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 March 5, 2008

107th Anniversary of the National Library of the Philippines
THE National Library of the Philippines originated from the American Circulating Library of Manila established as a memorial to the American officers and soldiers who lost their lives in the service of their country in the Philippines and as a source...
2 Visayas Teams Join V-League
Byline: FRANCIS SANTIAGO Two powerhouse Visayan teams will add spice in the volleyball wars as the first conference of the 5th Shakey's V-League kicks off on March 30 at The Arena in San Juan City. Champion teams University of San Jose-Recoletos...
Adventure Philippines Blazes Ecotourism, Are You Ready?
Byline: Vincent Lopez You will never learn to love what you have not experienced," says DOT Sec. Joseph "Ace" Durano during a private press conference last Tuesday (Feb 26) ay his office, where Durano was excited to announce the soft launch of Adventure...
Adventure Vacation Hotspot: Cagayan De Oro
Byline: Zoe Gabe One of Mindanao's best-kept secrets, this "City of Golden Friendship" offers the thrill-seekers and nature-lovers their pick of exhilarating activities without the inconvenience of crowds, traffic, and sky-high prices. Go anywhere...
Air21 Import Plays like NBA Star
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ Air21 coach Bo Perasol likens their PBA import Steve Thomas to the current NBA slam dunk champion, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. "He's a small version of Dwight Howard. He can play low and has the ability to knock...
'Amazing Race' Season 3 Is Bigger, More Intense
Byline: LEAH C. SALTERIO Did you know that the popular reality show, "The Amazing Race" was born out of a bet between its creators - couple Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri? Bertram, a veteran TV producer and former TV director at National...
Analysis; Chavez' Saber-Rattling Doesn't Mean War in Andes Yet - Analysts
Byline: FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer BOGOTA, Colombia - Judging by the fever-pitch rhetoric, the Andes region was girding for war on Monday. The leftist presidents of Venezuela and Ecuador recalled ambassadors from Bogota and began moving...
Analysis; US Urging Review of Cuban Sanctions despite Bush Stand
Byline: SUSAN CORNWELL Reuters WASHINGTON - Growing ranks of US politicians, from nearly one-fourth of Congress to a presidential candidate, are urging a review of US policy shunning Cuba, challenging President George W. Bush's view that now is...
Around the Nation
Puno at human rights forum Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno will discuss human rights and the Writ of Habeas Data in a forum on March 12 at 2 p.m. at the Innotech Pearl Hall, Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City. The forum with the theme "Protecting...
Asian Golf Chief Cool on Mega-Tour
GURGAON, India (AFP) -- Asian Tour chief Kyi Hla Han has signalled reluctance to sign up to a regional golf mega-tour, saying current plans were ahard for us to endorse.a Kyi Hla Han said the project to merge the Asian, Australasian and Japanese...
Avecilla Captures Manila-Boracay Race
Jun Avecilla steered Selma Star to first place at the recent Manila-Boracay race IRC B Division. Avecilla beat Martin Tanco's Challenge and Sandoway which was chartered to an all Dutch crew. The race, organized by the Manila Yacht Club and sponsored...
Bacolod City Council Seeks End to Creation of More Cities
Byline: EDITH B. COLMO BACOLOD CITY -- Major resolutions were approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod during their Wednesday session. The resolution expressed support to the call by the League of Cities of the Philippines for a moratorium...
Be Amazed
Byline: Lucci Coral The Tourism Authority of Thailand presents the seven wonders of Amazing Thailand. The breathtaking beauty astonishing culture of Thailand, which has captivated millions of tourists around the world, was presented to travel...
City Mayors Back GMA, Urge Adherence to the Rule of Law
City mayors came in full force yesterday to air their united and solid support for President Arroyo, and asked those demanding her ouster to adhere to the rule of law and the Constitution. Led by League of Cities of the Philippines chairman Mayor...
Communication in Nation-Building
Byline: Florangel Rosario Braid SISTER M. Angelica Leviste, president of Sta. Scholastica described the Award for Outstanding Women in Media and Communication (named after St. Hildegard of Bingen) as fitting because the latter had that daring vision...
