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 June 8, 2011

A Home on Higher Ground
MANILA, Philippines -- From certain points in Quezon City and Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong, the view of the Sierra Madre mountain range is spectacular. It's rare for such a big and busy metropolis to offer such a sight that is so rustic and scenic....
All Things That Are Filipino
MANILA, Philippines -- With the celebration of Philippine Independence being four days away, I decided to drop by Tutuban-that sprawling destination of commerce in Manila that has revolutionized what we know of the market place. Clean, accessible,...
A New Life in Montalban
MANILA, Philippines -- Back in September last year, Deo Dela Vega, fondly called Ka Deo, was among the many informal settlers in Sitio San Roque, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa in North Triangle, Quezon City. They decided to leave his so-called home for a...
Angry Asian Shipowners Call for Action against Rising Ship Piracy
MANILA, Philippines - Asian shipowners have expressed impatience, anger and frustration at the ever-increasing number of attacks on ships and seafarers by Somali pirates. "Somali piracy and ship hijackings have become rampant since the collapse...
Azkals to Hold Fund-Raising Day
MANILA, Philippines - Members of the Philippine football team take time off from their rigorous training tomorrow to mingle with their loyal fans in an event also serving as their sendoff party for their World Cup qualifying match against Sri Lanka...
Bangkok Port's Wharf Closure Snarls Cargo Clearance, Triggers Higher Fees
BANGKOK, June 8 (Reuters) - Cargo clearance at Bangkok Klong Toei Port has slowed because of the temporary closure of some wharves, which will last until late this year, forcing ship operators to slap congestion surcharges on cargo firms, shippers...
BFAR Advises Public on How to Determine Fresh, Safe Fish
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The Cordillera office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here warned the public Wednesday to be wary in buying fish as it issued tips on how to determine fish that is unsafe for consumption.The warning...
Blogger Files Perjury Case against 'Willing Willie' Dancing Boy's Parents
MANILA, Philippines - Blogger-environmental activist Froilan Grate has fired back at the parents of the six-year-old "macho-dancing boy" on defunct TV5 program "Willing Willie" by charging them with perjury. As reported by abs-cbnNEWS.com and Interaksyon.com,...
Brain Food
MANILA, Philippines - Back-to-school not only means back to deadlines and late-night studying, but also back to food tripping. The Students and Campuses Bulletin lists 10 eating places that get the top grades for being the students' favorites. They...
Bulacan Tackles Rising Malaria Cases
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan, Philippines - Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy- Alvarado directed yesterday the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) to investigate and take the necessary steps to address the rising incidents of malaria cases in some mountainous...
CA Gives Purisima the Nod
MANILA, Philippines - Holding its last plenary session before going on a 45-day sine die adjournment, the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) Wednesday unanimously confirmed the appointments of Cesar V. Purisima as Department of Finance (DoF)...
Candle Top
MANILA, Philippines -- A popular flowering plant is the Candle Top, or the Spathiphyllum wallisii. It is also known as the Peace Lily. The genus name Spathiphyllum means "spathe-leaf," and the specific epithet is named after Gustav Wallis, a German...
Charice Completes Hollywod Film; David Foster Approves of Charice-Sarah Collaboration
MANILA, Philippines - World renowned singer Charice announced on Twitter that she had just finished shooting her second Hollywood movie, "Here Comes the Boom." "Done with the movie!!! It was nice working with everybody! Kevin James, Salma Hayek,...
Cinemalaya 2011: 'More Varied, Exciting'
MANILA, Philippines - On its seventh year, local independent film festival Cinemalaya promises a more diverse lineup of films by a new roster of first time full-length Cinemalaya film directors. "This year, we have more varied and more exciting...
Disheartened over 'Fake' Fans, Charice Deletes Her Private Facebook Account
MANILA, Philippines - International singing sensation Charice has deleted her personal Facebook account after discovering that some of whom she believed were her real fans---collectively called "Chasters"---were purportedly saying things behind her...
Divorce and Annulment, Marriage and the Family, the Individual and Society
MANILA, Philippines - I think the issue behind divorce isn't whether the state should protect the family. It's about the extent to which the state should preserve the family, which often comes in conflict with individual interests.Divorce might already...
DMCI Builds Community for Family
MANILA, Philippines - Family-oriented developments have emerged in the property scene as ideal properties for homebuyers. Aside from start-up couples and full nesters, these projects also attract upwardly-mobile single professionals whose eventual...
Fashion Watch Continues to Showcase the Best of Philippine Fashion
MANILA, Philippines -- I always look forward to having tea at the Makati Shangri-la. The hotel has concocted a creative way to serve tea (you must check out the tea menu!). And it's served in such a beautiful setting where you have a view of the hotel's...
