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 April 21, 2005

13 European, Asian Teams Head to Boracay for Cali Fever
WITH only days before Cali Boracay Fever 2005 the ultimate summer event of the year a total of 13 teams from Europe and Asia are headed to Boracay Island to get a piece of action. The two-day Beach Utimate tournament, which unfurls on Saturday,...
Abad Santos Gymnasts Win 10 Golds in MY Games
Jose Abad Santos High School (JASHS) swept 10 gold medals in the girls rhythmic gymnastics yesterday to show the way in the fourth Manila Youth Games at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. Mage Wagan and Jean Caluscusin each had five gold medals...
Across-the-City
Surprise rally in Caloocan Police and members of the civilian security force were caught flat-footed yesterday as dozens of members of the militant youth group Anak Bayan staged a lightning rally in front of the Caloocan City Hall. Witnesses...
A Man of Courage, a Man of Conviction; A Tribute to President Diosdado P. Macapagal
Byline: ABRAHAM F. SARMIENTO WE remember with respect and affection the late and lamented President Diosdado P. Macapagal whose 7th death anniversary falls on April 21, today. The highlights of President Diosdado Macapagals life are well-known....
Angara Proposes Global Fight against Corruption
Byline: JUDE C. GALFORD III Senator Edgardo Angara yesterday called for a "global shakedown" against corruption even as he urged delegates attending the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Bangkok, Thailand to remain...
Angel Thoughts
A good friend, Dr. Jazmine Gongora sent this "love" text message which made my Sunday. I am sharing this whimsical message and I hope it will also make your day and your friends if you share it with them! "Its I Love You Day! Send this message to...
Around the Nation
Govt asks 9,000 OFWs in South Korea to return MANILA (AFP) The government has ordered some 9,000 Filipino workers in South Korea to return home before their visas expire or they will be blacklisted from ever working there again, a labor official...
Asistio,Yee Tied for Lead; Manotoc Lurks
TONTON ASISTIO birdied the last hole for a two-shot swing and a four-under-par 68 that pulled him into a tie with Mico Yee after the second round of the Samsung Jungolf Tours Junior World qualifying tournament at the Canlubang north course. Two...
Australia Courts Its Neighbors
Byline: Beth D Romulo SINCE Australias Prime Minister John Howard won a resounding election victory for an unprecedented fourth term last October, his attention seems to have focused more directly on his neighbors in Asia, a policy which he views...
BAP Emasculated by POC Group
Byline: nick giongco and richard dy AFTER EMASCULATING the Basketball Association of the Philippines by taking away its right to form the national team, the Philippine Olympic Committee said yesterday that the BAP has not fouled out and can still...
Battered Husbands
THERE are two battered husbands in my friendship roster; but, if I include those who, at midlife, insist that they are emotionally and psychologically beaten, the list could become a veritable catalogue. The first physically battered spouse I met...
BIR Reports Record Tax Take in First 3 Months of the Year
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has declared that the countrys worst economic crisis is over as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reported yesterday an unprecedented rise in tax collection during the first three months of...
Caloocan City Residents Hailed for Paying Taxes, Backing Reform Drive
Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Recom Echiverri yesterday commended residents for supporting his efforts to reform the city by faithfully paying their taxes and obligation. Echiverri said the city was able to collect some P937.2 million in revenue during...
Church Enters New Era; Filipinos Hail Election of Pope Benedict XVI
Byline: KEVIN McELDERRY Inauguration of 265th Pontiff set on Sunday VATICAN CITY (AFP) The Roman Catholic Church entered a new era yesterday after cardinals picked German conservative Joseph Ratzinger to guide its 1.1 billion followers, drawing...
Commentary; Boxing's Crazy Path
If you follow boxings crazy path long enough, you cant help feel betrayed at the manner the felonious lords are tormenting the assets of the once sweet science. Manny Pacquiao is back from Los Angeles after a hurried takeoff, steadfast in pursuing...
Creativity and Innovation Day
APRIL 21, Creativity and In-novation Day (CID), is a time to celebrate the human capacity for initiating meaningful, responsible, knowledgeable, and impactful change. On this day, all the worlds people are called upon to realize their capacity to improve...
Duremdes, Aquino Share Player of the Week Honors
HAVING LATCHED on to a good import, Sta. Lucia Realty has finally gotten its act together and is beginning to wiggle out of the cellar by posting two consecutive victories at the end of the first round of the classification stage of the Gran Matador-PBA...
Ece Examinations Passers
ABACA, AIDA LONTOC ABATOL, RALP IAN BULAY ABELGOS, RENA REMEDIOS VALIDA ABELLA, ROMIE LABRADO ABENTINO, BEM CAPULOT ABERGAS, BERNARD CRISTOBAL ABITRIA, ALAIN VINCENT VILLARANDA ABRENZOSA, CUTEPIE JIMENEZ ABRIL, MICHAEL RAMOS...
Eighth Death Anniversary of President Diosdado P. Macapagal
DIOSDADO P. Macapagal came from a poor family. His mother was a laundrywoman and his father a tenant farmer. Thus he knew the meaning of poverty. In fact, he was popularly known as the "Poor Boy from Lubao who became President of the Philippines."...
