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 July 11, 2009

250 Rookie Cops, Training Staff Quarantined Due to Flu
CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – The Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera has confirmed reports that 220 newly recruited policemen and some 30 training personnel of the Cordillera Administrative Region Training School (CARTS)...
4 Suspected Kidnappers Killed
Four kidnap suspects were killed before dawn Saturday when they traded shots with policemen manning a checkpoint in Imus, Cavite.Senior Police Officer 2 Roland R. Ramos, Imus police investigation chief, said that the four suspects were aboard a maroon...
Acoustic Act Amara Counterflows in Style
With most of the other girls in the current trend acousticizing some of this decade’s big tracks, a new voice took some steps backward and picked older songs for her debut album “Acoustic Café.” Her voice though...
Admin Party Still Lacks Strong Standard Bearer
In its bid to field a formidable presidential tandem in the 2010 elections, Lakas-Kampi CMD has launched a series of “silent negotiations” to woo Vice President Noli de Castro into joining the party and its nomination process.This...
A Patient's Rights
Friends and colleagues have been asking for my view on a current controversy fuelled by an alleged leak to media of medical information concerning President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.I surmise that my view is being eagerly solicited since I am both a...
A Prayer for a Woman of Zeal and Unwavering Faith in Democracy and God: President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino
After undergoing surgery for her colon cancer, former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino was confined in the hospital recently to seek medical attention for her loss of appetite attributed to the illness that she has courageously battled for over a...
ARMM Leadership Vows Graft-Free Implementation of P1-B Projects
COTABATO CITY – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan vowed to make the regional government graft-free to ensure completion of the P1-billion worth of infrastructure projects in the region.Early this...
Ateneo, British Council Join Hands for Social Entrepreneurship
Who didn’t ever dream of realizing a world where goodness prevails and where poverty, conflict, and afflictions do not exist?The idea has surely come to us, no matter how quixotic it may seem. Yet quixotic or not, the idea leaves a wave of...
Bishop Odchimar Heads CBCP
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has a new president with the election Saturday of Tandag, Surigao de Sur Bishop Nereo Odchimar, the current vice president of the conference.The successor of Jaro, Iloilo Archbishop...
Breath from Hell
“Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is bad – it really is. — Donald Trump (b.1946),American business magnate to Larry King on CNN’s “Larry King Live”That quotation appears...
Cebu Debt-Free, Rolling in Riches
Cebu City – The province of Cebu continues to roll in riches with P20 billion in assets, P1.6 billion in gross income and a financial book that is not tarnished by any debts, said Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia during her State of the Province...
Changing the Way We Use Energy
Recently the US Congress narrowly passed the landmark “American Clean Energy and Security Act.” The bill establishes national limits on greenhouse gases, creates a complex trading system for emission permits, and provides incentives...
Chef Toshi Obigane on 'Secrets of the Masters'
Japanese cuisine has always captured the hearts of Filipinos. That’s why today, “Secrets of the Masters” will bring that authentic Japanese goodness that everyone is looking for through Chef Toshi Obigane!His exhibition...
CIIF-OMG Eyes Tissue Culture to Boost Coconut Production
A coconut replanting technique using the more modern tissue culture that maximizes seedlings production will be pushed for adoption by the Coconut Industry Investment Fund-Oil Mills Group (CIIF-OMG) to help boost the country’s copra output.Since...
CMA CGM, CSAV, China Shipping Merge Services
CMA CGM, CSAV and China Shipping are merging two Asia/Mexico/Caribbean services into one.The new service will replace the joint CMA CGM-China Shipping PEX2 loop, which China Shipping markets as AAE2, and CSAV’s Pacar service.It will have...
Comelec Pays Even If No-Election
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will pay winning poll automation bidder Smartmatic-Total Information Management even if no election is held, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said Saturday.Comelec Law Department head Ferdinand Rafanan...
DBM Disburses P200 M for Export Promo
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released the first P200 million out of the P1 billion export promotions fund to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).PHILEXPORT president Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr., told exporters at a general...
De Castro Urges Voter Education
Vice President Manuel “Noli” de Castro urged the media Sunday to help educate the people on the importance and the actual procedures to be followed during next year’s first automated national and local elections.The appeal...
DepEd-ARMM Gets 3 New Foreign-Funded Facilities
SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao – At least three newly completed foreign-funded projects were turned over to the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM).The projects include a regional teachers’...
