• For enduring peace and sustainable development

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    By Fidel V. Ramos, Former President The tradition of Holy Week is deeply ingrained in us Filipinos.  Because of our Christian faith, the passion, suffering, sacrifice, death, redemption, and salvation of Jesus Christ, as man and as son of God, provide all of us the supreme example of a life well lived in the service of God, country, people and the environment.  The Christian ideal of service is to be CARING, SHARING and DARING for others. In this modern age, the most meaningful lesson of the Easter experience we can derive from the Bible is that of man’s redemption and salvation.  The Bible speaks of a dream that God has for humankind.  It is a vision of peace and plenty that describes the best that we could ever wish of life.  The Lord gave this assurance (from Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 65): "I am making a new earth and new heavens.  The events of the past will be completely forgotten.  Be glad and rejoice forever in what I create.  The place will be full of joy, and people will be happy....  There will be no weeping there, no calling for help.  Babies will no longer die in infancy and all people will live out their life span.  Those who live to be a hundred will be considered young....  People will build houses and get to live in them – they will not be used by someone else.  They will plant vineyards and enjoy the wine – it will not be drunk by others....  The work they do will be successful, and their children will not meet with disaster.  Even before they finish praying to me, I will answer their prayers.  Wolves and sheep will live together in peace, and leopards will lie down with young goats.  Calves and lion cubs will feed together and little children will take care of them....  Even a baby will not be harmed if it plays near a poisonous snake.  In that place, there will be nothing harmful or evil.  The land will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the seas are full of water!" So, why are leaders and nations still bickering against each other to the extent of inflicting violence to eliminate opponents or acquire the territories of others??? More »For enduring peace and sustainable development

  • Choi leads with 67

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — K.J. Choi’s early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday. Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under 137, one stroke ahead of Robert Allenby and two in front of a group led by former world No. 1 Luke Donald as the second round was suspended because of heavy storms. Allenby was among 65 players still on the course when the rain hit Harbour Town Golf Links. Officials delayed the round shortly before 3 p.m. and then sent everyone home until Saturday morning after waiting through about 90 minutes of steady, heavy rain. More »Choi leads with 67

  • Jimenez up

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    Duluth, Georgia — After shooting a course record in his first round on the Champions Tour, Miguel Angel Jimenez proclaimed “I love it!” and then departed in search of his usual post-round refreshments. Avoiding a post-Masters letdown, Jimenez had an eagle and five birdies in his 65 on Friday to lead the cold, soggy Greater Gwinnett Championship by three strokes. More »Jimenez up

  • New hybrid rice variety doubles income of farmers

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    New hybrid rice variety SL-18H is doubling the income of farmers in a swamp land in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, enabling them to earn in just one season what they usually yield for two croppings. Cabiao farmer-leader Luisito delos Santos was inspired by his brother, Florencio, who planted SL-18H in last year’s dry season. This year, in his four-hectare land, Delos Santos recorded a harvest of 572 cavans at 58 kilos per cavan. If that’s the case, we would have been rich by now,” said Delos Santos in an interview. More »New hybrid rice variety doubles income of farmers

  • New life for Vhong, Anne, and Lance

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach • • • [caption id="attachment_129856" align="aligncenter" width="432"] ANNE CURTIS, Lance Raymundo (Facebook) and Vhong Navarro[/caption] NEW LIFE: Easter Sunday signals new life, the rebirth of Jesus in our hearts. In January, Vhong Navarro was charged with rape following a mauling incident inside a condo unit in Taguig. Another “It’s Showtime” co-host, Anne Curtis, has mercifully recovered from a freak accident while filming “Dyesebel” in San Juan, Batangas. • • • FACE BROKEN, SPIRIT WHOLE: Also in March, singer-actor Lance Raymundo met an accident while working out in a gym. More »New life for Vhong, Anne, and Lance

  • Uphill climb

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_130174" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Catholic devotees at the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church in Lucban, Quezon, where the 15.24-meter statue of the Ascending Christ provides a religious backdrop for the picturesque Via Dolorosa Grotto of Healing and Purification. (Danny J. Estacio)[/caption] More »Uphill climb

