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 January 3, 2012

5th Petition Filed to Stop Corona Impeach Trial
MANILA, Philippines - A fifth petition was filed with the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday seeking to stop the Senate, acting as an impeachment court, from proceeding with the trial of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. Lawyers Homobono Adaza and Alan...
A1 Revives Rivalry with Westlife
MANILA, Philippines - Fans of '90s boyband music had to pick a side: team a1 or team Westlife. Westlife recently staged a sold-out concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and when a1 takes its turn on Feb. 25, it promises to become a complete time...
Aboitiz Secures Power Supply Deal
MANILA, Philippines - A steel smelting firm will be added into the roster of power buyers that shall be catered to by one of the power generation subsidiaries of the Aboitiz group. Melters Steel Corporation, which operates its smelting plant in...
A Mixed Bag for 2012
MANILA, Philippines - If forecasts are accurate, the Philippines was the poorest performing developing economy in Asia last year. Despite encouraging signs of an economic turnaround in some western markets in 2012, the expected slow pace of that turnaround,...
Apl.De.AP Holds Impromptu Concert for 'Sendong' Victims
MANILA, Philippines - From the pigeonhole: Unlike their horrific experience at the height of Tropical Storm "Sendong," an unexpected surprise in the form of free concert from Filipino-American hip-hop artist and Smart brand ambassador apl.de.ap of...
Banks Seen More Cautious This Year but Still Readying Investment Plans
MANILA, Philippines - If they were wary last year, local banks are extremely more cautious in 2012 but while the global and domestic market and economic uncertainties may keep financial institutions from becoming too aggressive or optimistic with their...
Beat Goes On: Foreign Acts Flood PHL Concert Scene Anew
MANILA, Philippines - Music fans will have to dig deep into their pockets once again with the deluge of foreign artists who are set to sizzle the concert stage as early as the first quarter of the year. The torrent of foreign concerts remain unstoppable...
Be More Competitive, Exporters Told
MANILA, Philippines - Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo has rallied exporters to rise above the global challenges and boost their performance by adding value to their products and services as the industry as the government projects exports...
Biazon Sets BoC Reform Cornerstones
MANILA, Philippines - Wanting to set the direction of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for the new year, BoC Commissioner Ruffy Biazon has laid down five cornerstones of his stewardship in the hope of changing the tainted image of the revenue-generating...
BoI Registers P369B, Up 22%
MANILA, Philippines - The Board of Investments (BoI), the government's premier investment generating agency, registered P368.9B investments for 2011, reflecting a 22 percent over 2010 and 35% increase in terms of number of projects approved. "The investment...
Brothers by Blood and Sweat
MANILA, Philippines - The gym is a place that might mean different things for different people. For some it is a place of burden and sacrifice, while some consider it as a haven of sorts where they are free to sweat, improve and feel good about themselves....
Buffett Firm Exploring Solar Investments
MANILA, Philippines - With the acquisition of MidAmerican Energy Holding Company's substantial stake of a solar venture in the United States, the energy firm affiliated with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has reportedly started exploring...
Bursting Bubbles
Q: I read a news article that says Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green will have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. What is an aneurysm? Is this condition life-threatening? --James_ee@yahoo.com MANILA, Philippines - A: An aneurysm is a localized...
Business Concern for the Environment
MANILA, Philippines - With the recent occurrences of devastation from floods and strong winds brought about by heavy rains and typhoons particularly in places outside of Manila such as Cagayan, Iligan, Negros Oriental and other places in the Visayas...
Calaca Expansion Requires Transmission Upgrade
MANILA, Philippines - The planned expansion of the 600-megawatt Calaca coal-fired power facility will warrant upgrade of transmission facilities to ensure smooth wheeling of the added capacity to the load networks, especially to Metro Manila. The project...
Carbon Trading Costs Lufthansa $168M
MANILA, Philippines - Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe's second-biggest airline, said European Union emissions-trading expenses will add 130 million euros ($168 million) to costs in 2012, prompting the carrier to raise ticket prices. Spending that results...
