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 May 8, 2005

A Beauty Wonderland
Make up dreams, skin-pampering magic, fragrance fantasies and grooming wishes...were all granted at the launch of My Beauty Hub beauty and skincare boutique at 6750 Ayala Avenue. An "Alice in Wonderland" theme invited guests to walk through the...
ADB President Kuroda Issues Warning; Costly Oil May Limit Asian Growth
Byline: LOUIS MEIXLER ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) The head of the Asian Development Bank warned Friday that although regional growth rates are at their strongest since the 1997-98 financial crisis, high oil prices could limit growth and significant income...
A Happy Occasion at the Revilla Mansion
My friend, Richard Francisco of Vicor Music Corp., has been so disturbed by the "unusual" behavior of a popular character actress which he himself witnessed last Sunday. He happened to share the same flight, along with his other colleagues from...
Alcatel Fortifies Enterprise Network Security Framework
Alcatel recently broadened its CrystalSec security framework with the introduction of the Alcatel Quarantine Engine, dramatically strengthening the enterprises ability to play an active role in preventing and containing security issues. Alcatel also...
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
The Department of Foreign Affairs is quite adept at farewells. It handles farewell receptions for foreign diplomats being re-assigned to other shores. DFA personnel are assigned overseas in any of our 81 embassies and consulates every three years....
A Mother's Love
A LITTLE boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and he handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mama dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said: For cutting...
An Angel Comes to Punk Rock Mommy!
Byline: DIANA A. UY Today Im so very happy. My life is complete. I may be clenching my fist and gritting my teeth. Oh, at last! Heres my gift a little angel who looks like me. chorus from Maru by Skarlet of Brownbeat AllStars You see her on...
Angara Proposes Holiday for Health Workers
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI To ease the plight of the countrys health workers, Senator Edgardo Angara yesterday urged the immediate enactment of the bill declaring May 7 as "Health Workers Day." Angara said its approval will serve as governments...
Around the Nation
Aiko Melendezs brother falls The brother of former movie and television actress and Quezon City Councilor Aiko Melendez was arrested by the police for illegal possession of firearms early yesterday morning in Las Pinas City. Police identified...
Australia Warns on Terror Attacks in the Philippines
MANILA (AP) Australias Foreign Ministry warned its citizens Saturday that terrorists may strike anytime, anywhere in the Philippines and not to travel to the countrys troubled south. In a travel advisory the ministry said it continues to receive...
'Balitang Tate'
BALITANG TATE Here are some stateside news or balitang tate as relayed by PJ Entertainment Editor Eugene Asis who just came back from California. Eugenes happy to know that Vilma Vitug (former starlet) and Malou Bendigo (former Mutya ng Pilipinas...
Boardinghouse, Dorm Owners Reminded of Rules and Regulations
Byline: RAYMUND F. ANTONIO & ELLALYN B. DE VERA A room that has a small window which is inadequate to ventilate the room. During rainy days, rain comes in through the holes on the roof. No place to hang clothes to let them dry. No kitchen to...
BoC Automation Project Puts RP in ASEAN Task Force Lead Post
Byline: melvin g. calimag The Bureau of Customs (BoC), with its tainted image as a haven for graft and corrupt officials, may be the most unlikely model for transparency in government. But its soon-to-be-finished computerization initiative is...
Bond Spreads to Tighten If VAT Passed
MANILA (Dow Jones) The gap between Philippine sovereign bonds and US Treasurys, which narrowed recently, could further tighten albeit marginally once revisions to raise more revenue from the value-added tax are passed, National Treasurer Omar Cruz...
'Bubble Gang Jr.' Kicks off Tonight
As the saying goes, "Big things come in small packages," so viewers should never underestimate the big-time gags and the huge bundle of laughs that GMA-7s newest kiddie gag show, "Bubble Gang Jr.," can bring its viewers. Children and the many fans...
Cement Retailers Told to Temper Price Increases
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has warned local cement retailers to moderate their price increases and refrain from cashing in on the recently approved power rate hike for the benefit of consumers. At the same time, the DTI has warned...
Chavit Nixes Plan to Include Estrada in Political Summit
VIGAN, Ilocos Sur Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson deplored yesterday the purported plan of Speaker Jose de Venecia to invite former President Joseph Estrada to a political summit aimed at restoring political stability in the country. "That...
Cheers to SEE
Byline: THERESE J. CAMET Eight cheering squads from different universities/colleges in Metro Manila converged in Market Market! in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig last May 3, and wowed the malls shoppers with their acrobatic stunts and deafening chants as...
Claudine Barretto Is Back with a New Teleserye
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI It was a scorching hot Thursday afternoon, with the temperature ranging from the uncomfortable 80[degrees] to 90[degrees]F. But in Brgy. Maestranza in Intramuros, Manila, everything seemed normal and cool for dramatic actress...
