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 January 29, 2006

50-Centavo Fare Cut on V-Day Eyed
Byline: JC BELLO RUIZ This time transport groups are not planning to ask for a fare increase but are instead contemplating on extending a 50-centavo cutback for a jeepney ride this coming Valentineas Day. Jeepney groups led by the Federation...
9 Disgruntled MILF Rebels Yield to Army
Byline: BONG REBLANDO GENERAL SANTOS CITY a" Weary of the long wait for the outcome of the peace talks, nine Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels decided to surrender and avail themselves of the amnesty program of the government. Brig....
ADB Calls for inta[euro][TM]l Energy Cooperation
International cooperation is needed on an unprecedented scale to address the worldas unsustainable energy economy and avoid future calamity. A leading environmentalist told and ADB forum that developing countries are rapidly increasing their dependence...
a[euro]Aahmbusha[euro][TM] in Cebu
Byline: MA. GLAIZA LEE I have never been fond of fiestas. Donat get me wrong. Of course, I enjoy fiesta food (thatas the best part of it!) and watching street float parades a[bar] well, from afar. What I abhor are the maddening in the streets...
a[euro]Checklist approacha[euro][TM] Agreed on NPC Privatization; Interested Parties to Be Informed of Developments
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Department of Energy (DoE) and prospective investors in the privatization of the National Power Corporation (NPC) have agreed on a achecklist approacha so the interested parties can be properly informed of the developments...
a[euro]Defend democracya[euro][TM]
Byline: Rene F Espina AS this is written, the Manila conference of leaders of democratic parties in Asia and Europe, of the Centrist Democratic International (CDI), is being held. Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and currently CDI...
a[euro]That Thing Called Lovea[euro][TM] for Dingdong and Jessa
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI That thing called love for singer Dingdong Avanzado meant bringing her daughter Jayda and wife Jessa Zaragoza last Christmas to the United States. It was love that prompted him to make Jaydaas wish of seeing snow come true...
Asian Borrowers Step Up Hedging against Volatile FX
Byline: UMESH DESAI HONG KONG, Jan. 28 (Reuters) a" From South Korea to the Philippines, Asian issuers of offshore bonds are increasingly protecting themselves against currency spikes as hedging becomes affordable and financial market volatility...
Atty. Miguel B. Varela Joins Manila Bulletin as Its President; Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC Elected President Emeritus
Dr. Emilio T. Yap, Chairman of the Board of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, announced yesterday that in its regular monthly board meeting on January 26, 2006, Atty. Miguel B. Varela was unanimously elected Director and President effective February...
Bank Branch Applications Pile Up at BSP
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL Application forms for new branches, but with a cost, have started to pile up at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) following its liberalization policy for bankas new networks. International Exchange Bank (iBank) and the...
CDI Asia Pacific Endorses Economic, Political Stability
Byline: E.T. SUAREZ The Centrist Democrat International (CDI) Asia Pacific meeting and Global Interfaith Dialogue ended yesterday at the Manila Hotel with a five-page declaration that called for Asian economic and political stability while endorsing...
Color It Red out with a New Album
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA Popular a90s act Color It Red is hoping to bring back its glory days with a new album now out in the market. After a sixa"year album drought, the Cooky Chuaa"fronted band is joining the current band fray with a 12a"song package...
Coral Reefs, Mangroves A[euro]" What Are They Worth?
Byline: MICHAEL CASEY BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) a" Coral reefs and mangroves not only serve as buffers to reduce the impact of natural disasters, but can also bolster economies by spurring tourism and ensuring the survival of fishing communities, the...
Corporate Cup Slated at John Hay
AT LEAST 300 players representing 75 teams are seeing action in the 18th edition of the Philippine Corporate Cup golf championship on March 6-9 at the Camp John Hay Golf Club in Baguio City. The organizing Club Leisure Management, Corp. has lined...
