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 July 31, 2005

10 Suspects Probed in P14-M Illegal Drugs Raids in Quezon City
Byline: YUL MALICSE Ten persons, including six foreign nationals, are now under thorough investigation due to their alleged participation in the trafficking of the confiscated P14- million worth of "shabu" and "ephedrine" during three simultaneous...
24-Hour Warehouse Club Store Cost U Less Opens in Libis, QC
Cost U Less is stepping up operations in the Philippines by offering 24-hour shopping in its branch in Libis, Quezon City. The first warehouse club to operate round-the-clock, Cost U Less hopes not only to attract the growing number of call center...
40 Years Ago
POLITICIANS love to say that people have short memories but some have exasperatingly longer memories than others. A UP professor, upon learning that former UP president Jose Abueva had been appointed by President Arroyo to a commission to study...
ADB Agrees to Napocor Debt Transfer
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Asian Development Bank (ADB) board has finally given go-signal for it to extend full consent to the transfer of National Power Corporation (NPC) to its successor-company, the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management...
A Lesson on Humility
TWO men sat opposite each other on a train bound for Paris, France. The young man was a soldier while the elderly man with bowed head, was praying the rosary. Bored with the inactivity, the young man muttered derisively, "God is not going to save...
Alma Moreno, Gerard Madrid - So in Love!
At first, they were denying to the high heavens their rumored romance. But now, theyre proud of it, and they are now flaunting their May-December affair even on national television! We are referring to Alma Moreno (Venessa Laxamana in real life)...
An Artist's Signature
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA Late great singers Frank Sinatra and John Denver had their share of hits during their time. But most people would probably jot down the same titles if asked to name each legends most memorable song: "My Way" for Frank and...
ANIMAX; Big in Japan
Byline: JV ANTONIO Sony Pictures Entertainment Networks recently sponsored a group of select media to the annual Animax Summer Festival ODAIBA 2005, a live concert featuring the bands behind some of the worlds most popular Japanese animation flicks....
Around the Nation
1 dead, 7 injured in Calauag road mishap CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba, Laguna A South-bound owner-type jeepney bearing plate number EAZ-643- driven by Rufino Laynes Abonita and a North-bound Isuzu Crosswind Hi-Lander bearing plate number XFK driven...
ASEAN Chairmanship Seen as Boost to RP Economy
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN The Philippines expects its chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2006 to 2007 will further boost the countrys economy through increased revenues from tourism and through increased foreign...
As Google Grows, How Much Does It Know about You?
Byline: ANICK JESDANUN NEW YORK (AP) Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing...
Asian Growth Forecasts Cut but Outlook Upbeat
Byline: DHARA RANASINGHE SINGAPORE, July 30 (Reuters) Asian growth forecasts for this year, with the notable exceptions of China and India, have been trimmed and the rate of expansion in many economies will be slower than they averaged in recent...
Asia Tightens Its Energy Belt, but by How Many Notches?
Byline: MICHAEL MATHES BANGKOK (AFP) Bangkokians love their cars. So when Jongrak Timachai was encouraged to drive less and conserve fuel as part of an energy saving campaign, he did what many urban Thais are doing: he brushed off the requests....
Australia Slams WTO Failure to Meet Negotiations Deadline
SYDNEY, July 30 (AFP) Australia voiced "serious disappointment" Friday after negotiators from the 148 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) failed to meet a key deadline for progress in four-year-old talks on removing global trade barriers....
Bacolod Takes Charge in Streetball Finals
BACOLODS WEST Negros College scored twin victories in afternoon matches to seize control in the centerpiece seniors division even as National Capital Region won all but one of its four opening games in various categories in the 2005 Adidas Streetball...
Batangas Hobby Farm Taps Cutting-Edge Technologies
An integrated farming system that taps cutting edge technologies of East West Seed, Source organic farming, Sasso Philippines, and Agri Fruit Freeze may be a rewarding experience for individuals that have long dreamt to put up their farms. Made...
