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 July 21, 2012

2012 London Olympics Travel Tips
MANILA, Philippines - Heading to London for the Olympics? From finding the best flights to smart packing to planning your route around London, these online tools for travelers can help make your Olympics trip (or any voyage away from home) worthy of...
2013 SUC Budget Boosted 44%
MANILA, Philippines - Budget for state universities and colleges (SUCs) will increase by 44 percent next year to boost public tertiary education across the country, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Friday. In a statement, Budget...
ADB Sees Yuan International Currency
SINGAPORE (Dow Jones) - The Chinese yuan could become a major instrument of international exchange in Asia in the "not too distant" future, but further liberalization alone won't be enough for the currency to achieve that status, the Asian Development...
Aguinid Falls: Samboan's Mystery and Pride
MANILA, Philippines - Not knowing where you're headed to and having no idea what you're going to see after a long walk would give you exciting somersaults of the butterflies in your tummy and rage of anticipation in your blood. It's the highlight of...
Amiable Acts during Ramadan Urged
MARAWI CITY - Islamic scholars (ulama in Arabic) have urged fellow Muslim Filipinos to greet the advent of the Ramadan fasting month with solemn prayers and other amiable acts, not with firecrackers or bursts of gunfire that are classified as bidaa...
'AnneBisyosa: No Other Concert' to Go International
MANILA, Philippines - It seems that the joke is now on actress, TV host and self-confessed non-singer Anne Curtis. She used to jape about having a world tour, but what she once thought to be impossible would actually be happening soon. Once she's...
A.R.M.M. Officials
MARAWI CITY - Elected provincial and municipal officials in the five provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will join the ruling Liberal Party in formal ceremony set next week in Manila following the conduct of what Malacanang...
'Asian Football Chief Enriched Himself'
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The man in charge of Asian soccer, once a candidate to oust FIFA President Sepp Blatter as the sport's worldwide leader, enriched himself and handed out hundreds of thousands of dollars to friends and relatives, according...
Batanes: Home of the Wind - Last Part
MANILA, Philippines - The bleached whale skeleton propped against an Ivatan's home was so huge I mistook it for a boat. Seeing me aghast, our guide hastened to explain. "We don't molest whales and dolphins here," he assured me. These are the remains...
Binay Urges OFWs: Flee Syria Now
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Saturday appealed to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Syria to leave the troubled Middle East state amid the rising tension there. "I'm appealing to our countrymen in Syria to coordinate...
Blessed Pedro Calungsod's Canonization Countdown
MANILA, Philippines - The Archdiocese of Cebu started its 100-day countdown on July 14, 2012, for the canonization of the Visayan martyr Blessed Pedro Calungsod by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, in a ceremony on October 21, 2012, at the Vatican in...
Boy Saved in Daring Rescue
MANILA, Philippines - "Hindi naman ako adik. Tinuruan lang naman ako ng aking pinsan." (I am not a drug addict. I was only taught by my cousin.") Thus, said a handcuffed Reimer Parparan, 24, after he was arrested after holding a boy hostage on Saturday...
Bulacan Tourism Industry Gets Boost
MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan - Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado exhorted local government officials, students and other tourism stakeholders to unite in attracting more tourists to the province. Last Friday, Alvarado held an assembly dubbed as "Tourism:...
Cagayan's Gem
MANILA, Philippines - Twenty years ago I set foot on an island that is at the farthest end of Luzon. It is 642 kms. from Manila and was so remote back then that it took 24 hours for me to get there. Today, this pristine island can easily be reached...
Cathay Pacific and Dragonair Post 6.4% Hike in Passenger Traffic
MANILA, Philippines - Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair posted a 6.4% increase in passenger traffic to 2.4 million in June 2012 compared to the same period last year. The airline said that passenger numbers are growing ahead of the increase in...
Catholic Group Sets CJ Guidelines
MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) has come out with a list of traits that will help President Benigno S. Aquino III and the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in choosing the next Chief Justice of the...
Cebu Run Benefits 2 Children
CEBU CITY - To raise funds for the open heart surgery of two infants with congenital heart defects, a group of employees from National Cash Register (NCR) Cebu office is organizing a run for a cause. Naome Nayve, who heads the organizing committee,...
Celebrating 60 Years of PRRM
MANILA, Philippines - "In every country, there will always be civic-minded spirits... they will march like an army with banners... and to get moving, we must all work as if there is no more tomorrow for the world has no more time to lose." - Dr. Y....
"Dark Knight Rises" Ends Batman Franchise for Warner
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The release of Warner Bros.' movie "The Dark Knight Rises" brings to an end one of Hollywood's most enduring franchises, as the studio searches to find a new one capable of matching Batman's box office success. Forecasts...