Credit Bureau Essential to banksa[euro][TM] Compliance of Basle 2
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The creation of a local credit bureau that would traffic borroweras information is an essential component to the bankas compliance of the Basle 2, aligning all banks in one standard of capital relative to its risk management,...
Davide Cites Reason for Accepting Appointment; He Wants to Protect Democracy by Changing Poll Process
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY a" Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. said that he had accepted the challenge of being a presidential adviser on electoral reforms because he wanted "to protect and preserve the democracy...
De Venecia Pushes Formation of an Asian Middle Class
House Speaker Jose de Venecia said yesterday that governments must speed up the creation of the "Asian middle class" and use economic development to root out terrorism. "We have to defeat poverty because defeating poverty is the most potent antidote...
Dona[euro][TM]t Just Read the Bible; Live It
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D YOU must have read about the story of the "Mutiny on the Bounty" which was later made into a movie, starring Marlon Brando. The sequel of the true story is, after the rebellion and take-over of the ship "Bounty,"...
EVAT Called a Short-Term Sacrifice for Long-Term Goal
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The implementation of the increase to 12 percent of expanded value-added tax (EVAT) on February 1 is a short-term sacrifice for the long-term goal of a balanced budget and more funds for development projects. "The EVAT will...
Frolicking Fun, Atbp. at Bora
Returning to the island after 8 years, I found Boracay had totally metamorphosed into a tourist paradise. It was a sharp contrast to my visit in the early 1980s when Boracay was a lush tropical island with beaches of fine, white sand, inhabited...
Gova[euro][TM]t Mulls Subsidy for LPG Products
The Department of Energy (DoE) is now steering negotiations with players in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry on President Arroyoas pronouncement for the government to seek subsidy on LPG products, primarily those sold to household customers....
HKTB Unveils the New Face of Hong Kong
Byline: JASER A. MARASIGAN A more fascinating and irresistible Hong Kong awaits travelers.a This was guaranteed by Clara Chong, executive director of Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) as it recently launched the a2006 Hong Kong Discover Year.a Leveraging...
Immigration Solutions; Do Not Lose Your H-1B over Wage Issues
Byline: Robert L. Reeves For many guest workers the H-1B status is an excellent opportunity to work and remain in the U.S. while a green card is processing. When the USCIS grants a worker H-1B status, it places certain obligations, that if not kept,...
India, China, Japan, and ASEAN as Emergent Powers
Byline: Fidel Valdez Ramos THE end of the "Cold Waraa has seen not just a seismic shift in the configuration of global political power: It has also seen a revolutionary change in the global economy. The emergence of China, India, Russia, and Brazil...
Informatics Now Offers MT Training
Informatics, an international IT education and training provider, announced a comprehensive medical transcription (MT) training program offered in association with the American Academy of Medical Transcription (AAMT). Plans call for approximately 2,000...
Jobe Leads Buick as Woods, Mickelson Stir
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) a" American Brandt Jobe forged two shots clear in the Buick Invitational second round on Friday as champion Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson finally began to stir. Jobe, joint leader overnight with Frenchman Thomas Levet, carded...
Laguna Water District Wins Case over Groundwater Fees
SAN PEDRO, Laguna a" After a lengthy legal battle that dragged for more than six years, the Regional Trial Court (Branch 24) in BiA[+ or -]an, this province has issued a final ruling ordering a Japanese recreational firm to comply with an earlier compromise...
Learn to Outwit That Tempting Inner Voice
Byline: BRITTA SCHMEI COLOGNE BERLIN (dpa) a" Usually the little inner voice starts piping up as you lie on the couch. aGo ahead, have another piece of candy,a or aTake a handful of those potato chips,a it urges. The voice is that of oneas weaker...
Life Insurers See Bright Outlook; PLIA Bares Program Thrusts
The outlook for the life insurance industry in 2006 is bright, according to Peter G. Coyiuto, newly-elected president of the Philippine Life Insurance Association (PLIA), the umbrella organization of 35 life insurance companies in the country. Serving...
