Elyssa Lopez

Elyssa Lopez

Elyssa Lopez is a business writer based in Manila.

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Filipino-Americans despair at New York stomping attack but US still land of dreams for many

The brutal attack on 65-year-old Vilma Kari, part of a recent wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US, has left some questioning their future in America.

The brutal attack on 65-year-old Vilma Kari, part of a recent wave of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US, has left some questioning their future in America.

Filipino-Americans despair at New York stomping attack but US still land of dreams for many
3 Apr 2021 - 5:36AM
Coronavirus: Filipinos go hungry amid rising pork prices, inflation and job losses

Just as coronavirus sends unemployment to a 15-year high, Filipinos are being hit with rising prices.

Just as coronavirus sends unemployment to a 15-year high, Filipinos are being hit with rising prices.

Coronavirus: Filipinos go hungry amid rising pork prices, inflation and job losses
11 Mar 2021 - 2:15PM
Hit by coronavirus, Philippine beach resorts target local long-stay tourists, digital nomads

As the Covid-19 pandemic decimated tourism, resorts in places like Boracay and Palawan started offering monthly packages to digital nomads.

As the Covid-19 pandemic decimated tourism, resorts in places like Boracay and Palawan started offering monthly packages to digital nomads.

Hit by coronavirus, Philippine beach resorts target local long-stay tourists, digital nomads
28 Feb 2021 - 10:32AM
Philippines set to roll out Sinovac Covid-19 jabs, but some businesses can’t wait

Although 600,000 Sinovac doses will be given starting next week, private firms throughout the country have secured their own vaccines.

Although 600,000 Sinovac doses will be given starting next week, private firms throughout the country have secured their own vaccines.

Philippines set to roll out Sinovac Covid-19 jabs, but some businesses can’t wait
26 Feb 2021 - 6:00PM
BTS in the Philippines’ Congress? Duterte ally’s plan to name political grouping after K-pop band draws backlash

Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has unveiled a new political grouping named after the world-famous South Korean boy band, sparking a social media backlash.

Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has unveiled a new political grouping named after the world-famous South Korean boy band, sparking a social media backlash.

BTS in the Philippines’ Congress? Duterte ally’s plan to name political grouping after K-pop band draws backlash
13 Jan 2021 - 6:53PM
Coronavirus: Asian women pay the price of pandemic as Covid-19 ravages economies, jobs

Gender equality has taken a big step backwards amid the coronavirus pandemic, with women disproportionately affected by lockdowns, job losses and the poverty that results.

Gender equality has taken a big step backwards amid the coronavirus pandemic, with women disproportionately affected by lockdowns, job losses and the poverty that results.

Coronavirus: Asian women pay the price of pandemic as Covid-19 ravages economies, jobs
18 Dec 2020 - 4:18PM
‘Fix-up’ frenzy fuels Philippine furniture firms during Covid-19 lockdown

Thousands of Filipinos have taken on DIY projects during the country’s lockdowns, with the trend leading to an online shopping boom.

Thousands of Filipinos have taken on DIY projects during the country’s lockdowns, with the trend leading to an online shopping boom.

‘Fix-up’ frenzy fuels Philippine furniture firms during Covid-19 lockdown
29 Sep 2021 - 12:42AM
Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects
15 Nov 2020 - 11:59AM
Russia, China in lead as Philippines seeks deals for Covid-19 vaccines

American drug maker Pfizer’s vaccine may be challenging to import and it is unclear if President Rodrigo Duterte will approve advance payments to reserve supplies.

American drug maker Pfizer’s vaccine may be challenging to import and it is unclear if President Rodrigo Duterte will approve advance payments to reserve supplies.

Russia, China in lead as Philippines seeks deals for Covid-19 vaccines
10 Dec 2020 - 11:55AM
Amid coronavirus lockdown, Philippines sees pregnancy boom and little progress in family planning

Unplanned pregnancies are expected to rise more than 40 per cent this year as the Covid-19 lockdown has eroded measures intended to slow the birth rate and left an alarming number of women and girls without access to family planning services.

Unplanned pregnancies are expected to rise more than 40 per cent this year as the Covid-19 lockdown has eroded measures intended to slow the birth rate and left an alarming number of women and girls without access to family planning services.

