SKETCHES
ARTA-ble
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 21, 2020 - 12:00am
A week into his job as the first director general of the Anti-Red Tape Authority or ARTA, Jeremiah Belgica bumped into a woman who wept at the sight of him.
Traveling companion
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 19, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Saturday, for the first time since Taal Volcano’s phreatic explosion on Jan. 12, I went to Tagaytay.
Abrogation
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Oh well, there goes the alliance.
Disruptions
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Three of our editors returned to work yesterday after a week of home quarantine. They had gone on separate trips to Europe and upon their return just telecommuted, in case they had tracked in the novel coronavirus...
Parasite
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Hollywood has gone international.
NIMBY
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 10, 2020 - 12:00am
There is no purely airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus, we are told meaning we can’t get it simply by close proximity to an infected person, unless he or she coughs or sneezes and the droplets enter...
Core interests
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 7, 2020 - 12:00am
In September 1991, Orlando Mercado joined 11 other senators in voting to abrogate the military bases agreement between the Philippines and the United States. The voting was a narrow 12-11.
Growth in the time of nCoV
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 5, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s just the second month of the year, and we are already facing uncertainty created by the novel coronavirus as well as the impact of Taal Volcano’s unrest, including the persistent possibility of a...
Olympic dreams
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - February 3, 2020 - 12:00am
From polio to Taal Volcano to the first death in our country from the novel coronavirus, we’ve lurched from one crisis to the next and we’re just entering the second month of the year, and the second...
Coping with nCoV
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 31, 2020 - 12:00am
Yum yum… maybe you’ve seen the videos.
Revisiting the VFA
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Sen. Ronald dela Rosa says he’s touched that his boss President Duterte seems to love him so much the Philippine government is about to scrap an international treaty just because the United States has canceled...
OSEC
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Don’t talk to strangers: this is a standard admonition of parents as their children begin venturing out on their own into the world.
Raring to go home
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 24, 2020 - 12:00am
With Alert Level 4 maintained around Taal Volcano, evacuees are becoming more impatient by the day to return to their homes.
Erring on the side of safety
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 22, 2020 - 12:00am
In the mid-18th century, Spanish galleons could enter what was then a salty Taal Lake from Balayan Bay, going around the lakeshore communities and then exiting through the same wide channel connecting the two bodies...
Agripreneurship
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 20, 2020 - 12:00am
The onions from India have arrived, and my suki is selling them: large, bright red, clean and shiny.
Bless the beasts
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Among the most touching images from the unfolding disaster spawned by Taal Volcano are those of the displaced residents, defying authorities and returning to ground zero, volcano island, to get their horses and...
Ashfall… again
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 15, 2020 - 12:00am
In parts of southern Metro Manila on Sunday night, people in the streets wore caps or wrapped their heads in towels or else used umbrellas not to keep out rain, but ashfall.
Adaptation
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The food court with a red fence along the Alabang-Zapote Road has reopened, this time with Filipinos no longer told to keep out.
Massive failure?
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Tokhang and Double Barrel will continue. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will remain as the lead implementer of the campaign against illegal drugs, as stipulated by law.
Motorbike taxi
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - January 8, 2020 - 12:00am
It all started decades ago, with what is known as the habal-habal: motorcycles used as public conveyances, especially in the countryside where there are few public utility vehicles or PUVs.
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