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 5, 2012

100 Feared Dead
MANILA, Philippines - More than 100 people are feared dead in another tragedy that hit Mindanao - this time a massive landslide that swept a densely-populated community of small-scale miners in Compostela Valley at dawn Thursday, local officials said....
2012: Looking Forward to More Cars
MANILA, Philippines - The past year may have been quite a roller coaster for car aficionados but that's not to say that the new year could be any less spectacular. All throughout 2011, the rumor mills have been buzzing. No doubt, you've heard a few...
2NE1 in MTV's Top Girls to Watch, Best Collab Lists
MANILA, Philippines - K-pop girl band 2NE1 is getting a lot of love from MTV since winning the MTV Iggy Best New Band in the World contest and rocking the MTV Studios on Times Square in New York City last December. 2NE1 member CL and The Black Eyed...
A Fabulous Water Dragon Welcome
MANILA, Philippines - Like millions around the world, I depended on astrological horoscopes religiously to guide day-to-day decisions. This trusting world came crushing with a devastating discovery at my first foreign news agency employer, the one...
Aid for 'Sendong' Victims Pours
MANILA, Philippines - The Canadian government is providing more than P53 million to support relief efforts for the victims of tropical storm "Sendong." This follows an earlier announcement by the Province of Manitoba that it is contributing approximately...
ARMM Eyeing 'Big Impact' Projects
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Foreign institutions helping the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governance should give more focus on economy-enhancing activities based on agro-industry potentials to achieve more life-changing impact on the...
Audition Fever for 'The Bourne Legacy' Spreads Online
MANILA, Philippines - With the shooting for "The Bourne Legacy" rolling in days, the web is abuzz with supposed casting calls for Filipino extras for the anticipated Hollywood film. The blog site Casting Calls Manila already posted purported audition...
Ballistics and Autopsy Exams on Tyron Perez Case Completed
MANILA, Philippines - The head of the investigating team that is working to find the cause of actor Tyron Perez' death has revealed that they are almost done with their work. Senior Inspector Arthur Quinonez of the Valenzuela Police Station confirmed...
Best Culinary Finds of 2011
MANILA, Philippines - Many readers have been emailing me asking if I was coming out with my best for the year. Well, here it is. This is a compilation of the so many wonderful delights (with a few pounds added) that was part of my frequent dining escapades....
BoC Seizes P20-M Used Items
MANILA, Philippines - Five container vans of used clothing, bags, and shoes were among the first illegal shipments intercepted by the Customs Enforcement Group this year as their aggressive campaign against smuggling appears to be on a roll. The Heritage...
Bounty Doubled
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) have agreed Thursday to double the bounty for the arrest of fugitive retired general Jovito Palparan from half a million to one million...
Bridge Closed
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Philippines (PIA) - The Palanit Bridge in San Isidro, Northern Samar is temporarily closed to all types of heavy vehicles for a month, starting Thursday until February 5, 2012. Sandy T. Pua of the Department of Public Works and...
Bumper Crop of Champion Riders Converge at Colt 45 MotoRoc
MANILA, Philippines - Maico Buncio must be looking on proud as 43 motorcycle racing champions from around the country who gathered in Quirino Grandstand Dec. 18 to battle it out to be Colt 45 National MotoROC's (Motorcycle Race of Champions) new breed...
Butuan Gears for 'Kahimunan Festival'
LIBERTAD, Butuan City, Philippines - Officials and organizers said all is set for the start of the feast of Libertad's patron saint, Senior Santo Nino, on January 15 here - considered the biggest festivity in the Caraga Region. The celebration dubbed...
Common Good
MANILA, Philippines - Time and again, we have to remind ourselves that the common good is not always the "greatest good for the greatest number." In a democracy, there are many instances in which the two concepts coincide: the election of public officials,...
December Inflation Decelerates to 4%
MANILA, Philippines - Inflation in the Philippines slowed in December due to stabilizing food prices, raising expectations the monetary authority will ease policy as early as January to spur growth. The consumer price index, the country's main inflation...
Director Plans to Go Mainstream
MANILA, Philippines - "I am looking forward to do a movie again!" Direk Guisepe Bede "GB" Sampedro told members of the entertainment media whom he met recently after arriving from Bangkok for a short vacation. The press conference was held at Sir Boy's...
ER, Tikoy Smoke the Peace Pipe
MANILA, Philippines - Laguna Governor ER Ejercito, star of "Manila Kingpin: The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga," and director Tikoy Aguiluz have reportedly asked forgiveness from one another. Ejercito was the first to do so during the Metro Manila...
Farmers' School
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (PIA) - In line with the thrust of the city government here to boost the productivity of farmers this year, the City Council during its regular session authorized the allocation of P607,750 for the Farmer's Field School...
