EYES WIDE OPEN
Exhausting
by Iris Gonzales - June 1, 2020 - 12:00am
The rains have come; men, women and children are restless; and summer’s about to be just a blurry memory.
Cigarette smuggling
by Iris Gonzales - May 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Unscrupulous cigarette traders are raking it in despite the lockdown, so say my sources.
Kapitan’s P15 billion PAL infusion
by Iris Gonzales - May 25, 2020 - 12:00am
There’s a crash landing happening in Lucio Tan-owned Philippine Airlines, but it’s the craze over the romantically addictive Netflix series Crash Landing On You that is sweeping PAL employees, so says...
Why can’t we do mass testing?
by Iris Gonzales - May 21, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s easy to say it’s impossible. The recycled court jester, he with the vertigo-inducing TikTok dance, says so. No country has done it, he says perhaps with relief.
Brace for impact
by Iris Gonzales - May 18, 2020 - 12:00am
I went around some parts of Metro Manila, the first day since the government eased the lockdown.
Will the automotive industry rev up again?
by Iris Gonzales - May 14, 2020 - 12:00am
I press on the gas pedal and press even more. The car responds and moves faster, surrendering to my rhythm. It feels good. In an instant, I slip into a thin membrane in this chaotic universe. It’s cathartic,...
Ayuda
by Iris Gonzales - May 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Renalda “Magda” Veloso, 52, walks around with a cloth face mask.
In the service of the Filipino
by Iris Gonzales - May 7, 2020 - 12:00am
The darkest times come like a thief in the night.
Work-from-home tycoons
by Iris Gonzales - May 4, 2020 - 12:00am
One has a cat named Garfield hanging around his work area at home, eavesdropping perhaps on secret online meetings, something the feline couldn’t do when his master is at his office in a posh Makati tower...
The informal economy
by Iris Gonzales - April 30, 2020 - 12:00am
It can get really crazy in the supermarkets these days.
The country’s financial district amid the pandemic
by Iris Gonzales - April 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Makati’s central business district once a bustling financial hub with dapper investment bankers and businessmen in sleek suits and signature ties is now mostly empty.
Welcome to the low touch economy
by Iris Gonzales - April 23, 2020 - 12:00am
I’ve been staring at the same pale green walls of my room more than I have ever done before.
What Pernia’s resignation tells us
by Iris Gonzales - April 20, 2020 - 12:00am
The story of Orpheus is a good reminder of the times. Skilled, brazen and master of the lyre, Orpheus was a legendary Greek hero with extraordinary musical skills.
2020
by Iris Gonzales - April 16, 2020 - 12:00am
There is a time in everyone’s life when the heart and mind go on a standstill — a situation so surreal that the senses can’t even fathom it.
Filipino billionaires and their COVID-19 response
by Iris Gonzales - April 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The story of the banana and the hard-boiled egg in the time of the new coronavirus pandemic could morph into a thousand and one imaginings.
PAL faces biggest challenge since World War II
by Iris Gonzales - April 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Valentine’s Day of 1946 was a historic day for Philippine Airlines.
The dead in the time of COVID-19
by Iris Gonzales - April 6, 2020 - 12:00am
I would have been dressed to the nines, coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 style.
What can we do to flatten the curve?
by Iris Gonzales - April 2, 2020 - 12:00am
It’s easy to lose one’s mind these days.
Strong antidote needed for the economy
by Iris Gonzales - March 30, 2020 - 12:00am
Metro Manila’s streets are now empty and eerily quiet, devoid of that pulsating and chaotic vibe.
Emergency
by Iris Gonzales - March 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Mornings now are starkly different.
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