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 April 13, 2011

5 PAF Men Survive Helicopter 'Crash'
RIZAL, Philippines -- Five Philippine Air Force (PAF) personnel were reported injured when the PAF search and rescue Huey II helicopter they were riding in figured in a mishap yesterday morning in Taytay, Rizal. PAF Spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto...
Agri Plain Talk: He Has Good Credit Line
MANILA, Philippines -- In farming, as in any other business, it pays to have a good credit line. And to develop a good credit line, you have to be a good payer of whatever you borrow. A good credit line is what has greatly helped Nelson Giganto...
AI AI Delas Alas and Ruffa Gutierrez on the Men in Their Lives
MANILA, Philippines - Newly-crowned Box-Office Queen Ai Ai delas Alas laughs off speculations that her mystery inspiration is Kapuso hunk-actor Aljur Abrenica.Although the comedienne admitted to PEP that she and the 21-year-old GMA-7 talent have been...
Air21 Books PBA Semis Date vs TNT
MANILA, Philippines - Using a sizzling third quarter run, Air21 overhauled an early 18-point deficit before hanging tough in the end to beat Alaska, 97-94, in the do-or-die Game 3 of their quarterfinal series and clinch a semifinal slot in the PBA...
Alvarez Renews Call to Use Renewable Energy
MANILA, Philippines -- With the radiation scare hitting the Philippines almost a month now after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan exploded following the destructive earthquake and tsunami in the said country, climate change adviser...
An Address Situated between Two Coves
GUIMARAS, Philippines -- When Helen Clarke, a Filipina entrepreneur who does business in New Zealand decided to build her own resort in Guimaras, she christened it "La Puerta Al Paraizo." In English, the name means "The Gateway to Paradise." It's an...
A Paradise in Guimaras
GUIMARAS, Philippines -- The small island province of Guimaras is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. The island's beautiful beaches, verdant forests, and picturesque landscape are just among the highlights...
ARMM Lauds Indonesia's Peace Move
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) welcomed the decision of Indonesia to play an active role in the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government by...
Asia Stocks Largely Unchanged, Yen Resumes Fall
SINGAPORE (Reuters)- - Asian stocks were nearly unchanged on Wednesday, as profit taking in resource-related shares was offset by gains in technology shares.The yen fell as some investors looked to rebuild bets against the low-yielding currency, suggesting...
Ateneo, Perpetual Go for Quarters Slots
Games Thursday (The Arena, San Juan)2 p.m. - St. Benilde vs Perpetual Help4 p.m. - SWU vs Ateneo6 p.m. - Lyceum vs SSCMANILA, Philippines - Ateneo and University of Perpetual Help hope to clinch the first two quarterfinal slots when they tackle separate...
Australian Poll Prospects
SYDNEY, Australia - Australian anti-immigration firebrand Pauline Hanson looked set to make her political return Monday, with a leading election analyst tipping her to win an eight-year term in New South Wales' parliament.The controversial former politician...
Bidders of Gov't Contracts Urged to Sign 'Integrity Pledge'
MANILA, Philippines - Bidders for government contracts will soon be required to sign the 'Integrity Pledge,' an anti-corruption campaign where companies commit not to engage in corrupt practices, in an effort to eliminate corruption in government....
Binibining Pilipinas 2011 Comes Home to a Grand Welcome
MANILA, Philippines - A homecoming parade welcomed Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 2011 Shamcey Supsup upon her arrival in GenSan in the afternoon of April 13. Speaking to ABS-CBN News on Tuesday, Mayor Darlene Antonio-Custodio said that the whole...
Boosting Mindanao's Economic Potentials
MANILA, Philippines - The government is intensifying efforts to boost the economic potentials of Mindanao. Private sector participation is being tapped to expand the island-region's economy mostly driven by agriculture, fishery, and forestry. Mindanao...
Call for a Green Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of Facebook users worldwide are called upon to echo the call for a green Facebook as they attempt to establish a Guinness World Record for the most comments to a Facebook post in 24 hours. Greenpeace is appealing on the social...
Cebuano Businessmen Urged to Strengthen Trade with Indonesia
CEBU CITY, Philippines (PNA) - Cebuano businessmen were encouraged to help strengthen trade relations between the Philippines and Indonesia."Indonesia and Philippines trade relation is growing stronger ever since the opening of the diplomatic relations...