Flood of Cagayan De Oro
MANILA, Philippines - It happened about midnight between December 16 and December 17 and it was over in about an hour, taking about three thousand lives and leaving about 200,000 homeless. Water rose about some 25 feet in a few minutes sweeping some...
Government Sells $1.5 Billion Global Bonds at Record-Low 5% Yield
MANILA, Philippines - The government successfully sold, amid overwhelming over-subscription, $1.5 billion in global dollar bonds, completing its first foray in the global debt markets this year, to support the government's plan to boost economic growth...
Government Spending
MANILA, Philippines - The rudiments of economy like, how to perk it up, I first learned not in classrooms or from books, but, in the streets. One mid-afternoon, while walking home from school with a classmate as six graders in 1953, we noticed some...
Half Pinoys Darren Criss and Mig Macario Earn Nods on Stage, TV
MANILA. Philippines - Fil-Am stage actor Darren Criss succeeded in portraying his lead role effectively in J. Pierrepont Finch's Broadway musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." The 24-year-old "Glee" star snagged the role from...
Heat: No Wade, No Problem
MIAMI (AP) - Miami's LeBron James had 33 points and 13 assists as the Heat made light of the absence of Dwayne Wade by crushing the Indiana Pacers 118-83 in the NBA on Wednesday. Chris Bosh added 22 points as the Heat turned up the defensive intensity...
H.K. Recalls 1941 'Black Christmas'
HONG KONG, China (AFP) - Christmas was a day of somber remembrance for veterans of the World War II battle of Hong Kong, which fell to the Japanese on this day 70 years ago after 18 days of desperate fighting. Hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned,...
Hopeful Future
"One's upbringing and early experiences can leave a sort of "gunpowder" that accumulates in the mind." - Derek Draper MANILA, Philippines - Educated prognostications of 2012 performance, objectives, and accomplishments should be taken at realistic...
Iloilo Irrigation Project Funded P450M
MANILA, Philippines - The government has ramped up its investment in agriculture sector by backing the construction of the Stage II of the Jalaur River Multipurpose Irrigation Project (JRMP II) of the Department of Agriculture (DA). Budget and Management...
In the Eye of Rumors
MANILA, Philippines - It's trivia time. What do Piolo Pascual, KC Concepcion and the Hyundai Elantra have in common? Aside from their attractive looks, the three have been the "talk of the town." Following the unexpected breakup of the once-hottest-pair...
Janelle Blames Bautista Family for Spread of Her 'Intimate Video' with Murdered Boyfriend Ramgen
MANILA, Philippines - Janelle Manahan is saddened upon learning that an "intimate video" of hers with murdered boyfriend Ramgen Revilla (Bautista in real life) went viral on different social networking sites since Dec. 29, 2011. Janelle's legal...
Janelle Opens Up on Losing BF Ramgen
MANILA, Philippines - Even with her strong determination to seek justice for her late boyfriend Ramgen Revilla, Janelle Manahan breaks down every night from missing him. Three months since losing Revilla, a still vulnerable Manahan guests in a taped...
Jesus Genealogy
Luke 3:23-38 When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age. he was the son, as was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias,...
Juvic Eyes More Golf Glory
MANILA, Philippines - Asian Tour number one Juvic Pagunsan has set himself a target of winning more accolades in 2012. Pagunsan, the first Filipino to lift the prestigious Order of Merit crown last season despite not winning a tournament, is ready...
Kidnapped Aussie Seeks $2-M Ransom
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A former Australian soldier kidnapped in Mindanao is seen pleading for his life in a video sent to his family and urging Manila and Canberra to raise a $2 million ransom being demanded by his captors. The video of 53-year-old...
Korean Firm Tops Semiconductor Exports Volume in Clark Last November
CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines - A new Korean semi-conductor firm is the first firm to dislodge Clark's biggest exporter volume since the Japanese firm's semiconductor operations in year 2000, a report from Clark Development Corporation said....
L.A. Solution for the 3rd World
MANILA, Philippines - Friday is the last day of Christmas. (Sigh). We wish it were all-year round, because as the French say, "Noel c'est l'amour." In the little town of Bethlehem, Connecticut, a cloistered nun who was Elvis Presley's first on-screen...
Lingayen Gulf Landings Celebrated Anew
DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines - On January 9 2012, the provincial government of Lingayen will be celebrating Veterans' Day and likewise celebrating the 67th anniversary of the Gen Douglas Mac Arthur Gulf Landing. On Thursday, in an interview with the known...
Listed Companies Given One Year to Meet Minimum Public Float
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Stock Exchange's amended rules on minimum public ownership (MPO) took effect last January 1 after being approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The amended rules will give listed companies a...