Firm Bares Findings on Billboards
MANILA, Philippines - Billboards or out-of-home (OOH) media erected along the thoroughfares in Metro Manila do not cause traffic accidents contrary to the belief of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and...
Fish in Taal Lake Safe
MANILA, Philippines - Several lawmakers in the House of Representatives Wednesday feasted on fish dishes that were caught in Taal Lake to revive the fishing industry that has been affected by the fishkill that began in the boundaries of Batangas and...
'Fishkill' Affected Areas Get Assistance
MANILA, Philippines (RRR) - Batangas Governor Vilma Santos Recto, formed and dispatched various teams to assist the local government units affected by the fish kill in Taal Lake on May 26-27, which damage livelihood up to P70 million.Two unit backhoes...
Flood May Help Protected Species
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The swollen Missouri River that promises to be a prolonged headache for small towns and farmers along its path is likely to be a boon for several protected and endangered species living in or near its basin, biologists said.The...
Foursquare: How Companies Use Data
MANILA, Philippines -- When Foursquare began, it was easy to wonder what the point was beyond the game. It asked people to "check in" when visiting places like shops, bars, or restaurants and then gave them a chance to compete for virtual prizes, like...
Fourteen Finalists Vie for PAGCOR-Sponsored Total OPM Performer Award
MANILA, Philippines -- From a list of more than 2,000 candidates who auditioned for the first OPM@PAGCOR national search for the 2011 OPM Total Performer, 14 finalists were chosen, and they will vie for the title on June 10 at the Grand Finals Night...
Give Kids Time to Play
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines (PNA) - Teachers should not give "tedious and irrelevant" homework to their pupils, Department of Education (DepEd) 7 Assistant Director Carmelita Dulangon said, while asking pupils to always review their notes at home,...
Globe Urges Level Playing Field in Gov't Allocation of Spectrums
MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom warned the government of spectrum applicants, speculators and consortia driven by "financial players" who eventually sell out for business gain, the company jointly owned by Ayala Corp. and Singapore Telecommunications...
IATA Fully Supports CO2 Trading but Not the EU Approach
SINGAPORE, June 8 (Reuters) - The world's biggest airline grouping hit back at the European Union (EU) on Tuesday, saying it had not retreated from its support for emissions trading but said the bloc's scheme for aviation was unfair and costly. ...
Ifugao Promotes Serving of I-Rice
LAGAWE, Ifugao, Philippines - Owners of restaurants, eateries, canteens, hotels and hospitals in this capital town have been instructed to serve National Food Authority's iron-fortified rice (I-rice) to help the agency in promoting the use of I-rice...
It All Ends in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 10 years and seven movies later, the series based on J.K. Rowling's epic tale of the boy wizard comes to an end with the eighth film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2." The seventh book, which finds Potter...
It's Raining Tablets and Ultra-Thin Netbooks at Computex 2011
MANILA, Philippines -- Fresh from Computex 2011, the vivid images of gadgets and gizmos, peripherals, lappies, netbooks and tablets still flicker in my head. Not to mention the feasts that were laid out before us day to day. Having gone to both...
Jennylyn Hurt over Mom's Denunciation
MANILA, Philippines - Actress-singer Jennylyn Mercado is caught in the middle of yet another storm, this time stemming from her accounts of her childhood that she related in a recent interview for Yes! magazine. Apparently, her biological mother,...
Jett, Bituin and Dulce Raring to Work with Mr. C
MANILA, Philippines - Being invited to perform with musical maestro Ryan Cayabyab proved an exciting proposition for three of the country's established artists. "It was unreal," The Dawn's Jett Pangan said, describing how he felt when he got the...
Jobs Unveils Three Major Innovations
MANILA, Philippines - At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), the top honcho of the famous global brand, Steve Jobs, scattered more "seeds" through the technology frontier even as his earlier products -- the iPhone and iPad -- continue to...
Jo Seung Woo, Junsu Win in 5th Annual Musical Awards
MANILA, Philippines -- Jo Seung Wo and Cha Ji Yeon bagged the best actor and best actress trophies in the 5th Annual Musical Awards held last night at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul. Jo, an actor who has starred in films and...
Korea Eximbank Opening Rep Office
MANILA, Philippines - The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) has asked central bank approval to open a representative office in the Philippines to further establish financial relations as well as extend more services for Filipinos, especially...
Local Onion Farmers Seek Ban on Issuance of Import Permits
MANILA, Philippines - The government should continue prohibiting the issuance of onion import permit (IP) as onion inventory is at a high nine months, and importation will be detrimental to farmers' livelihood. The Department of Agriculture's (DA)...
