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EYES WIDE OPEN
Will the next finance secretary please stand up?
by Iris Gonzales - May 20, 2022 - 12:00am
For weeks now, here in our “Republic of Marites,” mobile phones have been buzzing non-stop.
First quarter results
by Iris Gonzales - May 18, 2022 - 12:00am
The first quarter corporate results are out and it looks like a lot of companies are well on their way to recovery.
Friday the 13th
by Iris Gonzales - May 16, 2022 - 12:00am
It’s long been considered jinx, a harbinger of bad luck, this Friday the 13th usually at the center of plots in 19th century novels or 20th century films of horror, with shuddering and frightful scenes.
Senior voters endure election day hassle
by Iris Gonzales - May 13, 2022 - 12:00am
The die has been cast. At least 65.7 million Filipinos registered to vote. More than 30 million Filipinos have spoken. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is the country’s next president.
The task ahead
by Iris Gonzales - May 11, 2022 - 12:00am
I fell in line on Monday at 10:30 a.m. to cast my vote. I reached the machine a few minutes past 3 p.m. or after five hours in the long queue.
Making history
by Iris Gonzales - May 9, 2022 - 12:00am
Today, we will make history.
Succession
by Iris Gonzales - May 6, 2022 - 12:00am
The sprawling multibillion dollar empire of taipan Lucio Tan may well be considered the country’s real life version of the highly-addictive US television series Succession, centered on the Roy family and the...
Billionaires and their new media empires
by Iris Gonzales - May 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Whether in the US, in Manila or anywhere in between, billionaires have been expanding into the extremely powerful information space.
Lessons from Iceland’s white gold
by Iris Gonzales - May 2, 2022 - 12:00am
There’s no lack of stories here in Iceland –  from the funny to the bewildering to the enigmatic. You’ll hear, for instance, of endless tales about elves and their tiny homes; the Vikings and...
Airports
by Iris Gonzales - April 29, 2022 - 12:00am
Over the last couple of days, I’ve crossed four international airports, including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport .
A look inside Denmark’s mask-off, live-with-COVID-19 life
by Iris Gonzales - April 27, 2022 - 12:00am
This charming Danish capital is many things to many people the city of fairy tales, the home of children’s writer Hans Christian Andersen, the happiest city in the world, and of course, it’s where you’ll...
Why is Manny Villar leaving the low-cost housing segment?
by Iris Gonzales - April 25, 2022 - 12:00am
In the Philippines, which has a perennial housing problem, one can never build too many homes.
Felipe Gozon on GMA 7’s dividends, the elections and ABS-CBN’s shutdown
by Iris Gonzales - April 22, 2022 - 12:00am
At 82, media tycoon Felipe Gozon is unstoppable. The chairman and CEO of broadcasting giant GMA Network was all smiles as he gamely talked about the company’s milestones and plans when we sat down recently...
Commuter hell
by Iris Gonzales - April 20, 2022 - 12:00am
Just before the Lenten break, as I was on my way home from work, I saw throngs of people waiting for a ride near EDSA.
The Philippines startup scene is alive
by Iris Gonzales - April 18, 2022 - 12:00am
Over the Lenten Break, you could not have missed Elon Musk’s $43 billion bid for Twitter, the social media superstar with that little blue bird, unless you went off the grid.
The love potion craze
by Iris Gonzales - April 13, 2022 - 12:00am
They’re small bright-colored blob-looking creatures with giant eyes that seem ready to pop out.
Would you go down the metaverse rabbit hole?
by Iris Gonzales - April 11, 2022 - 12:00am
You take the blue pill and the story ends, so says rebel leader Morpheus in The Matrix. “You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
‘From pain to purpose’
by Iris Gonzales - April 8, 2022 - 12:00am
Monday night at the glittering Taft Ballroom of Conrad Hotel in Pasay, Sen. Joel Villanueva bravely addressed a crowd of strangers, sharing his painful experience of losing his mother and sister all in a span of...
In education, a game changer
by Iris Gonzales - April 6, 2022 - 12:00am
Every mid-August or early September, some of the country’s richest individuals, including tycoons and politicians, fly to the US to send their children to school before classes start.
Patronage politics, crony capitalism, vote buying
by Iris Gonzales - April 4, 2022 - 12:00am
As we count the days before the May 9 presidential polls, we feel jittery at times, anxious on some nights, and hopeful on most days.
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