MalacaA[+ or -]Ang Assures Fair Trial for Captured Leader of Oakwood Mutiny
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG MalacaA[+ or -]ang yesterday assured a fair trial to captured Oakwood mutineer Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon even as it vowed to expose influential groups and financiers behind destabilization moves to topple the Arroyo...
Manny Pacquiao Is a Good Singer Too; He Now Has CD
Byline: THE JUICY CORNER We adore and idolize Manny Pacquiao for being a boxing champ who has brought honor and fame to the country many times. But not all of us are aware that he is also a good singer. In fact, Manny now has his own CD. In Las...
Maricar De Mesa: Not Pregnant and Raring to Go Sexier!
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Silver screen siren Maricar de Mesa misses her daring pictorials and even doing sexy movies. She also longs for the long nights she spend in tapings or shootings. Simply put, the workaholic in her has been wanting to get out...
Mauresmo Fulfills 7-Year-Old Promise
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) a" Marcos Baghdatis doesnat mind outlining his strengths on the tennis court. "Iam really quick on the feet," the Australian Open menas finalist said Saturday. "I move very well. I have a great eye. I see the ball very...
National Bible Week: Goda[euro][TM]s Word: Power for National Renewal
CHRISTIANS rely on the Bible as their religious authority. For some, it is a book of Godas instructions. But what does it really mean when we say that God is the author of the Bible since it is clear that human beings wrote the text? The Bible is like...
Pacman Bout Worth $1,111 per Second
Byline: nick giongco FOR DISMANTLING Erik Morales in 10 rounds or 30 minutes of work last weekend, Manny Pacquiao earned a mind-boggling $200,000 per round, based on a calculation of $66,666 per minute or $1,111 per second. Pacquiao was guaranteed...
Pacquiao for President
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal RATHER like Pompeii returning to Rome from his war of conquests, Manny Pacquiao came back to a heroas welcome. In place of a chariot, he rode an open car; all he needed was a cornice civica, a laurel wreath,...
Petron Foresees New Competition in Oil industrya[euro][TM]s Retail Marketing
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The retail sector is seen ushering in next wave of competition in the domestic oil industry, thus, dominant player Petron Corporation is refocusing its marketing strategy on this area. To advance its bid, Petron president...
Planning Honeymoon Together
Byline: ANNIKA GRAF FRANKFURT/MAIN (dpa) a" Walks along the beach and dinner by candlelight are the hallmarks of honeymoons a" the crowning romantic event that follows a wedding. At the same time, the honeymoon is the ideal opportunity for couples...
Poll Puts GDP Growth at 5% in 2005
Byline: ROSEMARIE FRANCISCO The Philippine economy probably grew by 5.0 percent in the fourth quarter from a year before due to better-than-expected farm output and healthy consumer spending supported by remittances from overseas workers, a Reuters...
Pre-Need Firms Face Bigger Challenge from IAS Adoption
Byline: ANA MARIE MACUJA This year will continue to be very challenging for the countryas pre-need industry especially with the scheduled adoption of the International Accounting Standards. Nonetheless, the Philippine Federation of Pre-need Companies...
Projects, Products in EU-Funded Trade-Related Assistance Listed
The European Union (EU) projects an 800 million euro ($984 million) trade related fund assistance to the Philippines up to 2013 even as it embarks this year on a 3.9 million euro ($4.79 million) trade assistance for the upgrade of the sanitary and...
PSC Seeks Clarification on EO 441
Byline: eddie alinea Will the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) completely fall under the Department of Health (DoH)? This question will be answered when PSC chairman Butch Ramirez and his commissioners meet with Health Undersecretary Alex Padilla...
QC Business Tax Collection Rising
Quezon City apparently continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the business sector as evidenced by a report by the city treasureras office that over R900 million in business taxes has been collected days after the January 20 deadline for the...
Race Legends, Pretenders and Wannabes at Speedzone Today
Byline: Jesus Erle B. Sebastian Today is great time for karting nuts to head over to the Manila Speedzone Kart Track at the Ford Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. But please go to church first and pray for the souls of those whoave lost them to the...
