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 23, 2009

Abdullah Accuses Karzai of 'Rigging' Afghan Vote
KABUL (AP) — President Hamid Karzai’s leading challenger accused him of using the Afghan state to “rig’’ this week’s election and detailed allegations of cheating by government officials in...
AMA and Mapua Are Nat'l Champs in Cisco Networking Academy Skills Competition
AMA Fairview and Mapua Institute of Technology were declared Advanced Category and Basic Category National Champions respectively, in the recent Networking Academy Skills Competition held at Holy Angel University, Pampanga. Team AMA Fairview received...
Amanda Who?
The first became famous as “Monica Brava” in the same titled Argentinean telenovela which conquered Philippine television a few years back. And just last May, Natalia Oreiro came back to the local airwaves, this time as “Amanda...
Audit Consolidation of WESM's Line Loss Refund; Market Price Congestion OK'd
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has granted the plea of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) to consolidate the audit of its net settlement surplus (NSS) amounts and price substitution mechanism (PSM) software along with the...
Bernanke, Other Central Bankers Agree World on Verge of Recovery
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug. 23 (Reuters) – US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other central bankers said on Friday the worst global recession in 70 years was nearing a close but warned it would be a long, slow climb back to normal...
BI Forms Committee to Monitor Foreigners' Compliance with Law
In order to ensure that foreign businessmen or expatriates who were recipients of the Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG) are complying with the law, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) recently formed a committee that will monitor their compliance...
Bill Pushes Protection of Enterprises
A lawmaker called Sunday for the immediate passage of the bill that seeks to protect Filipino enterprises in the country against unfair foreign competition and trade practices, saying a law to carry out the constitutional mandate of protecting local...
BJMP Asks Comelec to OK Plan Setting Up Poll Precincts in Jails
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) appealed Sunday for an en banc resolution by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on its proposal to set up poll precincts in detention centers and allow thousands of inmates to vote in next year’s...
Bosnia's Ethnic Divisions Are Evident in Schools
STOLAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — It’s shortly after noon, and teenagers who were taught their capital is Zagreb, in neighboring Croatia, are streaming out of Stolac High School. In an hour, their classrooms will be filled with...
Britain Rejects Talk of Deal in Lockerbie Release
LONDON (AP) — Britain on Saturday rejected any suggestion that it had struck a deal with Libya to free the Lockerbie bomber; questions that arose when Moammar Gadhafi publicly thanked British officials as he embraced the man convicted of...
Bro. Mike Says Odds of Running Now Down
El Shaddai spiritual leader Mariano “Bro. Mike “Velarde remained non-committal about his supposed political plans during the charismatic group’s 25th anniversary celebration at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, which was...
BSP Issues New Guidelines on Expanded Rediscounting
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has issued a new memorandum order updating the guidelines and procedures of its medium and long-term rediscounting loans following review of banks access to the liquidity window.To improve access to rediscounting,...
Comelec Urged to Adopt Cyber Security amid Hacking Fears
A computer expert said Sunday that there is need for the Commission on Election (Comelec) to adopt cyber security amid fears of internet hacking as the Philippine is set to go for poll automation this 2010.Speaking at the Balitaan sa Tinapayan news...
Country's Realtors Slate National Convention in Cagayan De Oro
The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Associations (CREBA) will hold its national convention on the theme “PINOY Economic Stimuli In A Global Recession – Mass Housing and World-Class Tourism” on Oct. 8-10 at the Grand...
DA Growth Figures Doubtful
Experts reviewing agriculture growth figures for the first quarter have expressed doubt as to the veracity of the increases in yield and value, particularly for crops.A former top official of the Department of Agriculture said it is rather strange...
Daniel Dela Cruz: Motions in Metal
For a sculptor to be successful and to fulfill his artistic vision, he needs to tame whatever medium he plans on using. He needs to be in control so that no matter how stubborn and tenacious his materials are, the resultant artworks would nonetheless...
Daniel Razon CD Garners Gold Award upon Release
Respected broadcast journalist Daniel Razon’s “Isang Araw Lang” CD became the first album in Philippine music history to hit Gold Record upon release last Aug. 17."Thanks to God and to all of you who came tonight," said...
Decisions on Cavite Poll Case Affirmed
Alfonso, Cavite — After two years of efforts to resolve the case, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc affirmed a decision of its first division and a lower court which declared Jose “ Joy” D. Penano as the duly...
Demonstrate Humility, Palace Tells Preachers
Preachers planning to join politics should avoid bragging that they are inherently better candidates just because they lead a religious organization, Malacañang said Sunday.Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar said religious leaders...
