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 November 9, 2007

1,257 Pass Licensure Exam for Electronics Engineers
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced yesterday that 1,257 out of 4,182 passed the Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Electronics Engineering in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao,...
1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Firefight between Barangay Poll Rivals
Byline: Bong Reblando GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Fighting broke out in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat as a former separatist rebel leader clashed with a faction of a village official leaving one person dead and one wounded, authorities said. Mayor Labualas...
4,000 Footballers Join Alaska Cup
Two hundred fifty six football teams of almost 4,000 players, from all over the Philippines as well as Guam, Korea and Japan, will take part in Alaska Cup 2007 one of the country's biggest football event this Nov. 10 and 11 at the Alabang Country Club...
50 Victims of Deadly NPA Purge Believed Buried in 5 Mass Graves
Byline: Bong Reblando STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur -- Philippine authorities are digging out five mass graves in remote village in this town, once the hotbed of Marxist insurgency in the region, in a bid to unearth 50 people killed by communist rebels...
After Katrina, New Orleans Not So Big, Anything but Easy
Byline: Virginie Montet (AFP) NEW ORLEANS (AFP) -- Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, life is far from back to normal in the city that was once a huge tourist draw. But one enterprising resident, Pamela Pipes, is trying...
Alcano, Bata Fall in Upset
No more volcano to monitor, no more legend to emulate. This after defending champion Ronnie "Volcano" Alcano and Efren "Bata" Reyes were unceremoniously booted out of the World Pool Championship late Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum. And...
Are We Serious?
Byline: Hector R.R. Villanueva "Only passions, great passion, can elevate the soul to great things." - DIDEROT The Filipino is renowned for his resilience to crises, for being generous and hospitable to a fault, for being stoical to hardship...
Around the Nation
Performance-based aid for nations stressed Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Chairman Noli de Castro urged foreign donors to consider performance as a basis for extending assistance to the Philippines...
Asian Stocks Tumble in Heavy Sell-Off
TOKYO, Nov. 8 (AFP) -- Asian stocks were pummelled in a heavy selloff on Thursday, following a slump on Wall Street that was triggered by big losses at General Motors, a falling dollar and soaring oil prices, dealers said. Trading screens across...
Authorities Puzzled over Missing Bank Coordinator, Friend
Byline: Nonoy E. Lacson JOLO, Sulu -- The police and military authorities in Sulu continued to search for a Jeddah-based scholarship coordinator and his companion who disappeared Monday in Barangay Upper Kakuyagan, Patikul, Sulu and feared to have...
Ban on Waste Paper Imports Sought
Byline: Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat The local pulp and paper industry has urged government to ban the export of waste paper saying this would further squeeze the supply of their raw recyclable resource material being used by the industry, which is undergoing...
Best College Basketball Teams Collide
Byline: Ed Picson In a perfect world, there would only be one college basketball league where all schools could field their teams. Reality of course is different and hereabouts you have the UAAP, the NCAA, NAASCU, CUSA, CESSAFI, etc ad nauseam....
BeyoncA[c] Concert: What an Experience!
Byline: Walden Sadiri The Fort Open Field, Onifacio Global City - November 7, 2007 - The road to the BeyoncA[c] Experience wasn't easy last Wednesday night especially when you're a journalist meeting your deadlines, and you just left work an hour...
Birth Anniversary of Dona Teodora Alonso
When Dona Teodora Alonso died on August 6, 1911, the nation's highest officials eulogized her as her remains lay in state at the Marble Hall of the Ayuntamiento Building in Manila. Tens of thousands lined the route and accompanied the funeral cortege...
Blast from the Past; the Charmed Life of Olivia Cenizal
Byline: Gypsy Baldovino During the 50s, if Sampaguita Pictures had Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales and LVN Productions had Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa, Premiere Productions' banner stars were Olivia Cenizal and Pempe Padilla. Olivia's contemporaries...
