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 April 19, 2012

3,000 Alien Identity Cards Unclaimed
Some 3,000 alien identity cards are gathering dust at the Bureau of Immigration (BI), waiting for foreign visa applicants to claim them. BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. appealed yesterday to the foreigners concerned to claim their alien certificate...
3,000 Alien Identity Cards Unclaimed
MANILA, Philippines - Some 3,000 alien identity cards are gathering dust at the Bureau of Immigration (BI), waiting for foreign visa applicants to claim them. BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. appealed Thursday to the foreigners concerned to claim...
3 Airlines Slug It out in Highly Profitable Animal Airlift
MANILA, Philippines - An African white rhinoceros peers through the bars of its Frankfurt compound, while across the floor a Madagascan chameleon inches around its vivarium and an Andean alpaca plucks hay from a bale. It's not a scene from the city's...
Actor off to Tribeca Filmfest
MANILA, Philippines -Independent actor Arnold Reyes will fly to New York today upon the invitation of Tribeca Film Festival where his indie movie "Graceland" will be shown. Arnold, who is a favorite among indie filmmakers, is always the first choice...
A High-Low Survey Grade
MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos FILIPINOS give the Aquino administration a high grade in battling corruption but a low grade in checking inflation (high prices). It's a high-low grade for P-Noy and his boys. Translation: Okay but work some more....
ALI Doubling Sales to OFWs
MANILA, Philippines - Property giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) plans to double the percentage of its revenues from overseas Filipinos to 36 percent from the current 18 percent of total revenues in the next five years by increasing its products for the...
ALI Doubling Sales to OFWs
MANILA, Philippines - Smart Communications Inc. won three major awards in the 15th Telecom Asia Awards in Bangkok, Thailand this week, the first time a single carrier bagged three awards in one night. The telco won as Best Emerging Market Carrier and...
A Montes Alpha Dinner
MANILA, Philippines - I had barely made it in the nick of time and it was a good thing that my secretary had reminded me of this forthcoming dinner as almost all the seats had been taken by the time she had called to get me a place. The reason was...
Ara Mina Sues Sister Cristine Reyes
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Ara Mina has filed a libel and grave coercion case against her sister Cristine Reyes for what the former claims are below-the-belt text messages that the latter has sent to her. The feud between the sisters allegedly...
Aussie Favored in Euromed Kegfest
MANILA, Philippines - Aussie George Frilingos hopes to win the championship trophy this time around after finishing second the last time in the 9th Euromed-Storm International Masters Challenge at the Pearl Bowling Center of the HP Pearl Sports Center...
Authentic HK Dimsum, Half-Price!
MANILA, Philippines - In the '60s and '70s, there was only one place outside of Chinatown for Manila dimsum lovers: Kowloon House on A. Mabini, Ermita, just off the corner of Herran (now Pedro Gil). The selection was limited: but it was the only show...
Aviation Supports 24 Million Jobs in the Asia Pacific Region
MANILA, Philippines - Over 24 million jobs and $470 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in the Asia-Pacific region are supported by aviation, according to a new report by the Air Transport Action Group(ATAG) and Oxford Economics. The report...
Battle Royale
MANILA, Philippines - Talk 'N Text coach Chot Reyes has been in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for so long that he has learned to expect the unexpected. "Short or long series, one thing is sure, this is going to be a hard series," said...
Bringing Back Hayden, Picking Up Solenn
JUST A THOUGHT: A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself. - Clifton Paul Fadiman * * * MANILA, Philippines - HERE'S HAYDEN: A long, drawn out interview with Hayden Kho, former doctor and ex-leading man...
Corona's Impeachment and the Economy
On two occasions last month, I sat as panelist on PTV-4's "Paglililitis" to share my views on how the impeachment case of Chief Justice Corona was affecting the economy and the business climate as a whole. Up until that TV guesting, I had been intentionally...