  • ‘Indefinite’ injunction on Meralco sought

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- Lawmakers joined yesterday their Makabayan colleagues in pushing for the issuance of “indefinite” injunction on Manila Electric Company’s P4.15 kilo-watt per hour rate increase. Deputy Majority Leader and Citizens Battle against Corruption party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna said his group rallied behind the progressive solons’ petition for another injunction to stop the power distributor from causing “grave and irreparable injury to millions of Meralco consumers and those affected by the erroneous rate hike.” “The petition for an indefinite injunction is the proper remedy sought until the issue and allegation of collusion and illegal anti-competitive behavior is resolved,” he said in an interview. “An injunction is a fair situation because if it is not issued and our hard-up consumers pay and the SC eventually decides that there is collusion, it will be hard for the power producers and retailers to return it to the end consumers. There will be irreparable damage to the consumers, the very basis of an injunction,” he explained further. More »‘Indefinite’ injunction on Meralco sought

  • Nadal falls

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Monte Carlo, Monaco — Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to compatriot David Ferrer on Friday while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic struggled into a semi-final showdown. Ferrer claimed a famous 7-6 (1), 6-4 win to hand the top seed only his third loss in the principality just a day after Nadal had won his 300th career claycourt match and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club. More »Nadal falls

  • For Easter egg hunt

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_130087" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Six-year-old Mara Principe shows a basket of colored boiled eggs to be used for today’s Easter Egg Hunt at the Catechetical Ministry of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. (Michael Varcas)[/caption] More »For Easter egg hunt

  • Ex-mayor appeals graft conviction

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    After being convicted on graft charges, a former municipal mayor asked the Sandiganbayan to reconsider the decision it made against him. Claiming that the complaint against him was politically motivated, Salvador Perez, former mayor of San Manuel, Pangasinan, asked the Sandiganbayan Second Division to set aside its decision against him or conduct a new trial on his case. Last March 30, the Sandiganbayan Second Division convicted Perez whom they found guilty of violating Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act 3019) for the overpriced purchase of a computer worth P120,000 without any public bidding in 1998. In his Omnibus Motion for Reconsideration, his lawyer, Atty. Jose de Ferrer, cited that under Commission on Audit (COA) Circular No. 92-386 that personal canvass is allowed after failure of two previous biddings. More »Ex-mayor appeals graft conviction

  • Bill empowers barangay chief to Swear in even the President

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- The House committee on Revision of Laws has approved a measure empowering the barangay chairman to administer the oath of office of any government official, including the President of the Philippines. “The paramount objective of this piece of legislation is to give the incoming President wider latitude or great opportunity to choose who, from among the public officials, will administer oath to his Excellency,” said Camarines Sur Rep. Salvio Fortuno, the bill’s author. He explained that the euphoria generated by President Benigno S. Aquino III when he announced after his election in 2010 that he would like to take his oath before a punong barangay in his hometown in Tarlac has brought to the fore the issue as to whether or not the punong barangay can administer the oath to the highest official of the land. More »Bill empowers barangay chief to Swear in even the President

  • In Christ we live

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    By Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Pampanga Representative, Former President A Blessed and Joyful Easter Day of the Resurrection to all our beloved kapanalig in the Church and kababayan in the Nation!  As we celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us engulf our mind, heart, and soul in the singular truth and bounty overflowing the past 40 days of Lent and into our Easter season: God loves us. In His acts of creation and redemption through His Death and Resurrection, God loves you and me, our families and friends, our communities and nation, even our adversaries and the generations long gone and yet to come. More »In Christ we live

  • NCA derby set Tuesday

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    The 6-cock derby of the National Cockers Alliance (NCA) on Tuesday, is guaranteed to be filled with epic battles between the best of the best in Philippine cockfighting. The derby is hosted by well-respected sportsmen Gov. Ito Ynares and Atong Ang. It will be held at the world-class and fully-airconditioned Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The NCA is the premier organization of gamefowl breeders and cockfighting enthusiasts in the country. It counts among its members the top cockers in the world. ... More »NCA derby set Tuesday

