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 November 28, 2010

335 Pass Radiologic, X-Ray Technologists Exams
MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Sunday that 335 out of 979 passed the Radiologic Technologist and X-Ray Technologist Licensure Examinations given by the Board of Radiologic Technology in the cities of Manila...
Agusan Norte Opens Massive Agri-Production Opportunities
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - Full economic boom is expected in Agusan del Norte starting next year as the provincial government opened to any business group, both foreign and domestic, and individuals, for agri-production co-management sharing partners...
All-Filipino Virtual Shopping Portal Launched
With Christmas fast approaching, shopping for gifts is on top of everyone's list. To get the perfect gift that fits the budget, one has to go through horrendous traffic, contend with the crowds at the malls, and endure the long checkout lines. Luckily,...
All-Out Support for Tourism Urged
MANILA, Philippines - Considered as the cornerstone of President Aquino's administration, tourism stalwart Samie Lim said that tourism needs all the support it can get to move forward and to realize its potential as a major player in the country's...
Andres, Tomas, & Bibit
MANILA, Philippines - Rizalenos will join the rest of the Nation in pausing and remembering one of our national heroes, Andres Bonifacio, tomorrow, one day in advance of the date marked in the calendar in his honor.The late Supreme of the Katipunan...
Ang, Santiago Top Anvaya Triathlon
Levy Ang and Geraldine Santiago yesterday shared the limelight by topping the men's and women's divisions, respectively, in the third Anvaya Cove International Triathlon at the Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club in Bataan.The 39-year-old Ang, who skipped...
Aquino to Adopt P50-B 6-Year R & D Plan
MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino Administration has committed to adopt a six-year Research and Development Priorities Plan (RDPP) with estimated P50-billion investment requirements to jumpstart long-term technology-based enterprises in seven priority...
Army Aims for Peace 'Sans Guns'
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - In an effort to advance an alternative mode of achieving peace, a military brigade spearheaded the launching here of the first-ever "Building Partnership: Pro-Peace, Pro-People Campaign to Win Peace" program, advocating...
ASFP Cites Dynamic ARMM Stakeholders
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Social Fund Project, which oversees the largest foreign loan-assisted projects in the ARMM, conferred special awards to some of the best performing stakeholders of community...
As They See the World through Their Fingertips
MANILA, Philippines - In March this year, top photographer and prime mover of Photography with a Difference (PWD) John K. Chua invited 31 visually-impaired children and their families to the Manila Zoo for an experience of their lifetime. A group of...
Barangay Assembly Day
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has declared December 11, 2010, Saturday, as Barangay Assembly Day across the country wherein citizens can interact with their village officials.In Proclamation No. 74, the President directed all city and municipal...
BSP Sees Current Transfers Rising to $18.3B Next Year
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects the country's current transfers to grow by eight percent in 2011 to $18.3 billion from an estimated $17.1 billion this year.Current transfers, as defined by the BSP, were receipts...
BSP to Double Bond Fund Exposures
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may raise its bond fund investments from $300 million to $800 million in a bid to allocate strategically the accumulated foreign exchange and increased foreign assets over the past years.This...
Cargo Plane Crashes into Housing Complex
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A cargo plane crashed into a housing complex in Karachi soon after takeoff Sunday, setting off a huge blaze and killing all eight Russian crew on board, Pakistan's civil aviation authority said.At least one person on the ground...
Changes in 2010 MMFF Introduced
MANILA, Philippines - In this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), there will be three notable changes. This was announced by Atty. Francis N. Tolentino, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman who's also MMFF 2010 over-all chairman,...
CHMSC to Become a University
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines - Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) Fortune Towne campus will soon become a state university, as the Bacolod City councilors have endorsed the request of CHMSC Executive Director, for the conversion of this state...
Chu-Chik Pair Leads in 14th Founders Cup
Aaron Chu and partner Willy Chik combined for a net 15-under 51 to post a one-point lead over Roy Asi and Rex Goquingco tandem at the start of the 14th Founders Cup at the Orchard Golf and Country Club's Players Course in Dasmarinas, Cavite last Thursday.Chu,...
