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 25, 2013

A First for the Philippines Dm9, a Smart Project, Garners Top Honors in Cannes Lions
A campaign that used mobile technology to literally lighten the load of public school students won for the Philippines its first ever Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the highest honor given by what is considered...
ASEAN-Wide Talks on TPP Pushed
American companies doing businesses in ASEAN have strongly urged the US government to conclude Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations with ASEAN by late 2013 in an effort to strengthen its presence in the world's fastest growing region in what...
Attack on Businessman, Kin Fails
CEBU CITY, Cebu - A businessman who owns a number of schools in Ozamis City and his family survived an ambush and kidnapping try in Cebu City before 1 a.m. yesterday, police here said. Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Mariano Natuel identified...
Attack Plane Crashes
Manila, Philippines --- A Philippine Air Force (PAF) attack plane crashed Sunday night off Puerto Princesa in Palawan while on a night flying proficiency training, officials said yesterday. Commodore Enrico Efren Evangelista, district commander...
AusAID Constructs CDO, Iligan Schools
CAGAYAN DE ORO (CDO) CITY - The schoolchildren directly affected by typhoon "Sendong" have a reason to rejoice after the Australian government, through its Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), turnover today the newly constructed...
Autologous Stem Cell Therapies Make the Difference
People cannot effectively represent or endorse products or services if they don't epitomize them. And Dr. Cristina A. Puyat is one of those few persons who believe and symbolize the brand she stands for. After all, the still youthful-looking medical...
A Valedictory (Part 1)
On the 442nd "Araw ng Maynila," Mayor Alfredo S. Lim said: "We honored the Outstanding Employees of the City Government and at the same time gave loyalty awards to those who have completed 20, 30, and 40 years of public service. There were more than...
Bank Deposits Grow by 13.4%
The banking sector's total deposits rose 13.4 percent year-on-year to P4.5 trillion as of end-March, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said. The banking transactions of taking savings and deposits continued to be the main sources of income for...
Biologists Analyze Pasig Oil Level
Manila, Philippines --- The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) collected on Monday samples of water from the Pasig River to assess the levels of oil and grease, following a weekend oil leak in Sta. Ana and Pandacan in Manila. "We had sent...
BIR Names Top Restaurant Taxpayers
Is your favorite restaurant in Makati City is among the top taxpayers? The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has released a list of dining establishments in the country's premier business district that paid the highest levy in 2011. While they are...
Birth Control Limits Dog Populations
Los Angeles (AP) - A decade ago, the Rosebud Sioux Indians in South Dakota were paying people to catch and shoot wild dogs. Dogs that weren't caught were covered in mange and parasites. Some froze. Some starved. In packs, they survived by eating each...
Buy-Bust Yields 100-Gram Shabu
Manila, Philppines --- Twenty-two persons, including five minors, were arrested while P600,000 worth of shabu were seized during an illegal drugs buy-bust operation early yesterday morning at the house-drug den of an alleged female drug pusher in Quezon...
Career Guidance Prepares HS Students for College
Manila, Philippines --- Starting school year 2013-2014, high school students (from Grades 7 to 10) in public secondary schools nationwide will undergo career guidance to help them get ready for higher education, middle level skills development, employment,...
Cebu Chamber Seeks More Infra Projects for City
CEBU CITY - The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has urged to national government to increase its investments in infrastructure in the Queen City of South to entice more tourists and investors. Lito R. Maderazo, CCCI president said that...
Chinese Backer Behind $40-B Nicaragua Canal Project
The Chinese investor behind a $40 billion project to cut a canal through Nicaragua owns a $1.1 billion stake in the telecommunications company that he runs, according to data compiled by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Wang Jing, 40, is the chairman...
Davide to Prioritize Countryside Tourism
CEBU - Governor-elect Hilario Davide III vowed to attract more tourism interests in Cebu during his administration by prioritizing the enhancement of community-based tourism in the province. Davide told tourism stakeholders during the recently concluded...
