EYES WIDE OPEN
Stocks, bonds or art?
by Iris Gonzales - February 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Art world sophisticates will flock to the Art Fair Philippines 2020 today for the strictly invitation-only collectors preview.
The kingdom of Joel Apolinario
by Iris Gonzales - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am
He is God’s gift to the poor and the miserable, the messiah who promised to get Filipinos out of poverty.
A homage to Bong Tan
by Iris Gonzales - February 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Around this time a few years ago – Valentine’s Day to be exact – I sat down with Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr., the late maverick tycoon and sportsman, to talk about some of his businesses....
Why the Zobel brothers chose Ricky Razon
by Iris Gonzales - February 10, 2020 - 12:00am
Most men wear their watch on the left wrist, but not ports and casino tycoon Enrique “Ricky” K. Razon Jr. or EKR.
Two dragons, one name
by Iris Gonzales - February 6, 2020 - 12:00am
There he stood inconspicuously somewhere in the mammoth crowd of Palace officials, bankers and businessmen.
A global health emergency
by Iris Gonzales - February 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Forget about the exaggerated swagger and the perennial promises to save this nation of 100 million.
Manila in the time of the coronavirus
by Iris Gonzales - January 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The elevator was empty when I stepped inside. There was nothing but the fetid smell of cigarette smoke and the lingering scent of a woman’s perfume. Chanel No. 5 or Perry Ellis 360, I couldn’t tell....
Duterte’s billionaire friends
by Iris Gonzales - January 27, 2020 - 12:00am
He may be bashing the country’s so-called oligarchs at every turn, but in real life, President Duterte does not intrinsically hate the rich.
Unwanted: Manila moguls
by Iris Gonzales - January 23, 2020 - 12:00am
The times they really are a-changin as Bob Dylan’s iconic anthem of change goes.
Why did Chevron sell its Malampaya stake?
by Iris Gonzales - January 20, 2020 - 12:00am
The big stories usually come when you least expect it. When I first learned that Chevron sold its 45 percent stake in the Malampaya deep water gas to power project, I was quite surprised.
Billionaire problems
by Iris Gonzales - January 16, 2020 - 12:00am
This feuding billionaire family agreed to settle their differences, days before Christmas last year.
The war against the oligarchs
by Iris Gonzales - January 13, 2020 - 12:00am
One has a sprawling mansion in a posh district in the hilly San Francisco Bay area, one of his many homes all over the world.
Twisted facts in billionaire family row
by Iris Gonzales - January 9, 2020 - 12:00am
The Securities and Exchange Commission is right in clarifying its role in the intra-corporate dispute over control of Asia’s biggest bus company, Vallacar Transit Inc. owned by the feuding Yanson siblings...
Messy start for 2020
by Iris Gonzales - January 6, 2020 - 12:00am
Iran has raised the blood-red flag of war. It’s terrifying to see the most concrete symbol of vengeance unfurled above the dome of the country’s Jamarkaran Mosque, waving in the gloomy Iran air.
Winter festival in the time of climate change
by Iris Gonzales - January 2, 2020 - 12:00am
It was almost midnight when I arrived here in the capital city of China’s Heilongjiang province, a place touted as the Ice City, perched on the edge of Siberia.
New year, New decade
by Iris Gonzales - December 30, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s a few days to go before we ring in the new year and the new decade.
Latin American of the East
by Iris Gonzales - December 26, 2019 - 12:00am
The populist narrative never fails. It’s almost addicting for both the politician -- often a charismatic folk hero type -- and the masses he governs. Perhaps it’s like opium -- seemingly pleasant to the...
What happened to Grab?
by Iris Gonzales - December 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Grab, the Singapore-based ride-hailing company, was our savior when it came to Manila sometime in 2014. It was a commuter's dream, a respite from all the decrepit taxis plying the streets of Metro Manila.
Why did Ramon Ang make it to Bloomberg’s 50?
by Iris Gonzales - December 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Tycoon Ramon “RSA” Ang left Manila quietly two Sundays ago and exactly 15 hours and three minutes later, his sleek private jet, a Gulfstream G650 landed on US soil.
Predicting Amando Tetangco Jr.’s destiny
by Iris Gonzales - December 16, 2019 - 12:00am
A fortune teller made a bold prediction sometime in 2005.
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