Contracts, Crime, and the Economy
Byline: Rene F Espina OUR country is certainly facing a lot of problems economic, social, and political which in turn affect the stability of government. In order to ease some of our problems, I believe that the reliability of contracts in our...
De Venecia Sets Up 'Press Freedom Fund' to Help Journalists
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. yesterday donated P2 million to the "Press Freedom Fund" that will provide "reward money" to help solve the killings of journalists and finance a college scholarship program for children...
Electrical Engineers Passers
ABAINZA, FLORANTE JUNIOR SORIANO ABANO, NOLE BUFETE ABAO, JEAN MIGHTY DECIERDO ABAT, JOSEPH JR VENTURA ABAYAN, LENNARD PONES ABE, JEFFREY PADUGAR ABELLERA, JOHN REY CORRALES ABILA, JUSTINE ANTHONY ROSAL ABOG, ARNEL ANTERA ...
Emm Gryner: Mainstream Rebel
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN For someone who has released eight albums and topped the charts, performed in "Saturday Night Live" and Wembley Arena, and has been nominated in the same categories as Alanis Morisette and Avril Lavigne, Emm Gryner sure...
Empire King, Cover Girl Renew Battle for Supremacy
OUTSTANDING FAVORITE Empire King wants to underline his lofty status in local horse racing today when he starts in the 10th PCSO First Gentleman Silver Cup Race at the Sta. Ana Race Track. The acknowledged best galloper in the land today will banner...
Estayo, Curtan Stay as Track Team's 1-2 Punch
NILO ESTAYO of Tagaytay and Paterno Curtan of Quezon City lived up as the one-two punch of the national track team by dominating the overall mens Elite category of the First Philippine Velo Challenge that wound up yesterday at the Amoranto Velodrome....
European Union Vows RP Support; EU President Reaffirms Commitment to Help Mindanao Dev't
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Romulo & Asselborn talk in Kyoto The Philippines and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitments to support each others development programs, including those on the promotion of trade and tourism,...
Fashion-Savvy Bowlers
Who says bowling is just for oldies? Well, think again. With young, hip and vigorous roster of players, bowling has become a fun, stylish and exciting sport designed for the young and old alike. Bowling has proven to be a rich source of national...
GMA Leads Cable-Laying at Cebu Power Project
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. DAANBANTAYAN, Cebu -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday led the submarine cable-laying in barangay Talisay, this town, for the $68-million Cebu-Leyte Power Interconnection Uprating Project aimed at increasing...
Hero Still Can't Believe His Luck
Byline: LEAH C. SALTERIO Only a year in showbiz, "Star Circle Quest" Batch One grand questor Hero Angeles has realized its tough to last in a business where new talents sprout daily and the mortality rate for survival is high. Having fulfilled his...
Hotdogs Win; Raymundo, Yap Star as Purefoods Ends Ginebra's Road Win Streak
Byline: DOMINIC MENOR PUERTO PRINCESAKerby Raymundo and James Yap scored all but two of Purefoods last 13 points as the TJ Hotdogs capped an 91-85 victory over the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Gran Matador PBA Fiesta Conference at the Puerto Princesa...
Hot Hair & Haute Couture
Tresses and dresses are inseparable. A couture suit is nothing without a stylish do. Wella stresses this fashion fact in what turned out to be one of Philippine Fashion Weeks most unforgettable shows. Wellas Young Avant Garde collection featured...
House Split on Legalized Jueteng
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA Just like the Senate, the House of Representatives is divided on the issue of whether or not the illegal numbers game jueteng should be legalized. House Majority Leader Prospero Nograles rejected proposals to decriminalize...
IBM xSeries 366 Server to Heat Up Competition
Byline: edu h. lopez Competition in the local server market is expected to intensify with the introduction of IBMs eServer X3 architecture that would bring mainframe capabilities and sophisticated high-end technologies to the next-generation 64-bit...
Japanese Jr. Cuppers Surprise Australians; Filipinos Place Third
Byline: jean malanum SECOND SEED Japan pulled off a stunning 2-0 upset win over top seed Australia yesterday to rule the Junior Davis Cup AsiaOceania qualifying at the Manila Polo Club court. Florida-based Fumiaki Kita, a semifinalist in the...
Japanese Survey Rates Filipino IT Workers Highly
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT A Japanese customer satisfaction survey has rated Filipino information technology (IT) workers "Above Average" recent customer satisfaction. Trade Secretary Juan B. Santos said the result of the survey, which used...
