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 18, 2006

2,000 Feared Dead in Landslide; 200 Pupils, 6 Teachers, Principal Buried Alive in Leyte
Byline: NESTOR L. ABREMATEA, JACK C. GADAINGAN, MARS MOSQUEDA JR., ARIS ILAGAN, & YUL MALICSE Heavy rains induced by La NiA[+ or -]a blamed TACLOBAN CITY a" Close to 2,000 residents, 200 of them schoolchildren, are feared to have perished...
After Winning Title, Magnolia Wants Another
FRESH from winning the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Heroes Cup championship and yet the hungry factor has not waned for the Magnolia Wizards. A day after pulling off one of the biggest comebacks in the 23-year history of the league, coach...
Aiko Is Now Mrs. Jickain
And so it came to pass. Controversial couple Aiko Melendez and Martin Jickain finally tied the knot in Eastern Christian ceremonies presided over by the groomas father, Rev. Edmundo Jickain, at the Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City early Thursday...
Akbayan Rejects Charter Change as Just a a[euro]Trojan horsea[euro][TM]
Akbayan yesterday warned of the vested interests behind the proposal to amend the Constitution through a constituent assembly as it accused President Arroyo and House Speaker Jose de Venecia of peddling "what is essentially a Trojan horse" to distract...
Angel Thoughts
"If I knew it would be the last time that Iad see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss...
A Silly Game Called Golf
Byline: Ed Picson, the Over a decade ago, the late Romy Kintanar, one of my dearest friends in media, talked me into taking lessons at the Veterans Golf Driving Range. He got me a teaching professional, and thereafter started me on this wonderfully...
Bagatsing Laid to Rest at Manila South Cemetery
Byline: RAYMUND F. ANTONIO As the city mourned the demise of former Manila Mayor Ramon Bagatsing, his bereaved family, city officials, other relatives and friends gathered yesterday as his remains were laid to rest at the Manila South Cemetery....
Banka[euro][TM]s Capital Adquacy Ratios Safe Level
The risk-based capital adequacy ratios (CARs) of the banking system as of June 205 remained well above the 10 percent minimum CAR prescribed under Circular No. 280 dated March 29, 2001 and Circular No. 360 dated Dec. 3, 2002, both as amended. The...
Brand Pacquiao
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao has signed the biggest endorsement package yet in the history of Philippine advertising when he inked a deal with San Miguel Corporation amounting to more than R100 million, including a aalifetimeaa...
Cordillera Body Supports Mining; despite Opposition by Catholic Prelates
BAGUIO CITY a" The Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera recently expressed its support to responsible mining, particularly projects that are viable, environment friendly and accepted by the people amidst the strong opposition lodged...
CSC Chairperson Guest at PMA Reunion Today
Byline: YUL MALICSE Chairwoman Karina C. David of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) is the guest of honor and speaker at the 2006 Philippine Military Academy (PMA) homecoming today, Feb. 18, in Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City. PMA graduates, both...
Delariarte Aims for P1.2-M Jackpot
JEROME DELARIARTE tries to accomplish what two other players before him had failed to achieve a" win the Country Club Invitational crown back-to-back a" when he leads a select cast in the fourth staging of the R4 million event unfolding Feb. 23 at...
Design for the Masses
Thereas a building that stands quiet in the heart of Manila. Down Kalaw Avenue, just a little ways from Roxas Boulevard, the Luneta Hotel attracts tourists, history and architecture enthusiasts, but remains largely abandoned and all but ignored by...
EDSA Expired
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal ITaS neither June twenty-four nor the Fourth of July, after all, the two "independence days" that symbolize the unity of Filipinos. After 20 years, EDSA is just a fragmented memory; perhaps, even a faded...
Ghettos of Lawlessness
Byline: Romeo V Pefianco (Editoras note: Preventive law enforcement is not popular in RP until serious crimes destroy lives as noted by the author.) LAWLESS elements can be seen in many places in Metro Manila and right in the nationas capital...
GMA Wants to Mark EDSA Anniversary in Simple Rites; Pimentel Says Celebration Is a Sham
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING Not the pomp nor the ceremony, but the true meaning of the day, that matters. President Arroyo intends to bring the message of hope and unity when she spends the upcoming Edsa anniversary rites next week, MalacaA[+...
