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 18, 2009

2GO Recognizes Diploma for Post Graduates in Supply Chain Management
2GO, with its continuous efforts to professionalize the supply chain industry, recently recognized first of its 12 post-graduate students who have completed the Diploma in Supply Chain Management Course in the Technological Institute of the Philippines’...
5,317 'Green Workers' Hired in Southern Mindanao
Butuan City – At least 5, 317 “green workers” received job employment in line with President Arroyo’s Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) in Southern Mindanao.The Department of Environment...
6 Jackson CDs Swell UK Chart
From five last week, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson now has six CDs in the UK Top 10 chart with “The Motown Years” and “Thriller 25th Anniversary Edition” entering at numbers five and nine, respectively.Further,...
A Long Time Ago in a Far Away Country
Several times I have had the experience of travelling across the world from England in the winter to Singapore in the perpetual summer. Of course there are many contrasts between the two places, but the big surprise is about temperature. As you travel...
An Ode to Adventure
Touted as Bohol’s newest adventure mecca, the Danao Adventure Park is the latest of Bohol’s eco-tourism destinations that present diverse activities and exhilarating experiences to nature lovers and extreme adventure enthusiasts....
Army Men Urged to Be Role Models
Philippine Army commanding general, Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit has told all company commanders of the Army unit to be good personal managers by taking care of their men and listening to them, initiating morale and welfare activities, motivating and inspiring...
BoC Official: Police Posts in Sorry State
Bureau of Customs (BoC) Deputy Commissioner Horacio Suansing Jr. has started his inspection of police stations in the country's ports nationwide saying most of them need repairs and that the police are experiencing a shortage of personnel and firearms.Returning...
Boy's Struggles Are Part of What He Is Today
If there is one advice that "Laki Sa Gatas" nutrition education program advocate Boy Abunda would give to school children who dream of gaining the level of success that personalities like him enjoy, it is to be realistic with what they have and work...
Caution vs Flu Urged for High-Risk Individuals
Amid the reported fourth Influenza A(H1N1) fatality in the country, the Department of Health (DoH) headed by Secretary Francisco Duque, reiterated Saturday to individuals with pre-existing conditions to be vigilant and take extra precautions to avoid...
Cory Offers Suffering for Nation's Healing
Former President Corazon Aquino is fighting for her life. And she is not suffering from cancer alone but from social cancer – the moral cancer, and political cancer of society today.These were the words of Fr. Yulito Q. Ignacio during the...
DAR Prepares Plan for CARP Extension
Cebu City – In line with the implementation of the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), the Region 7 office here of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR 7) is set to prepare and review its planning assessment in...
Deal to Resume GRP-NDF Talks Hailed
The recent announcements made by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) that the formal peace talks will resume next month was welcomed Saturday by the Philippine Ecumenical...
Demand for Oregano Tea Gaining
The Philippine government has tapped oregano leaves as alternative in making tea, following the increase in demand for tea from tea-consuming countries such as China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the...
Discover Hidden Travel Spots on Bike
Modern day travelers have come a long way – literally. Before, tourists are packed in one bus and follow a pre-arranged itinerary in one whole day. Pre-set stops and schedules rule out chances for more interaction with the locals and other...
Displaced Pampanga OFWs Get R5-M 'Soft Loans' from OWWA
San Fernando City, Pampanga — The Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA) has provided “soft loans” for livelihood programs of displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Pampanga, it was announced.Pampanga...
DoT Intensifies Tourism Marketing Efforts
Promising an even bigger and better event this year, Department of Tourism (DoT) Secretary Ace Durano has again raised the bar by targeting over 200 Buyers for the Philippine Travel Exchange (Phitex) slated for 2-3 September 2009 at the SMX Convention...
Dream Supreme Should Make It Again
The third leg of this year’s local Triple Crown series fires off Saturday at the San Lazaro Leisure Park with prizes totaling P3.1 million being disputed by 12 talented three-year-old thoroughbreds. Sadly, there will be no Triple Crown champion...
Electronic Timing Chip Technology Debuts at Ayala-Organized Charity Run Event
In its very first foray into organizing a running event, Globe Telecoms has partnered with Ayala Land in mounting “Run For Home: Globe-Ayala Land City Run for Habitat for Humanity,” which kicks off Sunday at the Bonifacio Global...
Farmers Warned on Peddled Inputs
La Trinidad, Benguet — The provincial government and a group of legitimate farm supply dealers warned vegetable farmers in this province not to buy farm inputs being peddled by individuals at the trading post here because these are mostly...