Amid coronavirus lockdown, Philippines sees pregnancy boom and little progress in family planning
18 Oct 2020 - 9:19PM
Philippines: fake accounts shut down by Facebook promoted Duterte and China

The two most-followed fake accounts of the 155 removed by Facebook on Tuesday were focused on Philippine news, according to network analysis firm Graphika.

The two most-followed fake accounts of the 155 removed by Facebook on Tuesday were focused on Philippine news, according to network analysis firm Graphika.

Philippines: fake accounts shut down by Facebook promoted Duterte and China
24 Sep 2020 - 12:20AM
Philippines gives China-backed telecom firm green light to build cell towers on military bases

The decision has reopened a debate about the national security implications surrounding Dito Telecommunity, which is part-owned by China Telecom.

The decision has reopened a debate about the national security implications surrounding Dito Telecommunity, which is part-owned by China Telecom.

Philippines gives China-backed telecom firm green light to build cell towers on military bases
14 Sep 2020 - 11:00AM
Can the Philippines’ shopping centres survive in a post-coronavirus world?

Movement restrictions and unemployment have seen visits to retail establishments fall 55 per cent between February and July, with operators now focusing on deliveries, e-commerce and logistics.

Movement restrictions and unemployment have seen visits to retail establishments fall 55 per cent between February and July, with operators now focusing on deliveries, e-commerce and logistics.

Can the Philippines’ shopping centres survive in a post-coronavirus world?
31 Aug 2020 - 5:38PM
How coronavirus helped Shopee and Lazada bring China’s live-stream shopping craze to Southeast Asia

In China, audiences tune in for the human stars of the shows. But in Southeast Asia, it is the brands that are the stars.

In China, audiences tune in for the human stars of the shows. But in Southeast Asia, it is the brands that are the stars.

How coronavirus helped Shopee and Lazada bring China’s live-stream shopping craze to Southeast Asia
3 Aug 2020 - 8:42AM
Philippines’ fashion-forward PPE, for coronavirus-wary office workers

Initially envisaged as a solution for doctors resorting to bin bags as supplies of medical-grade gear ran low, designers soon discovered another market: the general public.

Initially envisaged as a solution for doctors resorting to bin bags as supplies of medical-grade gear ran low, designers soon discovered another market: the general public.

Philippines’ fashion-forward PPE, for coronavirus-wary office workers
29 Jul 2020 - 3:11PM
Durian and beer turned into healthy probiotic booze by Philippine researcher

Kriza Calumba is a food and science technology instructor from Davao, which is known as the ‘durian capital’ of the Philippines.

Kriza Calumba is a food and science technology instructor from Davao, which is known as the ‘durian capital’ of the Philippines.

Durian and beer turned into healthy probiotic booze by Philippine researcher
5 Jul 2020 - 9:02PM
Philippine coronavirus lockdown boosts calls for a bike-friendly Manila

The focus on cycling gained ground when public transport stopped during lockdown, boosting calls for a more bike-friendly Philippines.

The focus on cycling gained ground when public transport stopped during lockdown, boosting calls for a more bike-friendly Philippines.

Philippine coronavirus lockdown boosts calls for a bike-friendly Manila
14 Jun 2020 - 10:30PM
Philippines’ months-long lockdown forces firms to embrace remote working

As Metro Manila has endured nearly 80 days of ‘community quarantine’, a digitalisation push has allowed more employees to work from home – though the switch has not been without its difficulties.

As Metro Manila has endured nearly 80 days of ‘community quarantine’, a digitalisation push has allowed more employees to work from home – though the switch has not been without its difficulties.

Philippines’ months-long lockdown forces firms to embrace remote working
2 Jun 2020 - 10:21PM
In the Philippines, shopping for strangers offers gig workers a pandemic lifeline

Personal shopper, or ‘pabili’, services are not new to the Philippines, but demand for them has taken off since Luzon’s coronavirus lockdown.

Personal shopper, or ‘pabili’, services are not new to the Philippines, but demand for them has taken off since Luzon’s coronavirus lockdown.

In the Philippines, shopping for strangers offers gig workers a pandemic lifeline
15 May 2020 - 8:49PM
Coronavirus: how cash-mad Philippines learned to love digital money thanks to Covid-19

As quarantine measures make trips to far-off banks problematic, neighbourhood sari-sari stores are cashing in with newly digitised services.