Destination Marks the Most Stressful Part of Travel for Filipinos
MANILA, Philippines - Deciding where to go marks the most stressful part of travel for Filipinos, as highlighted in a recent survey commissioned by flight comparison site Skyscanner on the views of international travellers on which elements of travel...
DOE Sets 90-Day Reporting Requirement
MANILA, Philippines - Service contractors in various petroleum blocks are given 90 days to report prior and coordinate with the Department of Energy (DOE) the deployment of vessels that will bring supplies or equipment at their respective exploration...
Fil-Am Hurt in 'Batman' Shooting
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday that a Filipino-American was among the 58 wounded, 11 of them critical, during Friday's tragic shooting spree that also killed 12 people during a midnight screening of the...
Floods Grip Metro
MANILA, Philippines - Tropical depression "Ferdie" blew out of the country on Saturday after unleashing rain the whole day that flooded many parts of Metro Manila. Ferdie may have left, but weathermen predicted more rain today as the storm merged...
Friendships Are Renewed and Strengthened
VANCOUVER - The weather is much like Baguio or Tagaytay now. No more heavy jackets. Just shorts and sleeveless tees, or blouses, barebacks. Anything cool and comfy, the sun is always out and warm except when the occasional light rain brings down the...
Governor: Cebu Still Top Province
MANDAUE CITY, Cebu - Cebu continues to hold the reputation as the richest and undisputed number one province in the country, with Php 29 billion in total assets and a surplus of Php 700 million as of the end of 2011. This was one of the reports...
Half Empty or Half Full
MANILA, Philippines - As President Benigno Simeon Aquino III reaches one-third of his term, the country is eager to know where we are on the "tuwid na daan" when he delivers his third State of the Nation Address. The President received a very strong...
Health Mistakes That Everyone Makes
MANILA, Philippines - How is our health affected by our everyday routines? Driving with the windows down, forgetting to floss, and over-exercising can have more serious consequences than you may think, and just a few simple changes to your daily...
Healthy Heart
MANILA, Philippines - I had made it clear to friends that if I had pursued my career in medicine, it would have been in the field of ophthalmology. I have the highest respect for the human sense of sight. For me, what we see provides much of the color...
Heineken, Thai Rival in Bidding War for Tiger Beer Stake
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Heineken NV launched a S$5.1-billion ($4.1 billion) counter-bid for Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) on Friday, trumping a surprise offer for the maker of Tiger Beer by a Thai billionaire and setting the stage for a two-way battle....
JM De Guzman Stripped 'Skinless' in Indie Role
MANILA, Philippines - Having done a handful of independent films, JM de Guzman has learned to apply the discipline entailed in such projects to his more mainstream works. The Kapamilya actor related in a recent media huddle that he has grown to...
Laws of Love and Destiny
MANILA, Philippines - When two lawyers coincide, they usually collide. In the argumentative world of law, there is always right and wrong. However, in a marriage between two lawyers like Paul and Dot Gancayco, they always meet in the middle. The...
Lessons on Aging and Retirement
MANILA, Philippines - What would you do if you found yourself in a place that fits your idea of hell? Most likely, you would try to find a way out. But what if there is no way out? And even if there is one, what if the door only leads you to anaother...
LJ Reyes Says Baring Skin for Indie Role Necessary
MANILA, Philippines -- Actress LJ Reyes has revealed that she actually had the option not to go nude, as she reportedly did, for the Cinemalaya Philippine Film Festival entry "Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino." According to Reyes, the film's director Lem...
Making Filipino Music Count
MANILA, Philippines - In my four-year stint as a radio DJ, I came across various genres of music and artists, both international and local. Those years served as an education to understanding the dynamics of the music industry: From management and...
Mango Pest
A Mango Pulp Weevil Action Team (MPWAT) was formed by provincial government of Palawan to boost the ailing mango industry in the province. Board Member Rolando Bonoan Jr., authored an ordinance to establish the MWPAT to ensure the effective and efficient...
Mexican Airport Group Wins Puerto Rico Concession in $2.6-B Deal
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A Mexican company will take over operations of Puerto Rico's main international airport as part of a $2.6 billion deal that the U.S. territory's government said Thursday will improve service and increase the number of flights...
Mindanao Business Policy Agenda Okayed
MANILA, Philippines - Mindanao businessmen have passed a policy agenda focused on the strengthening of the region's agriculture, energy, mining, transport and logistics, and the small and medium enterprises, and to address bottlenecks that hold back...
