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 October 23, 2007

18 Mindanao Bishops Seek Probe of Contracts
Byline: Leslie Ann G. Aquino A bench of 18 Catholic Bishops from Mindanao have called for an impartial and thorough investigation on the controversial contracts entered by the government. "Gathered in our annual recollection in Surigao, we, the...
2,299 Pass Gov't Exam for Certified Public Accountants
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced yesterday that 2,299 out of 6,213 passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Licensure Examination given by the Board of Accountancy in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao,...
63rd Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary Celebrated
Byline: Jack C. Gadaingan PALO, Leyte - National Defense Under-secretary Ariston V. De Los Reyes, Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho "Icot" L. Petilla, and Palo Mayor Teodoro Sivella led World War II veterans in celebrating the 63rd Leyte Gulf Landings...
Abolishing PAGC
Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal In recommending the abolition of the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission, Ombudsman Mercedes Gutierrez said a presidential creation lacks credibility. Its task is recommendatory and subject to the approval of the President...
Akon Coming to Manila on Nov. 29!
It's confirmed: Grammy nominated superstar Akon is coming for his first-ever concert in Manila on Nov. 29 at the Araneta Coliseum. Dubbed as Akon - Live in Manila, the live musical experience will feature the superstar's chart topping hits including...
Angel Thoughts; "You Are Blessed If. If You Wake Up This Morning with More Health Than Illness, You Are More Blessed Than the Million Who Won't Survive This Week. If You Have Food on Your Table, Clothes on Your Back, a Roof over Your Head, and a Place to Sleep Tonight, You Are Richer Than 75 Percent of This World! You, My Friend, Are Blessed!" Ditas Intengan
Those who are linking the Friday bombing in Makati's Glorietta 2 to the Palace (to create an emergency situation whereby the President can declare a state of emergency ala Marcos) are sick in the head. The gory bombing which left eight dead, more...
Anton Ramos Digs Disco in New Compilation
Byline: Yugel Losorata For a talent whose work is somewhat associated with a particular genre or vibe, going into something uncharted as far as his medium of expression is concerned is something that picks interest. It is argued that one who...
Around the Nation
Villar files bill for women Kris Bayos Senate President Manuel "Manny" B. Villar Jr. has filed Senate Bill (SB) 1712, the Magna Carta of Filipino Women of 2007, which seeks to recognize the role of women in nation-building and ensure the substantive...
Ayala Land, Inc., Denies Any Negligence in Glorietta Security
Byline: Kathleen Anne H. Johnson Ayala Land, Inc., yesterday denied security negligence on its part amid reports that the Glorietta 2 mall explosion last Friday was just an "accident" for lack of evidence pointing to its "real cause." Ayala Land...
BIMP-EAGA Heads Meet in Koronadal City
Byline: BONG REBLANDO KORONADAL CITY -- Foreign delegates from Malaysia, Bruneie and Indonesia have arrived here for the three-day BIMP-EAGA local governments and foreign ministers forum aimed at bolstering the polygon subeconomic region. Governor...
BoC Orders X-Ray Screening of Shipments
Byline: Angie Chui Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales has ordered all port collectors to examine all incoming shipments through the newly installed X-ray machines to prevent the entry of anti-social goods to the country. According to Morales,...
Bulacan Governor Airs His Side on Controversy over 'Cash Gift'
Byline: Freddie C. Velez MALOLOS CITY -- "Nakasuhan na ng bribery si Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio, at baka ako na ang susunod (Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio has already been accused of bribery, and perhaps I could be the next to be charged.") ...
Bunye Named Acting Executive Secretary as Ermita Flies to UN
Byline: David Cagahastian President Arroyo has designated Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye as acting Executive Secretary while Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita is on an official trip to New York to meet with officials of the Office of the United...
Chequered Flag; Ducati Bags Constructors and Team's World Championships in Australia
Byline: edited by Anjo Perez Ducati clinched the MotoGP Constructor's and Team's World Championships last Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix held at the Phillip Island circuit after Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi scored a stunning one-two finish....