Cebuana Singer Goes Mainstream
MANILA, Philippines - We've always wondered why there had been so many Cebuanos who've made it big in the music scene. Among them Ms. Pilita Corrales, Dulce, Verni Varga, Chad Borja, Sheryn Regis and many others. And now, here's Tria Bascon, dubbed...
Cebu Readies for Sinulog Festival
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - Christmas and the New Year revelry here is just waning but already, the air in Cebu is already being spiked with preparations for the annual world-renowned Sinulog festival, marking the feast of Cebu's patron saint, Sto....
Cigarette Rules Not Properly Implemented
MANILA, Philippines - The national government should endeavor to enforce existing rules and regulations before considering new tax measure, like the indexation of excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol, a lawmaker from La Union said. While the Department...
Clark Welcomes 5 New Investors
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines - Clark Development Corporation (CDC) reported Tuesday that five new agreements with total investments of more than P169 million were signed before the year-end. CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo, citing...
Continuing Roadblocks in Energy Sector: Policy Delays, Unresolved Rate Increases
MANILA, Philippines - A deeper look at the Aquino administration's score card in the energy sector will reveal delays - and missed targets - when it comes to policy implementations. Think of the Renewable Energy Law, the introduction of open access...
DAR Mediators
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines (PIA) - Central Visayas produced the first graduates of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) trainings nationwide conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The 37 graduates composed of lawyers, legal officers...
DFA Contacting Some 4,000 OFWs
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) admitted on Tuesday that it is having a hard time contacting and locating some of the estimated 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the troubled country of Syria, particularly in conflict...
DFA: Getting OFWs in Middle East out of Harm's Way
MANILA, Philippines - Efforts to repatriate Filipino migrant workers caught in the middle of a revolutionary wave of anti-government unrest that swept the Middle East and West Africa occupied much of the Department of Foreign Affairs' (DFA) attention...
Djokovic's Shadow Looms in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are eyeing a confidence-boosting victory at the season-opening Qatar Open - but much of the talk Monday was swirling around Novak Djokovic who is not here but is already showing signs of the dominance...
DoE Considers Gas Supply Aggregator
MANILA, Philippines - With prospects of limited gas supply from the country's Malampaya gas field, the Department of Energy (DoE) is seriously weighing options on the creation of an "aggregator entity" that shall manage procurement of gas supply from...
DoH Program
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (PIA) - The Department of Health (DoH) has allocated P65.5 million to North Cotabato for the improvement of hospitals and rural health units in the province, under its Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP). Jessie...
Filipinos Set Guinness Gift-Giving Record
MANILA, Philippines - At Christmas time, Juan de la Cruz digs into his pocket and finds out he has only one hundred pesos left for Christmas Eve. He will spend fifty pesos to buy his daughter a plastic doll and another fifty to buy rice and bread,...
FINEX Elects Opulencia New President
MANILA, Philippines - Ayala Corporation managing director and treasurer Ramon G. Opulencia has been elected as president of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) for 2012. FINEX is the premiere organization of top finance...
Game Plan
MANILA, Philippines - Every Christmas and New Year, as parents, we go out of our way to make the Holidays as perfect and wonderful for our families as possible - the food, our homes, the gifts, everything is a reflection of how special they are and...
GB Sampedro's Mission in 2012: Helm Rom-Com Movie
MANILA, Philippines - His most recent film, "Astig," which won for him the Best Director plum at Cinemalaya 2009 as well as recognitions abroad, delved on dark themes but in 2012, GB Sampedro wants to try his hand on the genre closest to his heart:...
Gov't Boosts Social Services Funding
MANILA, Philippines - The national government has provided the biggest funding support under this year's budget to poverty reduction and other social services, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said. In a statement, Budget and Management...
Gov't Fast-Tracks Infrastructure Rehabilitation
TRENTO, Agusan del Sur, Philippines - The heavy rains brought by a low pressure area last week severely devastated several roads and bridges in Agusan del Sur that are very essential in the economic activity of the Northeastern and Southern-tip regions...
Gov't Implements Technology Dev't Agenda
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Tuesday assured that it is fully committed to fully implement this year and beyond its Five-Point Development Program in line with President Aquino's national development agenda....