Fast Processing of Mining Agreements Urged
BAGUIO CITY -- Government assistance to Filipino investors in the mining industry in the form of faster processing of applications for Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) was sought yesterday by the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI)....
Ford Lets It All out in Rally Mexico
After establishing a strong early season lead in the FIA World Rally Championship on asphalt and snow, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team moves to North America this week for the first of seven consecutive gravel events. Loose surface roads are...
Foreign Chambers Lobby for Tax Perks
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) has lobbied for the retention of income tax holiday incentives to exports, ICT, new service sectors such as medical services and retirement activities. JFC members...
Former Officials Ask President to Show Commitment to Truth
Byline: ANNA LIZA T. VILLAS Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) who served during the past administrations yesterday joined hands in calling on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to lead in showing the government's commitment to the truth and...
From the Backseat; of Used Batteries and E-Jeepneys
Byline: Jesus Erle Sebastian Readers should be noticing by now that we're taking a break from our regular habit of making snide remarks about government officials, traffic authorities, the MMDA, and the misbehaving motorists. Readers should be...
Fuel Economy Starts with the Car; Suzuki Alto
There are a few relatively simple things you can do to improve gas mileage. Applying the right amount of tire pressure is one. Regular check-ups on spark plugs, fuel injections and air filters can also do a lot of help. Another technique that...
Golf Superstars Have Designs on Indian Boom
GURGAON, India (AFP) -- Golf's superstars are heading to India in increasing numbers, but the attraction goes beyond appearance fees and prize money. As some of the game's finest battled it out at last week's Johnnie Walker Classic, top players...
Golf with Suzann Pettersen
Byline: DING MARCELO It's 7 a.m. and Suzann Pettersen, the second best woman golfer in the world, was sipping Coca-Cola from the can, not the Light or the just-launched Zero variety, but the regular kind - calories, sugar and all. So, we thought,...
Harbour Wins 3 Straight
Byline: REY C. LACHICA Jeff Chan made all his three three-point shots in the first half as defending champion Harbour Centre added Bacchus Energy Drink to its growing list of victims with a 90-70 win in the PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup yesterday...
Health; Millions of Cosmetic Procedures Done in US Last Year
Byline: REUTERS NEW YORK - The annual report released Monday by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicates that 11.7 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the US in 2007 at a cost of roughly $ 13.2 billion. The popularity...
Higher Prices Lift RP Import Bill to $ 8 B
The drastic spikes in global oil prices last year were seen as the major triggering factor in the estimated increase in the country's oil import bill last year. Based on calculations of the Department of Energy (DoE), the full-year oil import bill...
It's Still an Interesting World
Byline: Elinando B. Cinco GENOCIDE in Darfur, famine in Ethiopia, ethnic wars in Kenya and Somalia, drought in Australia, suicide bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan, deluge in Bangladesh and flashfloods in the US Pacific Northwest -- all these disasters,...
Jun Polistico Is Back, Has a Series of Shows
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen Balladeer Jun Polistico is set to do a series of shows. This "master of the ballad" from Ormoc City is of course very eager to once more showcase his signature style which has been defined as a cross between Julio...
'Kawawang Truth'
Byline: Joey de Leon Grabe, grabe na 'to! Ilang linggo na tayong nagbabangayan, nagkakahati-hati at nagaawayan nang dahil lamang sa isang kanseladong proyekto. Hanggang ngayon, puro sumbatan at mga tsismis lamang at wala gaanong ebidensyang nailalabas...
Land Rover Unveils the LRX Concept
Land Rover reveals an exciting vision of its future with the LRX concept - a bold evolution of Land Rover design that signals the brand's shift into new areas of the market, while remaining true to its core values. As the company prepares to celebrate...
Law Creating Civil Aviation Authority Signed
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING In the hopes the country's civil aviation system would meet world standards, President Arroyo yesterday signed into law Republic Act 9497 which creates a fiscally autonomous Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines...
Lozada, a True Icon?