DepEd Readies Clothing Allowance Release
Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Thursday assured public elementary and high school teachers nationwide that the Department of Education (DepEd) is "fast-tracking all the documents needed" to avoid further delay in the release of clothing allowance...
DOE Seeks Proposals for Add'l 1,500 MW for Luzon Grid
The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals to put up 1,500 megawatts of additional capacity for Luzon Grid in a bid to secure the power requirements of the next administration. "The ideal situation is another 1,500 MW by 2017, so that the...
DOTC Plan to Upgrade Airports Bared in Davao Airlines Summit
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (PIA) -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) intends to upgrade the capability of airports in the country based on volume of air traffic demands, a DOTC official said on Wednesday. DOTC Undersecretary...
Ebdane: Small-Scale Mining Beneficial
IBA, ZAMBALES - "While I may have chosen not to respond to the bait, I now choose to speak to you, my province-mates, because I am accountable to you." This was the response by Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. after news articles and columns...
ECOP Expects P-Noy Policy Declaration
Employers expect President Aquino to make policy pronouncements during next week's conference where employers come up with strategies on enhancing labor and capital to support economic growth. With the theme "Pathways to Growth," the 33rd National...
Eddie Gutierrez Treasures 'Most Ulirang Artista' Award
MANILA, Philippines - Who are the actors identified with the '60s? Fernando Poe Jr. and Joseph Estrada right away come to mind. Giant names. Also Tony Ferrer, Jess Lapid, Jun Aristorenas, Bernard Bonnin, Zaldy Zshornack - action stars all. ...
Filipino Film 'The Road' Warmly Received at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
MANILA, Philippines - Before it hits US theaters next month, Yam Laranas' "The Road" has attracted a significant turnout during its screening at the 30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) in Belgium. The director himself graced...
From A (Version) to Tea (Love)
MANILA, Philippines - Over the past couple of years, milk tea and bubble tea places have made a comeback in a big way. More than 10 years ago, Easy Way, the original branches of Quickly and Zagu attempted to introduce the concept of milk tea, but it...
Gov't Launches Metalworks, Electronics Program
The government has launched a metalworks and electronics program that aims to provide locally the services and products that the country traditionally imports from Taiwan, Singapore, and other neighbors. The Department of Science and Technology (DoST)...
Greek Sports
ATHENS,Greece (DPA) - In ancient Greece, a victorious athlete brought great honour to his home city. But as this summer's London Games approach, that could be few and far between in modern-day Greece as athletes begin to feel the brunt of severe...
H2O Ventures Planning 5 Hotels
H2O Ventures, the developer of Manila Ocean Park, is planning to invest $200 million to build five uniquely themed hotels in Metro Manila and resort destinations over the next five years. In a press briefing, H2O founder Lim Chee Yong said they have...
Hollywood Director Named First Tanghalan President
MANILA, Philippines -Why would a Hollywood filmmaker devote his time and be concerned with a theater company in this far side of the globe? A just and fair question which Manila Bulletin hurled at director Max Makowski during a press conference where...
Holy Cross Tossers Grab Limelight
BORACAY, Philippines - Holy Cross of Davao College took the opening day limelight by posting back-to-back wins at the start of the 15th NESTEA Beach Volleyball National Finals Thursday at the powdery sandcourt here. Joel Villonson Jr. and Edmar...
Innovative and Socially Responsible Lending
There were three things that sealed the deal for Lenddo.com, an online lending platform, to try out its "crazy idea" in the Philippines: a growing middle class, a lack of innovative financial products catering to that income bracket, and the phenomenal...
In Pursuit of Excellence
ENRIQUE JAIME S. SORIANO BS Management - Honors Program, Ateneo de Manila University Magna cum laude Awards: Program/Departmental Awardee - Management WHAT AWAITS YOU IN THE REAL WORLD? A lifetime of learning. THE MOST IMPRESSIVE THING...
