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 September 11, 2010

2,399 'Bulakenyo' Get Scholarship
MALOLOS CITY - Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado led the distribution on Saturday of educational assistance to about 2,399 college scholars in the province, one of the activities marking the celebration of the annual Singkaban Fiesta. It took...
25 Slain in Mexican City; 85 Escape Border Prison
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - Gunmen killed 25 people in a series of drug-gang attacks in Ciudad Juarez, marking the deadliest day in more than two years for the Mexican border city. Farther east on the border, 85 inmates scaled the walls of a prison...
3rd Drill to the Rescue for Chile's Trapped Miners
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) - Chile is sparing no expense to rescue its 33 trapped miners, mounting three separate drilling efforts to carve escape tunnels through nearly a half-mile of solid rock and collapsed mine shafts. The latest - an oil-well drill...
9 Infra Projects Worth P99 MILLION Up in ARMM
COTABATO CITY - At least nine new infrastructure projects worth more than P99 million will be implemented soon in the provinces of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Lanao del Sur under the strategic regional infrastructure (SRI) of the Japan International Cooperation...
A Fixed and Pre-Destined Match
In countries such as the Philippines where true love is often romanticized by people, where poets mystify it, singers captivate its essence in songs, and artists put its mysteriousness in canvas, and where love is the ultimate reason for two people...
Americans Look to Durant to Find Gold
ISTANBUL (AP) - Kevin Durant talks of playing within the offense, letting the game come to him instead of demanding the ball.That isn't an option unless the United States is satisfied with falling short of a world championship again.If the Americans...
Android to Challenge Nokia's Symbian by 2014: Gartner
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Google's open-source Android will become the number two mobile operating system this year, leapfrogging BlackBerry and challenging market leader Nokia's Symbian by 2014, a research firm said Friday.The technology firm Gartner said...
Ankle, Sprained
OUR beloved poet immortalized a common mechanism of injuring the ankle. Leaping (and landing) on soft, uneven ground where one cannot even see the feet is to invite a sprain of the ankle. In fact, it's quite easy to hurt the ankle. How many a brave...
An October Return for Willie?
Even in the midst of a legal battle, reports say that controversial TV host Willie Revillame will close a "multi-million peso deal" with TV5.In an article by a local daily, Revillame's new show, reportedly titled "Willing-Willie," is said to premiere...
Aquino Wants Win-Win Solution to PAL Row
SANGLEY POINT, Cavite City (PNA) - President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday renewed his appeal to officials and employees of Philippine Airlines to go to the bargaining table and find a win-win solution to the row that has affected the country's airline...
A Responsive National Budget
LAST Monday, the Senate began deliberating on the proposed P1.645-trillion budget for 2011.The national budget characterizes our government's priorities and shows what vision it has for the country. It is more than just a statement of the government's...
Arnel Papa's Marilao
Arnel Papa's exquisite jewelry designs have found their way to fashion capitals in Europe and the United States. His bold and beautiful masterpieces have been featured in glossy international fashion magazines, and have been worn by celebrities like...
Arni, Palin in Twitter Jabs
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) - Flying over Alaska on his way to Asia, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't help but take a lighthearted jab at the state's former governor. His Twitter message Thursday night said he was "looking everywhere...
A Room for Every 'Juan'
As part of its efforts toward boosting the country's travel industry, Robinsons Land Corporation has set up gohotels.ph, a series of "value hotels" that put emphasis on providing guests with the "best amenities at a low price" in line with tapping...
Can You Spot A Green Scam?
With so many people buying into green living, it didn't take long for commercial products to abuse this concept. According to SinsofGreenwashing.Com, consumer items with the "green label" on them have tripled in the recent years. Companies are using...
Catholics in England Suffered Long Repression
STONOR, England (AP) - For nearly three centuries after the Reformation, Catholics in England were outlaws.But in the turmoil and persecution that followed the break between King Henry VIII and Rome, noble families such as the Stonors clung to their...