Bulletin Lensman Bags DLSU Plum
Byline: LEO ORTEGA LAPARAN II A Manila Bulletin lensman recently bagged the Outstanding Photograph on Youth and Education Award in the 2005 Lasallian Scholarum Awards with rites held at The Peninsula Hotel Manila in Makati City recently. Photographer...
Bumgarner-Guidicelli Duel at Shell Kartfest
BACK FROM a month-long training in Italy, Asian Karting Queen Michele Bumgarner of M&M Racing is all geared up against Karter of the Year Matteo Guidicelli for another thrilling and colorful showdown next weekend when the 2005 Shell Helix Superkarting...
Can Sandigan Suspend Congressmen?
THE House Justice Committee need not conduct formal investigation of the charges alleged in the impeachment complaint after the committee finds that the complaint is sufficient in substance based on the evidence presented. Like the investigating prosecutor...
Cesar Montano Joins Hollywood Ensemble in 'The Great Raid'
Cesar Montano breaks into Hollywood with "The Great Raid," director John Dahls gritty and stirring reality-based story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "The great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring...
Charter Change
Byline: Edgardo J. Angara LIKE a caterpillar still trapped in its cocoon, the Philippines has failed to mature and grow wings for its flight to progress. For the longest time, we Filipinos have been living in a time warp. Our form of government,...
China Airlines to Buy 50 Boeing 787 Jets for $6 B
Byline: BENJAMIN MORGAN BEIJING, July 30 (AFP) Chinese national airlines will finalize contracts early next month worth a combined six billion dollars for 50 of Boeings new generation 787 aircraft, the National Development and Reform Commission...
Commuters to LTFRB: Don't Punish Drivers without a Fare Matrix
Byline: E.T. Suarez Thousands of commuters under the umbrella of the National Council for Commuters Protection (NACC) and average wage earners led by the Integrated Labor Oranization of the Philippines (ILOP) yesterday asked the Land Transportation...
Concert Review; PARI'S Special Treat: Free Live Music, Discounted CDs
Byline: JHI D. GOPEZ One of PARIs (Philippine Association of the Record Industry) major events this year was their recent weekend advocacy gig, which transformed Eastwood in Libis into a music market with tent booths of record companies stationed...
Cross Subsidy Phaseout in October; Residential Power Cost to Rise 0.4278/kw
With the impact of the Expanded Value-Added Tax (E-VAT) charges yet to take assault on the consumers wallets and paychecks, residential customers are also scheduled to put up with new round of P0.4278 per kilowatt hour (kWh) increase in their electricity...
DA to Phase out Hybrid Rice Seed Subsidy by 2007
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning a total phase-out by 2007 of the hybrid rice subsidy from the present P1,300 per bag as it strengthens sustainability of the technology that has proven to raise farmers yield....
Doing Time with Claudine
Claudine Margaret Estella Barretto has come a long way indeed. from a fresh faced teenager in Ang TV, to the soontobewed, award-winning actress we now have today. With so many things happening in rapid transition in the actress life, a reporter...
Do You Know the Way to San Juan?
Byline: ELLALYN B. DE VERA Visiting the municipality of San Juan in Metro Manila, one gets a glimpse of a humble piece of Philippine history. A tiny municipality, San Juan comprises a mere 1 percent of Metro Manila. However, its lack of space...
Eagles Race Past Maroons
Byline: richard dy ATENEO DE MANILAS "Big Three came up with big plays down the stretch to power the Blue Eagles to a pulsating 72-63 victory over University of the Philippines yesterday in the UAAP mens basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum....
Economic Team Vows to Push MTPDP
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ President Arroyos new economic team has vowed to continue the reforms and programs already laid out in the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP). Socio-economic Planning Secretary Agusto B. Santos said the new economic...
Federal Parliamentary System?
THE current topic of discussion is the proposed shift from a presidential unitary system to a parliamentary federal system of government. Of an Asian country? Which Asian country? The proponents have not up to the present time clarified it. If only...
