Elyssa Lopez
Elyssa Lopez
Elyssa Lopez is a business writer based in Manila.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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.

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?