Ruben Almendras
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What happened to strongman leaders?
by Ruben Almendras - May 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Three weeks ago, a Time magazine issue about "strongman leaders" generated a lot of interest in the Philippines because it included our current Philippine President Duterte, together with Putin, Xi, Erdogan, and...
A chanceto be a hero?
by Ruben Almendras - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am
In the monumental and earthshaking decision of the Supreme Court to remove Chief Justice Sereno via Quo Warranto, two people missed their chance to be a hero.
What is Fintech?
by Ruben Almendras - May 8, 2018 - 12:00am
I attended the Chamber of Thrift Banks convention in Makati last month and the theme was "Banking on Disruptive Technologies."
Boracay:A quiet place
by Ruben Almendras - May 1, 2018 - 12:00am
"A Quiet Place" is an unexpected hit movie that cost only $17 million to make and has already grossed over $200 million in the three weeks that it has been showing.
"The sadness of Yasunari Kawabata"
by Ruben Almendras - April 24, 2018 - 12:00am
I put quotation marks in the title because this is the actual title of an article I read many years ago.
Hazards of populist politics
by Ruben Almendras - April 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Populist politics or populism has many definitions and variations because over the years it has evolved from the different practices of many politicians and leaders in many countries.
What kind of god …?
by Ruben Almendras - April 10, 2018 - 12:00am
I've heard of people who stopped reading the newspapers, listening to the radio or watching TV, or looking at social media because knowing what's happening in the country and the world stresses them.
Why Hanoi?
by Ruben Almendras - April 3, 2018 - 12:00am
I have been to Vietnam countless times as I headed a team of Filipino technocrats that set up the first private commercial bank in Ho Chi Minh way back in the 1980’s, right after the end of the Vietnam Wa...
Was Jesus a victim of fake news?
by Ruben Almendras - March 27, 2018 - 12:00am
It was Palm Sunday last Sunday and the Gospel was about the Passion of Jesus Christ.
The economy according to RCBC
by Ruben Almendras - March 20, 2018 - 12:00am
After I gave you the views of the BSP and BPI on the Philippine economy in earlier columns, I have to give you another bank’s perspective after I attended their lunch briefing last week.
Sereno issue strategy
by Ruben Almendras - March 13, 2018 - 12:00am
From the pronouncements from the presidential spokesman, that Malacañang is hands off on the Sereno issue on one day, and subsequently that they are elated on the Congress Justice committee vote on the impeachment,...
BPI on the Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - March 6, 2018 - 12:00am
After my column two weeks ago about the economic forecast of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), I attended the BPI Chinese New Year event which included a briefing of the bank's assessments and projections for...
Economic dimensions of Federalism
by Ruben Almendras - February 27, 2018 - 12:00am
There are yet not enough details on the proposed federal form of government that will replace our existing unitary government, so we will just look at the basics of a federal government as practiced in some countries...
Bangko Sentral economic forecasts
by Ruben Almendras - February 20, 2018 - 12:00am
Usually in the first two months of the year I get invited to attend economic forums by the major banks where they present the performance of the Philippine economy and make projections on the economy in the coming...
Memorable love lines
by Ruben Almendras - February 13, 2018 - 12:00am
Coming out with a column so near Valentine's Day is enough reason for me to write about love lines or dialogues I will always remember that women, including my wife, like.
Unintended consequences of Rappler and Carandang
by Ruben Almendras - February 6, 2018 - 12:00am
Unintended consequences are effects or results of deliberate actions which we did not anticipate, wanted or expect.
Are overeager supporters undermining Duterte?
by Ruben Almendras - January 30, 2018 - 12:00am
In the past month there have been a number of initiatives by overeager Duterte supporters among them; the proposal by two Congressmen to move the seat of government to Davao, the abolition of the Office of the Vice-President...
Why Sinulog matters
by Ruben Almendras - January 23, 2018 - 12:00am
I believe 2018 is the 38th Sinulog celebration in Cebu, and the size and significance of the event keeps on amazing me.
Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies revisited
by Ruben Almendras - January 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Since my column about Bitcoins in this paper came out last Nov. 7, 2017, I got readers reactions verbally and in emails, and was invited to two forums about Bitcoins.
Are all pro-Duterte also pro-Marcos?
by Ruben Almendras - January 9, 2018 - 12:00am
The recent news of the Marcos offer to return part of the plundered wealth and the Court of Appeals denial of the $2 billion claim of the victims of martial law, brings to the fore again the relationship of the Duterte...
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