Chery QQ3: Small Wonder Takes the Road to Baguio
Byline: Aris R. Ilagan During my childhood days, I remember my neighbors in Manila talking about cars being able to reach the summer capital of Baguio City. The local vehicle market was then dominated by small engine cars, the 1200cc and 1300cc...
Citroen Wins Rallye De France
Citroen had a resounding victory at their home-race last weekend after Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena won the 2007 Tour de Corse aboard their Citroen C4. Their success on home soil was compounded by third place for their Spanish team-mates Dani...
Comelec Assures Availability of Ballots for Oct. 29 Elections
Byline: E. T. Suarez The Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured yesterday the availability in 238,486 precincts of 51,376,318 official ballots and election returns (ERs) when the nation holds on Monday, Oct. 29, the barangay and Sangguniang...
CREBA National Conference Set Oct. 25 in Cebu
Byline: Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. CEBU CITY -- Over 500 delegates nationwide including prominent leaders and government administrators in the housing and real estate industry will gather in Cebu for the three-day Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Associations,...
Define Your Character, Define the Hero in You Tour with Vhong Navarro
Cosmetique Asia, the company behind Silka Papaya Soap and Juicy Cologne, continues the tradition of uplifting the beauty within with the launch of their new premium hairstyling solution - Define Pro Styling Gel. One of the most awarded entrepreneurs...
Dennis Trillo, Pauleen Luna Unmask Their Plans at Masskara Festival
Byline: Walden Sadiri BACOLOD CITY -- Kapuso stars Dennis Trillo and Pauleen Luna have a strong following in this city and this pleasantly surprised them. Security guards of the SM Mall said that fans of Dennis and Pauleen started trooping to...
Driving Development; (Speech Delivered at the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines National Convention on October 4, 2007, Pines View Hotel, Baguio City.)
Byline: Public Works Secretary Hermognes E. Ebdane Jr. Good morning to all the officers and members of the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines. It is my pleasure to be your guest of honor and speaker during this national convention....
Erap Withdraws Court Petition; DoJ Bares Bid for Pardon in Letter to GMA Erap Withdraws Court Petition; DoJ Bares Bid for Pardon
Byline: Edmer F. Panesa and Genalyn D. Kabiling Former President Joseph Estrada withdrew yesterday his motion for reconsideration and waived his right to appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) the Sept. 12 decision of the Sandiganbayan Special Division...
Finally, Our Very Own Oceanarium; Manila Ocean Park Opens in December
Byline: Jaser A. Marasigan The Philippines may be the center of marine diversity in the world, but ironically, the country doesn't have an oceanarium to boast of, like the ones in Hong Kong, Singapore or Japan. "Better late than never," remarked...
Ford Focus TDCi Burden of Proof
Byline: Inigo S. Roces A friend once asked me why some drivers put so many stickers on their cars; each one advertising the presence of a particular performance part. Is it to make known to fellow motorists that the car beside them is far from...
French Hit Reality Show Earns Points for Palawan
Byline: Ivy Lisa F. Mendoza Unknown to many Filipinos, the pristine beauty of Palawan was all the rage in France (and some parts of Belgium) last year when at least nine million people were glued to their seats for 11 weeks to watch the seventh...
From the Backseat; Spreading the Word on Clean Emissions
Byline: Jesus Erle Sebastian, SPMJ Only the smart-aleck can see the irony in a clean air advocacy campaign that is undertaken by an oil company -- a member of the industry seen by chain-carrying tree-huggers globally as among the chief culprits...
Geohazard Map Ready in 2009; as a Tool to Avoid Costly Damage and for Land Acquisition Planning
Byline: Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. CEBU CITY -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. said the country's geohazard map will be available in two years as the National Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program...
Global Economy on the Mend after Turbulence --IMF-WB
Byline: Harry Dunphy WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finance ministers and central bankers agreed at weekend meetings the global economy was on the mend after recent turbulence but they will need to pay close attention to prevent future crises from erupting....
GMA Attends Nat'l Meet on Climate Change in Albay
Byline: Florencio P. Narito LEGAZPI CITY - Although she was invited to be the keynote speaker in the three-day National Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (NCCCA) which opened yesterday at the Albay Astrodome, the President attended the conference...
