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 August 30, 2004

32 Die in Floods; 1 M Victims Get Gov't Assistance
(AFP) Thirty-two persons have been killed and more than one million other people received assistance amid massive floods, civil defense officials said Sunday. More than 100 towns and cities of the main island of Luzon went under water or were isolated...
3com Extends Wireless Strategy for Secure Wireless Mobility Integration into Wired Networks
3Com Corporation recently announced a blueprint for its new wireless switch-based solutions that will be rolled out over the next few months in a series of new product announcements. 3Coms wireless switch blueprint is intended to map out the options...
A First Leap towards World Peace
IN ancient Olympic Games, the athletes were pure in mind and body and they trained and competed for no other reason than love of keeping physically fit, adequate competition, and to honor their gods. It was also a fact that during the first Olympic...
Arroyo Seeks Assistance of Opposition Leaders
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo formally offered yesterday a hand of reconciliation with political opposition leaders who could help in pushing her development programs. The President formally asked her former vice...
Asia Rises as Superpower
ATHENS (AFP) A record-breaking medal haul confirmed Asias emergence as the sporting worlds rising superpower, Olympic chief Jacques Rogge declared Sunday. A powerful display from China, a resurgent campaign from Japan and strong showings from other...
Austerity, 'Pork Barrel,' & Energy-Saving Measures; Merry-Go-Round
Byline: Floro L. Mercene GMA willing to cut her social fund and intelligence fund if the Congressmen will agree to a 40 percent cut in their pork barrel. The President has thrown the gauntlet. The congressmen should pick it up. *** Senate...
Baguio Central University: Student Recognition through Social Participation
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS From a mere vocational school to a university.It was in 1945, when the school opened its door to individuals who wanted to have a vocational training. Immediately after World War I, the vocational school named as Centro Academy...
Bargain-Hunting Seen This Week as Stock Prices Turn Lower
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ Investors are likely to take advantage of lower prices to accumulate on selected blue chips. The drop in oil prices helped ease concerns on inflation fears as the market is likely to consolidate between 1572 to 1600, says BPI...
Bogchi Noypi; Modern Pinoy Eating
Byline: Jeremy C. Malcampo With Gene Gonzalez Perhaps, the most amazing find for a modern foodie or "foodaholic" who would want to gorge on traditional Pinoy food without taste alterations, is the discovery of a dynamic resto, offering traditionally...
BSP Gives Go Signal for Unit Investment Trust Funds
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has completed the guidelines for the reserve-free unit investment trust funds or UITFs to replace common trust funds, and put P260 billion worth of assets under third-party custodians. ...
Bulacan Marks 154th Birthday of M.H. del Pilar
Bulacan will hold its annual tradition of the celebration of the 154th birth anniversary of the great propagandist and hero Marcelo H. del Pilar, with Sen. Alfredo S. Lim, a Bulakeno, as guest of honor and speaker. The occasion coincides with the...
Business and Society; Business Opportunities in China
Byline: Bernardo M. Villegas The members of the business mission that will accompany President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on her state visit to China on September 1-3, 2004, will get a closer look at the only economy in the world that is trying hard...
Business Focus; the Benefits of Bundling
Byline: JOEL TANCHUCO and NERIZA DELFINO A bank extends a real estate loan that must be accompanied by a mortgage or fire insurance policy purchased by the borrower. A car manufacturer suggests the use of its aftersales maintenance services. A canned...
Cebu Lawyers Want Day in Court to Protest Increase in Legal Fees
CEBU CITY (PNA) Cebus lawyers have banded together to hold protest actions in opposition to a Supreme Court (SC) resolution raising all fees on court processes. Starting this week, the lawyers here agreed to wear black armbands when they attend...
Cebu's Best: Visayans' Gastronomic Fare Part 3 of 3
Byline: Diana A. Galang Every province in the Philippines never failed to make a distinction, either by tourist spots, festivities, products, and food. Cebu got it all, from their historical places, beaches, sinulog, guitars, and most especially...
Comm'l Blueprint for WESM Trading Set
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) is currently finalizing the blueprint for the commercial arrangements that shall be entered into with entities and players which will be joining trading at the Wholesale...
Convention on Leukemia, Other Blood Disorders, Set
Leukemia, lymphoma, lupus, thalassemia, aplastic anemia, hemophilia these are but some of deadly blood-related or hematologic disorders that Filipinos practically know nothing about until they become afflicted with them. And for the majority of victims...
