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Inferno at sea
by Iris Gonzales - December 6, 2021 - 12:00am
A loud clanking sound of metals blasted in the dead of night; a large explosion followed; and another; the lights went dead; billows of smoke swept the ship; there was total pandemonium and a real life nightmare...
Food security
by Iris Gonzales - December 3, 2021 - 12:00am
If you take long drives to the provinces, you will see not only mountain ranges in the horizon, pristine white sand beaches, and the thousands of islands that make up our archipelagic country.
Power
by Iris Gonzales - December 1, 2021 - 12:00am
The last time I had a chat with Meralco president and CEO Ray Espinosa, he said energy volumes are back and the country’s biggest power distributor would likely end the year on a stronger note.
JAZA’s After Six: The Gokong-Way
by Iris Gonzales - November 29, 2021 - 12:00am
When Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala or JAZA said he wasn’t going to ride off into the sunset after stepping down as CEO of Ayala Corp. in April, I imagined him focusing on the lighter side of things – perhaps...
Of single malts, supply woes and inflation
by Iris Gonzales - November 26, 2021 - 12:00am
A man goes into a bar and orders a glass of Whisky Sour, that perfectly blended velvety cocktail. He wants a single malt, the king of whiskeys, in his mixed drink, but it’s not available, says the bartender...
Tears for Dennis Uy, Udenna
by Iris Gonzales - November 24, 2021 - 12:00am
The camp of Davao-based Dennis Uy broke its silence on the controversies surrounding the Malampaya deal, defending the group’s acquisition of a 90 percent stake in the country’s energy crown jewel, the...
We need a 30-year national infrastructure program
by Iris Gonzales - November 22, 2021 - 12:00am
Some years ago in Ningxia, a region in China with desert and camels, age-old imperial mausoleums, and modern-day buildings, I saw a government office with a sprawling scale model for a big part of the region.
Society fatigue
by Iris Gonzales - November 19, 2021 - 12:00am
It takes superhuman energy to be a Filipino, especially these days.
Megawide: Dummy, dumb or damn lucky?
by Iris Gonzales - November 17, 2021 - 12:00am
Infrastructure projects, especially airports in the Philippines, are almost always controversial a disgruntled bidder, a right-of-way issue, environmental problems, etc.
Air21 makes biggest delivery ever: Its 60%
by Iris Gonzales - November 15, 2021 - 12:00am
Tycoon Fernando “FZA” Zobel de Ayala must be one busy man these days. I sometimes wonder if he still has time to go on long rides on his big bike.
Choking in plastics
by Iris Gonzales - November 12, 2021 - 12:00am
Roxas Boulevard, that famed waterfront promenade in Metro Manila, is many things to many people a boulevard of dreams new, old, and broken dreams; for lovers, it’s a place to make promises of forever with the...
Wildfires, super typhoons, and financial stability
by Iris Gonzales - November 10, 2021 - 12:00am
The war zone is everything around us the environment, the seas, the urban jungle, our homes, our world, our planet, but the fight is political.
Protecting our protected areas
by Iris Gonzales - November 8, 2021 - 12:00am
Standing somewhere in the Sierra Madre mountain range in Baras, Rizal, I could see the cityscape of Metro Manila down below, a panoramic view of towering buildings glistening under the setting sun.
Help us keep the lights on
by Iris Gonzales - November 5, 2021 - 12:00am
Some of my favorite neighborhood newsstands are gone. When I'm stuck in traffic, I notice that a lot of the vendors selling newspapers, cigarettes and candies have disappeared, too, replaced mostly by people begging...
Stealing Ideas
by Iris Gonzales - November 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Imitation, they say, is the highest form of flattery.
Addressing the country’s woes
by Iris Gonzales - November 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Over the past several nights, I have been reading a lengthy paper discussing some of the country’s perennial woes and some possible solutions.
Malampaya: The plot thickens
by Iris Gonzales - October 29, 2021 - 12:00am
The plot thickens, indeed, and more characters have joined this continuing story about the controversial sale of the Malampaya stake to Davao’s prominent son and Duterte pal Dennis Uy.
What would Secretary Cusi do?
by Iris Gonzales - October 27, 2021 - 12:00am
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, finding himself at the center of the controversy related to the sale of Malampaya to Dennis Uy’s Udenna Group, said it’s a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t ...
Who wants Dennis Uy out of Malampaya?
by Iris Gonzales - October 25, 2021 - 12:00am
When Davao-based businessman and Duterte pal Dennis Uy gets into a deal, some just can’t help but raise eyebrows, for reasons real and imagined.
Notes from the track
by Iris Gonzales - October 22, 2021 - 12:00am
“Win on Sunday, sell on Monday,” so goes the old saying in the multibillion-dollar global motorsports industry.
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