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 July 13, 2011

35th Anniversary
MANILA, Philippines - Thirty-five years have passed yet it feels like "kahapon lamang" (only yesterday). The Republic of the Philippines and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam celebrated yesterday more than three decades of diplomatic relations which...
Aces Spoil Painters' Semis Bid
MANILA, Philippines - LA Tenorio flashed his vintage form as Alaska spoiled Rain or Shine's entry into the semifinals with an 88-83 victory last night that kept the Aces' own bid alive in the PBA Governors Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome. The Aces leaned...
A Pretty and Practical Nursery
MANILA, Philippines -- Like all other mothers, Bea Ilusorio, Andie Quila, and Liza Robinson live for their children. Whenever they get together, the topic of conversation usually dwells on changing diapers, breastfeeding, due dates, and the cute and...
A Riverside Home in Cagayan
MANILA, Philippines -- Imagine waking up to a view of a beautiful, pristine river with the sun slowly rising behind the picturesque hills of the Sierra Madre serving as the backdrop. And just across the river is one of the most wondrous tourist attractions...
A Sad Day for Tuesday
MANILA, Philippines -- I was so happy to see Tuesday Vargas in the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Madrid. Consul General Cookie Feria was at a high because the OFWs were in for a treat that day with Gabby Concepcion, Tuesday Vargas and...
Azkals Aim for Big Bite
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine football team coach Michael Weiss would be happy if they could salvage a scoreless draw with Kuwait in the opening game of their World Cup second round qualifying match on July 23. While Kuwait's media officer Talal...
Azkals Striker Angel Guirado on Football, Showbiz and Sexy Billboards?
MANILA, Philippines - When Bulletin Entertainment asked Azkals Filipino-Spanish player Angel (pronounced Anghel) Guirado what he thought about some members of the Philippine Volcanoes appearing in their underwear for a local clothing brand's billboard...
Belgium May Dim Bright Lights
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) - When Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne feels homesick when in space, all he needs to do, provided it's night, is look down for the bright spot for even nowadays, Belgium keeps its highways switched on. The almost 100 percent...
Binay: No Apology for Diaspora
MANILA, Philippines - The government has no reason to apologize for the continued diaspora of Filipino workers, said Vice President and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' Concerns Jejomar C. Binay.In the opening of the 5th Social Watch...
Bishops Cleared
MANILA, Philippines - For days, seven bishops were vilified and subjected to all sorts of name-calling for receiving Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds they used to purchase vehicles needed for their charity work. No matter what their...
Blackwater Elite Plays in Jakarta
MANILA, Philippines - Three former PBA players, including Ginebra's Leo Isaac, will spearhead Blackwater Elite when it sees action in the Angsono Cup set July 16 to 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joining Isaac in the team owned by former PBL chairman Dioceldo...
Caraga Is Now Poorest Region
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Caraga is now the poorest region in the country, replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). With a poverty incidence among families at 39.8 percent as of 2009, the National Statistics Office (NSO) declared...
Cherry Mobile's Flagship Android Smartphone
MANILA, Philippines -- Not too long ago, a friend of mine hooked me up with Cherry Mobile folks. The initial meeting ended up with quite a number of interesting insights about Cherry Mobile, its products and the company's mission to spread their blessings....
China Aims High in Space
BEIJING, China (AP) - This year, a rocket will carry a train car-sized module into orbit, the first building block for a Chinese space station. Around 2013, China plans to launch a lunar probe that will set a rover loose on the moon. It wants to put...
Chongkeys Singer on Marijuana: No to Legalization, Yes to Education
MANILA, Philippines - The Chongkeys is a local rock-raggae band whose name is synonymous to local slang for Marjiuana joint. Given that, Bulletin Entertainment had to ask Benjie Estanislao, singer and co-writer for The Chongkeys, if he thinks cannabis,...
Convergys Continues to Invest Here
MANILA, Philippines - Global customer relations management giant Convergys said the Philippines is no longer the cheapest call center site but foresees its Philippine operations to become bigger than its US headquarters saying they and their clients...