'Kitchen Musical,' Local News Programs, Recognized at the 55th New York Festivals
MANILA, Philippines - Pan-Asian TV series "The Kitchen Musical," which stars several Filipino actors, bagged two awards at the prestigious 55th New York Festivals under the International TV Program and Films category. "The Kitchen Musical" was declared...
Marian Rivera Denies Alleged Conflict with Katrina Halili, Believes 'Pinaglilihian Niya Ako'
MANILA, Philippines - Belying speculations of renewed tension between her and Katrina Halili, Marian Rivera deemed that the former's alleged ill feeling towards her is due to her co-star's pregnancy. "Feeling ko, kung mainit ang ulo niya sa staff...
Marinduque Moryons (PART IV)
MANILA, Philippines - Alejandro "Anding" Roces' group opened the eyes of the outside world to three Marinduque cultural traditions that hitherto had been practically unknown to the outside world. Aside from the moryon, his entourage also wrote and...
Merging Work and Play in Pico De Loro
In these times where worklife balance constitutes the ideal and prize for people on-the-go, the choice of out-of-town venues for corporate activities can make all the difference. And productivity and good times can very well merge in Pico de Loro Cove,...
Michael Fassbender: Engineered Android in "Prometheus 3D"
Manila, Philippines - One of the fastest-rising stars in the business, the 34 year-old German-born, Irish-raised Fassbender has wowed multiplex and arthouse audiences alike over the past couple of years with searing, indelible turns in the likes of...
Monetary Signals
MANILA, Philippines - It is not always true what they say that when money talks, everyone listens. There is one medium of plonking cash across without the use of words. It is executed through signals done by the fingers of one's hand. Monetary signals...
Muay Thai Fighters in URCC
MANILA, Philippines - The question on who is the smartest and and toughest Muay Thai fighter between SEA Games veteran Reysaldo Transmonte and Jerson Estoro will be finally known whe they clash in the the Colt 45 URCC XXI Warpath on April 28 at the...
No Split
"The upright and honest-hearted man who strives to do the best he can, need never fear hell's damnation." - Robert Burns MANILA, Philippines - As the man said, there will be no estrangement between President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the son of...
Ocampo Sets New Course Record
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - Carl Santos-Ocampo put on a swashbuckling performance to set a new course record of nine-under par 59 and storm to a two-stroke lead over an equally hot Marvin Dumandan in another torrid scoring day in the P1 million ICTSI...
Pacquiao Doesn't Scare Me - Bradley
MANILA, Philippines - Even Superman has a weak spot. Unbeaten American puncher Tim Bradley said Manny Pacquiao doesn't give him the creeps and that he doesn't expect his Filipino foe to get rid of him with ease. "I've been in the ring with thousands...
Pag-IBIG Reminds of Condonation Program
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF, or Pag-IBIG Fund, here disclosed that the government office is still offering a penalty condonation program until June 30 for members who have unpaid housing loans and delinquent...
Philippine Halal Industry's Bright Prospects
MANILA, Philippines - The fledging Philippine Halal Industry is generating international awareness as a source of quality and globally accepted Halal food. Local companies are gaining foothold in the $632-billion global Halal food market. The country...
Pinay Envoys of Peace
Can woman power help resolve the standoff between the Philippines and China in the Scarborough Reef? Fourteen female members of the House of Representatives will give it a try. The legislators, led by Pangasinan Rep. Gina de Venecia, are in Beijing...
Popular Course
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PIA) - Business Education has been and will always be a preferred course among Western Visayas college enrollees, the Commission on Higher Education-6 (CHED6) said. The CHED-6 enrollment profile of higher educational institutions...
Protecting Metro's Last Coastal Area
It was no accident that the Villar Foundation chose the Las Pinas-Paranaque Coastal Lagoon as the place to kick off its pre-Earth Day celebration yesterday. "This is the only remaining natural coastal area in Metro Manila," former Las Pinas Representative...