Finally, la Divas Inks Recording Deal
Sacrificing their respective individual recording careers a year ago to form the all-female singing group La Divas, Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia, are now slowly reaping the fruits of their hard work starting with – an...
Following My 'Father's' Footsteps
Days before leaving for Israel on the invitation of the Department of Tourism (DoT) primarily for the inauguration of the Open Doors monument, I went to visit my father whom I don’t really get to see and talk to every so often.Ever since...
For Chef Rosebud, Quick Fix Ends in the Kitchen
Ten-minute cooking guru Rosebud Benitez of “Quickfire” may always have a quick fix for televiewers wanting to prepare delicious meals in a short time. But in reality, there were no shortcuts to becoming a chef, a popular TV personality...
Gift of Hearty Laughter
The late US President Abraham Lincoln once said: "With the fearful strain that is upon me day and night, if I did not laugh, I should die. And you need this medicine as much as I do." The occasion was a War Cabinet special meeting in the White House...
GMA Advised to Travel Light
President Arroyo has been urged to cut down the size of her entourage and do away with “junketeers” when she goes to the United States to meet President Barrack Obama at the White House on July 30.Party-list Rep. Joel Villanueva...
GMA Assures Elections
Malacañang on Saturday belittled the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) which showed many Filipinos opposed the plan to change the Constitution as it is being linked to term extension, stressing that the national elections...
GMA Orders Security Measures Following Indonesia Bombings
President Arroyo urged authorities to intensify the country’s security measures following the bombings that hit Indonesia last Friday.Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said that the President directed the Anti-Terrorism Council...
Going Places in Pajamas
Are you having second thoughts about traveling now?Due to influenza AH1N1, some travelers had to postpone their trip or convert their international trips into local travel. People worry about the virus spreading fast with air travel. Meanwhile, a Miami...
Iglesia Ni Cristo Reaches out to the Poor
“We are very thankful that the Iglesia ni Cristo held their outreach program in our area.” Yasser Pangandaman, chairman of Barangay Maharlika, thus remarked at the conclusion of the one-day Lingap sa Mamamayan held last Saturday...
IMAX Arrives at SM North EDSA
SM Cinema offers another breakthrough in movie watching experience. After opening the very first IMAX Theater in the Philippines at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Cinema is once again leading the race towards technological evolution by opening another IMAX...
'Isang' Toll: 3 Dead, 2 Missing
Heavy rains and strong winds from tropical storm “Isang” battered on Saturday six cities and 15 municipalities in five provinces, leaving at least three dead and two missing, and affecting 25,555 families.The Philippine Atmospheric,...
Japan Inc. Back to Basics as US Model Discredited
TOKYO, July 18 (Reuters) – Leaders of Japan Inc. believe they have learnt a lesson from the global economic crisis – namely that the US business model with its eye on short-term gains has failed and it's time to return to longer-term...
Jordan Too Classy for Powerade-RP
Games Today1 p.m. — Kazakhstan vs Iran3 p.m. — Japan vs Lebanon5 p.m. — Taiwan-B vs Korea7 p.m. — RP vs Taiwan-ATAIPEI — The awakening to the truth about international competition couldn’t...
Lolit Solis Fumes, Dares Accusers: 'Make My Day!'
Veteran manager – writer Lolit Solis has cried foul to Katrina Halili’s accusations that she orchestrated the Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili video scandal.“Bakit sinasaksak sakin ang issue? Parang ako na ang nag-video…...
Long Wait over for SMB Coach
If there’s anything that San Miguel Beer learned from the just-ended Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup, coach Siot Tanquingcen said it is the virtue of patience.“When I first started with San Miguel, I know mataas ang expectations.But we’d...
Louis Vuitton Celebrates the Greatest Journey of All
With the latest wave of its Core Values advertising campaign, Louis Vuitton commemorates the 40th anniversary of man’s conquest of the Moon, elevating the theme of travel as a personal journey to a celebration of a voyage of unsurpassed significance...
Mega-Ships Raise Hope for Thai Exports
BANGKOK, July 18 (Reuters) – The world's biggest ships are heading for Thailand for the first time, sent by an Israeli shipping firm and raising hopes of a rebound in Thai exports in the second half of the year, officials and exporters said.A...
Melanie Marquez: Don't Judge Her Now
“I’m contented with my long legged,” “Why I give my calling card? I am not a call girl” and “I won't stoop down to my level.”These are but three of many memorable quotes from the...
Mikey Backs Palace Assurance
Fed up with never-ending speculation about President Arroyo’s supposed plan to stay in power beyond 2010, presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo on Saturday reassured the nation that his mother will...