Customs Downplays Concern on Drive
MANILA, Philippines - Big companies have cautioned the Bureau of Customs (BoC) against an overly aggressive drive on alleged erring firms to curb smuggling, warning it could create a chilling effect to the economy.But Customs Commissioner Angelito...
Davao Hosts PBaRS Third Leg
MANILA, Philippines - Davao takes its turn to host the MVP Sports Foundation-Bingo Bonanza Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) tournament with a banner field from the Mindanao region expected to join the title hunt in the third leg on July...
Despite an Allergy, Juvic Sizzles
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines - Probably the only thing that can stop Juvic Pagunsan from winning the ICTSI Negros Classic this week is a mysterious allergy that kept him out of the pro-am event Tuesday and forced him to play on an empty stomach Wednesday....
Despite Apple Protest, Amazon.com Calls Its Online Store the "Appstore"
MANILA, Philippines -- On a bittersweet note last week, America's Space Shuttle program came to its final stage - the launch of the last space shuttle to shoot for space (the 135th, actually, in the program's 30-year history). And when the space shuttle...
DLSU Taekwondo Boys: Alive and Kickin'
MANILA, Philippines - A day with the De La Salle Taekwondo team is like a shot of pure adrenaline. The upbeat energy is absolutely viral, and when it gets to you, it hits you hard. "The challenge we face as a team is balancing everything else with...
Durant Not Ruling out Going Abroad during Lockout
TIANJIN, China (AP) - Kevin Durant isn't ruling out playing basketball abroad next season if the NBA lockout isn't resolved.The Oklahoma City Thunder forward said Tuesday during a promotional tour in China that he thinks more players will follow Deron...
Expanding Functions
(Editor's note: Stretching the meaning of charity to include spying has no justification at all.) MANILA, Philippines - Most, if not all, government offices/corporations have specific objectives to meet like: 1) SSS takes care of social insurance...
Experts Grow Whole Tooth Units Using Mouse Stem Cells
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Japan said on Wednesday they have created teeth -- complete with connective fibers and bones -- by using mouse stem cells and successfully transplanted them into mice, a step they hope will lead to progress in stem...
Facebook Video Chat -- Final Analysis
MANILA, Philippines -- Facebook is now offering to everyone a new service that enable their members to video chat. The new service came about after Facebook and Microsoft who bought Skype for $8.5 billion dollars arrived to an agreement to put the...
Farmers Doubt Palace on Luisita
MANILA, Philippines - The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) has debunked the Palace claim that it is taking a "hands off" policy as regards the appeal of the Supreme Court (SC) ruling ordering the conduct of a referendum among farmers and workers...
Filipiniana Fashion
MANILA, Philippines -- The Fashion & Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the country's premiere and most dynamic organization in the fashion industry, is calling for creative minds all over the country to take part in their Philippine Fashion...
Fried Rice Festival Feeds 15,000
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Different varieties of fried rice will be featured this year during the 8th Hotel and Restaurant Tourism (HRT) Weekend scheduled first week of September, in time for the city's Charter Day celebration. The Hotel and Restaurant...
Game Time!
MANILA, Philippines - Basketball hot shots Ateneo Blue Eagle Nico Salva and San Beda Red Lion Anjo Caram are all set to defend their championship crowns. The Red Lion roars Antonio Jose "Anjo" Caram never expected to enter collegiate basketball...
Greenpeace Challenges Adidas and Nike to Champion a Toxic-Free Future
MANILA, Philippines - Greenpeace challenged Adidas and Nike , among other brands, to remove toxic chemicals from their supply chains and from their products. The demand comes as the result of a year-long investigation into toxic water pollution in...
Halle Berry Wins Stay Away Order against Intruder
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge on Tuesday granted Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry on a stay away order against a man who she said intruded on her Los Angeles property three times in recent days, before police arrested him.Los Angeles Superior Court...
