Betting big on cement
by Iris Gonzales - May 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Tycoon Ramon “RSA” Ang’s move to bid for Holcim Philippines — and beating foreign giants at it — has been hailed as gutsy and bold by industry players.
by Iris Gonzales - May 20, 2019 - 12:00am
The province of Maguindanao, site of a gruesome massacre, unpaved roads, and pink mosques, will likely remain on the list of the poorest provinces in the country. Most of its ruling clans, after all, have retained...
What will happen to the economy?
by Iris Gonzales - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am
You know that feeling when the anaesthesia wears off after a medical procedure?
by Iris Gonzales - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am
Today is the day of fervent hopes and butterflies in the stomach; the day we choose between the devil we know and the devil we don’t; or the day some of us will hope the surveys were wrong, partly wrong or...
The fog of the US-China trade war
by Iris Gonzales - May 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Wars are often nasty and harsh. The Great War, the Cold War, the Second World War, the Battle of Winterfell, the Drug War – I don’t think there’s an exception.
The 1984 confidential report on our bloated dollar reserves
by Iris Gonzales - May 6, 2019 - 12:00am
It was a move that stunned the country’s lenders, but very few can remember how it even happened.
Picket lines
by Iris Gonzales - May 2, 2019 - 12:00am
One of my first assignments as a rookie reporter more than a decade ago was to cover a workers’ strike. It was scorching hot and crowded.
Notes from the annual stockholders meetings
by Iris Gonzales - April 29, 2019 - 12:00am
The wild rumpus has started; the curtains have been raised. The circus is in town again. Come one, come all.
Lessons from Vietnam
by Iris Gonzales - April 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Upon landing in Hanoi last week for a quick visit to the Vietnamese capital, I had to adjust my watch an hour back.
Memories of the Philippines debt crisis
by Iris Gonzales - April 22, 2019 - 12:00am
“Gentlemen, do you know that your country is broke? You have overstated your foreign exchange reserves by $600 million,” the banker told former prime minister Cesar Virata, central bank governor Jaime...
Blackouts (Part two)
by Iris Gonzales - April 18, 2019 - 12:00am
The rotating blackouts that hit us recently have raised a lot of questions on the country’s precarious power supply situation.
by Iris Gonzales - April 15, 2019 - 12:00am
It’s summer time in Manila, the season of beach holidays and halo-halo; of yellow thong bikinis and that fabled Brazilian wax; and of ice-cold beer and sizzling island flings.
From Bronx with love
by Iris Gonzales - April 11, 2019 - 12:00am
In the working-class, poverty ridden New York City borough called the Bronx, violence was king for many decades.
Dinner with Duterte
by Iris Gonzales - April 8, 2019 - 12:00am
Hump day last week for some of the country’s business tycoons was spent at a dinner with President Duterte inside the glittering Malacañang Palace.
Truth, lies, and more lies
by Iris Gonzales - April 4, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s no lack of stories here in the land of mayhem.
The automotive sector is revving up again
by Iris Gonzales - April 1, 2019 - 12:00am
She got my attention even before I met her. But wait, let me get this clear — I’m not the snobbish kind. On the contrary, if you give me an earth shaking exclusive story, I’m all yours, at least...
Manila, we have a problem
by Iris Gonzales - March 28, 2019 - 12:00am
There was almost no dead air. The voices of pilots and air traffic controllers exchanging details on flights and other protocols were buzzing in my ears.
Manila Water’s alarm bells
by Iris Gonzales - March 25, 2019 - 12:00am
What does one think about in the steamy comfort of one’s bathroom when one is unadorned and butt-ass naked like Aphrodite?
The cobra effect
by Iris Gonzales - March 21, 2019 - 12:00am
This story begins in India in the days of the British Raj.
Water privatization: Success or failure?
by Iris Gonzales - March 18, 2019 - 12:00am
These days one shouldn’t argue with a resident of the east zone of Metro Manila.
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