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 April 13, 2008

3,300 Booths Readied for China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning Oct. 22-25
The 5th China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Expo will be held in Nanning, China on Oct. 22-25 with 3,300 international standard booths built for the four exhibition themes-pavilions which are the Pavilion of Commodity Trade, Pavilion...
Adamson Eyes Sweep vs Tams; Lady Stags Collide with Eagles
Adamson goes for a sweep of the first round elims as itplays Far Eastern U even as San Sebastian and Ateneo clash in a duel of the fancied teams in the Shake's V-League Season 5 at The Arena in San Juan City today. The Lady Falcons haven't dropped...
A Five-Star Destination for Pampering and Relaxation; Spa Club Oasis by Suriya Spa, Hyatt Hotel, and Casino Manila
Byline: Lucci Coral Certainty must have been rare because of the unexplained paradise that goes with it. There is no better way to relax than indulging in the feeling of love, ease, and assurance. The world may promise bliss in a lot of complexities,...
A One-of-a-Kind Ride; Thrilling Adventures in CamSur
Byline: Niko Almelor Anticipation flows through your arms as you near the water's edge. It exudes a calm and welcoming presence; it urges you to challenge her. You are handed the line that will be your guide to the course; it tells you to get...
At Home in the Farm
A hacienda in Batangas wants to turn yuppies into farmers. Most people accustomed to living in the big city won't probably like the idea of living in a farm. Think of farm living and a bahay kubo, and a hardworking farmer and his carabao tilling...
Australian Scholarships Open for 150 Asia-Pacific Students
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO BUTUAN CITY - The Australian government will open scholarships to 150 students from across the Asia-Pacific region including the Philippines, it was learned from the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDco). In...
Bush Sets Welcome for Pope; Big Crowd Seen at White House Opening Ceremony
WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush and his wife Laura will go to Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday to welcome Pope Benedict XVI on his arrival for his first visit to the United States since he was elected in 2005. On Wednesday, there will...
Climbing without Fear
Byline: Madelynne Dominguez "Faith can move mountains." This is a famous adage for people who doubted their ability to reach their goal or target, but for me, this proved to be effective when we climbed Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas, last March...
Coke Parades New Import as Tigers Seek 4th Win
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ Coca-Cola's new import, George aGeea Gervin Jr., will make his debut today as the Tigers gun for their fourth straight win as they battle the Air21 Express today in the season-ending Smart-PBA Fiesta Cup at the Araneta Coliseum....
Critic-in-a-Hurry; No Movie for Most Men
Byline: Diego Rosales "No Country for Old Men" Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen; Rating: 9/10 "My mind wanders." Sheriff Ed Tom (played by the incomparable Tommy Lee Jones) says that midway through the Coen Brothers' latest film. Yet, while watching...
Customs Accepts EU's AEO Protocol
Byline: EDU LOPEZ The Philippines is set to adopt the authorized economic operator (AEO) protocol of the European Union in the processing of its exports and imports. John Simon, chief of the Bureau of Customs' (BoC) International Affairs, said...
DENR Concerned about Climate Change in Boracay
BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is studying the effects of climate change in this resort island and how its effects could be averted in order to ensure the sustainability of the tourism industry....
Dinagat Islands Province Now on Worldwide Web
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands Province -- The newly created province of Dinagat Islands in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) and its municipalities is now on world wide web. Dinagat Islands Gov. Geraldine E. Villaroman...
Duran Duran Reminisces about the 80s, Rivalry with Spandau Ballet
Byline: Yugel Losorata Hours before their concert at the Big Dome last Thursday, Duran Duran faces the press and gamely answered questions. Four of the 80s Fab Five namely Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, and the two Taylors, John and Roger were present...
Els Tops List of Masters Casualties
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) -- South African Ernie Els and American Steve Stricker, the world numbers three and four respectively, missed the cut on Friday for the final two rounds of the US Masters. Els, who dumped swing coach David Leadbetter in...
Finance Leaders Plot Move to End Crisis
Byline: MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON (AP) -- The world's top financial officials, shaken by a credit crisis that has roiled markets, are working on regulatory reforms that they hope will restore confidence in the markets. The plan they have under...
Flip-Flop Your Way to the Country's Hottest Beaches
As the sun scorches high, the waters await its patrons. This summer, it is time to explore the Philippine beaches and showcase its beauty to the rest of the world. Relive your favorite summer escapade and join the exciting Flipping for the Beach...