Change Is in Your Hands. Take It, It's Yours
MANILA, Philippines - When I was about eight or nine I wanted to become the president of our country. The job looked so glamorous with all the traveling, the state dinners, the panoramic photographs.As years passed, I gained a deeper sense of consciousness...
Chasing Casiguran
The intrepid traveler sometimes longs for a destination so off the beaten track to enjoy the exquisite pleasures of solitude in the embrace of nature. Such a spot under the sun is Casiguran, a town originally part of the province of Nueva Vizcaya....
China Demands Japan Release Detained Boat Captain
BEIJING (AP) - China's foreign minister demanded that Tokyo immediately release the captain of a Chinese fishing boat that collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near disputed islands. But a Japanese court ruled he can be held 10 more days, deepening...
Chinese Travel Agents Vow Support for RP Tourism
Various travel agents from China have committed to promote the Philippines' tourism products and destinations to their countrymen upon returning home from a trip to one of the country's prized destinations - Palawan.Kelly Jiao from Shanghai, who led...
Church Seeks Divine Intervention vs Dengue
CEBU CITY - The rapidly increasing number of dengue cases in Cebu has apparently alarmed the Archdiocese of Cebu with Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal issuing special prayers seeking divine intervention against the disease.Vidal said the Oratio Imperata...
Coming Soon, 'Maynila, the Movie'
The weekly TV drama, "Maynila," will soon be seen on the big screen as "Maynila, the Movie." It will feature, among the major cast, former Manila mayor Lito Atienza!"Maynila" is aired every Saturday at 10:30 a. m. on GMA-7, the Kapuso Network. It is...
Compostela Valley: Nature's Work of Art
Natural wonders waiting to be explored - that's what Michael H. Chan and James Michael Montano (photographers from General Santos City), Jose Ray Subaldo (of Digilution), and myself discovered when we embarked on a trip recently to Compostela Valley...
Creating Options for a Culture of Choice
(Message on the occasion of a Seminar dedicated to the late Nobel Peace Laureate Norman Borlaug sponsored by the National Academy of Science and Technology, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), and the...
Crews Search Ash-Covered Homes after Blast Kills 4
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - All that was left of some houses Friday were chimneys, rising from still smoldering ruins. Burned-out cars sat along ash-covered streets. And a rescue worker with a dog searched door to door for missing people.The day after...
David Foster Considers Poverty a Great Gift
Canadian composer and hitmaker David Foster, the mentor who took then struggling 15-year-old Charice to Oprah, is happy he was born wanting in life. "The greatest thing my parents gave me was poverty," he says. "We didn't starve, but we didn't have...
Dengue Deaths May Hit 800
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DoH) warned on Saturday that dengue deaths, now standing at 501 since last January, may reach 800 if vulnerable communities fail to respond to the situation properly.Latest figures from the DoH's National...
Did Shin Jung Hwan Fake His Dengue Illness?
Did Korean singer and entertainer Shin Jung Hwan, who is in Cebu, lie about his dengue illness to deflect the public's attention away from his alleged gambling debt and gain sympathy to win back his TV shows?A TV crew from the Korean TV program "Entertainment...
DoJ-NBI Team Returns with Evidence from HK
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice-National Bureau of Investigation (DoJ-NBI) probe team returned on Saturday from Hong Kong with the testimonies of five survivors in the August 23 hostage-taking in Manila and other forensic evidence processed...
Edu Returns to TV Via a New Game Show on GMA
After an unsuccessful vice presidential bid, actor-host Edu Manzano returns to TV with a new game show not on ABS-CBN but on GMA. The new show, "Asar Talo, Lahat Panalo!" will reportedly start on Sept. 18 and will air from Monday to Saturday in the...
Everybody's 'Igan
MANILA, Philippines - Broadcaster Arnold Clavio thought he would never be taken seriously.He attempted to enter the priesthood but failed when he pulled the wrong "weeds'' during an obedience test.In school, his classmates made fun of him upon seeing...
