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 September 23, 2009

2010 Elections Fast Turning out to Be a House-Selling Campaign
Television host Boy Abunda, who used to endorse Nacionalista Party presidential bet Senator Manny Villar, virtually defected to the camp of Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III after he expressed willingness...
2 Regions in Mindanao Show Sign of Resiliency
DAVAO CITY – At least two Mindanao regions showed signs of resiliency as they posted growth rates surpassing the national average last year, the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) said Wednesday.Despite the global economic slump...
3 Abducted Teachers Rescued in Basilan
After more than six months of captivity, the three teachers abducted off Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay were rescued on Wednesday morning from the clutches of  their Abu Sayyaf captors following two separate operations in the troubled island province...
Airline Industry to Pledge Radical Emission Reductions
LONDON (dpa) - The international airline industry has agreed to slash carbon dioxide emissions to half their 2005 levels by the year 2050, British press reports said.The Guardian and other media said the announcement would be made by British Airways...
Alabang Holds Sway in WGAP Circuit
Alabang posted a win and a runner-up finish as it racked up six points to hold off Canlubang in their duel for the overall crown after six legs of the WGAP (Women's Golf Association of the Philippines) circuit, at the Orchard Golf and Country Club...
American Sizzles in Euro-Med Storm Tilt
American Lonnie Waliczek rolled a 1586 series to take the lead in the fourth qualifying day of the 7th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge Tuesday held at Paeng’s Midtown Bowl in Robinsons Place, Malate.Using Ebonite products,...
Anti-Piracy Watch in S China Sea Urged
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 23 (AFP) - A global maritime watchdog called Tuesday for more anti-piracy operations in the South China Sea due to a marked increase in attacks in the southern fringes of the ocean.Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime...
Ateneo May Forfeit 2008 UAAP Basketball Title
The UAAP board is expected to take actions on the complaint filed against former Ateneo player Jobe Nkemakolam, who allegedly was not qualified to play for the Eagles because he failed to graduate from high school.The board, headed by its president...
A View of the Learning Process
"Learning is sometimes defined as the “acquisition of information.” This is an inadequate definition. Regardless of the personal learning style of each of our students and children - our LEARN-ers — learning happens in,...
Baltic Index Hits 4-Month Low on Slow China Demand
LONDON, Sept. 23 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index , which tracks rates to ship dry commodities, hit a fresh four-month low on Tuesday with a slowdown in Chinese demand hurting sentiment.The index, which gauges the cost of shipping...
Bamboo Blows Roof off Skydome
Barely a few months in existence, SM North EDSA’s music and events venue had not seen an act like Bamboo. The storm inside the Skydome caused by the biggest local rock group’s performance was far stronger than the actual typhoon...
Benguet Gives Ultimatum to Small-Scale Miners
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The provincial government of Benguet has given thousands of small-scale miners in the different parts of this vegetable-producing province until the end of this year to legalize their operations in order to ensure that...
Bicam OKs 9th Ray to Sun in RP Flag
The bicameral conference committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives approved Tuesday the addition of a ninth ray to the sun in the Philippine flag.This came after the two panels reconciled the disagreeing provisions of the two versions...
BIR Cites MSU Head for Taxes
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 16 here awarded Dr. Macapado A. Muslim, president of the Mindanao State University (MSU), for being the top government withholding agent (NGA) of Revenue District No. 102 in...
Boeing 787 Delays Cast Hard Light on Labor Outsourcing
CHICAGO, Sept. 23 (Reuters) - Commercial airline customers are accustomed to flight delays -- but two years?That's how overdue Boeing Co's revolutionary 787 Dreamliner is, and the meter is still running. The company says it plans to fly the fuel-efficient...
Boy Abunda Willing to Sell His House for Noynoy
TV host Boy Abunda is willing to sell his two houses to help finance the presidential bid of Sen. Noynoy Aquino.This was according to Abunda’s co-host and best friend Kris Aquino in an interview aired on “Bandila” and...
Celebrate the Flavors of Spain 09
Fuego Hotels and Properties together with the Economic and Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy is once again pleased to celebrate Flavors of Spain!Now on its seventh year, the entire celebration aspires to strengthen the connection between the...
