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 23, 2006

31st United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization International Theater Institute Intercultural World Congress and Theater Olympics of the Nations at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel
IN the 58-year history of the International Theater Institute (ITI), the Philippines is the first Southeast Asian nation to host the ITI World Congress that will be held today until May 29, 2006. With the theme "From Ancestral Roots to New Artistic...
83rd Death Anniversary of Don Mariano Ponce
MARCELO H. del Pilar, Jose P. Rizal, and Mariano Ponce were the prime movers of the Filipino nationalist movement in Spain and the Philippines. Through their efforts, the colonial authorities in Spain and the inhabitants in the Philippines became aware...
A Cozy Hideaway in San Pablo
Byline: ANNALYN S. JUSAY San Pablo City in Laguna is emerging to be an alternative vacation destination in Luzon. Nothing beats its strategic location as a gateway to Quezon and neighboring provinces in the Bicol region. Of crucial importance is...
Angel Thoughts
"God's love is always greater than our disappointments, and His plans are always better than our dreams." -- Alice Avancena Is sports teaching our youth the correct values? Apparently not, if you hear the horror stories coming out...
Around the Nation
ASEAN, New Zealand hold meetings next week The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday announced that the Philippines will host the two-day 17th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-New Zealand Dialogue and the 10th ASEAN-New Zealand...
Bautista's World Title Fight May Be Sooner
Byline: Dennis Principe WITH NO less than Golden Boy Oscar dela Hoya as his chief backer, Boholano boxing phenom Rey 'Boom Boom' Bautista's quest for a world title fight may come sooner than expected. According to Bautista's Filipino promoter...
Buying Cheap in China
MORE than 10,000 shops in one building, under one roof. And not a thing to buy! It could only happen in Yiwu, Quanzhou, megacity of the province of Fujian, at the China Yiwu International Trade City, an exhibition hall and display center where buyers...
Cebu Fire Razes 200 Houses, Displaces 300 Poor Families
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY -- At least 200 houses went up in smoke and more than 300 families were rendered homeless when a fire broke out in four densely populated sitios in Barangay Basak-Pardo, this city at dawn yesterday. Cebu...
Certified NPO Printers Slam 'Demolition Job'
The National Printing Office (NPO) need not even say a word to defend itself against the R10-million demolition job in the media by three notorious printers hardest hit by the ongoing reform measures being implemented by the new NPO management. ...
Chessers Blank Mauritius, 4-0
Byline: Rey Bancod TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Wesley So and Oliver Dimakiling debuted impressively in the World Chess Olympiad Sunday, helping the Philippines to a 4-0 shellacking of Mauritius in Turin, Italy. So, easily the youngest player in the field,...
De Castro Urges Mass Housing for Employees
Byline: JUDE C. GALFORD III Vice President Noli de Castro yesterday challenged participants of the 27th Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) at the historic Manila Hotel to ease the housing backlog in the country by setting up housing...
Filipinos Favor Compromise with Marcoses - PCGG
Byline: JC BELLO RUIZ A Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) official yesterday said surveys by independent pollsters would prove that majority of Filipinos support out-of-court settlements with the Marcoses and their cronies on their...
Immigrants Hit English Bill
Byline: HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Despite the brouhaha the Senate has caused with its immigration bill, making English the "national language" of the United States will not change current laws, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said...
JdV Sees Deployment of RP's Fishery Executives, Personnel to E. Guinea
Byline: LEONARDO V. MICUA DAGUPAN CITY (PNA) - House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. expressed hope that the historic visit here last Sunday of the President of Equatorial Guinea will lead to the deployment of fishery personnel and executives to undertake...
Jesus Christ!
WITH all candor, allow me to state that the rumored marriage of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene will never weaken the foundations of my faith. Should Archangel Michael suddenly appear, flaming sword in hand, to reveal that it is true, I will remain...
Jiro Manio Says No to Boy- To-Boy Kissing
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Fourteen-year-old actor Jiro Manio, who has proven his acting prowess through the many awards he has received from just one movie "Magnifico," is not ready to push himself any further than crossdressing in Regal Films' "Manay...
Madonna Crucifies Herself in LA Tour Opener
Byline: DEAN GOODMAN LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Madonna launched her first world tour in two years on Sunday, delighting an enthusiastic Los Angeles crowd by hanging herself from a cross, insulting President George W. Bush, and dusting off some of...
'Mastermind: The Magic of Erik Mana' at the Music Museum
On May 27, master illusionist Erik Mana will perform live to show the Filipino audience that he is the real deal, with his first major show aptly entitled "Mastermind: The Magic of Erik Mana." Erik Mana has been known as "The Stranger" and "The...
Miriam: Charter Protagonists Should Go to SC
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said yesterday senators and congressmen debating on whether Congress could amend the Constitution using the usual procedure of passing an ordinary bill should ask the Supreme Court to settle...
New Nuncio Vows Support for Bishops on Social Issues
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING New Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Fernando Filoni yesterday vowed to support the active involvement of local Catholic bishops on social issues affecting the poor. Filoni said he would encourage and...
OFWs Get Special Deals from Honda
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is giving Filipinos working abroad the chance to provide their families back home a brand new Honda car with the launch of the Honda CAREmittance Program. CAREmittance allows overseas Filipino workers worldwide...
P/$ Rate Closes at P52.72 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P52.72 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P52.65 last Friday. The weighted average rate depreciated to P52.824 from P52.629. The volume of transactions...
PSC Padlocks BAP Office
Byline: NICK GIONGCO THE BASKETBALL Association of the Philippines (BAP) has nowhere to go. The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) yesterday announced that the BAP office at the second floor of the PSC building has been padlocked following its...
Puerto Princesa Broadcaster Killed; GMA Orders Probe
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Arroyo yesterday condemned the killing of a radio broadcaster in Puerto Princesa City and immediately ordered the police to hunt the perpetrators of the crime. "We strongly condemn any murder of a member...
RP's Asiad Preparations Behind Schedule - PSC
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA THE COUNTRY'S preparations for the Doha Asian Games this December is way behind the schedule. But Philippine Sports Commission member Richie Garcia is optimistic that the country will improve on its performance four...
Senate Panel Endorses P31-B Cut in Nat'l Budget
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG The Senate Finance Committee formally endorsed yesterday a drastic cut of R31.11 billion to the proposed R1.053-trillion national budget for 2006, scrapping several budget items the panel suspects will be used by the...
Teves Prefers Granting of Non-Tax Incentives
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Finance Secretary Margarito Teves said yesterday he preferred the granting of non-tax incentives to investors that would commensurate the fiscal perks granted to investors by other countries as he stressed the country's...
Tourism as a Way of Life
TRAVEL and tourism has been variously flaunted as the world's largest industry, creator of jobs across national and regional economies, provider of services and, not the least, a calming influence against poverty. Tourism enriches individuals, families,...
UNESCO Chief Leads Cultural Fest; JdV to Honor Matsuura with Congressional Medal International Theater Leaders Join Festival
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koichiro Matsuura will preside today over the three-day Leaders Forum of the 31st UNESCO-International Theater Institute (ITI) Intercultural...
Wack Wack Favors a Filipino Winner
Byline: DING MARCELO SOME OF Asia's best players will get a chance to test the preparations made on Wack Wack Golf and Country Club when they spearhead 30 teams in today's pro-am, the appetizer event for the country's premier golf tournament which...
We Are Still Third World; "There Is No Sin except Stupidity." -- Oscar Wilde
WHILE it may be considered un-Filipino to openly criticize or deprecate one's country before the eyes of the world, the reality is that the Philippines stubbornly continues to perpetuate Third World features and images when our immediate neighbors...
Whistleblower's Guide
PRODUCED with a USAID grant, the pamphlet "Aha! Whistleblower and Tipsters' Primer" offers valuable advice, among which are: Obtaining original copies of documents, a dossier of people involved, keeping a journal, changing routines (obviously to evade...
WHO Chief Lee Dies after Blood-Clot Surgery
Byline: RICHARD WADDINGTON GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization (WHO) chief Lee Jong-wook of South Korea, his country's top international official, died yesterday after surgery to remove a blood clot from the brain, the United Nations agency...
Whose Heads Will Roll?
(Editor's note: Graft cases undergo long investigations until the witnesses and the news media get tired waiting as noted by the author.) ACCORDING to cafA[c] analysts, the boast to "spare no one and heads will roll" in the campaign against tax...
Win Some, Lose Some
AFTER BACK-to-back losses at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, some doomsayers have sent us pessimistic messages saying Filipino boxers are starting to lose and that luck has already run out of our local pugs. It is true that in a span of a fortnight,...