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 October 16, 2011

15 Music Industry Pillars Honored at Star Awards for Music
MANILA, Philippines -- Fifteen pillars of the local music industry, all icons in their own rights, will be honored at the 3rd PMPC Star Awards for Music to be held Sunday night, Oct. 16, at the Irwin Lee Theater, Ateneo de Manila University. The...
A Cover for Immoral Living?
MANILA, Philippines - I am yielding my space to Mr. Joseph M. Pernia, former SVD seminarian, former director for Finance and Development of World Bank, and now Chairman of the Lay Society of St. Arnold Janssen to share his insight on Philippine Catholicism...
Adventure Weekend
MANILA, Philippines -- There are times when city life can become dreary. The smothering pollution, the endless heavy traffic and the massive number of people have been slowly taking its toll on urbanites. The chaotic monotony has compelled city dwellers...
Bakers to Sell 'Malunggay Pandesal'
MANILA, Philippines -- For less than P2, Filipinos will get to eat a more nutritious pandesal. A group of Filipino bakers Sunday launched an ambitious task to promote good health in the country as part of the World Health Day celebration by adding...
Benguet Watershed Project from EU
LA TRINIDAD, Philippines - The European Union approved a 434,000 Euros or P26.4 million watershed management project which will be implemented in six identified sites in this vegetable-producing province over a period of two years or from 2011-2013....
Big Banks Register Lower NPLs
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday reported that the non-performing loans (NPL) ratio of universal and commercial banks as of the end-August stood at 2.52 percent, 0.73 percentage lower compared to year before but...
Bloody Sunday: Six Killed at Home
TALISAY CITY, Cebu - Peaceloving citizens of this city woke up to a bloody Sunday in their midst as a 55-year-old family man fatally shot his wife, two of their daughters, a son, and a house helper before turning the gun on himself in Palm View...
Brothers Charged with Stealing Bridge
NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania (AP) - Two brothers have been charged with stealing a western Pennsylvania bridge and selling the 15 1/2 tons of scrap metal for more than $5,000. Police say 24-year-old Benjamin Arthur Jones and 25-year-old Alexander Williams...
Camiguin: Tiny Hot Spot of Wonder
MANILA, Philippines -- The smallest island province in Northern Mindanao is shaped like a pear with its land area measuring only 29,187 hectares. An estimated population of only 75,000 locals ranks it the second smallest province in the Philippines....
CCTV Cameras for Bulacan Dams
CITY OF MALOLOS, Philippines - Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado Sunday in a telephone interview said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office will put CCTV cameras at the spill-gates of Angat, Ipo and Bustos dam and major rivers...
Chamber Sees $1-B Mine Investments
MANILA, Philippines - Mining investments this year may hit only $1 billion, $2 billion lower than the government's original forecast of $3 billion, in light of the many challenges facing the industry, the latest of which is the insurgency issue in...
Continuity of AFP Reforms Assured
MANILA, Philippines - Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo SL Oban Jr. has assured the continuity of reforms in various commands, units and offices in the military Oban made the remarks during a dialogue with more than 100 sergeant majors who...
Digital Era Transforms Marketing Agenda
MANILA, Philippines - A new IBM study of more than 1,700 chief marketing officers from 64 countries and 19 industries reveals that the majority of the world's top marketing executives recognize a critical and permanent shift occurring in the way they...
DILG, OMB Intensify Anti-Corruption Drive
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) vowed yesterday to step up its campaign on corruption among local government units (LGUs). The partnership was formed after DILG...
Doctor to the Stars Exchanges Vows
MANILA, Philippines -- -With Dr. Obagi, that is! It is truly a match made in heaven, with no controversy, in the world of beauty. The beautiful "ceremony" was flawless with matching models dressed in white gowns and tux. Even the song was the...
DoE Chief Is Pressed to Explain Local Oil Price Benchmark
MANILA, Philippines - The text message query of President Aquino's sister - Pinky Aquino Abellada, on why the Department of Energy (DoE) cannot order an oil price rollback of P5.00 per liter in recent weeks has pressed Energy Secretary Rene D. Almendras...
Dolphy on Retiring: 'Torture 'Yun'
MANILA, Philippines -- Many actors have come and gone in Philippine show business. But one has remained standing. For almost seven decades, this man has made Filipinos laugh, which is the reason why he is dubbed as the King of Comedy. I consider...
Driver Flips License Plate to Avoid Paying Toll on Bridge
NEW YORK (AP) - A Virginia truck driver used a device that could have come from a James Bond movie to try to get out of paying the $65 toll to cross the George Washington Bridge into New York City, police say. Nelson Vaquiz of Beaverdam, Va., was...
Economy Expanded 5% in Q3
MANILA, Philippines - The domestic economy is expected to grow by 5 percent in the third quarter of 2011 given the strength of the industrial sector, higher government spending and the upsurge in residential construction.Despite weak electronic exports,...
Education Blues
MANILA, Philippines - A few years back, a World Congress on Higher Education was held in Manila. Listening to the talks delivered by educators coming from various countries, I felt the need to overhaul my vocabulary. The latest educational jargon,...
