September 24, 1990 |
Bomb blasts ripped through two international hotels in Manila's financial district, wounding four Japanese visitors and four Filipinos. Officials said the attack resembled previous bombings by army rebels. Police said the first blast damaged an unoccupied room at the Nikko Manila Garden Hotel; the second wrecked a room of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
September 22, 1998 |
The captain of a sinking Philippine ferry ordered crew members to jump ship without warning hundreds of passengers that the boat was going down, a survivor said Monday. Princess of the Orient skipper Capt. Esrum Mahilum apparently never told passengers what was happening or what to do as huge waves buffeted the ferry, said Napoleon Sesante, one of 361 survivors of Friday night's disaster. At least 39 of the 454 people on board died; 54 people remain missing.
December 11, 1989 |
When the dozens of youngsters gathered for the children's sermon Sunday morning at the Church of the Holy Trinity, they found their mascot, a two-foot-high, stuffed church mouse named Matthew, with a torn-up letter in his lap. "This was Matthew's letter to Santa Claus," explained the parish's Canadian priest, Father Brian Allan, as the children crowded around. "Matthew had asked Santa for a toy gun. "But last week Matthew got bombed. He got shot at. Not with toy guns, but with real ones.
April 11, 1988 |
Police have dubbed it Operation Sampaguita after the Philippines' fragrant national flower, which is sold by bunches each night to foreigners doing business with the thousands of women of the evening in Manila's jammed, honky-tonk district of Ermita. The purpose of the two-week-long police operation is to shut down the district forever--flowers, women, bars and all--an unprecedented effort to destroy Manila's international image as the "sin capital" of the Orient.
July 17, 1990 |
A powerful earthquake rocked Manila and the main Philippine island of Luzon on Monday, killing at least 108 people, flattening hotels and churches, triggering landslides and destroying roads and bridges north of the capital, relief officials said early today. At least 38 of the dead were high school and college students killed when a six-story building collapsed in Cabanatuan City, 40 miles north of Manila and close to the epicenter of the quake, officials said.
May 29, 1990 |
Early explorers named this city after the green may-nilad plants that graced the gently flowing Pasig River, and the country's 19th-Century Spanish rulers naturally built their Malacanang Palace along the Pasig's placid banks. Today, scientists say the Pasig and every other river in Manila are biologically dead. Garbage, raw sewage and industrial waste wash up against Malacanang's white walls and grim squatters' shacks alike. A fetid stench sours the air.