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 June 30, 2012

3 Int'l Agencies Agree to Improve Aviation Systems at Airports
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), Airport Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), representing the world's air navigation service providers, airports and airlines, have agreed to coordinate...
Actress Loses Show Due to 'Unreasonable' Demands
Could it be true that the show of this young actress in a major network will no longer be extended when it ends its run soon? The reason, said a source, was because the actress' manager was asking for an arm and a leg for the show to have its second...
Airbus Plans Factory in Alabama
European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Alabama, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. Airbus will assemble its A320 jet there, according to the person, who requested anonymity because...
An Installment Scheme That Works!
For economically marginalized people, education is a tool to lift themselves out of poverty. Unfortunately, education has also become a luxury for the poor. For instance, Mary Grace Mendoza, a senior Clinical Psychology student at the Polytechnic...
Another Fil-Am Singer Shines
Close on the heels of Jessica Sanchez's success in the international scene, another Filipino-American, Jason Farol, whose family lineage is rooted in Rosario, Batangas, is shining bright in the American musical arena. If luck holds, 23-year-old...
A Parisian Connection in Manila
With Paris touted as one of the most romantic cities in the world, it's quite amazing how France's rich culture and charismatic language have worked their romantic magic on couples around the world. So influential is France's flair that it can even...
A Royal Mission
It's dengue season once again. Globally, around 2.5 billion people are considered at risk of dengue, more than 70 percent of whom are in the Asia Pacific region. The Philippines is one of the hotspots. Since January 2012, there have been 126...
Autographed Cap for President Aquino
"To PNoy, Best wishes!" This was the message of Filipino-American coach of the champion Miami Heat team, Erik Spoelstra on the visor of the autographed championship cap he gave to President Benigno S. Aquino III, according to Assistant Secretary...
Awareness: CANADA DAY
TODAY is Canada Day. Formerly known as Dominion Day, Canada Day commemorates the union of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the province of Canada into one country on July 1, 1867. Since 1958, the government has been organizing annual celebrations highlighted...
Bigger Pag-IBIG Loan
Starting this month, members of Pag-IBIG or Home Development Mutual Fund can borrow as much as P6 million, double the previous loanable amount. Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Darlene Marie B. Berberabe said last Friday the new loan...
BSP's Foreign Exchange Swaps Decline to $7.29 Billion in May
The central bank's aggregate short and long-term positions in foreign currency futures and forwards further declined to $7.29 billion as of May as dollars are steadily released into the system. Based on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data, foreign...
Bus Wage Scheme Takes Effect Today
Starting today, bus drivers and conductors will be paid fixed wages and will be entitled to workers' benefits. The new compensation system replaces the old practice of giving commissions to drivers and conductors based on the number of passengers...
Cagayan Beauties
APARRI, Cagayan - A cum laude graduate from University of the Philippines-Baguio has been crowned as Bb. Cagayan 2012 during the recent Aggao Nac Cagayan (Araw ng Cagayan) held at the Cagayan State University Andrews campus in Tuguegarao City. Ma....
Coco Products
DAVAO CITY (PNA) - Several new products made from coconuts will be developed this year by the Davao coconut industry cluster team as part of their upgrading plan under the advance stage of the Davao Industry Capacity Cluster Enhancement Project (DICCEP...
Diaz Is off to London
Like the rest of her teammates in the 11-member Team Philippines to the Olympic Games, weighlifter Hidilyn Diaz is not overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenge as she makes her second foray into the world's greatest sporting show. In her heart,...
Dolphy Might Be Able to Leave ICU Next Week
MANILA, Philippines - The Quizon family is ecstatic that Dolphy's doctors have greenlighted his transfer from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a regular room next week. "Kaming lahat, the Quizon family, it's a relief for all of us. Kumbaga ngayon...
Educators Speak: TEACHING WRITING (I)
HAVING taught in Taiwan and in Singapore from 2000 to 2010, I came home with many innovative ideas for language and literature education. Thus, I organized my own company in March, 2012, the Blessed Teresa Language and Education Consultancy Services....
Empowering the Filipino People: PROSPECTS: A POST- AMERICAN WORLD?
DURING our visit to the US last 14-23 June which included Atlanta and San Diego/Los Angeles, we had various opportunities during meetings with Chambers of Commerce, veterans' organizations and other groups to gauge public opinion on hot issues of the...
EQUIP-Cebu Project Involves LGUs
CEBU CITY, Cebu - Aiming to take an active role in children's education, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has launched a school governance project dubbed Educational Quality Improvement Through Community Empowerment and Capacity Building (EQUIP-CEBU)....