Gova[euro][TM]t May Compel Oil Importers to Lower Pump Prices by P3-R4/liter
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Price cuts of P3.00 to P4.00 per liter is being forced upon the countryas oil firms, primarily those importing finished products like the smaller companies, based on computations set forth by Energy undersecretary Peter...
Have We Learned the Lessons of EDSA 1 and 2?
THE most important lesson from the 2 EDSAs is that people want good governance. The two presidents were deposed because they failed to live up to their promise of being accountable to the people. Self-aggrandizement and the practice of patronage politics...
Healing of Soul & Body
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D IF at first you donat succeed, try and try again." This old dictum might well be the compelling reason why an SVD missionary from Poland sought non-surgical treatment of his kidney trouble a" and got cured. The...
Jesus Transfigured; Mark 9:2-13
JESUS took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And He was transfigured before them, and His clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with...
Jolina Wants to Know What Stars Do When They Have Problems
For her newest hosting job, in QTV Channel 11as "Bongga Ka Star!" thereas something Jolina Magdangal would like most to ask her interviewees: What they do when they have problems? Do they cry too when theyare alone at night, like ordinary people? ...
Land Bank to Rebid Reynolds Assets
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Land Bank of the Philippines will re-auction Reynolds Philippines Corp. after the deal with a Chinese aluminum maker a" who earlier offered to buy the P365 million building and equipment, failed. First Vice President...
Larios Has a Dream: To KO Pacquiao
Byline: nick giongco OSCAR LARIOS dreams of coming to Manila and scoring a victory over Manny Pacquiao. Larios, the former World Boxing Council (WBC) super-bantamweight titleholder, told the Mexican media about his desire of traveling to the...
Loyal Defense
Byline: Willie N Ng CITO Beltran invited to his T.V. show the other night a panel including MalacaA[+ or -]ang Chief of Staff Mike Defensor to analyze President Arroyoas outburst Tuesday blaming ABS-CBN for the Wowowee stampede that killed 74 and...
MISIBIS; Destination to Watch
Misibis Resorts, Estates and Spa, collectively known as Misibis, is a 60-hectare enclave which is dubbed as the countryas next world-class tourism destination. Misibis Land Inc., the developer of the resort, took pride in its extensive effort to make...
Nata[euro][TM]l Students Bowling Tourney Unwraps Today
THE 1st Philippine National Schoolsa tenpin bowling championship will be held at Pearl Bowling Center, ParaA[+ or -]aque today. The opening ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. led by the guest of honor, Steve Hontiveros, president of the World FIQ and...
NBA at Peace Heading to All-Star
Byline: brian mahoney AP Basketball Writer HOUSTON (AP) a" Commissioner David Stern is happy to be talking basketball as the NBA gathers for its All-Star weekend. After what he had to deal with last year at this time, Stern knows the alternative...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P51.80 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P51.80 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P51.69 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P51.777 from P51.639. Total volume...
NPA Rebels Raid Mining Firm in Compostela Valley; Burn Heavy Equipment, Disarm Guards
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO BUTUAN CITY a" At least 40 New Peopleas Army (NPA) rebels wearing fatigue uniforms overran a foreign mining firm without firing a single shot and torched heavy equipment worth millions of pesos at Sitio Batoto, Barangay...
One Shining Moment in History
Byline: MEL LOPEZ (The author was not only an eyewitness to EDSA to the four days of the world-famous EDSA Revolution and its aftermath, but in fact, a key player in EDSA I and the events leading to it. As such, he feels obligated to the youth and...
Palace Orders Budget depa[euro][TM]t to Ensure P1,000 Pay Hike Allocation
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Arroyo yesterday thanked senators for the imminent approval of the R13.1 billion additional allowance for some 1.1 million government employees. The President immediately ordered the Department of Budget...
Park Leads; Jenny 8 Behind
HAWAII a" Defending champion Jennifer Rosales struggled with a two-over par 74 Thursday, eight shots behind clubhouse leader Grace Park of South Korea in the first round of the season-opening LPGA SBS Open. Rosales, 27, started with six straight...
Prelate Says People Now Tired of Political, Economic Crises
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said the present administration is courting danger by its actuations which exasperates both the intelligent and the ordinary citizens. While it continues to sing the economic...
Proof of Love for People
Byline: Jesus P Estanislao IT is easy for anyone to say that they love our people. But it is difficult to show such love in a manner that genuinely enables our people to be better, in every respect, than they ever have been. If we go by rhetoric,...