Boracay Is Not Bora
Byline: Jaser A. Marasigan Bora Bora island is located northwest of Tahiti -- and it's not the same as our very own Boracay. "What's one more syllable to pronounce?" says island business group, Boracay Chamber of Commerce (BCCI), on the use of...
Celtics' Big 3 Score 71 Pts
BOSTON (AFP) -- Boston's new big three, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, combined for 71 points as the Celtic hammmered Denver 119-93 Wednesday at the Garden arena. Pierce had 26 points, Garnett scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds...
Cleansing of the Temple; John 2:13-22
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the moneychangers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area,...
DepEd Vows Help for Girl Suicide's Kin
Byline: Shianee R. Mamanglu The Department of Education (DepEd) said yesterday that it will extend assistance to the family of Grade 6 pupil Mariannet Amper, who reportedly committed suicide due to extreme poverty recently. Education Undersecretary...
DND to Review Military's Rules of Engagement
Byline: Rio Rose Ribaya The Department of National Defense (DND) is poised to review the military's rules of engagement in a bid to remove the stigma that the military is the top institution that violates human rights in the country. At the 57th...
DTI Says RP to Benefit from JPEPA
Byline: Hannah L. Torregoza The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said yesterday that the Philippines will benefit from the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). During the sixth public hearing conducted by the Senate...
Duty-Free Goes First Class
Byline: Audrey Stuart CANNES, France (AFP) -- From matching diamond-encrusted mother-and-daughter gold chokers to the latest must-have bags and glasses or a handcrafted humidor, duty-free goods are increasingly going first-class. "We are an industry...
Dy Overcomes Foe and Injury
Byline: Francis Santiago Defending Champion Denise Dy bucked a hamstring injury to send sixth seed Aileen Rogan out of the 26th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open tennis championships yesterday at the PCA indoor shellcourts. Dy, who...
Enjoy the 'Luxury of Time' with HSBC
Would you rather have the luxury of time or a luxury timepiece? You'll probably get different answers from different people. But why settle for one when you can have both? HSBC Premier recently treated its most valued clients to an exclusive preview...
Filipinos Can Change for Better -- Belmonte
Byline: Raul V. Gonzales Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. firmly believes that Filipinos are capable of initiating and accepting positive changes for the good of their own families and the country. Speaking at a meeting of family planning...
'I Am the President!'
Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal The buck stops here! - Harry S. Truman If I remember - with malice towards none - when Mrs. Corazon C. Aquino was asked about what Ninoy would have done, she said that he was dead and she was the president. At the...
Internalize
Byline: Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ Many things we want to do and know how to do and should do, we often do not do or not as well as we would want to have done it... It may be laziness or lack of time or more often because we have not internalized...
Joven B. Pulls off Another Surprise
Byline: Willie B. Caballes, Jake Salvador (Photo) Joven Bustamante proclaimed his readiness to break into the big time yesterday as booted out former champion and Taiwanese prodigy Wu Chia-ching, 10-8, to barge into the Last 16 of the World Pool...
Keeping Philippine Culture Alive in San Francisco
The Palawan Dance Troupe recently regaled residents of the San Francisco Bay Area with a night of native Filipino folk dances and music at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, in a show titled "Sulyap Kalinangan: A Glimpse at Philippine Heritage Dance Presentation."...
Liturgical Welcome Today for Papal Nuncio at Manila Cathedral
Byline: Leslie Ann G. Aquino A liturgical celebration formally welcoming new Papal Nuncio Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams to the country will be held at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. Although Manila Archbishop...
Lufthansa Goes Back to Tradition
Lufthansa recently celebrated the Munich Oktoberfest with the crew garbed in traditional Bavarian dress, serving passengers on flights from Munich to three destinations in Asia, North America and South America. The female flight attendants swapped...
Minoza Shoots 69 as 2 Share HSBC Golf Lead
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Frankie Minoza bogeyed his first hole but finished in a flourish Thursday by firing a three-under-par 69 that kept him among an illustrious list chasing first round leaders Kevin Stadler of the United States and Niclas Fasth...
