SKETCHES
Confusion
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 21, 2020 - 12:00am
People joked about it last week, after the government announced that the physical distancing rule in public transport would be reduced from one meter to 0.75.
Private schools’ Apocalypse
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 18, 2020 - 12:00am
After a month-long wait for internet connection, a struggle with a portable WiFi and a belated realization that his first-ever laptop needed the installation of an original Microsoft Office Home & Student software,...
Inconsistent
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Jojo Garcia, pointed out the inconsistency of the move: you require one-meter distancing as commuters line up for a ride on the light railway...
Home quarantine
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 14, 2020 - 12:00am
How many people have contracted COVID-19 at home?
Fairness
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 11, 2020 - 12:00am
That must be a great going away present for United States Ambassador Sung Kim, who is leaving the Philippines for a new posting: absolute pardon for US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton.
Firestorm over Netflix
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 9, 2020 - 12:00am
The past six months under quarantine turned millions of people in this country into binge-watchers. And by far the most popular feeder of the demand is subscription streaming service Netflix.
Boracay in Manila
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 7, 2020 - 12:00am
Boracay... who doesn't want to have its white beach right at one's doorstep?
Reward
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?
Pas-Q spirit
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - September 2, 2020 - 12:00am
With the onset of the ’ber months, the merchants of Dapitan have put out their Christmas items.
The frontlines
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 31, 2020 - 12:00am
As Heroes’ Day approached, billboards were put up, extolling certain persons and groups as Philippine heroes.
Flattening
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Maybe it’s that nip in the air (perceptible only to us Christmas-crazy folks) as the so-called ’ber months approach.
School opening
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 26, 2020 - 12:00am
As originally planned by the Department of Education, classes opened last Monday, but only in several private schools.
Quarantine phobia
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 24, 2020 - 12:00am
This happened after Metro Manila’s return to GCQ or general community quarantine:
Selling like eggs
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 21, 2020 - 12:00am
On the eve of the return to general community quarantine or GCQ, even the egg dealer beside my favorite vegetable vendor was selling face shields and boxes of disposable face masks well into the night.
After the timeout
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 19, 2020 - 12:00am
The most promising news reported yesterday was about the development of the real rapid test for coronavirus disease 2019:
Guinea pigs
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 17, 2020 - 12:00am
There’s a lot of skepticism around the world over the vaccine against COVID-19 that Russia has rushed into mass production even before extensive clinical trials.
Tourism in the ICU
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Duterte supporters can heave a sigh of relief: the President is disqualified from serving as guinea pig, as he has offered, for Sputnik V.
RATs
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 12, 2020 - 12:00am
From the start, the medical community was divided on the usefulness of the rapid antibody test for COVID-19.
Contraction
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Let’s see… we’re now in what The Telegraph in the UK has described as “possibly the world’s longest and strictest coronavirus lockdown.”
The 2-week challenge
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - August 7, 2020 - 12:00am
More jeepney drivers have taken to begging in the streets.
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