Despite Tough Draw, Roger Ready
London (AP) - As he has six previous times, Roger Federer will start at Wimbledon on Monday as the defending champion, stepping onto Centre Court for the first match of what he hopes will be another two-week stay at the All England Club. It's an...
DFA: Victims Confirm 'Sex-for-Fly'
Manila, Philippines --- Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario yesterday said that victims who have come into contact with them have confirmed "certain allegations" in the reported sexual abuse of distressed overseas Filipino...
DHL Express Named Asia Pacific's Best Employers by Aon Hewitt
DHL, the world's leading logistics company, has been named "Best Employer" in Asia Pacific for its Express division by Aon Hewitt, a global leader in human resource consulting and outsourcing solutions. Additionally, DHL Express received the "Best...
D&L Declares P535 Million Worth of Cash Dividends
D&L Industries, the top product customization and specialization firm for the food, plastics, and aerosol industries, has declared regular and special cash dividends amounting to P535.71 million. During the firm's annual shareholders' meeting,...
DoT's ACGTDT Tour, a Homecoming
This coming July, hundreds of Filipino-Americans and mainstream Americans are expected to arrive from the United States for the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT). The group will visit the country to relax and enjoy...
Douthit Confident but Cautious
Naturalized player Marcus Douthit admits that the present situation of Gilas Pilipinas is much different than when he first donned the national colors in the FIBA-Asia Championship two years ago. When the 6-foot-11 Douthit first played for the original...
Editorial: Record High Philippine Consumer Confidence
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released its 2013 2nd Quarter Consumer Expectations Survey (CES) on June 14, 2013. The survey, conducted with the assistance of the National Statistics Office (NSO), showed that the Consumers' Confidence Index...
Electronics Use Limits on Planes Seen Easing
Broader in-flight use of electronics including Apple Inc. iPhones and Amazon.com Inc. Kindle readers may be possible, a panel advising US aviation regulators says in a draft report that stops short of calling for ending current restrictions, according...
Exchange Rate Now Favors Exporters
Exporters celebrate the softening of the peso to R43.70 against the US greenback saying the current rate provides a great relief with positive impact on export earnings expected within two months. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, President of the Philippine Exporters...
Filinvest Unveils New Projects
In today's highly urbanized cities, healthy fresh air, relaxing natural sceneries and noise-free streets are welcome relief. Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI) has a way of bringing these comforts in the modern homes and residential communities it builds....
Golden Ratings Era for Emerging Markets Coming to an End
LONDON (Reuters) - A decade of improvement in emerging market credit ratings is coming to an end as higher borrowing costs and commodity price falls threaten to lay bare many countries' failure to reform during the good times. Between 2007 and 2012...
Gov't Addresses Bay's 'Knife Fish' Infestation
The population of invasive species called "knife fish" in the Laguna de Bay has reached 10,000 kilograms, prompting national and local agencies and private companies to intensify efforts to contain the infestation. "For every kilo of knife fish,...
Gov't Pursuing Maguindanao Massacre despite Settlements
Manila, Philippines --- The government will pursue the case against some members of the Ampatuan clan charged in connection with the Maguindanao massacre even though some families of the victims have reportedly agreed to settle with the suspects, Malacanang...
Greenfield District Prepares 'Smart' Community
In the early 1970s, Greenfield Development Corporation established its modest beginnings with the construction of EDSA Central. Located at the heart of the metropolis, the mixed-use development grew into a bustling hub for commerce and transportation....
Information: Department of Health 115th Anniversary
Health and wellness has come to the forefront of the health industry in the last decade. A greater number of Filipinos have developed an increasingly prominent attitude of responsibility towards their health and wellness. In the forefront of overseeing...
Inspiring New-Found Beauty from Within
Every girl has that certain man she just could not forget. 'The one that got away', as some people would say. That one special guy that makes her heart beat faster and slower at the same time, yet she did not have the nerve to do something about. The...