CHED Closing Down Seven Law Schools
Seven of the country’s higher education institutions’ (HEIs) law schools will be closed down starting next school year, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced Wednesday.The seven law schools have consistently been getting...
China Leads Global Recovery
In the past, whenever there was a global economic downturn, eventually it was the United States, followed by European countries that led the way back to prosperity. This time the roles are reversed. While America and Europe continue to suffer, China...
Cop Gets More in Reward Than Cash Returned
A policeman returned around P15,000 in cash he found in a wallet to its owner and has been rewarded with more than P50,000 in cash and kind from people who learned of his act of honesty.According to the Philippine National Police, Police Officer 1...
Cotto a Smart Boxer - Roach
BAGUIO CITY – Freddie Roach admits Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto has lots in common with Briton Ricky Hatton.Roach said both boasts of jaw-breaking left hooks, both are big and strong, ultra-aggressive and love to go to the body to soften up...
Critical, Creative and Productive Thinking
(Part l)In today’s information-intensive world, a valuable personal skill to master is the ability to think critically. This is a necessity whether one is a chief executive officer (CEO) of a major corporation, a platoon leader in the military,...
Davaoeña Wins World Peacemaking Award
DAVAO CITY – A Davaoeña bagged the World Peacemaking Award, besting eight other foreign nominees in the first World Vision International Peace Prize Award held Monday at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, here.Mary Ann Arnado, secretary-general...
Deficits in Power, Water Alarm ICT Players
CEBU CITY – An industry official in Cebu’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has expressed apprehension over continued talks of a power and water supply deficit in the province, a problem seen as a major risk...
DepEd Defines Reduced Time in Schools
BAGUIO CITY – The reduced class time for each subject or learning area was stipulated under Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 90, Series of 2009, which Education Secretary Jesli A. Lapus issued late last month to provincial and city...
DepEd Deploys 2,494 New Mentors
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – A total of 2,494 new public elementary and secondary school teachers were recently deployed by the Department of Education (DepEd) for school year 2009-2010 in various areas of Mindanao, helping ease the acute...
Dining with Nostalgia
There are some things that people learn in high school that they may never forget for as long as they live. For instance, I’m sure that most people remember SOHCAHTOA, Shakespeare, and of course, the life and times of Crisostomo Ibarra. Obviously,...
East Raya Gardens
Inspired by the serenity of a traditional Balinese village, DMCI Homes unveiled the Clubhouse of East Raya Gardens last month.Located in the middle of the 2.9-hectare property in Pasig City, East Raya Gardens’ Clubhouse displays modern Balinese...
Eric Winter, from 'Brothers & Sisters' to 'The Ugly Truth'
Joining Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler in Columbia Pictures’ new romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth” is emerging actor Eric Winter (TV’s “Brothers & Sisters”) who ratchets up the comic...
Firm Adopts Land in la Mesa Watershed
UBS Philippines has adopted five hectares of land inside the La Mesa Watershed, where 2,000 endemic seedlings were planted, as part of the firm’s commitment to protect the drinking water of some 12 million Metro Manila residents.UBS Securities...
Foreign Agencies Give Insights to LGUs
CEBU CITY – Aiming to assist local government units (LGUs) in promoting sustainable alliances that will address pressing issues on the environment, governance and health, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), European Commission...
GMA's Lasting Legacy
Whatever her political critics have up their sleeves whenever they criticize the Arroyo administration, one thing they have to give to the president is her commitment and devotion to build a strong Republic through her infrastructure program until...
GMA to Bring Home 200 Pinoys
Apart from the 120 distressed Filipinos, President Arroyo will bring home another 200 undocumented Filipinos, who have been staying under the Khandara bridge in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city of Jeddah.She bared the announcement during...
Goat Farm Targets Big RP Milk Market
“The Philippines is importing 99 percent of its milk requirements as it produces only one percent of the total.”Thus said owner Rene Almeda of the Alaminos Goat Farm (AGF) to illustrate the magnitude of the local market that his...
Governance at Different Levels
“Governance” is an often-used term these days. Outside of the limited sense in which many people use it today, particularly when they confuse it with government at the highest level, e.g., the level of the presidency, there is little...