Erwan Heussaff Cooks for Friends and Girlfriend Anne Curtis, Takes Part in Asian Cooking Show
If the fastest way to a man's heart is through the stomach, perhaps the faster way to a woman's heart is showing her a hot guy with great skills in the kitchen. And when you have hotties that love to cook trying to woo their way into your hearts, can...
Feast of the Holy Cross
Bocaue, Bulacan's popular and much anticipated river festival in celebration of the Feast of the Holy Cross of Wawa will be held today, serving as the highlight of the nine-day novena masses. Known for its many titles - Pista ng Mapagpalang Krus ng...
Filipino Aid Worker Abducted in Kenya
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday confirmed the abduction of a Filipino aid worker, who had reportedly been taken by gunmen along with his three colleagues from a Kenyan refugee camp on Friday. DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said...
Filipino Shoppers Going Modern - Survey
More and more Filipinos are purchasing goods in modern trade channels such as supermarkets and hypermarkets throughout the country but sari-sari stores still rule, a consumer survey by Kantar Worldpanel found. A study by Kantar Worldpanel, the world-leading...
For Luzon and Visayas Grids PSALM Seeks Fuel, Forex Adjustments
Electricity consumers in Luzon will be shouldering additional P0.1059 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in their power bills if the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will approve the application of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation...
Frabelle Foods Launches Aggressive Marketing
Just a few months after it was publicly introduced, Frabelle Corporation has easily positioned itself as a game-changer in the value-added meats industry. Its incipient flagship brand, Frabelle Foods, started creating buzz among consumers when it was...
Gentle Breeze: FIRST BIBLE MUSEUM IN TOWN
NOT many know that on the 2nd floor of the 9-story building of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) in Manila is housed the first Bible Museum in the Philippines. The 191.67-sq.-meter Bible Museum is now open to the public. * * * PBS is a non-profit,...
Gov. Gwen in Social Action
ANGEL THOUGHTS "Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner; instead, do your work, and then step back. That is the path to serenity." - Tao Te Ching In everyday lingo, being sosyal connotes affluence, moving around in elite...
Grace Lee on Life after Pnoy
MANILA, Philippines - Grace Lee is trying to keep herself busy, weeks after confirming rumors that she and President Benigno Aquino III are no longer dating. According to Lee, it's "a good time" to just keep on working" inasmuch as she's "single but...
Heart Slams Abortion Rumors
MANILA, Philippines - Heart Evangelista maintains that she has never had an abortion, a matter which she had to parry from way back her time with actor Jericho Rosales. "That's what they said, but that's a lie," said Evangelista in an interview with...
How to Be Truly Happy
LET me share the studies and observations culled by David Myers and fellow psychologists on some ways to achieving happiness: 1) Savor the Moment. Live in the present: Treasure your child's smile, the satisfaction of helping a friend, the pleasure...
Hunt for Massacre Suspects Intensified
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has renewed efforts to arrest the remaining suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre who are still at large. Senior Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, said police commanders especially in Central and Western...
IFC Sees Emerging Market Opportunities
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the past six years, Lars Thunell has occupied a front-row seat to opportunities in the world's fast-growing frontier markets as head of the World Bank's private investment arm. As chief executive of the International Finance...
If Symptoms Persist.:SLOTS ADDICTION
PAGCOR recently announced their through-the-roof monthly income (R4 billion) which may be a result of either more people gambling or the same people gambling more (or casino money-laundering, as exposed by one brave daily). A fallout from this? Hapless...
Indonesia Succeeds in ABL Bid
The Indonesia Warriors have brought down Southeast Asian's cage giant, not once, but twice. Led by the gutsy performance of Fil-American Stanley Pringle, the Warriors became champions of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League yesterday as they toppled...
In Favor of Lopez Group Beacon Transfers 25% of Rockwell
The First Pacific Group has transferred ownership of P3 billion worth of Rockwell Land Corporation shares, equivalent to a 25 percent stake in the property developer, to the Lopez Group . In a joint disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Metro...
Jairus' Daughter
WHEN Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him, and He stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing Him he fell at His feet and pleaded earnestly with Him,...
Jessica Gears for Debut Album
While fans of "American Idol" Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez await for their idol's inclusion in the hit US musical series "Glee," the Filipino-Mexican singer has started recording songs for her debut album under Interscope Records. "At the...
Katy Aims for Circus Act to Balance Career, Next Love
From "Teenage Dream" to "Wide Awake," Katy Perry attempts to break her privacy walls with a docu/bio called "Katy Perry: Part of Me." Much like the Justin Bieber 3D reality movie, Katy bravely puts the magnifying glass on herself with the breakup...