MILF Pushes for a Peaceful Negotiation with Government
Cagayan de Oro City – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is pushing for a peaceful negotiation with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP), said MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu Saturday.“Our commitment is to resolve...
Military Must Evolve - New Marines Chief
Newly-installed Philippine Marine Corps commandant, Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban has emphasized the need for the military to evolve, and for its men and women to acquire new knowledge and skills and be able to perform non-traditional roles and tasks, for...
Mosley to Pacquiao: "Let's Fight at 140 Lbs"
Shane Mosley has made a very tempting offer to Manny Pacquiao.“I am ready to fight (Pacquiao) at 140 (lbs) now,” Mosley said in a statement released by his publicist Lauren Renschler on Saturday.“There is unfinished business...
Navy Fights Hunger with Garden Project
The Philippine Navy has embarked on a new project dubbed “urban vegetable gardening.’’“From eliminating, we now do growing,” Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo, Navy spokesman, said, as he discussed the Naval...
NEDA Reports Increase of Exports in May
The country has gained US$3.1-billion in May this year from manufacturing, mineral and agricultural exports, according to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).In a report to President Arroyo, NEDA Secretary Ralph Recto said there has...
No Conspiracy to Hide Truth, Says Kho's Lawyer
“There is no conspiracy to hide the truth,” said lawyer Irene Joy Besido-Garcia representing Hayden Kho Jr.The statement was in reaction to accusations by Katrina Halili’s lawyer Raymund Palad of a collusion between Lolit...
Noli Urges Review of Oil Law
Vice President Manuel “Noli” de Castro urged the review of the Oil Industry Deregulation Law amid the squabble among petroleum companies after Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. adopted a hefty price cut for gasoline, diesel and...
No More Time for Cha-Cha - Puno
The controversial Charter change (Cha-cha) being pushed by President Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives is no longer possible as everyone is now getting ready for the May 2010 general elections, Interior and Local Governments...
Ogie Is a Girl Six Times a Week!
Yes, that was what Ogie Alcasid said during the press conference of his and Judy Ann Santos’ forthcoming movie “OMG (Oh My Girl!)” held last Wednesday night at the Valencia office of Regal Films. “I am a girl...
Pantabangan Hydro Capacity Expansion Completed This Year
The Austrian firm contractor of First Gen Hydro is due to complete the refurbishment of Unit 1 of the Pantabangan hydropower plant by December this year, increasing its capacity to 59 megawatts from 50-MW when it was acquired from government.The facility...
Pizza Hut Book It! Program Donates to Kids Foundation
According to the Department of Education, some 21 million public school students around the country went back to their classrooms as schools opened last June 1. Of this figure, 1.06 million are in pre-school, 12.84 million are in elementary, and 5.33...
PNP Backs Move to Register SIM Cards
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will support any move to have all SIM (Subscriber Identity  Module) cards registered, saying it will greatly boost the country’s security measures especially those against terrorism and high-profile...
PNP Heightens Security Nationwide
All the necessary security measures are now in place nationwide to prevent the occurrence of bombing attacks in urban areas particularly in Metro Manila in the wake of the twin blasts that hit two posh hotels in Jakarta on Friday that left at least...
Police Stories Now in the Net
Across the nation, countless uniformed men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) patiently live by the ideals of service, honor, and justice despite the challenges they face everyday in fulfilling their sworn duty to uphold the law and...
Pope Breezes through First Health Scare: A Broken Wrist
AOSTA, Italy, July 17, 2009 (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI, 82, survived his first health scare as pontiff on Friday, breezing through an operation for a broken wrist after suffering a fall while on holiday in northern Italy.   ...
Public One Step Closer to Cheaper Medicines
The public is one step closer towards more affordable medicines after pharmaceutical companies submitted the “voluntary compliance” lists.Presidential deputy spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo Saturday assured the public that the Department...
RP Gains Acclaim from Asia Pacific Media
From family-friendly resorts, specialized spas and wellness centers, scenic and charming resorts, the Philippines ranks as the most-admired destination amongst Asia Pacific travelers. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Cebu Island was cited among Asia’s...
Run for Home
What makes running so important? Aside from the obvious health benefits such as weight loss, improvement of the cardiovascular system, and the fight against aging, running also helps people develop discipline and a sense of purpose. But for Globe and...
SCTEX Extension to Eastern Seaboard Provinces Sought
The government is urged to fast track the planned extension of the SCTEX to the eastern seaboard provinces because the poor road network has kept these parts of the country one of the country’s poorest.This was pushed by Aurora province lone...