Joint-Venture Projects for Socialized Housing
Earlier this year, the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) released a set of guidelines to govern the new manners by which real estate developers can comply with balanced housing as required by Section 18 of the Urban Development and Housing...
JRU Spoils Co's MIT Debut
Jose Rizal University squandered a huge 20-point deficit but found a savior in Philip Paniamogan as the Bombers outlasted the Mapua Cardinals, 83-72, to jumpstart their title campaign in the NCAA Season 89 yesterday at The Arena in San Juan. When...
Kidapawan Completes Anti-Flood Projects
KIDAPAWAN CITY - The rip-rap projects that were completed last May had prevented flooding in the low-lying areas in this city during heavy downpours, a rescue volunteer said yesterday. Psalmer Bernalte, head of the Kidapawan City Emergency Response...
K-Water Eyes Korean Eximbank, StandardChart to Fund Angat Buy
The major lenders being tapped by Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water) for its $440.88 million Angat plant acquisition are the Korean Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) and Standard Chartered. This was bared by K-Water director general for overseas...
LTO: Drug Testing for Licenses Continues
Manila, Philippines --- Mandatory drug testing for applicants of drivers' licenses will continue until the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10586, the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Acts of 2013, are promulgated and implemented, the...
Luzon Newsbits for June 25,2013
SAN PEDRO MAYOR FACES OUSTER SAN PEDRO, Laguna - Tension has been high in this town since last weekend as reports from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to serve the order for the removal from office of Mayor Calixto Cataquiz....
Mindanao Newsbits for June 25,2013
MARBEL HOLIDAY President Aquino has declared June 29 as a special (non-working) day in Koronadal City in celebration of the 3rd Tree Growing Festival. The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 593 to give the people of...
MPIC Acquires Hospital in Tarlac
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation is investing R187 million to acquire a 51 percent stake in Tarlac's largest private hospital, Central Luzon Doctors' Hospital (CLDH). CLDH is a 200-bed tertiary hospital founded in 1962 by 15 pioneering doctors...
MWSS Administrator, Employees Lock Horns
Manila, Philippines --- Joining the employees' group of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems (MWSS), more than 200 protesting members of the anti-corruption group Mamamayan Laban sa Katiwalian (MLK) staged a protest rally yesterday in front...
National Newsbits for June 25, 2013
SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE SUNDAY The Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle (POSPA), one of the four societies of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), will be commemorated on Sunday, June 30, with a special collection in all masses for the...
Numerology Can Shape People's Lives
Naypyitaw, Myanmar (dpa) - Nowhere does numerology have greater importance in shaping people's lives than in Southeast Asia, where large sums are paid to buy items containing numbers considered lucky. The practice is particularly prevalent in the...
Opportunity Everywhere (I)
Under personal governance, we all have performance scorecards to live and work by. These scorecards specify the measures we use to assess our progress towards eventually realizing our personal vision; they also specify the targets we need to meet by...
Palace Mulls Pandacan Oil Depot Shutdown
The proposed transfer of the large oil depot in Manila is now being studied by Malacanang following the recent oil spill in the Sta. Ana section of the Pasig River. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the review undertaken by the Office of...
Political Will
More than 20 years have passed since the Urban Development and Housing Act, also known as Lina Law, took effect in March, 1992. Sadly, none of the past administrations has fully implemented its provisions and the problems of urban maldevelopment, particularly...
Port Projects Boost Local Communities' Growth - PPA
At least five major port projects of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have generated positive growth in the local communities particularly to shippers, shipping lines and other stakeholders. PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana said the port projects...
Promises, Promises
"If a problem is too difficult to solve, one cannot claim that it is solved by pointing at all the efforts made to solve it." - Hannes Alfven If the Chief Executive can make outrageous political promises with a straight face, so presumably can his...
Regenerative Medicine Now in Iloilo
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo (PIA) - Stem cell therapy is now available in Iloilo, specifically at St. Paul's Hospital (SPHI), a premier health care provider here. The first hospital-based stem cell and regenerative medicine facility in this city was recently...
