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 August 15, 2009

3 Tips to Become a Budget Travel Pro
Nothing can ever compare to a restful vacation to ease the stress of urban living and the daily rigors of work.  And for those looking for ways to travel without putting a huge dent in your bank account, then Cebu Pacific should be your airline...
98th Death Anniversary of Teodora Alonzo
Her son, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, wrote his last letter to her an hour before his execution. He wrote simply: “To my dear mother, Sra. Da. Teodora Alonzo. 6 o’clock in the morning, December 30, 1896. Jose Rizal.’’They...
A Deaf Tour, Anyone?
Before the interview, 38-year-old born deaf Gilda Quintua made clear to us two things: her inadequacy in Tagalog being a native of Borongan and San Julian, Eastern Samar; thus, she requested that our communication be done in English; and the swapping...
Amazing August
The view from Rizal is that if there is one amazing month in the Gregorian calendar, that recognition would go to the month of August.Amazing, because several remarkable and memorable events in our history – some of them even changing its...
APL Logistics Unveils World's 1st Guaranteed Containerized Service
The world's first guaranteed service for containerized trade is moving into Mexico, extending the reach of day-definite delivery to shippers throughout North America.APL Logistics and Con-way Freight said their OceanGuaranteed service for less-than-container...
Artists as Turning Wheels
Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote: “A turning wheel that causes no motion elsewhere does not belong to a machine.” Filipino artists must feel the impact of these words very strongly, especially now that they figure in a not-so artistic...
Ashley Tisdale on Aliens and Role Models
Ashley Tisdale a.k.a. Sharpay puts her best foot forward once again in the family adventure comedy “Aliens in the Attic” as she takes on the role of Bethany along with a pool of young comedic talents Robert Hoffman, Carter Jenkins,...
Bamba - Designing Woman
Remember the loveable child stars of the ’80s –  the likes of Lady Lee, RR Herrera, Chuckie Dreyfuss, Jaypee de Guzman, Rose Anne Gonzales, Matet de Leon and Aiza Seguerra?Well, among them was Bamba, the young charmer who...
Be Good Models, DoJ Chief Tells New Immigration Officers
Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera has urged the 30 new immigration and intelligence officers of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to become the country’s “show windows” and impress upon to the foreigners the good qualities...
Bill Seeks Free Legal Aid for Teachers in Poll Cases
A party-list lawmaker is pressing for the passage of a bill to require the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to provide free legal assistance to teachers who face poll-related cases in the performance of their duties during elections.A TEACHER...
Bohol in Taiwan's Ice Cream Ad
The pristine white beaches, crystal-clear waters, and historical landmarks, are  among the attractions of Bohol that captivated the makers of DuRoyal, the number one ice cream brand in Taiwan, which led them to make it the location for their...
Cebu's Young Social Innovators
Cebu might be a step closer to solving their social problems than they think.The British Council, in cooperation with the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) and Ashoka Philippines, conducted their third Skills for Social Entrepreneurs training workshop...
Charlene on Being Classic and Adventurous
For beauty queen-turned-actress/TV host Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, being classic – but adventurous – in terms of style, is her fashion statement.“Classic style pa din ako but adventurous, I like to try different things...
Claire Dela Fuente Records a Duet with Pop Icon Michael Bolton
"I am so blessed and greatly honored to have recorded a duet with Michael Bolton,” Claire Dela Fuente beams euphoric smile. “The finished recording of ‘The Christmas Song’ is now on this CD and it will be added...
Classic Styles, Quality Are Keys to Fall Fashions
Although still dressed in shorts, T-shirts and sandals for the summer, fashion fans are nonetheless itching for a first look at fall styles.From what was shown at a recent Saks Fifth Avenue runway show, expect black leather, sweatery tights and booties,...
Closed Oil Mill Operates Again; GMA Leads Rites
Legazpi City – President Arroyo inaugurated last Thursday the upgraded facilities of the Legazpi Oil Co. in Barangay Arimbay here.The President was joined in the opening rites by Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal,...
Comelec Gears Up for Filing of Petitions
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gears up for a heavy influx of filers of petitions for the registration of political parties, sectoral organizations and coalitions to beat tomorrow’s 5 p.m. deadline for the filing of such petitions,...
Compound Kills Cells Resisting Usual Cure
CHICAGO — US researchers have discovered a compound that can kill breast cancer stem cells, a kind of master cancer cell that resists conventional treatment and may explain why many cancers grow back, they reported on Thursday.The discovery...
