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 February 27, 2005

249 Persons Die in Avalanches in Indian Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AFP) The death toll from avalanches that smashed into six villages in Indian Kashmir hit 249, as rescue workers struggled yesterday through huge snowdrifts to bring help to survivors. Five more bodies were dug out from the snow...
A Dazzling Club Experience
Theres an upscale entertainment venue along Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City, nestled on the third floor of Venue Tower which is across between New Yorks Studio 54 and Las Vegas Caesars Palace. Like a big kiss, Club Mwah resounds. You hear it right...
Anti-Graft Seminars
MURDERS, homicides, and similar offenses are major crimes carrying a heavy penalty of death, but they have not been eradicated or deterred from commission in our society from time we can recall. Declaring all corrupt practices as major crimes by President...
Around the Nation
GMA grants reprieve to 14 men on Death Row President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has granted a 90-day reprieve to 14 Death Row convicts. In a memorandum issued on February 21, granted reprieve were rape convicts Celso Morfi (minor, two counts), Roberto...
Avilon Zoo Places Montalban on the Tourist Map
Byline: THERESE J. CAMET A favorite weekend destination of bikers and mountaineers, now the province of Montalban, Rizal, is gaining popularity among children, animal enthusiasts and tourists since The Avilon Montalban Zoological Park opened there...
Beyond EDSA
AS the EDSA 1 event is being celebrated, I have only one comment and that is there is an old Spanish adage that says, "During a revolution, it is convenient to be as far away as you can from the firing line. After the revolution succeeds, it is nice...
BFP Ready for Fire Prevention Month
With the onset of summer and as the country observes Fire Prevention Month, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has again indulged in activities that not only aim to promote fire prevention awareness among the public but also to augment the fire fighting...
Bible Miracles
MIRACLES are a conspicuous feature of the Holy Bible. There are many miracles of Jesus recorded in the Holy Bible all of which are manifestations of the creative power of God. * * * What are miracles? They are simply extraordinary events which...
'Birhen Ng Manaoag,' a Mission for Filmmaker Ben Yalung
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Clasping a rosebud close to his heart, saying an ardent, sincere but silent prayer to Mother Mary, and when he opened the hand that has clasped the rosebud to his heart, the petals fell off revealing on them what looked like...
Bunyi, Gonzales Top Aguinaldo Jungolf
GINO BUNYI and reigning Junior World champ JR Gonzales scored unchallenged victories in boys Class A and Class D, respectively, of the 2005 Samsung Junior Golf Monthly Tournament held recently at the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club. The burly Bunyi, a...
Caltex, Shell, Petron Hike Prices; Firms Match Earlier Increase of Competitors
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The countrys three biggest oil firms Caltex, Shell, and Petron raised their prices of diesel and gasoline, matching the P0.50 per liter for diesel and P0.60 per liter for gasoline adjustments their smaller competitors implemented...
Coal Firms Stick to High Environment Standards
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Coal miners operating in the country have forwarded a manifesto to the Department of Energy (DoE) pledging allegiance to highest standards of environmental protection in the course of pursuing their business activities....
Dine and Unwind in Tagaytay
Byline: JET NUESCA-MARTIN Tagaytay City is fast becoming a haven of hungry folks. Its restaurant strip of grills, bars and cafes attract clients in search of good food, good company and quality service. Situated along Kilometer 58, Gen. Aguinaldo...
Door-to-Door Family Planning Campaign Slated Next Month; 'Ligtas Buntis '05'
Byline: JENNY F. MANONGDO A door-to-door family planning campaign will be launched by the government next month to intensify its efforts in promoting responsible parenthood among Filipino couples. The Ligtas Buntis 2005 was launched by the Department...
Erap Gets Clean Bill of Health from US Doctor
Byline: JOSEPH G. LARIOSA TANAY, Rizal Dr. Christopher Mow gave Friday detained former President Joseph Estrada a clean bill of health after a visit to Estradas detention cell and resthouse here, where he is awaiting trial on plunder charges. ...