'Harry Potter' Stars Talk about the Franchise's Last Movie
MANILA, Philippines - In the course of eight movies, the stars of the "Harry Potter" film franchise have grown up before our eyes. The three young leads, in fact, have risen from the ranks of unknowns into the richest young celebrities in the world....
Hip-Hop Group Black Eyed Peas Gears Up for Much-Needed Sabbatical
MANILA, Philippines - Coming on the heels of two successful albums, a slew of hits and world tours, American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas' singer Fergie has announced that the group is taking an "indefinite hiatus from working together"---again. ...
Inflation Now Easing, Says Tetangco
MANILA, Philippines - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. yesterday said inflationary pressures are now easing and inflation rate will settle at the lower mid-point target range next year below four percent, lower than...
Israeli Firm's App Allows Facebook Viewing on Google+
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli company has developed an application that allows users of the newly launched social networking site Google+ to also view their streams from sector leader Facebook.Called "Google+Facebook," the application was developed...
JRU, CSB Post 1st Wins
Games Friday (The Arena, San Juan) 10 a.m. - Letran vs Arellano (Jrs) 11:45 a.m. - EAC-ICA vs Lyceum (Jrs) 2 p.m. - Letran vs Arellano (Srs) 4 p.m. - EAC vs Lyceum (Srs) MANILA, Philippines - Jose Rizal University pounced on an error-prone...
Kaspersky Lab Raises Alarm vs. Powerful, Destructive Botnet Malware
MANILA, Philippines - Increasing competition among cybercriminals for a chunk of earnings from data theft is also pushing the boundaries of malicious software development. So far, the destructive TDSS botnet has continued to be a primary weapon used...
Khadafy 'Ready to Leave Power'
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Emissaries from Libya's Moammar Khadafy have been in contact with members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to say he is ready to leave power, France said on Tuesday, the latest sign of a possible negotiated end to...
Kobe Bryant Shows Manila How to Take Every Advantage
MANILA, Philippines - Athletes, basketball enthusiasts and die-hard Kobe Bryant fans dropped their regular routine for the day to catch a rare glimpse of the legendary athlete during his 2011 Manila visit. Tomorrow, he will head off to Seoul and various...
Kobe: I Love Pacman's Competitiveness
MANILA, Philippines - He may be a towering figure in the sport of basketball, but Kobe Bryant admits to being impressed by boxing hero Manny Pacquiao's competitive drive."Manny is a great friend. I love his fire and competitiveness," Bryant, who is...
Last-Hole Birdie Gives Ilas Share of Lead in Junior World
SAN DIEGO, California - Miguel Olivarez-Ilas birdied the last hole for a one-over-par 55 and a share of the lead in the boys six years and under division at the Pine Glen course of the Sycuan Resort to spark a solid opening day charge by Philippine...
Malacanang to Verify Ampatuan's Revelations
MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang is taking the latest revelations of suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan about the Maguindanao massacre as well as alleged election cheating initiated by former President Arroyo...
Martin a No-Show on 'ASAP,' Denies Sarah's Comeback as Reason
MANILA, Philippines - Martin Nievera nipped a supposed issue with Sarah Geronimo in the bud, saying that the young singer has nothing to do with his absence on "ASAP Rocks" on July 10. Apparently, speculations arose that Nievera ditched the planned...
Melai Becomes an 'It' Girl
MANILA, Philippines -- "Pinoy Big Brother" winner Melai Cantiveros is now touted as the new "it" girl of ABS-CBN with her new movie project under Star Cinema and Sine Screen, "The Adventures of Pureza: Queen of the Riles." This is Melai's first...
MMDA's Crackdown on Supposed Erring Billboards Violates MOA, Says OAAP
MANILA, Philippines - The Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines (OAAP) has cried foul over the recent move of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to dismantle what it deems are offensive and illegal billboards. In an interview...
More Age-Friendly US Cities
NEW YORK, New York, United States (AP) - America's cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they're doing it in communities designed for the sprightly. To envision how this silver tsunami will challenge...