As quarantine measures make trips to far-off banks problematic, neighbourhood sari-sari stores are cashing in with newly digitised services.

Coronavirus: how cash-mad Philippines learned to love digital money thanks to Covid-19
11 May 2020 - 2:17PM
Lock down, start up: the digital firms cashing in on coronavirus quarantines in the Philippines

Quarantine has its downsides, sure. But savvy start-ups helping Filipinos stay home are seeing there’s an upside too.

Quarantine has its downsides, sure. But savvy start-ups helping Filipinos stay home are seeing there’s an upside too.

Lock down, start up: the digital firms cashing in on coronavirus quarantines in the Philippines
26 Apr 2020 - 1:22PM
Coronavirus: for Asia’s emerging economies, working from home is still a work in progress

Slow internet and suspicious bosses are hampering work-from-home schemes across the region. But among the more visionary, there’s recognition a ‘new normal’ has dawned.

Slow internet and suspicious bosses are hampering work-from-home schemes across the region. But among the more visionary, there’s recognition a ‘new normal’ has dawned.

Coronavirus: for Asia’s emerging economies, working from home is still a work in progress
5 Apr 2020 - 1:03PM
Coronavirus: just what the post-Taal volcano Philippines’ tourism industry didn’t need

The provinces of Batangas and Cavite, three hours’ drive south of Manila, were just beginning to recover from January’s eruption. Then came the pandemic.

The provinces of Batangas and Cavite, three hours’ drive south of Manila, were just beginning to recover from January’s eruption. Then came the pandemic.

Coronavirus: just what the post-Taal volcano Philippines’ tourism industry didn’t need
31 Mar 2020 - 8:09PM
Artificial intelligence: friend or foe to Philippine call centre workers?

Half of the 1.3 million workers in business process outsourcing have low-skill jobs that technology could replace. But some say this is a chance to upskill, rather than lay off, staff

Half of the 1.3 million workers in business process outsourcing have low-skill jobs that technology could replace. But some say this is a chance to upskill, rather than lay off, staff

Artificial intelligence: friend or foe to Philippine call centre workers?
9 Mar 2020 - 9:42AM
E-sports and the Philippines: an electronic love story

Professional gaming has come a long way en route to becoming a history-making medal event at last December’s Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

Professional gaming has come a long way en route to becoming a history-making medal event at last December’s Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

E-sports and the Philippines: an electronic love story
17 Feb 2020 - 10:12AM
Philippine education technology start-ups help with choosing uni courses – and paying for them

Only half of the country’s high-school graduates finish their tertiary education, dropping out due to a lack of financial capacity or guidance.

Only half of the country’s high-school graduates finish their tertiary education, dropping out due to a lack of financial capacity or guidance.

Philippine education technology start-ups help with choosing uni courses – and paying for them
5 Feb 2020 - 2:12PM
How home-grown tech firms and the Bayanihan spirit rescued the Philippines’ typhoon-hit farmers

Platforms such as Session Groceries, BukidFresh and Agrabah work to open up new markets for farmers struggling with typhoon-hit harvests and a flood of cheap imports.

Platforms such as Session Groceries, BukidFresh and Agrabah work to open up new markets for farmers struggling with typhoon-hit harvests and a flood of cheap imports.

How home-grown tech firms and the Bayanihan spirit rescued the Philippines’ typhoon-hit farmers
15 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM
Green is the new black: the Philippine firms making high fashion from recycled scraps

Dresses made of flour sacks, trendy shoes from textile scraps and the designer bags giving a lift to impoverished mothers: it’s the fashionable industry of upcycling.

Dresses made of flour sacks, trendy shoes from textile scraps and the designer bags giving a lift to impoverished mothers: it’s the fashionable industry of upcycling.

Green is the new black: the Philippine firms making high fashion from recycled scraps
17 Nov 2019 - 9:31AM
No country for unicorns: why Philippine start-ups are struggling

The Philippines receives a fraction of the funding for tech start-ups that its neighbours do, due largely to inexperience and an aversion to entrepreneurship. Will a new law to support start-ups be enough?

The Philippines receives a fraction of the funding for tech start-ups that its neighbours do, due largely to inexperience and an aversion to entrepreneurship. Will a new law to support start-ups be enough?

No country for unicorns: why Philippine start-ups are struggling
16 Sep 2019 - 1:57PM