Food Distribution on Today in 80 Centers of 8 Dioceses
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, launches today its"Caritas Manna" food distribution program in 80 accredited "Bigasan sa Parokya" under eight dioceses, Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila...
Fund for Cordillera Projects Okayed; GMA Announces Release of P390 M in Abra Assembly
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE BANGUED, Abra -- President Arroyo announced here last Wednesday the release of P390 million for the implementation of various infrastructure and agriculture projects in an effort to help solve the country's impending food problem....
Gold Exports to Recover with High Prices
Gold is likely to recover as a major Philippine export fuelled by the precious metal's record-breaking prices that now threaten to breach the $ 1,000 mark an ounce. At present prices, mining, even through its most expensive method of underground...
Good Shepherd Sunday
THE fourth Sunday of Easter is called aGood Shepherd Sunday.a The title aShepherda in the Hebrew Bible refers primarily to God who shepherds His people. This is brought out in Psalm 23: aThe Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. Fresh...
Harbour Spanks RP Youth; Toyota Otis Ends Hapee's Winning Run
Byline: REY C. LACHICA Spitfire Jason Castro put on a virtual shooting clinic yesterday as Harbour Centre overpowered Nokia-Philippine Youth team, 103-64, for its 9th straight win in the PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup at The Arena in San Juan. ...
Health and Beauty Tips for Summer Outings and Travel
Byline: Chat Alejandro Summertime is for outings, picnics, beach parties, touring, and traveling. But some people are hesitant because the sun, wind, and other elements can ruin health and beauty. To make your summer outings enjoyable and...
Inactive Room in Heaven
Byline: Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD LET me share the following article from an unknown author and source which conveys a beautiful, timely lesson: * * * aI dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side...
In a Masters Full of Surprises, Immelman Leads
AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) -- Tiger Woods hardly matched the hype again in the second round of the Masters on Friday, and will have to pull off the second-best comeback at Augusta National to start a Grand Slam. The 36-hole leader was Trevor Immelman,...
Kimerald Tandem Is Come-On of 'My Girl'
Byline: Crsipina Martinez-Belen Here's another first from the Kapamilya Network, a localized version of the hit Koreanovela "My Girl." ABS-CBN signed up recently with SBS Korea to make a Philippine version of the drama series. Starring in...
Lea Plans to Raise Her Daughter Here
Byline: Shirley Matias-Pizarro Not only a few have noticed how gracefully Lea Salonga has bloomed all the more since she became a mother. Truly, being a doting mom to her almost two-year-old Nicole becomes her. Lea is unapologetic when she...
Manila Linking Up with Labor Dep't in Pro-Poor Programs
Byline: ROY C. MABASA In a bid to create more opportunities for employment and livelihood for city residents, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has instructed local officials to coordinate with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) in conducting...
MVP Hints at Stepping Down
Byline: TITO TALAO Hailed as the savior of a strife-torn sport upon his ascension to the presidency of BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in February last year, an increasingly piqued Manny V. Pangilinan said Wednesday that he is seriously contemplating...
NFA Assures Solons of Sufficient Rice Supply
ILOILO CITY -- The National Food Authority (NFA) and the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Rice program officials have assured legislators who attended recently a forum with Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap here that there is sufficient rice supply...
Nograles, Mitra Push for Rice Corporate Farming
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles and Palawan Rep. Abraham Mitra, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, said yesterday they are filing two measures aimed at helping the country survive a prolonged rice crisis,...
Ochoa Sustains Run, Keeps 1-Shot Lead
MORELIA, Mexico (AP) -- Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight 7-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead in the Corona Championship on Friday and move a step closer to becoming the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. aIt was...
Opposition to Help Find Ways to Ease Public's Burden
Byline: LEONARD POSTRADO Despite being critical of the government's food-security plan, the United Opposition (UNO) said yesterday it will help the administration in finding solutions to ease the burden of the public caused by the rice crisis. ...
Pacquiao-Diaz Tiff Cast in Stone
Byline: NICK GIONGCO Top Rank boss Bob Arum is just waiting for Saturday night's (Sunday morning in the Philippines) big show in Atlantic City to end before dedicating the next two months drumming up interest for Manny Pacquiao's crack at David...
Palawan Gov't Pushes Project for Jathropa Nursery, Plantation; 115,000-Hectare Land in 11 Towns, Puerto Princesa Eyed for Project
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- The Palawan provincial government is pushing the implementation of a jathropa plantation project in partnership with the Philippine National Oil Co.-Alternative Fuels Corp. (PNOC-AFC) and the Department of Environment and Natural...
