Rabbits

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 01/17/2023

Next Sunday is the lunar new year, which gives an excuse to those who haven’t given year-end and Christmas holiday gifts yet to catch up. Then, too, it’s always a topic for conversations around the Chinese zodiac…

Driving under the influence

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 01/10/2023

Last weekend, right before New Year’s, I received news about an acquaintance who ran over and killed someone on the highway in Tagaytay at 2 o’clock in the morning. He was DUI, driving under the influence of…

World Cup to UAAP

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 12/20/2022

I’ve told the story many times over about how, until I became UP Diliman chancellor in 2014, I was your typical nerd who knew virtually nothing about sports. I have to admit it wasn’t just ignorance, but…

Forced retreat

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 12/06/2022

It was my first, and I hope the last, time to get COVID, more than two years into the pandemic. I was going to title my column “To hell and back” but no, bad as it was,…

Grief and closure

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 11/01/2022

This was a terrible time last year, the COVID-19 death toll climbing since its start early in 2020, and peaking, in the Philippines, around the month of September with the deadly Delta strain. COVID-19 raised a new…

Apir and proof of life

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 10/25/2022

I first got my GSIS (Government Service Insurance System) retirement pension after I turned 65 in 2017. At that time, I opted to get a five-year lump sum since I was still serving as UP Diliman chancellor…

To mask or not to mask

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/13/2022

I recently stumbled on a YouTube post showing a government press conference. Sitting shoulder to shoulder were several officials to be interviewed. None had masks on. It was a classic example of a common misconception around COVID-19…

Data leaks: More than SIM cards

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 09/06/2022

I recently received a text telling me that my account had been put “temporarily on hold” and that I needed to verify my account. There was a link given, which I dutifully clicked and which brought me…

About those ghosts

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 08/16/2022

It’s safe, or, depending on who you ask, safer now; you can end your self-imposed self-quarantine and start traveling, and get back to your usual routine in life and work … without worrying about hungry ghosts. I’m…

Turning the nicotine tide

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 07/26/2022

During Rodrigo Duterte’s last month in office, we had a bit of good news with our Supreme Court ruling in the case of Ona vs. the Philippine Tobacco Institute, Inc. that tobacco products are health products and…

Endemic: Not the end

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 04/05/2022

It’s been two years since the COVID-19 pandemic and there’s a growing dangerous sense of complacency, spread in part by a word that’s taken on magical meanings: endemicity. It doesn’t help that the word ends with, well,…

‘Mayora’

Michael L. Tan - @inquirerdotnet 03/16/2022

More than 40 summers ago, I was sent off with a volunteer group to one of the most remote areas in the Philippines, so remote that I read about a concrete road to that town just completed…

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