Byline: Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD I WISH those admirers and supporters of Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada would stop parading and bringing him around as though he was a sterling hero in shining armor or a canonized saint. He's not exactly an icon of morality...
Mandatory Cleaning Urged in Region 7 to Curb Dengue; All-Out Community Support Needed to Make Drive Successful
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY -- The Department of Health (DoH) has urged local officials in Central Visayas to enact the needed local ordinances that would require mandatory cleaning of residential areas and surroundings to destroy potential...
Mercedes-Benz Shuttle Coaches Inside Bonifacio Global City
Byline: Mae Lorraine S. Rafols At Bonifacio Global City, going around the vast modern community will soon be a luxurious bus experience onboard the Mercedes-Benz O 500 M 1725. The buses are the newest fleet of commuter vehicles that will ply...
National Dynamism
Byline: Manny B. Villar DEMOCRACY will not flourish in a country where the people who live in it choose to be indifferent to the issues and concerns that affect society as a whole. And no nation will endure and prosper unless many sectors in its...
National Treasures in the Land of Extremes and Superlatives; Caraga Pushes Local Tourism
The deepest waters in the country, one of the deepest in the world lies just off its shores. The country's largest freshwater wetland and largest mangrove swamp nestles within its boundaries. It is regarded as the surfing capital of the Philippines....
Nestea Beach Volleyball Tournament; UM-Tagum Beats Champs
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte -- University of Mindanao-Tagum shocked men's reigning titlist Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi, 21-13, 21-18, yesterday at the start of the Mindanao eliminations of the 12th Nestea Beach...
Pacquiao Trainer Wants a Slugfest
Byline: NICK GIONGCO LOS ANGELES -- Trainer Freddie Roach fantasizes about Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez turning into a slugger rather than sticking with being a counter-puncher. Roach told a handful of Manila-based scribes on Monday night...
PCCI Urges More Funding for Power
Byline: EDU LOPEZ The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has proposed a reallocation of the excess government revenues from indigenous energy to the power sector to lower energy costs in the country. PCCI vice president for energy...
Pesticides, Other Contaminants Prevalent in West's National Parks
Byline: Matthew Brown Associated Press Writer BILLINGS, Montana (AP) - Pesticides, heavy metals, and other airborne contaminants are raining down on national parks across the West and Alaska, turning up at sometimes dangerously high levels in lakes,...
Philippine Politics and Kuznets'curve
Byline: Francis N. Tolentino STREET chants grow louder and louder, and more and more groups demand the Chief Executive to come down from the Palace. Rallies, masses, noise barrages, and other similar acts of protest are held here and there. History,...
Piltel Boosts 2007 Net Earnings to P8.7 B as Subscribers Top 10 M
Byline: EMMIE V. ABADILLA With its subscribers growing to over 10 million, the country's third largest cellular operator, Pilipino Telephone Corporation (Piltel) posted a core net income of P8.76 billion in 2007, up 28 percent from P6.85 billion...
Piracy Forces Cordillera Artists to Halt Production; Authorities Can't Do Anything about the Problem, They Complain
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE BAGUIO CITY -- Artists in the Cordillera have stopped production of original compositions due to the rampant piracy which has resulted in bankruptcy among the local producers. Officers of the Cordillera Producers and Artists...
PLDT Posts R36-B Net Profit, Paid P28.2-B Dividends in 2007
Byline: EMMIE V. ABADILLA Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) yesterday announced unaudited consolidated net profit of P36.0 billion for the year 2007, an increase of 2 percent from the P35.1-billion net profit reported last year as...
PNOC-EDC to Bid for Tiwi-MakBan
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Publicly-listed Philippine National Oil Company-Energy Development Corporation (PNOC-EDC) has officially disclosed its intent to bid for the 289-megawatt Tiwi and 458.53-MW Makiling-Banahaw geothermal plants. It was known...
P/$ Rate Closes at P40.67/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P40.67 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P40.75 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P40.678 from P40.662. Total volume amounted to $...
