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 October 8, 2009

400,000 Squatters Key to Fixing Philippine Floods
MANILA, October 8, 2009 (AFP) - At least 400,000 squatters blocking key drainage channels of a giant lake on the edge of the Philippine capital need to be uprooted to fix Manila's flooding crisis, a government official said Thursday.The squatters are...
800 Malabon Squatters Now Own Lots They Occupy
Some 800 informal settlers occupying a private lot in Letre, Tonsuya, Malabon City for several years now can own the lot legally after the lot owner and the city government signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Tuesday.Mayor Tito Oreta and Flordeliz...
Angry Outbursts on Twitter Prompt Lengthy Legal Discussions
(NYT) Times are tough for the "tweet before you think" crowd.Courtney Love was sued by a fashion designer after she posted a series of inflammatory tweets, one calling the designer a liar and a thief. A landlord in Chicago sued a tenant for $50,000...
Anne Curtis, Vicki Belo Deny Reconciliation with Exes
Although Anne Curtis and Dra. Vicki Belo were reported to have been seen hanging out with their ex-boyfriends Sam Milby and Dr. Hayden Kho, respectively, the two women belie reconciliation rumors.    "Hindi kami nagkabalikan,”...
Auto Sales Improve 6.9% in September
Automotive sales improved 6.9 percent in September compared to the previous month bringing total sales in the first nine months this year to 93,385 units and boosting hopes the industry would be able to reach its target sales of 125,000 by yearend.A...
BA Cuts 1,000 Jobs, Will Shrink Heathrow Crews
LONDON (AP) — British Airways PLC is shedding 1,000 jobs, putting 3,000 more employees on part-time work and reducing the size of cabin crews at Heathrow in an effort to get the troubled airline's finances back in order, a spokesman said..BA...
Banks with Rediscounting Loans Get 60-Day Reprieve
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is granting a 60-day grace period to all banks with rediscounting loans, part of the package of relief measures given to banks and their clients who were affected by tropical storm “Ondoy.”BSP...
Bautista vs Bautista: 'May the Best Man Win'
“May the best man win” is how balladeer Christian Bautista envisions the scenario in which he will compete with fellow singer Mark Bautista for Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo’s heart.Still, Christian said it’s far...
Bicam OKs Condonation of Penalties on Delinquent SSS Contributions
Congress paved the way for millions of Social Security System (SSS) members to re-avail of their benefits with the SSS after the bicameral conference committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a measure granting a one-time...
Bombers Battle Generals
Games this Friday(The Arena, San Juan City)10 a.m. — CSB vs Mapua (Jrs)11:45 a.m. — Jose Rizal vs EAC (Jrs)2 p.m. — CSB vs Mapua (Srs)4 p.m. — Jose Rizal vs EAC (Srs)Last year’s runner up Jose Rizal...
Brillante Mulls Directing Film on Abu Sayyaf
Critically acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza’s next film will likely be about the Abu Sayyaf.Asked in a recent interview if he plans to go to Mindanao for research on the militant Islamic group, he said, “Baka.”The...
CA Upholds Dismissal of Female Examiner for Graft
The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the January 2006 order of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing a female examiner of the Register of Deeds in Manila for graft.Elizabeth C. Parugrug, a Land Registration Examiner I, was found guilty of demanding...
Caveat Crackpots
Senate Majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri wants to leave GSIS and move to the abandoned Film Center of CCP. Can the Senate get ghost voters?* * *But Senate Minority Leader “Nene” Pimentel objects that the Film Center has cracks...
China Rises amid the Global Economic Crisis
BEIJING (AP) – The auto-parts maker Delphi Corp. is headquartered in Troy, Mich., in the heart of the region that made the United States the car capital of the world. It's a place where the phrase "buy American'' is right at home.Now the...
Chiz Supports 'Bagong Sigla' Concert
Opposition Sen. Francis Escudero joins the country’s top bands in a major fund-raising effort for the benefit of typhoon victims -- the “Bagong Sigla” concert on Oct. 9, simultaneous in Manila, Dagupan, Iloilo, and Davao.Originally...