E Komo Mai!
'Hawaii's all about kicking back and doing nothing," says a regular visitor to Honolulu. Home to the world-famous Waikiki Beach-a brilliant, mile-long stretch of white sand from Hilton Hawaiian Village to Diamond Head, where both locals and tourists...
Elephant Tales
HUA HIN, Thailand - In author Terry Pratchett's mind, the world is a large disc, complete with a rimfall where oceans cascade into space, that rests on the backs of four huge elephants that are, in turn, standing on the back of a giant turtle slowly...
Ely and Luz: From False Impressions to Happy Ever After
MANILA, Philippines -- A friend's misconception brought TV/radio news anchorman and DZXL assistant vice president Ely Saludar and his wife Luz Samonte together. That time, sometime in 1995, Ely was already working as a field reporter at radio station...
Getting to Know Your Child
MANILA, Philippines -- Balancing a showbiz career, socio-civic activities and motherhood is tricky but actress Dimples Romana seems to have all her acts together. Her secret? Getting to know her seven-year-old daughter, Christiana Amanda Lauren (Cal...
Good Mourning
"Come lovely and soothing death." - Walt Whitman (1819-1892), American poet "Leaves of Grass" (1900) MANILA, Philipipnes - I missed my mother's death last Friday (Oct 7) by an hour or so. I was at the Philippine Orthopedic Center seeing OPD patients...
Gov't's Ownership of Facilities Opposed
MANILA, Philippines - Developers of renewable energy projects are questioning the Department of Energy's (DoE) proposed provision in the template contract for renewable energy projects seeking reversion of project facilities to government at the end...
Heirloom Rice
BONTOC, Philippines - The support given to the heirloom rice farmers in the province has enhanced the production of the traditional rice varieties now being exported as well as sold locally thereby giving sustainable sources of livelihood to hundreds...
Home-Grown Exports Seen Gaining; FAME Opening Draws 800 Buyers
MANILA, Philippines - The country's top homegrown export products, expected to take up for the slack in electronics exports, are gaining momentum as the world's top retailers and foreign buyers converge here for a buying mission during a four-day international...
Hospital Performs Double Hand Transplant
BOSTON (AP) - A quadruple amputee who received new hands through a transplant operation says he is looking forward to doing ordinary things again: getting dressed, taking a shower, making coffee and, sweetest of all, touching the faces of his two grandsons....
House to Defend SC Spending Bill
MANILA, Philippines - The chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations expressed Sunday readiness to defend the House-approved special provision mandating the Judiciary to "exclusively" use its almost P2-billion funds for unfilled positions should...
Improve Clark & Keep NAIA
MANILA, Philippines - Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) Secretary Mar Roxas revealed that one of his priority projects is the transfer of NAIA, the main international airport of Manila, to Clark which is about 90 kms away. He also...
Innovation Clusters
MANILA, Philippines - Last month, the Obama Administration awarded US$37 million to 20 high-growth Regional Innovation Clusters (RIC) through the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. It is one of President Barack Obama's preferred ways to revive...
In Vino Veritas
MANILA, Philippines -- I've been talking about drinks for the past few weeks, and have left the best till last. When I was growing up on the far side of the world, in England in the old days, I cannot remember one occasion when my parents served wine...
Italy-Funded Projects Benefit Surigao
TANDAG CITY, Philippines - In its desire to continue extending assistance to far-flung communities in the Philippines, particularly in the Pacific Ocean facing province of Surigao del Sur, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)...
Jethro's Advice
MANILA, Philippines - In our daily life, we meet executives in the business sector who give us the impression that they are super-efficient, super-independent, and super-serious in their work. In short, they are those who project the so-called "I'm...
Kids Are Shunning Today's Formula Productions
MANILA, Philippines - We were floored by critical observations and comments expressed a few days ago in an editorial written by the venerable Patricia Edgar for the Sydney Morning Herald.In a nutshell, Edgar, chair of the World Summit on Media for...
Kids' Program
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - The city officials here, along with health office personnel and barangay health workers, launched the "Garantisadong Pambata" program in the 86 urban and rural villages on Sunday. In line with the city's health program,...
Long Queues for PAL Separaion Checks
MANILA, Philippines -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines released yesterday the first batch of severance packages for their displaced workers who were affected by the spin-off to third-party service providers.The air carrier was reported to have released...
MacQuarie Partners with AHON in Adopting a School
MANILA, Philippines - The above saying by Harold Howe now adorns the newly-refurbished library of Sagad Elementary School in Pasig, AHON Foundation's 48th adopted library, to echo the school's belief in the important role of libraries in improving...
Marian Downplays Live-In Arrangement with Dingdong; David Foster Meets Black Eyed Peas
Just a thought: Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back! Don't expect love in return. Just wait for it to grow in their heart. But if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours. MANILA, Philippines -- Live-in?...
Month of the Holy Rosary
MANILA, Philippines - The Blessed Mother when she appeared to the three children in Fatima said: "Say the Rosary every day. Pray, pray a lot, and offer sacrifices for sinners. I'm Our Lady of the Rosary. In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph."...
