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 February 8, 2008

118th Birth Anniversary of Claro M. Recto
Born on this day in 1890 in Tiaong, Quezon, Claro Mayo Recto is credited with introducing the concepts of self-reliance and self-help as the solutions to our country's socio-political and economic ills, long before leaders of industrialized nations...
323 Pass Physical and Occupational Therapist Exams
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 323 out of 833 examinees passed the Physical and Occupational Therapist Licensure Examinations given by the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Manila, Baguio, and Cebu this month....
861,434 Families Established Backyard Gardens
Byline: Marvyn N. Benaning The Department of Agriculture (DA) has reported that 861,434 families nationwide were able to establish backyard gardens last year under its Programang Gulayan ng Masa (PGMA) project and boasted the figure represents 101.18...
Analysts See Market Pickup in 2nd Half
Byline: James A. Loyola While analysts are hopeful that the local stock market should pick up in the second half, technical charts indicate further downtrends in the medium term or for the next three to six months. The Philippine Stoch Exchange...
A National Dysfunction
Byline: Ed Picson Like most folks, I have been watching with growing anxiety and trepidation the disturbing events in the national scene in recent days. For most of us who are out of the loop, it is not difficult to develop a feeling of bewilderment...
Another Perpetual Model; 2008 Isuzu Crosswind
Byline: Anjo Perez There is an old saying, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it," meaning that if something is working, continue to use it until proven otherwise. This phrase could very well be Isuzu's formula for success with its Isuzu Crosswind...
Around the Nation
Justice De Castro honored Rey G. Panaligan The University of the Philippines (UP) Class 1972 Foundation Inc. will honor Supreme Court (SC) Justice Teresita J. Leonardo de Castro in a dinner today, Feb. 8, at the Fairways Room of the Manila Golf...
Balikatan War Exercises in Lanao Endorsed, Hit; It Is for the Welfare of the Maranaos, Congressman Says
MARAWI CITY--The Balikatan 2008 exercise in Lanao del Sur is good because it is for the benefit and welfare of the Maranaos, Congressman Abdullah "Bobby" Dimaporo (2nd district, Lanao del Norte) said yesterday. However, 175 Ulamas all over the country...
BCDA Showcases 15 Years of Leadership in Asset Dev't
The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) unwraps today at the Glorietta in Makati City the second of a series of exhibits showcasing its milestone achievements in transforming former military baselands into beehives of trade and commerce...
Behold Pure Talent in Ivy, Nanette Valentine Concert
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen If only for the fun and beautiful music it promises to offer, "Our Hearts Are For You (Kalabaw Lang ang Tumatanda)" topbilled by Nanette Inventor and Ivy Violan is something to look forward to this coming Valentine's...
Behold Pure Talent in Ivy, Nanette Valentine Concert
If only for the fun and beautiful music it promises to offer, "Our Hearts Are For You (Kalabaw Lang ang Tumatanda)" topbilled by Nanette Inventor and Ivy Violan is something to look forward to this coming Valentine's Day. Of course we know of Ms....
Billiards Stars Clarify Pool Boycott Issue
The country's top players, led by former world champions Efren "Bata" Reyes, Alex Pagulayan and Ronnie Alcano, are committed to take part in the 2008 World Pool Championship which the country will be hosting for the third straight year in November....
BMW and Music; Tunes That Push Driving Pleasures
Byline: Aris R. Ilagan Music, they say, is a universal language - a catchy pop jingle, haunting ballad or a classic concert piece creating similar effects on the emotions of listeners regardless of race, age, gender, or lifestyle. For an elegant...
BoC Clark Reports Collection
Byline: Frank B. Olingay CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga -- The Bureau of Customs (BoC) here has not realized its target collection of P750 million in 2007, but the agency's collection was still high as it reached a total amount of P628,754,148.26, it...
Business and Society; Bucking the Trend
Byline: Bernardo Villegas In the last global economic crisis that started in East Asia in 1997, the Philippine economy was the least adversely affected in Southeast Asia. Whereas some of our neighbors like Thailand (where the crisis started),...
Capiz Eyed as Eco-Cultural Tourism Hub
ROXAS CITY -- "I am so delighted that in just few months, our tourism industry had generated interest and enthusiasm of our major stakeholders, especially the business sector." This was announced by Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco Sr. during the provincial...
China Bank Pushes Diversification
Byline: Fil C. Sionil China Banking Corporation (China Bank) will pursue its diversification strategy that would allow it to hit a stride in this severe competitive environment with an end in view of maintaining its foothold in the domestic banking...
Chinese New Year Blessings
Angel Thougths "Life is all about renewals- waking up each day to new beginnings,meeting old friends, but making new discoveries; walking through old roads but feeling renewed; realizing you are a day or year olderbut still feeling young at heart;...