Luistro Sad, but Still Hopeful
MANILA, Philippines - Amid the reports of pitiful conditions of students in most public elementary and high schools in urban areas, particularly in Metro Manila, Education Secretary Armin Luistro Wednesday admitted being "depressed," but nevertheless...
Maguindanao Floods Destroy P30-M Crops
COTABATO CITY, Philippines (PNA) - The torrential rains, spawned by typhoons "Chedeng" and "Dodong," and the eventual flashfloods that hit seven municipalities in Maguindanao had destroyed about P30 million worth of agricultural products, agriculture...
Mar Gets 1st Acid Test
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III has given incoming Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas his first acid test: Solve the frequent breakdown of the railway system in Metro Manila, particularly the Light Rail Transit...
Modes of Compliance Proposed to Address 3.6 Million Housing Backlog
MANILA, Philippines - We are commending Vice President Jejomar C. Binay for his calculated mandate as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), to implement effective measures that will address the 3.6-million housing...
Mo Hits Ogie on Twitter
MANILA, Philippines - It appears another DJ Mo Twister-Ogie Diaz Twitter clash is in the offing. On June 7, Mo (real name Mohan Gumatay) posted a tweet directed at Ogie after receiving a message from another user who, according to the former, told...
Nina Denies 'Maltreatment' of Ex-PA; Draws Ex-BF's Name into Controversy
MANILA, Philippines - Singer Nina has turned the tables on her former personal assistant who reportedly accused her of being abusive. In her recent interview with PEP, the multi-Platinum diva dispelled her ex-PA's allegation that she only gives...
Nintendo Debuts Wii U
CALIFORNIA (Reuters) -- Nintendo took the wraps off a high-definition version of its hit Wii, with a 6.2-inch touchscreen-equipped controller that the leading videogame hardware maker hopes will appeal to a more hardcore audience. Early reviews of...
Non-Release of 'Pork' Criticized
MANILA, Philippines - An opposition congressman has accused Malacanang of withholding pork barrel funds meant for lawmakers in order to bloat government savings and publicly boast the supposed fiscal reform when President Aquino delivers his State...
No Right, No Wrong, Just Choices
MANILA, Philippines - Dear Chico and Delamar... I am 31 years old. I have been in a long distance relationship for more than two years now. The guy and I met through a common friend working in Dubai. I may be biased but when I met him, I saw him as...
NZ Mourns Death of Shrek, the Famously Shaggy Sheep
New Zealanders were mourning the loss of the country's most famous sheep Tuesday, a shaggy national icon named Shrek who was renowned for avoiding being shorn for years.Shrek captured the public's imagination in 2004 after he evaded the annual shearing...
Oil and Food Prices Slow Global Growth, Says World Bank
WASHINGTON, June 8 (AFP) - Rising food and fuel prices are taking the wind out of the global economy's recovery this year, the World Bank said Tuesday, cutting its forecast for global growth. The Bank projected said global growth will only be 3.2...
Oil Exec Defends Price Hike
MANILA, Philippines - The head executive of Eastern Petroleum Philippines Wednesday defended its increase in fuel prices, an adjustment that was later picked up by bigger oil companies.Fernando Martinez, Eastern's chief executive officer (CEO), said...
On Using VMs in Class
MANILA, Philippines -- Teaching Internet Technologies to a class of Computer Science students require that they set up their own servers. The servers are important so they can deploy their web applications in a real world setting, whilst ensuring that...
Pacquiao Happy with Floyd's Decision to Fight Ortiz in Sept
MANILA, Philippines - Floyd Mayweather is making a ring comeback, something the pound-for-pound king believes is a sign they are destined to face each other in 2012. "That's good," Pacquiao told the Bulletin as soon as his plane landed in General...
PCCI Supports BSP's Move Making Chinese Yuan as Trade Currency
MANILA, Philippines - Businessmen will support the central bank's move to encourage the use of the Chinese yuan or renminbi (CNY) as trade currency which should lead to higher volume of business between the two countries. Philippine Chamber of Commerce...
PCSO Scraps P42-B Aussie Deal
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) headed by Chairperson Margarita P. Juico, relying on the opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC), has scrapped a 50-year, P42-billion joint venture deal...
Petron Eyes New Import after Taylor Suffers Strain in Practice
MANILA, Philippines - Petron Blaze (former San Miguel Beer) is looking at the possibility of bringing in another import after its original reinforcement - Mike Taylor - strained a muscle in his right leg during the team's practice session last Wednesday...
Pimentel Airs View on Polls
MANILA, Philippines - Did the administration use the so called countrywide development fund (CDF) or "pork barrel" to ensure that the election in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be passed by both Houses of Congress?This question...