Gov't Plans to Produce Panama Disease-Free Banana Seedlings Soon
MANILA, Philippines - The government will produce in four years a totally Panama disease-free banana seedlings that will eradicate the disease and bail out one of Philippines' largest farm export crop with foreign exchange earnings reaching more than...
Gov't-Taliban Peace Talks Seen
KABUL, Afghanistan (DPA) - As Afghanistan's bloody insurgency drags into the New Year, there are some signs of talks - despite the skepticism - between the government and Taliban that may eventually lead to a peace deal, officials and analysts say....
Growth Now More Prominent Concern for Monetary Policy, Says Tetangco
MANILA, Philippines - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco said yesterday that economic growth is now a "more prominent concern" in determining the central bank's monetary policy. "In the near term, the current growing consensus...
Influential Group Joins WSC in Call for SOLAS Convention Amendment
MANILA, Philippines - The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has joined with the World Shipping Council (WSC), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and BIMCO in calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to...
It Is Never Too Late
MANILA, Philippines - To a considerable degree- we could decide not to age. We are forever in search of the fountain of youth, the cure for old age. But even though dozens of theories have been proposed, science has not produced a universal theory...
It's a Toss-Up: TNT-Petron
MANILA, Philippines - Petron and Talk 'N Text are so evenly-matched that two coaches couldn't decide which team will make it to the finals of the PBA Philippine Cup. "I think this is really a toss-up," said Ginebra taskmaster Siot Tanquingcen when...
Jinkee, Charice Magazine Covers Hounded by 'Photoshop' Controversy
MANILA, Philippines - Opening the year with a bang and a rousing debate in social networking sites are the January 2012 magazine covers of fierce femmes Jinkee Pacquiao and Charice that to some were maybe a little too fierce for "they barely look like...
John Estrada Excited to Welcome His and Priscilla's Baby Girl
MANILA, Philippines - TV host-actor John Estrada excitedly related the preparations for the birth of his first baby with second wife, Brazilian beauty queen Priscilla Meirelles. "Ready na kami lahat. May crib na. Kumpleto na sa gamit pati mga damit,"...
Karma?
MANILA, Philippines - There's more than meets the eye, after all, in the decision of Tim Cone to leave Alaska after 27 years as coach. Like many others, we also speculated there was something wrong somewhere. Through those years, Alaska team owner...
Korean Footballers, Azkals in Friendly
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Azkals will hold another friendly match on Jan. 21 when they battle a club team from Incheon, South Korea at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Organized by Dragon Promotions, which has staged pool events in the country,...
LGUGC Gets High Credit Rating
MANILA, Philippines - LGU Guarantee Corporation (LGUGC), an institution that guarantees LGU debt and development financing in the Philippines, received a PRS Aa plus (corp.) issuer credit rating from Philippine Rating Services Corporation (PhilRatings)...
LPA Weakened
MANILA, Philippines - Mindanao could be spared by another tropical cyclone, as the low pressure area spotted south of the country has a minimal chance of becoming a full-blown cyclone. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration...
Manila Moves to Ensure Peaceful Celebration of Black Nazarene Feast
MANILA, Philippines - The Manila city government said on Tuesday it would deploy its 1,600-strong police force during the 405th celebration of the feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday, Jan. 9, when more than seven million devotees are expected to...
Megaworld Launching 11 Residential Projects
MANILA, Philippines - Megaworld Corporation is launching 11 residential projects in the first half of the year as it aims to maintain its rank as the country's top residential condominium developer. The firm said the latest study of CBRE Philippines...
Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Are Source of Philippine Economy
MANILA, Philippines - Many cities and towns in the Philippine countryside hum with activities brought about by the interest generated by government incentives to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Labor-intensive MSMEs are the source of...
MMFF 2012 to Be Launched in February; Gov. ER Hosts Thanksgiving Party
Just a thought: Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. - Helen Keller MANILA, Philippines - Asiong Blowout: First to greet the new year 2012 with a...