DepEd Defends Purchase of P30-M Printers
The purchase of three printing machines worth P30 million will save the Department of Education (DepEd) millions of pesos in the long run, according DepEd director for technical services Paul Soriano.Soriano also refuted claims that the printers will...
DepEd Pushes Internet Plan for Public Schools
The Department of Education (DepEd) has conducted the pilot-testing of the ICT-based educational materials in selected public schools in the Visayas Region which aims at putting up more laboratories and connecting 5,237 public high schools in the country...
Dingdong Dantes Sizzles in 'ETC A-List: Sexiest' Today
ETC keeps the temperature rising every Sunday night with some sizzlin’ eye candy as “ETC A-List presents: Sexiest.”The hottest countdown continues with the most delish bods in the world! Our very own Dingdong Dantes joins...
Donaire Seeks His Place in US, RP Boxing
SAN CARLOS, California (AP) - When Nonito Donaire fights Panama's Rafael Concepcion in Las Vegas on Saturday, the recent IBF flyweight champion will take the next step toward an American dream he started as a picked-upon 10-year-old in the Filipino...
Dr. Manny Calayan Is My Angel - Selina
Teary-eyed, singer Selina Sevilla described Dr. Manny Calayan as her angel, sent by the heavens!During her press conference last Thursday, Aug. 13, held at the Bellisimo restaurant in Quezon City, Selina couldn’t hold back her tears (of joy)...
Emotional Bank Accounts
We may not realize it but many of us are far too quick to pass judgment on others. We condemn others; we belittle them; we find fault in them; we criticize them; we slander them – without even giving a thought that we may be worse off that...
Export of Native Rice to US Set
La Trinidad, Benguet – Twenty-five tons of heirloom rice harvested in the rice terraces of Kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province will be exported to the United States this year, it was learned.The export is expected to revitalize the traditional...
Extremely Exotic Eats
Word of caution: You are highly advised not to eat while reading this. Vegetarians are not encouraged to read any further.As Travel Channel puts it, One Man’s Delicacy...is Another Man’s Garden Pest!   Here’s...
Federer, Nadal Booted Out
MONTREAL (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled out a stunning victory over Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro followed with a two-set win over Rafael Nadal on Friday as both advanced to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup.Down 5-1 in the third...
Filibuster: On the Roll
There is no leveling off the criticisms hurled against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her delegation over the alleged brazen disregard of spending, eating in upscale restaurants while in the US early this month.  The dinner at the plush...
Filipina Joins Iconic Women
A Jolo-born entrepreneur/humanitarian recently joined the ranks of iconic women Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Toni Morrison, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, and Audrey Hepburn.Rosalind L. Wee, a food ingredients formulator cum socioeconomic advocate, is the 2009...
Fr. Catalino Arevalo's Final Tribute to Tita Cory
So planted Tita Cory – seeds of honesty, goodness, humility, forgiveness. So did she reap in her lifetime and death, trust, friends, respect, peace and love. Here is a slightly shortened version of the touching homily of Fr. Catalino Arevalo...
Get the Flower Power!
Flowers are enduring symbols of affection. For many years, people turn to flowers as tokens during special occasions—weddings, birthdays, graduations, promotions, grand launch and store openings, fashion shows’ finale, anniversaries,...
GLOC 9 Uses His Inks and Notes Responsibly
Rap is a world so remote to this writer’s that when we were informed that Gloc 9 was to be the guest in Davao’s “Larolympics,” we had to double check who or what it was.It turned out, everyone in Anak TV, myself...
GMA Allies Score Solon for Criticizing Travel Costs
President Arroyo’s congressional allies Saturday hit back at Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, who earlier criticized her for raking up P2.7 billion in expenses in her foreign trip since 2003.Lakas-Kampi-CMD Reps....
Go Light, Feel Light!
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but when it comes to braving the city’s vibrant party scene, being light-stylish is the way to go!How many times have we seen ladies strutting precariously in high-heeled stilettos and micro...
Goodbye 'Borat,' Hello 'Bruno'!
After he made us all laugh in “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” Sacha Baron Cohen is back with another “gutsy, crazy and dangerous” comedy in Bruno, the story...
Groups Call for Review of Fertilizers, Pesticides
A consortium of non-government organizations that oppose excessive use of chemicals in agriculture has urged government to review all chemical fertilizers and pesticides currently in use in the country to mitigate their harmful effects on the general...
