her. Because 21-year-old Sam goes for men her age, Alden, at 18,...
Younger Pimentel Proclaimed 12th Senator
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) officially proclaimed Thursday Atty. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III as the 12th winning senator in the 2007 elections, a week after the dramatic resignation of former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.Atty....