Filipino Missionary in Cuba
WHEN Fr. Juanito Banogbanog, SVD, arrived in Havana, Cuba, for his first mission assignment in 2001, his parishioners asked, "Why do you come here when people are leaving?"It's difficult for his parishioners to understand that a missionary reaches...
Filipinos Continue to Go Places
The Filipino's passion for travel has inspired the country's major airline companies to expand and increase their flight frequencies to international destinations.Even with recent diplomatic troubles with one of the Filipinos' most favorite destination...
First Bible Museum Opens in Manila
In the Philippines, God essentially spoke first in Pangalatok when the first translation of the Gospel of Luke was completed in 1873. A Spanish Dominican priest, Fr. Manrique Alonzo Lallave, assigned in Pangasinan, translated the Gospel of Luke from...
General Luna: Years-Old Rock Chicks
At a time when many local labels are scrambling to look for a counterpart to K-pop artists, comes General Luna; an all-female rock band who could probably eat bullets for breakfast served with a jackknife for a side dish.Is the band manufactured?"Giant...
Gerald Anderson-Bea Alonso Romance Rumor Heats Up
Rumors about Gerald Anderson and Bea Alonso continue to abound especially after the 4th Star Magic Ball even though either attended the event with different dates.Gerald showed up with Kim Chiu, surprising everyone since they were reportedly at odds....
Grandparents' Day: Stories of the Old and Forgotten
MANILA, Philippines - If people celebrate the Christmas season as a time for exchanging gifts, going on long trips, partaking of sumptuous meals, and enjoying weeks of holiday cheers, there seems to be little or no celebration at all every September...
Happy Grandparents' Day!
In celebration of Grandparents' Day, families worldwide will be giving their elder members a special treat on Sunday.The Day provides an excellent opportunity to show our elder members how much they are valued and loved. A genuine repository of wisdom,...
How to Avoid "Dengue"
By now, a lot of you may have heard of the Dengue epidemic that has been plaguing the Philippines. While the Department of Health does not consider it yet a plague, your best bet is to take the necessary measures to avoid this dangerous illness. ...
Iran Delays Plans to Free US Woman
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian authorities abruptly halted plans to release an American woman Saturday after more than a year in jail with two friends, dashing their mothers' hopes and pointing to the internal rivalries within Iran's leadership.The about-face...
Islam Controversies Cast Shadow over 9/11 Events
NEW YORK (AP) - They will read the names, of course, the names of every victim who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. The bells will ring. And then that moment of unity will give way to division as activists hoist signs and march, some for and some against...
James Yap to Enter Showbiz Soon
Don't be surprised if in the next months or so, you will be seeing more of James Yap, controversial basketball superstar and ex-husband of Kris Aquino, going the rounds of high-profile events in and around show business.Somebody in the know told us...
Japan Missing More Than 230K Listed Centenarians
TOKYO (AP) - More than 230,000 Japanese citizens listed in government records as at least 100 years old can't be found and may have died long ago, according to a government survey.About 77,000 of them would be at least 120, and 884 people would be...
Jolina Coasting Along
JUST A THOUGHT: The greatest symbol of love is not the heart but the cross. The heart stops beating but the man on the cross never stops loving. * * *TRES LOLAS: Product and services endorsement isn't a territory reserved only for young, dynamic, and...
Kim Clijsters Beats Venus Williams in Open Semis
NEW YORK (AP) - After trailing for much of the third set, Venus Williams suddenly was right back in the thick of her U.S. Open semifinal against Kim Clijsters, serving at 4-all, 30-all.At that moment Friday night, it didn't appear to matter that the...
Light and Sound Show at 'Oktoberfest' Opener
An ambitious light and sound show signaled the opening of the popular local beer festival, "Oktoberfest."Sponsored by beer giant, San Miguel Brewery Incorporated, the festivities were held Sept. 10 at the Mall of Asia concert grounds.Several bands...