N.A.S.A. Probes Lunar Orbit
PASADENA, California, United States (AP) - A NASA spacecraft fired its engine and slipped into orbit around the moon Saturday in the first of two back-to-back arrivals over the New Year's weekend. Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
No Shock, Sherlock: More Thrills, Adventures and Bromance
MANILA, Philippines - The reinvention of Sherlock Holmes, in the Guy Ritchie-helmed movie that came out in 2009, introduced a more modern, if a lot cooler incarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Brit detective. While older and more devoted fans would...
Oil Tanker Operator Completes Restructuring
OSLO, Norway (Reuters) - Frontline, the largest independent global oil tanker operator, completed its restructuring with the help of Norwegian tycoon John Fredriksen, a key step in its revival as the industry struggles with weak demand and over-capacity....
Oxford Business Group, BPI Tie Up for 2012 Philippine Report
MANILA, Philippines - Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global publishing, research and consultancy company, has teamed up for the first time with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) as it prepares to step up its coverage of the country's banking...
P10-B 'Skybridge' to Decongest EDSA
MANILA, Philippines - A P10-billion alternative bridge, which hopes to reduce Metro Manila traffic by as much as 40 percent, was unveiled on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Dubbed the "Skybridge" project, MMDA Chairman...
Papin's, Jarencio's Houses Burglarized
MANILA, Philippines - Robbers broke into the houses of singer Imelda Papin and University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers head coach Pido Jarencio on Monday and Saturday, respectively. "Balitanghali" reported on Jan. 3 that the robbery at Papin's...
PEZA Reports 41% Investments, 15% Employment and 4.5% Export Growth
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the state agency in charge of export-oriented manufacturing enterprises, was able to beat the odds in 2011 ending the year with sterling performances in terms of investment generation,...
Philippines Next ASEAN Investment Hub
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has the inherent attractiveness and ability to seize upcoming business opportunities as it has the potential to step up as the next favored destination in ASEAN. This is according to Synovate's business consulting...
P/$ Rate Closes at P43.77/$1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate closed higher at P43.77 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P43.94 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P43.758 from P43.75. Total...
QC to Check Birthing Homes
MANILA, Philippines - The Quezon City government has made it mandatory for private and public birthing homes and clinics to secure local licensing requirements to protect the public from any form of medical malpractice. Tadeo Palma, secretary to the...
Romney Hopeful Iowa Caucuses
DES MOINES, Iowa, United States - Republican Mitt Romney is looking with optimism at Iowa, the state that rejected him four years earlier but now appears at least open to the possibility that he could be his party's presidential nominee. As Iowa...
RoS, Powerade Start Semis Duel
Game Wednesday (Cuneta Astrodome) 6:45 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Powerade Game Thursday (Cuneta Astrodome) 6:45 p.m. - Talk 'N Text vs Petron Blaze MANILA, Philippines - Two teams that didn't figure well in pre-season reviews march to the...
SBMA Reaches out to Indigents
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Zambales, Philippines - The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) along with investors inside this premier Freeport made their holidays meaningful by reaching out to some of the indigent communities near the area. SBMA Chairman...
'Segunda Mano' Overtakes 'Panday,' Zooms to 2nd Place
MANILA, Philippines - It looks like Kris Aquino is having the last laugh. The controversial actress-TV host's prediction that her Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry, "Segunda Mano" would eventually wind up at second place based on box-office...
Sen. Bong Condemns Janelle-Ramgen Intimate Video Controversy, Wants NBI Probe
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. denounces the leakage of his half-brother Ramgen Revilla and girlfriend Janelle Manahan's intimate video on various social networking sites just before New Year. "Sobrang pambababoy ang ginagawa nila sa...
Sharon-Martin a Dream Come True and Why Songs Are like Arrows
Just a thought: Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. - Pope John Paul II MANILA, Philippines - For The First Time: It's a pairing that has long been anticipated by many, this first time team-up...
Shelter Units for Agusan Villagers
MAGALLANES, Agusan del Norte, Philippines - Local villagers in this Surigao del Norte town has the reason to be happy after the government finally constructed shelter units for them. The Region-13 office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development...
Smart Launches Anti-Bill Shock Feature
MANILA, Philippines - Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is putting an end to unexpected mobile Internet charges as it introduces its new anti-bill shock feature. Unlike in the past, where charges continue to pile up because of unknown...
