EYES WIDE OPEN
The billionaires who died
by Iris Gonzales - January 22, 2019 - 12:00am
On the road 86 kilometers away from Manila, I was slumped comfortably in a van’s captain chair.
What’s happening now is not normal
by Iris Gonzales - January 17, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s getting harder and harder to imagine how things used to be.
The collapse of Hanjin
by Iris Gonzales - January 15, 2019 - 12:00am
In the wee hours of the morning of April 15, 1912, the gigantic Royal Mail Ship Titanic, a British luxury passenger liner, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg. More than 1,500 passengers d...
Inefficient use of government funds
by Iris Gonzales - January 8, 2019 - 12:00am
It was one of those days. The gasoline station between the entrance of a posh village and a church along Katipunan Avenue was bursting at the seams over the weekend.
Beautiful Jiangxi
by Iris Gonzales - January 3, 2019 - 12:00am
In the southeast part of China lies a province of pastoral landscapes, bountiful rice paddies, flowing rivers and picturesque mystical mountains.
Hello, 2019!
by Iris Gonzales - January 1, 2019 - 12:00am
How does a year become a year? Is it always marked by rarities ­– a comet that slices through the night sky? Or a moon that takes our breath away — big, giant and blue?
Addicted to pork
by Iris Gonzales - December 27, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s hard to close the year without looking back at the ugly fight over lawmakers’ pork barrel — or anything that resembles it — and the graft-ridden pet projects funded by our hard earned...
Christmas chaos in our airports
by Iris Gonzales - December 25, 2018 - 12:00am
The chaos tells you it’s Christmas time; it’s worse than usual — there are snaking lines, bags and boxes everywhere, a mammoth crowd of passengers and the fetid smell of human sweat pervades the...
Problematic electric cooperatives (Part II)
by Iris Gonzales - December 20, 2018 - 12:00am
My piece on problematic electric coops elicited different reactions from readers.
Zobel brothers aren’t retiring (yet)
by Iris Gonzales - December 18, 2018 - 12:00am
The brothers, Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala look not a day older than when I first saw them.
Dark Christmas
by Iris Gonzales - December 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Nearly three months since the landslide in the city of Naga in Cebu on Sept. 20, it will certainly be a sad Christmas for most of the affected people there.
Investing in the UP Fighting Maroons
by Iris Gonzales - December 11, 2018 - 12:00am
When I reached the standing room only section of the Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday for Game 2 of the basketball finals between UP and Ateneo, there was already a mammoth crowd of UP students — cheering, shrieking,...
Problematic electric cooperatives
by Iris Gonzales - December 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Mired in corruption scandals, plagued with inefficiencies, and often neglected by their owners, many of the country’s electric cooperatives have become problematic sources of power for consumers in the pr...
Who killed businessman Dominic Sytin?
by Iris Gonzales - December 4, 2018 - 12:00am
He may not be the legendary John Wick, but the lone gunman looked every bit like a professional killer.
Joint oil and gas exploration may happen after a year
by Iris Gonzales - November 29, 2018 - 12:00am
I arrived on time for my 8 a.m. breakfast meeting with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, but I was surprised to see him already in the place, his coffee nearly finished.
Mislatel’s problems
by Iris Gonzales - November 27, 2018 - 12:00am
If you ever find yourself in my enclave in a cul-de- sac surrounded by age-old trees and verdant pocket gardens, you’ll most likely catch a heavy dose of nature’s bounties.
Joint exploration with China, boon or bane?
by Iris Gonzales - November 22, 2018 - 12:00am
I am writing this piece while stranded in a quiet dining place, the one with vintage oakwood beer barrels, savoury tapas and crunchy chopitos.
Jazz at the Top
by Iris Gonzales - November 20, 2018 - 12:00am
It’s a cold November night and a slender crescent moon is casting a faint gleam on the world below.
Why did Manny Villar back out of the third telco race?
by Iris Gonzales - November 13, 2018 - 12:00am
It is almost noon in a quaint and cozy coffee shop in Makati, the one where ladies’ bikes hang on wooden ceilings, verdant plants abound and where the trash bin will remind you of your ex lover.
Who will get the Clark int’l airport O&M
by Iris Gonzales - November 8, 2018 - 12:00am
Same story, different airport.
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