Relax, Pinoys!
There is a quiet boom happening in the local economy. The first quarter has been said to be a good one, as the National Statistical Coordination Board of the Philippines posted that we are the fastest growing economy among Asian countries for the first...
Ritz, Daniel Make Hotter Forthcoming TV5's 'Misibis Bay'
Watch out for TV5 Princess Ritz Azul and Kapatid hunk actor Daniel Matsunaga as they make primetime viewing even hotter this July with the premiere of TV5's one-of-a-kind, six-week mini series, "Misibis Bay." Set on the luxury island playground...
Rivers Leaves Celtics for Clippers
Boston (AP) - Doc Rivers will be the next coach of the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA approves the rare but not unprecedented trade of an active coach, a Boston Celtics official told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The deal would bring Boston...
SBMA: Stop Feeding Monkeys
Subic Bay Freeport - Freeport authorities yesterday asked the public to refrain from feeding monkeys when in Subic. This was requested by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to visitors and residents alike, as it recently issued a policy...
Sea Goes Inland by 10 Meters
Candelaria, Zambales - A large portion of a beach resort here has eroded as if eaten up by waves crashing to shore, raising suspicions that a sinkhole in the area is increasing its size. One of the residents claimed that almost 100 meters of shoreline...
Sherwood Ready to Test Putra Cup Bets
Trece Martirez, Cavite - Stretched to close to 7,300 yards, the greens prepared to have 11 on the stimpmeter and roughs grown high, Sherwood Hills will be in its toughest form when the course hosts the Putra Cup beginning Thursday. Despite its devilish...
Smart among Firms Backing Fiba Tourney
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has committed to support the hosting of the 27th International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Championship this August. "Smart has always been at the forefront in supporting Philippine sports, especially basketball,"...
SMEs as Engine of Growth
There is enough evidence to suggest that a robust small and medium enterprise (SME) sector could propel economic growth, job creation, and equitable distribution of income among a nation's people. In the European Union, for example, it was estimated...
South Africans Watch over Mandela
Johannesburg, (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. ''The condition of former president...
Take Home the Right Foam
Sleeping seems to be a luxury nowadays, especially when only a few can afford it. Hence, nothing seems as rewarding as going home and hitting the sack with the comfiest pillows and beds for a good night sleep. Dozing off re-energizes our tired bodies...
Tete-a-Tea
I have fond memories of playing "pretend" tea parties with my childhood best friend Cathleen while giggling over our crushes. Inspired by the Mad Hatter's tea party from "Alice In Wonderland," I grew up loving morning, afternoon and evening tea moments...
The MERS-CoV Menace
Q. I read a newspaper article about a new SARS-like virus that has been affecting people in Saudi Arabia. The article was very brief and did not discuss the disease well. What do authorities know about this disease? What are the chances that the disease...
Turkey's Erdogan
I was surprised to read about the riots against the government in Istanbul. Turkey is one of the most stable and prosperous countries in Europe and an example to the world of a successful Islamist democracy. Apparently the protests had started off...
Unique, in All the World
Deadly floods in Canada and India, and two weeks before that, in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. A flood is a flood, but something about those floods looked different. Something was missing. In North America as in Europe, whenever and wherever...
Visayas Newsbits for June 25,2013
RANDOM TESTING TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte (PNA) - Tacloban's Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC) president Eden Chua-Pineda said she supports random drug testing among barangay officials before the October 28, 2013 barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan...
What Happens When the Ben and Beijing Party Comes to an End
Through the dark days of the financial crisis, and the grey days of the halting recovery that have followed, investors have always been able to count on backing from two sources - Ben Bernanke and Beijing. They have provided stimulus, mainly by...
Why Worry When Less Aid by Fed Would Point to Recovery
WASHINGTON (AP) - Investors have grown nervous that the Federal Reserve will scale back its efforts to boost the US economy sooner than many expected. Yet almost lost in the anxiety that gripped the stock market this week is that whenever the Fed...