Manny on Jinkee's Magazine Cover: 'Maganda Naman 'Yung Asawa Ko'
MANILA, Philippines - Jinkee Pacquiao apparently remains the most beautiful woman to her husband, Manny, despite the mixed reactions of the public over her controversial magazine cover which many deemed was "photoshopped." "Wow!" exclaimed Manny...
My Culinary Predictions for 2012
MANILA, Philippines - I would see in the mail readers who would ask about upcoming gastronomic and culinary trends. Just like fashion, one sees certain patterns that emerge with the avant garde who seem to be scorned upon as they present their innovations...
Oil-Tanker Glut Shrinks on Record Cargo Demand Starting December
MANILA, Philippines - A surplus of tankers competing to load 2 million-barrel cargoes of crude from ports in the Persian Gulf shrank to a seven-week low after bookings of the vessels accelerated to a record. There are 10 percent more very large crude...
Orteza Sisters in Title Clash
MANILA, Philippines - Isabella and Katrina Orteza pulled off contrasting wins to set up an all-sister finals in the girls 16-under singles even as fancied Michael Francis Eala downed Alessi Villanueva, 6-0, 6-0, to cruise to the 10-unisex finals in...
Outstanding Farmers
LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines - The provincial government of Quezon is now searching for outstanding agricultural achievers open whether farm or fish folks to be nominated in the annual Gawad Saka 2012, as announced here, Thursday. The contest is...
Pokwang Graduates to Lead Role; Hollywood Film to Close Down EDSA
Just a thought: There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act. - Theodore Roosevelt MANILA, Philippines - Pokwang...
P/$ Rate Closes at P43.99/$1
MANILA, Philippines - The peso exchange rate closed lower at P43.99 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P43.75 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P43.921 from P43.755. Total...
Premature Disclosures Smack of Trial by Publicity
MANILA, Philippines - Senators led by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile Thursday dared congressmen-prosecutors to withdraw their impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona because their disclosure of supposed evidence against Corona...
PSC to Overhaul PH Sports
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) hopes to usher in a new dawn for Philippine sports after being stunned by two successive debacles in the Southeast Asian Games. A two-pronged approach will be implemented starting this...
Ruffa Rants about Discrimination
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Ruffa Gutierrez's official Twitter account is gathering much attention of late after the actress posted several comments relating to a friend's recent scrape with a racist. Gutierrez, who is vacationing in LA, actually...
Sold-Out Tickets to Sinulog Seen
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - With ticket sales already reaching over 40 percent as of Thursday, January 5, Sinulog Festival organizers are expecting to sell out all tickets to the famed festival by next week, Sinulog Foundation Inc (SFI) Executive...
Stop the Carnage; Ban Firecrackers
MANILA, Philippines - For those who follow the countdown to the New Year on television, many would notice that major cities around the world feature pyrotechnics in grand manner, eliciting awe from a worldwide audience. Prominent in this show of...
Students Settle for Temporary Classroom
MANILA, Philippines - After a long Christmas break, the 3,726 students at the F. Serrano Elementary School in Paranaque City will have to hold their classes at a parish church. They have no classrooms to return to. Last December 10, a small plane crashed...
Tough Choice on 9/11 Lawsuits
NEW YORK, New York, United States (AP) - More than 1,600 people who filed lawsuits claiming that their health was ruined by dust and smoke from the collapsed World Trade Center must decide by Jan. 2 whether to keep fighting in court, or drop the litigation...
Travelers Swamp Train Online System
BEIJING (AFP) - A new online system designed to make it easier for people to buy train tickets home for the Lunar New Year is struggling to cope with huge demand from millions of travelers across China. The week-long holiday, also known as the Spring...
Tribute 2011
MANILA, Philippines - As year-ender reminiscence of the 365 days of our national life, we pay tribute to the only institution of Philippine society able to provide stability and injunction with a vow not to question life and death distinguishing their...
Two Malaysians Fail Drug Tests
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Two medal-winning Malaysian athletes failed drugs tests at November's South East Asia Games but no action has been taken against them, a government minister said according to a report Thursday. The New Straits Times did not...
Villagers Ignored Warnings Their Homes Were at Risk
MANILA, Philippines - The residents of Pantukan town in Compostela Valley had ignored repeated warnings that they were living in a landslide-prone area and should leave. The villagers decided to live with danger because they were too poor to transfer...
Vital Leyte Bridge Construction Set
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Philippines - The construction of a new bridge in Carigara town, replacing the old one will commence once plans are given the nod by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)'s Bureau of Design and project funds are in...
Viva Valenciana!
MANILA, Philippines - Paella Valenciana is one of the world's most famous rice dishes with a memorable combination of ingredients. It traces its roots in Spain, particularly in Valencia, where peasants use paelleras or pans to cook rice with easily...