Elyssa Lopez

Elyssa Lopez

Elyssa Lopez is a business writer based in Manila.

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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.

15 Nov 2020 - 11:59AM

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
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.

14 Nov 2020 - 4:43PM

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
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.

18 Oct 2020 - 9:19PM

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
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.

24 Sep 2020 - 12:20AM

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
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.

14 Sep 2020 - 11:00AM

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
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.

31 Aug 2020 - 5:38PM

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?
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.

3 Aug 2020 - 8:42AM

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
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.

29 Jul 2020 - 3:11PM

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
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.

5 Jul 2020 - 9:02PM

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
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.

14 Jun 2020 - 10:30PM

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
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.

2 Jun 2020 - 10:21PM

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
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.

15 May 2020 - 8:49PM

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
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.

11 May 2020 - 2:17PM

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
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.

26 Apr 2020 - 1:22PM

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
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.

5 Apr 2020 - 1:03PM

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
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.

31 Mar 2020 - 8:09PM

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
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

9 Mar 2020 - 9:42AM

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?
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.

17 Feb 2020 - 10:12AM

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
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.

5 Feb 2020 - 2:12PM

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
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.

15 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

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
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.

17 Nov 2019 - 9:31AM

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
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?

16 Sep 2019 - 1:57PM

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