Help Stranded OFWs, Migrant Group Asks Gov't
Migrant advocates urged the government to provide help for stranded Filipinos in Jeddah and Maldives, in time for the arrival of President Arroyo, who will be coming home along with 120 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), from her three-nation...
I'm Touched and Humbled
“I was deeply touched and humbled.” This shorthand straight-from-the-heart statement of former President Joseph Estrada, expressing how he felt after Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile delivered a privilege speech last Tuesday in...
International Peace Advocates Visit Conflict Areas in Mindanao
DAVAO CTIY – At least 55 international peace workers will asses the real situation of several conflict-affected areas in Mindanao starting next week, and possibly be ambassadors of goodwill for Mindanao when they go back to their respective...
It's like Facebook.With Lessons!
While young Filipinos are going gaga over Facebook, college students in Australia and a select group of Filipino professionals and students here in the Philippines have embarked on a similar online program with far more important functions than just...
I Won't Say 'No' to Manny - Ara Mina
Prized actress Ara Mina will accept Manny Pacquiao’s help with her campaign if he offers to do so.“Tatanggapin ko -- para na lang sa kunsimisyon na bigay n’ya sa akin,” Ara told Manila Bulletin Entertainment...
Iza, Sunshine for Healthy Rivalry, Not Acrimony
Iza Calzado and Sunshine Dizon, lead stars of two new debuting afternoon soap operas on GMA-7, profess to have patched things up but the seeming rivalry between them remains palpable.During the press launch of their respective shows – Iza’s...
Jake's Slip
Speaking of Jake Cuenca, he recently gave the public another reason to believe that most young actors today lack volume in between their ears.In a recent news feature aired on TV5, Jake was asked to pour his thoughts on the growing political talk in...
JRU Survives Big Scare; SBC Wins
Games Friday (The Arena, San Juan)10 a.m. – Perpetual vs Arellano (Jrs)11:45 a.m. – Letran vs San Sebastian (Jrs)2 p.m. – Perpetual vs Arellano (Srs)4 p.m. – Letran vs San Sebastian (Srs)Jose Rizal University...
Lakas-Kampi Execs Reject Loyalty Check
Key leaders of administration-backed Lakas-Kampi-CMD rejected Wednesday proposals for the conduct of party loyalty check in the wake of heightened suspicions of massive shift of allegiance among its members before the deadline of filing of candidacy...
Manila Welcomes a Night of Celestial Music in Libera Concert
Welcome the global musical phenomenon Libera and get to hear why the world has easily fallen in love with this cherubic all-boys choir from Southern London.Definitely the must-see concert of 2009, “Libera In Concert” will be staged...
Mayweather to Pay $5.6-Million Back Taxes
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. agreed to pay $5.6 million in back taxes before the Internal Revenue Service was poised to take the money from his purse after his comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last weekend.The IRS sent...
Miriam Urges Review of VFA
Malacañang was urged on Wednesday to renegotiate or terminate the 10-year-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) of the Philippine government and the United States and its counterpart treaty which was not submitted to the Senate for ratification...
MMDA: TVRs Valid in Manila
The city government of Manila does not have the legal authority to prohibit MMDA traffic enforcers from issuing traffic violation receipts (TVRs) in the city, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Thursday.MMDA Chairman Bayani...
More Groups Oppose Airport Project in Aklan
More groups continued to oppose the construction of the controversial P2.5-billion international airport in Caticlan, Aklan, citing issues affecting the environment.Earlier, the Earthsavers Movement and the Boracay Foundation, Inc. (BFI) said the proposed...
Musical Treats, 'Lola Gets' Spice Up the 32nd Gawad Urian
The 32nd Gawad Urian held Sept. 19 at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) lacked starpower but its breezy and no-fuss presentation was commendable.Most of the nominees came from independently produced movies. Many of...
'Nandito Ako.' Make or Break for Aljur, Kris
After their top-rated GMA-7 drama series, Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal now appear – again as lovers – in their first movie, “Nandito Ako… Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo,” which premieres on Sept. 27...
Natural Disasters Displacing Millions - UN
LONDON (Reuters) – Floods, storms, drought and other climate-related natural disasters drove 20 million people from their homes last year, nearly four times as many as were displaced by conflicts, a new UN report said Tuesday.The study tried...
