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 April 2, 2006

5 Filipinos among Dead in Bahrain Cruise Boat Sinking
MANAMA, Bahrain (Reuters) a" Five Filipinos are among at least 57 people who drowned when a cruise boat capsized off the coast of Bahrain, the Interior Ministry said yesterday. Rescue workers searched on Saturday for two missing passengers of the...
A a[euro]flaweda[euro][TM] Bidding?
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal SECRETARY Gary Teves must have heard of murmurs about the apparently flawed bidding procedure conducted by the Department of Financeas Privatization Management Office for the International School Property...
a[euro]Candya[euro][TM]s Be Love the Repeata[euro][TM] Makes Candy Pangilinan Da[euro][TM] Lucky One?
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Stand-up comic and actress Candy Pangilinan canat just help but throw funny one-liners even during serious interviews regarding her life and career. For example, when asked how she felt about the success of her post-Valentine...
a[euro]CSI: New York Season 2a[euro][tm] Premieres in Asia
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI The hit series from mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer "CSI: NY" is another reason to love New York even more. Inspired by the success of "CSI: Las Vegas," "CSI: NY" also delivers the nittya"gritty and drama in crime solving with...
a[euro]Little Baguioa[euro][TM]
It used to be a playground...a recreation site of American soldiers during World War I and II. From a vast pastureland in the 1900as, Camp John Hay has transformed into the ultimate vacation destination in Baguio City. At an altitude of 5,000 feet,...
A Lawyer Arrives
Byline: Fr. Rolando V Dela Rosa HAVE you ever wondered how people will introduce you if you are the guest speaker in a conference? For many professionals, like lawyers, the manner by which one is introduced can be a gauge of oneas success. It is...
Around the Nation
Support for Arroyo infra projects bared LEGAZPI CITY, Albay - Assistant Regional Director Oscar Cristobal of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 5 (Bicol) said yesterday that personnel of the DPWH Region 5 reported that most...
Assunta De Rossi Lashes out at husbanda[euro][TM]s Family
Sexy actress Assunta de Rossi is at it again, in a fighting mood, that is, as she lashed out at her husbandas family when we asked how she was at the moment. Her smile switched to that of anger and bitterness as she claimed that her husband, former...
A Tribute to a Domestic Helper
Byline: Nelly F Villafuerte FOR the past 19 years and 11 months that this column has been appearing in this newspaper, I have been sharing with my readers inspiring stories about Filipinos. Stories that make us proud to be Filipinos. However, not...
Binay Assails Transco over Warnings of Blackouts in Southern Metropolis
Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay assailed the National Transmission Corp. (Transco) for resorting to "scare tacticsaa after the latter issued statements to the media warning of imminent blackouts in cities comprising Southern Metro Manila as a result...
Caring for Pets through Words
Byline: MA. GLAIZA LEE In business, the risk is greater when one ventures into an unknown territory. What more in a publishing industry where books, magazines and other reading materials are everywhere. Five years ago, Manila Bulletin Publishing...
Civil Society and ASEAN
Byline: Fidel Valdez Ramos THE formulation of a Charter which will establish a legal personality and juridical identity for ASEAN is gathering momentum. Even if it has become an important global forum for economic, political, cultural and security...
Constitutional Amendments & Revisions
Byline: Rene F Espina AMIDST the controversy about the peopleas initiative to amend the Constitution, letas read the constitutional provisions: "Art. XVII Amendments or Revisions Sec. I. Any amendment to, or revision of this Constitution may...
Contractor Elevates Row with TransCo to Arbitration
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Project contractor Alphaomega Integrated Corporation is likely to elevate to arbitration proceedings its dispute with the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) over the latteras takeover of projects previously awarded...
English Proficiency Is Key to Landing a Job in Metro Manila
With more graduates expected to add up to the growing number of job hunters in Metro Manila and abroad, a local chief executive in a town east of Metro Manila, cited yesterday the need for the government to embark on a program that would enhance English...
Fixed Term Urged for AFP Chief of Staff; MalacaA[+ or -]Ang Amenable to Proposal by Senga
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING MalacaA[+ or -]ang is amenable to proposed amendments to the National Defense Act of 1935 to limit the influence of politics in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and instill professionalism within its ranks. ...
Fractures in Children
Byline: Dr. Jose S. Pujalte Jr. Fill all thy bones with aches." a" William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright The Tempest. Act i. Sc. 2. (1611) UMMERaS here and the kids are getting wild. Itas therefore no surprise that more...