FAP Awards Now Luna Awards
In honor of the famous painter Juan Luna, the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Awards will now be called the Luna Awards. This is according to Leo Martinez, whos on his second year as director-general of FAP. The Luna Awards Night is scheduled...
From Rottweiler to Shepherd
HE broke "tradition" by coming into the conclave as pope and coming out as pope. Thus Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI a few days after his birthday and only after two days of the seclusion of the cardinals. For many years, as the...
Fun and Laughter with Fat 4
Never before has there been a group quite like themfour fat stand-up comedians who can act, sing, dance and hostand theyre called the Fat 4. Ever since they were launched two years ago, theyve become a hit in the live entertainment circuit. In fact,...
GMA Leaves Today for Asian-African Summit in Jakarta
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG & ROMY V. MAPILE President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo leaves today for Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the Asian-African Summit aimed at fostering new strategic partnership among countries in the two continents now faced...
Golfer's Yips Is a Movement Disorder - Study
WASHINGTON (Reuters) Yips, a condition that plagues professional and amateur golfers alike and leaves them unable to complete a stroke, may be a movement disorder similar to writers cramp and musicians cramp, researchers reported this week. The...
Hontiveros Trey Gives Beermen Seventh Win
Byline: DOMINIC MENOR DONDON HONTIVEROS found the perfect stroke just in time, as his go-ahead three-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining pushed San Miguel past Purefoods, 71-70, yesterday in the Gran Matador PBA Fiesta Conference at the PhilSports...
Intramuros Showcases Metro Manila's Best
Byline: RACHEL C. BARAWID The Philippines Best! (formerly Best of the Regions) will showcase starting today the history and culture of the 14 cities and three municipalities of Metropolitan Manila as well as the artistry and ingenuity of its people...
JG Summit Income Soars to R5.9 B
Byline: ANA MARIE MACUJA JG Summit Holdings Inc. earned P5.90 billion for the year ended December 2004, a 185 percent rise from a net income of P2.07 billion during the same period in 2003. The holding firm said its revenues soared 13.7 percent...
Lina Hopes to Collect P151-B BoC Revenues
Byline: BENG ANSULA Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Alberto Lina expressed optimism yesterday that the agency will meet its assigned collection target of P151.1 billion this year as banks yesterday began accepting payments of duties and taxes....
List of New Midwives
ABAGAT, EVANGELINE BALLESTER ABALDE, JASEL DILAO ABANES, MARIA ESTHER ESTRADA ABANO, ELIZABETH IBARRIENTOS ABASOLA, ROXANE RELOS ABBAS, JONG-JONG SAABDULLA ABDULGANI, HAMIDA SALAMAT ABDULHAKIM, NURJINTAN SAIDON ABDULHALIM, BIN...
MANILA FAME 2005; A Fascinating, Provoking, Daring Show
Manila F.A.M.E. International marked its opening with a symbolic releasing of butterflies last April 18, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. The butterflies demonstrated the amazing transformation of the Philippines rich source of indigenous...
Maulidin Nabi, the Birth Anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad
THE Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was born in Makkah on Rabi Awwal 12, 570 CE. His father died before his birth. Later, as an adult, whenever the iniquities of his people oppressed him, the Prophet Muhammad retired to the solitude of a cave...
MMDA Enforcers Perfect Match for Vendors - BF
Byline: CHITO A. CHAVEZ, WILLIE L. CATAPAT Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando defended yesterday his iron-fisted policy against illegal vendors, saying its part of his enforcers instincts to be tough against equally...
Musharraf May Yet Help Solve Our Own Deep-Rooted Problems
THE emergence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a leader in rapprochement and accommodation among nations was at once visible during the three-day state visit here of President Pervez Musharraf, accompanied by his wife Sheba. In his appearance...
Muslims Remember Mohammad on His Birth Anniversary Today
Byline: EDD K. USMAN Muslims in the Philippines and the rest of the world celebrate today, Thursday, the 1,434th birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), the messenger of Islam as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo urged all Filipinos...
Nenaco Hopes to Break Spell
NEGROS NAVIGATION-San Beda goes for its first win when it battles Granny Goose Kornets as the 2005 PBL Unity Cup visits the Red Lions den for the first time in two years. With the acquisition of Noy Javier, the sweet-shooting guard from the University...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P54.38 to $1
The peso rate closed higher at P54.38 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P54.44 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P54.311 from P54.526. Total volume...
NG Fiscal Deficit below Ceiling in First Quarter
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Stronger revenue collections and savings in interest payments in the first quarter enabled the National Government to slice off P14.3 billion in the budget deficit, which amounted to P63.5 billion from a programmed level...
Nikki Gil Definitely an 'It Girl!'
Just how many "It Girls" does ABS-CBN plan to launch? No one knows exactly, but that tagline has been used a lot lately. Just last year, Pops "Piay" Fernandez was christened as an "It Girl" because of her concert of the same title. Then this year,...