Philtrust Bank Inaugurates Roxas City Branch
Philtrust Bank, also known as Philippine Trust Company, will inaugurate and bless Thursday, September 24, 2009, its Roxas City Branch located at Philtrust Building, Roxas Avenue corner Primero de Mayo Street, Roxas City, Capiz.Rt. Reverend Monsignor...
Pie Crust Predicaments
Even though you’ve been baking your favorite recipe half of your life, it can still go wrong. We are here to help you with your baking problems.  Read on.Q: Hi, Jun Jun and Adoree. May I ask why the pineapple pie I made last week...
Piolo , KC Evade Question on Real Score between Them
"Lovers In Paris” loveteam Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion opted to be safe when questions about the real score between them surfaced during the recent press conference of their new soap on ABS-CBN.KC evaded the question by referring to their...
Reyes Named Coach of the Year
Talk ’N Text coach Chot Reyes and San Miguel Corp. chairman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. are the major awardees as Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year winners in the 2009 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards at The...
Ruffa Gutierrez Raises Ruckus on Twitter-Again
No stranger to controversy, former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez is now back on the rumor mill because of a series of comments she allegedly made via Twitter, a popular social networking site.‘Tweeting’ from the page dubbed “iloveruffag...
Ruthless Scenes of Violence in 'Kinatay'
"Kinatay” won the best director award for Dante Mendoza at the Cannes Filmfest in May. It’s the highest international honor ever achieved by a local filmmaker. The movie is the story of a young man’s descent into hell...
Slump Pulls Down BPO Growth but 22% Expansion Seen in RP
Although the global economic turmoil slowed down this year’s global outsourcing market, which includes both inshore and offshore services, the sector is still posting double-digit growth in “no-growth times.”After posting...
Star City Incident Won't Happen to Me - Luke Mejares
Sabado Boys member Luke Mejares did not comment on the latest incident that happened at Star City amusement park where its Zyklon Loop rollercoaster stopped in mid-air, except to say that it will never happen to him.“That’s because...
Talisay Mayor's Son Nabbed Anew
CEBU CITY – Trouble seems to be the middle name of Talisay City Mayor Socrates Fernandez’s controversial son.Elements of the Highway Patrol Group Wednesday afternoon arrested Joavan Fernandez, who is out on bail, along with four...
The Editors, Officers, and Staff of the Manila Bulletin Wish Our Beloved Chairman Don Emilio T. Yap a Very Happy Birthday, Good Health, and Continuing Prosperity on September 24, 2009
Our beloved Chairman, Don Emilio T. Yap, who is remarkably healthy for his age and looks like one in his sixties, continues to take an active part in overseeing various business interests, all of which are in the Philippines. He began his business...
The Fort Residences
Home is where your heart is – no matter the space and the address. In modern high-rise residential condominium buildings, this home can be a choice between loft or flat.At Robinsons Land Corporation’s The Fort Residences, this mix...
The Toasts of Spain
Recently, the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) together with the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office in Manila flew in wines from over 20 wineries from different wine regions of Spain. It was wonderful to be invited for the tasting of over...
UAAP Board Clears Ateneo
The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Wednesday ruled that Ateneo de Manila did not break the league's eligibility rules when it fielded Jobe Nkemakolam for three seasons.Ricky Palou, Ateneo's representative, broke the news...
Wagnerian Effort
In the Valhalla of his mind, my friend was convinced that there was basis for Hitler to believe in the supremacy of the Aryan race. “Just listen to the music of the German composers,” he said. “Beethoven. Bach. And, on...
Whitney Houston Vindicates Self, Hits Top Spot
Castigated for years since her tumultuous marriage with singer Bobby Brown made headlines, Whitney Houston bounces back and proves her critics wrong by hitting the top of the album charts anew with her latest, “I Look To You.”Opening...
Why I Stand Behind Former President Joseph Estrada
(Privilege speech of Senate President JUAN PONCE ENRILE delivered on September 22, 2009.)Mr. President and my colleagues, I rise today on a matter of personal privilege. I do so as a senator of the Republic who sought and obtained the people’s...