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 6, 2009

13 Export Projects Approved for Funding
Thirteen export industry projects that would help promote the country’s exports particularly in new focused markets in Asia and strengthen the sector’s capability have been approved as the first beneficiaries of the P1 billion Export...
8 VLCCs Store Mostly Fuel Oil off South Malaysia
SINGAPORE, Sept. 6 (Reuters) – At least eight supertankers holding mostly fuel oil are anchored in south Malaysian waters, up from seven previously, as a shortage of tanks spurs a move to floating storage and excess shipping capacity keeps...
Aboitiz Power Plots Strategy on Coal Procurement for Pagbilao Plant
With fuel procurement burden now shifted to the Independent Power Producer Administrators (IPPA), Aboitiz Power Corporation (AP) starts setting out strategy on coal contracting for the 735-megawatt Pagbilao coal-fired power facility so it can shield...
Accenture Starts Re-Hiring Binge, Throws Spotlight on Local CIOs
With the global economy beginning to show signs of recovery, BPO and consulting firm Accenture has started to rehire about 100 of the 500 employees it laid off in the country recently.This was disclosed in a recent press briefing by Accenture Philippines...
Alleged Soldiers Gun Down 3, Including Cop
Alleged members of the Philippine Army Scout Rangers, who were reported to be drunk, allegedly shot dead three persons, including a police officer moments after causing a ruckus outside a beer house in Quezon City past midnight Sunday.PO3 Wilfredo...
A Night of Literature
Genius deserves recognition, and for literary masterminds, there is no distinction quite as meaningful and coveted as the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Now on its 59th year, the Carlos Palanca awards hails two new additions to its...
A Weekend Sojourn in Bicol
Reservations dominated my mind in accepting a weekend sojourn in the Bicol region. There were many considerations I had to deal with before I could pack my bag for a quick weekend getaway.The frenzied, dynamic desk work made it a bit difficult. But,...
Baay, Palencia Dominate Milo Race in San Pablo
San Pablo City, Laguna — Michael Baay and Jean Palencia won the San Pablo leg of the 33rd National Milo Marathon eliminations, but failed to qualify in the national final.Baay clocked 1:17.02 and Palencia checked in 1:36.00 in topping the...
Baguio Ready for Pacquiao's Training
Reporting from Baguio City, trainer Buboy Fernandez said the City of Pines and the facilities available up there is suited for Manny Pacquiao’s training camp for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto.“I have inspected the gym and...
Barangays Urged to Promote Flag-Raising Activities
The National Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) capped over the weekend its 3rd national convention in Manila with the passing of a resolution enjoining 42,000 member barangays nationwide to promote flag-raising activities in their localities.LnB President...
Battered Child
“Will you slaughter the children, your own seed, Slaughter them with your own hands?”                     ...
BoC Seizes, Forfeits Tax-Free Fuel Sold outside Port of Clark
The partnership between the government and the fuel industry to weed out smuggled fuel away from the legal market, bore fruit, with the forfeiture in favor of government of 954.5 liters of imported diesel fuel, diverted outside the Port of Clark.The...
Calm Returns to China's Urumqi after Officials Sacked
URUMQI, China (Reuters) — Tensions lifted in China’s far western city of Urumqi, in turmoil over a spate of needle attacks, after two high officials were fired and doctors’ reassurances relieved angry and fearful city...
Cavite-Corregidor Kayak Marathon Set
Fex your muscles, bask in the sea and sun, and navigate the waters of Manila Bay as Sun and Sea Sports Systems, JCI- Ternate “Mardicas” and the Philippine Kayaking Association holds the Cavite-Corregidor Kayak Marathon on September...
Cebu Free Port & Economic Zone
The other Friday, the ex-governors of Cebu were honored by the province on the occasion of its 440th anniversary of its founding. Those who were personally present to the event were ex-governors PabloGarcia, and Eduardo Gullas both of whom are currently...