Charice Welcomes 'Duet' with 'American Idol' Finalist
MANILA, Philippines - International singer Charice feels flattered by the recent declaration of "American Idol" Season 10 finalist Pia Toscano that she wants to perform with the Filipina sensation. The 18-year-old star of the hit US TV series "Glee"...
CHR Chairperson Calls 'Willing Willie' Incident 'Child Abuse;' Child Psychologist Agrees
MANILA, Philippines - On commenting about the controversial March 12 "Willing Willie" episode involving six-year-old boy performing a macho dance, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson, Loretta Rosales, told "24 Oras" on April 12, "As far as...
Court Hears Petition to Bar Sangki as Gov't Witness
MANILA, Philippines -- A Manila Regional Trial Court has asked the lawyer of Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. and state prosecutors to submit their positions on whether Mohamad Sangki should be retained as a witness in the Magu-indanao massacre...
Crazy about Chairs
MANILA, Philippines -- In the song House is not a Home, Burt Bacharach memorably writes: "A chair is still a chair, Even when there's no one sitting there." He could have added that it's also a design piece no matter what. For a chair-what holds our...
DA Plays Key Role in Greening Program
MANILA, Philippines -- Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has a big stake in the five-year National Greening Program (NGP) since the 1.5 million hectares to be planted with 1.5 billion trees can also be cultivated with crops suited for upland...
DA Signs Order for NIA to Carry out Controlled Irrigation System
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has signed an order directing the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) to implement "controlled irrigation" that significantly cuts water and fuel use, raising farmers' net profit in the...
DepEd Tells Students: Spend Your Summer Vacation Productively
MANILA, Philippines -- Education Secretary Armin Luistro called on to students yesterday to spend their summer vacation wisely by allocating more time with their families and doing worthwhile activities. The summer vacation-which officially started...
DoTC Finally Approves IRR of Coast Guard Law of 2009
MANILA, Philippines -- Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) Secretary Jose 'Ping' P. De Jesus has approved the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9993, otherwise known as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Law...
Driving, Freedom, Etc
MANILA, Philippines - It has been three years since I started driving. Since then, riding a car has never been the same. No longer can I look forward to sleeping in my own car (which is what dad encourages me to call the family's Toyota Altis, to engender...
Driving Lessons
MANILA, Philippines - I've been driving since I was 16. Like most young people, I was eager to learn as soon as it was legal (albeit with a licensed driver in the front seat). I wanted it so badly that I even saved a hearty sum leading up to my 16th...
Enrique Grows Up
MANILA, Philippines - Nineteen year-old Enrique Gil seems especially tailored for showbusiness.The Filipino-Spanish mestizo first broke into the industry as part of ABS-CBN's Star Circle batch 16 in 2008. Since then, he has been a supporting player...
Fil-German Doubtful for Azkals
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-German Stephan Markus Schrock, a right back who plays for the German second division side Greuther Furth, may likely miss the Philippine Azkals' build-up for their World Cup qualifying match against Sri Lanka on June...
Financial Aspect (II)
MANILA, Philippines - The second strategic priority under this aspect is as follows: "lead fund campaigns for good governance initiatives."This too is an "outcome" priority. As in the case of the first strategic priority under this aspect, this too...
Flip Handheld Video Camera Gets the Ax
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The popular Flip video camera -- the top-selling camcorder in the United States last year -- is getting the ax as part of a revamp at parent company Cisco Systems, CEO John Chambers said on Tuesday.The move to kill a gadget...
Good Import Key for Ousted Teams
MANILA, Philippines - With the PBA Commissioner's Cup in its semifinal stages, the four eliminated teams are sure to be shopping for the proper reinforcement to boost their chances next conference. While it was reported that Barako Bull may be coming...
Gov't Not Yet Considering Emergency Powers
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is not yet considering emergency powers for President Aquino supposedly to protect the country from the soaring oil and food prices. Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and...
Gov't Program Benefits Sulu Poor Families
JOLO, Sulu - Beneficiaries of the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Sulu expressed relief from the rising cost of living, where most of them had started receiving their monthly allowance as stated under the program. The beneficiaries...
Health Not Just Absence of Illness
DRESDEN, Germany (DPA) - Health is ''a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,'' states the preamble to the constitution of the World Health Organization, adopted in 1946.But what...
Hideaway in Sibugan
GUIMARAS, Philippines -- The property was the perfect place for its owners to retire. It's located on a hilly area of Sibugan in Guimaras, where the view of the forests and Lawi Bay is simply breathtaking. So on second thought, the owners felt the...