No Plate, No Travel Policy Implemented
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN Interior and Local Government Secretary Angelo Reyes yesterday ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Arturo Lomibao and Deputy Director General Avelino Razon Jr., National Capital Regional Police Office...
Nyoy, Rebekah Wow Captain's Bar Audience
The Beatles "lived" again at the recent Salute to the Beatles show at the Captains Bar of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel featuring acoustic balladeer Nyoy Volante with the Mannos. The show, part of the year-long Kuh Ledesma Presents series, also featured...
Palace Orders Review of Pending Salary
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING Malacanang yesterday endorsed a review of the salary hike proposals pending before the regional wage boards following the rising cost of living in the country caused by the high oil prices as it called for transparent...
Prediction of Betrayal; John 13:16-20
JESUS said to His disciples, "Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom...
President Accepts Resignation of PCA Administrator Valbuena
Byline: EDGARD A. HILARIO and GENALYN D. KABILING President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has accepted the resignation of Philippine Coconut Authority administrator Evangeline Valbuena, who crossed paths with Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap over the...
Red Bull Slates Unique Cage Camp
QUALITY OVER quantity. The first-ever Red Bull basketball camp is designed behind such philosophy, making it unique and far more different from the other cage camps held every summer. Set from May 14 to 29 tentatively at the RFM gym, the men...
Remembering the Heroes; 'Battle of Corregidor'
Byline: DEL VILLANUEVA CORREGIDOR, Cavite Cavite Gov. Ayong S. Maliksi has extolled the Filipino soldiers who alongside with American forces fought the fiercest, bravest and the most heroic stand against invading Japanese Imperial Army during World...
Risks & High Wages
Byline: Romeo V Pefianco (Editors note: Filipino workers expose themselves to danger in Iraq, but high wage in US dollars provides the attraction noted in this article.) THREE years before the Gulf War in January 1991 my barber Elpie was in Baghdad,...
Rod Nazario Says; Pacquiao's US Taxes Fully Paid
Byline: nick giongco Rod Nazario, the long time business manager of Manny Pacquiao, flatly denied that the taxes due the Filipino boxer were unpaid and said there was no need for the fighter to worry because he doesnt owe the US taxman a cent. ...
Roundup
Luzon Families to be dislocated RODRIGUEZ, Rizal Hundreds of families would be displaced if the municipal government pushes through the development of sitio Wawa in barangay San Rafael, this town. Councilor Alberto P. Carasco said despite the...
Roxas Lauds U-Belt Recruitment Office of Largest Call Center Operator
Sen. Manuel A. Mar Roxas, chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Electronic Commerce Law, has lauded the Philippine unit of Convergys Corp., the worlds largest call center operator, for establishing its first-ever labor recruitment...
RP Basketball's No. 1 Enemy
REMEMBER THE villainous character Chinese actor Jet Li played in that Lethal Weapon movie? You know, the diminutive guy lead stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover had to beat up, stab, shoot, electrocute and drown before the fellow keeled over and died?...
RP Cagers All Set to Face Italy, Iran Teams
Byline: DOMINIC MENOR LEARN ABOUT the team, first. Win the tournament, second. The RP mens basketball team plunge into the 2005 PBA Pocket Tournament starting this weekend with that order of priority in mind, revealed coach Chot Reyes. "If...
RP, China to Sign 10 Trade Agreements Worth $1.5 B
Byline: BERNIE CAHILESMAGKILAT The Philippines and China are expected to sign 10 bilateral agreements and worth of $1.5 billion investments from six private sector commercial agreements to be signed during the state visit of Chinese president Hu...
Sonny Parsons in Another Movie-Like Shooting Drama
Byline: ANNA LIZA T. VILLAS MARIKINA CITY Former actor, singer and councilor Sonny Parsons figured in another movie-like incident yesterday morning when he shot and wounded two suspected holdup men who alegedly robbed a bookkeeper in Marikina City....
SPV Law Extension Recommended
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The disposition of banks non-performing assets (NPAs), either through the special purpose vehicle (SPV) or public/retail auctions, may grind to a halt with the non-extension of the tax exempt privileges in the Republic Act...
Stock Listing for Oil Refiners Sought
The Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) called for the strict implementation of the mandatory listings of common stocks of all refining business in the country as provided in the oil deregulation law. Section 22 of Republic...
'The Jacket:' A Cross between the Sixth Sense' and 'The Butterfly Effects'
Somewhere between "The Sixth Sense" and "The Butterfly Effects" comes the haunting thriller "The Jacket." 1991 Jack Starks (Adrien Brody), a U.S. Marine Sergeant serving in the Persian Gulf War, receives a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head. Although...
The Stealth and Silence
Byline: Cerge M. Remonde EVEN while she was pacifying jeepney drivers indignant with the spiralling pump prices of fuel early this week, President Gloria took notice, and stopped short of castigating local oil companies which did not hesitate to...
With Due Respect
THERE should be so much more to our national life than mudslinging and tarring with a black brush the good name and reputation of others. In our midst and for many years now, there has been too much abuse of the freedom of speech, and even of the power...