Motor Vehicles, Tourism Restored among Preferred Industries in 2012 IPP
MANILA, Philippines - Motor vehicles and tourism sectors have been restored on its preferred economic activity status under the 2011 Investments Priorities Plan (IPP), which Malacanang finally approved midway into the year, entitling a package of tax...
Movie about Prom Elevates HS Life's Ups and Downs
MANILA, Philippines - For a guy in his 30s doing research for a film, going to prom was surprisingly fun. "I didn't know how much I loved prom until I went to five of them this year," jokes Joe Nussbaum, who is director of his own "Prom," Disney's...
New Tech Voc, Curriculum Drafted
MANILA, Philippines - To break the division along gender lines in technical vocational (tech-voc) education, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are coming out with a gender-sensitivity...
No-Smoking Drive
MAGPET, North Cotabato, Philippines (PNA) - The Municipal Health Office (MHO) here has strengthened its campaign against smoking in public places aiming to promote a healthy lifestyle and protection of the environment. Municipal health personnel distributed...
NU's Parks Displays Stuff vs UST; UE Takes on UP
MANILA, Philippines - It's now the turn of Bobby Ray Parks Jr. to make his much-awaited debut as National University battles University of Santo Tomas Thursday in the 74th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum. After getting the nod...
Nutrition Program for Tribal Children in South Cotabato Town Intensified
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (PNA) - The prevalence of malnutrition among tribal children in several upland communities in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato is now on downward trend, thanks to a community-based initiative of international child rights...
OFW Deployment to Saudi Stable
MANILA, Philippines - Amid the imminent implementation of its Saudization policy, deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is still stable, recruitment agencies said.LBS Recruitment Solution chairman Loreto...
P8.1-M Tawi-Tawi Water Project Set
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Officials conducted a pre-bid conference here Tuesday for a water system worth P8.1-million water system for the province of Tawi-Tawi programmed by the present administration of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao...
Peace and Order Situation in Central Visayas Improves - PRO 7
CEBU, Philippines - Crime incidents in Central Visayas have dropped by 26 percent in the first five months of this year with the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Region 7 attributing such decrease to an intensification of its police patrol system here.PRO...
Pinning Down Risk Factors for Autism Elusive: Study
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Research has hinted that various factors around the time of birth may raise a child's risk of autism later in life, but there is still too little evidence to point to specific culprits, a U.S. study said.Experts have long...
Placebo Effect Seen in Treating Colds
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who believe a cold remedy will work may indeed feel better sooner -- even if they don't get the real treatment, a new study suggests.Researchers say their findings are evidence that the so-called placebo effect is...
Population Campaign
MANILA, Philippines - "Seven Billion Actions," a campaign of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), comes on the heels of a report on the 24th World Population Day on July 11, 2011, that global population has reached seven billion. The campaign...
Region 8 Farmers Go Organic
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Philippines (PIA) - Eastern Visayas farmers will soon be using organic fertilizers in their farms.With the introduction of vermicomposting here, farmers' dependency on inorganic fertilizer is expected to be reduced and cut farming...
Regreening Effected by Responsible Mining
MANILA, Philippines - The Eastern Rizal Miners' Association (ERMA), headed by its president Lita Lee of Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation, Wednesday launched its Reforestation / Agro Forestry Project in support of the Aquino government's...
Russia to Submit Arctic Claim
MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) - Russia will next year submit a claim to the United Nations on expanding its borders in the Arctic, a top official said Wednesday, in a move that could spark tensions with its polar neighbors. "I expect that next year we will...
Saint Camillus De Lellis Feast
MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Church marks Thursday the feast day of St. Camillus (San Camilo) de Lellis, the founder of the Order of Clerks Regular Ministers to the Sick. Venerated the world over as the patron of hospitals, nurses, and the sick,...
Should Parents Lose Custody of Super Obese Kids?
CHICAGO (AP) - Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids' weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation's most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus...
