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Sabong: It’s more than a national obsession
by Iris Gonzales - March 8, 2021 - 12:00am
Cockfighting or sabong in the Philippines has been called the country’s national pastime, an obsession even.
Bets, brawls and blood (First of three parts)
by Iris Gonzales - March 4, 2021 - 12:00am
On a soil covered indoor cockpit arena, two gamecocks are about to fight for their lives. One has silky white feathers, the other, pitch black with streaks of tangerine.
Denormalize corruption
by Iris Gonzales - March 1, 2021 - 12:00am
It was a very short message, but very much on point.
Infrastructure
by Iris Gonzales - February 25, 2021 - 12:00am
Tuesday afternoon in Bacoor, Cavite saw me in a mad scramble to leave the faraway province.
Manny Villar on business, politics and Netflix
by Iris Gonzales - February 22, 2021 - 12:00am
Manuel “MBV” B. Villar Jr. takes out his worn-out notebook and shows me his notes. It’s the kind that reporters use – the one with the classic flip top, fits the pocket, has decent writing...
Who wants to buy an oil company?
by Iris Gonzales - February 18, 2021 - 12:00am
These days, it’s hard to imagine how it was during the oil boom of yesteryears.
Games of the Generals
by Iris Gonzales - February 15, 2021 - 12:00am
The time difference between Myanmar and other countries in the region including the Philippines, is one and a half hours.
Uncle Xi and the world
by Iris Gonzales - February 11, 2021 - 12:00am
What did Uncle Xi really tell the world in Davos? He spoke of world peace, goodness to mankind, justice and all that jazz, but what’s the underlying message?
Netflix wisdom
by Iris Gonzales - February 8, 2021 - 12:00am
“What keeps you awake at night?”
Hope
by Iris Gonzales - February 4, 2021 - 12:00am
How does one find hope in an exceptional time? Even President Duterte seems to be feeling hopeless these days. “We are sinking deeper and deeper,” he said.
What happened to the Sangley proposal
by Iris Gonzales - February 1, 2021 - 12:00am
On an unholy hour last week, while most of the country was asleep, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla made a surprise announcement that the Cavite provincial government has junked the proposal of Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia...
More changes in the Ayala Group
by Iris Gonzales - January 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Some of the world’s oldest companies produce things people cannot live without or have been interested in for centuries – food, beer and well, even guns.
Troubled times
by Iris Gonzales - January 25, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s unsettling to see the telltale signs of an economy struggling in these deeply troubled times – the closure of Makati Shangri-La hotel, the shutdown of Nissan Philippines’ plant in Laguna, rising...
Raise high the barricades*
by Iris Gonzales - January 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Dementors are dark, soulless creatures, said to be the foulest beings on earth.
Vaccine
by Iris Gonzales - January 18, 2021 - 12:00am
Here in the Philippines, anyone who is anyone can already get a vaccine against COVID-19, never mind that the Food and Drug Administration has not issued any authorization yet, except for the still to be delivered...
What are this year’s stock market darlings?
by Iris Gonzales - January 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Markets are like women, billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, India’s 39th richest man, once said. “Always commanding, mysterious, unpredictable, and volatile.”
Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!
by Iris Gonzales - January 11, 2021 - 12:00am
I snaked through the thick crowd of Black Nazarene devotees last Saturday morning as I drove home to Quezon City from Manila.
Sex, drugs and rate cuts
by Iris Gonzales - January 7, 2021 - 12:00am
It’s only the first week of the new year, and yet here we are again, unraveling like a magic realism novel.
The morning after
by Iris Gonzales - January 4, 2021 - 12:00am
It was a little quiet the morning after and the only thing I could hear was my own sigh of relief.
And that’s a wrap, 2020
by Iris Gonzales - December 31, 2020 - 12:00am
Exactly a year ago today, I was 3,506 kilometers away from Manila, in ice-cold Harbin ushering with grace and gratitude the new year.
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