  • For love, charity, strength, and unity

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    By Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Mayor of Manila, Former President Rejoice, for our Savior is risen! I join all my brethren in Christendom as we unite for the celebration of Easter Sunday, the day that illuminates our faith and provides us all a glimpse of what it means to be loved beyond all measure. For this is the day when our Redeemer conquered death and arose, and showed us that there is no dying when our hearts and our spirits are pledged to Him. ... More »For love, charity, strength, and unity

  • More big spenders from New Zealand visiting PH

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    “Wowed” by the natural beauty of the country, more Kiwis are flocking to the Philippines. Citing data from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand said 15,783 tourists from New Zealand visited the Philippines in 2013 or a growth rate of 11.94 percent from the previous year. “In January 2014, there were 1,425 New Zealanders who came to the Philippines representing a growth rate of 11.07 percent on a month-on-month basis, which is higher than the overall average of 5.80 percent,” a statement from the Philippine Embassy in Wellington said. Moreover, the Embassy noted that the DOT data showed “that tourists from New Zealand demonstrated high spending capacity of US$92.48 average daily expenditure with an average length of stay of 14.35 nights.” “It is estimated that they spend an average of about US$1,300 per visit, which is higher than the overall average of about US$1,000,” the Embassy pointed out. More »More big spenders from New Zealand visiting PH

  • Seek to experience God's immense power

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    By Bishop Efraim M. Tendero, National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches We celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ against the backdrop of the slow rehabilitation of Yolanda survivors, increasing violence and criminality, the unbearable suffering of our citizens brought by heavy traffic and lack of efficient transport for commuters, and the rising incidence of unemployment and poverty. As a nation, we can rise above all these as we seek to experience God’s immense power. More »Seek to experience God's immense power

  • PH, Korea governments act to prevent sham marriages

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Teresa, 18, married a 33-year-old Korean man six days after meeting him in the Philippines in 2011. She and the Korean man got married in a civil wedding in Cavite in August 2011 and she followed him to Korea in June last year. She said she got shocked when she learned that she would be working in a farm in South Korea. Teresa is one of thousands of Filipino and other East Asian women who decided to marry Koreans through marriage brokers or the mail order bride scheme, hoping to improve their – and their families – lives. More »PH, Korea governments act to prevent sham marriages

  • Solons seek probe on deposits held in closed banks

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- What ever happened to the money of depositors of 300 banks closed down by the Monetary Board in the past 16 years? Administration congressmen aired this question as they asked the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the plight of depositors of banks shut down by the board. Arthur Defensor Jr. (LP, Iloilo) and Jesulito Manalo (Angkla Partylist), HR 869 was filed following complaints aired by several depositors who have been “victimized” by closed banks. The authors note that a number of these closed depositories are rural banks, thrift banks, savings banks and small commercial banks with deposits comprising of funds of retirees, cooperatives, small-scale business and mutual fund associations. More »Solons seek probe on deposits held in closed banks

  • A better future for our nation

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    By Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr. Speaker, House Of Representative The feast of Easter is an important holy day for Christians as it marks the end of the 40-day Lenten season and the mourning of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. One of these events is the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a definitive step towards peace in Mindanao, which concludes 17 years of negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. More »A better future for our nation

  • Support for Davao Oriental farmers continues

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Davao City – A positive development is expected in the hot chili  production in Davao Oriental after support for the farmers continue to pour, the latest of which is the P711,000 livelihood project assistance provided by the Region-11 office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-11). The financial aid is part of the recovery interventions of the DOLE-11 that will benefit farmers, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), and women engaged in hot chili production. “This is part of our resource-based, innovative, technology-driven, and sustainable enterprise development under the DOLE-DOST convergence program together with DA, and DTI,” DOLE-11 Director Joffrey M. Suyao said. Aside from the DOLE-11, Suyao said that the International Labor Organization (ILO) will also put in around P1.59 million as counterpart that will cover the salaries and wages of all those involved in hot chili production – particularly during land preparations. More »Support for Davao Oriental farmers continues