Rebel with a Cause
Byline: Nelly F Villafuerte ITaS the talk of the town nowadays. I am referring to the Franklin Graham Festival to be held in Rizal Park on February 2-5, 2006. Franklin Graham is the 53 year-old son of Billy Graham, considered by many as the worldas...
Regine Velasquez Denies Shopping for New Record Label
Byline: JOJO PANALIGAN Asiaas Songbird Regine Velasquez squelches rumors that she has been shopping or entertaining offers for a new recording contract outside Viva Music. "Though I am not saying that I have already renewed my contract with Viva,...
Relatives of Rizal Alih Appeal to City Officials
Byline: NONOY E. LACSON ZAMBOANGA CITY a" The family of renegade former Zamboanga City policeman Rizal Alih who is facing string of criminal cases filed with a regional trial court here appealed the other day to City Mayor Celso Lobregat and other...
RP-Mexico Ring Duel Continues
Byline: dennis principe THE MOUNTING RP-Mexico rivalry continues as four meaningful bouts involving Mexican and Filipino fighters are scheduled in the coming weeks. Today in Cancun, Mexico, undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1 minimumweight...
SALES Talk; Broadcast Industry Faces Problem on employeesa[euro][TM] Ban
Byline: Arthur S. Sales Local television networks have been presented with a problem after a group of employees of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. complained when their employer posted a one-year ban preventing them from accepting employment in a rival...
Sharon Cuneta Losing Weight through Medical Procedure
Byline: Crispina Martinez Belen Yes, the megastar has lost a lot of weight and she revealed that she has achieved this through a medical procedure which she however refused to divulge. It could be liposuction or any other method but suffice it to...
SM Prime Upbeat over 2006 Prospects
Byline: MICHELINE R. MILLAR MANILA (Dow Jones)a"SM Prime Holdings Inc., which operates the largest mall network in the Philippines, expressed optimism Thursday over growth prospects for the year, and said it expects to benefit from improved investor...
Soaring Sugar Price Seen as Opportunity; for Producers to Expand and Export
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA Threats create opportunities. That is how the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) perceives the crisis of spiralling sugar price besetting the industry a" an opportunity to expand and sell to the world market. "Now...
Study Finds No Link between Brain Tumor and Cell Phone Use
Byline: PATRICIA REANEY LONDON, (Reuters) a" Using a mobile phone does not increase the risk of developing the most common type of brain tumor, according to a recent study. After a four-year survey, scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research...
The Cure of a Demoniac; MARK 1:21-28
THEN they came to Capernaum, and on the Sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;...
The Taste of A[euro]first picka[euro][TM]
Byline: SHERYL G. LAUDATO Many cultures around the world believe that the first harvest of the season signals the abundance of the coming year. Such is the significance that various cultures have attached to the first harvest and ergo, NescafA[c]...
Time for a Tune-Up?
Byline: Dr. Jose S. Pujalte Jr. "All health and success does me good, however far off and withdrawn it may appear; all disease and failure helps to make me sad and does me evil, however much sympathy it may have with me or I with it." Henry David...
Wizards, Painters Sweep into Finals
Byline: rey c. lachica THE DREAM title showdown is sealed. Rain or Shine and Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream beat their respective rivals to arrange a best-of-5 finals series in the 2006 PBL Heroes Cup at the San Andres Gym in Manila. The Elasto...
World Welcomes Chinese New Year; 15-Day Global Celebration Begins Today
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON Wishes for happiness, good health abound Dragon and lion dancers snaked through the main roads of Beijing and other key cities of China and the Chinatowns around the world as firecrackers cracked and temple bells...
Zsa Zsa Still Biding Time for Wedding
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ Proper timing is the only thing hanging between Zsa Zsa Padilla and her mucha"awaited wedding to Comedy King Dolphy, this she told the media at the press conference for aFaces of Love 2a concert in ABS-CBN, Quezon City. ...