Christian Bautista Too Busy for Love
Balladeer Christian Bautista doesn’t mind being loveless because it affords him more time to focus on work.Single for quite a while now, Christian shows he is eager to “conquer new roads and discover new horizons” musically...
Crisis Boosts Once-Hated IMF with New Mission
ISTANBUL, Oct. 8 (AFP) – The havoc wrought by the economic crisis has given the IMF a new sense of purpose as the world's emergency lender – and even some of its fiercest critics are starting to mellow.It is a remarkable turnaround...
Critical, Creative and Productive Thinking Skills
While the terminology can vary, it is generally agreed by experts in the Critical Thinking School that there are six core skills that one needs to master.1. INTERPRETATION refers to the ability to understand and clearly and accurately explain the meaning...
Dam Water Inundates 10 Pangasinan Towns
SAN MANUEL, Pangasinan — The 345-megawatt San Roque Dam, designed and built to mitigate flooding in the lowlands, is now instead the cause of flooding in 10 low-lying eastern towns of Pangasinan because of increased excess water released...
DA Working on Bigger Typhoon Aid Packages
On top of short-gestation seeds, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is also looking at other production inputs like fertilizers that it will give for free to thousands of farmers devastated by tropical storm “Ondoy” and typhoon...
DepEd Needs P550 M for School Repair
DAVAO CITY – Department of Education Secretary Jesli Lapus disclosed that the department needs some P550 million for the repair of classrooms and school properties damaged due to tropical storm “Ondoy.”In a press conference...
Designers Think Homeless Have Style? Gee, Thanks
New York—The overused journalistic trope used to be that the zeitgeist whispered and fashion listened. These days no special auditory skills are required to gauge the spirit of the age. Lately the drumbeat of negativity is so loud that designers...
DFA Offers Passport Assistance to 'Ondoy' Victims
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday they will be assisting those who have lost their passports due to the onslaught of tropical storm “Ondoy” by giving free charges on their Affidavit of Loss or Damage, but...
Djokovic Cruises in China, Sharapova Falters
BEIJING, October 7, 2009 (AFP) - Serbian second seed Novak Djokovic cruised into the quarterfinals of the China Open on Wednesday, but Maria Sharapova became the latest upset victim on the women's side of the $6.6-million event.Beyond Sharapova's loss,...
Documents Back Up Pateros' Claim over 7 Makati Villages
The municipality of Pateros presented a historical basis to back up its territorial claim over Makati City’s seven barangays during yesterday’s first council-to-council dialogue aiming to amicably settle the two localities’...
DoH7 Alerted on Signs of 'Flu Outbreak' in Bohol School
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – A team of medical specialists from the Department of Health Regional Office (DoH 7) and the Bohol Provincial Health Office have been sent to Danao town to check on reports of a flu outbreak in an elementary school.Regional...
DoLE to Embrace Proposals of ILO on Workers' Rights
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) vowed Thursday to fully cooperate with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and social partners in upholding the rights and welfare of the Filipino workers.Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito...
Eaglets Capture UAAP Jrs Title
Kiefer Ravena made up for his offensive slump with a key steal in the dying seconds as Ateneo High School stunned La Salle Zobel, 61-56, for its second straight UAAP juniors division crown on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.The son of former pro cager...
E-Reader Sales Soaring but Apple Captures the Buzz
WASHINGTON, October 8, 2009 (AFP) - Sales of electronic book readers are booming, companies are jostling for a share of the fledgling market and Amazon's going global with the Kindle.So why is all the buzz about Apple?Because the California company...
Euro Commission Grants P270 Million to Help Solve RP Killings
Responding to the Philippine government’s request for technical assistance in the area of human rights, the European Commission (EC) has pegged in 3.9 million euros or approximately p270 million to jumpstart a program that will address issues...
Extra Trucks Cut QC Trash Woes
The Quezon City government said on Thursday the additional garbage trucks fielded by the city government have reduced dramatically the volume of uncollected garbage in the city.Despite the efforts of the city government, Quezon City Council Majority...
Firm Opens 'Beer below Zero' Technology to Franchising Overseas
Global Beer Zero Inc., which invented the “beer below zero” technology and is packaging it as a service to restaurants, is now targeting the franchising of its business in 10 countries until next year even as they face a strong...
