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 22, 2008

$ 1-B Semiconductor Project to Proceed
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga - The $ 1-billion investment here of the world's biggest semi-conductor firm will not be affected by the "economic meltdown" in the United States. Clark Development Corp. (CDC) president/CEO Benigno N. Ricafort said that...
Adamson, San Sebastian Take Semifinals Openers
Adamson University drew another inspired performance from guest player Neriza Bautista and Angela Benting to hack out a 25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23 victory over University of Santo Tomas and move within a win away from clinching its second straight...
Analysis
MANILA -- The mounting threat posed by Somali pirates is causing waves in many seafaring nations, but there has been little effect in the Philippines, which supplies the world up to 40 percent of its sailors. Late last week, Somali pirates seized...
Analysis
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - While the rest of the world was tightening its belt, Dubai threw a $ 20-million party Thursday complete with Hollywood celebrities like Robert DeNiro and a fireworks show that organizers said was visible from outer space....
Around the Nation
Feast Day of St. Cecilia Today is the feast day of St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians and church music. Venerated since the 4th century and considered as one of the most popular martyrs of Christian antiquity, the Italian saint is glorified...
Ayen Probes on Showbiz Then and Now
The colorful but biting world of show business has always been the same then and now. This was what Ayen Munji-Laurel discovered as she prepares for her stage return via the Dulaang UP musical "Atang." "All that glamour and politics are basically...
Bobby T. Yalong Bags HANJ Painting Award
After being unanimously acknowledged as one of the outstanding artists (in the oil and acrylic division) during last year's 54th HANJ's art exhibit "Profiles," artistic director and Global Philippines Magazine editor-in-chief Bobby T. Yalong once again...
Bruising Politics
LOOKING around, it seems things are getting uglier everywhere - in the Senate, the House, and in Malacanang of all places. And many say it's all because of the bruising business of politics. In the House of Representatives, the report is that...
Bush Seeks APEC Support for United Response to Crisis
WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - United States President George W. Bush embarks Friday on most likely his final foreign mission: Bolstering the nose-diving US economy by rallying Asia-Pacific nations behind a united response. He is expected to emerge with...
Cebu Exporters Still Cautious on US Market
CEBU CITY - Although today's peso-dollar exchange rate highly favors the Philippine export industry- trading around the P49 level against the greenback- Cebuano exporters remain cautious of the United States market. "It is still premature for us...
Cebu High-Rise Hotel to Open Amusement Center on Top Floors
CEBU CITY - A Cebu-based property developer is investing on a multi-million peso amusement center being built on top of a hotel tower in this city, where its facilities are described as the first of its kind in the world. J. King and Sons Co. Inc....
Chessers Rebound, Trounce Belgium
DRESDEN, Germany -- The Philippines bounced back from its defeat to Spain by drubbing Belgium, 3.5-.5 to keep its bid alive in the 38th World Chess Olympiad at the International Congress Center here. GM Wesley So, GM Jayson Gonzales and IM John...
Cleaning Lakes, Rivers and Rain Forests
THIS week two agencies - DENR and LLDA (Laguna Lake Development Authority) - argued over power and control of the 92,000-hectare inland sea. LLDA has a lame argument that its charter "gives the agency exclusive control over fishpens" -- to limit,...
Coca-Cola Waylays Purefoods
Sophomore guard Ronjay Buenafe made a grand return, scoring 18 points as Coca-Cola snapped a three-game slide with a 93-72 drubbing of Purefoods in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup last night at the Araneta Coliseum. The 6-foot-1 Buenafe, who was in the...
Farmers' CLOA on Negros Occ. Land Blocked
BACOLOD CITY-- Sixty farmers going after the 155-hectare Hacienda Bacan in Barangay Guintubhan, Isabela, Negros Occidental stumbled on another hindrance to own part of the estate owned by the family of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. Buoyed by the...
Feast of Christ the King
THIS Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. When Jesus was crucified, a wooden sign (caratola) was nailed over his head with the inscription INRI, which means in Latin "Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum." * * * In English, "Jesus of Nazareth...
Forecast
WASHINGTON - Global warming could be a boon to Russia, a European country that could be overrun by organized crime and the US dollar, and the United States itself, could further decline in importance during the next two decades, says a US intelligence...
Gigs to Watch For
The local concert scene will be set on fire as two big foreign groups perform on separate dates and three established local pop acts come together for a one-night engagement.Sepultura to perform at Muziklaban finals Premier metal act Sepultura is...
Global Stocks Rebound as Oil Claws Back from 3-Year Low
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Most Asian and European markets rebounded Friday after sharp declines in recent days as investors scooped up battered financial and technology shares. Major Asian benchmarks opened lower after Wall Street tumbled to multiyear...
Harbour Eyes 4th Win vs BK
It's now the turn of Burger King to test the mettle of the six-peat seeking Harbour Centre as the two fancied teams clash today even as Pharex shoots for its first win in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig. Built...
Higher Cement Prices Won't Hinder Infra
Cement manufacturers said the increase in cement prices will not hinder infrastructure development in the country stressing that the 14.3 percent price hike for the National Capital Region translates to less than three percent only of the total cost...
Indon, SK Netters in ITF Semis
Jessy Rompies of Indonesia and Kang Seo-kyung of South Korea scored impressive wins over their seeded rivals yesterday to barge into the semifinals of the PLDT-Smart ITF Women's Circuit Week 2 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis courts. Banking on her...
