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Elfren S. Cruz
Elfren S. Cruz
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Will there be war?
by Elfren S. Cruz - August 14, 2022 - 12:00am
The most important geopolitical question in Asia today is the issue of Taiwan and China’s plan to annex the island nation.
Taiwan
by Elfren S. Cruz - August 11, 2022 - 12:00am
Taiwan is a relatively small island with the size of 13,000 sq. miles, which makes it smaller than Luzon which is approximately 40,000 sq. miles and Mindanao with around 39,000. 
Katips
by Elfren S. Cruz - August 7, 2022 - 12:00am
If you are not a social media follower, then you may not be aware that the biggest news now are the movies “Katips” and “Maid in Malacañang.”
39th National Book Awards
by Elfren S. Cruz - August 4, 2022 - 12:00am
After a two-year hiatus, the National Book Awards virtual ceremony of the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board awarded the best books published in 2019 and 2020. 
Remembering Cory Aquino
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Corazon Aquino passed away on Aug. 1, 2009 at 3:18 in the morning. The cause of death was advanced colon cancer and she had been hospitalized for more than a month.
Cory Aquino’s last SONA (II)
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 28, 2022 - 12:00am
In my last column, I reprinted the first part of the SONA of Corazon Aquino delivered in 1992. Because of space limitations, the entire SONA could not be reprinted. Here is the last part of the SONA. It may have...
Cory Aquino’s last SONA
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 24, 2022 - 12:00am
The typical State of the Nation Address is a recitation of the legislative agenda.
Church must take bold steps
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 21, 2022 - 12:00am
For many observers, the Catholic Church is perceived to be undergoing a crisis. There are even talks of a schism once Pope Francis retires from the papacy, either voluntarily or otherwise.
AI & the end of humankind
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 17, 2022 - 12:00am
It was the brilliant scientist Stephen Hawking who, during his lifetime, made a dire prediction about the end of humankind. He said that the development of artificial intelligence will someday result in the end of...
More lessons from the 20th Century
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 14, 2022 - 12:00am
Last Sunday, I wrote a column about a very interesting and revealing book, “20 Lessons from the 20th Century” by Timothy Snyder (Crown Publishing Group, NY, 2017). According to The New York Times,...
Lessons from the 20th Century
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 10, 2022 - 12:00am
20 Lessons from the 20th Century by Timothy Snyder (Crown Publishing Group, NY, 2017) is the title of the book I am focusing on today.
The road to communism in China
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 7, 2022 - 12:00am
For several months the Russian invasion has virtually monopolized international headlines and the attention of world leaders.
The energy crisis in the Philippines
by Elfren S. Cruz - July 3, 2022 - 12:00am
I can still remember vividly the worst energy crisis that I lived through back in 1973 and 1979.
Grim hunger games
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 30, 2022 - 12:00am
Anyone who watches the news on tv will have by now seen all those heartbreaking images of hungry children in different parts of the world.
Changing the nature of globalization
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 26, 2022 - 12:00am
Just a few years ago, globalization was considered beneficial to the world.
New Philippine titles to read
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 23, 2022 - 12:00am
The list below completes the finalists for the National Book Awards for non-literary books published in 2019 and 2020.
New titles for your reading list
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 19, 2022 - 12:00am
Being an avid reader and longtime follower of Philippine book titles, I always await the finalists of the yearly National Book Awards of the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development Board.
Southeast Asia: Arena for great power rivalry
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 16, 2022 - 12:00am
In Southeast Asia, every leader is in a difficult position.
China: globalization vs. self-reliance
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 12, 2022 - 12:00am
While much of the attention of the western world is fixated on the war between Ukraine and Russia, the Philippines and much of the rest of Asia has considered China to be a most important geopolitical force in this...
A comeback for the National Book Awards
by Elfren S. Cruz - June 9, 2022 - 12:00am
All lovers of Philippine literature need not continue to wonder whatever has happened to the yearly National Book Awards, a collaborative endeavor between the Manila Critics Circle and the National Book Development...
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