Paper Is out, Cell Phones Are In
Byline: Susan Stellin, New York Times News Service First came the kiosk. Continental Airlines began offering it as a check-in option in 1995. It was followed by Web check-in, introduced by Alaska Airlines in 1999. Now, with 80 percent of passengers...
Philippines Exports Malunggay Oil for Biodiesel Feedstock
Byline: MARVYN N. BENANING The Philippines is the world's first exporter of malunggay oil that can be used as biodiesel. Secura International, a 100 percent Filipino biotechnology company, has pioneered the sale of moringa oil, as malunggay oil...
'Ploning' Is Judy Ann's Shot at Iconic Status
Judy Ann Santos has come of age as an actress. At this point in her career, her body of work needs replenishing. Judy Ann knows that she's ready for more mature roles that will put her in the league of Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos. After all, Judy...
Poor Towns Link Up with Donor Agencies
BAGUIO CITY - At least 14 poverty-stricken and conflict-ridden towns and institutions in the Cordillera have established linkage with 16 prospective foreign donor agencies in an effort to ensure continuous implementation of small-scale, poverty-alleviation...
Raptors Eliminate Nets from Playoffs
TORONTO (AP) -- Carlos Delfino scored 24 points, Chris Bosh had 21 and the Toronto Raptors eliminated the New Jersey Nets from NBA playoff contention 113-85 on Friday. Vince Carter had 21 points and Devin Harris added 19 for the Nets, who last missed...
Rediscover Cotabato
Byline: Ayo Grande Gunting Peace, order, and tourism are maintained in this progressive--and the only Tagalog-speaking-- city in Mindanao where visitors can get their fill of natural attractions, arts and crafts, fashion, rich culture, great shopping,...
RP Praised by UN Council for Its Report on Human Rights
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN The government's presentation of the human rights situation in the country was well received by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Malacanang said yesterday. The presentation was made by the Philippine...
Sharapova Books Semis Date with Davenport
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (AFP) -- Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova rallied to defeat Ukranian Alona Bondarenko 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-2 in a Friday quarter-final at the WTA Bausch and Lomb Championship. Top seed Sharapova advanced to a Saturday semifinal...
Solon Seeks Rehabilitation of Banaue Rice Terraces to Ease Perennial Problem
The government should consider the rehabilitation of the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao as one of the long-range solutions to the country's perennial problem on rice, Rep. Annie Rosa L. Susano (Lakas-CMD) said yesterday. Susano, who represents the...
Songkran Festival at Bonifacio High
The Royal Thai Embassy to the Philippines will be hosting a Public Celebration of the Thai New Year Festival, also known as the "Songkran Festival," at the Bonifacio High Street on April 12 and 13 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is open to all members...
Speaker Backs New Wage Rate Adjustments
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles yesterday expressed support for a new adjustment in the minimum wage of private sector workers with rates that would enable both employees and employers cope with the existing economic condition....
The Best Seat in the Plane
Byline: Perry Garfinkel, The New York Times News Service Remember when first-class seats meant the best on the plane? That's not always the case anymore. In the last decade, some airlines began eliminating first class, while keeping the amenities...
The Good Shepherd; John 10:1-10
JESUS said to the Pharisees, aAmen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it...
The Promise of Research
Byline: Edgardo J. Angara RECENTLY, four students from the Manila Science High School won top honors at the SEAMEO Search for Young Scientists (SSYS) in Penang, Malaysia for their groundbreaking study on bacteria that can kill leukemia cells. SSYS...
TRS Launches New Ford Focus Race Car
The Tuason Racing School recently introduced its first diesel-powered Ford Focus race car at the Manila Autoshow at the World Trade Center in Buendia, Pasay City. A first of its kind, the car was conceptualized in line with the collaborated thrust...
Turning Scars into Stars
Byline: Nelly Favis Villafuerte HAVE you heard of the so-called FOF (Fear of Failure) complex? How about the encouraging words of Confucius that, aour greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising everytime we fall?a In our grade school formative...
Update on ASEAN and East Asian Integration; (First of 2 Parts)
Byline: Fidel V. Ramos RELATIVELY unnoticed by the business sector and decision-makers - surely because of the more sensational news on alleged corruption in high places, the rice crisis, the aexecutive privilegea controversy, the dispute over the...
Uzbeks Go Up 2-1 in Davis Cup
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA Denis Istomin and Farukh Dustov played their shots well at the most crucial moments yesterday as they hammered out a 7-6 (10), 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (4) decision over Fil-Americans Cecil Mamiit and Eric Taino to give Uzbekistan...