Lascuna Wins by 2 Shots
Tony Lascuna outgunned Elmer Salvador and Angelo Que in a shootout stretching 12 holes then came out of twice rain-delayed duel as steady as ever to capture the ICTSI Manila Southwoods crown with a bogey-free 67 at the Masters Course in Carmona, Cavite...
Livelihood Projects to Benefit Villagers
JOLO, Sulu - In his desire to help the people of Sulu uplift their living condition, Sulu 1st District Representative Habib Tupay Loong has allotted some R21.2 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the funding of various...
Make Your Own Rules with Globe PowerSurf
Did you know that you can actually make your own rules and be in full control of your mobile browsing minus the fear of excessive charges? With Globe PowerSurf, you definitely can. Recall that an MB is a unit used to measure the size of internet-related...
Meralco Distribution Charge Up Slightly
The distribution charge of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) to be billed to consumers starting July will be up slightly to P1.6303 per kilowatt hour (kWh) from its previous maximum average price (MAP) of P1.6012 per kWh. The slight uptrend in the...
Minimalism Saves Cash and Lives
Minimalism has been the rule in our household for more than 20 years, since the day Vic and I decided to shut down our business and pay off the entire staff. All our friends were shocked and warned us about difficult days ahead. It was tough adjusting...
Model Child
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PNA) - The "Huwaran nga Anak," search by the City Social Welfare and Development Office's Iloilo City Task Force on Street Children is on. The search is part of activities set by the city government to highlight Children's Month...
More Critical Than Ever: DECADE OF CAMARADERIE TOWARDS DEV'T
THIS year marks the first decade of the annual celebration on the 30th of June of our friendship through the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Act. Since 2003, the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day has been instrumental in promoting bilateral cooperation...
Napolcom Introduces PESE Exam Innovation
For the first time, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) is opening its Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) examination to Philippine National Police (PNP) members who hold the rank of Police Chief Inspector. Napolcom said that this...
Nestle Wins Effectiveness Advertiser Plum in Tambuli Awards of UA&P
Nestle Philippines received the Effectiveness Advertiser of the Year Award at the 6th Tambuli Awards of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), a program which recognizes outstanding integrated marketing communications (IMC) campaigns that...
Never on A Sunday: GENGHIS KHAN
IN 1162, a boy named Timujin was born in the Khentii mountains of Mongolia. After he was able to unite the Mongol tribes in 1190, he became known as Genghis Khan (emperor) after he was proclaimed by his fellow tribesmen. He then began the Mongolian...
Nora Set to Undergo Throat Operation in Boston
JUST A THOUGHT: Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence. - Robert Fripp * * * OPERATION NORA: Nora Aunor left the country again for Boston, Massachusetts on June 26 to finally undergo a throat operation that promises to bring back her...
Ortigas Picks ALI Strategic Partner
Property giant Ayala Land Inc. is allotting an initial P15 billion as it negotiates for a strategic alliance with the group of Ignacio Ortigas so it can help develop Ortigas & Company Limited Partnership's prime properties. In a disclosure to...
P35,567 Pay for Teachers Proposed
Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV has proposed close to 100 percent monthly salary increase for the country's more than 500,000 public school teachers from the current P18,549 to P35,567. If the measure becomes a law, the government stands...
Palace: Aquino Changed Mindset of Filipinos
Malacanang yesterday said the first two years of President Benigno S. Aquino III's term have changed the mindset of Filipinos on the government but admitted that more more needs to be done in the remaining four years of the Aquino administration. ...
Philippines Primed for Mobile Data Explosion with Growing Smartphone Use
Local telecom firms are gearing up for a mobile data explosion after the Philippines posted the highest growth in Asia's smartphone market. To date, smartphones make up 30% of all mobile phones bought in the country during the first quarter of 2012....
Rain or Shine Faces TNT
Already assured of the top spot in the semifinals, Rain or Shine still has plenty of motivation when it goes up against Talk 'N Text in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. "Our attitude is we have to prove something," said ROS...
Recovery from Ship Slump Is Key to Cargotec Singapore IPO
Cargotec Oyj, the world's biggest maker of container-lifting gear, may put off listing its marine unit on Singapore's bourse amid a decline in the global shipping market, according to the company's chief executive. "The single biggest thing that...
Revenues of Leading Transport and Logistics Firms Weakened in 2011
The revenues of the world's leading listed transport and logistics companies flattened in 2011, according to Transport Intelligence's (Ti) new report - Global Transport and Logistics Financial Ratio Analysis 2012. The report found that in 2011,...
