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 24, 2006

67th Death Anniversary of Rafael V. Palma
HE used the power of the pen not only to free his countrymen from colonial rule but also to liberate them from their intellectual stagnation. For his efforts, Rafael Palma y Velasquez stands out among his contemporaries. Born in Tondo, Manila, on...
All Set for Senate-House Meet on Cha-Cha Today
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA The House of Representatives is all set for its scheduled dialogue tonight with the Senate on the issue of Charter change (Cha-cha). The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, chaired by Cagayan de Oro Rep. Constantino...
A PM Needs Ambition, Skills
Byline: Jesus M Elbinias IF for some decades the Philippines has been able to attract foreign investors to the country, it is because many of our people are proficient in English, thus giving our entrepreneurs the advantage to corner outsourcing...
Budget, Impeach Wars? Just Numbers Game
WHILE Malacanang begs for its early approval, the Senate has slashed the proposed R1.053-trillion 2006 national budget by R31.11 billion. Here comes the War on the Budget. *** The Senate has removed the R3-billion Kilos Asenso Support Fund...
Chest Pain 'Angina Pectoris'
Byline: Gary S Sy, MD ANGINA Pectoris is not a disease in its own right. It is the name for pain that occurs when the muscular wall of the heart becomes temporarily short of oxygen. Normally, the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart...
Club Cebu
Byline: Nelia Garcia Neri All roads led to the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel up Nivel Hills during the formal inauguration of Cebu's newest addition to its hotel row. Guests of honor were President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and His Eminence Ricardo J....
Crux of Human Rights
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal IN saying that government is "accountable" for ensuring human rights, Commission of Human Rights Chair Purificacion Quisumbing has lifted the cloud over the debate between the administration and opposition...
Despite Rains, Chase for RP Open Honors Is Hot
ALTHOUGH MORE rains are predicted in the coming days, they are not expected to cool down the chase for top honors in the Philippine Open golf championship which begins tomorrow at Wack Wack Golf & Country Club. A pot of $200,000 is at stake...
Director Quits Daytime Show
Don't look now, but this TV director recently quit the daytime show he had been directing for over the year now, reportedly because of differences with the host of the show. The director and the TV host used to be the best of buddies, until lately...
ECoP Conference Ends with GMA as Speaker
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Arroyo yesterday appealed anew to local employers to grant reasonable wage increase to their workers to help them cope with the impact of soaring oil prices as she set a goal to have zero labor strikes by the...
Entertainment Writer Tries Film Directing
We have a new film director in the person of Ronald Carballo, entertainment writer who also has turned scriptwriter. Ronald's directorial debut is via the movie "Mainit na Tubig," which he also wrote. "Mainit na Tubig," a Film Exponents production...
EPCIB Elects New Board of Directors
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL Equitable PCI Bank elected last night a new board of directors headed by incumbent chairman Social Socurity System President-CEO Corazon de la Paz, after a protracted debate on a host of legal issues and two-hour delay in the...
Errors Make DVC Fiction
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D SOME people are saying there's a local version of The Da Vinci Code. It's called "The De Venecia Code," referring of course to Cha-Cha. Joking aside, many people are saying that some good things have come out...
Fight against Poverty, Gender Equality Taken Up
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koichiro Matsuura and other international theater dignitaries from various countries yesterday vowed to continuously carry out arts-based...
Film Maker Cries Foul over Cinemalaya Disqualification
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA The co-writer and director of the disqualified finalist in this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Jon Lazam believes that pre-judgment of his capability as a filmmaker was the main reason why his film "Mga Anino...
GMA Graces Cebu Ordination
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY - President Arroyo yesterday witnessed the ordination of Msgr. Francisco Montecillo Padilla as titular archbishop-elect of Nebbio, a part of the Corsica Island of France, and apostolic nuncio to Papua New Guinea...
Hilton Cebu Names New GM and Sales/marketing Director
Hilton International has recently appointed Peter Hogh Pedersen as general manager of Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa. Pedersen joins the international hospitality chain's first and only Hilton Worldwide Resort in the Philippines, from Hilton Sharks...
Iran's Letter to Pres. Bush
Byline: Francis N. Tolentino THE recurring issue on the nuclear stalemate in Iran seems to have taken a rather peculiar shape in the recent weeks. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to US President George W. Bush last May 8, 2006 had...
La Corona De Lipa Completes Upgrade
In response to Department of Tourism's call on tourism stakeholders to invest on more hotel and resorts infrastructures and facilities particularly rooms to meet the demand of targeted three million foreign tourists this year, Hotel La Corona de Lipa...
Let Political Hype Cool off First
Byline: Willie N Ng ON Sen. Richard Gordon's proposal that constitutional amendments be made like ordinary legislation except for the mandatory threefourth vote, Sen. Miriam DefensorSantiago said that was sidestepping the issue "by pretending that...