Central Europe: Experiencing Its Beauty, Remembering Its Tragedy (Part II)
In last week’s account, our group – composed of Tony and Nida Africa, Tish Bautista, Isagani and Medy Cruz, Virgie Diaz, Lydia Echauz, Paul Tan, and Ely Venzon – had landed in Frankfurt and then proceeded to Berlin. ...
Cerda's Concepts of Children
Cerda’s concepts of children make for self-identification among the young ones, and a nostalgia trip among the young once.Fleeting are children’s emotional states by reason of age, environment, progeny, and so on. Their attention...
Condolences and Sympathies to the Family and Faithful of the Iglesia Ni Cristo on the Passing Away of Executive Minister Eraño G. Manalo
After taking over the leadership of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in 1963, Executive Minister Eraño G. Manalo steered the church towards steady expansion, maintaining the doctrines that the church was founded on. As the fifth child of Iglesia...
Conglomerate Renews Commitment to Education
MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – As part of its big commitment to education, the Aboitiz Group of Companies (AGC) has entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Education (DepEd), pledging to continue donating funds in...
DA Vows to Support Dev't of Zambo Rubber Industry
IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay Province – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has committed some P15 million to finance the rubber development in the Zamboanga Peninsula and to continue to support the market links for rubber producers and growers...
Debates about the Sabbath
LUKE 6:6-11On another sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched Him closely to see if He would cure on the Sabbath so that they might discover a...
Dengue Becoming Unstoppable
The mosquito-borne disease dengue has become unstoppable due to climate change, according to global health experts who advised nations to institute more aggressive elimination drives to stem the disease that sickens over 50 million and kills 24,000...
Dingdong, Marian Seen on Location for a 'Love Story'
Two of today’s most bankable stars Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera were spotted filming a project on an idyllic resort island last week, reports disclosed to Manila Bulletin on Saturday. Witnesses said that the two enjoyed a sweet afternoon...
DoT and Japan Expand Tourism Ties
The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have further strengthened their tourism alliance with the expansion of their joint project, the DoT-JICA Technical Cooperation Program Management (TCPM) for local...
Duque, Yap Named Anti-Ebola Chiefs
President Arroyo has appointed Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and Health Secretary Francisco Duque as over-all crisis managers to curb the spread of Ebola Reston virus in animals and humans in the country.In Executive Order No. 826, the President...
Duterte Seeks New Probe on Killings
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte urged the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to come back and reinvestigate the killings in the city.During the meeting of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) last Thursday at the Grand Men Seng Hotel...
Environmental Group Scores Approval of Runway Project without Clearance
An eminent environmental watchdog cautions government about proceeding with projects without the necessary environmental clearance certificates (ECC).“They should go through the process and not resort to shortcuts at the expense of our people...
E-Vehicles, Hydro, Wind Power, Clean Energy in PowerTrends 2009
The country’s largest event on renewable energy, PowerTrends 2009, will be held on September 9-11, 2009, at the World Trade Center Metro Manila.PowerTrends 2009 is focused on the latest technology, products and services available to investors,...
ExcelAsia Opens Eastwood Facility, Launches Online Recruitment Site
With President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo as guest-of-honor, ExcelAsia recently celebrated its fourth year of operations with the inauguration of its fifth and largest site to date in Eastwood City.An industry-leading human resources solutions company...
Falcons Spoil UST's Bid; Archers Still Nurse Hopes
Games Thursday (Aaraneta Ccoliseum)2 p.m. — NU vs La Salle4 p.m. — UE vs UST Adamson opened another door for La Salle's slim Final Four hopes following an 83-64 win over University of Santo Tomas Sunday in the 72nd UAAP...
Federer Survives, Safina Ousted
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer overcame a sloppy first set and tumble to the court to beat two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open.Federer has won 14 consecutive...
Fish Thrive in Pandacan Depot's Waste-Water Pond
Fish are good indicators of water quality since they are very sensitive to contamination that chemical tests may miss, according to a study made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The EPA study indicates that using fishponds complement...