DFA among Top Agencies in Drive vs Corruption
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Sunday it will further intensify its drive in curbing corruption within the agency after being recognized by the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) as one of the top 10 government agencies complying...
Direct Selling Business Defies Advent of Internet and Recession
WASHINGTON D.C. – The direct personal service in direct selling business has defied the advent of Internet and even the economic recession could not do much to adversely impact on this proven recession proof business model, an industry expert...
DoH Urged to Resume Reports on Flu Cases
Saying the public has put its guard down, a labor group urged the Department of Health (DoH) Sunday to resume its weekly reporting of the Influenza A (H1N1) cases in the light of the warning issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) about a possible...
Don't Lean on Good Names of Your Parents, Malacañang Urges Noynoy
Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III should create his own identity and prove his mettle if he is sincere and determined to become president of the country, Malacanang said Sunday.Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar echoed...
DPWH to Test Anti-Landslides Technology on Kennon Road
Baguio City — A Singapore-based public safety company will showcase a new technology that is touted to prevent landslides, rockslides, and mudslides that frequently result in the closure of roads in the different parts of the Cordillera,...
DTI Steps Up Crackdown on Sub-Standard Goods, Smuggling
The Department of Trade and Industry is readying various measures including arming itself with police powers, reinstating pre-shipment inspection, suspension of conditional release of imports, blacklisting smugglers, among others to crackdown substandard...
Eagles Gain Final 4
Games Thursday (Araneta Coliseum)2 p.m. — Adamson vs FEU4 p.m. — NU vs AteneoDefending champion Ateneo came through in the payoff period, beating stubborn University of Santo Tomas, 80-70, Sunday to become the first team to earn...
Ericsson Study Highlights Need to Make Internet Relevant and Affordable for Rural Populations
An Ericsson ConsumerLab study, “From voice to data -- how Internet can improve life in emerging markets,” shows how the spread of the Internet to rural areas can have a marked impact on society.Henrik Palsson, head of Ericsson ConsumerLab...
Exporters to Benefit from 50% Cut in Wharfage Fees
The country's exporters are expected to benefit from a recent decision by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to reduce by 50 percent the wharfage fees it collects on each container of export shipment until the end of December 2009.This was in response...
FPJ's Daughter Takes on Arroyo's Dinner, Caparas' Conferment
Grace Llamanzares-Poe, daughter of the late actor-presidential aspirant Fernando Poe, Jr., shared her thoughts on a myriad of current events during the celebration of what could have been her father’s 70th birthday.Besieged by the media last...
Greenfield Undertakes Development of 22-Ha. Property in Mandaluyong
Greenfield Development Corporation of the Campos family is undertaking a multi-billion development of its 22-hectare prime property in Mandaluyong into a mixed-use central business district.In an interview, Greenfield chairman Jeffrey Campos said they...
How to Avoid Pyramiding Traps
Pyramiding schemes are so attractive that even the most sophisticated people have fallen prey to such illegal activities masquerading as legitimate direct selling business. The promise for quick bucks without much effort is very tempting. It feeds...
In a New Direction
Whether it’s music or movies, it seems the key to success is reinvention and going against the grain. From taking inspiration in the romantically rich history of Philippine folk music and adding to it a modern twist to breaking stereotypes...
International Donor Agencies Join ARMM Education Forum
Davao City – Led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), international donor agencies, local bodies and other prime movers of education participated in the first Basic Education Donors Forum of the Autonomous Region...
Iraqis Begin Restoring Concrete Walls in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) — Workers used giant cranes to raise concrete walls around the blast-scarred Foreign Ministry and other government buildings on Saturday, as Iraqi authorities sought to bolster security after suicide truck bombings that killed...
Isabel Oli Comes to Iwa Moto's Rescue
GMA-7 star Isabel Oli had to extend her stay in Davao City on Aug. 15 in order to cover for Kapuso talent Iwa Moto whose delayed flight that day prevented her from fulfilling her commitments in the durian capital of the PhilippinesIwa was supposed...
Jamby's Kin Dies in Camarines Tilt
Camarines Sur – A business executive and cousin of Senator Ma. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal died while competing in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines Sunday, marking the first reported death of a Filipino...
KLM Aims to Recycle Leftover Airline Meals, Wastes into Heat and Energy
AMSTERDAM (dpa) – KLM Airlines is aiming to turn leftover airline meals and waste into oil and biogas to create electricity, in a process which would also heat the Netherlands' main airport – saving money and carbon emissions.The...