Go Negosyo Sa CDO
Byline: Cerge M. Remonde Cagayan de Oro City (CDO), the City of Golden Friendship, lived up to its billing as an important stop in the crosscountry "entrepreneurial voyage" of Go Negosyo. We were on the 6th hop of the Go Negosyo Caravan from...
Holy Water? Hand It over! French Airline Security Officials Make Catholic Pilgrims Hand over Holy Water
PARIS (AP) - Even holy water from the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes can't get by airport security officials screening passengers for suspicious liquids. A passenger on a new Vatican-backed charter airline had to hand over a can of water collected...
Hyundai Launches a Luxury Named Azera
Hyundai's flagship model in the passenger car segment is now in the country following its official launch last Monday. The Hyundai Azera was introduced to the market during its launch held at the One, Esplanade in Pasay City. The new Azera boasts...
Japanese Eye Cebu Retirement Hub
Byline: Edu Lopez A group of businessmen and doctors from Tokyo and Kyoto is exploring Cebu to look into the possibility of setting up a partnership with a Philippine hospital for the establishment of a retirement village. The Japanese businessmen...
Kyla Back Sporting a New Look
Kyla, the "Princess of R&B," is back and she's sporting a new look that becomes her. "I got tired of my long hair, and so I had it cut by Pin Antonio of Salon de Manila," Kyla said at the recent press conference (at Discovery Suites) to launch...
Lady Mayor Bares Town's Accomplishments in 100 Days
Byline: Fa Sison Almazan SISON, Pangasinan - Sison Mayor Kimi S. Cojuangco will deliver tomorrow her state-of-the-town address (SOTA) to mark her 100 days in office as chief executive of this progressive town. In an interview, the energetic lady...
Milk Is the New Oil
Byline: Beth Day Romulo Just as we have disbanded the Philippine Dairy Development Foundation, an NGO devoted to the development of a viable dairy industry in the Philippines through aid to small hold dairy farmers, for lack of funds and interest,...
MMDA Given 72-Hour Deadline; to Dump Metro Garbage at New Rodriguez Landfill
Byline: Danny Junco RIZAL PROVINCIAL CAPITOL -- Rizal Gov. Casimiro Ynares III said yesterday the Rizal provincial government has given MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) 72 hours to dump garbage at the newly opened 19-hectare sanitary landfill...
New CORD Officer Named in Northeastern Mindanao
Byline: Mike U. Crismundo BUTUAN CITY -- President Gloria Arroyo has appointed Tourism Secretary Ace Durano as the new Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) for Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region). Durano's appointment as new CORD...
New Rules Breed Hooliganism - Uytengsu
Byline: Waylon Galvez Alaska Milk team owner Wilfred Uytengsu yesterday warned that the new rule changes implemented in the ongoing Smart Philippine Cup could lead to unnecessary injuries and called for an immediate review. Uytengsu said the...
No Conclusive Evidence on Cause of Blast - Razon
Byline: Roy C. Sinfuego, Leonard D. Postrado, and Rio Rose Ribaya Philippine National Police Director General Avelino Razon said yesterday the multi-agency task force investigating last Friday's explosion at the Glorietta mall in Makati City still...
Norwood Debuts Today
PBL fans will have a double treat today. Hapee Toothpaste's Fil-Am Gabe Norwood, the hottest rookie to come out of the draft in years, will make his debut, while the Philippine team shows how far it has improved since its formation last month when...
Palawan Has Asia's Top Beaches, Conde Nast
In addition to underwater rivers and impressive coral formations, the breathtaking sugary beaches, coves and islets of the province of Palawan was voted as the tourist destination with the Best Beaches Overall in Asia by American magazine Conde Nast...
PICC: Ready for the World
Byline: Rachel C. Barawid It is impossible to look back at Philippine history without touching in the glorious past of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), an integral part of the country's development. PICC opened in 1976 as...