'Florinda' Fills Your Nights with Suspense Monday Night
ABS-CBN finall brings you the highly anticipated drama/suspense series this year that will provide you your nightly dose of thrills and chills starting Monday, Sept. 7, “Florinda.” From the success of “Patayin Sa Sindak...
Foreign Travel Buyers Set Sights on RP
The Department of Tourism (DoT) has recently welcomed almost 200 foreign travel buyers from DoT’s seven markets in the 9th Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX ’09) which will run at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City until September...
God, Eddie & Dory
Prior to being the president and founder of the Jesus is Lord Church and being one of the country’s most compelling televangelists, Eduardo Villanueva or Bro. Eddie used to be a small town bloke in Bocaue, Bulacan smitten by the riveting...
Gov't Plans Sell UCPB Shares Subject to High Court Approval
The government is confident that it would now be able to sell its shares in United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) because the bank’s financial position is on the mend.Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) President Jose C. Nograles said...
Highlights and Sidelights at the 1st MTRCB Awards
The 1st MTRCB (Movies and Television Review and Classification Board) Awards ceremony held on Sept. 4 at the Gateway Cinema 5 in Quezon City ran for just a little over two hours but it had its good share of highlights and sidelights.Actress Gloria...
Holy City Twist: Arabs Moving into Jewish Areas
JERUSALEM (AP) — Yousef Majlaton moved into the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev for such comforts as proper running water and regular garbage pickup. But he represents a potentially volatile twist in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute...
IBM to Relaunch, Augment Global Delivery Center in RP
IBM’s global delivery center (GDC) in the Philippines is getting an upgrade and will be relaunched soon after performing well and rising to become the company’s fourth highest-earning site globally since being unveiled in October...
Improved Irrigation Means More Rice
The concerted effort by the Accelerated Hunger-Mitigation Program of the Administration essentially depends on improved irrigation systems in the country’s rice-producing regions. It boasts of an increased rice production.Ostensibly, the...
Learning Problems Commonly Associated with ADHD
There are several learning problems associated with ADHD which are either results of the actual symptoms of ADHhD or because the student also has a Learning Disability (LD).All too often, the behavioural problems related to ADHhD become the primary...
Lobster Wars Rock Remote Maine Island
MATINICUS ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Life here is defined by the ocean.It’s the ocean that feeds the livelihoods of the lobstermen. It’s the ocean that dictates the weather. And it’s 20 miles (32 kilometers) of ocean...
MALAY: Inside the Palanca
After agreeing to emcee the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature awarding ceremonies, the first thing we got was a call reminding us to stick to the script.National Artist Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera was chosen to be the guest speaker, so why worry?Well,...
Malaysia Muslim Protest Derails Hindu Temple Plan
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian state government searched for a new site for a Hindu temple Sunday, bowing to pressure from Muslim residents who staged a gruesome protest against its planned construction that triggered debate about religious...
Maltreated Pinay Worker in Kuwait Gets Urgent Aid
KIDAPAWAN CITY – A documented 30-year-old female overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from a poor village in Matalam, North Cotabato had reportedly escaped from her employer’s home in Kuwait after allegedly suffering from physical battering...
Mama Mary & SVD Birthday
September 8 is the birthday of Mama Mary.A story is told about two hermits discussing the parable of the prodigal son. The younger said to the other: “There is something strange in this Gospel story.* * *“It mentions all the members...
Manila Cathedral Gets a Facelift
The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or the Manila Cathedral, a major symbol of Christianity in the Philippines for five decades now is getting a much-needed facelift and is set to reclaim its old glory, hopefully, before the end of the...
MasterCard Titanium Card Registers 49 Percent Growth
MasterCard Incorporated recently announced a 49% increase in gross dollar volume for its Titanium card program in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and African region. This was for the second quarter of 2009, versus the same period in 2008.The strong...