Comelec Operating Normally despite Manpower Lack
Byline: E. T. Suarez The Commission on Elections (Comelec), although manned only by an acting chairman and three commissioners instead of a chairman and six commissioners as provided for in the Constitution, has been performing its normal administrative...
Coup De Grace; "Though I Sit Down Now, the Time Will Come When You Will Hear Me." - Disraeli
Byline: Hector R.R. Villanueva The final thrust of the epee of lightning speed and maximum damage in the ouster of Speaker Jose de Venecia from the Speakership was the coup de grace that was long overdue and forthcoming. In a manner of speaking,...
Crucial Davis Cup Matches Today; Mamiit, Taino Tangle with Japanese Stars
Byline: Willie B. Caballes and Kristel Satumbaga The Philippines hopes to create a big wave in its return to the "Big Leagues" today when Fil-Americans Cecil Mamiit and Eric Taino open the Filipinos' bid in the first round of the Asia-Oceania Zone...
DepEd to Give 1 Kilo of Rice per Day to Grade School Pupils
Byline: Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. CEBU CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) here will start giving out one kilo of rice to elementary pupils in selected schools in the province in a move to keep the student from quitting their studies. Acting...
DOT: Embassies Crucial in Attracting Tourists to RP
Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano recently applauded the Philippine embassies in helping the Department of Tourism encourage tourists and businessmen to visit the country, highlighting their crucial role in building the economy. The statement...
DOT: We Need Upgrade This Year, PTAA: Tourism Gains under Threat
Byline: Rachel C. Barawid The travel sector led by Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano recently appealed to the ATO to immediately resolve the FAA downgrade within the year to avoid adverse effects on the industry. "Definitely, we must get...
DTI Cites Emerging BPO Districts
Byline: Edu Lopez The Philippines has many emerging global sourcing districts for business process outsourcing (BPO) investment. DTI Undersecretary Carissa Cruz-Evangelista, who heads the DTI Regional Operations Group said these regional centers...
Eco-Urban Plan for Subic Freeport Bared
Byline: Jonas Reyes SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) unveiled last Tuesday its long- term goal of establishing in the Subic Bay area a First World eco-urban center that would also boost efforts to develop municipalities...
Foreigners Unloaded RP Stocks Heavily in Last 2 Months of 2007
Byline: James A. Loyola Net foreign buying in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) dropped by 18.9 percent to P55.55 billion last year from P68.49 billion in 2006 due to massive net foreign selling in the last two months of 2007. PSE records show...
Former Belgian PM Confirms Election of JdV as Chairman of Centrist Democrats Int'l Asia-Pacific
Former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, head of the European People's Party, has confirmed the election of five-time Philippine Speaker Jose C. de Venecia Jr. as Chairman of the Centrist Democrats International (CDI) Asia-Pacific. De Venecia...
Friends and Interests in Philippine Politics
Byline: Floro M. Mercene Welcome to the Chinese New Year of the Earth Rat. They have just deposed their Speaker for no earthly reason. *** Joe de Venecia is replaced as Speaker of the House by Rep. Prospero Nograles. Bagong hari, bagong...
From the Backseat; Wanted: Website for Motoring Idiots
Byline: Jesus Erle Sebastian, SPMJ We must admit we don't drive around as much in the metro these days. As much as we try to keep up with the new schemes employed by mayors and barangay captains in their fiefdoms, the uniformed boys and gals...
Fuel Depots Seen to Cut Oil Prices; Baguio Transport Operators Eye Savings of P5 per Liter of Diesel
Byline: Dexter A. See BAGUIO CITY - The establishment of fuel depots in the different parts of the country by the Department of Energy (DoE) will help avert an impending fare increase arising from the unabated oil price hikes. With the depots,...
GB Sampedro Shows the Right Direction
Byline: Walden Sadiri What makes a good director? For GB Sampedro, it's the "synergy of visions" between the director and the artists. From the time a show is conceptualized, GB makes an effort to get to know the hosts or singers. "Pinag-aaralan...
Getting Away from It All; Sumilon Bluewater Was Once Seafarers' Shelter
Our country's thousands of magnificent islands can grant a traveler's wish to bask in the serenity of a divine destination. In the middle of God's different versions of paradise is a resort on an island gifted with rich marine life, picturesque...
Give Chaste Love for Valentines Day
Byline: Bernardo M. Villegas Whether married or single, what a person can give to his or her beloved on Valentines Day is chaste love. Actually, chastity is not a negation. It is an affirmation of love, the strength to reject all impure desires...
Goings on; "There Will Be Blood" Premieres
Oscar Best Picture nominee "There Will Be Blood" will have an invitational premiere at the Gateway Cineplex 10 on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis who has so far won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, New York Film Critics...