  • Visayas Newsbits for April 20, 2014

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    BIR-8’s Grand Fiestax Palo, Leyte (PIA) – A Grand Fiestax was held by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region No. 14 at the Government Center here to celebrate the last day of filing of income taxes last April 15, 2014 with BIR Regional Director Atty. Diosdado R. Mendoza saying the event was BIR’s way of expressing gratitude to taxpayers for fulfilling their tax payment obligation.” Taxpayers were treated to free coffee, cakes, pastries, candies, ice cream, cotton candies, popcorn and lechon and entertained with performances by local artists. ... More »Visayas Newsbits for April 20, 2014

  • P650,000 payday for champ

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    A whopping P3.5 million purse, including the top P650,000 prize, will be up for grabs when the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic fires off April 23 at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Dasmarinas, Cavite, making it the richest leg in the six-year history of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour. The Sherwood leg is actually the first of four legs on the 16-stage circuit offering a total pot of P3.5 million with the next at the ICTSI Manila Masters on June 17-20 at Eastridge Golf Club in Binangonan, Rizal followed by the ICTSI Pilipinas Invitational at the Manila Southwoods on Sept. 3-6. Up next on the circuit, sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., is the ICTSI Valley Golf Challenge, a P2 million event on May 7-10 at the Valley Golf Club in Antipolo The third edition of The Duel, pitting the top players from Luzon against those from Visayas and Mindanao, will be held May 20-23, this time at the Cebu Country Club in Cebu City. More »P650,000 payday for champ

  • ‘Be instruments of peace,’ faithful urged

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Iloilo City, Iloilo — Roman Catholics should strive to “be instruments of peace.” This was the Easter message delivered by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of the Archdiocese of Jaro in Iloilo City. “If the resurrection of Jesus Christ is considered as peace and salvation, we as believers should also emulate this peace and salvation in our own communities,” Lagdameo urged. More »‘Be instruments of peace,’ faithful urged

  • 10 drown, 12 die in Holy Week accidents

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Ten people have drowned in swimming parties and outings in different vacation spots in Luzon since Holy Wednesday, bringing to 22 the number of fatalities in various incidents during the holiest days of the Lenten season, disaster officials and police reported yesterday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported the drowning of Eugenio Barcena, 52, of Bangbangar in Bangued, Abra, when he went for a swim after a drinking session with relatives on the beach in Cabalangan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, at 4:40 p.m. last Maundy Thursday. He was rushed to the Central Ilocos Sur District Hospital but it was already too late. In Bagac, Bataan, James Romm Mirasol, 16, and Vincent Caramonte, 19, whose families travelled all the way from Magalang, Pampanga, for a seaside picnic drowned in the same afternoon, said Senior Inspector Joey Sampaga, local police chief. More »10 drown, 12 die in Holy Week accidents

  • Philippine hawk eagle turned over to DENR-8

    Manila Bulletin - 8 hours ago

    Catbalogan City, Samar — A captured Philippine hawk eagle was turned over by the military to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ office in Region VIII (DENR-8), a military report here said. Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, commanding general of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division (8ID) based here, told reporters that he and Lt. Col. Antonio B. Dulnuan, commanding officer of the 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion, Philippine Army, 8ID, recently handed over to DENR-8 regional executive director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca, a captured Philippine hawk eagle, at the 87th IB headquarters, in Brgy Polangi, Calbiga, Samar. MGen Vilarmino informed reporters that the Philippine hawk eagle, estimated to be five months old was found by government troops assessing the effects of super-typhoon Yolanda at the hinterlands of Pinabacdao-Sta Rita, Samar. Said Velarmino, “While our primary mandate is to protect the people from threat groups, we are fully aware of the national government’s environmental conservation programs and as such, we always provide necessary assistance to DENR. More »Philippine hawk eagle turned over to DENR-8

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