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 December 10, 2011

2011 Offbeat and Zany Stories
PARIS (AFP) - Here are some offbeat and zany stories from the year just ending: * The bad news for a group of employees in a Canadian technology company was that the firm was closing down and laying them off. The good news, received the same day, was...
7 S.V.D. New Priests, Mission
MANILA, Philippines - St. Francis of Assisi once said that if he met an angel and a priest at the same time, he would greet the priest first. The reason is because he is the representative of Christ HimseIf. He has power that angels and the most powerful...
Advent Sunday
MANILA, Philippines - "Gaudete in Domino semper" (Rejoice in the Lord always). The entrance antiphon in Sunday's masses highlights the nearness of the celebration of Christmas, now only 14 days away. Known as Gaudete Sunday, members of the clergy traditional...
Air Force Regains Football Crown
MANILA, Philippines - Behind a gritty effort, Air Force Phoenix regained the United Football League Cup crown Sunday with a 2-0 victory over fancied Loyola Meralco last night in front of 6,000 fans at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Azkals striker Ian...
American Express Cites Philippine Economy
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' growth rate in the past years, its fairly large population, and a growing middle class are some of the factors that make it an attractive business destination, commented Kula Kulendra, executive vice-president...
Aquino to Address Housing Needs
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino vowed on Saturday that when he steps down in office by noon of June 30, 2016, he would have addressed the housing and livelihood needs of about half of the 560,000 informal settlers in Metro Manila. This developed...
Aquino to Ask Obama for Fighter Planes
MANILA, Philippines - Not contented with a pair of warships yet, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Saturday he will ask for fighter jets this time from United States President Barack Obama when they meet in April next year. Aquino, when he graced...
Araw Ng Pag(b)asa Goes Nationwide
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) has declared Araw ng Pag(b)asa, a project geared towards upholding reading and literacy, as the culminating activity of the National Reading Month through Memorandum No. 244. The National...
Arroyo Undergoes Check-Up at Veterans
MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Saturday underwent medical check-up with doctors of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City following her transfer Friday afternoon. VMMC director Dr. Nona Legaspi...
Bazaar Shopping for a Cause
MANILA, Philippines - Christmas is a time for giving (and receiving!). It is also the season that gives us a feeling of financial invincibility or a general ease in spending our hard-earned cash. There's no better place to part with your money than...
Beaches, Culture, Heritage Tours Top PH Allures at Chicago Show
MANILA, Philippines - Beach holidays, culture and heritage tours emerged as the top draw in the Philippine participation in the Incentive Travel and Meeting Executives (IT&ME) show held recently in Chicago,USA. At the same time, Cebu and Boracay...
Be Encouraged
MANILA, Philippines - In our daily life, there are always new battles to fight and new trials, difficulties, and worries to overcome. Whether we admit it or not, these "obstacles in life" make us uneasy and steal smiles from our faces. And finally...
Billy Crawford Set to Revive European Career
MANILA, Philippines - Singer-TV host Billy Crawford is set to leave the country early next year to renew his music career in Europe. "I will be trying to make my moves [in Europe] again," said he in a recent abscbnnews.com interview. He admitted that...
Breathing Life under the Sea
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has over 36,000 kilometers of coastline and, subsequently, most of the culture and practices of the Filipinos depend on the waters that surround them. From the bountiful harvests of marine resources and wildlife...
British Airways to Plug Asia Flight Gaps with BMI Takeover
MANILA, Philippines - British Airways will probably target Korea, Malaysia and other high-growth Asian markets as it examines how to make the best use of operating slots at London's Heathrow airport on offer with the takeover of BMI. BA's parent, International...
Bulacan's Outstanding Young Residents Cited
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan, Philippines - The Provincial Government of Bulacan honored the other day its outstanding youth in the Gintong Kabataan Awards (GKA) 2011 held at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, here. Awardees include Carlo Jejomar Sanchez...
China Liberalizes but Restrictions Remain
BEIJING (AFP) - Ten years after its accession to the World Trade Organization, China is more open to foreign investors than it once was, but access to many sectors of its lucrative market remains limited. AUTO INDUSTRY: The Chinese car market -...
Counsel Offered for the Depressed
IMUS, Cavite, Philippines - The Cathedral of Our Lady of Pillar, seat of the Diocese of Imus, has created a special counseling group that will attend to depressed or individuals in need of moral and spiritual guidance. This developed as the Diocese...