Knights Face Cardinals Monday
Games Monday (The Arena, San Juan City)10 a.m. — Arellano vs AUF (Jrs)11:45 a.m. — MIT vs Letran (Jrs)2 p.m. — Arellano vs AUF (Srs)4 p.m. — MIT vs Letran (Srs)Letran and Arellano University press their separate...
LGUs Urged to Adopt New Census System
Cebu City – To help the public lessen their expenses in acquiring important documents like birth certificate, marriage certificate among others, the region 7 office of the National Statistics Office (NSO) has urged local government unit (LGU)...
Malay: Literacy from Literature
While the whole world is waiting for the Supreme Court to act on our petition enumerating grave abuse of discretion (i.e. the blatant disregard of the process of selection conducted by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural...
Manila City Hall Busts 'Ghost' Staff
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim directed Sunday several units of the City Hall to update him on the extent of activities of what appears to be a well-entrenched syndicate at the Manila City Hall which was busted following the arrest of two employees who have...
Marcelo Tops WW Tilt; Tang Fires Ace
EJ Marcelo ran away with the overall title with a career-best gross of seven-under-par 65 even as Harry Tang scored a hole-in-one in the 9th President’s Cup tournament of the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club recently.Marcelo, the former jungolf...
'May Bukas Pa' Remains on Top of the Ratings Game
The ABS-CBN nightly teleserye “May Bukas Pa” remains to be a toprating show and this is definitely the reason why it has been extended till January next year. Ever since it started airing, “May Bukas Pa” has...
Mining Socioeconomic Impacts Discussed in Visayas Summit
Iloilo City (PNA) – There is urgent need for Philippine mining to refocus its strategy, with stakeholders in the industry looking at mining and energy as related industries, having the same economic potentials even as they are fraught with...
Mt. Mayon Remains Restive
Restive Mayon Volcano has recorded an increase in sulfur dioxide emission but this is no cause for alarm, according to the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).In the 24-hour observation period of Phivolcs on Mayon...
NCC Unveils Projects to Improve RP's Ranking in Competitiveness
The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) announces its "five-star projects" that it believes could help improve the country’s decline in the international ranking for competitiveness.Ambassador Cesar Bautista, co-chairman of the National...
Need to Relocate Squatters Stressed
The complete relocation of informal settlers on the banks of waterways in the metropolis remains one of the most vital steps to prevent heavy flooding like what happened over the weekend, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Sunday.In...
NESCAFÉ Wins Bronze at the Tambuli Awards
For successfully and responsibly promoting healthier lifestyles, NESCAFÉ has earned high honors at the Tambuli Awards. The leading coffee brand’s pioneering campaign that highlights coffee as a rich source of antioxidants took...
New Owners Spend P20 B to Upgrade Maynilad Water Services in West Zone
Only three years under its new owners and Maynilad has spent nearly P20 billion to replace old pipes, upgrade water facilities and expand its distribution network in the West Zone. These capital expenditures (CAPEX) are more than double the P8 billion...
NPC Charges Consumers P0.30/KwH for Debts
Filipino consumers will have to bear another financial toll by shouldering in their electricity bills the mammoth P470.865 billion stranded debts of state-run National Power Corporation via a levelized universal charge (UC) of P0.3049 per kilowatt...
Nude Video Allegedly of Eric Dane Circulates in Hollywood
A nude video said to ‘star’ “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Eric Dane, his wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart and former Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche is currently a hot topic in Hollywood tabloids and streaming...
Pacquiao Eyes Baguio as Training Site
As the hunt for the venue that will host his training camp steps into high gear, Manny Pacquiao said the country’s summer capital looks like a perfect choice to hold his preparation for the Nov. 14 showdown with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.“Baguio...
Pakistani Taliban Choose New Chief
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban have appointed a new chief, militants said Saturday, selecting a top commander known for his ruthless efficiency in staging attacks, including a major hotel bombing and a deadly assault against the Sri...
Palace Says Cory Monument an 'Unconditional Gift'
The planned construction of a monument for the late President Corazon Aquino is “an unconditional gift” from the Filipino people and the Arroyo government, Malacañang said Sunday.Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar...
People Flee as Fire Threatens Villages near Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dozens of wildfires broke out across Greece, torching olive groves, cutting off villages and sending residents fleeing Saturday as one of the largest blazes swept perilously close to the capital’s northern...
PowerTech to Create Networking Venue for Int'l Energy Executives
Government and private sector delegates from 25 countries attending the UNIDO ministerial conference on green energy and energy efficiency to be held in the Philippines next month have been invited to attend corporate presentations, share insights...