Maxine Syjuco: Confessions of a Poet
Aristotle seemingly had it right when he opined in his theory of literary discourse, Poetics, that “tragedy brings men back to a virtuous and happy mean,” stressing that it is a corrective constant in one’s life and through...
'Milk Banking'
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has taken on a new role aside from its traditional central banking activities – “milk banking” or the banking of milk of lactating mothers in the workplace.BSP Deputy Governor Armando Suratos,...
Moymoy Palaboy Goes Crazy 4 Crocs
Magic 89.9 DJs Tony Toni and Grace Lee led a night full of good fun and cheer as Crazy for Crocs, a new campaign in support of the beloved footwear brand, was recently launched with an exclusive party at the Hard Rock Café in Makati. The...
New Trends in Building Designs Emerge
As the property sector is starting to recover from the slump, new trends in architectural designs of buildings and houses are being pushed to help reduce carbon emissions in the country coming out from buildings.Architect Mike Guerrero, vice-chairman...
Not Just Scholarship
Private education in the Philippines has been mostly in the hands of religious orders since Spanish times. But private Catholic education is expensive and exclusive, the clientele being the moneyed and car-riding sectors of society. This anomaly is...
Noynoy & Mar -Truly a Class Act
ANGEL THOUGHTS“Forgiveness does not make the other person right. It makes you free.”  Steve TamayoThe political landscape drastically changed after the “people’s burial” of our Icon, Tita Cory....
Off to College!
Up until fairly recently, the assumption was that teenagers with autism simply wouldn’t be able to go to college, so there hasn’t been a lot of information out there on how to make it work for them.But with improved behavioral interventions...
Of Weaves and Patterns
The art and process of weaving is as laborious and intricate as it gets, but it seems that not many realize how much of a revered craft it really is. In fact, it is alarmingly becoming a dying craft. What is ironic, however, in this perilous situation...
Payment Cards Used to Reduce Personal Risk While Traveling
Carrying less cash means less risk while on holiday according to 42 percent of respondents interviewed as part of Visa’s Travel Smart survey . This is one of the main reasons given by those who prefer cards to cash as their primary payment...
PBA Legends See Action in AseaAn Tilt
PBA legends Alvin Patrimonio, Vergel Meneses and Atoy Co banner the country’s campaign in the 18th AseanSEAN Veterans Basketball Invitational-BF Cup which starts today at the Marikina City Sports Center.The organizing Filipino-Chinese Veteran...
Placement Options for the ADHD Child
QUESTION: My seven-year old son was diagnosed with ADHD recently. He just entered regular school this schoolyear. Is there a need for us to transfer him to a special school? If yes, what should be our major considerations in finding a school? If no,...
Power Firm Says Massive Blackout in Dumaguete Not Caused by NPA
DUMAGUETE CITY (PNA) – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has denied reports that New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have sabotaged a main power transmission line in Basiao, San Jose town in Negros Oriental, resulting...
Promising Dark Horse
Noynoy Aquino has emerged as the most promising dark horse in the presidential derby.He is the son of very distinguished parents but what are his other qualifications?***Noynoy has gone into retreat to seek divine guidance on whether or not to run...
QC Moves to Ease Floods amid Continuous Rains
Quezon City authorities deployed flood control crew in flood-prone and critical areas of the city yesterday in the wake of the continuous heavy rains.Joselito Cabungcal, chief of the Quezon City Engineering Department (QCED), said field personnel were...
Que Trails by 4 Strokes
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland — Filipino Angelo Que fired a three-under-par 68 to stay within striking distance after the third round of the Omega European Masters Saturday here.The 30-year-old Que, a two-time winner in Asia, produced four birdies...
Rainy Days and Mondays
It has been a news-filled week and if, like me, the dailies constitute your window to the world, it felt like watching a parade.There was the Mar Roxas announcement yielding the presidential nomination of the Liberal Party to Noynoy Aquino after that...