Iceland's Phallological Museum Finally Gets Human Specimen
LONDON (AP) - In life, Pall Arason sought attention. In death, he is getting it: The 95-year-old Icelander's pickled penis will be the main attraction in one of his country's most bizarre museums.Sigurdur Hjartarson, who runs the Phallological Museum...
'Idol' Accused of Weight Bias; Show Denies Claim
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 19-year-old "American Idol" studio audience member claims that she was barred from a front-row seat and told it was because of her weight, an allegation denied by the show's production company. Ashley Kauffman of Riverside,...
Intramuros Administration 32nd Anniversary
MANILA, Philippines - The Intramuros Administration (IA) is celebrating its 32nd Anniversary from April 14 to May 30, 2011, with several activities, including an Intramuros Arts Festival, a photo exhibit of "Intramuros Then and Now," music by the Banda...
Investments Post 205% Growth in Q1
MANILA, Philippines - The aggressive and targeted investment campaigns of the Board of Investments have resulted in 205 percent growth in new domestic investments in the first quarter this year to P110 billion or triple that of P36.2 billion generated...
Is It Timely, Necessary?
MANILA, Philippines - There is a certain amount of scepticism suggested by this topic assigned to me, whether Charter Change has not become a tiresome, if not a boring subject, considering the length of time it has been on the national agenda without...
It's the Year of the Jaguar
MANILA, Philippines - Best in tumbling, best in pyramid and best in basic elements. With all these, the University of the Cordilleras Jaguars is this year's local cheerleading buzz as they take on all these distinctions plus the championship trophy...
Jesus and Abraham
JOHN 8:51-59Jesus said to the Jews, "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps My word will never see death." So the Jews said to Him, "Now we are sure that You are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet You say, 'Whoever keeps My word will...
Jollibee Borrows P3.9 B for Expansion
MANILA, Philippines - Jollibee Foods Corporation has borrowed a total of P3.9 billion from foreign banks to finance the group's capital expenditures and acquisitions in the country and abroad.In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the firm...
Korean Fires 68, Takes 9-Shot Lead
SILANG, Cavite, Philippines - Korean expatriate Wang Jeung Hun did the unthinkable Wednesday as he successfully tamed the dreaded Langer course's winds to produce the only under-par score in two days in the Philippine Amateur Open Golf Championship...
Lakers, Celtics Have to Regroup for Finals Rematch
NEW YORK (AP) - Once a good possibility, an NBA finals rematch sure seems in jeopardy now.In the final days of the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers have been beaten often. The Boston Celtics have been beaten badly.Yes, both have been through...
Las Pinas Police Probe Alleged Suicide
MANILA, Philippines - The Las Pinas Police are now conducting a deeper investigation on the alleged suicide committed by a family driver Tuesday morning over his alleged disappointment at the closure of Banco Filipino.Police identified the victim as...
Las Pinas Residents Benefit from Water Lilies
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Rep. Cynthia Villar attended an induction of the Parents-Teachers Association of the Southville International in 2005. There she was approached by the president of the group who introduced herself, Mrs. Ophelia So. She...
Mosley Shows Pacquiao How to Be a Pinoy Twitter Darling, Tweets in Filipino
MANILA, Philippines - In an effort to reach out to Filipino boxing fans, boxer Sugar Shane Mosley took to tweeting in Filipino on Monday, April 11. The tweets weren't written perfectly but Mosley, who is set to face popular Filipino boxing champ...
Obama's Sister Puts Their Mom in Picture Book
NEW YORK (AP) - Above a rooftop in Jakarta or the Indus River in Pakistan, the moon looms large in the childhood memories of Maya Soetoro-Ng, but President Obama's little sister hadn't realized how important those memories were until she was pregnant...
Pampanga Quarry Operations Earn P185 M in Nine Months
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines - The quarry operations in Pampanga have hit a total of P185,970,000 for the past nine months, posting an average income of nearly P21M monthly. This was learned from Arthur F. Punsalan, head of the Environment...
Portugal's Crisis Could Mean Bargains for Tourists
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Portugal, one of the eurozone's poorest nations, is immersed in debt, barely has a functioning government and is widely expected to receive a Greek-style bailout by June. But travelers willing to jump aboard this economic roller...
P/$ Rate at P43.22 to $1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate closed lower at P43.22 to the US dollar Wednesday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P43.18 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P43.272 from P43.237. Total...