Maja Salvador Clarifies Date with Matteo Guidicelli
Though young actress Maja Salvador went on a date with car racer-turned-actor Matteo Guidicelli at the recently concluded 4th Star Magic Ball, she denies that they are an item."Noong taping kasi namin ng 'Inday sa Balitaw,' nagpaparinig si direk Erick...
Malaysia: A Truly Asian Destination
Malaysia has many things to offer from the country's sumptuous delicacies, to natural treasures and its man-made architectural wonders. It boasts of multiculturalism - with the harmonious blend of Malays, Indians, and Chinese among many others - making...
Mayweather, Jr. Jailed in Vegas Domestic Case
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was jailed briefly Friday on a felony charge after his ex-girlfriend alleged he beat her and stole her cell phone during an argument in front of their three children.Mayweather, 33, said nothing as he was...
Media Leader Advocates Reform & Transparency
MANILA, Philippines - In the spirit of transparency and democracy, spill the beans, publish the unpublished.Challenging the 22 journalists from 15 countries in Asia and Africa participating in the recent 27-day Summer Academy on Media Freedom and Responsibility,...
Military Cites Trooper's Heroism
KIDAPAWAN CITY - A wounded paramilitary trooper received on Friday a medal from the Army's 10th Infantry Division (ID) for his heroism during last week's attack launched against them by suspected New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas. The Wounded Personnel...
More Good Things on Primetime TV These Days
MANILA, Philippines - There is a promising development on prime time television this season. The major networks seem to have finally seen that the wholesome genre can also spell big revenue. They are again risking the most profitable time slots by...
Muslims Throng Mosques for Eid Al-Fitr
CAIRO (AP) - Far from the din and controversy roiling interfaith relations in the West, Muslims worldwide thronged mosques, cafes and parks in a solemn and joyful end to the fasting month of Ramadan. Authorities increased security in some countries...
NKorea Proposes Family Reunion Talks with SKorea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has offered South Korea a new round of reunions for families separated by the Korean War, state media said Saturday.Reunions last happened in September and October 2009, and their potential renewal could signal...
No Visa Required!
Whenever Filipinos travel abroad, there are always three things on the inevitable to-do list: Shopping, sightseeing, and eating out. Good food is an integral part of any adventure, so much so that most travelers often remember the tastes and flavors...
Olango Island to Get P1.5-Million Waste Facility
LAPU-LAPU CITY (PNA) - The Lapu-Lapu City Government will build a P1.5-million material recovery facility (MRF) in Olango Island meant not only to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act, but also to protect the island's fragile ecosystem.The island,...
Ombudsman Dismisses Cases vs Army, Human Rights Body
DUMAGUETE CITY (PNA) - The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed several criminal and administrative cases filed by members of the militant human rights group, Karapatan-Negros, against officials of the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police,...
Orcollo, Gomez Win
MANILA, Philippines - Dennis Orcollo and Roberto Gomez held off the Spanish pair of David Alcaide and Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, pulling off an 8-4 decision that kept the Philippines' title hopes alive in the PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool Friday night...
PAF Grounds Huey Helicopter Fleet
MANILA, Philippines - The entire fleet of Philippine Air Force (PAF) UH-1H "Huey" helicopters has been grounded by PAF chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena following the incident last Friday wherein one of their choppers was engulfed in flames after making...
Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces
On Sunday, September 12, 2010, the Carmelite Monastery in Lipa, Batangas, will celebrate the Seventh National Pilgrimage to Lipa in honor of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces. Prayer vigils before the Blessed Sacrament and Marian conferences started...
Public-Private Partnership Eyed in Panglao Airport Project
PANGLAO, Bohol - The Province of Bohol is banking on a partnership between the public and private sectors to bankroll the long-delayed construction of the P6-billion Panglao International Airport.In a recent meeting with local officials, Bohol Governor...