Cinemanila Honors Dolphy with International Award
JUST A THOUGHT: Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others. - Winston Churchill* * *MANILA, Philippines - DOLPHY AWARD: Another international award awaits Dolphy when the 12th Cinemanila International...
Computers for Children with Autism
MANILA, Philippines - QUESTION: I have a seven year-old son who has autism and he loves computers. But his love for computers gets in the way of in his studies. I've already heard of technology-assisted learning for kids and online education for special...
Conflict Resolution
MANILA, Philippines - Last week, the shelling of a South Korean island by the North Koreans and the anniversary of the massacre in Ampatuan country in the front pages of the national newspapers reminded me how conflict still surrounds us every day...
Crosby Scores 200th Goal, Lifts Pens over Flames
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AFP) - Sidney Crosby scored three goals - including the 200th of his career - to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-1 NHL victory over Calgary.The Canadian superstar reached a career milestone on Saturday in impressive style, scoring...
Cyber Monday Laptop Deals, the Best Laptop Deals All Year?
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) - In case of missing the boat on Black Friday, there's still Cyber Monday for laptop shoppers who've procrastinated through the weekend. Now, there even better laptop deals online because retailers are more desperate to offload...
DA Introduces Rice Harvester
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - The Region 12 office here of the Department of Agriculture (DA 12) has introduced to local farmers the use of a mechanical rice harvester to boost their production.DA Region 12 Director Jimmy Olivo said personnel...
Davao Official Leads 1st Forum
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Major stakeholders on anti-terrorism gathered recently as Mayor Sara Duterte called for an anti-terrorism forum that urged villages and establishments in the city to be aware of threats of terrorism that might happen.Duterte...
Disaster-Ravaged Haiti Heads to Polling Places
PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - Haitians head to vote Sunday in an election marred by violence and concerns of fraud, with a cholera epidemic eating away at the earthquake-ravaged country.Voters will choose a successor to President Rene Preval, who is not running...
DMCI Income Up 79% to P5.8 B
MANILA, Philippines - DMCI Holdings, Inc. reported a 79 percent surge in its consolidated net income (after minority interest) for the first nine months of 2010 to P5.8 billion from P3.2 billion the same period last year.The firm said in a disclosure...
DoF Wants VAT Exemption to Senior Citizens Repealed
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance (DoF) has formally proposed to Congress the repeal of value-added tax (VAT) exemption of senior citizens' purchases of goods and services.The fiscal authority agency explained that instead of VAT exemption,...
Domingo Backtracks on MFN Rates
MANILA, Philippines - Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo has backtracked from an earlier pronouncement that he would favor to keep a minimal one percent tariff on most favored nation (MFN) tariffs that are scheduled to go down to zero...
Don't X the 'Mas
MANILA, Philippines - BUT NOT IN SHAME. Smart-Gilas failed to bring home the bacon. But not in shame. The team did us proud. As Pacman can tell, you don't win a championship overnight.MVP did the right thing in putting up a national team. Keep coach...
Education, Environment, Employment
ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and Alstom Foundation through Alstom Philippines take their partnership to a higher level by spearheading a holistic coastal community development program in Bataan called Project 3E. Aimed at providing effective intervention...
ERC Revises Formula on System Loss Charges
MANILA, Philippines - The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has revised the formula in the computation of system loss charges that will be passed on to electricity consumers, to allow distribution utilities (DUs) to factor in under-and over-recoveries...
Exclusive: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis Recall Their Sex Scene in 'Black Swan'
LOS ANGELES - When we interviewed Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis for their roles in director Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller, "Black Swan," we saw how the two ladies were opposites in real life.Natalie, 29, was reserved and soft-spoken while...
FairTrade Pushes Four Pet Bills
MANILA, Philippines - Multisectoral roup FairTrade Alliance (FairTrade) has pushed for the passage of four priority bills in this Congress which it finds would significantly ensure the welfare of Filipino consumers and protect micro small and medium...