Kentucky Derby Field Loaded with Stalkers
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) Front runners and speed could make for a contentious Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Twenty horses will break from the starting gate at Churchill Downs, and "there are eight to 10 horses who can win," three-time Derby-winning...
Kjwan's Ever-Changing Marc Abaya
Byline: ANTONETTE R. VALDEZ "Change is the only constant thing in life" a saying that perfectly applies to the life and music of Kjwans vocalist and MTV VJ Marc Abaya. From being the frontman of Sandwich for seven consecutive years, Marcs careful...
Knights Stun Welcoat
Toyota-Otis-Letran just made the race for the two automatic semifinals berth of the PBL Unity Cup a tight four-way fight. The Knights leaned on a big fourth quarter spurt to upset the Welcoat Paint Masters last night, 80-66, before a big weekend...
Lessons of a Mom and Survival
Byline: CANDY S. MANALOTO Its been 20 long years since Insp. Catherine Borda was widowed. Her husband, ILt. Guillermo Borda, was gunned down (but without giving up a good fight) during a fierce encounter with NPAs in Kalayaan, Laguna in 1985. ...
Lim Condemns SWAT Attack as Worst Crime Cop Can Commit
Sen. Alfredo S. Lim condemned as not only a barbaric act but the worst crime a policeman can commit the shooting of a private vehicle occupied by innocent civilians and a child by members of the SWAT force in Navotas who were chasing a band of robbers....
Managing Wage, Fare Hikes Seen Crucial
Managing the demand for transport fare and wage increases will be crucial to containing inflationary pressures, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Romulo L. Neri He said the reasonable fare hike based on fuel price increase alone is only...
MIAA Cites Gains on Consultative Meet on NAIA Terminal 3
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has expressed optimism over the results of the recent two-day consultative meeting initiated by the Authority together with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Board of Airline...
Military Court Receives Documents vs General Garcia
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Members of the General Court Martial hearing the cases filed against retired Army Major General Carlos Garcia have formally received the 67 documents that were considered as evidence presented by the prosecution panel in connection...
Military Slammed for Torture, Abuse of Old Woman
While women from all over the world commemorated International Womens Day last March 8, a woman in Misamis Occidental was made to suffer the brutality and viciousness of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as she was illegally arrested and furtively...
Montecillo Cup Jungolf Slated at Southwoods
THE SEARCH for the countrys top jungolfers for boys and girls will be settled when the inaugural Philippine Junior Golf Championships is held on May 17 to 20 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Carmona, Cavite. Also to be acknowledge...
Mothers at Center of Observance of Mother's Day
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO Children everywhere will honor mothers today, Mothers Day, for their priceless gift of motherhood, and their continuing guidance and presence that make them the heart of both home and family. Roses, chocolates, handmade...
Mother's Day: A Tribute to the Hand That Rocks the Cradle
CHILDREN need love and discipline. It is from parents that children come to understand values and learn to make of themselves good men and women, and to become competent mothers and fathers later on in their own lives. A mothers love and guidance enables...
Mother's Day: A Tribute to the Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Children need love and discipline. It is from parents that children come to understand values and learn to make themselves good men and women, and to become competent mothers and fathers later on their own lives. A mother's love and guidance enable...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P54.03 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P54.030 to the US dollar at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines on Friday from R53.960 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P53.988 from P53.976. Petrons...
Nokia Swings into Village Golf Tourney
NOKIA CONNECTED golf aficionados from the villages in the south at the opening of the Nokia Intervillage Golf Tournament held recently at The Riviera in Silang, Cavite. Nokia County General Manager Parikshit Bhasin led the ceremonial tee off which...
Novell Ships Open Enterprise Server
Novell Philippines recently began shipping Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES), a suite of software solutions that delivers proven file, print, directory, management, collaboration and application services to large networked business environments....
Operators to See over $87 Billion in Mobile Data Revenues by 2010
Globally, operators can expect to see the level of revenues contributed by data traffic to rise from 12 percent in 2005 to 18 percent in 2010, according to Mobile Content and Services, a new report from Informa Telecoms and Media. Currently, the global...
Palace Calls Australian Travel Advisory 'Rehashed'
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING Malacanang yesterday lashed back at Australia for using "rehashed, outdated intelligence reports" when it issued a travel warning against the Philippines due to alleged looming terror attacks here. In downplaying Canberras...
Palaro Unwraps in Iloilo
Byline: eddie alinea ILOILO CITY Schools First Initiative: Athletes First, Winning Second. With this as theme, the 2005 Palarong Pambansa raises its curtain today with one of the provinces most illustrious sons, Senate President Franklin Drilon,...
Pasay City Gov't Trained in Data-Gathering
The Community Base Monitoring System (CBMS) of De La Salle University (DLSU) conducted a training of key leaders in the planning and cooperative offices of Pasay City government to get accurate information from its constituents. Aimed at diagnosing...
