SKETCHES
Super spreaders
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - December 2, 2020 - 12:00am
It will probably be a happy Christmas for the mother of Father Nicanor Austriaco of the OCTA Research team: she is expecting the COVID vaccine to arrive next month… but this is in the United States.
A dose of optimism
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Over the weekend I tried dining in again at one of my favorite fast-food outlets, located within a small shopping complex anchored on a major supermarket.
Flood adaptation
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Looking at paintings and illustrations from the Spanish colonial period, you can see that flooding has been plaguing residents in what we now know as Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon even back in the 19th century,...
Holiday complacency
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 25, 2020 - 12:00am
With the anticipation of the arrival of a vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019, the government faces new challenges: managing expectations and preventing complacency.
Outside the kulambo
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 23, 2020 - 12:00am
The presidency is a matter of fate. You can work hard all you want trying to attain it, but ultimately it’s destiny.
Flooding interventions
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 20, 2020 - 12:00am
In the worst public health and economic crisis we have seen, the battle for 2022 is now beginning to heat up, and in an unsurprisingly ugly way.
Water of life… and death
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 18, 2020 - 12:00am
You can live without food for a couple of days, but not without water.
Evacuation
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The governor of Albay, Al Francis Bichara, mentioned the problem in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Rolly, which pounded the province as well as Catanduanes and Camarines Sur during the Undas weekend.
Signs of recovery
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Catanduanes after Super Typhoon Rolly looks like Eastern Samar after Super Typhoon Yolanda. Calabarzon and Metro Manila, meanwhile, have been among the hardest hit by Typhoon Ulysses.
Victory Joe
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 11, 2020 - 12:00am
The West Australian newspaper based in Perth summed up the global reaction to the US election result: “PHEW!”
Safe countries
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Aday after President Duterte expressed pleasant surprise last week that the Philippines had been picked as one of the safest countries, nearly all the reflectorized markers disappeared from the traffic island along...
US election watch
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 6, 2020 - 12:00am
In 2016, top pollsters and analysts in the United States got the outcome of their presidential election wrong.
Flower power
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Friday night, a day before Halloween, the atmosphere at Dangwa, Manila’s famous flower market, was funereal.
Tiktik on the roof
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - November 2, 2020 - 12:00am
Super Typhoon Rolly reminds me of another Category 5 cyclone in 2013 that also struck in November, around the time of the days of the dead.
Corruption impunity
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The biggest problem in any campaign to eradicate corruption in this country is that impunity set in a long time ago.
Messaging
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 28, 2020 - 12:00am
In case you haven’t noticed, the Duterte administration has intensified the non-military component of its counterinsurgency campaign.
Consumer confidence
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 26, 2020 - 12:00am
The shopping malls are now back to their pre-pandemic cool environment, with free WiFi.
Greedy, greedier…
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 23, 2020 - 12:00am
An official of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission said it yesterday: some congressmen “bullied” district engineers of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Mental wellness
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 21, 2020 - 12:00am
A once bubbly, Zumba-loving woman I know began suffering from depression shortly before the start of the coronavirus crisis.
Granular tourism
by Ana Marie Pamintuan - October 19, 2020 - 12:00am
A regular visitor to Tagaytay told me that the crowd was significantly bigger yesterday morning.
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