Mojo:lations; Boracay Conclusion!
Byline: DJ Mojo Jojo It's back to the swing of things. Vacation is over. School and work are among our preoccupations once again. Sad isn't it? Well, in hopes that everyone made the most of the recent holiday break with their friends and family,...
Mother's Death Not Stopping Saguisag from SEAG Bid
Byline: Kristel Satumbaga Grieving over the untimely death of her mother, gymnast Kristine Raissa Saguisag skipped training yesterday, but vowed to return to the gym to prepare for the 24th Southeast Asian Games next month in Thailand. "Magko-compete...
Music Icons Mentor Campus Bands
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen Boracay became the setting of a workshop participated in by the 13 finalists of this year's NescafA[c] Soundskool, the search for the best college bands in the Philippines. Today's most respected band music icons...
NBA Games out of SkyCable Beginning '08
Byline: Tito Talao Solar sports, the local outfit that brings close to 300 NBA games to Metro Manila living rooms via 'Basketball TV' is signing off from SkyCable network by the end of the year and turning up elsewhere. Other than Basketball...
New District for Zamboanga Eyed; Rep. Climaco to File Bill for Creation of 3rd Congressional District
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Rep. Maria Isabelle Climaco will file in the House of Representative a bill that will create another congressional district in Zamboanga. Climaco represents District I in Zamboanga while Rep. Erico Basilio Fabian, who represented...
Next Is Energy Crisis
Byline: Floro Mercene Price of crude oil will go up to $ 100 a barrel in coming weeks. Price of gasoline will rise by P3.15 per liter. We are facing a national crisis, says Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes. Saklolo! *** Prices of daily commodities...
No 'One More Chance' for John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo
Byline: Walden Sadiri John Lloyd Cruz was man enough to admit that he did toy with the idea of "what if he and Bea Alonzo were really in a romantic relationship." He did not specify though when he thought about it, whether Bea was still in her...
North Luzon Solons Air Support for GMA & Noli
Byline: Ben R. Rosario Twenty-two congressmen from Northern Luzon chided yesterday leaders of the opposition and leftist groups for demanding anew the resignation of President Arroyo and Vice President Noli de Castro, saying the call is without...
Pacesetters
Byline: Ethel S. Timbol A swanky marked the birthday of former beauty queen Jean Saburit at Strait's Restaurant at the penthouse of the Philippine Stock Exchange building. The birthday celebrant certainly looked every bit of a beauty queen in...
Pacman Says: If Price Is Right, I'll Fight
Byline: Nick Giongco Manny Pacquiao remains clueless as to who, where and when he is going to fight next although Top Rank chairman Bob Arum has apparently something in mind for the famed Filipino puncher. "I haven't decided on anything yet,"...
PBA Unlikely to Lend Players to SEAG Bid
Philippine Basketball Association officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios yesterday said the pro league is willing to cooperate with and assist in strengthening the national team program, but not on a piece-meal, stop-gap solution arrangement. Short of...
Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary on November 9, 2007
Up to the early 1970s, the country's agricultural sector paid dearly in terms of production due to a void in central planning, coordination, facilities, trained human resources, and the ineffective and negligible use of available research results....
Picatoo, SEAIR Concludes Photo Tilt
Picatoo, Mozcom's online photo developing system, in partnership with South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) will culminate its "Flying Smiles Photo Contest" at the Glorietta 3 Park Tent on Nov. 16. The event will showcase the shortlisted entries, a...
Power. Palace. and a Shot of Beer
Byline: Blooey P. Singson If Britain has its Downing Street, and America its Pennsylvania Avenue, the Philippines has its own stately district right in the heart of Manila -- San Miguel. Home to the Malacanang Palace, dotted with the best-preserved,...
P/$ Rate Closes at P43.305/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed lower at P43.305 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P43.275 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P43.373 from P43.370. Total volume amounted to...
