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 December 24, 2008

3 of 5 See 'Happy' Christmas This Year; Midnight Mass Tonight
With three out of five Filipinos expecting a "happy" Christmas this year, according to a nationwide survey, millions pour into the nation's churches tonight for the Christmas Eve Mass climaxing the nine days of the Simbang Gabi that began December...
87 Clubs to Pick Cycling Officials
Eighty-seven clubs are eligible to participate in the Jan. 16, 2009, elections of the PhilCycling, or the Integrated Cycline Federation of the Philippines at the Amoranto Multi-Purpose Hall in Quezon City. Also, a total of 22 club presidents have...
A Christmas Scent Story
IN mid-1953, a taxi company that one could call by phone to send a unit to his residence or office and drive him to his destination was put into service by a small group of young businessmen from Malabon. It was a novel concept of service that Manilans...
Analysis
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2008 (AFP) -- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledged Monday that the Bush administration fell short of goals it had set for itself but maintained that history would prove it right. In an interview with AFP, the...
Analysis
SAN FRANCISCO -- The season of good cheer is bringing gloom this year even to the perennial bright spot of the US economy -- the high-tech business wonderland of Silicon Valley. Stalwarts like Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices and Cisco are...
Another Senate Witness Surrenders
A Senate witness, who is supposed to be the missing link in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam, surrendered before noon yesterday to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. Jaime "Jimmy" Paule, a businessman who is said to have fronted in the negotiations...
Around the Nation
Meralco ready this Christmas The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) yesterday assured its customers that it is ready to provide 24-hour assistance during the long Christmas break. Meralco Vice President for Corporate Communication Elpi Cuna said,...
Arroyo Appoints 3 New Peace Negotiators
A Cabinet member from Lanao del Norte, an ex-lawmaker from South Cotabato, and a former sectoral representative from Mindanao are the new members of the government panel in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). President...
A Time to Give, a Time to Share
CHRISTMAS is the most cherished of all seasons in the global community of Christians. It's a timeless reminder to all of us that there is no peace without God, that there is no joy without giving something of one's self. Self-giving defines Christmas....
Bad Eating Habits
PEOPLE now lead very hectic lifestyles. Eating, which was once a main priority, has now become a chore that we have to fit into our schedules, or something that we do rather thoughtlessly and carelessly. Simply put, most of us don't pay much attention...
Baguio Trade May Chill Red Bull
Already one of the strongest teams in the ongoing KFC-PBA Philippine Cup, Talk 'N Text is trying to add yet another rising star as the team reportedly is trying to get Red Bull's Cyrus Baguio to add to its star-studded roster. According to a source,...
BoP Likely to End with Surplus of $ 500 M for 2008 - BSP
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) deputy governor Diwa C. Guinigundo said the balance of payments (BoP) position will likely close the year with a lower-than-projected surplus of $ 500 million from $ 8.5 billion in 2007. The previous BoP forecast...
BSP Will Not Tap IMF Facility Again
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said they have no plans of tapping the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as source of backup funds or liquidity. The government can avail or draw down a maximum $ 6.6 billion from...
Christmas Reflections
LAST year I told myself that I would not make much fuss about Christmas. Which means doing away with the Christmas list with names of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues. It also means a stop to the traditional family (extended)...
Consumers from Emerging Markets Hurting
NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (Reuters) - The financial crisis is shattering global confidence, with three quarters of households cutting spending and consumers in emerging countries feeling especially squeezed, a survey showed on Tuesday. While countries like...
Feature
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Once again, there is no room at the inn in Bethlehem. After years of poor bookings in Bethlehem's hotels over Christmas because of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence, the Biblical city is reporting a record number of...
Garci Tapes Probe Illegal Then, but Can Now Be Held - SC
The Supreme Court invalidated yesterday the previous investigations conducted by the Senate on the controversial "Hello Garci" tapes, but ruled that a new inquiry may now be conducted legally with the recent publication of the Senate Rules of Procedure...
Joint RP,US Forces Renovate Dilapidated Schools in Sulu
JOLO, Sulu -- Sulu Vice Gov. Nur-Ana I. Sahidulla led Philippine and United States (US) military officials in turning over the newly renovated classrooms at the Hadji Butu Elementary School and Kasulutan Elementary School in this capital town. Joint...
Luzon Newsbits
Former security agency OIC shot dead NASUGBU, Batangas -- A 55-year-old, former officer-in-charge (OIC) of a security agency was shot dead the other day in this town by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle, police reported. In a report submitted...
Mindanao Newsbits
Low-priced drugs available in Zamboanga hospital ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Health (DoH) has chosen the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) as one of the five hospitals in the entire country as site for its R100 drugs, better known as...
