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 August 5, 2012

Affordability and Entertainment at Its Finest
MANILA, Philippines - Nowadays, owning a mobile phone is already a necessity rather than a luxury. While they are mainly used as a communication tool, mobile phones have also become a source of entertainment and a preferred way of connecting to the...
And Bravely Charting the Uncharted
MANILA, Philippines - An adventure unlike any other. Naughty Dog's Uncharted series is probably one of the well-known titles in the PS3 console. The game combines breath-taking visuals and explosive action into a neck-breaking pace. With fans of...
Back to the Drawing Board
MANILA, Philippines - I can imagine Atlanta Olympic boxing silver medalist Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, sitting in the middle of two other "analysts," falling from his chair when the referee announced a one-point deduction on Mark Barriga during the third...
Bay Garbage: 200 Trucks and Counting
MANILA, Philippines - Trash swept in by large waves in Manila Bay in the aftermath of storm "Gener" has filled up 200 trucks, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said. Francis Martinez, chief of MMDA's Metro Parkway Clearing Group,...
BOI Pushes PASAR's Downstream Integration
MANILA, Philippines - The government is trying to invite medium scale enterprises to invest in the mid-stream copper processing operation in an effort to integrate the pure copper manufacturing of the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp....
BSP Revives Pawnshops' Buffer Fund
MANILA, Philippines - In a bid to ensure the pawnshop industry is secured and accountable, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has revived calls for the putting up of an insurance or buffer fund for pawnshop operators. BSP sources said no amount...
Carlo Magno: Metamorphosis
MANILA, Philippines - It takes great courage, to be a great artist. It takes even greater courage, to be a great artist and leave one's comfort zone for the sake of exploring unchartered artistic territories and creative fulfillment. Carlo Magno is...
Cebu Pacific Starts Direct Flights from Davao to Kalibo, Palawan
MANILA, Philippines - Cebu Pacific (CEB) has started operating direct flights from Davao to both Kalibo and Puerto Princesa, providing invaluable linkages to these three tourism destinations. Both routes will be available as a four times weekly...
Cerebral Palsy Is Not the End If the World
MANILA, Philippines - QUESTION: My son was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. What are the necessary steps that we as parents should do? Is there a special school or center particularly for children with cerebral palsy patients? Please help. -Joy...
Dipolog Hospital
DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) - The Presidential fund is sufficient to finance the ongoing construction of the Dipolog City Hospital, and the city government need not apply for a loan to finish the project. This was the assurance of Engineer Albert Alimpulos,...
DOTC to Modernize 143 Lighthouses
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is bidding out P246 million worth of lighthouse equipment, a project that will modernize a total of 143 light stations in various parts of the country. The DOTC said...
Education in the Entrepreneurial Generation
MANILA, Philippines - It used to be that people who wanted to solve a social problem-like the ever-alarming challenges of climate change or rising levels of poverty in the country-created a charity. Today, many start a company instead. Or, in the...
Epson Enters Healthcare Business with Simple "Wear & Measure" Wristwatch
MANILA, Philippines - Epson has launched the E200 - a revolutionary, simple-to-use wristwatch-type pulse monitor featuring the company's advanced sensing technology, as it aims to grow its healthcare device business. The Epson E200 wrist watch pulse...
European's Advice
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines will get back to Category 1 in three years, but this could be reduced to one year if the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) would heed the suggestions of the European Chamber of Commerce of the...
Feeding Program
CEBU CITY, Cebu (PNA) - Some 8,434 day care students in Cebu City are assured of daily meals for the next six months through the city's Department of Social Welfare Services which has received a P10-million fund from the Department of Social Welfare...
Foresters Want Illegal Logging Stopped
MANILA, Philippines - A group of professional foresters seeks speedy relief from the "systemic" problems that cause widespread illegal logging in the country, a situation that pesters despite the implementation of Executive Order 23 nearly two years...
Former PNP Spokesman Appointed Now Western Visayas Regional Commander
MANILA, Philippines - The former spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now the commander of the Western Visayas regional police in another major revamp that affected at least 10 senior officers of the police organization. Chief Supt....
Friend of the Supreme Court
MANILA, Philippines - Those of us who are advocating for a freer foreign investment regime should celebrate the first victory: the leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives are convinced that the very restrictive economic provisions...
Giant Crater Spotted in Mars
PASADENA, California (AP) - The latest Mars destination is a giant crater near the equator with an odd feature: a mountain rising from the crater floor. How did it get there? Gale Crater was gouged by a meteor impact more than 3 billion years...
Group Protests RH Bill Change
MANILA, Philippines - A group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists criticized the proposed amendment by the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) that would drop the policy statement in the Reproductive Health...
Heineken Buying Tiger for $4.1B
SINGAPORE (AFP) - Dutch brewer Heineken said Friday it has reached a deal to buy the Asian brewing group that makes Tiger beer for $4.1 billion, as it seeks to bolster its presence in the fast-growing region. Heineken said Singapore-listed Fraser...
Higher Standard Living with Haier
MANILA, Philippines - Combining its world renown strength in innovation, quality and design, leading appliances brand Haier now gives every Filipino household enough reasons to own a piece of its premium entertainment and cooling products. Through...
Intellectual Foundation
MANILA, Philippines - Law and economics-ever wonder how these disciplines are understood and applied? How do ideas generated in these fields come into play in the realm of government administration, policymaking, and development planning? This is...
Islanders Keep Wheels of Education Rolling
MANILA, Philippines - Despite being separated from the Luzon mainland by a treacherous strait, Camiguin Norte Island in Calayan, Cagayan, manages to make things work, as far as sustaining an educational system is concerned. The Department of Education...
Issue Resolved
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court allows both the Senate and the House of Representatives to vote in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) selection of final nominees for Chief Justice. Voting issue resolved. Selection process for CJ improves....
JAL's IPO to Raise $8.5B
TOKYO (Bloomberg) - Japan Airlines Co., (JAL) the world's most profitable airline, plans to raise about 663 billion yen ($8.5 billion) in the world's second-biggest initial public offering this year, capping a recovery from a 2010 bankruptcy. The...
King Canute
MANILA, Philippines - Children know of Canute as a mad king who commanded the waves to turn back. He was shorthand for politicians who cannot read the tide of political realities. King Canute was a real-life Danish King of England. The first written...
Malaysia Eyes Biz Opportunities and Growth in Biotech, Services, Design
MANILA, Philippines - Malaysia, an economy that is expanding from its agricultural and manufacturing roots, is exploring opportunities in the services sector and is intent on pursuing opportunities in emerging segments such as biotechnology, technology...
Masterpieces?
MANILA, Philippines - The s--t hit the fan with critic Cid Reyes' article on a cache of H.R. Ocampo masterpieces priced at six and seven figures per. They were announced as unexpected discoveries authenticated by the artist's daughter. However, the...
Measure Success with A Crown Asia Home
MANILA, Philippines - A wise man once said, "The secret to success is to keep your eye on the reward." This is the impetus that keeps Crown Asia going, and searching for better ways of building, designing and living. This company, a subsidiary of...
Minimizing Contoversial Goals in Football
MANILA, Philippines - Time was when the genteel sport of tennis would resound with players, linesmen, and umpires would find themselves involved in heated arguments regarding controversial line calls. A few years back, a company called Hawk Eye developed...
Mining, RE to Lose ITH
MANILA, Philippines - Mining and renewable energy projects are going to lose income tax holiday (ITH) while other industries that enjoy generous incentive packages granted under their respective laws would be rationalized as the government is bent...
Motorola Defy Mini - Pushing on, against All Odds
MANILA, Philippines - Motorola brings us another addition to their "imperishable" Defy family, the Motorola Defy Mini. Presenting in a lightweight candy bar form factor, the Mini may look delicate just like any other smartphone; but you would be surprised...
OPAPP Launches More PAMANA Projects
MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) on Sunday said that government is set to implement more projects in Tupi, South Cotabato, under the PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient...
Outlook.com: Microsoft Re-Imagines Web-Based Email
MANILA, Philippines - Microsoft's recently rebranded Web-based email service, Outlook.com, the soon-to-be-erstwhile Hotmail, is one cool and delightful online service. And you don't have to take my word for it. You only have to listen to the sound...
P3B Earmarked for PPP Preparations
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has earmarked another P3 billion for the "PPP Strategic Support Fund" to prepare for the implementation next year of flagship infrastructure projects under the Aquino administration's...
PDIC Encourages Further Consolidation, Willing to Raise Rural Banks' Program
MANILA, Philippines - Banking sector co-regulator Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) is prepared to hike the budget for the rural banks' consolidation program from P5 billion to P10 billion to create a stronger industry capital-wise. "If...
People's Choice
MANILA, Philippines - Doing research in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the early '70s as part of a training program where I was nominated by Dr. Jaime C. Laya and supported by UN Undersecretary Rafael Salas, my projections of the...
Perfectly Suited
MANILA, Philippines - On a night in June was when a few well-mannered gentlemen of the international circuit came together to celebrate the little vanities of their station. The Rustan's Men's Department, in partnership with Citibank, Visa, C! Magazine,...
Performance Level
MANILA, Philippines - How do special education (SpEd) teachers prepare their students for major school presentations? With much difficulty, yes, but with loads of patience, understanding, and creativity! Teachers at San Antonio Elementary School...
Phelps in Golden Olympics Finish
LONDON - The finale was a formality, more a coronation than a contest. Michael Phelps headed into retirement the only way imaginable - with another gold medal. Reclaiming the lead with the trademark butterfly stroke he first debuted in the Olympics...
Philex Mining Waste Spill Contained
A waste spillage at the Philippines' largest gold mine has been contained after the slime threatened to contaminate one of the country's largest rivers, the government said Saturday. The Padcal mine, located near the major northern mountain resort...
Quit Smoking
MANILA, Philippines - Where there's no smoke, there's no fire. This modified version of the well-known American proverb has seemingly become the mantra of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) employees, who celebrated the start of the BSP's "100% Smoke-free...
Rain or Shine Reigns Supreme
MANILA, Philippines - It took Rain or Shine six years, but it was worth the wait. After two failed attempts to close out the seven-game showdown, the Elasto Painters showed grace under pressure to hammer out an 83-76 win over the B-Meg Llamados...
Samsung Worries about Trial's Impartiality
MANILA, Philippines - I have been following the legal soap opera involving the smartphone market's leaders Apple and Samsung. While most consumers would readily dismiss the on-court battles as just another case involving tech companies protecting...
SMEs Laud Canon SELPHY CP810 Compact Printer's Photo Editing Capabilities
MANILA, Philippines - Businesses that regularly require multiple printing of high quality photos will appreciate the boost in efficiency and productivity from the new SELPHY CP810 printer. This new compact photo printer in the SELPHY range of Canon,...
So, No More Fitting Rooms?
MANILA, Philippines - As a member of the male gender, I just laugh when I see posts on Facebook about my female friends doing retail therapy. I just don't see myself getting excited about buying shoes and clothes (but I do for cheap books) but it...
SSC Eyes 7th Straight Win
MANILA, Philippines - San Sebastian stakes its six-game winning streak on Monday while University of Perpetual Help is out to end its first-round campaign on a bright note in the 88th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. The Stags,...
Strong Peso Hurts Jewelry Exports
MANILA, Philippines - The gold-based fine jewelry industry has been resorting to retrenchments this year due to a combination of adverse developments here and abroad, according to Cecille Ramos, president of the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association,...
Sun Life Expects Continued Growth
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine subsidiary of Sun Life of Canada is confident it could mirror last year's record growth in insurance premiums and other assets-related businesses but its president and CEO, Rizalina Mantaring, is keeping a wary...
Surigao Gears for 'Bonok-Bonok' Fest
SURIGAO CITY - Preparations for one of Caraga Region's most colorful event, the "Bonok-Bonok, Maradjaw Karadjaw" Festival here went into high gear as contingents coming from various provinces and cities in the region, particularly this city, already...
Tab Your Way to Better Life with GALAXY Tab 2
MANILA, Philippines - It's crazy when you think about how much life has changed over the last decade, or even just over the last five years. Technology has reinvented the way people used to do the most basic things. Now there are websites and applications...
TESDA to Play Key Role in K to 12 Program
MANILA, Philippines - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be an important cog in the implementation of the K to 12 (Kindergarten to 12) education program of the government. TESDA Director General Joel J. Villanueva...
The ARTISTreet of Paco Gorospe
MANILA, Philippines - Mabini artists are celebrated every now and then, and just recently, The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), have the honor of receiving a donation from The Transwing Kunst Gallery. Jane Hartung, owner and managing...
The Gift of Hearing
MANILA, Philippines - Despite being deaf, I am still so much grateful because my hearing loss did not occur from the time I was born. I was still able to hear the sounds of the world for 22 years. Mayumi's Ears In January 2011, Byron and Carmela...
The Transfiguration
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And He was transfigured before them, and His clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then Elijah appeared to them along with...
TV Patrol Deserved P-Noy's Rebuke
MANILA, Philippines - That was supposed to be a narcissistic orgy of self-worship and a collective patting of the back turned out to be a rude wake-up call for the news group of ABS-CBN. At the 25th anniversary celebration of TV Patrol held last...
Ultrabooks for One and All
MANILA, Philippines - Dell today introduces its new XPS 14 and Inspiron 14z Ultrabooks, joining the successful XPS 13. As part of Dell's Ultrabook portfolio, this array of laptops enables customers to choose the one that best suits their needs. Both...
Under a State of Calamity
SAN LUIS, Batangas - The destruction wrought on this town by monsoon rains enhanced by typhoon "Gener" prompted officials to declare a state of calamity over the weekend. Based on the records of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management...
Unexpected Outburst
MANILA, Philippines - It was an unexpected outburst that flared up during an anniversary celebration of a big radio-TV network. Everybody was jolted from his seat. It was untypical of a head of state quarreling with media. Outright, it is my view...
UN: Pass RH Measure
MANILA, Philippines - Saying there is no better time than now, the United Nations on Sunday urged Philippine policy-makers to pass the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill. "Current circumstances present this opportunity, and it is in the...
US, China in Tight Battle
LONDON (AP) - The red, white and blue is painting the Olympics gold, silver and bronze. Midway through the London Games, the United States is locked in a tight battle with China in the ultimate Olympic competition - the race for No. 1 in the medals....
US Gets Scare; Spain Loses
LONDON (AP) - LeBron James provided the big plays down the stretch to help the United States escape with a 99-94 win over Lithuania and remain unbeaten - barely - at the men's Olympic basketball tournament Saturday. There was no such escape for...
Vista Land to Invest P290-B Horizontal Housing in 5 Years
MANILA, Philippines - Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc., the country's top homebuilder, will continue to aggressively expand its house and lot offerings targeting 50 new provinces in five years with projects having a total market value of about P290...
What Can Athletes with ADHD Teach Us about the Condition?
LONDON - One has acquired more Olympic medals than any other athlete in history. The other was knocked out of the Games after just 250 seconds. But swimmer Michael Phelps and Ashley McKenzie, the 23-year-old British No 1 judoka, have one thing in...
Where Growing A Business Starts at Home
MANILA, Philippines - If your company has been known for its quality building materials and housing equipment, how will you expand? By localizing your products. This is what Lixil Corporation decided when it created an umbrella group for its Asian...
Will the Real Willie Nepomuceno Please Stand Up?
MANILA, Philippines - Being the Master Mimic, mostly of current events, Willie Nepomuceno is the fastest gun alive. In fact, he already had a comic take on Chief Justice Renato Corona's impeachment right after the trial. Called Trial and Error, it...
WPI Plans New Hotel Acquisition
CITY OF CEBU - Waterfront Philippines Inc. (WPI), the country's largest hotel chain, is considering the acquisition of its third hotel in Manila which will also be the sixth in its chain. In a chance interview, Waterfront assistant to the president...
Zsa Zsa Padilla Breaks Down in Grocery, Dreams of Dolphy
MANILA, Philippines-Zsa Zsa Padilla had suddenly found herself crying inside a grocery recently when she passed by an aisle that had a favorite item of her longtime partner, the late Comedy King Dolphy. "Naalala ko yung paborito niya-nakakahiya...