High Court Issues Writ of Amparo on Petition Filed by Lozada Brother; Hearing Set at CA
Byline: Rey G. Panaligan The Supreme Court (SC) issued yesterday a Writ of Amparo and asked President Arroyo, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Avelino Razon Jr. to explain the alleged...
House Opposition Cites Productive First 2 Days of Nograles Speakership
Byline: Ben R. Rosario The "productive" first two days of Speaker Prospero C. Nograles at the helm of the House of Representatives received praises from the usually critical minority bloc of the chamber. In a span of 48 hours starting last Tuesday...
How Can Emmy Rossum Go Wrong?
Byline: Yugel Losorata Hollywood actress Emmy Rossum is armed with the right tools to be recognized in the recording scene. After all, if Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Hillary Duff have managed to make it big as singers, why not Rossum...
How Can Emmy Rossum Go Wrong? a[euro]It's Pop Music, but Not Britney Spears Bubblegum Popa[euro]
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA Hollywood actress Emmy Rossum is armed with the right tools to be recognized in the recording scene. After all, if Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Hillary Duff have managed to make it big as singers, why not Rossum...
ILO Warns of Rising Global Unemployment
GENEVA, Feb. 2 (Reuters) -- More people will be out of work in 2008 as a result of global economic cooling, and any major slowdown could cause disruption and further hike unemployment, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said. In a report...
Immigration Sets Up Automated Border Control System
Byline: Jun Ramirez It is now more difficult for undesirable aliens, including foreign terrorists and criminals, to get into the country. Immigration Commissioner Marcelino C. Libanan said yesterday that this is because his bureau has already...
Institutional Message
Byline: Elinando B. Cinco The mid-1950s marked the beginning of an era mainly in the United States and in a few European capitals what marketing professionals and corporate communications practitioners called the Golden Age of Advertising. The...
Isuzu Japan Puts Up Training Center in Manila
Byline: Mae Lorraine S. Rafols Isuzu Motors Limited (Japan) recently donated $ 3 million to Plan International to establish a large-scale auto-mechanic training center for the underprivileged Filipino youth. Through the project, Isuzu Motors...
Locals Hail DMIA as Premier Airport
President Arroyo's marching order to convert the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) into the country's international gateway drew praises from residents and local executives in municipalities around the Clark Freeport. Mabalacat Mayor...
Lozada Testifies Today; GMA Orders Investigation of NBN Deal Palace Orders Probe on New NBN Allegations
Byline: Genalyn D. Kabiling President Arroyo ordered yesterday an investigation into the alleged government kickbacks in the scrapped broadband agreement with a Chinese firm. The President asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) to determine the...
Manalo Grabs Lead in South Golfest
Louise Manalo scored 53 points to grab the lead as Crystal Shin and Eva Minoza failed to sustain their momentum in the second round of the 45th Southern Ladies golf tournament at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Binitin, Murcia, Negros Occidental...
Meralco Reduces Generation Rate in Billings for February
The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced yesterday that its customers will benefit from a 23.29-centavo reduction in the generation component of their electricity bills for February. From the January level of P4.4275 per kilowatthour (kwh), the...
MMDA Hails DoJ Ruling on Collection of Garbage Fees
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently hailed the ruling by Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez which upheld that the municipality of Rodriguez, Rizal does not have the power to collect fees from Metro Manila garbage haulers. In a resolution...
Mobile Maniacs on the Loose
Byline: Candy M. Veneracion Admit it -- mobile phones are the next best thing since the television was invented. Like a respirator, people hold on to this little contraption as if their dear lives depended on it. Ironically, what seemed to...
Mojo:lations
Byline: DJ Mojo Jojo Bamboo, bikes & birthday bites! From one of my fave bands, the latest in modern motorbikes, and some birthday celebrations of note, today's Mojo:lations is a festive smorgasbord of entertainment factoids that are sure...
Mojo:lations; Bamboo, Bikes & Birthday Bites!
Byline: DJ Mojo Jojo From one of my fave bands, the latest in modern motorbikes, and some birthday celebrations of note, today's Mojo:lations is a festive smorgasbord of entertainment factoids that are sure to whet your appetite. Bon appetite! ...
Moving Heaven and Earth for Upgrade
Byline: Rachel C. Barawid "I'm still here..." "... We are now undertaking the necessary measures to rectify deficiencies identified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in its International Aviation Safety Assessment," said Daniel...
NBN Witness Now under Custody of Senate
Byline: Hannah L. Torregoza and Anna Liza T. Villas Philippine Forest Corp. president and chief executive officer Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr., a witness in the hearing on the $ 329-million National Broadband Network controversy, is now in the custody...
Nina Bares Her Heart's Simple Joys at One Esplanade Concert
Byline: Walden Sadiri A big artist like Nina deserves to hold a concert in a venue that will give justice to her voice. Iconic balladeer Basil Valdez was the first performer to perform at One Esplanade. His fans were not disappointed. One Esplanade...
Norwood Vows Different Result
Hapee Toothpaste suffered a monumental collapse in the finals of the last conference but Fil-Am Gabe Norwood believes that there is always a second time. So when the Philippine Basketball League opens shop on Feb. 23, expect the 6-foot-5 Norwood...
PNOC-EDC Boosts Net Profit to P8.65 B in 2007
Byline: Myrna M. Velasco The recently-privatized Philippine National Oil Company-Energy Development Corporation (PNOC-EDC) logged an income jump of P1.85 billion last year to P8.65 billion from P6.8 billion in 2006. In a report submitted to the...
P/$ Rate Closes at P40.62/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P40.62 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P40.70 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P40.737 from P40.687. Total volume amounted to $...
Reform in and by Congress
Byline: Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ There was a lot of talk of reform against corruption and graft in Congress in the ouster of ex Speaker De Venecia. Both sides of the quarrel, and outsiders, and all of us agree that this country would be semi-paradise...
Refueled; (Second of 2 Parts)
Byline: Cerge M. Remonde The road ahead for our Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) program, from what we earlier described as the 9th pit stop of MSME, holds the promise of more roaring successes. The One Town One Product or OTOP project,...
RP's Cement Manufacturers Convert Waste into Fuel and Raw Materials
Byline: Gerry Gorit ILIGAN CITY -- Major cement manufacturers in the country have turned waste into fuel and raw materials in keeping with their social commitment to protect the environment. The launching last week of a manual on the use of alternative...
SEC Junks Imee's Claim on GMA Network
Byline: Ana Marie Macuja The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), through its Corporation Finance Department (CFD), dismissed the petition filed by former Representative Maria Imelda "Imee" Marcos to reject GMA Network Inc.'s registration statement...
Seizing the Opportunity; (Speech Delivered during the Summit Output Presentation to the President at the 2008 Philippine Energy Summit, SMX Convention Center, February 5, 2008.)
Byline: Angelo T. Reyes Secretary of Energy A week ago, hundreds of us gathered in this same venue in search of an answer to the thematic question that was posed by this Summit: With the international price of crude oil hovering at 100 US dollars...
South Africa Sizzles in Sydney
F1 Team South Africa secured its second A1GP race win of the season at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway held last Sunday. With their latest win, team South Africa closes the gap to third-placed Switzerland in the championship standings. The action-packed...
Sta. Lucia, Purefoods Go for It
Byline: Waylon Galvez Sta. Lucia and Purefoods TJ Hotdogs are not exactly the teams everybody wants to be in the finals. But the two teams could end up battling for the coveted PBA Smart-Philippine Cup when they go for the series clinching wins...
Sulu Governor Lauds AFP Investigation on Slay of 8 Civilians
Byline: Ali G. Macabalang COTABATO CITY -- Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan lauded yesterday a probe launched by the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the killing of eight civilians, including three minors, last Feb. 4 in Maimbong, Sulu, saying that a fair...
There's an Innova on Every Lane!
Byline: Pinky Concha Colmenares There's an Innova on every lane! It wasn't my imagination picking up the Innovas as I drove around Metro Manila a few weeks ago. The country's number one best-selling vehicle is the Toyota Innova, topping the list...
Toby's Backs PSA Awards
Toby's Sports, the country's leading sports store, is extending its support to the San Miguel Corporation-Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards (SMC-PSA) Night on Feb. 16 at the SM Mall of Asia. On Tuesday, Toby's Sports joined the...
Tokens of Luck
Just as we deck our homes with trees, wreaths, and ornaments to spread Christmas cheer, those celebrating Chinese New Year similarly decorate their homes. Here are some exciting ways to greet the Year of the Rat: Lanterns and candles -- Glowing...
White Eleanor; '67 Shelby GT500 Replica
Byline: Inigo S. Roces If there's something movies do exceptionally, it's making old things cool again, especially cars. The DeLorean would have been a complete failure if not for the Back to the Future movies. Aston Martin's might have never...
'White Russians' Invade Air Force One
A popular Russian performing group settles on the Air Force One stage tonight. The Dance Wave Dancers is a group of eight attractive men and women who have all dedicated their professional lives in crafty broadway dances. The natives of the Republic...
Zero Slaughter & Stability
Byline: Fred M. Lobo President Arroyo orders the Philippine National Police (PNP) to bring to zero the number of political killings in the country. Yes to a better image, yes to zero negative visibility! *** "Thanks to your investigations...