No B.S.P. Rate Cut - Poll
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is expected to keep its key policy rate on hold for a third meeting in a row, with the economy seen steaming ahead on the back of strong domestic demand while inflation stays on target this year and next. Eleven of 12...
Nutrition Caravan
TACLOBAN CITY - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8, together with its media group partner "Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8" (HIMSoG-8), dramatized the importance of good nutrition to healthy living...
PAF Anniversary (Last Part)
MANILA, Philippines - Why must the Philippine Air Force (PAF) or Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), be debutant justifying to so few noisy critics and panhandling politicians, what is essential armamentarium requirements to discharge a constitutional...
Pageant Hits 'Greedy' Beauty Queens, Managers
MANILA, Philippines - An official of one of the longest-running beauty pageants lashed at beauty queens who were never content with one beauty title, saying that joining multiple beauty pageants is "a simple sign of greed." Reacting to observations...
Pagunsan Makes Cut in Open
LYTHAM, England (AFP) - Reigning Asian Tour number one Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and South Korean star K.J. Choi endured a nervous wait before making the cut at the British Open after Friday's second round. Pagunsan, who teed off in the...
Palace Welcomes ASEAN Sea Pact
MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang on Saturday welcomed the six-point principle on the West Philippine Sea crafted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and thanked Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. R. M. Marty Natalegawa for his efforts...
Palawan's Exotic Island Tops British Vogue's Best Holiday Destination List
MANILA, Philippines - An exclusive island perfect for the most decadent group holidays and has all the trimmings that British couple Charles and Carrie McCulloch was determined to provide", read the short but sweet feature of British Vogue on Palawan's...
PH Dragon Boat Team Wins Gold
MANILA, Philippines - An undermanned Philippine Army Dragon Boat Team (PADBT) brought another honor to the country when it won the gold in the recent inter-military dragon boat competition held in Indonesia. Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, the Army...
PH Favorite Playground for Cybercriminals
MANILA, Philippines - The country's weak cybercrime law is turning the Philippines into a favorite playground of international syndicates engaged in information technology-related scams, the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed. On Saturday,...
PH Flag Raised in Olympics
LONDON- In its first official act as member of the London Olympic family, Team Philippines will join several other nations in the traditional welcome and flag-raising rites on Saturday inside the sprawling Games Village, home to more than 15,000 athletes...
Philippine Tourism Gets Malaysia Boost
MANILA, Philippines - The "It's more fun in the Philippines" fever has officially reached Kuala Lumpur, thanks to the successful launching of the Philippine Tourism Fair in Malaysia on Friday, the Philippine Embassy in the Malaysian capital said. ...
Pinoys Check in at Village
LONDON - Archers Mark Javier and Rachel Cabral and judoka Tomihiko Hoshina blew into this city on a rainy, cold Friday morning, tired after a long trip as they joined seven of their nine teammates at the sprawling Athletes Village. Accompanied by...
Pinoy Settles for Third in 'Duets'
MANILA, Philippines - Finishing third in the recently concluded reality show "Duets" is Torrance, California-born and bred Filipino-American singer Jason Farol. Farol wowed judges with his performance of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" with singer...
P.N.R. Operations
Heavy rainfall over Metro Manila on Saturday caused flooding in several areas which affected the operations of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) as early as 7 a.m. Flood at Magallanes, Buendia and Paco stations prompted PNR management to stop...
Police Score against Armed Group
TUGUEGARAO CITY - The chief of the Cagayan Valley police has lauded the efforts of the police in Isabela province for their swift action against an armed group. Cagayan Valley police director Chief Superintendent Rodrigo de Gracia said six members...
Port Authority Speeds Up $1-B Project to Raise Bayonne Bridge
NEW YORK - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will finish a key part of a $1 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge by the fourth quarter of 2015, six months earlier than planned, officials said. The new timetable will ensure that...
'Potted Potter,' A Must-See Parody
NEW YORK - I never thought they could make a successful comedy out of the "Harry Potter" books. So, when Concertus, Inc. asked if I could watch it at the Little Shubert Theatre along 42nd St. on July 1, it was out of curiosity more than anything that...
Putting Sharon's Tears to Better Use
MANILA, Philippines - What we hear from reliable sources about the real state of affairs of this former beauty queen made us realize that indeed, there are always two sides to every story. The truth, according to a very reliable source, is that...
PWDs Earn A Living Online
DAVAO CITY (PIA) - Persons with disabilities (PWDs) have found suitable means of earning a living on the Internet. Differently-abled graphic artist head Darlito Palermo, an engineer, said his organization established by the Department of Labor and...