Flu Fears Force Ban on Bird Hunting
SAGADA, Mountain Province, Philippines - Local officials in this mountain resort town reiterated the banning of "ikik" or bird hunting to avoid catching foreign birds that might be carriers of the dreaded bird flu virus that could seriously affect...
Gerry's Grill Forays in Singapore
MANILA, Philippines - Authentic Filipino restaurant Gerry's Grill forays in Singapore, its second overseas presence after the US, after it was chosen as the sole Filipino restaurant to operate at the upscale "Rasapura Masters" in Marina Bay Sands Hotel...
Growth in All Areas
Dubbed "La Muy Leal y Noble Ciudad (The Most Noble City)" by the Queen Regent of Spain in the late 1800s, Iloilo City has been luring locals and foreigners alike with its colorful festivals, striking churches, Spanish and American colonial architecture,...
Heat Call Players-Only Meeting after Dallas Defeat
DALLAS (Reuters) - The struggling Miami Heat held a players-only meeting that lasted 20 minutes following their 106-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.The loss meant the Heat's record dropped to 9-8 which is well below preseason expectations...
'Il Carnevale Di Venezia' in Manila
Before being elected President of the United States (1908-1913), William Howard Taft was Chairman of the Philippine Commission (1900) and Governor-General (1901-1903).First Ladies were then occupied principally with socials and in her lively memoir,...
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
MANILA, Philippines - The United Nations (UN) observes today the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, as mandated by resolutions agreed upon by the UN General Assembly. It was also on this day in 1947 that the General Assembly...
Japan Lures Tourists with 'Welcome' Bra
TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - A Japanese lingerie maker has unveiled a truly intimate welcome for visitors - a "Welcome to Japan" bra, complete with greetings in three different languages.The blue, bustier-style garment by Triumph aims to promote tourism...
Keys, Lady Gaga to Sign off Twitter for Charity
Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga take charity work seriously, and they're going offline to prove it.Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and other celebrities have joined a new campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice on behalf of Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive....
Korean Tension Escalates
* US, South Korea launch war games* North Korea vows 'merciless counter-attack'* Chinese exec meets S. Korean PresidentYEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP/AFP) - The United States and South Korea launched joint war games Sunday as a top official from...
Laughter Yoga Urged for Elderly
SAN DIEGO (Reuters Life!) - It's a Thursday afternoon at the Live Well center in San Diego and a group of seniors are skipping, clapping and hooting in the recreation room.That's precisely what Dr. Caroline Meeks, aka "Dr. Funshine" ordered. As part...
Lessons from Handicapped
MANILA, Philippines - The first Sunday of the month of December is not only the first Sunday of Advent but also "Catholic Handicapped Sunday."Today's event reminds me of a Fil-American girl who came home to the Philippines together with her parents,...
Like a Diamond
MANILA, Philippines - Here is another story from our friend who finds joy in sharing stories about the Gospel through the e-mail. I am reproducing the story in full.* * *The story is told of a South African farmer who disliked his occupation and envied...
LTFRB to Hear Fare Hike Proposed by Cebu Transport Groups
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - Fifty-year-old Elisio Gako has been driving a public utility jeepney in Cebu for the past 20 years, making both ends meet for his sickly wife and five young children.In over two decades of plying the Guadalupe-Carbon...
Malaysia Backs Continuation of Peace Talks
COTABATO CITY - A top Malaysian official has batted for peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to answer the long quest for lasting peace in Mindanao.Malaysian...
Marquez Stops Katsidis to Keep WBA Lightweight Title
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) - Juan Manuel Marquez stopped Michael Katsidis in the ninth round to retain his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization lightweight titles.Mexico's Marquez regrouped after an early knockdown and punished the Australian...
Nemesio Miranda, Jr.: Forerunner of Imaginative Figurism
Imaginative figurism is a process in which the artist produces a detailed rendition of the human body through paintings and sculptures by using vivid visual recollections from the mind. The term was originally used by Nemesio Miranda, Jr. one of the...