Flag Fact or Fiction?
Ricardo Nolasco, professor, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UPCIDS) “I completely disagree with the proponents of adding a ninth ray to our flag. This is, like many other measures of government on the Moro question, mere...
Flooded Areas Now Hit by Brownouts
A fire hit one of the power transformers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Barangay Dolores, Taytay, Rizal Wednesday night, resulting in power outages in some parts of the province and Metro Manila, including parts of Pasig...
Getting in on the Northern Luzon Shopping Boom
Ayala Malls recently unveiled the newest and most definitely one of the shiniest gems in its crown of shopping centers. Strategically situated across from the Angeles, Pampanga, exit on the North Luzon Expressway sits the impressively structured Marquee...
Google, Authors to Submit Revised Book Deal Nov 9
NEW YORK, October 7, 2009 (AFP) - Google and US authors and publishers were instructed by a judge Wednesday to submit a renegotiated settlement by November 9, clearing the way for millions of books to be scanned and sold online."I will expect an amended...
House Probe of Corporate Fish Pens in Laguna Lake Pressed
A lawmaker urged Thursday the immediate conduct of a House inquiry on the continued stay of corporate fish pens in the Laguna Lake, saying it has largely contributed to the destructive flooding brought about by Tropical Storm “Ondoy”...
Indonesia Renews Support to Mindanao Peace Talks
Indonesia, through Ambassador Dr. Irzan Tandjung, Thursday renewed its support to the peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).Indonesia was a major player from the Organization...
Ishikawa to Take on Tiger in Presidents Cup Debut
SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2009 (AFP) - Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa will face a daunting Presidents Cup debut on Thursday when he teams with Geoff Ogilvy in foursomes against America's Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.International team captain Greg...
Jay L Dizon: A Very Promising DMV Talent
Trailblazing DMV Entertainment has found another gem of a talent in the person of Jay L Dizon, who makes his presence felt in the production outfit’s forthcoming movie “I Love Dreamguyz.”Needless to say, Jay L is handsome,...
Keeping Memories Perfectly
Photographing images is arguably the most appealing way to preserve a scene that can never be repeated. It somehow boils down, however, to how good that particular situation or panorama is captured.Adventurous Stanley Ong had to realize the effect...
'Kundiman' Is Interim Music for Hale
Although the titles in Hale’s latest album “Kundiman” seem mundane, these songs have interesting melodies and harmonies that suggest an undercurrent of sophistication.       ...
Landslides Isolate Baguio
BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here said landslides in the different roads leading to this mountain resort city have isolated the summer capital from the rest of the Cordillera and...
La Salle Coach Explains V-League Pull Out
De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus on Thursday denied reports that the team made a last-minute withdrawal in the second conference of the sixth Shakey’s V-League, which prompted league officials to ban the Lady Archers from...
Local Natural Fibers Eyed to Revive Textile Industry
Three natural fibers maguey, water hyacinth, and saluyot are now being commercialized through blending with polyesters which can spur a revival of the country’s textile industry that’s been shut down by import liberalization several...
LP Starts Screening Its Senatorial Bets
The leadership of the Liberal Party is now screening at least 20 more “senatoriables” who are being considered for their 12-man “People’s Slate” in the May 2010 elections.This was disclosed by former...
Madonna Wins Damages in UK over Wedding Pics
LONDON (Reuters) – Madonna won substantial damages from a British paper on Tuesday for breaching her privacy and infringement of copyright by publishing “purloined” photos of her 2000 wedding to film director Guy Ritchie....
Manila Bulletin Fund Drive for Tropical Storm Ondoy Victims Now Totals P5,117,841.90
The following is the list of concerned Donors and Amounts received by Manila Bulletin as of October 7, 2009, totalling P111,800.00.The names of concerned Donors and Amounts are as follows:C Y T     &...
Marketing
A few weeks ago the article on management concepts brought in a lead to an on line dictionary of management concepts from Gary Grey and a request for an article on marketing concepts from Rene Padrigon. Marketing is not my field and I wish it were...
Mika Not a 'Sexy Chef' Impostor?
"I feel it backfired on her.”This was the reaction of Mika, “Survivor Philippines: Palau’s” “Sexy Chef,” to the complaint of singer Rachel Alejandro regarding the use of “Sexy Chef”...