Replicating Islands of Good Governance
It is widely accepted that our local government units or LGUs, including the barangays which constitute the smallest unit of our political system, are veritable engines for growth and development in our collective task of nation building.In the context...
'Ring of Fire' Shows off Asian Pottery Works
Sixteen Filipino potters and 10 other Southeast Asian ceramic artists will exhibit their wares in an international show entitled Ring of Fire at the Ayala Museum from September 21 to October 4, 2009.The convergence of ASEAN potters in Makati is the...
RP-Based IT Firm Makes Solution to Website Woes
Do you have problems making timely updates of your web content only to end up having to redesign your website altogether again and again?"These are but examples of common website problems that result in lost business opportunities, forcing many companies...
Saudi Hajj Officials Seek P324,350 for Damages
Hajj authorities from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who managed the Philippine Hajj Mission in 2008 are asking for damages amounting Saudi rial (SR) 24,950 (about P324,350) from Filipino pilgrims who allegedly destroyed pilgrimage facilities in Mina,...
Scotland Denies Libya Paid for Lockerbie Bomber Advice
LONDON (AFP) — Scotland rejected allegations Sunday that its decision to free the Lockerbie bomber because he is terminally ill was based on medical advice from doctors paid by Libya.The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Libyan government...
Serendipity
During the 7th General Assembly of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP) held in the University of Santo Tomas, I was invited to give the welcome remarks. Prior to the event, I had looked for historical information about ACRP. Although...
Sightseeing Boat Sinks in Macedonian Lake, 15 Dead
OHRID, Macedonia (AP) — An overloaded sightseeing boat carrying dozens of Bulgarian tourists has sunk in a lake on Macedonia’s western border, killing 15 people, officials said.The vessel, called the Ilinden, sank rapidly Saturday...
Singkaban Fiesta Presents KASAL: The Wedding Industries of Bulacan
The annual celebration of the Linggo ng Bulacan: Singkaban Fiesta is slated on September 8 to 15, 2009. Worthwhile  activities have been prepared to make Bulacan an exciting  destination, the place to be in September.The Provincial...
Stags Seek 13th Win vs Cardinals
Games Monday(Tthe Aarena, Ssan Juan Ccity)10 a.m. — Letran vs AUF (Jrs)11:45 a.m. — Mapua vsSan Sebastian (Jrs)2 p.m. — Letran vs AUF (Srs)4 p.m. — Mapua vsSan Sebastian (Srs) San Sebastian College goes...
'StarStruck V' Draws Thousands of Aspirants
The StarStruck mania has begun anew and thousands from all over the archipelago have manifested interest in becoming the next stars as they came in droves last Sunday to file their applications to StarStruck V, chanting the popular “Dream,...
Strike Incidents Drop by 20%, Says DoLE
Strike incidents have dropped by 20 percent with only four work stoppages recorded from January to August this year, according to a report from the National Conciliation Mediation Board (NCMB) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).New notices...
Summit at Noah's Ark?
Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. cut short his visit to US to attend the all-party consultation of Lakas-Kampi-CMD… hopefully, with Washington’s endorsement?* * *President Gloria Arroyo had 5-star...
Super Ferry Sinks; 3 Die
At least three persons were reported killed while four others were injured and more than 200 remained missing after a passenger ship sank off Banga Point in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte early Sunday morning.According to preliminary reports released...
Tañamor, Tipon Bow Out
MILAN, Italy — Team Philippines lost its two biggest names on a forgettable Saturday, leaving the young but courageous Charly Suarez to carry the fight for the Filipinos in the 15th AIBA World boxing championships at the Mediolanum Forum...
Teachers' Month Campaign
Last September 4, 2009 the Teacher’s Month Campaign (TMC) was launched, coinciding with the awarding ceremony of the 2009 Metrobank Foundation Search for Outstanding Teachers and culminating on October 5 as World Teachers’ Day as...
The Business of Clean Energy
The high cost of energy continues to be a development challenge for our country. Environmentalists and energy experts agree that the world’s current energy consumption, which relies heavily on limited fossil fuel resources, is putting excessive...
The Election Bounce
A long time ago in a faraway country...I happened to be in a country on the other side of the world – actually it was India in the old days – when it was election time, and I was lucky enough to witness an exciting campaign. ...
The River Taxis of Cagayan De Oro City
It could have been an ordinary cruise of the Cagayan De Oro river had it not been for the river taxi that brought us through 17 river barangays.Liceo de Cagayan University currently manages two river taxis that ply the 10-kilometer stretch of the Cagayan...
Tough Work Ahead to New Doha Talks
NEW DELHI, Sept. 6 (AFP) – Ministers from key trading nations who agreed to resume stalled talks on a new global free-trade pact say big hurdles remain to clinching a deal that has eluded negotiators for years.Intense negotiations lie ahead...
'Tourism Ambassadors' to Promote RP to China
In its continuing efforts to further enhance the vibrant tourism relations between the Philippines and China, the Department of Tourism (DoT) recently announced the selection of eight youth ‘tourism ambassadors’ to promote the Philippines...
Traffic Rerouted for Ka Erdy Burial
Major thoroughfares in Quezon City will be closed to vehicular traffic Monday to give way to multitudes of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members who are expected to attend the noontime interment of Executive Minister Eraño “Ka Erdy”...
Transformational Leader
Last week, Chief Justice Reynato Puno led the formal launching of the Moral Force Movement, a non-partisan organization which seeks to help our country elect what it calls a “transformational leader” in the 2010 elections.Justice...
Transforming Families/population
“All pressures brought to bear in limiting ‘the freedom of couples in deciding about children constitute a grave offense against human dignity and justice.’”                           —...
Trinidad Chides Official for Purchases
Pasay City Mayor Peewee Trinidad chided Vice Mayor Antonio Calixto for including purchases in the city’s updated supplemental annual procurement plan as extraneous and not within his powers, duties, and functions.In a letter to Calixto dated...
US Unemployment Hits 9.7% in August
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (AFP) – The US labor market moved closer to recovery in August as job losses narrowed to 216,000 while the unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent, according to data Friday suggesting improving economic conditions.The Labor...
Values in Family-Owned Business
Among the Philippine corporations that have been rated high in corporate governance, there is a large number of family-owned businesses like Ayala Corporation, Banco de Oro, Megaworld, ICTSI, Security Bank Corporation, Alaska Milk Corporation, and...
WALA LANG: A Belgian-Dutch Expat in Manila, 1883-1927
Foreign ships—Western non-Spanish that is—were allowed to dock and trade in Manila only beginning in the late 1700s.  Foreign merchants set up shop from the 1820s among other things to export sugar, abaca, coffee, indigo,...
What Are Poets for in a Post Po-Mo Society?
“Lumapos kaw. Ya tapos. Di kaw mauno.”  (You will succeed. You will finish. Nothing bad will happen to you.) – Mandaya Panawagtawag RitualIn a far-flung village of Davao Oriental in a remote town called Cateel,...
While She Was Away
In 1995, there was this blockbuster film ‘While You Were Sleeping,’ starring Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, and Peter Gallagher. This feel good, romantic movie illustrated the twists and turns of the life of an orphan (Sandra), a...
Who Will Take over Aiko - Alfred Vargas or Ara Mina?
With her term as Quezon City councilor of District 2 nears, who does Aiko Melendez see fit to take over her coveted position – Alfred Vargas or Ara Mina?“For me it doesn’t matter who will win. The most important thing...
WTO Rules for US; Airbus Subsidies Illegal
WASHINGTON (AP) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the European Union (EU) provided illegal subsidies to Airbus for its aircraft, a House Democrat said Friday.Washington state's Norm Dicks, who was briefed by US trade officials...