Registration Highest in Lanao Sur
MARAWI CITY - The Commission on Elections has recorded the highest percentage of turnout in Lanao del Sur during the July 9-18 general registration of voters for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The general turnout in Lanao del Sur...
Renewing Society by Marriage Encounter
MANILA, Philippines - There's a joke that when a couple is newly married, the word ASAWA (spouse) is still complete. "But as the years go by, the letters gradually disappear. After a couple of years, the A vanishes and what have you"? 'Sawa,' (fed...
Singer Needs Session in Anger Management
MANILA, Philippines - When this young diva (YD) visited a show to promote her latest endorsement, people noticed she was not in a good mood. While she waited in the dressing room, YD was informed that her favorite makeup artist (MUA) would not be...
Snedeker Grabs Lead; Tiger Lurks
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship...
STARMOBILE Launch
MANILA, Philippines - There is actually a mobile phone that is high tech yet so affordable that I am considering getting my driver one if only he could be not so conyo. My driver is more conyo than me actually. At the launch of Starmobile phones,...
Students Get Training in Robotics
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PIA) - The local government here is taking another step towards global competitiveness as it trains public high school students on the science of "robotics" in response to the city's increasing urbanization. Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio...
Students' SONA Score
MANILA, Philippines - On Monday, President Aquino will deliver his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), and report to the people the country's current situation, as well as his administration's gains and accomplishments. We ask student leaders...
SunLife Extends Dollar Investment Protection
MANILA, Philippines - Sun Life Financial Philippines is extending its US Dollar investment protection product in view of increased demand from local investors wanting to take advantage of rising gold prices and other potential dollar-denominated investment...
Survey Finds Rising Business Optimism
MANILA, Philippines - Optimism among local business leaders improved in the second quarter of the year, even as the global mood also showed signs of a slight uptick, according to the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR). The...
Tampakan Mine LGU Ban Stays
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine province where a joint venture of Xstrata Plc wants to develop a $5.9-billion copper and gold mine is unlikely to lift its ban on the project, the governor said days after the government issued new mining rules....
Tetangco Welcomes Expansion of IMF Surveillance Mandate over Its Members
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) welcomed the International Monetary Fund's expansion of its surveillance mandate to improve its oversight of the global economy. "Improvements in surveillance are always welcome, especially...
The Peninsula Manila Holds First-Ever Singing Search
MANILA, Philippines - Musical director, stage actor and vocal coach Onyl Torres recognizes the fact that many sacrifices would have to be made in order to pursue a career in music. But even then, he believes that education need not and should not be...
The Return of the Twelve
MANILA, Philippines - The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had...
The Son Also Rises
MANILA, Philippines - "The night before, nagdasal akong mabuti, na i-guide Niya ako sa desisyon ko sa impeachment, whatever it may be. I had to consult my father, kasi gulong-gulo na ako. I had to read through the transcript of the proceedings. Sabi...
The Third Leg
MANILA, Philippines - It was how Education Secretary Armin Luistro called media in general, and television in particular, during the recent presentation and finalization of the Children's Television Act. The other legs, we assume, are the family...
Travel, Live More, Have Fun
MANILA, Philippines - In its efforts to further boost domestic tourism in the country, the Department of Tourism (DoT) and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) teamed up once again to encourage travel savvy Pinoys to live more by having heaps of fun...
TV5 Unveils 3 New Shows
MANILA, Philippines - JUST A THOUGHT: I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot. - Marilyn Monroe * * * 'ATENG' GELAY: Henceforth, the masses who watch and faithfully follow "Face to Face" shall be accustomed to calling...
Vanishing Kakanin
MANILA, Philippines - What was it like before the fastfood syndrome caught on? Some of the present generation asked me this recently, after having read one of my columns on yesteryears' fare. For one thing I told him, Filipinos did not even have...
Velvet Voices
MANILA, Philippines - If you close your eyes and just listen to the all-male voices singing Sharon Cuneta's flagship song "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas", you would think that this vocal group is a Filipino boy band on the rise. After all, the inflections...
Vulnerable Moments
MANILA, Philippines - We all have our vulnerable moments. Moments when we are tempted to do wrong, with expectations of reward in the form of pleasure or gain. Temptations of every kind are all around. Our problem is not really living in a temptation-free...
Weisz Calls 'Bourne' Stunts in Manila Terrifying
MANILA, Philippines - When viewers see a terrified Rachel Weisz in Manila-shot action scenes in "The Bourne Legacy" (showing Aug. 5), they should realize that she was not acting. Weisz, who won an Oscar Best Supporting statue for her work in "The...