Hosts with the Most (Love)
One humid Monday afternoon, the Abrera household was abuzz. Three young girls clad in pink and white were watching a fairy cartoon on television, all the while busying themselves with watercolor paintings. Paolo was going back and forth the house,...
Human Rights Panel Hails Okay of ASEAN-Wide Rights Body
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Saturday lauded foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members for agreeing to the terms of reference (TOR) for the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human...
India, ASEAN Sign Deal on Free Trade but IT Not Included
BANGKOK, Aug. 15 (Reuters) – India and the 10-country Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN signed a free trade agreement on Thursday after more than six years of negotiations, but the deal did not embrace software and information technology.Thai and...
It's His Turn
Twitterville is all abuzz about finally having found “their’’ man.Facebook goes a notch higher by posting his Obama-ish photo.His staff has been getting e-mails from people who are egging him to run, run, run!Away from...
Jinkee Says It's Manny's Turn to Be Jealous
It has been quite a while since Manny Pacquiao felt a sense of insecurity, said wife Jinkee Pacquiao to Manila Bulletin. Jinkee recently found a new way to bring the People’s Champ to his knees.Like a killer stroke in boxing, Jinkee’s...
Jiva Andola at the 3rd Filipinos Making Waves Festival
TORONTO, CANADA – Sensational Filipino-Canadian singer Jiva Andola will conquer center stage at the 3rd Filipinos Making Waves Festival today, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. to be held at the Yonge Dundas Square.Jiva is a versatile singer who specializes...
Karting for Bonding
How do you train up your child to be a good and responsible car driver? For most parents, they wait until their child turns 16 and has a student driver’s license before letting the teenager handle a real car without first exposing him/her...
Keloids Are Harmless
“The scars of others should teach us caution.” — Saint Jerome (374 AD-419 AD), Church Father and Patron Saint of Librarians LetterAs a surgeon, I leave scars on patients and it bothers me only if it bothers them. So when...
Korean Air Posts Profit in Q2 after String of Losses
SEOUL, Aug. 15 (Reuters) – South Korea's top airline Korean Air Co. reported that it swung to a net profit in the second quarter after six consecutive quarters of losses, helped by lower fuel costs and large currency-linked gains.However,...
Las Vegas Guys Intend to Produce a Concert to Benefit Diabetic Filipinos
Two American businessmen from Las Vegas, John Maher and Neal Stuckey, chief executive officer and vice president for operations of Synergy Medical Products, respectively, have expressed genuine desire to produce a concert in December for the benefit...
L'Oreal Professionnel: 100 Years of Inspiration
For 100 years, L’Oreal (founded by Eugene Schueller who initially sold his formulation of a hair dye and sold it door to door to salons) has inspired the world with its breakthrough products and services for and by the world’s greatest...
Marine Wounded in Basilan Clash
A Marine was wounded when fighting broke out anew Saturday afternoon in Sumisip, Basilan between government forces and members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, a regional military commander said.Major General Ben Dolorfino, commander of the Western Mindanao...
Megaworld Makes P2 Billion in First Half, Up 12%
Megaworld Corporation posted a 12 percent growth in net income for the first half of 2009 to P2 billion from the same period last year, owing primarily to the continued strength of its real estate sales.“Megaworld’s business performance,...
Mindanao Hostilities Highlight Need for Anti-Poverty Laws
The recent upsurge in violence in Basilan province prompted Speaker Prospero C. Nograles to call on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to work for the immediate passage of various legislative measures aimed at eradicating severe poverty...
Motorists Face Longer Travel Time to Zambales
Zambales-bound motorists coming from Metro Manila have to take a longer alternate route for at least a month until the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) finishes repair works on the bridge damaged by typhoon “Kiko”...
Musical Tribute to Ninoy, Cory at the Podium
Soprano Joscephine Gomez, baritone Lawrence Jatayna, pianist Carlos Perion, and cultural entrepreneur Dickie Aguado will pay tribute to the greatness of the late President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. in a concert titled “Alab”...
NBI Increases Security for Mancao-Dumlao Hearing
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Saturday that it will strengthen its security force as former police Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II and former police Superintendent Glenn Dumlao will both attend an August 26 hearing for the 2000...
New Faces Boost Kings
The lack of ceiling that hampered its title-retention bid in the recent PBA Fiesta Cup believed to have been addressed by an ambitious pre-season buildup, popular club Ginebra San Miguel looks ready to reclaim its winning ways in the coming 35th season...
