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A fact-driven plan to reopen tourism and save lives
by Manny Gonzalez - May 24, 2020 - 12:00am
What our country and indeed many other countries are doing in regard to COVID-19 is the equivalent of amputating an arm because we found a pimple on our cheek.
No time to waste: A pandemic financial recovery plan we need to implement today
by Manny Gonzalez - April 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Most countries hit by the coronavirus are now agonizing over what they can do to prevent their economies from sliding into a deep and long recession.
Time to demand better visa treatment for Filipinos
by Manny Gonzalez - February 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Moving on, there are several Latin American countries which enjoy visa-free entry to the Philippines, yet do not reciprocate with the same courtesy.
Time to demand better visa treatment for Filipinos
by Manny Gonzalez - February 15, 2020 - 12:00am
Whether you agree or not with the underlying reasons or the threatened form of reprisal, the President should be applauded for calling attention to other countries’ use of visas as instruments of foreign policy...
The arithmetic behind and beyond the proposed Manila Subway
by Manny Gonzalez - December 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Whatever it costs, the financial and economic rate of return on the Manila Subway will be negative.
The arithmetic behind and beyond the proposed Manila Subway
by Manny Gonzalez - December 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Though my present occupation is that of an innkeeper in Cebu, in a past incarnation I was an investment officer at World Bank-IFC on the Latin American desk.
Solving the US health care fiasco
by Manny Gonzalez - November 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Our country is the Philippines.
Bitcoins and blockchains: Murphy’s Law waiting to happen
by Manny Gonzalez - November 26, 2018 - 12:00am
Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, will.
Why don’t we have official national dishes?
by Manny Gonzalez - July 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Here is an off-the-wall idea for changing ourselves and our society, and just maybe improving our economic performance in the long run: Start building civic pride by selecting, proclaiming, and promoting our national...
Opening the right doors in Bordeaux
by Manny Gonzalez - June 3, 2018 - 12:00am
After kicking myself for over a year, I later had the good fortune not only to live in Paris and learn about wine at leisure, but to take a several-months-long wine-tasting course under the legendary Steven Spurrier...
What is the capital of Switzerland?
by Manny Gonzalez - April 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Lausanne, the Self-Styled Olympic City. Just an hour train-ride from Geneva (and you can in fact go straight from Geneva airport), Lausanne is carved into a steep hillside which rises from the lake.
Don’t look for spam or longganisa
by Manny Gonzalez - April 8, 2018 - 12:00am
Like a lot of swiss cities, lucerne is situated on a largish lake. One thing you can do in Lucerne is take a Lake Lucerne cruise.
Who goes to Switzerland?
by Manny Gonzalez - April 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Brasserie Lipp is the go-to restaurant for thrifty diners in Genava, those who can find their way to Confederation Centre.  
A visit to Christie’s Auction House, and a glimpse of the $450 million Da Vinci
by Manny Gonzalez - November 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Da Vinci painting has had a long odyssey. It reappeared in the early 20th century, by then heavily overpainted and attributed not to Leonardo but an unknown imitator. In 1958, the painting was sold at auction...
Key questions about the Spain/Catalunya crisis answered
by Manny Gonzalez - October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
Why should you care about what’s going on in Spain?
The unfolding current crisis in Catalunya
by Manny Gonzalez - October 18, 2017 - 4:00pm
After Franco died, in 1978 the Spanish government was reorganized as a parliamentary monarchy. In Catalunya, the new Constitution was ratified by 95% of voters.
Spanish and Catalan history in a nutshell
by Manny Gonzalez - October 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
I didn’t want to be around to watch history in the making, but here I am in Barcelona, witness to a tragicomedy that will, one way or the other, affect the future of Europe.
Bigger & better in Texas
by Manny Gonzalez - September 2, 2016 - 12:00am
If you are not from Texas, I am almost sure that everything you know about it you learned from TV. (Heck, this is probably true even if you are from Texas).
Counting stars, from Manhattan to San Francisco
by Manny Gonzalez - July 17, 2016 - 12:00am
Michelin (mish-lanh) makes tires. In the early, early days of automobiles, tires didn’t last very many miles, so it was worthwhile for tire-makers to encourage people to drive more, to wear the tires out ...
Barcelona by bar
by Manny Gonzalez - June 24, 2016 - 12:00am
There are lots of other sources which will tell you what to see and do in Barcelona. Because I am such a nice guy, and want to save you a lot of bother, I have thoughtfully listed the top ones here:
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