Readying for the Downpour
MANILA, Philippines - Around this time last year, the Philippines experienced the heaviest and the most devastating downpour in recent history.Ondoy happened - and Filipinos have never forgotten.That unfortunate experience brought about a fortunate...
Remembering Cong Dadong
THIS year, we celebrate the centennial of the birth of one of the better Presidents of the Philippines. In 1995, two years before he died, I happened to visit President Diosdado Macapagal (or Cong Dadong, as he was fondly called), in the hospital where...
Riley Takes Exception to Way Some Have Ripped Heat
MIAMI (AP) - Pat Riley and LeBron James already have one thing in common. They're keeping track of what's been said about how this Miami Heat team got put together this summer.It seems to be fueling both of them.Speaking at length with reporters for...
Rizal Province, Culture Capital
LAST August 24, I received from Bohol Gov. Edgardo Chatto the flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) symbolizing the transfer to Rizal province of the honor of being the country's "Culture Capital."The event was held in the historic...
RP Has 3 DSWD Centers for Elderly, 7 Million Senior Citizens
MANILA, Philippines - The Filipino way is for children to look after their parents when they can no longer take care of themselves. But not all elderly Filipinos are so lucky.Hundreds of them, perhaps more, have been abandoned by their children when...
Sharon Cuneta Times Three!
She's been in the industry for over 30 years, but Sharon Cuneta still isn't slowing down one bit. Just as she has lost her long-time Sunday talk show, "Sharon," she regains three new shows in its place.At a press conference hosted by ABS-CBN, the Megastar...
Siquijor Serendipity
Discover the hidden wonders of the mystic island province of Siquijor as it marks its 39th founding anniversary in a weeklong celebration filled with cultural events from September 14-17. According to provincial governor Orlando Fua Jr., the founding...
Splints May Work as Well as a Cast in Young Children
One of the most common serious injuries in children is a fractured wrist. While it is a problem that is considerably easier to heal from (even if uncomfortable) with a few weeks in a cast, the time can be hard for the younger set. Casts are itchy...
Stars Love Tribu
Do Sam Milby, Nonito Donaire, Cherie Gil and Piolo Pascual live out the idiom "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" when they're in the US?Not strictly - especially when they are in San Bruno and Union City, both in California.Though they might tweak...
Stressing the Positive
HOW does one stress the positive without appearing to be criticizing?It is a fact that it is so easy to write an article that attacks persons, policies, etc. But it is more difficult to suggest solutions that must be based on facts. Otherwise problem...
Super-Diplomat Alberto Romulo; Spiritual Tourism in Lipa
"Don't get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their lives." - Steve TamayoThe most senior and seasoned member of the P-Noy Cabinet was our guest at our Bulong Pulungan media forum (but...
Support for Reforestation Program Urged
ILOILO CITY (PIA) - The tree planting dubbed "Piyesta sa Kakahuyan" spearheaded on Saturday by the provincial government of Iloilo at the Maasin, Iloilo watershed area is meant to be a symbolic activity of a bigger project undertaken in the province....
Tamaraws Grab No. 1 Spot
Game Thursday (Araneta Coliseum)3:30 p.m. - FEU vs La SalleGame Sunday (Araneta Coliseum)3:30 p.m. - Ateneo vs AdamsonMANILA, Philippines - Hounded by foul trouble and shackled by the Ateneo defense all game long, RR Garcia still managed to play a...
Tennis, Love, Peace Come Together at US Open Final
NEW YORK (AP) - Long after dust gathers on the U.S. Open trophy that barely eluded Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the message he sent on a grand stage in New York still will echo loudly.After two sets of riveting tennis during which Pakistan's Qureshi and India's...
TESDA to Increase Number of Scholars
MANILA, Philippines - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) aims to increase the number of scholars in its Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) despite retaining its original P700-million budget, TESDA Director Joel...