Filipino Finalist in Global Search for Young Design Entrepreneur
Jonathan "Jay" Aldeguer, president of Islands Souvenirs, was recently named by the British Council as Philippine candidate to the global search for International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year (IYDEY), which culminates in the UK this September...
Garbage Piles Up in Boracay Resort Island
Byline: MYNARDO MACARAIG BORACAY, Philippines (AFP) A mountain of festering garbage hidden from the pristine beaches of tropical Boracay Island is the other side of paradise most tourists never see. Smoke from the smoldering pile of trash is...
Globe Expands BridgeCom Program
Byline: EMMIE V. ABADILLA This year, Globe Telecom, Inc.s corporate social responsibility initiative, Bridging Communities program (BridgeCom), is covering 300 barangays nationwide, benefitting millions of people, announced President and CEO Gerardo...
GMA-7 Takes Responsibility over 'Full Metal Alchemist'
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Usually anime or Japanese animations contains violence and at times even nudity giving them a bad rap with parents. It is not the same though with the anime series that GMA-7 airs for their young viewers. They make sure...
GMA Bans Sirens, Blinkers; along with Similar Devices That Pose Hazard to the Public
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING After banning them from using luxury vehicles, President Arroyo has warned all government officials against the wanton use of sirens and blinkers which are often abusively used to bully ordinary motorists and pedestrians...
How Barako Boys Differs from Other Sexy Male Groups
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN To prove they are not mere copy cats of other sexy male groups that came before them, Sony BMG act Barako Boys points out elements that they hope would endear them to Filipino music lovers as well. "We refrain from doing...
Immigrationophobia
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA After taking off from Manila at around 10:30 pm of July 18, Monday, and flying for a little more than twelve hours, we finally landed at the San Francisco International Airport at 7:45 pm of the same day syempre. I was...
IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS; Adopting Children Abroad
Byline: ROBERT REEVES For various reasons, Americans opt to adopt children from a foreign country rather than within the US. Adopting a child from abroad is a rewarding experience, but the process is difficult and complex. Many who try spend years...
Imported Viet Rice in Danger of Being Damaged by Rains at Zambo Wharf
ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) Thousands of bags of rice imported from Vietnam could be damaged by water as the bulk of a shipment cannot be unloaded at the local wharf here due to the continuous rains in this city. Two foreign vessels are docked at the...
Industry Link Slated Aug. 26-27
Industry Link, the countrys most comprehensive industry sourcing show slated on August 26-27, 2005 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City, is accepting exhibitor applications until August 5. The two-day event is organized by the Center...
Japan Electronic Giants Suffer Losses
Byline: HANS GREIMEL TOKYO (AP) Moneylosing Sony Corp. led a dismal day of earnings for Japanese electronics companies as the entertainment and consumer products giant slashed its fullyear profit forecast by nearly 90 percent and reported a second-straight...
Japan Output Up, Jobless Rate Declines
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) Japanese industrial output rose in June while the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low and wage earner spending increased, consistent with views that the economy is slowly moving out of a soft patch. The data released...
Japan Wants Zero RP Duty on Autos
Byline: BERNIE CAHILESMAGKILAT Japan wants the Philippine government to immediately drop tariffs on automobiles to zero once the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) takes effect but the Philippines insisted on a five-year phased...
Jardine Profit Rises on Strong Asian Economies
HONG KONG, July 30 (Reuters) Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd., one of Asias oldest trading houses, said underlying first-half net profit rose 18 percent as strong economies helped boost most of its businesses. The company, which runs businesses ranging...
Lawmakers Urged to Support Con-Con in Amending Charter
Lawmakers should beg off from convening as a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution and support instead the call for a constitutional convention to effect the much needed Charter change which was emphasized by President Arroyo in her recent...
Lose Weight, Live Healthy; the Sexy Chef's Way!
We are always told that we are we what we eat. Yet we tend to forget this old adage and end up weak and often overweight due to the (unhealthy) food we consume. This was exactly what happened to Barni Alejandro, daughter of singer Hadji Alejandro,...