More Farm, Fishery Investments Urged
MANILA, Philippines -- A British-based development organization Sunday called for increased investments in farming and fisheries if the country wants to be sufficient in food in the long term. In its latest Food Justice Report, Oxfam-Philippines...
NCMF Airs Appeal for Approval of 1,000 Additional Hajj Visas
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has appealed to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud to approve the Philippine government's request for 1,000 additional hajj visas for Filipino pilgrims. NCMF...
'Occupy Wall St.' Protest Goes Global
MADRID, Spain (DPA/AFP) - Tens of thousands gathered in cities around the world on Saturday in protest marches modeled on New York's "Occupy Wall Street" movement and sit-ins that began months ago in Spain. Media reported that more than 150,000...
Organic Products and Win-Win Solutions
MANILA, Philippines -- Women's Organic Produce - Farmers' markets, organic food and celebrity chefs are at the top of my list of favorites; imagine my grief when this column's Friday deadline fell on the same day as the Women's Market, the first and...
Our Books Are Open
MANILA, Philippines - Oil firms affiliated with the Philippine Institute Petroleum (PIP) have agreed to open their books of accounts for government examination, giving way to a call from President Benigno S. Aquino III to face public scrutiny amid...
P72 Billion for New Programs
(Speech of President Benigno S. Aqunio III at the 37th Philippine Business Conference, Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel, October 13, 2011.)MANILA, Philippines - It has been a year since I stood in front of all of you and shared the aspirations of a hundred-day-old...
Paying Taxes to the Emperor
MANILA, Philippines - Matthew 22:15-21The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to Him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are a truthful Man and that You teach the way of...
Philippine Senate Celebrates 95th Anniversary
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate of the Philippines, the Upper Chamber of the bicameral Congress of the Philippines, is celebrating its 95th Anniversary on October 16, 2011. The current Philippine Senate of the 15th Congress of the Philippines has...
Prima Ballerina to Bid Ballet Adieu
MANILA, Philippines - One of the pillars of the Philippine performing arts, Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is hanging her Pointe shoes for good. According to the Oct. 14 report of "Balitanghali," the only Philippine-based, internationally...
Remember When?
MANILA, Philippines - I will admit I am not THAT young.But there are things I am not old enough to remember. For example, I am not old enough to remember when commuting from the Eastern towns of Rizal via Ortigas Extension took less than an hour. That...
Satisfied Customers
MANILA, Philippines -- West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) said it has made a dramatic rise in customer satisfaction ratings since Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and DMCI Holdings, Inc. took over in 2007. Based...
Saving Fuel
MANILA, Philippines - With 736 in attendance in two different locations, Filipino motorists from Metro Manila and Iloilo City joined other drivers across the globe in a worldwide Shell initiative which successfully set a Guinness World Record for the...
SC Decision on ARMM Election
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to hand down tomorrow (October 18) its decision on several petitions challenging the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10153, which postponed the election in the Autonomous Region of Muslim...
Special Forces Helps Build Classrooms
MANILA, Philippines -- Taking the opportunity to interact with the people in a different setting, soldiers from the elite Army Special Forces (SF) worked with a United States-based non-government organization and local officials of Boholm to build...
Students' Rights
MANILA, Philippines -- Another House leader has rallied behind the bill which seeks to promote and safeguard the students' welfare and rights. Cebu Rep. Gabriel Luis R. Quisumbing, vice chairman of the House Committee on National Defense, has "signified...
The New Boy in Town
MANILA, Philippines - Just when you thought you had him all figured out, a ''new'' Boy comes into town. For close to two decades now, Filipino televiewers here and around the world have known Eugenio "Boy" R. Abunda, Jr. as the King of Talk, the one...
The Realities of Sex Tourism
MANILA, Philippines -- Tourism can be a double-edged sword. The moment Filipinos start opening their doors to tourists, all kinds of people come in; high-spending tourists, long-staying retirees and even those who come for sex. The issue of sex...
This Restaurant Blooms in Baguio
MANILA, Philippines -- Up there in Baguio, the air is crisp and bracing. To escape the stifling lowland heat and stress, many Filipinos still pack up to make the climb to this mountain city. But through the years, change has inevitably crept in. Visitors...
UN Critical Issues: Connecting Dots
"We of the UN have carved out a new dimension for the 'Responsibility to Protect.' We will continue R2P..." - Secretary General Ban Ki-moonMANILA, Philippines - The General Debate of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, which started early...
We Welcome Archbishop 'Chito' Tagle; and onto P-Noy's Marcos Decision
'Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting a tomato in fruit salad." - Anonymous " Not all who are informed are transformed." - Arch. Soc Villegas MANILA, Philippines -- Congratulations to the new Archbishop of Manila...
World Goes Gaga over Buko Juice
MANILA, Philippines - International demand for coconut water (buko juice) is expected to grow dramatically as more and more people become health-conscious. To Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Euclides G. Forbes, the global craving for...