Crossover to Entertainment PC in the Digital Home; Intel Brings Moore's Law into Consumer Electronics Industry
Byline: edison d. ong EL NIDO, Palawan You cant talk about it in paper. You have to experience it. With this opener, Lai Yit Loong, director for South East Asia, Intel Technology Asia Pte. Ltd., sets the tone as he walks this years edition of...
Dinosaur Adobo; Pleasures of the Table
Byline: Gene Gonzalez I was biting into a Padilla San Nicolas cookie made in Apalit pampanga experiencing the short crisp, texture and creamy flavour this coconut milk based cookie had been enveloping my senses. The recipe probably a couple of...
DoF, BSP Want Say in Naming SSS, GSIS Chiefs
The Department of Finance (DoF) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas want power to sit whomever they prefer in the board of pension fund providers Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System. In replying to a personal query...
Eagle Ridge Member-Guest Tilt Set
A BRAND new Nissan X-Trail worth more than a million pesos tops the list of prizes to be disputed on and off the courses in the second staging of the Eagle Ridge Invitational, the member-guest tournament of the countrys biggest golf complex in Gen....
Eagles Clinch Final 4 Slot
Byline: nick giongco ATENEO COACH Sandy Arespacochaga believes looking too far ahead can be very dangerous, that is why he refuses to think about the luxury of being awarded a twice-to-beat advantage as the 67th UAAP basketball wars enter the crucial...
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and 'Savour Nature'
Byline: THERESE J. CAMET Have a taste of the finest drinks and dishes the different F&B outlets in Greenbelt 2 & 3 are offering all Septemberlong as WWF Philippines, a nongovernment conservation organization, in cooperation with Ayala Land...
ECS G556; It's Not the Cover
Byline: Allan D. Francisco People over thirty years old would be familiar with the story of a post-EDSA I city mayor who was mistaken for a waiter at a function where he was among the guests of honor. Now, this might or might not have been a piece...
EIB Plans to Raise P1 B in Tier 2 Capital
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL Export and Industry Bank, Inc. (EIB) plans to increase its authorized capital stock by P1 billion to P8.5 billion from the current P7.5 billion through the Tier 2 capital arrangement by floating additional convertible preferred...
Exports of PEZA Firms Grow 21.5%
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has reported a robust 21.53 percent growth in exports in the January-July period this year following a strong electronics exports. PEZA Director-General Lilia B. de...
Filipino or Filipinized? the Philippine National Kaluto in A Cultural Progression, A Dream?
Byline: Chef Gene Gonzalez And Jeremy Malcampo Being a mixed culture does not exempt our countrys search for its own identity in cuisine. The origins or the geneology of a local dish most frequently becomes difficult to trace because it can go through...
Ford Everest: Imagine the SUV as 'Survivor'
What can be more traumatic than an ambush attack by heavily armed men while on board your vehicle? The ugly sight of armed men pumping bullets into your car with the deafening sound of automatic gunfire can definitely blow your mind out. I remember...
GMA May Sign RP Early Harvest Deal with China
The Philippines may enter an agreement on Chinas accelerated free trade initiatives called the Early Harvest during President Gloria Macapagal Arroyos China visit in September as it files 208 products whose tariffs it is willing to eliminate by 2010....
Gov't Lures Investors to Extract Untapped Oil
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The government has been knocking on the doors of private investors who are willing to sink in fresh capital for the extraction and development of some estimated 8.0 billion barrels of untapped oil reserves. President...
Gov't, MILF Issue Joint Statement for Peace; despite Presence of Some Unresolved, Contentious Issues
Byline: ASA T. MADALE Both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members of the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) signed yesterday a joint statement expressing confidence on the prospects of peace...
Heritage Riviera; Revels on Singaporean Hawker
Byline: ALL OUT: Oliver & ann kuy This we have to write! You have a few days to catch The Heritage Hotels Restaurant Rivieras month-long Singaporean food fest. The best deal is the regular-priced buffet at P822 NET is included in the offer....
Homosexuals Need Care, Understanding
THERES a House bill in Congress (HB 634) which seeks to protect gays and lesbians against discrimination in society. One of the proponents, Akbayan Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales, has sought the imposition of stiff penalties that include a R500,000 or...
How Will Savings Be Spent?
Byline: Willie N Ng THE day after President Arroyo declared that the nation was in a fiscal crisis, a businessman observed that the effect abroad dwarfed that at home. That was then. Today the headlines are full of stories on belt-tightening....