SM Donates P10M to 'Sendong' Victims
MANILA, Philippines - Assistance to victims of tropical storm "Sendong" in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City continues to pour in, with SM Group so far donating P10 million, the Swiss government extending P15 million relief aid, and the Bulacan provincial...
Stars' Resolutions for 2012
MANILA, Philippines - With the advent of a brand new year, several celebrities have shared their resolutions. Hollywood actress Jessica Biel informed ET that she's going to "finally speak a second language." "I have been literally working on...
Streak Ends
MIAMI (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Tracy McGrady hit a pair of big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Hawks ended Miami's perfect start by beating the Heat 100-92 in the NBA on Monday. McGrady and Al Horford each scored 16...
Strong US Lobby Team Pushed
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was urged to create and send a strong contingent of Filipinos that would persuade lawmakers in the US Congress to stop the passage of a bill that could kill the US$9-billion business processing...
The First Disciples of Jesus
John 1:35-42 John was [standing] with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following Him and said to them, "What...
The Foods of Jose Rizal
MANILA, Philippines - This is the latest book written by my good friend, Felice Prudente Sta.Maria, a distinguished cultural advocate and author of several award-winning books. It is not a book of recipes although some chapters are prefaced with recipes...
The Key Is within You
MANILA, Philippines - Check out the Forbes magazine's list of the richest men in the world. If your name is not listed there, go back to work immediately. Happy days are over. In this world, no matter how deliriously happy our celebrations may be,...
The Philippines as Design Capital
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines, as a developing country, lacks the technological advances, the financial resources, and the industrial capacity of major economies in producing many of the devices, gadgets and machinery that are sold in the global...
The Precious Gift of Wellness
MANILA, Philippines - Goodbye 2011. Hello 2013! So what can our dear readers look forward to this new year? Here are a few things. Beauty and Wellness at Sofitel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila recently announced the re-opening of its beauty...
The Youth Groups That Shine in 2011
MANILA, Philippines - Just when some people accuse today's youth of apathy, of hardly participating in social actions and issues, some outstanding young people stood up to make themselves heard. Their voice reverberating on issues on education,...
Till Debt Do Us Part
MANILA, Philippines - Erratum: When I wrote Monday that because of $6.24-billion national debt, every Filipinos is "born in original sin and in original debt," an eagle-eyed reader pointed out that my math was four decimal points off and the individual's...
Travel Ban on GMA
MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan thumbed down on Tuesday the government's bid to issue a warrant of arrest against former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her co-accused in the graft charges filed against them in connection...
Tyron's Remains Brought to Tarlac
MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of mourners gathered to view the remains of actor Tyron Perez after it was brought home to Barangay Alfonso in Concepcion, Tarlac on Jan. 2. In a report on GMA News, several town-mates of the actor expressed their...
US Demands Further Reduction in Waived Duties in Garment Bill
MANILA, Philippines - The US government wants a further reduction on the supposed foregone revenues arising from the exports of duty-free Philippine-made garments to the US market under the proposed Save our Industries Act bill to $200 million a year...
U.S.: More Travel in 2012
NEW YORK, New York, United States (Reuters) - Shaky economy notwithstanding, Americans intend to travel farther and spend more in 2012, according to a nationwide poll. Long-haul bookings to Europe, Asia, and Australia are up in 2012, comprising...
Water Rate Hike Stoppage Sought
MANILA, Philippines - A partylist lawmaker has formally petitioned the Commission on Audit (COA) to stop the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and its two water concessionaires from increasing water rates this year, saying that lack...
Woods Eyes Fast 2012 Start
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Tiger Woods has rediscovered more than just the ability to win lately. Having ended 2011 with his first victory in two years, Woods said the joy of being able to play golf with a healthy body has returned as well. Ahead of...
Yearend Releases Target 2012 Breakthrough
MANILA, Philippines - Record experts are said to keep an eye on the coming year 2012 as a perfect timing to release new records, all in the hope to capture that first big hit of the year. For some, the race starts at the tail-end of the outgoing...