LPHI Taps SMS to Address Homeowners Concerns
A house and lot represents a big investment for most homeowners. Long after they have moved in, homeowners will still be shouldering amortizations for their property. If their concerns continue to be addressed and they remain satisfied with their purchase...
Malacanang Hits Opposition 'Garbage,'
Malacanang yesterday belittled as "tons of garbage" opposition claims of having tons of evidence to impeach President Arroyo even as it accused them of resorting to "trial by publicity" against the Chief Executive. "Tons of evidence? I doubt it....
Marikina Police Revamped
Byline: MADELYNNE DOMINGUEZ The Marikina Police Department is undergoing a major revamp to improve the delivery of service to residents and enhance law enforcement. Police Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, chief of the Marikina police, said he has started...
'Mga Pusang Gala,' a Potent Weapon from the Indie Films Arsenal
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ Its a known fact that the movie industry is still digging its way out of the slump hole. Scattered efforts to end the worsening curse have been made but the clearer, most promising solution is predicted to be happening in...
Nationals Nip Philab Batters
Byline: eddie alinea THE SOUTHEAST Asian Games-bound Philippine side found Philab a tough nut to crack settling for a close, 3-2 victory yesterday at the start of the PABA (Philippine Amateur Baseball Association) Presidential Cup at the Rizal Memorial...
Oil Firms Hike Gasoline Prices By
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO After just a week of hiatus, the oil price increase frenzy is back in the swing with the oil companies raising their gasoline prices anew by P0.50 per liter starting 10 p.m. of Friday, but this time sparing kerosene and...
On a Food Trail in Singapore
Byline: CANDY S. MANALOTO One will never go hungry in Singapore. In a country as small as this island state, it is comforting to know that there will always be food on the table whether one is spooning up Laksa (a coconutbased noodle dish peppered...
Petron Eyeing to Jack Up Refinery Run
Largest domestic oil refiner Petron Corporation is looking at prospects of jacking up its refinery run in the coming months; with export volumes being the prime target for further market expansion. "Certainly, our long-term aim is to load the refinery...
Petron Ladies Beach Volleyball; New Faces Steal Show
A VIBRANT tandem from Ateneo de Manila stole the thunder from the veterans of the Petron Ladies Beach Volleyball Tournament yesterday, pulling off two masterful victories at the start of the meets 3rd leg before an animated crowd at the Manila Baywalk....
PhilRice, IPO Promote Intellectual Property Rights in Agri Sector
Byline: EDGARD HILARIO Public agricultural scientists and other public sector researchers in the country can expect to gain more knowledge of their rights to claim intellectual property for their work following a commitment between Philippine Rice...
Pretty 'Artsy' Stuff in Jennifer Lee's Sleeping Haven
Home to Viva Hot Babes member, Jennifer Lee, is a haven for wonderland, skin rejuvenation and creativity. During our quick stop at her condominium unit in Makati last week, 20-year-old Jennifer introduced us to the place where she gets to do the...
Puerto Princesa Issues 25-Yr Mining Moratorium
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA Puerto Princesa City in Palawan issued a 25-year moratorium on commercial mining which aims to conserve its natural resources but which may bypass the Constitution itself and the Mining Act of 1995 which allow for beneficial...
Rapture & Christ's Second Coming
RAPTURE. People are talking about it. Spiritual leaders are preaching about it, too. It is a favorite piece of conversation of those who read the Holy Bible. No current subject has caused so much confusion, anxiety, panic, and even hysteria as rapture...
Renewing Our Humanism, Rediscovering Our Christian Roots, Promoting Inter-Religious Understanding for Peace and Progress
WITH a new wave of terrorist attacks in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, and Great Britain, Pope Benedict XVI has called on the faithful to relive the authentic values that have made many nations in the world, from Europe to Asia, glorious and progressive. Speaking...
Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio: Darling of the House Opposition
Byline: MOMOY CARDENAS At the House of Representatives, Rep. Darlene Magnolia Ricasa Antonino-Custodio represents the First District of South Cotabato and Gen. Santos City. She is a daughter of former South Cotabato Congressman/Gen. Santos City...