Criminals Hide Behind Motorcycle Helmets
MANILA, Philippines - With robberies increasing during the Christmas season, a Quezon City councilor asked the police to be wary of motorcycle riders wearing tinted, full-face crash helmets. While recognizing the urgency to wear the safety device,...
Cultural Life of a Nation
MANILA, Philippines - Last December 3, the 150th Jose Rizal Anniversary Conference on Nation and Culture was successfully held. As I have written in my previous column, I would like to share some of the insights raised during this fruitful dialogue....
Daphne Osena-Paez Promotes Filipino Culture in Her Vogue Italia Interview
MANILA, Philippines - Beyond discussing her life and career, multihyphenate personality Daphne Osena-Paez earnestly highlighted the unique aspects of Filipino culture in her interview with world-renowned publication Vogue Italia. The interview with...
Davao City Least Vulnerable to Biz Risks, Environment Changes - Study
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (PIA) - Davao City turned out to be the least vulnerable city to business risks and environmental changes compared to other major cities like Cebu, Baguio, and Iloilo. In a study initiated by the World Wide Fund (WWF-Philippines)...
December Is Divine Infancy Month
MANILA, Philippines - December is Divine Infancy Month, to pay homage to the Infant Jesus, who is the center of activities for the Advent season. Festivities at this time of the year focus on honoring, glorifying, and adoring Jesus in His Divine Childhood....
DFA Issues Advisory to Filipinos Wanting to Study in UK
MANILA, Philippines - If you want to study in the United Kingdom, it's best to deal with reputable academic institutions there and not with travel agents. The advice comes from the Philippine Embassy in London. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)...
DTI Goes Live on Air
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Trade and Industry will go on air starting early next year bringing its programs and activities closer to its customers: The business and consumers. A memorandum of agreement was signed by the DTI-Public Relations...
Durban Meet Seeks Climate Deal
DURBAN, South Africa, (AFP) - China's top climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua on Sunday laid out conditions under which Beijing would accept a legally binding climate deal that would go into force after 2020, when current voluntary pledges run out. The...
Environmental Advocates
MANILA, Philippines - In observance of International Human Rights Day, green advocates condemned the alleged inaction of the Aquino administration on 50 recorded cases of human rights violations against environmental advocates. The Kalikasan People's...
Filipinos in Drug Cases Abroad
MANILA, Philippines - The execution last week of a Filipino convicted of drug trafficking in China should prompt the government to mobilize its resources to save 576 other Filipinos who are detained in 32 countries on drug-related cases, a House leader...
Gifts We All Can Use
MANILA, Philippines - In this season of feasting and gift-giving, the biggest problems are cash for the food and selecting the right kind of gift without breaking one's budget. We all want our gifts to be useful and enjoyed by the recipients, not...
Giving Thanks
MANILA, Philippines - "What are you giving people this Christmas?" That was the question I asked Lolo Sisong when he dropped by my office last week. The temperature has dropped and Antipolo, Rizal, had been experiencing some foggy mornings lately,...
Gov't Intensifies Campaign vs Smoke-Belchers
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to create 10 composite anti-smoke belching (ASB) teams in Metro Manila to intensify roadside apprehensions along the metropolis' main thoroughfares. The team will...
Gov't May Extend CNG Program
MANILA, Philippines - The government is eyeing to extend by three years, or until the end of the term of President Aquino in 2016, the pilot program for the rollout of compressed natural gas (CNG) for the transport sector. Energy Undersecretary...
Hyuna's 'Bubble Pop!' Makes It to SPIN's Best Songs List
MANILA, Philippines - What do Adele, Beyonce and 4Minute's Hyuna have in common? They made it to SPIN magazine's "20 Best Songs of 2011" list. Hyuna's hot single "Bubble Pop!" is included on the best songs list at No. 9. Hyuna is the only Korean artist...
Innovation: The Blue Ocean Strategy
MANILA, Philippines - There is a new buzzword in the field of innovation and competitiveness: Blue Ocean Strategy. In the Philippines, a clearer understanding and wider application of the Blue Ocean Strategy among business enterprises will be of great...
Interesting Evolutions in Anak TV Choices
MANILA, Philippines - It was not a surprise to see how Eat Bulaga fared in the recent surveys conducted by Anak TV. The long-running noontime show has evolved from what used to be a pretty risque program, to one of the most savory and engaging daily...