Prospective Bets in ARMM Polls Await Palace Anointment; Row over NBN Deal Causing Apprehension among Leaders
Byline: ALI G. MACABALANG MARAWI CITY -- "Imperial Manila's" political turmoil triggered by the scandal over the aborted NBN deal has caused apprehension among stakeholders in the coming elections in the Autonomous Region in Mindanao (ARMM). ...
Quebec Is Third Canada Province to Invite RP Workers
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI Quebec could be the third Canadian province to welcome skilled Filipino workers after it expressed interest to sign labor agreements with the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. Quebec...
Random Reflections of Boy Abunda
Byline: Shirley Matias-Pizarro The trappings of showbiz have not jaded Boy Abunda. In fact, the celebrated talk show host and talent manager displays no affectations common among showtown denizens. Boy is articulate,sensible, exciting, inventive,...
Rosales, Vidal Explain Reasons for Not Calling for Arroyo's Resignation
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Two high-ranking Catholic Church leaders chose not to join mounting calls for President Arroyo's resignation, saying this is meddling in politics. "I'm after righteousness... I don't meddle in politics. I want morality...
SC Proposes EO 464 Compromise; Senators Have until 5 P.M. Today to Accept SC Proposes Compromise at EO 464 Hearing
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Supreme Court (SC) proposed last night a compromise to settle expeditiously the stalemate in the Senate's investigation into the alleged anomalous $ 329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) project with the ZTE Corp....
Senate, House OK Measure for Entrepreneurs
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN The 24-member Senate ratified last Monday night the bicameral conference committee report on a bill seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) 6977, known as the "Magna Carta for Small Enterprises," that would provide greater...
Space to Feel Good with the Family; Kia Carnival
Byline: Pinky Concha Colmenares, Anjo Perez (photo) The size of the Kia Carnival was the first thing that took my attention. I won't describe that as big, but huge. Even if I had just come from weekends of driving two SUVs, the size of the new...
Sport and Subtlety; BMW 120i
Byline: Inigo S. Roces Believe it or not, my first time was with a BMW 120i. That's what I told my colleagues when we arrived at Batangas Racing Circuit. It was my first time to drive on the race track, and experiencing that with a 120i made...
Survey on GMA Rating Called Unfair; Mindanao Leaders Dispute Findings of Pulse Asia Survey
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO BUTUAN CITY -- Leaders in Mindanao criticized yesterday the results of recent Pulse Asia survey on the allegedly declining rating of President Arroyo's leadership. The leaders of several provinces and cities in Mindanao...
Swiss Team Wins South African A1GP
A1GP Team Switzerland dominated the action in Durban last Sunday to win the incident-packed Feature race, as the tricky turn one claimed numerous victims throughout the 48-lap race. The results move the Swiss team 10 points ahead of France in the...
The Work of the Son
John 5:17-30 JESUS answered [the Jews], "My Father is at work until now, so I am at work." For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the sabbath but He also called God His own father, making Himself equal...
VP Urges Vigilance in Search for Truth
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Vice President Noli L. de Castro yesterday urged the people to be more vigilant in searching for the truth on the $ 329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) project. He also urged government officials believed to...
Which to Reap? the Economic Fruit, or the Whirlwind?
Byline: Fred M. Lobo PHILIPPINE economy can grow by as much as eight percent this year - if only we can cushion ourselves from political turmoil, US recession and rising oil prices. Save the economy, save the country! *** Briefing the influential...
Wide Open Race at Konica Pro-Am
A WIDE open race looms as the Konica Minolta National Pro-Am Championship, offering a record P3 million in total pot money, starts today at The Riviera's Langer course in Silang, Cavite. Except for Raul and Paul Minoza, no clear-cut favorite has...
World No. 2 Suzann Pettersen Says; Being Golf Pro Is Best Job in the World
Byline: REY LACHICA Norwegian Suzann Pettersen said playing golf competitively is the best job in the world because she loves to travel. Fondly called Tutta, Pettersen said golf gives her a different adrenalin rush. "It's the best job in the...
Zubiri Joins CBCP Call for Malacanang to Revoke EO 464
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Administration Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, secretary general of the ruling Lakas-CMD party, threw yesterday his support to the call of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for Malacanang to revoke Executive...