'Pinoy He He Henyos'
Heres another "Laban O Bawi" classic which happened on April 21 with Vic Sotto and yours truly as hosts. It was during the one-on-one elimination round to determine the winner to play the jackpot. Boy versus girl. HOST: Anong famous landmark ang...
Pinoy Pop Superstar to Be Known Tonight
The ultimate Pinoy Pop Superstar will be known tonight when the final countdown to the searchs grand showdown happens at the Araneta Coliseum. Asias Songbird Regine Velasquez, herself a product of a talent competition, will be the host of the search....
PNP Sarge in 'Hot Water' for Twin Slayings
A police sergeant assigned in Cebu City is likely to face court for killing a surrendering robber and accidentally shooting to death a fellow policeman two years ago. The Deputy Ombudsman for Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (OOMOLEO)...
President Ramos Starts Writing Sunday Column for Manila Bulletin Today
The more than century old record of topnotch commentaries that the Manila Bulletin has established takes on an even greater height as former President Fidel V. Ramos begins today a weekly Sunday column on important issues in the interest of the nation....
Regine Tells Her Story on US Immigration Show
Asias songbird, Ms. Regine Velasquez, had a soaring careershe was a multi-platinum recording artist, boxoffice movie star, SRO concert performer. She was on top of the world until the summer of 2000 when her world seemed to crash. She was in the...
Roundup
Luzon Board congratulates Gionna TARLAC CITY The sanggu-nian panlalawigan of Tarlac has passed a resolution congratulating Ms. Gionna Jimenez Cabrera for winning the Bb Pilipinas-Universe 2005 title. Calling Ms. Cabrera "a combination of beauty...
Salamat Sa Lahat, Inay
MOTHER, whenever I set aside sometime to consider all that I am thankful for, You're always the first one who comes to my mind. You're the first one to welcome me into this world; You're the first one who comes whenever I am...
Sarah Jane Paez as a Mom
If theres someone who is true to her nature, its beauty queen turned fulltime mom Sarah Jane Paez. In the late 80s and early 90s when the stage lights were brightest for her, Sarah never thought of wanting a "career change" until she had her firstborn....
Sarah Overworked
PAALIS na naman si Sarah Geronimo on May 19 para sa isang US concert tour. Makaka-sama niya sina Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista, Christian Bautista, Raymond Ma-nalo, Frenchie Dy at Sheryn Regis. Billed "The Return of the Champions," magpe-perform ang...
Solons Urge GMA to Crack Whip on Gov't 'Fat Cats'
President Arroyo was asked yesterday by her allies in the House of Representatives to crack the whip on government officials who refuse to follow her directives to stop misusing public funds for perks and lavishness, saying this is the only way to...
St. Benilde Rules Nestea Beach Volley
COLLEGE OF St. Benilde won the mens title while Southwestern University claimed its third straight womens crown as the 9th Nestea Beach Volley came to a fitting end yesterday at the Hey Jude Resorts sandcourt here. Southwesterns Florian Gutierrez...
Suspect in DFA Exec's Murder to Undergo Fingerprint Analysis
The suspect in the killing of Department of Foreign Affairs official Alicia Ramos will undergo fingerprint analysis, a source at the National Bureau of Investiga-tion (NBI) said yesterday. But NBI Director Reynaldo Wycoco declined to disclose the...
TDS Ties Up with PLDT to Offer First Automated English Skills Test
TeleDevelopment Services (TDS), a leading global call center training and consulting firm, has forged a strategic partnership with telephone giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and US-based Ordinate Corporation to offer the countrys first...
The Commissioning of the Disciples
Matthew 28:16-20 THE eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw Him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given...
The Commissioning of the Disciples; Matthew 28:16-20
THE eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw Him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore,...
The Contraceptive Bill
Thank God, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has given the nod for a population control program and appropriated R2.5 billion in funds to support it. Whether or not she saw the "light" on her own, the program will go far in stemming the baby boom...
The Sporting Life at the Podium
Advertising and media exec Manu Sandejas is a boxing buff who throws in the punches about three times a week. When not handling the admin functions in her school, Andi HerreraBenitez would head for the beach to surf. Sheryl Louise or Crystal...
WE'LL STOP JUETENG; PNP Assures GMA
Byline: ANTHONY GIRON Philippine National Police (PNP) officials assured President Arroyo yesterday that they would stop the operation of jueteng (underground lotto) in Luzon, particularly in Central Luzon and Bicol. This developed as President...
Wider Coverage of Power Rate Scheme Ordered
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday ordered the expansion of the governments lifeline rate structure to allow more poor households to enjoy discounted electricity rates. The President directed the Department...