Japan Q3 GDP Growth Lowered
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan said Friday its economy grew less in the third quarter than an initial estimate, dented by the strong yen and fears the eurozone crisis will weigh on a fragile post-quake recovery. The Cabinet Office said the economy grew by...
Justice for 'Rights' Victims Pushed
MANILA, Philippines - An official of the Catholic Church on Saturday called on the government to bring justice to all victims of human rights in the country. Monsignor Clemente Ignacio, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church),...
Khan Ready
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Britain's Amir Khan tipped the scales at 139 pounds, one pound less than US rival Lamont Peterson during Friday's weigh-in on the eve of their light-welterweight world championship bout. England's Khan, 26-1 with 18 knockouts, defends...
Kings, TNT Face off Sunday
Games Sunday (Smart-Araneta Coliseum) 4:15 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Alaska 6:30 p.m. - Ginebra vs Talk 'N Text MANILA, Philippines - Barangay Ginebra puts its four-game winning streak on the line against depleted Talk 'N Text Sunday in the...
Lending to SMEs Up 35%
MANILA, Philippines - Lending to micro, small and medium enterprises by state-owned Small Business Corporation (SBC) increased by 35% in the first half of 2011 while total loan releases reached P2.1 billion compared to P1.5 billion in the same period...
Makati Gov't Extends Tax Amnesty Period for West Tower Residents
MANILA, Philippines - The Makati City government has extended the amnesty period for the payment of business and realty taxes for affected residents of West Tower Condominium in Barangay Bangkal, pending the full restoration of the building's basement...
Maricel Soriano Back on Silver Screen Via 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow'
MANILA, Philippines---Maricel Soriano is one of few actresses in local cinema who no longer needs to do projects regularly unless she loses the public's interest. As Diamond Star for years now, she enjoys the privilege of choosing work that truly challenges...
Mavs Lose Chandler to Knicks
DALLAS, Texas, (AFP) - The NBA champion Dallas Mavericks opened training camp on Friday, but like all the league's teams their excitement at finally getting on court was tempered by uncertainty. A day after owners and players ratified a new 10-year...
Meralco Still Owes Customers P6.3B
MANILA, Philippines - Power utility giant Manila Electric Company (Meralco) still has P6.3 billion to refund to its customers based on the five-year extended timeframe permitted by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). ERC executive director Francis...
Mitsui, 4 Partners Form Biggest Pool of 50 Oil Tankers
MANILA, Philippines - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., owner of the world's largest shipping fleet, and four partners will form the top global pool of the biggest crude-oil tankers by jointly operating 50 of the vessels. A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S's tanker unit,...
Mr. Blue
"We thought the sky, the sky would never fall." - Michael Franks (b. 1944), U.S. singer/songwriter "Mr. Blue" The Art of Tea (1975) MANILA, Philippines - If you're an 80s (or late 70s) person, you've heard the songs of Michael Franks. He was in...
New Treaty to Save Euro Crisis Splits European Union
BRUSSELS (AP) - The leaders of 23 European countries moved to tie their economies much closer together in a new treaty in their latest attempt to shore up the euro, but failed to get the four other European Union members, including Britain, to join...
No Mystery in Their Love
MANILA, Philippines - They are one of the most beautiful couples in Philippine politics. And while their theme song is Julia Fordham and Nina's "Love Moves in Mysterious Ways," their love story is no mystery at all. What started out as a political...
PAL Domestic, International Operations Restored
MANILA, Philippines - Less than two months after SkyLogistics, the new service providers of Philippine Airlines (PAL), took over operations at the hub of the flag carrier at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, the full 1,000-man complement...
Pearl, PNOC Abandon Ragay Gulf
MANILA, Philippines - As it stopped short of stating that the petroleum block is not viable for commercial development, Pearl Oil Ragay Ltd., a subsidiary of Singapore-based Pearl Energy Limited, together with its partner Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration...
Plane Crashes; 14 Die
MANILA, Philippines - A fully fueled aircraft, which had just taken off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, crash-landed in a densely populated squatter colony in Paranaque City, razing over a hundred houses and killing at least14 people,...
P-Noy at Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party
MANILA, Philippines - The best is still to come-" was the happy sentiment in the Bulong Pulungan Media Forum pre-Christmas party at the Sofitel hotel last Tuesday, even with the grand raffle which convenor Donnie Ramirez conducted with great gusto....