Shrub Has Potential as Sweetener
MANILA, Philippines - The government is trying to grow in the Bicol region a shrub whose leaves can be processed into a sweetener and sugar substitute.Encouraged by the prospects of stevia (Stevia rebaudiana), the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR)...
Social Networks, Video Chat Crazy
MANILA, Philippines -- When Google released Google+, they bundled a multi-party video conferencing tool called Hangout. Requiring only a small download, Google+'s Hangout allowed video conferencing straight from within the browser. I have tried Hangout...
Spanish Food-Lovers Revel in Bull-Running Festival
PAMPLONA, Spain (Reuters) - "Love," replied Montxo Intxusta, when asked what he had made a paella with to fortify friends during the annual running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival.Cooking for the love of it is exactly why Intxusta and friends...
Stylish and Distinctive Filipino Decor
MANILA, Philippines -- Greenbelt 5's Home Section (located on the establishment's third floor), is a haven for interior designers and architects. There are several stores here that showcase such classy and unique products. Among them is Arden Classic...
Surviving Infidelity
MANILA, Philippines - Dear Chico and Delamar... My husband and I have been married for nine years, and we have three children. My husband and I used to work for the same company where we met.However, there were a lot of changes in our life last year....
Template for Winning 'PGT' Title
Just a thought: Do you know what's wrong with sorry? It gives people the wrong impression that any mistake can be solved by a single word. MANILA, Philippines -- Template for winnng: With the victory of another plain-looking but extra-talented artist...
Thailand's First Female Prime Minister
MANILA, Philippines - The recent parliamentary elections in Thailand resulted in a landslide victory for the party of opposition candidate for Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. If that last name seems familiar, it is. Her brother is the former...
The Magic of Drip Irrigation
MANILA, Philippines -- For 12 days starting last June 25, we had the good fortune of witnessing the transformation of even virtual wastelands into productive farms in India through the miracle of drip irrigation. This was upon the invitation of...
The Reyes Family Performance Board
MANILA, Philippines - Pol and Mary well know that a family road map demands concrete steps while actually treading the pathway leading to the realization of their family vision. Those steps are the specific initiatives they commit to undertake in pursuit...
The Space Sheep Have Landed
MANILA, Philippines -- When one talks about a conversation piece, one would inevitably invoke the most expensive, the quirkiest or the rarest piece in one's home--that one unique item that will cast others into the background. No matter the number...
Valenzuela Gets New Fire Trucks
MANILA, Philippines - The addition of eight new fire trucks to the city fire station to Valenzuela City's fire station is expected to boost its capability to effectively respond to fires.Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian said the new trucks are the...
Visual Delight in 3D Monitors
MANILA, Philippines -- Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) is giving the people a delightful option in enjoying long hours in the comfort of their homes. In this season of rains, floods and marathon traffic jams, say hello to the Samsung...
Weekend Dose of History
MANILA, Philippines - Like most people, I was at the top floor of Trinoma last Sunday, standing in line for half an hour before I could buy my tickets. It was a particularly great weekend to go to the movies, featuring the final installment of the...
Why We Love the Katmon
MANILA, Philippines -- The Katmon, scientifically known as Dillenia philippinensis, is a favorite tree among Filipino garden enthusiasts. It is endemic to the Philippines and can be used for urban greening. Its fruit is known as the Elephant apple....
Wristwatch That Monitors Blood Pressure
NEW YORK -- Although high blood pressure can be monitored, and treated effectively, with a number of drugs, a quarter of the people with the condition don't even know they have it, according to the American Heart Association. Of those who know they...
WWF, Samal Team Up for Adaptation Project on Climate Change
MANILA, Philippines - The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines were up again for some climate change development efforts which started last month.As the island city braces for an increased influx of local...
Xian Lim Not Taking Advantage of His Friendship with Vice
MANILA, Philippines - Former "Showtime" guest judge Xian Lim has refuted rumors that he is simply riding on his friend Vice Ganda's coattails. "Hindi po. Hindi po iyan totoo. Wala pong gamitan na nangyayari. Kami po ay magkaibigan lang at nagpapasaya...