Indian Firm Offers Banking Software
An Indian software company is trying a crack in the local financial and banking markets through its banking solution, the Intellect Suite. Polaris Software Lab Ltd. has partnered with Progressive Software (ProSoft), Inc., a local software integrator...
Industries Prodded on Efficient Energy Use
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Unyielding with its goal to pull off cost savings of up to P3 billion ($784 million), the government is now knocking on the doors of industrial and commercial endusers for them to resort to efficient energy use, both in...
I.S.A.W. Governement Decides to Fight Back
Byline: Professor PI Flashbulb The Philippine government thru the National Computer Center (NCC) decides to fight back hackers that defaced the government portal on August 5, 2004, the same day the government cyber watchdog was launched. The NCC...
JdV to Present New Debt-Relief Strategy at Beijing Conference
Byline: BEN ROSARIO Speaker Jose de Venecia said yesterday he will present an expanded debt relief strategy that rejects debt repudiation before a conference of 80 political parties in a conference in Beijing. De Venecia said his plan will be...
JGS Revives Naphtha Cracker Plans for Bataan
JG Summit Petrochemical Corp. (JGSPC), the petrochemical unit of the Gokongwei Group, has revived plans to put up the countrys first naphtha cracker facility at its petrochemical site in Batangas that will start commercial operations in 2008. The...
Legal Luminaries Stress Line between Obscenity, Art Just a Gossamer Thread
Byline: DONALD JACOB BAGUIO CITY At a point when the governments drive to eliminate the sale of pornographic materials is at its peak, authorities have yet to define the thin line between obscenity of pornography versus art. "What is pornography...
Makati RTC Reaffirms Ruling: BSP Is Successor of Defunct CB
The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) reaffirmed its earlier ruling that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is the successor-in-interest of the defunct Central Bank when it denied the motion for reconsideration of the Central Bank Board of...
Marcelo H. del Pilar's 154th Birth Anniversary
NO less than the Spaniards gave Marcelo H. del Pilar the highest praise when he died on July 4, 1896. Wenceslao Retana, spokesman of the Spanish government, wrote that Don Marcelo as publicist, inspired the Spaniards with the greatest esteem (and)...
Multifaceted Nokia 6260 Smartphone Gives New Angle to Mobility
Nokia introduced a smart phone with a twist and a fold. The Nokia 6260 smartphone offers mobile professionals and the latest mobile technology features and applications, including Push-to-Talk over cellular*, email, document and presentation viewer,...
Municipal Mayors Hit Cut in IRA
The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) strongly opposed the 20 percent reduction of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for local government units which was proposed by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House economic affairs...
New Siemens C65; Convenience at Your Fingertips
Mobile telephoning has never been this convenient with the new C65, Siemens Mobile's latest 65-Generation offering that features MMS, an integrated camera, a 65,536 color screen, and attachable flash. Combined with the Photopet, another innovative...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closed at P56.15
The peso closed at P56.15 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stand at P56.128. PNOC-EDC earns P1.4 B Philippine National Oil Company-Energy Development...
Of Wives and Good Cooking; Carinderia Tales
Byline: Jeremy C. Malcampo Having a wife, is perhaps the most remarkable thing for a man. Here goes a period of friendship, a time to stabilize manhood, have children, probably stay late at night, share the sofas edge, entangled and wrapped up by...
Oil Firm Commits Pumps for Ethanol
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA One of the countrys three major oil companies committed to putting a pump on ethanol pump in its gasoline stations to help reduce fuel price and provide a market for an abounding sugarcane supply. V. Francisco Varua,...
Online Digital Morphing Software Demonstrated at ProHAIR Forum
During the recently concluded ProHAIR media forum, invited journalists and guests were asked to try out something totally fun and unusual - an interactive online digital Morphing software. Using this software, participants were given a chance to digitally...
Opening Pages; Pinoy Windows Mobile Answers Your PocketPC Concerns
Byline: Peachy Limpin I have never met a techie as passionate with his gadgets as Carlo Guerrero, president of Pinoy Windows Mobile, is. I spent more than three hours conversing with him (the longest interview Ive done so far) and he still had...
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs
What is an over-the-counter drug? Why are over-the-counter-drugs allowed to be sold without a doctors prescription? Many people think over-the-counter drugs are less effective than prescription drugs that is why they are cheaper. Is this true? ...
Pacesetters
MANAY GINA DE VENECIA, president of the 16yearold Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc., welcomed its 216 members during its first general assembly at the Batasan complex. There certainly are many new faces among the spouses as many new congressmen...