Power Deal
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (PNA) - The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has ordered distribution utility South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (Socoteco II) and power firm Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) to conduct more public consultations...
P/$ Rate Stands at P43.64/$1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate stands at P43.64 to the US dollar, the closing rate last Friday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands at P43.488. Gov't may sell coupon bonds The Philippines...
RAFI-DepEd MOA
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - As part of its quality education advocacy, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) along with local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Education (DepEd) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to rehabilitate...
Resumption of Peace Talks Urged
MANILA, Philippines - In the spirit of Christmas, the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) on Saturday called for the resumption of the formal peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the...
Rhian to Mo: 'See You in Court'
MANILA, Philippines - Rhian Ramos is bent on turning the latest controversy with ex-boyfriend Mo Twister into a full-blown legal battle. In a Twitpic posted on her Twitter account on 10:14 a.m., Dec. 10, Rhian stated, "these fables and lies will be...
Rizal to Launch Travel Fair
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Philippines - In its desire to showcase to Rizalenos and the entire country the beauty and wonder that various tourist destinations in this province offer, the provincial government is holding the first travel fair at the Ynares...
Simply Enak!
MANILA, Philippines - Would you like some kecap with that?" asked the Indonesia lady who were dining with us during our recent trip to Indonesia. Believing that Indonesians know their food too well, thus know the best way to eat their dishes, I gave...
Some Things I Don't Understand
MANILA, Philippines - There's a song in that wonderful musical My Fair Lady entitled "Why can't a woman be more like a man?" The musical is set more than a hundred years ago on the other side of the world in England but Henry Higgins's question is...
Testimony of John the Baptist
John 1:6-8, 19-28 A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but came to testify to the Light. And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews...
The Mactan-Cebu Int'l Airport
MANILA, Philippines - In spite, of other interesting topics I am compelled to write again about airports since there is this article in a newspaper (not MB) that, Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) is focusing its sights on the 300-hectare Mactan Cebu International...
The Movies in Her Mind
MANILA, Philippines - Why Annette Gozon-Abrogar forges on in making films, despite the fact that the movie industry is on the downturn, is baffling. After all, for a business to be viable, the bottomline is of ultimate importance, and local filmdom...
Third Sunday of Advent: 'Rejoice in the Lord Always'
MANILA, Philippines - The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete, in Latin, means "to rejoice." The name for today's celebration was taken from the Entrance Antiphon, in both the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo, which was...
Toyota Cuts Profit Forecast by 54%
TOKYO (AFP) - Toyota slashed its full-year net profit forecast by more than half on Friday as Japan's biggest automaker grapples with a strong yen, the impact of the March earthquake and record flooding in Thailand. The company cut its profit outlook...
UN Maritime Agency to Consider Setting Price on Ship Emissions
MANILA, Philippines - The International Maritime Organization, the United Nations' shipping agency, will next year consider how to set a price on greenhouse-gas emissions from ships that contribute to climate change. The London-based IMO's environmental...
UST Goes on Christmas Mode with Concert Gala
MANILA, Philippines - Christmas carols once again filled the august halls of the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila with the holding of the 9th UST Christmas Concert Gala last December 1. Also commemorating...
Veterans Are Worth Caring For
MANILA, Philippines - These days, news about the institution/constituency called "VETERANS" has filled front pages, talk shows, coffee shops, and streets -- almost as much as concepts of "Health," "Human Rights," "Justice," "Accountability," "Security,"...
Viloria's Future at Stake Sunday
MANILA, Philippines - Brian Viloria is on the crossroads of a roller-coaster career and the result of his clash Sunday with Mexican knockout king Giovani Segura should determine whether fight fans would still be seeing more of him in the future. ...
Who Conquers Who in Vietnam?
MANILA, Philippines - Vietnam conquers Filipino photographers or should it be the other way around? Filipino Photographers Conquer Vietnam. Together with about a hundred photographer/representatives to Crossing Bridges 8 coming from Asian countries:...
Zsa Zsa Petrified, Incensed over House Burglary Incident
MANILA, Philippines - Singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla is scared and enraged after an unidentified man burglarized her and long-time partner Dolphy's house in Marina Subdivision in Paranaque City recently. Chuck Gomez, Padilla's publicist, related the...