For Lance Gokongwei, sky’s the limit
by Iris Gonzales - July 25, 2024 - 12:00am
Over lunch recently, Pammy Olivares-Vital, owner of midsized property developer Ovialand, said she is optimistic about the economy.
New arrangement
by Iris Gonzales - July 23, 2024 - 12:00am
The big news over the weekend was the deal that China and the Philippines have reached over a hotly contested shoal in the South China Sea.
The SONA story
by Iris Gonzales - July 21, 2024 - 12:00am
The narratives will depend on who the storytellers are but for sure, tomorrow’s State of the Nation Address will be an exercise in storytelling. Each stakeholder will have his or her own narrative...
The other shooters
by Iris Gonzales - July 18, 2024 - 12:00am
The other men – and women – who “shot” Donald Trump on Saturday at a Pennsylvania rally after an assassination attempt gave America and the rest of the world pivotal records of history amid...
Spotlight on PhilHealth
by Iris Gonzales - July 16, 2024 - 12:00am
A Filipina domestic worker has a worn out purse where she keeps items that are of great value to her – a child’s photograph, some emergency cash and her laminated PhilHealth card.
The great Filipino dream
by Iris Gonzales - July 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Walk inside the home of the quintessential Filipino working-class family – perhaps like the blue-collar workers or the minimum wage earners – and in these homes, it’s very likely that you will find...
It’s (always) the economy
by Iris Gonzales - July 11, 2024 - 12:00am
It was US political strategist James Carville, then a senior aide to presidential candidate Bill Clinton, who famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” as he declared that the key to winning the...
E-gates, eTravel woes
by Iris Gonzales - July 9, 2024 - 12:00am
There’s really no lack of surprises here in the Philippines, take your pick and you’ll get it. Sometimes, things are so smooth, it leaves you so pleasantly surprised you’re almost dumbfounded. Sometimes,...
A week of diplomacy
by Iris Gonzales - July 7, 2024 - 12:00am
’Twas a busy week for diplomats in the Philippines, government officials and businessmen last week.
Policy, prostate, penis
by Iris Gonzales - July 4, 2024 - 12:00am
This, first of all, is not about some sex scandal and neither is it a love story, so to those who expect otherwise, please accept my apologies.
The green energy conundrum
by Iris Gonzales - July 2, 2024 - 12:00am
Last week, in what turned out to be a reunion of sorts for some colleagues, journalists from across the globe descended on the glittering Philippine International Convention Center for the 2024 East-West Center International...
by Iris Gonzales - June 30, 2024 - 12:00am
The geopolitical tensions in the West Philippine Sea – uncertain, unpredictable, unhinged – are hurting not only our valiant Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard personnel and our tireless fishermen but our...
The city in Manny Villar’s mind
by Iris Gonzales - June 27, 2024 - 12:00am
More than a lifetime ago, the Makati business district that we know today was nothing but a sprawling and dull expanse of earth covered mostly with cogon grass.
Bad for the economy
by Iris Gonzales - June 25, 2024 - 12:00am
The rains have come but on most days, we still grapple with furnace-like heat, boosting demand for power aside from the usual economic activities – from manufacturing to construction to everything else in the...
Philippines Inc. breaks silence
by Iris Gonzales - June 23, 2024 - 12:00am
You know that businessmen are more worried than usual when they actually speak out and on Friday, they did just that.
Honor, excellence and service
by Iris Gonzales - June 20, 2024 - 12:00am
Ten flagship programs, with briefers of several pages.
by Iris Gonzales - June 18, 2024 - 12:00am
Traffic in Metro Manila has become so bad that because of it, the Philippines has been immortalized in television shows, novels and, early this year, in a song by the British rock band Coldplay.
Ramon Ang’s new mission
by Iris Gonzales - June 16, 2024 - 12:00am
Tycoon Ramon Ang or RSA is embarking on a new mission and it has nothing to do with a new business deal.
Beyond the ghost employee scandal
by Iris Gonzales - June 13, 2024 - 12:00am
We already know that ghosts have spooked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the good news is that, under the leadership of BSP Governor Eli Remolona Jr., the country’s monetary authority has busted the ghosts...
Pinoys find their voice on China issue
by Iris Gonzales - June 11, 2024 - 12:00am
I watched in awe as a convoy of small fishing boats braved the tide – literally and figuratively – to head toward Bajo de Masinloc as part of a civilian mission to the disputed territory.
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