Garciaa[euro][TM]s Proposal for Reward System in Fight against NPA Rebels Welcomed
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY - The Police Region 7 Office (PRO 7) said it welcomes a proposal of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for a reward system as another means to fight the insurgents in Central Visayas. Regional Intelligence and Investigation...
GMA Offers Military Wives Small-Business Franchises, Loans
In another strategy to keep soldiers loyal and content, President Arroyo yesterday offered military wives small-business franchises and loans as a source of additional income for their families. The President encouraged the families of military...
Good Governance May Help Local Firms in Getting IFC Financing
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL Domestic firms with good corporate governance will have better chances of accessing cheaper cost of funds to for its capital outlay and other expansion program. "Many companies in the Philippines are realizing that it pays...
Gova[euro][TM]t to Buy Back $ 774-M Brady Bonds
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The National Government wants to repurchase the entire $ 774 million outstanding Brady bonds to close the chapter on this debt paper. The government first embarked on its Brady bond framework in 1996 where the countryas...
Groups Await Appointment of New Comelec Commissioners
The appointment of three new election commissioners to fill up the vacancies in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expected when Congress takes a Holy Week recess starting on April 8 to enable them to assume their positions without waiting for...
HBOa[euro][TM]s a[euro]American Splendor,a[euro][TM] Everything but Ordinary
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ When it comes to doing original movies for TV, HBO is yet to blink. Make no mistake about it, with a movie like the adaptation of comic book series "American Splendor," a blunder remains far from sight. Harvey Pekar, played...
Hexing the Enemy on April Foolsa[euro][TM] Day
Byline: Jesus Erle B. Sebastian his is being written on April Fools' Day, a perfect day to make a fool of oneself. How? By attempting to predict the results of todayas Australian Grand Prix. Itas easy, you say. The way things went in the first...
ITa[euro][TM]S HOT!
Summer has come early to the Philippines. Despite snowstorms across the United States and in Europe, chilly weather in China and Hong Kong, we are now getting temperatures of 32 to 35 degrees celsius! That is sweltering hot and the humidity along...
Japanese Engineers Probe Collapse of NAIA3 Ceiling
NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT a" Four engineers were flown in from Japan to lead the investigation in the collapse of the ceiling at the mothballed NAIA Terminal 3 last Monday. Takenaka Corporation, the building contractor of NAIA Terminal...
Joker: Cha-Cha Proponents Must Respect SC Ruling
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Sen. Joker Arroyo yesterday urged proponents of a move to amend the Constitution through a peopleas initiative to respect a Supreme Court decision on such move before things go out of hand. To follow the Supreme Courtas...
Kings Test New Offense
Byline: noli cruz BARANGAY GINEBRA coach Siot Tangquincen is happy just to grind out victories early in the Gran Matador Brandy 2006 PBA Philippine Cup. "Weave been trying out new things in our offense thatas why Iam expecting us to struggle...
Learning through Imagination on Playhouse Disney Channel
Byline: ANTONETTE VALDEZa"PUA Pre-schoolers can now experience a fun, imaginative and easy way of learning and developing different skills that every individual will need as he journeys through life, in the 24-hour commercial-free Playhouse Disney...
LGUs Can Now Obtain Loans to Acquire Firefighting Gear
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN Underscoring the importance of local government units (LGUs) participation in the firefighting and prevention efforts of the government, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Land Bank of the Philippines...
Lisa Tucker, Prepared for Her a[euro]Idola[euro][TM] Exit?
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ There are different faces of Idolsa"out contestants a few hours after America voted them least deserving during elimination nights. Some would be honest in saying outright that itas gravely disappointing like Kevin Covais....
LTFRB to Cut Bus Routes from 34 to 6; Part of Plan to Decongest Metro Where 5,000 Buses Ply EDSA Alone
Byline: JC BELLO RUIZ A plan to trim the current 34 Metro Manila bus routes to only six is now being worked out by a technical working group of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC). Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory...
Manila Youth Games Unfurls
THE HISTORIC Rizal Memorial Sports Complex has been spruced up and will come to life anew as the fifth edition of the Manila Youth Games (MY Games) unfurls today at 5:00 p.m. in colorful and festive opening rites at the Track Stadium. Music, dances,...
Mas Deserving Yung May Itsura - Siakol Vocalist
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA If some people downplay good looks over talent and charisma, take it from someone whose very ordinary looks and streetsmart vocals and songwriting were instrumental in making his band one of the more popular alternative rock...