Mindjet Boosts Online Collaboration with Catalyst
SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2009 (AFP) - US technology firm Mindjet has unleashed a Catalyst technology platform that "attacks a major problem" in business by helping turn online brainstorming sessions into real-world results.The San Francisco-based...
MMDA to Start Pasig, Taguig Cleanup Operation Next Week
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is moving its cleanup and rehabilitation operation starting next week to the cities of Pasig and Taguig, two of the areas devastated by tropical storm “Ondoy,” saying that floodwaters...
More Aid for Ondoy Victims
KALIBO, AKLAN — Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR) has announced donations to flood victims may still be dropped off at the SEAIR office in Cebu.Additional SEAIR flights have been scheduled to transport donations from Cebu and Caticlan in Aklan...
More Dissatisfied with Mrs. Arroyo
President Arroyo’s net satisfaction rating further dropped to negative (-) 38 from the previous unsatisfactory net rating of -31, the 3rd quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed.The polling firm found that only 23 percent...
MPIC Raises P1.86 B More from Private Placement
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation announced that it has raised an additional P1.86 billion from the sale of its shares through the full exercise of the greenshoe option.In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, MPIC said the greenshoe was...
National Newborn Screening Week
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 540, the first week of October is celebrated as National Newborn Screening Week to draw broader public attention to the crucial role of early detection of inherited diseases in preventing permanent damage to...
Navigation Upgrade Uneven at US Airlines
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (Reuters) — Southwest Airlines is spending $175 million to fit its fleet with advanced navigation equipment aimed at saving time and fuel – an effort stalled at some rivals over money and frustration with US regulators.The...
Needed: Price Control & Rice Importation
The United Nations has appealed to the international community to pledge emergency assistance to the Philippines following massive damage caused by the typhoons.UN will raise $74 million as aid to the Philippines. Thank you.***Price control will remain...
New Disease Threatens $720-M Banana Industry
A new disease threatens to ruin the $720 million Cavendish banana industry in Mindanao.Monitoring of several banana plantations in the Davao Region by a six-member research team based in Los Baños, Laguna has confirmed the presence of the...
Painful Effects on Migrant Families
SAN PABLO CITY, Philippines — Jocelyn Banez doesn't know how to tell her mother that she will not graduate with her class after missing all but nine days last year at a private high school in the Philippines.''I just didn't want to study,''...
Palawan Landslide Buries 6 Alive
Six workers died when they were trapped inside the Taytay Municipal Health Office in Palawan which was gobbled up by shattered concrete blocks and landslide Wednesday noon.The victims were identified as Nimpha Porras, Elmie Doria, Josephine Genanda,...
Patriots Leave for Jakarta ABL Tourney
The Philippine Patriots go to the territory of their long-time rival this Friday as they try to enhance the country’s lofty status in the region in the 1st ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Invitational Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.While...
Philippines Warns of Epidemics amid Flood Victims
MANILA, October 7, 2009 (AFP) - The Philippines warned Wednesday there was a high probability of epidemics among the 340,000 people crowded into poorly equipped makeshift evacuation centres following recent deadly floods.As the government also admitted...
PhilWeb Nets P145 M in Q3, Up 133%
Online technology firm PhilWeb Corporation reported a third-quarter net income of P144.8 million, a 133 percent growth rate from the same period in the previous year while total net income for the first three quarters of 2009 totaled P372.4 million,...
PNOC Plans to Sell Its EC Subsidiary
The Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) is still considering the sale of its oil, gas and renewable energy unit PNOC – Exploration Corporation within the year, if market conditions continue to improve.An official who requested anonymity,...
Police Intensify Security of Business Firms in Metro
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Thursday held a dialogue with security officers and administrators of banks, malls, warehouses, storage plants and factories in Metro Manila to update them on the current peace and order situation and...
QC Cites Key to Ease Floods
Quezon City authorities said proper dissemination of information on the hazards of living near the vicinities declared as “danger zones’’ will ease rescue operations and minimize casualties during disasters.Joselito Cabungcal...