Revisions Set on Genco's Certification
The rules on the issuance of certificates of compliance (COCs) to power plants will be up for revisions, according to the Energy Regulatory Commission. The industry regulator will be holding public consultation on the draft revised rules by August...
Rizal@150: Reaching out to the Youth
With the Rizal@150 celebrations coming to a close, the SM Supermalls highlighted activities that would reach out to the youth and make the next generation aware of our national hero's life and times, as well as his values and greatness. Storytelling...
Rockeoke Fun!
It was a night of rockeoke fun, free flowing wines and canapes as Research In Motion (RIM) and Globe Telecom launched the latest and most affordable BlackBerry[R] 7 smartphones for customers in the Philippines - the BlackBerry[R] Curve™ 9220...
Ruffa Gutierrez Officially Tenders Resignation from 'Paparazzi'
MANILA, Philippines -TV host-actress Ruffa Gutierrez has formally resigned from showbiz-oriented talk show "Paparazzi Showbiz Exposed" following the controversial birthday celebration that the show tendered for her last week, and her subsequent, explosive...
SEAIR Promo Offers 85,000 Seats at Up to 70% Off
South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) announced today that it is offering 85,000 seats starting at P299 or up to 70% off in its biggest lean season sale. The airline offers one-way fares from Clark, Pampanga to Kota Kinabalu at P299, Kalibo at P599,...
Spanish Gov't Aids Caraga Region
BUTUAN CITY - In its effort to continue providing assistance to far-flung communities, the Spanish government is expected to provide a new grant amounting to R12.4 million for various projects in the Caraga Region. It was learned that to effectively...
Spice Girls Reunion Still Possible
"Tell me what you want what you really, really want!" This line must have defined the musical industry for many young girls growing up in the early '90s like myself. The look came complete with "titanic platform" shoes, which dominated the young fashion...
SSC Gets Past St. Benilde
San Sebastian's Big Three - Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual and Ian Sangalang - came through with big numbers yesterday to lead the Stags to a 95-93 victory over St. Benilde in the NCAA basketball wars at The Arena in San Juan. Abueva, nicknamed the...
Taking Guesswork out of Sydney
For this year's summer vacation, my family and I trained our sights on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the largest coral reef spread on earth. To get there, we could go via Hong Kong, Darwin or Sydney. It was a no-brainer that one of the world's...
'The Show Must Go On' for Zsa Zsa; Former 'Love' Lotis Key Prays for Dolphy
While Dolphy is recovering from another bout with pneumonia, his 11th, his longtime partner, Zsa Zsa Padilla hopes to wind up her showbiz commitments, which were halted due to the Comedy King's condition. The singer-actress has a few days left to...
The View from Rizal: THE WONDERFUL GIFT OF LAUGHTER
"HAVE you ever prescribed laughter, Gov?" That was the question posed by motivational speaker and media trainer Archie Inlong who paid me a visit at the Capitol recently. "Why the interest," I asked back. Archie said there is a renewed and...
Transfer Questioned
A human rights group yesterday scored government authorities for transferring a political prisoner from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame to Camp Bagong Diwa last Friday without notice and justifiable reason. Marie...
Unusual Love Team Featured in 'Lorenzo's Time'
It's an unusual love-team that will be featured in ABS-CBN's newest primetime offering "Lorenzo's Time," which starts airing tomorrow, July 2. This first of its kind Primetime Bida drama series is topbilled by child wonder Zaijan Jaranilla and seasoned...
Viva Pampanga!
Pampanga is probably one of the richest, if not the richest province in the Philippines; which explains the Kapampangans' penchant for dressing up and panache. Close family ties, as with any region in the country, is also very prominent in the region,...
Why Diva Was Excluded from Concert Line Up
The mention of "OPM" brings a handful of names to mind. Hence, when a gathering of OPM artists happened sometime ago, some people were clueless on why a sentimental singer (SS) seemed to have been overlooked by the organizers. Prior to the event,...
Will Philippine Advertisers Follow Disney's Move?
When the Walt Disney Company decided to stop the licensing of its characters for McDonald's Happy Meals, it did so with the intention of helping in the now worldwide campaign to reduce the incidence of obesity among children. The colossal entertainment...
World Champ in Arms Show
Five-time International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) world champion Eric Grauffel and United States Practical Shooting Association (USPA) grand master Simon "JJ" Racaza will be among the top guns who will attend the opening ceremonies of...