New Outsourcing Firm Opens Doors for Business
MANILA, Philippines - Technology Outsourcing Partners (TOP), a new outsourcing provider opens its doors to the Philippines and global market, offering top-notch, cost-effective and well-crafted solutions to clients' technology outsourcing requirements.A...
NFA Urged to Buy Local Rice
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ralph Recto, chair of the Senate committee on ways and means, said Sunday that he is studying the possible inclusion in the 2012 budget a special provision that would compel the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy rice produced...
North Korea "Readies Missiles"
YEONPYEONG, South Korea (Reuters) - North Korea has placed surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads in the Yellow Sea, Yonhap news agency reported Sunday, as the United States and South Korea began military exercises and China said it would try to...
November Is Clean Air Month
MANILA, Philippines - Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1101 issued in 1997, the month of November is observed as Clean Air Month, with activities focused on issues and concerns related to the problems of air pollution throughout the country....
November Is Malaria Awareness Month
MANILA, Philippines - November has been declared Malaria Awareness Month, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1168, to build public awareness on the disease and its prevention and control. Malaria is one of the 10 leading causes of morbidity in the...
November Is Traditional and Alternative Health Care Month
MANILA, Philippines - November is observed as Traditional and Alternative Health Care (TAHC) Month throughout the country. The month-long celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 698, which is an expression of government support to...
Okinawa Vote to Test US-Japan Military Pact
TOKYO (AP, AFP) - Voters headed to the polls on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday to choose between two gubernatorial candidates campaigning for the removal of a controversial United States Marine base.The US Futenma Air Base has been...
Paper Money
MANILA, Philippines - "Why don't we just print more money?"This is a question that has probably crossed our minds, especially in times of financial need.Printing more money for everyone sounds cool: With more cash we can buy more goods. But if it's...
PH Welcomes France Decision on Travel Alert
MANILA, Philippines - The government has welcomed the decision of France to tone down its travel advisory for the Philippines and stressed that security measures are in place to protect the public during the holiday season, a Palace official said Sunday....
Polls Open across Egypt
CAIRO (AFP) - Polls opened across Egypt on Sunday for a parliamentary election expected to strengthen the ruling party's grip in the most populous Arab nation but overshadowed by a crackdown on the Islamist opposition.Polling stations opened at 8 a.m....
PSALM Defers IPPA Tender for Naga Thermal Plant
MANILA, Philippines - The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) is putting on hold the auction process for the appointment of an independent power producer administrator (IPPA) for the 110-megawatt Naga thermal power facility...
Riding in Tandem
MANILA, Philippines - Steadfast and unnerving, good old English detective Sherlock Holmes would turn squeamish if he were alive today. Why? Because he would know that our police have a pragmatic way of arresting criminal suspects. How? Collar those...
San Beda Seeks Semis vs la Salle
NCAA champion San Beda shoots for a Final Four berth today when it battles La Salle in the Elite Eight of the 2010 Philippine Collegiate Champions League at The Arena in San Juan.Out to prove that they're tougher and sharper than their UAAP counterparts,...
SCG-Bangkok Pushes for Sustainable Development
The Thailand Sustainable Development Symposium 2010 was held in Bangkok last month, organized by Siam Cement Group (SCG). In his speech therein, Thailand's Finance Minister, His Excellency Korn Chatikavanij, pointed out that the event aimed for CEOs...
SC Orders Ampatuans to Comment on Live Coverage Petitioners
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered members of the Ampatuan clan to comment on the Malacanang-backed petition seeking live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial.The Ampatuans - led by former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan...
Semirara Profits Up 146% to P3.21 B Due to Power Business
MANILA, Philippines - Semirara Mining Corporation reported a 146 percent jump in consolidated net income for the first nine months of the year to P3.21 billion from P1.3 billion earned in the same period in 2009. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock...
SSS Posts 51% Jump in Net Revenues
MANILA, Philippines - State-run Social Security System (SSS) reported net revenues of P17.62 billion from January to September this year reflecting a 51 percent jump compared with net gains over the same period last year. In a statement released...