Garchitorena Succumbs to Brain Tumor
Byline: JOEL ATENCIO & EDMER PANESA Former Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francis E. Garchitorena died of brain tumor at 8:45 p.m. last Friday at the Makati Medical Center. He was 67. He is survived by his wife, Victoria, former chief of...
GMA Lumps Corrupt Officials with Terrorists
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING A day after signing the Philippine accession to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday lumped grafters and corrupt officials together with terrorists as threats...
Gov't Has Enough Leeway to Raise Tariff Rates on 'Sensitive' Products
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES MAGKILAT The government has enough leeway to raise the countrys applied tariff rates with closer attention to the sensitive areas particularly agriculture in the upcoming comprehensive review of the countrys tariff rates....
Gov't Hikes Investments in 3 Areas to Meet UN MDG
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The government is scaling up the level of investments in three critical areas to achieve the UN millennium development goals such as people, physical environment, and infrastructure. "Investing in these critical areas is...
HOT AIR BALLOON FIESTA; Up, Up, and Away
Byline: JASER A. MARASIGAN Ever wondered what keeps a hot air balloon flying? Its a very basic principle: Hot air rises and cold air sinks. While the cool air in a freezer settles down around the food, the hot air pushes the balloon up, and once...
Indonesia; Hungry for Change. in Food
Byline: SEBASTIEN BLANC JAKARTA (AFP) With myriad cultures in an archipelago including the spice islands, Indonesia sounds like a gourmets dream. But with a cuisine that has failed to whet worldwide appetites, diners here are hungry for change....
Injuries Force Changing of Guards in RP Team
NATIONAL COACH Chot Reyes may be headed for an excruciating decision unless ace playmakers Mike Cortez, Willie Miller and Jayjay Helterbrand show quick signs of healing. With all three key guards on the sideline with different injuries, Reyes, who...
Inseparable with Jasmine Trias
There are a few things you just cant separate from Pinoy Pop Idol and Herbench endorser Jasmine Trias. Theyre a part of hertraits that make her who she is. So what are these Jasmine Trias inseparables? l Her talent. Jasmines love for music is...
Intrigues Continue to Beset the Calayans
No matter what the challenges are along the way to recognition, theres really no stopping the countrys premiere cosmetic surgeon Dr. Manuel Calayan and his wife, the pretty dermatologist Dra. Pie from achieving heigher heights in their career. It...
It's All Go for 'Dog Walk for a Cause'
Its all systems go for the Philippine Canine Club Inc. (PCCI) Dog Walk for a Cause/Luv Ko si Bantay project which intends to eclipse the standing record in the Guinness Book of World Records and firm up animal rights advocacy in the country. PCCI...
Jenny Hangs on to 2-Shot Lead
KAHUKU, Hawaii (AFP) Jennifer Rosales kept her focus on a day that was by turns windy, rainy and sunny, posting a three-under 69 to hang on to her two-shot lead after Fridays second round of the LPGA tournament at Turtle Bay Resort Golf Club. Following...
Las Vegas Joeyisms
As of last count, Ive been to Las Vegas thirty times! Yes, three zero. The most number of visits was in 1995 four times. Wow! And to think I have "Eat Bulaga" everyday plus my other shows. But before you deal the wrong ideas, you bet Im no gambler....
Local Oil Firms Brace for New Price Hike
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO With international prices posting a continuing surge, the local oil companies are again gazing at another round of pump price increases in the next few days. Oil prices in the international market have continued their...
Luisita Moves near Sixth Straight Title
BACOLOD CITY Luisita carded 244 points yesterday at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Murcia to move closer in its bid to become the first team ever to win the Philippine Inter-Club seniors crown six straight and No. 13 in 19 years. Over at...
Medical Board Examination Passers
ABE, MENALYN CABRALABENOJA, CATHERINE DIZONABRENA, CRISOSTOMO JR ACHASABROGENA, LIMUEL ANTHONY BARINGABUBACAR, SOHRIA DATUDACULAABUZMAN, JHOANNA LIGONACLA, ETHEL JEAN ORGANOAFABLE, MARIE JOYCE SALVADORAFINIDAD, GLENN ALBERT ACUNAAGAPAY, NELSON...