Potable Water Supply Allocated P1B
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1 billion to address problems in the supply of potable water in 100 poor municipalities throughout the country, particularly in areas where beneficiaries of the conditional...
P/$ Rate Stands at P43.15/$1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate stands at P43.15 to the US dollar, the closing rate on Tuesday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands at P43.235. 7%-8% G.D.P. target stays Finance...
Rapper Ja Rule Due to Go to Prison in NYC Gun Case
NEW YORK (AP) - Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison, but he's leaving fans with an album on the way. The rapper-actor - whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap's stars in...
Rico Blanco Tells Kids How to Get to Sesame Street
MANILA, Philippines - Believe it or not, but the children's TV show Sesame Street played a big role in the music of multi-awarded singer and songwriter Rico Blanco. Aside, of course, from British bands The Beatles and Depeche Mode. It is no surprise...
Risk Management
MANILA, Philippines - In many companies, risk management is a task of management that is generally taken for granted, except maybe in the financial sector. Risk is always an integral part of doing business. All business ventures carry both a significant...
Romero Elected New Shooting Prexy
MANILA, Philippines - Expanding membership and constructing more facilities are the two main concerns that newly-elected Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) president Mikee Romero will immediately address. The Harbour Centre CEO was...
Rosales Honored
MANILA, Philippines - Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales will be honored in Thursday's 7th anniversary of Pondo ng Pinoy (PnP) at the Cuneta Astrodome on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Former Ambassador Henrietta de Villa, board member of PnP,...
Roxanne Barcelo Sheds off Wholesome Image for 'Haruo' and 'Amaya'
MANILA, Philippines - Is Roxanne Barcelo saying goodbye to her "good girl" image? After hosting GMA-7 kiddie show "Art Angel," which ended just last May, 25-year-old Barcelo said she's now ready to take on more challenging roles, as reported by...
Russia Eyes US Nuke Deal
MOSCOW, Russia-Former Russian Prime Minister Sergey Kirienko proposed a partnership with the United States on nuclear energy public awareness and safety.Kirienko, director-General of the State Nuclear Energy Corporation ROSATOM, advised countries with...
SMC Pursues Big Foreign Acquisition
MANILA, Philippines - Diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corporation expects to seal an agreement for a major acquisition of an Asian company in July this year. In an interview with reporters, SMC president Ramon S. Ang said the target company...
SOFIA Finds 'Ninang' in Lily Monteverde, Holds Screening of 'Summer Love' at CCP in First Fundraising Effort
Just a thought: You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures. - Charles C. Noble MANILA, Philippines -- Film classics at Quiapo: Who says most of our local film classics are either missing or have been lost...
Solar Technology for Tricycles Welcomed
MANILA, Philippines - Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Wednesday welcomed the introduction of solar technology for tricycles, saying that its use could address serious environmental concerns and over dependence of the country on oil fuel.Belmonte received...
Surigao Quake
SURIGAO CITY, Philippines - A magnitude 4.6 earthquake rocked residents in this city Tuesday afternoon. However, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Northeastern Mindanao said there was no report of damage or injury after the quake. The Philippine...
Thai King Helps Small Farmers
MANILA, Philippines -- If Thai farmers are progressive in their various agricultural projects today, you can credit that in a big way to King Bhumibol Adulyadej. More than 50 years ago, he set up the Chitralada Agricultural Projects right in a portion...
'The Truth' Graces PXC Debut
MANILA, Philippines - Fil-American Brandon Vera, an established star in the mixed martial arts world, lends his prestige to the Pacific X-Treme Combat event making its debut in the country on June 11 when he joins 16 MMA fighters holding an exhibition...
Unique Amenities for a Condo
MANILA, Philippines -- In many developments these days, a pool is de rigeur. There are some with wading pools and kiddie slides, others with honest-to-goodness sandy shores, and some boast of Olympic-sized behemoths - never mind if the units that the...
Un-Marrying
MANILA, Philippines - God hates sin, but it is also God who put the tree in the garden, and God who said do not eat. He gives you the lowdown of consequences either way, but he never takes the option away just so everyone will start behaving nicer.Malta's...
Vice Ganda Dismisses Any Form of Rivalry with Boy Abunda
MANILA, Philippines - Stand-up comedian and TV host Vice Ganda quashed speculations that he's out to compete with Boy Abunda as "King of Talk." "Oh my God. Nakakatawa naman 'yang rivalry. Walang rivalry. 'King of Talk' 'yun 'no! Sabi ko nga kahit...
What Sandara Park Craves For
MANILA, Philippines -- Members of the local media peaked to almost a hundred at Hotel Intercon for 2NE1's press conference prior to the group's Araneta concert, Saturday. Only four members of the local press were allowed a one-on-one interview. ...