Disabled Persons Lament Discrimination
Workers with disabilities are grumbling: There are not many structures for them to move or work independently and they still lack rights.They said their very little access to public transport or shops and the lack of compassion, among others, worsen...
Dolphy Reunites with Mayor Lim
After more than a decade, the King of Comedy and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim finally met once again – the former had been busy with family activities while the latter had been immersed in his hectic schedule as a public servant. It was through...
DoT Promotes Filipino Cuisine in Canadian Travel Expo
The Department of Tourism (DoT) has recently given Canadians a taste of Filipino cuisine in the EAT! Vancouver World Culinary Travel Expo recently held at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver , Canada .DoT’s participation in the annual Canadian...
European Airlines See No Signs of Recovery
PARIS/FRANKFURT, July 11 (Reuters) – Figures from Lufthansa, one of the world's biggest carriers of air freight, a key barometer of world trade, showed the airline slump continuing, while Air France-KLM braced for temporary lay-offs.Continental...
Failed Objectives of RP Expenditures
In all modesty I have served in various capacities in the legislature, Cabinet, GOCs (Government-owned or controlled corporations) and LGUs. As a private citizen I have keenly watched government projects especially its expenditures and the objectives...
Filipinos Win 27 Medals in World Math Contest
Filipino high school students showed their might when they won 27 medals in the 10th InvitationalWorld Youth Mathematics Inter-cities Competition (IWYMIC) in Durban, South Africa, last July 5 to 10.Filipino math wizards who bagged individual bronze...
Folayang Takes on Guamanian
The Colt 45 URCC (Universal Reality Combat Championship) XIV extravaganza aptly dubbed “Aggression” sizzles on July 18 featuring undefeated welterweight champion Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang at the A. Venue...
GMA-7 Launches New Primetime Programs
GMA-7 launched over the weekend before its advertising partners and friends its four newest primetime shows. The trade show was an evening of fun and entertainment as a special tribute of gratitude to the advertisers who have consistently supported...
Happy Drunks
I used to live in a country on the other side of the world—actually it was in Japan in the old days. I always used to say that the Japanese were cheap dates—they had an enzyme deficiency which meant that after a couple of beers...
Happy Together
They say opposites attract. This rings true with the de Albas, the moving force behind the authentic Spanish gastronomic delight that is Alba Restaurante Espanol. Mestizo Miguel is quiet and reticent, while Filipina beauty Cachelle is bubbly and gregarious....
I'm at a Happier Place Today - Sandra Seifert
She was a strong contender for the concluded Bb. Pilipinas 2009 pageant last March only to be disqualified prior to the pageant.Sandra Inez Surravilla Seifert (24, 5’9”, 35-24-35) got disqualified days before the pageant night for...
I-Remit, Jollibee Team Up in Food Delivery Scheme
I-Remit, Inc. (iRemit), the country’s largest non-bank Filipino owned remittance company, has teamed up with Jollibee Foods Corporation so that overseas Filipino workers can send meals to their families and beneficiaries in the Philippines.According...
Israel Today
In spite of repeated persecutions, disasters, ordeals, and sufferings for the past 2,000 years or so, the Jews (also called Hebrews or Israelites) have survived as a distinct people. They’re thriving; they’re prospering; and they’re...
It's the Wild, Wild East!
Where can you go to chill out via a grand polar adventure, shoot the rapids and discover the lushness of the rainforest, shrill to your heart’s delight in a peak that’s called Thrill Mountain, watch a colorful display of jellyfishes...
Jayjay to Miss Game 5
Barangay Ginebra will have to play the crucial Game 5 without Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner Jayjay Helterbrand.Ginebra Jong Uichico disclosed Saturday that Helterbrand is a doubtful starter because he has yet to recover fully well after he pulled...
Judy Ann Is the Best 'Nurse' to Have around - Ryan
An apologetic but revived Ryan Agoncillo spoke with the Manila Bulletin recently. He apologized about the canceled launch of his new team-up with PLDT-MyDSL for the new QIK internet endorsement but was perky enough to have gotten back his healthy self.Thanks...
Kultura Filipino July Shows Set
The Department of Tourism (DoT) is calling on foreign and local culture aficionados to experience Kultura Filipino, which features the Philippines’ traditional songs and dances as presented by the country’s top performing groups. ...
Lagman Sees Passage of RH Bill
The main proponent of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill in the House of Representatives has remained optimistic about the measure’s chances this year despite strong opposition from “pro-life” lawmakers and groups and the...