Nine, Not 7, Coup Situations
First of two parts “If a coup d’état starts in the minds of men, then it is the collective will of a unified people that can prevent and overcome it. The people must choose democracy.” — Davide...
Ninth Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences
With the theme, “Living the Eucharist in Asia,’’ the Ninth Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) is being held again in Manila. The bishops of Asia and some guests outside the...
No Intention to Run for Office - Genuino
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman and chief executive officer Efraim C. Genuino said Saturday that he has no intention of running for any elective post in the May, 2010 polls.He confirmed his declaration before the Senate...
NP Bares Senatorial Bets
An incumbent senator, a communist party leader-turned-congressman, an accused mutineer, and a son of the late dictator are among those included in the initial list of potential senatorial candidates of the Nacionalista Party (NP).Appearing at the weekly...
Palace Honors 23 Soldiers
Zamboanga City — President Arroyo Saturday awarded posthumous Military Merit Medals to 23 soldiers who were killed in a clash between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan.The 23 soldiers were...
Pharmacies Comply with Cut Price - DoH
The Department of Health (DoH) reported Saturday a high compliance of some pharmacies and drugstores on the first day of reduced prices of 49 essential medicines.This was announced by Health Secretary Franciso Duque III following a visit to the pharmacies...
Plaza Miranda Bombing
In August 21, 1971, the Liberal party “miting de avance”(final political rally for elections) at Plaza Miranda Manila was attacked by terrorists who threw grenades at the LP Bigwigs who were on the stage. This incident almost wiped...
PLDT Brings IT Solution for SMEs in Cebu
Cebu City – The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company has launched its Negosyo Boost here to help increase the productivity of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) through the use of information technology (IT) in Cebu.Negosyo...
PNP Will Not Deploy More Police to Basilan
Amid the bloody gun battles in Basilan on Wednesday that left 54 dead and scores other wounded, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sees no reason to deploy more police in the troubled island province of Mindanao.Police forces in Basilan suffered...
Political Culture of Schools
Some years back I did a study of the political culture of teachers in nine private high schools in Manila. I viewed political culture as the attitudes and beliefs held communally by a group of school personnel, forming the basis and guidance for how...
Protecting Intellectual Property
With tightening competition on the global market and through the Internet, intellectual property is more critical than ever for inventors, scientists, researchers, and business owners.Around the world, there is a growing recognition of the importance...
Qatar Slams Door on RP
TIANJIN — A day after Jordan pointed the way to the exit, Powerade-Team Pilipinas, with little prodding from Qatar Saturday, walked out and slammed the door behind it.Out of the running for a top three spot in the 25th FIBA Asia World Championship...
QTV-11's New Show - 'My Favorite Recipes'
What’s new with Q Channel 11?It is another cooking show with lots of twists. Called “My Favorite Recipes,” it airs daily in three 10-minute-episode installments throughout the day. It is hosted by Chef Aileen Anastacio...
Quiapo Vendors Warned Anew
"Guerrilla vendors" who have mushroomed around the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) should voluntarily pack their counterfeit products or be forcefully evicted from the area, a Manila Police official warned Saturday.The warning...
Red Cross Walk for Humanity
Marikina City — Numerous Red Cross delegates nationwide conducted Saturday a "Walk for Humanity" to commemorate the 6oth Anniversary of the International Humanitarian Law.Justice Leonor Ines Luciano, Board of Governor and Chairperson of the...
Revilla Slams PRC for Slow Pace on Kho Case
Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. Saturday slammed the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) for its slow action in resolving the petition to revoke the medical license of celebrity doctor Hayden Kho, Jr. who earlier figured in...
Robin Remains a Kapuso
Reports circulating say Robin Padilla is making a movie for Star Cinema, insinuating that he is now a Kapamilya. In his press launch for another endorsement, SkyFlakes, he denied gossips saying he is now a Kapamilya.As of press time, Robin said that...
RP - Middle-East Tourism Relations Strengthened
The Department of Tourism (DoT) has recently appointed Gulf Reps as the country’s trade and media representative and coordinator for the Middle East, with continuous efforts to tap this fast-growing, high-spending market segment, among the...
RP Students Win in Tianjin Math Tilt
Months of intense training bore fruit for the country’s elementary and high school math wizards as they won 89 medals, including 15 silvers, in two international math contests in Tianjin, China.The country, represented by the Mathematics...
Scientists Urge Protection for Verde Island Passage
Scientists from around the world have called for the immediate protection of the Verde Island Passage, known as the world’s most diverse marine ecosystem, to protect the area from the risk of climate change particularly on it rich marine...