Metro-Go-Round
1st RP Entrepreneur Summit Image Plus Business Solutions, the countrys premiere business event management company, will present the 3rd staging of the Philippine Business Fair 2005 (PBF) back to back with the 1st Philippine Entrepreneur Summit (PES)....
Military Reaches Informal Truce with Malik's Guerrillas
JOLO, Philippines (AFP) The Philippine military reached an informal truce with a Muslim rebel group, allowing troops to concentrate on pursuing Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremists, an official said yesterday. Ben Loong, the governor of southern...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closed at P54.76 to $1
The peso rate closed at P54.76 to the US dollar last Thursday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P54.717. The Financial market was closed for a national holiday. Trading...
NFA Says More Rolling Stores to Be Fielded in Sarangani, GenSan
Byline: BONG REBLANDO GENERAL SANTOS CITY The National Food Authority (NFA) will deploy rolling stores to all the seven towns of Sarangani to enable the residents to buy cheap but quality rice, Diane Silva, Southern Mindanao NFA assistant regional...
Parkinson's Disease
"when your strong words shall have fallen into a sob, and a trembling horror will begin from your sad tears." Propertius Sextus (c. 50-16 B.C.), Roman elegist Oxford Classical Text, I.5. 12-15 QUICK! Who is famous and has Parkinsons? If you...
Patient Died of Meningo, Lady Doctor Insists
Byline: ESTANISLAO ALBANO JR. TABUK, Kalinga A doctor at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital who had earlier declared the cause of death of a man who arrived from Baguio City in the morning of last Feb. 20 as the dreaded meningococcimia has stood firm...
Peace for Mindanao
THE continuing skirmish between government troops and followers of MNLF leader Nur Misuari in Sulu is yet another episode in the long-running insurgency problem. There will be no end to the pain, deaths, and massive displacements until government takes...
Pimentel Prods House Leadership to Get the Budget Moving
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA An opposition senator yesterday blamed the House of Representatives for the continued impasse in Congress deliberation on the national budget for 2005. The House leadership appears to be favoring another re-enactment of...
Pin Up for the Prom
Byline: CANDY S. MANALOTO Everyone has gone brooch crazy since grandmas bejeweled pin made a comeback on the catwalk last year. From the robes of the noble men of ancient Greece and Rome, these garment fasteners are back in every girls wardrobe,...
Police Themselves May Be Problem in Campaign against Illegal Drugs; Battle Becoming More Serious Due to Cop Abuse - De Leon
Byline: HANNAH L. TORREGOZA The recent discovery of shabu laboratories in industrialized areas in Metro Manila has sent warning signals all the way from Malacanang. But the drug problem has never been successfully pursued and prosecuted. The...
Prayers Offered for Pope; 84-Year-Old Pontiff Will Join Sunday's Angelus - Vatican
Byline: GINA DOGGETT John Paul II breathing thru a hole in the neck ROME (AFP) Pope John Paul II spent a second night in hospital, breathing through a hole in his neck, as Catholics around the world prayed for his recovery from acute respiratory...
PROVENCE REVISITED; L'Occitane Draws on Nature's Bounty
Byline: ETHEL S. TIMBOL Three things attract visitors to Provence in the south of France: The countryside with its flowers, the Provencal cuisine and LOccitane, the well-known French brand of cosmetics. Six years ago I "discovered" Provence,...
Road to Triple Crown Starts at San Lazaro
THIS YEARS search for the countrys top three-year-old gallopers starts today when the first leg of the "Road to Triple Crown stakes race is held as the major event in the 13-race card at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Twelve three-year-old...
Roundup
Luzon Carpenter killed by 2 men SAN CARLOS CITY, Pangasinan A 50-year-old carpenter was stabbed dead Thursday night in his barangay by two men who are said to be residents of a neighboring barangay. City chief of police Supt. Geronimo P. Reside...
'Science Culture' Comes to Life
Byline: Perla D. Santos Ocampo, M.D. President, National Academy of Science and Technology SCIENCE Culture, the latest column in the Manila Bulletin, discusses the most recent information about breakthroughs in science and technology (S&T) written...