PSC Sports Summit Today
The who's who in Philippine sports development program gather today in a one-day Joint Sports Stakeholders' Summit at the Bayview Park Hotel. Organized by the Philippine Sports Commission, today's affair serves as one big step to further strengthen...
Purefoods Guns for Win No. 6
Byline: Waylon Galvez Already enjoying its best start in franchise history, Purefoods tries to extend its amazing run when it tackles unpredictable Coca-Cola in the PBA Smart-Philippine Cup today at the Ynares Sports Center Antipolo City. The...
Reflections on Modern Spain
By the end of September, 2007, I had resided for three quarters in Spain. During these nine months, I had been exposed to both the strengths and weaknesses of modern Spain. My arrival in Barcelona last December 30, 2006 coincided almost to the minute...
RP Economic Outlook Remains Rosy
Byline: Edu Lopez A top official of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says economic prospects for the Philippines are brighter than they have been for quite some time. Tom Crouch, ADB country director, says the country's macroeconomic fundamentals...
RP Team Can Play
Byline: Rey C. Lachica San Mig Coffee coach Koy Banal described the embattled Philippine team as a sleeping dog. Beau Belga (left) of the HArbour Centre-Philippine Team loses the ball after beingblocked by San Mig Coffee's Neil RanesesBut when...
Saguisag Hurt, Wife Killed in Crash; Speeding Truck Hits Couple's Van at 2 A.M. Yesterday; Doctors Say Human Rights Lawyer 'Responsive'
Byline: Chito A. Chavez, Leonard D. Postrado Former senator Rene Saguisag suffered massive injuries and was in critical but stable condition while his wife was proclaimed dead on arrival at the Ospital ng Makati after a speeding dump truck rammed...
Siam Cement to Invest More in RP
Byline: Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Thailand's industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group (SCG), which owns a local paper mill and tiles manufacturing outfit in the Philippines, mulls increasing its P10-billion investments in the local units as it gears...
SMC Raises US$ 2.9 B from Sale of 2 Australian Companies
Byline: James A. Loyola San Miguel Corp., Southeast Asia's largest food and drinks group, announced yesterday that it sold its two major Australian assets -- a dairy and brewery firm -- for a total of US$ 2.9 billion to fund plans to diversify into...
Smoking & Health Concerns
Byline: Fred M. Lobo Longevity in both political and personal life dominates our national concerns. Yes to longevity. No to stress! *** President Arroyo expresses willingness to hold a summit with three living past presidents and to discuss...
Star-Studded Forever Flawless Launch of Its 17th Branch
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen Forever Flawless launched recently its 17th branch at the Festival Mall in Alabang. The fun-filled event was graced by Forever Flawless endorsers Mark Herras, Yasmien Kurdi and Ms. Lorna Tolentino. Other showbiz...
Suffering Spurred Their Genius
For more than two centuries, it was the world's best-kept secret especially among the arts and cultural communities. It was known only to a handful of persons, mainly their immediate families. The mystery -- artists, novelists, and painters the...
Taipan Lucio Tan Asks Sandigan to Terminate Reception of Evidence in Ill-Gotten Wealth Case
Byline: Edmer F. Panesa In an apparent attempt to block the continued damaging testimony of Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., taipan Lucio Tan yesterday asked the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division to terminate its reception of government...
Thai Bowler Scores 300 in PBAP Meet
Thanuphon Puangmalee shot a perfect score of "300'' on the sixth game of the first squad in the youth division of the 10th PBAP Bevida Storm International Classic. The Thailand youth bowler used a Storm Special Agent in rolling a perfect game en...
The Solemnity of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
Today, we commemorate the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest among the great Basilicas of Rome, the others being St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Mary. The foundation of the Basilica...
US to Give P32 M to Mindanao Trust Fund for Rehab Drive
Byline: Charissa M. Luci Washington will provide $ 750,000 (about P32 million) to the World Bank- administered Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) to assist the Philippine government in its rehabilitation efforts in strife-torn Southern Philippines, the United...