South Border Plans for a Big Reunion
South Border is known for replacing its vocalist as if it’s a normal thing. The group’s current line-up has only band leader Jay Durias and the guy on the sax, Ric Junasa, as original members. Yet the great thing about their constant...
Speaker Defends Mrs. Arroyo
President Arroyo is a working leader and is not merely enjoying the good life towards the end of her term as claimed by her detractors, House Speaker Prospero Nograles said over the weekend.Nograles called on Mrs. Arroyo’s critics to stop...
Tams Tame Tigers
Games Sunday (Araneta Coliseum)12 noon — Adamson vs UE5 p.m. — Ateneo vs La Salle Far Eastern University hung tough in the endgame to beat University of Santo Tomas, 75-67, Saturday and gain a share of the lead in the UAAP...
'Tarot,' Scarier but More Entertaining Than 'Kulam'
The future is clear for Jun Lana’s “Tarot” when it opens on Aug. 26 in theaters nationwide – it will be scarier than “Kulam” but more entertaining!His second horror movie and the completion...
The Bread of Life Discourse
John 6:51-58[JESUS said to the Jews,] “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world.”The Jews quarreled among themselves,...
The Bridge to Nowhere
I used to visit a country on the other side of the world. Actually it was Mexico City in the old days. The traffic was horrific. One problem was that the metropolis was divided into sub-cities, and the mayors of the sub-cities would not cooperate with...
Tiger Separates Self from the Rest
HAZELTINE, Minnesota (DPA) — Tiger Woods separated himself from the rest on the second day of the US PGA Championship at Hazeltine on Friday as he recorded a 2-under-par 70 to finish on 7-under-par, four shots clear of the field.The world...
Tiger Stalkers Can Only Hunt and Hope
CHASKA, Minnesota (AFP) — Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher each matched Tiger Woods for the lead briefly during the second round of the PGA Championship, only to see the world number one leap to a four-stroke lead.Now they are among a precious...
Two BCJ Gang Members Slain
Two former inmates were allegedly murdered just fifteen minutes apart before dawn Saturday in Manila.Authorities noted that both men, who have yet to identified, have "Batang City Jail (BCJ) 32" tattoos on their bodies, which symbolizes their membership...
'Up' - Disney/Pixar's 10th Film in Remarkable Streak
"Up,” the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure, is the 10th film from Disney Pixar, which has gone nine for nine with an unprecedented streak of hugely successful films,...
US Air Traffic Controllers OK New Contract
WASHINGTON (AP) – Government air traffic controllers and the Obama administration have agreed tentatively to a contract that both sides said they hope would end years of severely strained relations.Arbitrators recently decided a handful of...
Us Heathens Would Never Understand
When I was back in college, male students who chose not to join any of the Greek letter societies (fraternities as they are more commonly known) were often referred to as “barbarians” by those who had pledged. This was specially...
US Visitors May Be Eligible for a Waiver of Inadmissibility
An often overlooked tool for individuals seeking entry into the United States despite an inadmissibility on their record is the Section 212(d)(3) waiver. Section 212(d)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act is a generous provision which helps those...
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Valentino: The Last Emperor, directed by Matt Tyrnauer, is a feature-length movie that takes the viewer inside the singular world of one of Italy’s most famous designers, Valentino Garavani. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing...
Wack Wack President's Cup Set
The 9th edition of the President’s Cup of the exclusive Wack Wack Golf and Country Club is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest tournaments as it offers a prize package of no less than P8 million.Set Aug. 22 at the West Course...
While Pacman Frolics, Cotto Is All Business
Told about his adversary’s seemingly happy-go-lucky ways, Miguel Cotto said Saturday he doesn’t care about Manny Pacquiao’s decision to continue filming a movie as the Puerto Rican prepares to enter the second week of...
Will Romance Bloom between Geoff and Carla?
Carla Abellana and Geoff Eigenmann, who play the lead roles in the nightly drama series, “Rosalinda,” don’t feel pressured to bring their on-screen partnership to real life.Carla admitted, though, that when they started...
World's Youngest and Largest Python in Captivity Drawing Crowds in Bohol
St. Phelomina, Albur, Bohol—Prony at 12 is the world’s youngest and largest python in captivity weighs over 300 kilos, 26 feet long and growing, devours a 60-kilo live pig or two live goats as his sumptuous meal once a month. ...