Senator Villar Files Debt Relief Bill; He Says This Is the Solution to the Country's Huge Loans
Senator Manuel B. Villar Jr., chairman of the Senate committee on finance, has a solution for the countrys balloning foreign debts: Senate Bill (SB) 1928. Villar said SB 1928 is a way out of or a proverbial light in the countrys long tunnel of debts....
Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace Revisited; 19 Years after the Historic People Power Revolt, EDSA Shrine Remains an Inspiring Bastion of the People's Faith and Heroism
Byline: MADEL RAMOSO SABATER The Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace, more popularly known as the Our Lady of EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) Shrine on Ortigas Avenue serves as a reminder of Filipinos quest for freedom as it continues to withstand...
Solon Proposes Summit to Stop National Threats
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Gerry Salapuddin proposed yesterday the holding of an anti-terror summit, which, he said, has become more imperative now that the terror threats are persistent, in light of the recent bombings,...
Stargazing in Metro Manila; This Years' National Astronomy Week Brings Us Belief, Students and Our Own 16-Inch Telescope
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI Not just a hobby, but an endless and conscientious awareness of the uniqueness and fragility of the universe, particularly the Earth, our home planet, and constant upliftment of lives of the Filipinos, especially the youth....
Survey Finds Filipino Business Owners Spend Most Time on E-Mails
Byline: EMMIE V. ABADILLA Filipino business owners spend the most time on their e-mails, an average of two hours and six minutes, more than their American, Hong Kong and Indian counterparts, who spend only two hours, according to a recent Grant...
The Cause of Our Sufferings
NOT too long ago a government hospital was reported in the major dailies to be in deep trouble due to fiscal mismanagement. The hospitals financial liabilities had reached more than R112 million as a result of the R250-million money mess allegedly...
The International Year of Sports and Physical Education
MANY nations are beginning to understand and promote the benefits of physical activity, which have caused them to launch national efforts to encourage the young to be physically active, with a strong emphasis on participation in team sports. In the...
There's No Stopping Father Robert; for This Priest, Running Keeps Him Fit and in Touch with 'Little People'
Even old age will not stop Father Robert Reyes from doing what he is known for and that is running. Although Fr. Reyes still has about 15 years more before he turns 65, the retirement age for priests, the former still do not see himself giving up...
The Samaritan Woman; John 4:5-42
JESUS came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacobs well was there. Jesus, tired from His journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water....
The Wide-Open Society
SOME of Cubas famous film makers have given a new dimension to the meaning of an "open society. A scene from their underground film, "Monte Rouge, portrays a government agent openly asking a driver, "In what part of the house do you usually talk...
The Year of the Rooster
... or to be more specific, of the Yin Wooden Rooster. It depends, of course, on how much you are willing or ready to believe. A lot of people I know depend on feng shui for their lives, their businesses and their families. Some friends, on the...
'Truckload of Lumber' Seized, Released
Byline: MAGTANGGOL C. VILAR FORT MAGSAYSAY, Palayan City Seized today, release tomorrow. This was the case of a truckload of 250 pieces of acacia lumber with a total volume of 10.654 cubic meters confiscated last Jan. 4 at a checkpoint set up...
UE, FEU Dispute Champscrown
Games Today (Makati Coliseum) 2 p.m. UV vs PCU 4 p.m. UE vs FEU THE FRESH of the University of the East Red Warriors and the battlescarred veterans of the Far Eastern U take the spotlight today in the winner-take-all final of the 3rd Collegiate...
Why GMA Is No.1!
No, were not referring to GMA, the president, but GMA, the network, clearly the leading TV station at the moment. So why is GMA 7 considered No. 1 now? Three years ago, Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, chairman of the board, president and CEO of GMA Network...
Why Ricky Reyes Is Called 'Mother'
In Character zeroes-in on personalities - showbiz or part-showbiz - whose only common denominator is that he/she is one of a kind. For this issue, we opted to be very positive by featuring one of the most beautiful persons we know - Ricky Reyes. ...