Push to Teach Tech to Elderly Aims to Bridge Generation Gap
While today’s youth are increasingly becoming connected via electronic means, it is ironic that the persons who probably love them most and who are most interested in their status updates -- their grandparents -- are also gradually being...
QC Motorists Told to Observe Rules on Headlights
As a deterrent to road accidents, Quezon City authorities Sunday warned motorists of stiff fines and possible jail terms if they fail to switch on their headlights to the appropriate brightness even during the stop signal.Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr....
Querubin's Son Says Dad Running in 2010
The son of detained Marine Col.Ariel Querubin Sunday said his father is banking on the financial support of his friends and followers to fund his campaign for the May 2010 senatorial race.Martin Querubin said his father, who isly under detention at...
Riding the 'Nuclear Renaissance' with Planned BNPP Re-Powering
Nuclear renaissance is undoubtedly gaining traction and sweeping policy agendas for global energy markets.Within Asia, political and economic interests also converge tugging many countries to ride the wave of nuclear resurgence in the energy mix.Japan,...
Sharapova Faces Dementieva
TORONTO (AP) — Maria Sharapova advanced to the Rogers Cup final with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Russian compatriot Alisa Kleybanova on Saturday.Unseeded Sharapova will face fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the tournament's first all-Russian...
S. Korea Holds State Funeral for Kim Dae-Jung
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea held a state funeral Sunday for ex-President Kim Dae-jung, a longtime defender of democracy and advocate of reconciliation who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to reach out to communist North Korea.The...
Smart Exposes Engineering Teachers to Telco Industry
Preparing future engineers for the telco industry can be quite a challenge for educators who lack industry experience. This is why, for the fourth year in a row, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) offered its faculty immersion program to partner schools."Smart...
Suspension of Pesticide-Spraying over Mindanao Banana Farms Lauded
An environmental task force Sunday lauded the order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) temporarily suspending the aerial spraying of pesticides in banana plantations in Mindanao.The National Task Force Against Aerial...
Thailand Agrees to Delay Rice, Sugar Tariff Cut
Thailand has agreed in principle to the Philippines’ request to delay tariff cuts on rice and sugar and did not raise the issue of compensation, but would only like the Philippines to improve its proposed end tariff rate and end date on rice.Trade...
The Economic Benefits of Indissoluble Marriage
As the Archbishop who gave the homily remarked, it is always edifying to attend a celebration of the anniversary of a wedding or that of the ordination to the priesthood. Such a celebration pays tribute to the most valued virtue of fidelity or loyalty....
Tourism, Transport Highway Map Unveiled in Mindanao Exposition
Butuan City – A three-dimensional (3-D) map showing the connectivity and accessibility of Mindanao’s tourism destinations was unveiled during the recent opening of the Mindanao Travel and Tour Exposition 2009 (MTTE 2009) at the...
Travel Club Expands Product Portfolio
The Travel Club, the country’s premier travel and lifestyle boutique, continues to expand its product portfolio of top-notch travel gear, with the acquisition of Delsey, the world’s second biggest high-range luggage brand.This development...
Ultimate 3D to Unfold in James Cameron's 'Avatar'
20th Century Fox heralds a global, history-making event when the Philippines’ select audience will get a first look at director James Cameron’s motion picture epic “Avatar” at IMAX® Theater SM North Edsa...
UN Can Oversee Global Democratic Reforms, Says Nobel Laureate
The Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences Sunday said the United Nations (UN) is the only institution capable of overseeing democratic reforms that would help countries all over the world weather the current financial crisis.Joseph Stiglitz, 2001...
US, Europe Tied at Solheim Cup
SUGAR GROVE, Illinois (AP) — Europe rallied to win the fourballs and split the foursomes to finish in an 8-8 tie with the United States going into the last day of the Solheim Cup on Saturday.The Americans need 14 points to win a third straight...
Wala Lang: Manilart'09 and the Art Landscape
The average middle class home used to have maybe two artworks –  a country view in the sala and a version of Leonardo’s Last Supper in the comedor.  There were not too many artists yet and prices were okay. Even...
Witness the Most Beautiful Day in the Universe
Will Bianca be RP’s 3rd Miss Universe?The stage is all set, the hosts and performers have been chosen, all 84 gorgeous candidates are in, and the universe’s most coveted crown awaits its new queen. Will Philippines’ bet...
Zuellig Building Project Obtains Pre-Certification from US Building Council
The P3.1 billion Zuellig Building project in Makati has achieved pre-certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) at the LEED Gold level for leadership in energy and environmental Design.This was disclosed by Bridgebury Realty Corporation,...