Netter Nixes Vacation for Aussie Glory
Top junior netter Francis Casey Alcantara could not afford to take a break this Yuletide as he gears up for the prestigious Australian Open Junior Championships set January 25 to 31 at the Melbourne Park hardcourts. Jun Toledo, Alcantara's coach...
NG Posts Lower Primary Surplus in Nov
The National Government (NG) posted a primary surplus of P197.9 billion as of end-November, which is 26.1 percent lower year-on-year, the Bureau of the Treasury said. For the month of November alone, the primary surplus amounted to P7.9 billion,...
No Rest for PBA Leader
Alaska Milk will have a long vacation - probably three weeks or more - after clinching the first outright semis berth. But coach Tim Cone is not worried about the long layoff and its possible adverse effect on the players' physical condition and competitive...
NPC Seeks Generation Rate Hikes for All Grids
To bring its rates closer to 'true cost' level, state-run National Power Corporation applied for a P0.7456 per kilowatt hour (kWh) increase in its generation charge for the Luzon grid; and P0.8114 per kWh for the Visayas grid. For Mindanao grid,...
OFWs in 5 Countries Most at Risk of Losing Jobs - POEA
Overseas Filipino workers deployed in at least five countries are the most at risk of losing their jobs due to the prevailing global economic slump, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) yesterday. POEA Administrator...
P2/liter Price Rollback Sought for New Year as Oil Prices Weaken
With oil futures contract costs skidding to as low as $ 33 per barrel, the call for additional P2 per liter rollback in domestic pump prices is already in order for next week before the strike of the New Year as global oil prices continue to weaken....
P48-M Ifugao Health Project Set
LAGAWE, Ifugao -- Ifugao Gov. Teodoro Baguilat Jr. has expressed hope that the implementation of a R48-million health infrastructure project in his province will be started early next year. Baguilat said that the project will further improve the...
P/$ Rate Closes at P47.41/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed lower at P47.41 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P47.31 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P47.485 from P47.202. Total volume amounted to $ 636.73...
Railway System Taking Shape
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) said that the master plan for the Mindanao Railway System (MRS) is taking shape and is now on its advance stage of completing the feasibility studies for the various levels...
RDC Wants to Amend Rules on Natural-Wealth Tax Sharing
BAGUIO CITY -- The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) is seeking immediate amendment to the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9136 or the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001 and Republic Act 7160...
RP Wins 41 Medals in U Games
The Philippines, comprised mostly of athletes from the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), captured 41 medals, including eight gold medals, in the recently-concluded 14th ASEAN University Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ...
San Miguel Close to Buying 50.1% of Petron PNOC Gets P25.7-B Payment from Ashmore
It is highly probable that the Philippine government meets its target to taper off budgetary deficit after Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) received in record time the P25.687 billion payment for its 40 percent equity in Petron Corporation sold...
SC Affirms Ruling Dismissing Petition vs Actor-Politicians
The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed yesterday a trial court ruling that dismissed, on technicality, a petition seeking to bar actors and actresses elected to public office from appearing in movies and television shows during their incumbency. In a decision...
Sulu Posts High Score in Primary Education, Tan Says
PATIKUL, Sulu -- The province of Sulu posted high score in primary education in the implementation of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) assisted Sixth Country Program for Children (CPC-6) based on the latest Sub-Regional Multiple Indicator...
The Canticle of Zechariah
Luke 1:67-79 WHEN Zechariah [John's] father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and brought redemption to His people. He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the...
The Noche Buena Is a Celebration of the Light of Christmas
THE past nine-day Simbang Gabi masses culminate tonight in the Christmas Eve Mass. It is followed by the Noche Buena meal where the whole family gathers in celebration to give gifts to each other and thank God for His deep and mysterious love in the...
To Boost Rice Production Gov't Plans to Impose Tax on Idle Lands
The National Land Use Committee (NLUC), chaired by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), will promote idle land taxation as a long-term measure to address food self-sufficiency in rice. The imposition of idle land tax is mandated...
Top 10 Stories of the Year
Manny Pacquiao ended 2008 on a high note, pounding boxing legend Oscar De la Hoya to submission in what turned out to be the upset of the century. Pacquiao, arguably the greatest Filipino athlete, won two other high-profile bouts before taking on...
UE Eyes Jawo, Caidic, Codinera as Coach
Former PBA greats Robert Jaworski, Allan Caidic and Jerry Codinera - who at one time in their respective era as players helped University of the East win several championships - are in the short list of coaches being eyed to handle the Warriors in...
Vatican Embraces iTunes Prayer Book for Priests
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is endorsing new technology that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an iTunes application...
Who Is Sta. Claus Really?
SOMEBODY once said, "There are four stages in a man's life. First, when he believes in Sta. Claus. Second, when he doesn't believe in Sta. Claus anymore. Third, when he is Sta. Claus. Fourth, when he looks like Sta. Claus." * * * One of the most...