Prescription for Condoms?
MANILA, Philippines - Most religious Filipinos can easily forgive heroin peddlers in their family but readily deny support to the RH bill. In one Alabang subdivision, residents talk about a village resolution requiring residents to get a doctor's prescription...
Ready for the World (Series)
MANILA, Philippines - It's been many years since a Philippine team entered the World Series.And so the kids of the Philippine boys' baseball team - nicknamed the Little Razcals - made history when they won at the recent Asia Pacific Zone Pony Mustang...
Rose, Bulls Beat Knicks, Win 8th Straight
NEW YORK (AP) - Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls stayed in the race for the NBA's best record, overwhelming the New York Knicks to start the second half and winning 103-90 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight victory.Rose scored 26 points for...
Secondhand Smoke May Affect Kids' Mental Health
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breathing secondhand smoke could increase a child's risk of mental and behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suggests a new study.The study adds to evidence suggesting that kids...
Sesame Street Beams American Dream to Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The United States has turned to oversized puppets in its newest attempt to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, funding a $20 million remake of popular children's TV programme Sesame Street.The US show that popularised characters like...
Small Business Stories - 2
MANILA, Philippines - This is the second in a series of articles on entrepreneurship at the SME level. May these examples inspire budding small business hopefuls among our readers.If you think high technology business is for big business, then you...
SMC Seeks Voluntary Trading Suspension
MANILA, Philippines - Diversifying giant San Miguel Corporation has voluntary sought the suspension of the trading of its common and preferred shares to avoid undue speculation while it prepares to price its planned $850 million bond and stock offerings.In...
Snooping Boyfriend
DEAR CHICO AND DELAMAR... When my boyfriend was just courting me, he was very kind and sweet. I felt like he really understood me and let me be my own person, so it didn't really take long for me to say yes to him. But now that we've been together...
Solons Urge Release of IRA
MANILA, Philippines -- With the Supreme Court declaring with finality an earlier ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the charters of 16 new cities, the government is now compelled to release a portion of the internal revenue allotment it withheld...
So Much for Change
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) - President Barack Obama promised to change Washington's ways. Yet he's as caught up in them as ever.As the week began, Obama kicked off his re-election bid with a sunny video of people talking about their hopes and...
Tennis Ace Federer Crushes Kohlschreiber in Clay Start
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AFP) - Roger Federer marched into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters Tuesday as the three-time finalist inflicted a 6-2, 6-1 defeat on German Philipp Kohlschreiber.World number three Federer, seeded second in the knee injury...
The Classic Petunia
MANILA, Philippines -- The Petunia is a popular and widely cultivated genus of flowering plants from Argentina. It belongs to the Solanaceae plant family and cousins include the tobacco, tomato, potato, and chili pepper. Its name originates from the...
The Hudson Tower at TRIbeca
MANILA, Philippines -- Those shopping for a home in the South got a glimpse of things to come with the unveiling and blessing of three model units for Hudson Place 1, the latest of the 15 residential buildings set to rise in the growing community known...
Toyota to Halt Production at Five European Plants
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese auto giant Toyota said on Wednesday it would temporarily halt production at five European plants for several days in April and May, due to a shortage of parts following the March 11 earthquake.Toyota said the plants in Britain,...
WB Okays $10-M Loan for LLDA Projects
MANILA, Philippines - The World Bank (WB) has approved a US$10 million financing for the environmental projects implemented by the local government units (LGUs) under the Laguna de Bay Institutional Strengthening and Community Participation (LISCOP)...
What's the Most Polluted Area in Metro Manila?
MANILA, Philippines -- The most polluted area in Metro Manila is around the EDSA-MRT station in Pasay City. This was disclosed yesterday by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), saying that...
Why Tingting Resigned?
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite declarations that she quit and was not fired, former Tarlac Gov. Margarita 'Tingting" Cojuangco's resignation as president of the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) has been persistently linked to her outspoken objection...
Wider Coverage for Fuel Discount Studied
MANILA, Philippines -- Small farmers and fisherfolk will not yet benefit from the P450 million-fuel assistance program since the government is still unsure if it can afford the expansion of coverage, a Palace official said Wednesday. Secretary Ramon...
Young's Star
MANILA, Philippines - Big breaks only come to a lucky few - and certainly, to those who patiently wait. TV newcomer Lauren Young only knows this too well."It had been a slow process but I know that break would come one day because I had been training...