Justice on Wheels in Aurora Today
Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno and Justice Consuelo Ynares Santiago will bring to Baler, Aurora province today the Supreme Court's enhanced Justice on Wheels (JOW) project to conduct marathon hearings in a mobile court. The JOW project has caused...
Minoza Blows It on 11th
Frankie Minoza blew what could have been a sparkling round when he made a quadruple bogey on the par 4 11th yesterday in a bizarre turn that dropped him to a tie for 22nd place after two rounds of the $2.5 million Hong Kong Open. Minoza, who was...
Napocor, PSALM Seek Hike in Power Generation Charge
State-run National Power Corp. (NPC) and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) are jointly seeking another R0.4487 per kilowatt hour (kwh) adjustment in NPC's generation charge to represent cost recoveries for fuel and those...
National Day of Lebanon
THE Republic of Lebanon celebrates its National Day today. Lebanon became an independent state in September, 1920, after being part of the Turkish Empire. In a 1943 Covenant, all public positions were divided among various religious communities,...
Nationalist People's Coalition Opposes Constituent Assembly
The 28-member Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) will not join the Charter change train for a Constituent Assembly (Con Ass) that has started to move in the House of Representatives although its leaders declared that a Constitutional Convention (Con...
Newest Cage League Attracts 10 Schools
St. Francis of Assisi College looms as the favorite to reign in the newest regional basketball league in the country - the Universities and Colleges of Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA) - which fires off Nov. 25 at the Makati Coliseum. Having won...
No Call Center Layoffs
A major business process outsourcing (BPO) company will keep more than 800 call center agents in its payroll and would actually hire more personnel despite the global economic slowdown, President Arroyo announced yesterday. The President belied...
OFWs Abandoning Families in Cordillera
BAGUIO CITY -- At least 30 percent of Overseas Filipino Workers from the Cordillera are reportedly abandoning their loved ones, resulting in dysfunctional families in the community, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration here said. But while...
Oscar Feasts on Game Meat for Energy
Oscar De La Hoya has peculiar diet - consisting of deer and kangaroo meat and organic ingredients - specially made for him in the hope getting the needed power to topple Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. "My diet is based on my blood type,...
P700M for MacArthur Park Rehab
TACLOBAN CITY - The rehabilitation and repair of existing facilities of the MacArthur Park Beach Resort Hotel will need at least P700 million in order to upgrade its standards in catering to the needs of its targeted clients. Leyte Governor Carlos...
Philamlife Says It Remains Profitable
The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philamlife), the country's leading life insurer, yesterday said it remains very profitable and continues to generate significant new business despite a difficult business environment. Commenting...
P/$ Rate Closes at P49.82/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P49.82 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P49.999 the previous day. The weighted average rate unchanged to P49.984 from P49.984. Total volume amounted to $ 622.5...
Roach Steps Up Verbal Attack
In the hope of distracting the training and infuriating Oscar De La Hoya further, Freddie Roach, the American trainer of Manny Pacquiao, has renewed his word war with De La Hoya as his much-awaited "Dream Match" with the Filipino ring icon is just...
RP Team Seeks Better Finish in EAGA Sportsfest
Team Philippines, composed of selected athletes from Palawan and Mindanao, tries to improve its third place performance when it sees action in the 6th edition of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Areas (BIMP-EAGA) which opens...
SC Issues Final Ruling That MoA-AD Is Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court (SC) has declared final its ruling that the Memorandum of Agreement on the Ancestral Domain (MoA- AD) of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Tripoli Agreement on Peace of 2001 is...
Senate Bills Define Use of 'Red Cross'
The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) yesterday said they are supporting Senate Bills 2370 and 2458, "The Red Cross and Other Emblems Bill" or "An Act Defining the Use and Protection of the Red Cross, Red Crescent, and Red Crystal Emblems." PNRC...
Sherwin Sozon Lands Role of a Lifetime as Ninoy
How did a manufacturing engineering graduate from De La Salle University end up with a singing career? For Sherwin Sozon, a businessman who runs a number of restaurants in the metropolis, it was all about pursuing his "first love." And that feat...
The Historic Eraserheads Reunion Concert Hits Movie Theaters Beginning Nov. 26
We were there right where it happened, euphoric and expectant all the way, and there is no way we will miss this chance to relive every moment of it.It shall go down local music history as that singular moment where four estranged band members -- Ely...
The Question about the Resurrection
Luke 20:27-40 SOME Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to [Jesus], saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, 'If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife...
The Senate at Centerstage
ALTHOUGH there were persistent rumors about dissatisfaction with Senate President Villar's leadership, we did not expect that the Senate would act so quickly as it did during the Monday "coup." With Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who is allied...
Two Solons Deny Wrongdoing in P728-M Fertilizer Fund Issue
Two members of the House of Representatives denied yesterday before the Office of the Ombudsman that they personally benefitted from the alleged P728-million 2004 fertilizer fund scam. In a separate counteraffidavits submitted to the anti-graft...
UN Imposes Sanctions against Pirates in Somalia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to impose sanctions on pirates, arms smugglers, and perpetrators of instability in Somalia in a fresh attempt to help end lawlessness in the Horn of Africa nation. The council's...