R23-M Rice Wasted Daily - IRRI
MANILA, Philippines - The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) wants all Filipinos to save on rice by consuming cooked rice and not leaving a morsel behind. In its latest brief against what is deemed to be a cultural vice, IRRI noted that...
Richard Gutierrez Denies Speeding Rumors
MANILA, Philippines - Kapuso actor Richard Gutierrez finds it strange to have been reported speeding at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Richard denied the allegation that was reported on radio and on a newspaper website, claiming that he was...
Sendong Generosity
MANILA, Philippines - An mentioned earlier, there is a sequel to the tragedy of the Sendong flood and that is the generosity that it evoked from people from the whole world but especially the Filipinos. Donations big and small came from everywhere....
Solving Country's High Population Growt
Statistical projections tell RP will have 103-million people in 2015 and in 40 years we will be 180 million - almost double in less than half a century. It is a typical Third World country problem. In 1978, an economist Thomas Malthus in his "Essay...
Spanish Resilience
MANILA, Philippines - The international business press is filled with dire news about the economic prospects of the so-called PIGS countries, including Spain. In a recent article in the Financial Times (April 1, 2012), Victor Mallet reports that the...
Summer Jobs
CABANATUAN CITY - Some 1,362 youths from Nueva Ecija have been employed by the provincial government this summer under the Department of Labor and Employment's Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES). DoLE Regional Director Raymundo...
Tack in Foreign Relations
MANILA, Philippines - Diplomacy on a platter. With more than 70 food specialties, Representative Raymond L.S. Wang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Manila said yesterday his government is adopting this new tack to foster better...
The Filipinos in South Korea
MANILA, Philippines - Some 50,000 Filipinos live in South Korea, either as skilled workers or marriage migrants. Continuing dialogues between the Philippines and South Korea help uplift the welfare of migrant Filipinos. Returning overseas Filipino...
'The Lucky One': If Only We Are All This Lucky
MANILA, Philippines - There are classic love stories like "Casablanca." There are gut-wrenching tales of love like Jack and Rose's whirlwind affair on a death trap of a ship called Titanic, whose tragic ending doesn't make room for any happily-ever-after...
The Multiplication of Loaves
JOHN 6:1-15 Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee [of Tiberias]. A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs He was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples. The Jewish feast of Passover...
The Ones That Got Away
MANILA, Philippines - Newsbreak. P-Noy contradicts deputy spokesman, sees no split with Binay - News item. It's his job to get along with you, Mr. President. It's not a tall fisherman's tale- the ones that got away. Not just the expanse of two arms'...
Traders Eye More Foreign Markets Access through Overseas Trade Missions
CEBU CITY, Cebu - In a move to help its members gain more access to overseas markets and capitalize on more competitive global economies, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) said it will be embarking on several foreign trade missions within...
UN Probes NoKor's Source of Missile Technology
SEOUL (AFP) - United Nations officials are investigating the supplier of the technology for a North Korean missile launcher in a possible breach of UN sanctions, a leading defense journal said Thursday. IHS Jane's Defense Weekly quoted a senior...
When Mainstream Acts Go Indie
MANILA, Philippines -Competition in the indie music scene has tightened with the entry of mainstream artists who have gone on their own, detached from the traditional process of hooking up with top record labels. Four indie albums by former hitmakers...
Youth Parliament
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - Four youth leaders from Caraga region are set to participate in a five-day ninth National Youth Parliament in Naga City in the Bicol region next month. The four youth leaders are Mary Joy Castorico, chair of the Caraga Youth...
Zac Efron Claims He's 'Out of Practice' Doing Love Scenes
MANILA, Philippines - Zac Efron embraced a sexy, romantic lead role in the "The Lucky One" where he falls for Taylor Schilling's character. In the plot, the former "High School Musical" star is all grown up as US Marine Sergeant Logan Thibaul. In...