State Workers to Get P10,000 Extra Bonus
MANILA, Philippines - Government workers should spend their Christmas bonuses wisely amid the administration's plan to distribute additional P10,000 performance bonus starting Dec. 15, a Palace official said Sunday.Deputy Presidential Spokesperson...
Stricter Rules Needed to Solve PETC Scams
MANILA, Philippines - While some private emission testing centers (PETCs) criticize the direct connect facility of the IT provider of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), others defended it, saying that the system is a "more efficient and effective"...
Stroke Basics
"proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain" - William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English poet and playwright Macbeth. Act II. Sc. 1. (1607)MANILA, Philippines - It bothers me that actor William Martinez is in the ICU for what appears to be a stroke. He...
Students Banned in Gaming Shops
CAMP TOLENTINO, Bataan, Philippines - The Police Provincial Office (PPO) warned Sunday that minors and students playing computer games, particularly during class hours, is strictly prohibited and shop owners tolerating them will face charges.Senior...
Tao
"The living reality of evolution in this earthworld is called Pilipinas."The hidden history of Pilipinas is the history of the world. After all, she sits on the throne of man's history as the First-Born; deigned to be First-Born long before this divine...
Tariff Commission Recommends Safeguard Duty
MANILA, Philippines - The Tariff Commission (TC) has recommended the imposition of specific safeguard duty of P1,342 per metric ton on imported testliner boards saying the increased imports of this product has caused serious injury to the domestic...
Tech Business Incubator to Open in Taguig
MANILA, Philippines - The government will open the Bicutan Science and Technology Complex (BSTC), a technology business incubator (TBI) in Bicutan, next year to encourage nurturing of startups seen to contribute to industrial development.The BSTC-TBI...
The Centurion's Servant
MATTHEW 8:5-11When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached Him and appealed to Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully." He said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion said in reply, "Lord,...
The Executive Gift Guide for the Holidays
It's the holiday season and that time of year when corporate gifts clutter executive offices all over the country. I have nothing against the generous spirit behind these presents; it's just that I've always wondered how many of these umbrellas, coffee...
The Gift(ed) [2]
The Week for the Gifted-from November 21 to 27-interestingly falls after National Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week and within the Philippine Book Development Month which will end tomorrow!In fact, it was spearheaded by the?Philippine...
The Zen Institute Voted among Top 10 Medi-Spas in Asia
The Philippines' medical-spa industry earned another accolade through The Zen Institute, voted as one of the Top 10 medical spas or "medi-spas" in Asia by Singapore-based "Asia Spa" magazine, Asia's top luxury and lifestyle magazine dedicated to health...
Understanding Philippine Poverty
MANILA, Philippines - There have literally been dozens of studies on Philippine poverty over the last decade or so, by economists in Philippine universities, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other international agencies. The latest one...
UN Relief Group Urged to Coordinate Operations
MANILA, Philippines - A local police commander urged Sunday the leadership of the United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP) to coordinate with the Philippine government security forces in its relief operations in Lanao del Sur.This, after a helper...
US, South Korea Launch War Games
YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) - The sound of new artillery fire from North Korea just hours after the U.S. and South Korea launched a round of war games in Korean waters sent residents and journalists on a front-line island scrambling for cover...
Virtual Band Gorillaz Is 'Human after All'
PARIS (AFP) - After a decade playing hide-and-seek with fans, Damon Albarn is back on tour with his virtual band Gorillaz even though the pop icon swears the spotlight makes him feel like a "stupid pervert".In 1998, at the height of his success with...
Ward Keeps WBA Crown with Decision over Bika
OAKLAND, California (AFP) - American Andre Ward remained unbeaten and retained his World Boxing Association super-middleweight title with a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over Sakio Bika.Ward, fighting in front of his hometown crowd on Saturday,...
'Workers' Revolt' Set on Bonifacio Day
MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of government employees will join the "workers' revolt" on November 30, the 147th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, to press for a substantial wage increase.The Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan...