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 February 17, 2013

10 Ways to Love Your Life
Sometimes it seems like we don't have much control over what happens to us in life; however, while we may not be able to choose everything that happens to us, we can choose how we respond to it and we can learn to feel happier with the life we've got....
2,000 Children in Orphanages Need Adoptive Parents
MANILA, February 17 (PNA) - As the nation observes the 15th Adoption Consciousness Week from February 18 to 24, some 2,000 children in child-caring institutions in the National Capital Region (NCR) are waiting for "adoptive parents who will love and...
2013 MVP Grand Bossing Believes in the Power of Relationships
Take away the people factor, and business will be very boring." These are the words that 2013 MVP Grand Bossing awardee Bernie Liu lives by. Although he initially dreamed of becoming an architect, Liu found his calling in entrepreneurship. After...
2013 Taboan Writers' Fest Turns Spotlight on Visayan Literature and Laureates
Some people seemingly draw a distinction between local and national writers and their works of art. Hence, provincial writers apparently feel "left out" and find it hard to reach a wider audience and gain a greater sense of appreciation. Consequently,...
ALI Expects Another Banner Year
Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) expects double-digit growth in 2013 as growth trajectory shows the property arm of the Ayala conglomerate easily breaching the P10-billion profit mark from the record P9.04 billion earned last year. In an interview, ALI chief...
A New Software to Enhance Banking Experience
There's a new software that provides solutions to banking anytime-anywhere access, ease in operations, and instant information for banking sales, credit and operation teams. FinnOne from Nucleus, a software product that does all that, as well as...
Answered Prayers
I was really weak before and I was not even able to stand on my feet. So since 2006, I have been undergoing physical therapy sessions at the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC). Thanks to my therapists, I was soon able to stand up, find my balance,...
Asian Cargo Overtaking Global Growth
Global container port volume, as well as the world's economy, is expected to start its gradual recovery this year, with Asian cargo throughput expansion in 2013 forecast to exceed the world's growth average. In its presentation, "Outlook of Global...
'Balls of Fire' Also Seen in California, Cuba
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hours after a meteor exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,000 people and an asteroid passed relatively close to Earth, residents in California reported seeing an unusual flash of light over the San Francisco Bay area that...
BB Z10 Slips into the Country!
After being on the rocks for the past years, BlackBerry now with the Z10's launch, their first handset to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system sets its big comeback to the line of smartphones. With a number of setbacks, Blackberry Z10 and...
Bohol as A Tourism Powerhouse?
I had mixed feelings when I brought my family to Bohol last week. On one hand, I was happy to see Tagbilaran and Panglao packed with tourists not only from Korea but from Europe, too. On the other hand, I regretted that the province lacked the infrastructure...
BSP's 'Special Banking Laws Annotated'
Economic and financial education has always been an important component of the Bangko Sentral's goal of developing an inclusive financial system that can ultimately empower the various segments of our society. In line with this advocacy, the Bangko...
Bukidnon Gears for 'Kaamulan' Festival
MALAYBALAY CITY - The provincial government, including members of the various sectors in the province, have been in high spirits for the holding of the annual "Kaamulan" Festival. "Kaamulan," which comes from the Binukid word "amul" or to gather,...
China-NoKor Ties Turn Sour amid Nuke Anxiety
YANJI CITY, China - Beds shook and teacups clattered in this town bordering North Korea, less than 100 miles from the site where the North said it detonated a nuclear test that exploded midmorning in the midst of Chinese New Year festivities. "I'm...
Choose to Succeed
QUESTION: Greetings. I would like to reach out on how to get information/resources to help my 12 year-old nephew diagnosed with dyslexia. He believes that he is hopeless now and the years ahead. He is hurting. My family hurts to see him give up. -Maria...
Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan
Greeting you on entry are giant Ronald Ventura bulul and upstairs, a demure (though bare) "Venus" by Guillermo Tolentino that reminds me of Botticelli's 15th century masterpiece. Then a "Miss Philippines" competition: a Caucasian and a dalaga by Fernando...
Cops Monitored for Partisanship - PNP Chief
QUEZON CITY, Philippines - Director-General Alan Purisima, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), warned on Sunday that all police officers deployed throughout the country are being monitored for possible partisanship during this election season....
Could the Next Pope Possibly Come from the United States?
NEW YORK (AP) - Conventional wisdom holds that no one from the United States (US) could be elected pope, that the superpower has more than enough worldly influence without an American in the seat of St. Peter. But after Pope Benedict XVI's extraordinary...
Davao City Rallies Behind MICECON
The local government of Davao City has created a special body to prepare this city for the huge influx of local and foreign delegates to the forthcoming international conference on meetings, incentives, conventions and events/exhibitions (MICE) and...
Dell Supports ChildHope Asia in Teaching Street Children
Dell has a heritage of listening to customers and developing customized solutions that make technology work harder for people. We apply this same approach to our Dell Powering the Possible program, an advocacy focused on four areas of giving that include...
DENR Warns vs Invasive Species
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje warned the public yesterday against bringing into the country exotic species, citing reports of damage to wildlife habitat by invasive Chinese soft shell turtles in Central...
Digital Natives
Last November 29, 2012, I addressed top executives of call centers from the Asia Pacific region when they gathered at the Marriott Hotel, Newport City Complex, in the annual conference of the Asia Pacific Contact Centre Association Leaders (APPCAL)....
DNL Tapped as Exclusive Distributor
D&L Industries' (DNL) wholly-owned subsidiary, Oleo-fats, Inc. (OFI), has been tapped to be the exclusive agent for leading Australian food ingredients companies, the Manildra Group and MSM Milling's canola derivatives and wheat products in the...
DNL Tapped as Exclusive Distributor
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) posted a 24 percent hike in unaudited net income to P6.21 billion last year from the P5.01 billion earned in 2011. In a statement, the bank said its return on equity (ROE) remained strong at 15.52 percent...
DTC GT5 Astroid Plus: A Pleasant Surprise
I have a confession to make, I usually don't expect much from low-cost gadgets. I don't mean to be condescending but from experience I have learned that, with gadgets, you usually get what you pay for. So when my editor asked me to review the GT5 Astroid...
Edgardo Lantin: Master of Time
Edgardo Lantin is a Renaissance man in modern times. In his work, we see the tenets of the celebrated golden age of art. His style is a revival of the principles of the Renaissance, evident in his subjects created with a genuine knowledge of the body....
Empowering Women through Tech-Voc Education
More Filipino women are taking up technical-vocational (tech-voc) education. The Women Center of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) reported that the number of women taking up courses normally dominated by men such as...
ERC Weighs PSALM Rate Hike
Just when big businesses are complaining about high electricity rates in the country, a fresh round of increases from the universal charges pass-on of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) is expected to be decided this week...
Espresso from Microwaves
While playing the famous MMORPG World of Warcraft, I met a family from Australia whom I became pretty close to. I often communicate with the mother in the family and one of her sons through instant messengers like Whatsapp. While the son and I both...
Feast of Saint Simeon Today
FEAST OF SAINT SIMEON TODAY Catholics commemorate today the life and works of Saint Simeon (San Simon), an early follower of Jesus who later served as bishop of Jerusalem. St. Simeon was a nephew of Saint Joseph, being the son of his brother Cleophas,...
Fewer Cellphones Sold in 2012
By now, everybody should have shaken off their post-Valentine's blues. This corner sincerely hopes none of my half-a-dozen readers did anything stupid during the day for lovers. And if you did, well, I guess it's rather too late to be regretful...
Freed of Corruption, Firm Soars
MANILA, Philippines --- A sequestered corporation under the supervision of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has posted a whopping 213 percent increase in income for 2012 after reforms were instituted and corruption curbed. Based...
Getting More Filipinos Life-Insured
We have another reason to be proud of our country: The Philippines is the venue for the 14th Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress (APLIC) this February 20 to 22 at the SMX Center in SM Mall of Asia, considered one of the biggest conventions of life...
Globe Asiatique Case Downgrading Looms
MANILA, Philippines --- The syndicated estafa case against Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee may soon be downgraded to a bailable offense of simple fraud as the Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed an earlier decision to junk the criminal charges against...
Gov't to Scrutinize Estate Taxes
The government is keeping an eye on the real estate tax payments of affluent Filipinos as collection of estate taxes remained flat over the past 10 years. This developed as Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima issued an appeal to the wealthy Filipinos...
Group Buying in the Philippines Leverages on the Internet Boom
The robust growth of online discount deals indicates the strong potential for e-commerce in the Philippines. One of these sites doing so is MetroDeal-from featuring just over 800 deals in 2011, MetroDeal, whose offers cover everything from spa visits...
Heart-to-Heart with Ramon Bautista
He's like Yoda trapped in your tropa's body. Ramon Bautista has become the youth's go-to person for love advice with his smart, funny, and candid personality. When this pogi guy says "lumandi responsibly," you'd listen - reminders like that just hit...
Hit the Road and Share the Fun!
In about two months, the Philippines' favorite season-next to Christmas-will kick in and before you know it, you'll be yearning for the sun and surf again, planning another summer getaway with family and friends. Make sure that pretty pink bikini is...
'Ibalong'
To cap its 26th season, Tanghalang Pilipino continues to explore current social realities and the consequences of often-times thoughtless acts through "Ibalong," a dance musical which premiered February 8, 2013 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines...
Infrastructure Projects Connect Leyte Islands
SAN RICARDO, Southern Leyte (PIA) - More infrastructure projects that are intended to connect the island towns of Pana-on Island in the province are in the offing. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Southern Leyte Engineering District...
Internet Dangers
The Internet is one of the greatest inventions since fire, but depending on its use, it could either be greatly beneficial or extremely destructive. Today, parents are worried that if children are left alone to interact in cyberspace, they might...
Iran Committed Improving Relations with PH
MANILA, Philippines - The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to improving its overall relationship with the Philippines, Ambassador Ali Asghar Mohammadi said over the weekend. Iran marked last February 11 the 34th anniversary of the victory of...
Isko and Company Released; Lim Plans to Take Case to Comelec
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Vice Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso and five of his long-time allies in the City Council walked free from a Manila police precinct jail on Sunday after being detained for 11 hours on charges of illegal gambling....
Isko Cries Harassment after 11-Hour Detention
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and five of his political allies yesterday walked free from a Manila police precinct jail after being detained for 11 hours as a Manila prosecutor junked the illegal gambling charges that the police...
'Jamby' Won't Tap Celebrity Endorsers
MANILA, Philippines --- Liberal Party (LP) senatorial candidate and former Senator Jamby Madrigal is not planning to get the services of celebrities to boost her chance of winning in this year's midterm polls. She thumbed down any possibility of...
Learning Center
OROQUIETA CITY (PIA) - School children at the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (Kalahi-CIDSS) or KC areas in Region-10 are assured of a conducive learning facility. This developed after some P17.727...
Lirio Salvador's Savior (First of Two Part)
Last Monday, 11 February, Lirio Salvador turned 45. We had second thoughts on greeting him "Happy Birthday." Well, our favorite sound artist is not that well. Since 30 December 2011, he had been fighting for his life. On that fateful day,...
Local Bets Campaigning Illegally - Comelec
MANILA, Philippines - An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the acts of local candidates cannot be considered as illegal campaigning. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said this is because those running for local positions are...
LTO Decision on Motorist Questioned
MANILA, Philippines --- The former director of the Land Transportation Office in the National Capital Region (LTO- NCR) publicly questioned the decision of Assistant Secretary Virginia Torres to retain the driving license of a private motorist who...
Mending Broken Hearts
More than love songs and tender whispers, there's no lovelier noise in the sweet melody of Valentine's Day than the excited beating of hearts full of life and joy. And for 16-year-old Danica Santos, her recently-operated little heart seems to beat...
Meralco Needs Additional 100MW Supply
Power utility giant Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is tugging its way into securing additional 100 megawatts (MW) for the supply contract extension it has been seeking from the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM)....
Microsoft-BPI Windows 8 App
Understanding today's consumers: The Windows8 BPI App provides updated, connected and direct-to-the-point information for the convenient mobile banking experience that consumers need. The growing number of apps worldwide is a testament to mobile...
Miss World 2012 Would like to Do A Filipino Movie
Miss World China Wenxia Yu, who won the 2012 Miss World title, said she would be glad to play a role in a Filipino movie. She made the statement during a press conference held recently at the Manila Hotel's Maynila Palace. Miss Yu was in town in...
Nano-Drone for Combat Troops
By this time, the use of unmanned drone aircraft - going under different monickers or initials, but the most frequently used being the UAV - has become the norm for many allied armed forces. The idea is to lengthen the reach of combat forces without...
New Liquidity Management Tool Eyed
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is reviewing a new liquidity management tool called an "interest rate corridor" that will provide both deposit and lending facilities to banks and ensure that the markets have sufficient money supply. BSP Governor...
NGCP May Reduce Pass-On Charges
As gleaned from its recent ancillary services procurement deals, system operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has taken concrete steps to slash the pass-on charges by as much as 40-percent for power supply it has been purchasing...
Nine Dashes and Globbling Globes
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT. A New Delhi summit had a hiccup in the early days of the original 7-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) when India's Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi spotted a commemorative postage stamp of SAARC regional...
Nokia 206 Dual SIM Hits Local Market
Nokia announces the availability of the Nokia 206 Dual SIM in the Philippines, the ideal phone for those who want familiarity and ease of use, coupled with beautiful design and all the benefits of the mobile internet. The Nokia 206 Dual SIM features...
Ombudsman Settles Issue of 2 Vice Mayors in Cainta, Rizal
CAINTA, Rizal - The case of the town having two vice mayors has been finally resolved. The motion for clarification filed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) as to the implementation...
One Indulgent Afternoon
One Indulgent Afternoon During the recent Chinese New Year, my friend Roxana and I decided to try Sofitel's Spiral's famed Sunday Brunch. Since Roxana's social circuit revolves around Makati, I was excited to show her a different experience of Manila-...
On-the-Go with MeMO
Technology has once again adapted to everyday life. Take control of today's socially connected world in the palm of your hands with the new ASUS MeMO Pad ME172v. The new ASUS MeMO Pad answers the needs of people always on the go as it can deal with...
Opening Salvos
Contrary to common belief, last week was not the opening salvos for the May, 2013, Senatorial elections; it was the start of the 2016 presidential campaign. The prize is not the 12 senatorial positions but rather the presidency after Benigno Simeon...
Overseas Shipholding Seeks More Time to File Bankruptcy-Exit Plan
(Dow Jones) - Overseas Shipholding Group (OSGIQ) is putting three of its oil tankers on the auction block while it seeks to formulate a plan to exit Chapter 11 amid a global international-shipping downturn. The company, one of the world's largest...
Pamana Roads
BONTOC, Mt. Province - Road projects worth P103 million, under the expanded Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) program of the government, are set for implementation this year in this province. Local Government Director Anthony Ballug identified...
Papal Auditions for Years
MANILA, Philippines --- There is no formal nominating process for choosing the man to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, and campaigning for oneself is counterproductive. But the cardinals who will file into the Sistine Chapel next month to elect a new leader...
Peso Unaffected by Currency Wars
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said the currency wars will not impact on the central bank's exchange rate policy of a market-determined peso rate and that he is confident the exchange rate will continue to reflect...
Pinoys in Sabah Face Deportation
MANILA, Philippines --- The 100 Filipinos who purportedly set foot on the state of Sabah via "illegal means" will soon be deported to the Philippines, Malaysia-based tabloid New Straits Times reported yesterday. In an article posted on the paper's...
Polish Choppers Boost PAF
MANILA, Philippines --- The Polish firm PZL-Swidnik S.A. has completed the delivery of eight Sokol multipurpose helicopters acquired by the Philippine government to further boost the military's air capability. Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesman...
Preorder Your Apple iWatch
I would watch out for another revolutionary product from Apple -- the iWatch. Pun intended. Is there really a product in Apple's product future that is the iWatch? Lets us just get into the 'market' of it. We know that, in recent years, wearable...
Ronald McDonald House Charities and Adarna House Come Together for Bright Minds Read
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the charity of choice of McDonald's, has renewed its long-standing partnership with Adarna House as part of their joint initiative to provide brighter future for Filipino children through reading. With the Bright...
Ross Wins All-Star Dunk Title
HOUSTON (AP) - Toronto rookie Terrence Ross beat defending champion Jeremy Evans to win the slam-dunk contest during All-Star Saturday night. The 6-foot-6 Ross jumped over a ball boy, whipped the ball between his legs and threw down a one-handed...
RP Expects Favorable US-IPR Review
Convinced of the positive results over the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) laws in the country, the government strongly believes that the Office of the US Trade Representative should now remove the Philippines from its 2013 watch...
Samsung Chills
TV host-producer and businesswoman Daphne Osena-Paez and fun-loving socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdez share so much in common aside from being two of the country's most recognizable women. Their distinct sense of style have made headlines while their sense...
SB Corp. Posts Record Lending
Government-run Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.) recorded P3.8-billion loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and credit guarantees in 2012 bringing its total lending for this sector to P38.5 billion. SB Corp. president and chief...
Staying Private on New Facebook
Facebook is a personal vault that can contain photos of your firstborn, plans to bring down your government and, occasionally, a record of your indiscretions. It can be scoured by police officers, partners and would-be employers. It can be mined...
Sun Business in Security Services
Sun Business provides reliable and affordable security solutions to business owners with its Emergency Hotline and Track & Trace services. These solutions guarantee the safety of their personnel and assets and improve efficiency of their operations....
Tarpaulin Dud
A situation now appears that the expected once-every-three-years boon to small entrepreneurs, particularly tarpaulin poster-makers this election period comes up to be a bust. Ridiculed as "e-pal king or queen," posters of candidates made of tarpaulin...
The Judgment of the Nations
Jesus said to His disciples, "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit upon His glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before Him. And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates...
The Reinvented BlackBerry OS
The BlackBerry 10 is the latest platform the company has launched along with their handsets, the Z10 and Q10. Looking at it, the massive overhaul is pretty obvious, from interface to features. But what makes it a re-invented version of the previous...
Tina Fey Talks about the Globes, Rejection and What She Learned from Her Dad
LOS ANGELES - We were in cold and freezing New York when we interviewed Tina Fey for her new film, "Admission." The petite and slim 42-year-old writer-actress-host was radiant in her red printed top. We told her that we were just reading her "Bossypants"...
Unity Event
SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) - Hundreds of Antiquenos joined the unity walk and prayer rally held at the Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park here over the weekend. Participants in the event later pledged to support the conduct of free, fair, and peaceful elections....
UST Fetes, Thanks Media Members
MANILA, Philippines --- The University of Santo Tomas (UST) hosted last week an appreciation luncheon to members of the media as a way of showing its gratitude to them for their assistance in terms of coverage of UST events. UST Rector, Rev. Fr....
When Small Businesses Think Big
Being a small business while the country is being toasted as one of the hottest new babes in the macroeconomic sphere sometimes feels like watching a Mardi Gras parade from a balcony. You might have a little party going, but the main action is out...
Xperience Sony Xperia in A Tab
The Sony family's signature Xperia line welcomes its latest addition-the Xperia Tablet S - a tablet that promises users a fun and unique experience of connectivity, entertainment, and communication. Xperia Tavlet S uses the Android 4.0 complete...
Zulueta's 'Viajes' Opens at Galerie Francesca SM Megamall on February 21
Visual Artist Jose "Pinggot" Zulueta has created paintings with images of migration and the migrant's eternal return to his home - aptly called the troubled voyages of a migrant's heart that belongs to two places, for his fourth one-man show at Galerie...