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 15, 2005

2005 Dragon Boat Run in Bora
Rowers from different parts of the globe gathered in the island of Boracay for the First International Dragon Boat Race. Organized by Xtreme Concepts in cooperation with the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation and Boracay Island Paddlers Association,...
ABS-CBN Beefs Up Regional Programming
For 15 years, ABS-CBN has always been the number one network in the provincial areas especially in the Visayan and Mindanao regions. In Cebu alone, ABS-CBN has ruled its airwaves for 15 years, making it a "kapamilya province!" Charo Santos-Concio,...
An Ilocano Dines in Switzerland
BIEL, SWITZERLAND I read the words printed on a McDonalds Salad Plus take-away bag: Im lovin it. Ich liebe es. Love ko to. (Taglish?!) Cest ce que jaime. Iste bunu seviyorum. (*Plus two other languages i.e. Japanese and Arabic ...
Annan to Visit Manila; Romulo Says UN Official Supports RP Programs Peace Process, Local Police Power Cited
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has accepted an invitation from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to visit the country before the end of this year, a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official said yesterday....
Appearance to the Disciples
John 20:19-23 ON the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them...
Around the Nation
Fishers beat dolphin to death ZAMBOANGA CITY (DPA) A bottlenose dolphin was beaten to death by fishermen who allegedly mistook it for a shark in a southern Philippine port city, an official said Saturday. The 2.4-meter long dolphin was beached...
A Tale of Two Fairs
A double treat awaits the public at the World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) until today as the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotions agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, stages the International...
Beauty Talk
The womens liberation movement didnt free us from the kitchen to tie us to the bathroom mirror. Even as we want to feel pampered and look divine, part of that pleasure is knowing that it was neareffortless especially since the goal should be to enhance...
Beermen Eye Tight Race for Quarters
SAN MIGUEL tries to tighten the race for the top two spots in the Gran Matador PBA Fiesta Conference when it faces skidding Shell today at the Araneta Coliseum. Currently ranked third with an 8-6 card, San Miguel is only a game-and-a-half behind...
'Broken Sonnet' Cements Hale Sound
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN Industry observers have been predicting that it was only a matter of time before the melodramatic musical influences of British alternative bands like Keane, Coldplay and Radiohead would extend locally. Hale, EMI Philippines...
Eco-Adventure Race in Iligan
A summer tour around Iligan City, the capital of Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao, with its raging waterfalls, lush forests, stretches of coastlines and picturesque towns would prove to be a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle life of the...
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 ...
FIDA Pushes P2-B Abaca Program
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) is implementing a P2.12 billion abaca expansion on 50,390 hectares for 2005 to 2010 as it eyes growth in abacas $70 million yearly export specially as markets in rich countries...
Food Trip, Old Manila Style
Byline: CANDY S. MANALOTO May, in the Philippines, is the most festive month of the year. By this time, the streets are abuzz with pomp and pageantry as towns and cities stage their own fiestas in honor of patron saints. A lavish spread of native...
Fresh New Faces in 'Say That You Love Me'
On June 1, MAQ Productions will launch a fresh new batch of talented young lookers on the big screen, via the ultra-romantic motion picture "Say That You Love Me." Aside from lead stars Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado, "Say That You Love Me" features...
GMA Network Maintains Lead in Overall TV Ratings
GMA Network leads the competition in combined Mega Manila, Metro Cebu, Davao City and Dagupan City total day channel ratings, based on a recent survey from Nielsen Media Philippines. Nielsen data for April 2005 shows GMA Network posting a total...
GMA Wants Tougher Laws on Firearms Control, Gun Crimes
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday pushed for tougher laws on gun control and stiffer penalties on gun-related crimes as vital measures to stop the surge of violence in the country. Alarmed by the prevailing...
Goodyear Shows off Exotic and Run-on-Flat Tires
Filipino car enthusiasts viewed exotic show tires and run-on-flat tires in The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company display at the 2005 Trans Sport Show which closed April 24. "We are pleased to bring in some of our concept tires to the Philippines...
Harbour Centre Closes in on Semis
HARBOUR CENTRE expectedly beat Negros-Navigation-San Beda, 85-69 yesterday to inch closer to an outright semis berth in the PBL Unity Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao. With Mark Cardona leading the teams well-balanced attack, the Port Masters encountered...
Hearing on Cebu-Mactan Link-Up Project
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has set a public hearing on the P2.0-billion Cebu-Mactan transmission interconnection project, to take into account the concerns of the affected parties. The National Transmission...
'High Noon' in Media
DILG Secretary Angelo Reyes is amenable to arming journalists. This is just what journalists need: A Wild West solution in these dangerous times. But they will need training. I remember a hard-hitting columnist friend in pre-martial law days. The...
Hundreds Killed in 2-Day Violence in Uzbekistan
Byline: OLGA NEDBAYEVA ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan (AFP) Bodies littered the streets of the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan on Saturday as security forces tightened their clampdown and the death toll continued to rise in what residents called massacres....
Identifying the Real MILF
US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone before ending his three-year tour of duty here yesterday revealed the reason why the US suspended its road project in Cotabato, that should have been launched as early as last month. Ricciardone said Washington had...
IMF Supports New VAT Law to Plug Fiscal Deficit
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The International Monetary Fund (IMF) backed the forthcoming enactment into law of the controversial value-added tax (VAT), an important piece of tax reform measure that could narrow the budgetary gap of the state. IMF Deputy...
Indonesia's Upbeat Mood
Byline: Fidel Valdez Ramos TWO months ago, I led a Philippine economic delegation to Jakarta on the invitation of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN-Indonesia), which is the national umbrella of over 200 business associations, headed by an...
International Day of Families
THE family is the basic unit of society. In many ways, the international community is a conglomeration of families. Hence, the popular phrase that the world is but a "family of nations. "The foundation of a strong nation, wrote Confucius, "is a...
Inventor Seeks Palace Help on Gas-Saving Device
Byline: ROY C. MABASA Filipino mechanic-turned-inventor Pablo Planas has appealed to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to endorse his gas-saving device which he said is the only alternative to the unabated oil price problem in the country. Planas...
Island-Hopping in Pangasinan
Byline: ETHEL S. TIMBOL The Hundred Islands of Alaminos, Pangasinan. Dont go looking for one hundred islands because contrary to legend, the famous islands actually number 123 at low tide, 122 in high tide. No one seems to remember who counted them...
Marilao Miracle Shrine; A Decade of Mercy
Byline: CORNELIO R. DE GUZMAN God answered his prayer and the miracle shrine in Marilao today stands as witness to Gods Ocean of Mercy. He then adopted the Divine Mercy to be the patron of his parish. He then commissioned Celing Marasigan, a...
MERYLL SORIANO; the Make-Believe Bride
Byline: LAI SUAREZREYES Marriage is not a must, but if it comes, it comes. If it doesnt, Im not going to look for it. There are so many things I want to do with my life right now and marriage definitely has to take a backseat, Meryll Soriano says...
My Kumpareng Kiuks
Last Tuesday (May 10) at around nine in the morning, one of our househelpers rushed upstairs to the family room where I sat reading the morning papers and having my coffee, and told me that there was water dripping in my den coming from the ceiling....
NCR Captures Palaro Crown
Byline: clyde mariano ILOILO CITY National Capital Region crowned itself as the countrys premier sporting city by winning the overall title in the secondary level at the close of the Palarong Pambansa on a sunny Saturday thanks to a blowout win...
New Congressional District to Bring More Benefits
Muntinlupa City Councilor and Majority Floor Leader Raul R. Corro believes the people themselves would ultimately reap benefits once Congress approves the creation of a second congressional district in this city. In a public hearing conducted by...
NFA Unloads Rice in Market to Pull Down Soaring Prices
Byline: BONG REBLANDO GENERAL SANTOS CITY Prices of commercial rice have shot up to unimaginable level here and nearby areas, but the government was quick to curb it by infusing rice of the National Food Authority (NFA) into the market. "Its...
Nina and Christian Bag Multi-Platinum Awards
Its official. Soul Siren Nina and heartthrob balladeer Christian Bautista are certified as the countrys top female and male artists, and both just happen to be Warner Music acts. Young, talented and packed with killer vocal chords, Nina and Christian...
Oil Firms Assured of Sustainable Returns
While entreating them to be socially-responsible in pricing their pump products even in a deregulated environment, the Department of Energy (DoE) has assured that one of the policy directions it is pushing is for the oil companies to post reasonable...
Pope Benedict XVI to Visit Synagogue in Cologne, Germany
VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Benedict XVI has told the Israeli ambassador to the Vatican he intends to visit the main synagogue in Cologne, Germany, in August, becoming the second pontiff in history to visit a Jewish place of worship. Ambassador Oded...
Puentevella Enters Cage Controversy
Byline: nick giongco BACOLOD REP. Monico Puentevella took the cudgels of pounding the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) whose leadership the outspoken sports leader said showed "extreme arrogance" in its continued defiance of the Philippine...
Roundup
LUZON Study on wage hike begins SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union (PNA) The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) has started discussing possible wage increase for the Ilocos Region. Labor and Employment Regional Director Guerrero...
R/$ Rate Closed at R54.20 to $1
The peso rate closed at P54.20 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P54.263. MPC reactivates ESOP Metro Pacific Corp., the Philippine...
Sharon Cuneta's US Tour Update
Beauty guru Fanny Serrano texted us recently to say that megastar Sharon Cunetas US concert tour kicked off beautifully and successfully at the Moran Performing Arts Theater in Jacksonville, Florida on Mothers Day (May 8). The megastar was warmly...
She Tripped and Lost Her Poise
"And ankle-deep in English grass I leapd, and clappd my hands, and calld all very fair." Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61), English poet "Aurora Leigh" THE poet had immortalized a common mechanism of injuring the ankle. Leaping (and landing)...
Some Things
are good to know. When my left leg got singed in an accident in Thailand, I despaired because being a diabetic, I knew it would take the wound a long while to heal. Actually, it took five weeks for the burn which was the size and shape of a duck egg...
Special MMDA Team to Go after Colorum Vehicles
What is so special about colorum and out-of-line public utility vehicles that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has to create a special team to exclusively go after them? Not a few eyebrows are now being raised over the creation...
Steel Fences Safe - MMDA
Byline: CHITO CHAVEZ The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) maintained yesterday that the steel fences on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) are safe and comply with international safety standards. The MMDA made this claim once...
Stella, the Second Time Around
Sometimes, we try so hard to make something happen, but it doesnt. Then the instant we stop trying, thats when everything just magically falls into place which is what happened to actress-turned-singer Stella Ruiz. Stella, who now goes by her first...
Suspect in Murder of Publisher-Editor Nabbed in Nueva Ecija
Byline: YUL MALICSE & ED MAHILUM Operatives of Philippine National Police (PNP) "Task Force Agustin" and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested yesterday one of the three suspects in the murder of publisher-editor Philip Corsino...
The Devil's Beatitudes
WE have Christs Beatitudes (instructions for a happy life), but somebody sent me another set of Beatitudes, curiously, from the devil. Read and check if you might be living them rather than Jesus Christs instructions of values and attitudes. * *...
The Heart of a Dreamer
We sat down with "Star In A Million" young hopeful Jerome Sala one afternoon at the Dish Restaurant inside the ABS-CBN compound, without any expectations. But after a brief but personal conversation with him, and hearing what he has to show for...
The Joy of Contentment
IT isso often said that the key to living a joyful, abundant, and blessed life is contentment. However, many of us suffer from a lack of contentment. In fact, many of us are still looking for contentment in our lives today. Simply because we are equating...
The Philippines & Its Rich Biodiversity
THE term biodiversity, coined by Walter Rozen of the United States Academy of Science in 1986, was first used by E.O. Wilson, the famous Harvard biologist, in 1988. Since that time, it has become increasingly popular among biologists, and is now entrenched...
The Road to Redemption
Byline: Edgardo J. Angara LEADERS of political parties agreed during a summit this week to pursue major economic and political reforms. Broad issues have been defined and details on how to carry these out will be discussed in a much bigger summit...
The Wrath of Peping
THE DEATH knell tolls for the Basketball Association of the Philippines. Its almost certain now that Peping Cojuangco, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, will come down hard with a vengeance on the BAP. When Cojuangco is through dealing...
To Cha Cha or Not
THE party in power is again testing the waters by announcing this early that in the next regular session of Congress this July, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) will push for a Charter Change (Cha-cha). In last years State-of-the-Nation Address...
UNICEF Extending More Help for Pasay's Child-Friendly Plan
Delegates from the United Nations Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) representing different countries visited Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad the other day to extend more help for the city government in pursuing its program to make Pasay a child-friendly city....
US Resumes Hiring of Filipino Nurses; Decision Cited
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING Malacanang yesterday hailed Washingtons decision to resume the hiring of Filipino nurses in American hospitals as it promised to generate more high-paying jobs here so Filipinos will not be forced to look for work abroad....
Vergara Installed as Nueva Ecija Bishop
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, one of the countrys youngest priests ordained as bishop, was formally installed yesterday as the new bishop of the Diocese of Nueva Ecija. Vergara is considered by his peers as "very...
We Must Purge the System of Corruption; (Speech of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Celebration by the Office of the Ombudsman of Its Anniversary and Launching of European Commission-Ombudsman Corruption Prevention Project Held at the Manila Diamond Hotel, 12 May 2005.)
THE winds of change are blowing in the Philippines, and I am confident that they will sweep away the deep and corrosive effects of corruption that have crippled our nation for too long. The fight against corruption is the moral challenge of our...
Witnesses Told to Come out and Testify vs Cebu Vigilantes
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY Authorities here are asking the public to cooperate with the police and testify against the so-called "vigilantes" who have been on a killing spree since last December, shooting to death at least 50 suspected...