'Reb Bel' Rants at Facebook Critics
Former child actor Dranreb Belleza thinks Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo is haughty for suggesting future censorship of social networking sites like Facebook.The presidential son recently complained about the...
Redesigning the Hospital System
It was an unscheduled interview that proved to be much of an eye-opener, the resource person being a medical doctor whose experience ranged from having served in the Cabinet as a DoH assistant secretary for finance, to today an executive director of...
Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre to Premiere 'Ang Beerhouse'
Urian Best Actor Ronnie Lazaro has ventured into film production with his colleague and friend Joel Torre via “Ang Beerhouse” which will premiere on Oct. 18 at Market! Market! in Taguig City.The actors-turned-producers have no on-screen...
RP Seen as Slowly Meeting Medical Tourism Demand
The Philippines is only in the early steps of meeting the international demand for medical tourism and the country does not need to be high tech in order to be world class.This was the message of Dr. Armando Crisostomo, chair man of the Steering Committee...
Sam Bradley Live at the SM Supermalls
"Twilight” fans who simply can’t get enough of this iconic vampire flick will have the rare opportunity to touch base with Sam Bradley, a contributor to the movie’s soundtrack and best friend of lead actor Robert Pattinson...
SC Asked to Protect Rights of Urban Poor
Urban poor advocates Thursday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to immediately convene the advisory committee on the Manila Bay cleanup that will monitor and ensure that rights of urban poor families to shelter are protected as various government agencies...
SC Clears Erap,Velarde
The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the dismissal of a plunder case against former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, El Shaddai leader Mariano “Mike” Velarde and his son, Franklin, and 15 other persons in connection with the P1.22...
School Children's Oral Health Awareness Week
The week of October 5-9, 2009 is being observed as School Children’s Oral Health Awareness Week to address the oral health problems among school children. With the theme “Wastong Pangangalaga sa Ngipin Alamin, Antas ng Kaalaman...
SCTEX Triggers 24% Jump in Central Luzon's Tourist Arrivals
The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) ranks among the most vital infrastructures designed to stimulate the “Extended W Growth Corridor” (EWGC) in Central Luzon.This was the assessment of the National Economic Development Authority...
Study Shows Ordinary Flu Shot Protects
WASHINGTON — Mexican researchers say they have some evidence that the ordinary seasonal flu vaccine may offer some protection against the new pandemic H1N1 swine flu – contrary to other studies.They found that people who had been...
The 9th Ray of the Sun
How sacred could the Philippine flag be?For heroes, the flag holds a much deeper meaning than for ordinary Filipinos who only have to stand up during flag ceremonies in schools, government offices and movie houses.The flag is the most prominent symbol...
The Birth of a Fashion Icon
Rustan Commercial Corporation, the official and exclusive distributor of Chanel cosmetics and fragrance in the country, will host a series of exclusive Philippine previews this month of the much-anticipated film on Gabrielle “Coco”...
The Love of a Mother
I would like to ask my readers to pray for the continued health of my mother who turns 100 years Friday.Last Friday, I wrote about the only commandment of God that comes with a promise, i.e. “Honor your father and mother.”To complete...
Top Radio DJs, Kids Enjoy High-Tech DigiStar Planetarium
Remember that time you first visited the planetarium as a child and how, under a dome that simulates the heavenly skies, you felt you were so close to the stars and other heavenly bodies? Today, that experience is magnified and made even more memorable,...
We Never Learn
“Apres nous le deluge” — Madame de PompadourThe “deluge,” that Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, or Madame de Pompadour, a French woman of noble birth who became an influential mistress of Louis XV, had referred...
World Post Day: A Postal Service Committed to Green Growth
World Post Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Established in the Swiss capital of Berne on this day in 1874, the UPU sought to maintain and create a structure for the open flow of worldwide...
YouTube Pacts Heighten Copyright Vigilance
SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2009 (AFP) - YouTube on Wednesday said it will be able to quickly track snippets from live television shows thanks to new partnerships with three broadcast video delivery specialty firms.Google has been working to assuage...
Yum's the Word in Bodycare
Andrea Lo, 24, wears many hats. Apart from overseeing the family business, and her own importation company, she is also the sole proprietor of a bodycare brand called Vanilla & Co. A woman very much into beauty and fashion, she used to make lip...