Powerhouse Cast, Powerful Drama
Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, and Meryl Streep head an all-star ensemble cast in "Rendition," a compelling thriller from director Gavin Hood (director of the Academy AwardA[R]-winning film, Tsotsi) which takes a provocative look at the complex...
P/$ Rate Closes at P44.115/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P44.115 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P44.24 last Friday. The weighted average rate depreciated to P44.264 from P44.192. Total volume amounted to $ 398.6...
Puno Cites Training Program for Judges in Spain Conference; Quisumbing Is Acting SC Chief Justice
Byline: Rey G. Panaligan Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno underscored yesterday the role of the Philippine Judicial Academy (Philja) in honing the ethics and skills of judges and court personnel during the session of Chief Justices and other participants...
RLC Acquires Five-Hectare Beachfront Lot in Mactan
Byline: James A. Loyola Robinsons Land Corporation has expanded its robust property portfolio with the acquisition of a 5-hectare beachfront property in Mactan, Cebu which it plans to develop into the island's first masterplanned condo-resort community....
Singapore Welcomes Pinoys in Ever Bigger Numbers
These days, Rocson Chang goes to work everyday sporting a perpetual smile. He attends strategic and marketing meeting back in Singapore with a noticeable skip in his every step and a beaming face. And who could blame him? In just over three years,...
Sordid Speculations
Byline: Hern P. Zenarosa Speculations on the explosion that left at least 11 people dead and more than 120 hurt in Makati's financial district late last week have spawned ghoulish surmises - from terrorist attack to destabilization attempt against...
Stay Calm; "Nor Is the People's Judgment Always True; the Most May Err as Grossly as the Few." -- John Dryden
Byline: Hector R.R. Villanueva Stay cool. Don't panic. The paranoia is worse than the actual. While we mourn the deaths of the innocents and commensurate with the injured, brought about by the explosion at the Ayala Mall in Makati City, and similar...
Ten Turning Points
Byline: Gemma Cruz Araneta In the last two Wednesdays of "Krus na Daan," my Monday to Friday radio program at DZRJ, history professor Dr. Jaime Veneracion and I discussed ten "turning points" (bagtasan) of our history. I had already written about...
The French Connection; RP Employs All the Right Moves in Selling Our Destinations to the French Market
Byline: Ivy Lisa F. Mendoza 1988 was a peak year for Philippine inbound travel when tourists from France came in droves, approximately 25,000 on record. But the political situation here had them looking elsewhere in Asia, making the Philippines...
The Juicy Corner
Housemate faces big problem for not telling managers her PBB plan For not telling her two managers that she had plans to join the "Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2," Jennifer de Silva faces big problem. Her managers, Roldan Castro and Boy Christopher,...
Toyota Marks Sales Milestone
Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) marked another milestone with over 500,000 units sold after 19 years of operations. TMP is the first car manufacturer in the Philippine automotive industry to achieve that. "In 1988, Toyota dreamt of...
TransCo Pre-Qualification Reset
Byline: Myrna M. Velasco The prospective bidders in the 25-year concession deal for the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) were issued Bid Notice on Friday (October 19) indicating that the submission of their pre-qualification proposals...
Transsexual's Bid to Change Name Rejected
Byline: Rey G. Panaligan The Supreme Court (SC) has denied for lack of merit and legal basis the petition of a transsexual (a person who underwent a sex reassignment surgery) to change his first name and gender in the entries of the office of civil...
Vigilant and Faithful Servants
Luke 12:35-38 [Jesus said to His disciples,] "Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master...
Volcano Tourism; RP Attempts to Sell Deadly Volcanoes to Tourists
Byline: Cecil Morella, AFP Rickety old jeeps barrel through a dry northern Philippines riverbed, setting off a dust storm that coats the visitors bouncing around on the back seat. The landscape around Mount Pinatubo is evolving again 16 years...
Why RP Is Not Strong; (Editor's Note: RP Has No Urgent Need to Overhaul Its System of Government as Noted by the Author.)
Byline: Romeo V. Pefianco When the country's fundamental law is changed it does not follow that human nature would adjust itself. People and leaders who worship bad faith and greed will not accept conversion into saints overnight. The long...