Rallying Peso Does Not Mean a Robust Economy - IBON
Contrary to the claim of MalacaA[+ or -]angas economic managers, a rallying peso does not mean that the economy is resurging, says independent think-tank IBON Foundation. According to IBON senior researcher Sonny Africa, the peso appreciation is...
Regine Velasquez Serves Up High-Brow Versions in a[euro]Covers 2a[euro][tm]
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN A musicianas album is apt description of Regine Velasquezas new CD, "Covers 2." Here, Asiaa Songbird chooses to re-fashion 16 originals by other artists, and from different genres and eras, that many of her loyal fans would...
Region Needs $1 Trillion for Infra Investments A[euro]" ADB
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ East Asia will need $1 trillion in investments to fund infrastructure over the next several years, a level of investment far beyond the capacity of governments. "We must intensify our efforts to build rails, roads and other...
RP Braces for la NiA[+ or -]A
Byline: MADEL R. SABATER Three flood control projects are now being fast-tracked by the government in a bid to prepare the country for the onslaught of a developing La NiA[+ or -]a phenomenon. In a press conference held yesterday at the Philippine...
RP Not in A[euro]priority Watch lista[euro][TM] Anymore
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ The Philippines had just been removed from the US Trade Representativeas (USTR) "Priority Watch List" of countries where rampant piracy takes place, John Lesaca, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Coalition, disclosed...
Sandigan Revokes Subpoenas to Cabinet Men on Erap Trial
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA The Sandiganbayan Special Division revoked yesterday the subpoenas it issued last year requiring three members of President Arroyoas official family to testify in the plunder and perjury trial of former President Joseph Estrada....
SBCorp. to Launch SME Credit Rating Model
The state-owned Small Business Corp. will implement a credit risk rating model in April this year to speed up the evaluation of loan applications from small and medium enterprises. "The credit risk rating model will help us design a credit scoring...
Sharon Inks a[euro]lifetimea[euro][TM] Contract with ABS-CBN
Sharon Cuneta started 2006 by being very visible in the local entertainment scene. She had a birthday concert at the Ultra on Jan. 6, to mark her 40th year. Then she staged a Valentineas concert at the Araneta Coliseum, which she packed with her loyal...
Solons Say House Firm on Rejecting No-Election Proposal
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA Two senior administration congressmen yesterday described as misleading the reports that proponents of Charter change have restored in the draft Constitution the proposal to scrap the 2007 mid-term elections. Reps. Exequiel...
TATAP Agrees to Hold New Polls
Byline: kristel satumbaga EMBATTLED TABLE Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) President Vic Valbuena said yesterday that heas willing to hold another election to correct the impression that the last one, which saw him got reelected, was...
Teatrino: The Pinoy Counterpart of New Yorka[euro][TM]s Great White Way
Back in the 1980as, Kuh Ledesma helped define the live entertainment scene in the Greenhills area when she introduced the original Music Museum. The place was gutted by fire, but the legacy left by the Music Museum was such that Kuhas longtime friend...
Through Thick and Thin
Byline: Julie Y. Daza WAS anyone surprised that Manny Pacquiao has a lovechild? No one. Was anyone surprised at his reaction to the "news?" No one. Was anyone surprised that no one was surprised? In this macho world? No, of course not. I was...
US Funds Acquire Big Stakes in PLDT
The acquisition by global asset manager Loomis Sayles & Co.Boston of a 2.1 percent stake in Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. has affirmed the positive foreign business sentiment on the Philippines. Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas said: "The continuing...
US Lauds RP on Intellectual Property Rights
The US Embassy yesterday cited the Philippine government for its progress in the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), which enabled the United States Trade Representative (USTR) last Feb. 15 to move the Philippines from the "Special 301...
US Team, Mabuhay Pace PAL Golfest
DAVAO CITY a" Maharlika of San Francisco and Mabuhay came up with consistent rounds yesterday to share the spotlight at the start of the 19th Philippine Airlines Seniors Inter-Club here. Maharlika scored 200 points at the par 72 Apo Golf and Country...
Whata[euro][TM]s Going on with Our Politics?
PRESENT-day politics has assuredly become a confusing affair that it needs thoughtful comprehension to make sense of what is going on. There seems to be too many details and low-level generalizations without framework based on high-level political...