Malacanang Belittles Impeachment Bid
Malacanang yesterday belittled threats of another impeachment campaign to be mounted by opposition congressmen against President Arroyo, citing popular support for her administration arising from the country's "increasing political and economic stability."...
Mavs, Suns Pass Game 7 Test
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Dirk Nowitzki had 37 points and 15 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs 119-111 in the deciding Game Seven of their National Basketball Association series Monday night in San Antonio. The Mavericks knocked...
Mayor Linked to Slay of Aurora Publisher Surrenders to Judge
Byline: ARIEL P. AVENDAAO BALER, Aurora - Dingalan Mayor Jaime Ylarde surrendered Monday afternoon in connection with the murder last year of the publisher of a weekly newspaper. It was learned that Judge Armando Yanga of the Regional Trial Court's...
More Cops Deployed to Maguindanao Town; in Bid to Avert Bloody Clashes between 2 Families
Byline: BONG REBLANDO COTABATO CITY - The police force in Parang, Maguindanao was beefed up yesterday in an effort to avert bloody clashes between two warring families. The clashes have already resulted in the killing of three people and the...
National Day of Eritrea
ERITREANS celebrate their National Day today, commemorating the country's 1993 declaration of independence from Ethiopia after waging Africa's longest-ever civil war. Led first by the Eritrean Liberation Movement (ELF), then by the ELF breakaway group,...
NestlA[c] Builds P600-M New Coffee Plant
NestlA[c] Philippines is investing additional P600 million this year for its coffee manufacturing plant in Cagayan de Oro by putting up new power generating sets and further plant improvements to sustain efficient operations. Factory manager Rudy...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P52.78 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P52.78 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P52.72 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P52.722 from P52.824. Total volume...
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...
Palace Appeals to Senate on Budget Slash
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN and FERDIE J. MAGLALANG Malacanang yesterday appealed to the Senate Finance Committee to reconsider its decision to cut a total of P31.11 billion from the proposed P1.053-trillion national budget, including the proposed...
Palace Orders PNP to Step Up Probe on Killings; Journalists May Be Allowed to Bear Arms
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING, GABRIEL MABUTAS, and ARIS ILAGAN President Arroyo yesterday ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to step up its investigation on the spate of killings in the country, even saying it is amenable to allow journalists...
RP Chessers Draw, Face US Next
Byline: REY BANCOD A 2-2 DRAW with Luxembourg Monday set up the Philippines to a titillating showdown with powerhouse United States Tuesday in the 37th World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. "It's gonna be a war," declared RP team captain Sammy...
Secretary Reyes Visits Albay Mining Site, Will Review Report
Byline: ELLALYN B. DE VERA RAPU-RAPU, Albay -- Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Angelo Reyes yesterday assured a thorough review of the Rapu-Rapu Fact-Finding Commission report submitted to President Arroyo last Friday, as he visited...
South Korea Grants 1-B Won for Roads Construction & Rehab
Byline: ROY C. SINFUEGO The Republic of Korea has agreed to help fund a survey and feasibility study for the construction and improvement of national roads in the Philippines through a 1-billion won (US$1 million) grant. The details of the US$1...
Standard Appliances Upheld on Trademark
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) has sustained the opposition of Standard Appliances Corp. over a trademark application filed by a businessman. In a report to IP Philippines Director General Adrian S. Cristobal...
Strategy Sought to Match Skills to Industry Needs
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Citing the need to create employment opportunities, employers yesterday called for a focused national strategy to produce qualified manpower pool that would match industry's needs. This was stressed in the resolutions...
'The Da Vinci Code' (Said Movie Made Me Cry)
NEW YORK -- Two Wednesdays ago (May 10), my article "Bading Si..." Code came out. Almost the same time last year but the same day number (April 10), my other piece "Da Vinci Goad" was published. Siyempre, they were both funny and entertaining. But...
The Spirit of Truth; John 16:12-15
[JESUS said to His disciples,] "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when He comes, the Spirit of truth, He will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and will declare to you...
UNESCO Chief Cites Relevance of Art; JdV Awards Congressional Medal to Matsuura
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG LDP National Congress today at Manila Hotel More than 300 members and delegates of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) will hold a National Congress at the historic Manila Hotel today to firm up the party...
UNESCO - the 'Think and Do' Agency
Byline: Dr. Florangel R Braid THE visit of Unesco's Director-general, Koichiro Matsuura again places focus on Unesco, the UN agency mandated to provide policy directions in education, science and technology, social and human sciences, culture and...
VAT Impact on Prices to Be Felt through 2006
The impact on inflation from an expanded sales tax will be felt through 2006 but should start to fade before the year ends, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said yesterday. Monetary policy would only be tightened if there...
Watertech 2006
WITH an annual average rainfall of about 2,500 millimeters and with a dependable water supply of over 130,000 million cubic meters per year, the Philippines is well endowed with water resources. However, the percentage of the population that has access...