The 10th Cosmo Bachelor Bash: Eye Candy for Fun, Fearless Females
It was a night of wet skin, bare torsos and chiseled abs. Sept. 9 turned out to be a red-letter day indeed-thanks to the red hot males that graced the Cosmopolitan magazine's Bachelor Bash dubbed "Wild DoMENation" at the World Trade Center in Pasay...
The Last Rider
MANY of us have the habit of passing on instant judgment the first time we meet a person. We observe discreetly the way a person talks, the way he moves around, and the way his eyes look. Indeed, the expression of a person's eyes reveals a lot. A loving...
The Parable of the Lost Son
LUKE 15:1-32 (or 15:1-10)THE tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, "This Man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So to them He addressed this parable... Then...
The Summer of Katy
'Teenage Dream,' Katy Perry, PolyEast RecordsKaty Perry is the toast of the US music scene nowadays with her latest album, "Teenage Dream," sitting pretty on top of the Billboard album charts. Prior, she also had one of this summer's biggest hits,...
Traveling A-Z: Agusan del Norte
Described as a "haven of natural beauty," the province of Agusan del Norte is a scenic masterpiece complemented by rich history.Year-round rainfall characterizes the destination as it is located just outside the typhoon belt. The province is surrounded...
'Truth' Buckles Down to Work
MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang said on Saturday that the Truth Commission will buckle down to work starting this week, adding that it would "perform its function" despite impediments being made by allies of the previous administration.Presidential...
Truth Commission Will Start Its Job Next Week - Aquino
SANGLEY POINT, Cavite City (PNA) - President Benigno Aquino III said on Friday that the Truth Commission will start its investigation job next week after its composition gets completed.President Aquino told Palace reporters after the AFP counter-terrorism...
Upgrading of Jolo School Pushed
JOLO, Sulu - Neophyte Representative Habib Tupay T. Loong (1st District, Sulu) is pushing for the conversion of one of the oldest school in this town - the Hadji Butu School of Arts and Trades - to be a State College.Loong filed House Bill (HB) 2780...
US-China Rivalry and Emerging Asia-Pacific Power Structure
The visit to the Philippines last September 4-8 of America's super aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, and its 5,500 crew of sailors/aviators was warmly welcomed and widely hailed by Metro Manilans. Some 1,700 crew members of the massive nuclear...
US Marks Ninth Anniversary of 9/11
NEW YORK (AFP) - Remembrance ceremonies, marred by global tensions over a Florida pastor's threat to burn the Koran, were to take place Saturday in New York and at the Pentagon on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.The rituals honoring the nearly...
US Resumes Stem Cell Research Funding
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US government said it was resuming work on controversial human embryonic stem cell research on Friday after an appeals court ruled in its favor.In the latest legal back-and-forth on the issue, a US appeals court on Thursday...
Valenzuela Plans Bounty for Rats
MANILA, Philippines - In an effort to stem cases of leptospirosis, a viral disease caused by human contact with urine from rats, the Valenzuela City government is planning to shell out a bounty for the rodents caught by residents.Under a proposed ordinance,...
Venus Defends Self from 'Sabotage' Issue
Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Maria Venus Raj last Sept. 9 defended herself from allegations that she "sabotaged" the national costume of another winner 2nd runner-up Jesinta Campbell by placing pins in her wardrobe, during the pageant held in Las...
Verzosa Vows to Extend Assistance
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City - Director General Jesus Verzosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), vowed on Saturday to continue assisting and even attending the conduct of investigations with regards to the possible lapses during the controversial...
Watch Out!
I got my first pair of glasses on the other side of the world, when I was growing up in England. Most of my friends had them, so there was no stigma. The only problem was playing rugby, compulsory in my school, in the wet climate. If I didn't wear...
Woods Struggles Again at Cog Hill
LEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Tiger Woods is stuck between old and new, and it might cost him a spot at the FedEx Cup finale.Woods is overhauling his swing, a process that can be downright ugly - even for the world's No. 1 player. Needing to make a big move...