Metro-Go-Round
PAREB review set The Philippine Association of REALTORSA[R] Boards, Inc. (PAREB) announced the schedules of review and seminar for the real estate brokeras licensure examination to be conducted on May 28, by the Department of Trade and Industry....
Mindanao Leaders Step Up Cha-Cha Signature Drive
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN Pro-Charter change (Cha-cha) leaders in Mindanao will step up their campaign this week to help gather 10 to 12 million signatures for a peopleas initiative, double the target of 20 percent original objective of constitutional...
Mitsubishi Lancer International Juniors Tennis Championships; Japan, Taiwan Bets Duel for Title
Byline: jean malanum SECOND SEED Sho Aida of Japan rallied past Peng Hsien Yin of Chinese Taipei, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, yesterday to advance to the boysa singles final of the 17th Mitsubishi Lancer International Juniors at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center....
Most Cordillera Leaders Reject STL, Say ita[euro][TM]s Legalized Jueteng; Ita[euro][TM]s Still Game of Chance, Critics Claim
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE BAGUIO CITY a" The snowballing move against the operation of the controversial Small Town Lottery (STL) drew support from most Cordillera leaders who vowed not to allow the entry of the "jueteng replica" in their areas. ...
Much Is Expected from a[euro]Pamahiina[euro][TM]
When word got around that Regal Entertainment had a new horrora"suspense movie entitled "Pamahiin," the news instantly created a buzz among the entertainment circles and fans of the horror genre. "Pamahiin" began principal photography this early...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closed at P51.125 to $ 1
The peso rate closed at P51.125 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P51.167. Customs collection tops target Customs collection exceeded...
Non-Stop Magic in Hong Kong Disneyland Park!
Byline: ETHEL S. TIMBOL You donat have to be a child to enjoy Disneyland. Whatever your age may be, the kid in you spontaneously reaches out to embrace the magic and enchantment of a fantasy world come true. When Walt Disney built the first Disneyland...
Ochoa Keeps 4-Shot Lead
RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 31, 2006 (AFP) a" Mexicoas Lorena Ochoa fired a one-underpar 71 on Friday to retain a four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the $1.8-million Kraft Nabisco Championship. Ochoa boasted an 11-under total of 133, following...
Rain or Shine Wrests Lead
Byline: rey c. lachica FOR A change, Rain or Shine triumphed with nary a trouble this time. Pushed to the limit in their first two wins, the Elasto Painters threw the full weight of their vaunted offense in the first half to score a runaway 66-48...
Ramos Cites Rotarians for Peace Effort
Byline: ROY C. SINFUEGO Former President Fidel Ramos yesterday cited the International Rotary Club members for their efforts to ease poverty and for helping the country achieve unity, peace, and stability. In a speech at the Rotary International...
Reflexology Was Her Key to Success
To address the constant demand for more jobs in the country, the government has, as part of its strategy, continuously pushed for a business climate that would encourage more investments, both foreign and local. This is in line with the conventional...
Remembering His Holiness, Pope John Paul II
WHEN Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, the outpouring of love and sympathy was overwhelming. Ordinary people and world leaders from various faith traditions were united in saying that in his time and with the strength of his position and conviction,...
Rosales Offers Thanksgiving Mass at Manila Cathedral
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO A thanksgiving mass was held yesterday at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros for the elevation of Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales to cardinal. In attendance at the mass were President Arroyo, Vice-President Noli...
The Coming of Jesusa[euro][TM] Hour; John 12:20-33
SOME Greeks... who had come up to worship at the [Passover] feast ...came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, "Sir, we would like to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus...
The New Graduates
Byline: Edgardo J. Angara WITH almost 450,000 young Filipinos graduating this year, what is the future of new college graduates in the job market? Itas unfortunate a majority of our graduates believe thereas little hope for landing a good job...
Two Faces of Culture and Development
Byline: Gelia T. Castillo, Ph.D. National Academy of Science and Technology WE can look at culture and development in two ways: Cultural foundation of development, and building new cultural capital for the 21st century. Our development experiences...
WB Plans to Resume Program Lending to RP
Byline: ROSEMARIE FRANCISCO The World Bank said plans to resume program loans to the Philippines, mostly aimed at funding reforms in specific sectors, due to Manilaas improved fiscal position. "The World Bank is considering making use again of...
Why Do Penance for Sins?
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D A STORY is told about a priest who was walking alone in a notorious area in New York, USA, when suddenly a burly guy sidled beside him and poked a knife at his ribs. "Common, gimme your wallet," he growled. "Son,...