Pimentel Urges Return to Line-Item Budgeting
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. proposed yesterday a return to the pre-martial law lineitem budgeting in the recently submitted 2005 P907-billion national government budget to replace the present lump-sum...
Plaridel, 154
MARCELO Hilario del Pilar, nom de guerre Plaridel, patron saint of Filipino journalists, has found a patron in Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, who will launch Plaza Plaridel this morning on Adriatico street, in a fitting commemoration of his 154th year....
President Is Ready to Lead by Example
THE President is gratified at the response of some legislators to either reduce or give up their pork barrel in order to help alleviate our fiscal situation. The President assures the legislators that austerity measures will be shared by the departments...
PSE to Tap Ex-Justice Vitug, Jacob for Integrity Board
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA The Philippine Stock Exchange is planning to tap recently retired Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice Jose Vitug as Chairman and former SEC commissioner Monico Jacob as Vice Chairman, respectively, of its Market Integrity...
Pushing the Youth to the Ladder of Technology
Byline: ANTONETTE R. VALDEZ Aside from cellphones, todays youth would consider the computer as the easiest electronic gadget to operate, an insuperable one that doesnt only guarantee fun but serves as an educational tool as well. Aware of this...
Quick Guide to Installing a Home Wireless Network
Installing a wireless network in your home is easy and can be done in minutes. People all over the world are already using their wireless home network for surfing the Internet, watching movies, listening to music and playing games online from anywhere...
RAGNABEAT; Juno Second Alternate Jobs: A Primer
Byline: Ramon C. Macutay Last issue, Ive detailed the exciting changes that the Juno patch has to offer. But I have reserved the best for last. Due out soon, the 2-2 jobs take center stage in the Juno expansion. It is not uncommon to overhear animated...
Reality Bites; Domestic Disturbance
Byline: Jerry Liao A couple of weeks back, I went to the office of Globe Telecom on Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong, todo an interview. At the reception, I overheard a lady guest talking to someone on the phone demanding an explanation what happen to...
Re-Inventing the Pop Diva
If there was ever a secret to her career longevity, it must be the fact that as a performer, Kuh Ledesma has always been one step ahead of her game. Dubbed the "Pop Diva," Kuh has earned a reputation for being a trendsetter in both the recording...
RFID to Transform Real-Time Business across Industries; SAP Exec Says Technology Has a Big Future Business Impact
Byline: edu h. lopez It may take awhile for the local market to deploy radio frequency identification (RFID) technology due high cost but the trend is gaining momentum in the US and Europe. RFID is an automated identification and data collection...
Rites Kick off Rise of Plaza Plaridel
Plaza Plaridel will soon rise on M. Adriatico St. near corner President Quirino Avenue, Manila, as a tribute to Filipino propagandist Marcelo H. del Pilar. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be led today at 10 a.m. by Manila Mayor Jose "Lito" L. Atienza...
Robosapiens Ready to Invade Your Home
Make way for the new generation of robots. They are ready to invade our home. But dont worry about humanitys extinction because its a 14-inch tall creature and runs via remote control. What this creature does is walk, kick, lift, throw, listen, feel,...
ROUNDUP; Luzon
Rice for Marce victims The National Food Authority (NFA) has released some 582 bags of rice to local government units (LGUs) and relief agencies for flood victims of tropical storm "Marce." According to NFA officer-in-charge Gregorio Y. Tan Jr.,...
RP Exports Lettuce to Hong Kong
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA Amid sensitivities in vegetable, the Philippines is set off to trail new ground as Basic Necessity Inc. (BNI), the countrys largest lettuce producer, exports lettuce this September with an initial 200 boxes per week shipment...
RP Mulls Trial for China's Hybrid Corn
The Philippines is seriously considering an offer from the Peoples Republic of China for the commercial trial of the latters high-yielding hybrid corn variety to help the country attain self-sufficiency in the vital feed-grain sector over a shorter...
RP Team Saves Best for Last in Athens
Byline: ding marcelo ATHENS The Philippines had saved its best for last as the taekwondo team exited in a blaze of glory Saturday from the Athens Olympic Games, showing class in defeat worthy of a gold medal. Mary Antoinette Rivero gave a stupendous,...
Sarah: The Complete Entertainer
Shes only 15 but Sarah Geronimo can already be dubbed as the complete entertainer. She has a quadruple platinum album. Shes had sold out concerts, a TV series, a slew of endorsements and now, a movie. But success has not gotten into her head. She...