LG Flagship ARENA Phone Boasts Never Seen before Technologies
“The direct, intuitive and dynamic S-Class UI will be unlike anything that has appeared on a mobile phone before. With rich 3D graphics, touch sensitivity and exciting multi-media capabilities, it will truly make ARENA a fully loaded multi-media...
Marian, Confident of Her Very Own Darna
Once again all eyes are on Marian Rivera as she plays her dream role on television – Darna!Barely a week of taping for her new GMA-7 primetime series, Marian is already compared to all the actresses who have played Darna especially Angel...
Masses Continue for Cory
Close to 500 people from all walks of life braved traffic and strong rains to join the Aquino and Cojuangco families in a healing mass for the cancer-stricken former president Cory Aquino at the Gesu chapel of the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola...
Measures to Protect Local Automotive Industry Pushed
The Board of Investments (BoI) is agreeable to crafting measures to help local auto assemblers cope with the difficult market environment brought about by the global downturn.The agency might invoke the flexibilities provided under the free trade agreements...
Millions Face Hunger from Climate Change
Millions of people in the world face climate-related hunger as seasons shift and change, according to a new report by international non-government aid agency Oxfam International.A report entitled “Suffering the Science — Climate...
Music Channel Pledges to Give Indie OPM Equal Chance
CHanneL [V] Creative Director Jose Javier Reyes promised to give the OPM indie music scene the chance it never had with other music channels.“We will do that by capturing the mindset of the Filipino youth as determined by the youth itself...
NBI Probes Case of Woman in Hospital for Butt Implant Woes
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said it is tracing the whereabouts of a former doctor of the Belo Medical Group (BMG) who reportedly performed hydrogel butt implants on a businesswoman. The woman is now undergoing treatment at the St. Luke’s...
Not Just for Art's Sake
He could have very well turned out to be a doctor, or a man of science. After all, he was a product of the Philippine Science High School, and the government and his parents expected him to be in the field of science.But his love for the arts prevailed,...
Obama Launches Immigration Reform
President Obama made a promise to “pursue genuine solutions day in and day out [including] immigration reform that will secure our borders, and punish employers who exploit immigrant labor; reform that finally brings the 12 million people...
Obama Vows to Cut Abortions
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - President Barack Obama promised Pope Benedict XVI on Friday that he would do everything possible to reduce the number of abortions in the United States, the Vatican said. Obama and Benedict held private talks for about 40 minutes...
Old Sacramento's Enduring Charm
Sacramento, California— If you’ve set foot here in Old Sacramento for the first time, you’ll find yourself transported back in time—back to the days of the Gold Rush where pioneers struck gold and made a fortune.Knowledgeable...
Order to Stop Work on Samar Dams Ignored
The order of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co., Ltd. (HHIC) of South Korea to stop work on two irrigation dam projects in Northern Samar still stands but would likely not be heeded by the...
Pacquiao, Cotto Fight Done Deal
Even though contracts have yet to be signed, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto have agreed in principle to face each other on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.“A (disagreement over) a pound or two will not stop this fight,” Lee...
Palace, VP Laud Signing of Poll Deal
Malacanang commended on Saturday the signing of the R7.2-billion poll automation contract between Smartmatic–Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).“We are very happy about that. As you...
Palawan Subterranean River Makes It to Top 77
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan successfully landed on the top 77 nominees on the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN) international poll.  Organizers of the N7WN reported that the top 77 were chosen out of the 261 contenders,...
Priest Cites Rise in Suicide Incidents
While there's life, there's hope. Father Adrian L. Ranola of Imus Cathedral said this as he called on everyone to shun hopelessness and depression which have ruined the lives of many people.Ranola made the call as he expressed alarm over the rising...
Product Standards Eyed in School Curricula
The Department of Trade and Industry has engaged the Department of Education in the development of new modules of product standards that can be integrated in the school curricula.Trade Secretary Peter B. Favila said this partnership with DepEd is aimed...
Pupil Pays Tribute to Michael Jackson
Sony Music recording artist Pupil paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson by performing “Man In The Mirror” during the band’s fourth anniversary concert at Skydome on July 10.Pupil lead vocalist Ely Buendia and drummer...
Recovery Rate from Flu Is 95%
Almost 3,000 Filipinos have already contracted influenza A(H1N1) but the recovery rate for the disease remains at 95 percent, health officials said.Data from the Department of Health revealed that a total of 2,668 Filipinos have already contracted...
Red-Hot Smart Bombards Market with Unlimited, Lowest Offerings
If the launch of various mobile offerings is a sign that the financial crisis is finally over, then the Philippines has indeed come out of the rut based on the number of activities being conducted by the telco giants.The onset of the third quarter,...
Revisiting Canada
On the invitation of Carl Benito, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Alberta Province and Tony Meloto, Gawad Kalinga (GK) founder, our RPDEV Foundation ventured back to Canada last June 29 to July 5 to do fund-raising events for GK –...
RP, Brazil Ink Agro-Energy Cooperation Pact
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and a Brazil-based agricultural research center have signed an agreement that aims to promote cooperation between the two institutions in the field of agro-energy, which includes joint projects on farm mechanization,...
RP's Best Franchise Companies Honored
The country’s most well-loved brands were honored recently as the Philippine franchising sector feted the best of Philippine franchising at the recently-held 10th Franchise Excellence Awards (FEA) Night at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila....
RP's Oil Prices Third Lowest in the Asia-Pacific Region
Data indicate that pump prices in the Philippines remain the third lowest among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, hence, the Filipino consumers’ discontent may be coming more from their eroding purchasing power.Based on figures culled...
Scary Developments
Are we in or are we out?This question is general but it encompasses all fronts, be it economics, political and emotional angles. On the economic aspect, there are signs of relief from the devastating US-generated economic turbulence are emerging, mirrored...
Seeing Stars in Singapore
Singapore is indeed one of Asia’s fine cities and a favored destination of most travelers from across the globe.  Though small in terms of land area, this island city state offers a distinct world of boundless possibilities and experiences...
Solons Hit Roxas on Medicines Law
Congressmen criticized on Saturday Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas who earlier accused President Arroyo of colliding with multinational pharmaceutical firms in delaying the implementation of the Cheaper Medicines Act.This developed as Press...
Solons Say 25 M Voters Might Not Be Able to Vote in 2010
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) was urged to use the remaining months before the start of the campaign period for the May 2010 elections to act on its problems regarding biometrics which could disenfranchise up to 25 million voters.Sen. Loren...
South Border and True Faith Go Back to Back
For the first time ever, two of the country’s premium bands will go back-to-back in a concert at an exciting new venue in the metro.South Border and True Faith, precursors of today’s local band scene, will perform at the new Skydome...
Storming Heaven for a Miracle
“Life is good when you’re happy and life is better when you make others happy. But life is at its best when God is happy and pleased because of you!”   ---- Heidi KahnThe novena masses for “Tita...
Taguig Cited for Livelihood Programs
The Taguig City government has been cited by the Department of Trade and Industry – National Capital Region (DTI-NCR) for helping promote the agency’s One Town, One Product (OTOP) program in Metro Manila.The city government was...
Take This and That: Ballyhooed Battles in Showbiz
Aside from it being home to the talented and the beautiful, showbiz is a breeding ground for bickering among its denizens.The exchange of conflicting statements between Katrina Halili and Dr. Vicki Belo is a case in point. Another is Richard Gutierrez’s...
The Golden Province
"The misimpression that Lanao is a perilous province to visit is a preposterous calumny.” Thus says Gov. Mamintal “Bombet” Adiong, Jr. of Lanao del Sur as he steers his province and its people towards progress with peace...
The Mission of the Twelve
MARK 6:7-13Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They...
The Wooden Bowl
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.* * *The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s...
UE Routs Archers, 65-46
Games on July 12 (Araneta Coliseum)2 p.m. — UP vs NU4 p.m. — Ateneo vs FEUUniversity of the East made its late athletic director Rolando "Brenn" Perez proud as the Warriors put together a shocking demolition of La Salle, 65-46,...
UN Promises to Help RP despite Blasts
The United Nations (UN) has assured the Philippines of its commitment to assist conflict areas in Mindanao despite a temporary halt in providing aid to the area in the wake of bombings.It would be recalled that the UN has stopped providing aid to Mindanao...
What Makes a Star for Regine Velasquez
With more than two decades in the entertainment business, Regine Velasquez has earned for herself many titles – a Diva, Asia’s Songbird and a Concert Queen among others. But the title that all Filipinos have for her is that Regine...
What's on TV for Asian Kids?
Like many foundations doing work for children, the internationally recognized Prix Jeunesse, is a leanly staffed organization. It is based in Munich and has been doing credible work for decades.Recently, at the Asian Media Summit in Macau, Prix Jeunesse...