Reuniting the Cascades
Byline: STEVE ONEAL Reunions are wonderful! Theyre heartwarming, uplifting and chockfull of memories. But like any failed marriage, reunions are similar to reconciliations. They dont last long. Will the Cascades reunion last? Only time will tell....
SALES Talk; Ocean Stocks of Sea Foods Down Due to Overfishing, Ecosystem Degradation
Byline: ARTHUR SALES Ocean stocks of cod, locally known as gindara, regarded by health conscious people the world over as among the few fish species (salmon, herring, etc.) which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, are fast depleting. (During prewar...
Senator Loi Scores MMDA for Demolition without Due Notice
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON Sen. Luisa "Loi" Estrada yesterday asked Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials to stop their "Nazi-like policy of illegal, sudden, unannounced, and selective destruction of private properties without notice...
'SOP' Airs GMA Pinoy TV's San Francisco Launch
July 23 marked a milestone not only for GMA Network but also for the Filipino community in the West Coast as the Philippines brightest and most talented performers staged a spectacular concert party at the cavernous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in...
Thailand Cuts Growth Projections
BANGKOK, July 30 (Reuters)The Bank of Thailand (BoT) cut its 2005 economic growth forecast by a full percentage point, acknowledging that high oil prices and natural disasters made its earlier expectations unachievable. The central bank trimmed...
The Feeding of the Five Thousand; Matthew 14:13-21
JESUS withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by Himself. The crowds heard of this and followed Him on foot from their towns. When He disembarked and saw the vast crowd, His heart was moved with pity for them, and He cured their sick. When it was evening,...
The Many Blessings of Sta. Anang Banak River Fest in Taguig
Byline: MAE LORRAINE S. RAFOLS In a flurry of fruits, water, juice, biscocho and hopia flying in the air, the city of Taguig celebrated the Sta. Anang Banak River Festival last July 26, an annual affair that brings the citizens of the city in a...
The Scientist as Humanist and Statesman
MY exposures to science and technology are, at best, limited to what I have learned as a student of biology in high school or in the class in Introduction to Natural Sciences at the College of Liberal Arts in UP Diliman; what I have read; and what...
The Urgency of Constitutional Renewal
Byline: Fidel Valdez Ramos IN my column last week, I proposed a 10-month timeline for Constitutional reform to be effected by way of a Constituent Assembly assisted by a High Commission of Leaders (7 eminent Filipinos who are sectoral leaders) created...
Tobacco Eyed as Alternative Material for Paper-Making
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA Shunned for its being a material for the habit-forming cigarette, the tobacco plant is turning out to be the ultimate alternative for the banned timber in paper-making. Government firm National Tobacco Administration...
Two Guards Posing as Lawmen Nabbed
Two security guards posing as police officers who demanded money from a wealthy businessman were arrested by agents of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during an entrapment in Manila. NBI Director Reynaldo G. Wycoco identified the suspect...
Vicky Belo: Dogs Are My Best Friends and Confidants!
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI From the time Dr. Vicky Belo put up her Belo Medical Group years ago to cater to the aesthetic needs of her A-list and celebrity clientelles as well as the regular folks in society, shes been riddled with intrigues with regards...
Villar to Turn Las Pinas into 'City of Bamboo'
There is no turning back for Rep. Cynthia Villar to make Las Pinas the City of Bamboo. Marking her birthday, Villar launched the Bambusetum, a bamboo museum that stretches along the citys riverbanks. The Bambusetum boasts of 28 varieties of the...
When Children Swallow Things
"He who eats alone, chokes alone. Arab proverb. Quoted in H.L. Menckens Dictionary of Quotations (1942). THIS mishap reminds me of lyrics from a favorite musical "The Fantasticks, "And children, I guess, must get their own way the minute...
Worried by Washington, CNOOC Weighs Unocal Bid
Byline: CHARLIE ZHU SINGAPORE, July 30 (Reuters) Chinas CNOOC is concerned about more US political opposition to its planned takeover of US oil producer Unocal as it weighs what to do about its $18.5 billion offer, a person close to the process...