Siemens Halts Sales of Rogue Mobile Phones That Play Deafening Goodbye
MUNICH (dpa) Siemens halted last Friday sales throughout Europe and Asia of its new 65 series mobile phone after discovering that a software bug causes it to play an ear-splitting goodbye tune. Shares in the German electronics group fell 0.7 percent...
Simple Tips to a Cleaner Engine
The Clean Air Act of 1999 (Republic Act 8749), requires all motor vehicles, whether old or new to undergo vehicle emissions testing prior to registration. The Clean Air Act sets standards for the allowable pollutant levels a vehicle must emit, given...
Standouts; Embodiment of the Next Supermodel
Skechers Girl Mary Anne Bianca Garcia Guidotti undeniably has the makings of an international supermodel. Only 14 years old, Marian. as her family and friends call her, already possesses an exquisite oriental beauty and a towering 59 height, perfect...
Stroke Patients Urged to Improve Lifestyle to Avert Second Attack
Strokes technical name is cerebrovascular accident. The condition is similar to an accident which attacks so suddenly, like a thief waiting for its next prey to fall. In the Philippines alone, there are about 500 cases of stroke for every 100,000...
Suka't Sili: Davao's Pop Musing
Byline: Joseph Tanchee A quaint nook in the middle of deserted Sta. Mesa Heights houses Davaoeno culinary flown straight from its roots. Suka at Sili Grill and bar is situated in its lonesome away from the cluster of food spots around the Metro....
TAO OF PROGRAMMING; A PROGRAMMER SPREADS HER WINGS (Last of 2 Parts)
Byline: Paul Vergel I was given different programming projects with deadlines to meet. I acted as coordinator during the testing period, attended meetings, sent updates to my boss regarding the work status, returned phone calls and pager messages,...
Tarlac Farmers Reap from Japanese Okra; P140,000 Income Every 45 Days
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ A net income of at least R140,000 every 45 days. And the income earners are neither abroad nor a high ranking executives in multinational companies. They are farmers of Japanese okra in Tarlac. In a sleepy town in San Miguel,...
The Facets of BCU Education
Baguio Central Universitys populace is a conglomeration of students who have diverse talents, interests, and skills. This diversity has been proven by their performance in the different events where they participated. NSTPFor successive years, BCU...
The First and Last Crossover Presents
#1: Joey Albert After a diet of pop concerts, the recent Crossover Presents held at the Captains Bar of Mandarin Hotel was welcome respite. The first and last for the year, it was fittingly magical and memorable that inevitably spelled momentous....
The Parable of the Most Generous Farmer
IN a barrio far, far away, there once lived a farmer renowned for his utmost generosity. It made no difference whether he knew the person or not. For as long as the newcomer entered his home, he had food and drink to share. Since his house was along...
The Rejection at Nazareth; Luke 4: 16-30
JESUS came to Nazareth, where He had grown up, and went according to His custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:...
Tour Package Enlivens Subic-Taiwan Air Route
A familiarization tour to Taiwan with the countrys top tour agencies was conducted recently to promote the newly launched Subic-Taiwan route through weekly chartered flights of Mandarin Airlines via Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA). The tour...
Transco Completes P700-M Uprating for Leyte-Bohol Power Transmission
The completion of the P700 million Leyte-Bohol transmission uprating project is seen to improve power supply in Visayas; as the capability of the lines to transport electricity has been increased from 100 megawatts from 40 MWs. The transmission...
US GDP Growth Slows to 2.8%
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (AFP) The US economy braked harder than first thought in the second quarter, skidding to a 2.8 percent annual growth rate as consumers gripped their purses, a government report showed Friday. The crucial question now is whether...
Vice President Says Islam Must Be for Reforms, Not Revolt
Byline: BONG REBLANDO, ALI G. MACABALANG, and EDD K. USMAN DAVAO CITY Vice President Noli de Castro said Islam is for reform, not for revolt, and that adhering to it may put an end to extremism among Muslims in the country. De Castro made this...
We're Not Strangers to Austerity
Byline: Elinando B Cinco WE are not totally strangers to belt-tightening measures. They were adopted by previous Philippine presidents under different terminology. But it was President Carlos P. Garcia who took seriously the order of events and...
Women Athletes Outshine Men in Athens Olympics; A New Age for RP Women Athletes Dawns
Byline: ding marcelo ATHENS The Athens Olympic Games will be over Sunday night, the marathon the only thing in the calendar for the Philippine team, and then the closing ceremony, where the remnants of the 10,500 athletes from 202 nations will...