Shifting Gears
The minds of great people vary in its uniqueness. Poets, scientists, painters, and even political figures each have their own claim to genius. What ultimately binds all these great men together is their ability to produce change that would leave imprints...
Shoe Industry Protests New DDB Regulations on Rugby
The footwear industry in Marikina is in dire trouble following the ruling made by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) that “rugby,” or contact cement, is now considered a kind of dangerous drugs.Rugby is a synthetic adhesive applied...
Skill as Constant Commodity
A report from the BSP showed that OFW remittances reached a record high of $1.48 billion in May, up by 3.7 percent from March, 2009. This brings the country’s total remittance flows to $6.98 billion for the first five months of the year,...
Stimulus Spending Starts to Boost Consumer Confidence in First Half
Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said there are already signs that stimulus spending in the first six months are "boosting" consumer spending, which should avert fears of negative growth in the next quarters.Commenting on the government’s...
Tamaraws Hand Archers Another Crushing Defeat
Games Today (Philsports Arena)2 p.m. — UE vs NU4 p.m. — Ateneo vs USTTitle-favorite Far Eastern University was ridiculed after its defeat to Ateneo last week but redeemed itself big time on Saturday by scoring a comprehensive 65-51...
Teen Becomes Youngest to Sail World Solo
LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) – A 17-year-old US mariner piloted his battered sailboat into a Southern California harbor on Thursday to complete a grueling 13-month voyage and become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.Sandy-haired...
The Better Half
Dylan Wilk has come a long way from his former life in the United Kingdom. There, he set up and headed a largely-successful company that distributed computer games. He recalls owning very expensive sports cars, and even riding to his office in a helicopter....
The List
Amidst mounting trepidations and the exchange of words between the government drumbeaters and critics on whether the trip of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to Washington is a state visit or merely an official visit, a number of people are jockeying...
The Maritime Industry
Looking at the 1980s, our maritime industry was beset with deep problems – particularly, our inefficient, mostly retirable vessels; alarming accident level; uneven crew competence; and inadequate infrastructures/aids-to-navigation. Given...
Things God Won't Ask
Let me begin by relating this parable about how politicians respect their own kind. One weekend, a doctor, a priest and a politician were out in a fishing boat.* * *Their motor had broken down and one of the oars had drifted off. Just as the doctor...
Tiger Not So Great
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — The obligatory handshakes were over, and there wasn't much left for Tiger Woods to do other than sign his scorecard and tell his pilot to fuel up the Gulfstream.The chef had to be notified, too, because Woods had...
Travel Mart to Showcase Subic Parks
Subic Bay Freeport – “Beyond the usual.”That is the theme of the 20th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM), the country’s largest and longest-running tourism convention.As part of the biggest tourism convention in the...
Travel More, Pollute Less with Aero-Nox
ANGEL THOUGHTS“Forgiveness does not make the other person right.  It sets you free.” -- Steve TamayoFirst, some good news from Dr. F. C. Gapultos, president of the  American chapter foundation  of the ...
USCIS Provides New Guidance for Marriage Cases
Marriage to a US citizen is a well known path to permanent residency (the green card) as long as the marriage is not a sham. The process is relatively quick and even allows immigrants who are in the US and out of status to become permanent residents....
US Looks to Private Sector Investments for Hi-Speed Rail
WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) – The United States expects significant private investment in high-speed rail in coming years with firms from Europe and Asia – where bullet and other trains are prominent – to factor heavily...
Walter Cronkite, Trusted CBS Anchorman, Dies at 92
Walter Cronkite, who pioneered and then mastered the role of television news anchorman with such plain-spoken grace that he was called the most trusted man in America, died Friday at his home in New York. He was 92. The cause was complications of...
Watson Leads, Woods Misses Cut
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Tom Watson will lead the British Open into the weekend while Tiger Woods will be heading home after missing the cut on Friday.The 59-year-old Watson rolled in two impossibly long putts, danced a Scottish jig on...
WB Lauds Plan vs Poverty
The implementation of a poverty alleviation program by the Philippine government has received “overall satisfactory rating” from the World Bank for benefitting 990,597 households or nearly six million individuals in 3,675 barangays...
'Weak' Characters, Strong Plot
A movie with a plot involving terminally ill or sick characters is sure recipe for good drama. That is why when “My Sister’s Keeper” was premiered in Megamall’s Cinema 6 late last month, moviegoers were half-joking...
Yahoo Revels at Pilot Ad Campaign in RP
Unknown to many, the highly visible Project Purple ad campaign being waged by Yahoo in the country is the first of its type that the tech giant has undertaken worldwide.Ironically, despite being known as an Internet search company, Yahoo has employed...