EYES WIDE OPEN
Bong Tan’s prized roles: Who gets what?
by Iris Gonzales - December 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Taipan Lucio Tan continues to reorganize his sprawling business empire to fill the gaps left by the death of his son Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr.
Messy governance
by Iris Gonzales - December 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Manila in these strange times is like a box of chocolates. You never what you’re going to get. Or hear.
Lessons from the African swine fever
by Iris Gonzales - November 28, 2019 - 12:00am
The number of cases has gone down, but the issue is far from over. I hope our authorities have learned a lot of important lessons from the outbreak of the African swine fever in the country.
Lucio Tan III vows to continue late dad’s legacy
by Iris Gonzales - November 25, 2019 - 12:00am
At the young age of 27, US-based and Stanford-educated engineering whiz kid Lucio “Hun Hun” Tan III, has been thrust into the limelight following the sudden death of his father Lucio “Bong”...
What’s in a cauldron?
by Iris Gonzales - November 21, 2019 - 12:00am
A cauldron symbolizes magical transformation, prosperity and endless feasting.
Experience amazing
by Iris Gonzales - November 18, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s a waning gibbous moon in the sky tonight as I write this, so says the calendar. But I stare out the window of my borrowed room and I see a giant radiant orb staring back at me. It is anything but waning,...
Deaths in the empires
by Iris Gonzales - November 14, 2019 - 12:00am
One died peacefully on Nov. 9 a number that symbolizes life after death marking a grand ending to a legendary life story; the other collapsed on the same day, doing one of the things closest to his heart basketball...
John Gokongwei Jr., from angry boy to legendary Taipan
by Iris Gonzales - November 11, 2019 - 12:00am
His story reads like fiction, every bit like an urban legend, straight out of a movie. But fiction it is not.
The Philippines' 1st tycoon and his 3rd generation scion
by Iris Gonzales - November 7, 2019 - 12:00am
The man who would become the country’s first pre-war tycoon would put up a business in the Philippines, a company that still exists even to this day.
Real life horrors
by Iris Gonzales - November 4, 2019 - 12:00am
The blood moon is out and so is everyone’s inner darkness.
The real winners of the Barretto feud
by Iris Gonzales - October 31, 2019 - 12:00am
Could Manila’s real life Pretty Woman, Gretchen “La Greta” Barretto of arguably unparalleled beauty and audacity be the victorious queen of this edge-of-your seat drama that has unfolded before...
The son also rises: An interview with Victor Sid Consunji
by Iris Gonzales - October 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Victor Consunji, the eldest son of tycoon Isidro “Sid” Consunji, takes the mic and talks about his role in the family’s sprawling engineering conglomerate DMCI Holdings.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, should we bother?
by Iris Gonzales - October 24, 2019 - 12:00am
It was in the ski resort of Davos, in the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps, where the idea of a technological revolution first took centerstage.
A shelved IPO and a fickle mistress
by Iris Gonzales - October 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The stock market might well be called a fickle mistress, so says a reader.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind visits Manila
by Iris Gonzales - October 17, 2019 - 12:00am
The klieg lights are on, the music is blaring from the speakers. Ladies are dancing in their flowy sarees – fuschia, yellow, blue and what-have-you.
Pork barrel politics
by Iris Gonzales - October 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Everything seems to have started with the pork — big, fat, greasy.
‘General, what is happening to our country?’
by Iris Gonzales - October 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Emmanuel Pelaez, then minister of state for foreign affairs, uttered these words in 1982 to Brig. Gen. Tomas Karingal, the police chief of Quezon City at the time.
Wanted: statesmen
by Iris Gonzales - October 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Anyone can be a lawmaker in this republic of 100 million. That is the curse of our democracy, and perhaps one of our biggest follies.
China celebrates 70 years
by Iris Gonzales - October 3, 2019 - 12:00am
There was no parade of new armory or sleek, shiny weapons and neither was there a massive display of military tanks just as China did in central Beijing on Tuesday.
The Marcoses and the old central bank
by Iris Gonzales - September 30, 2019 - 12:00am
There is nobody like Imelda Romualdez Marcos, the extraordinary daughter of the south, she of legendary beauty, of perfect pompador hair, of unparalleled glamor and one with insatiable lust for everything extra...
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