Ruben Almendras
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Emerging hot election issues
by Ruben Almendras - November 20, 2018 - 12:00am
We are six months away from the 2019 elections and three months before the start of the campaign period, but there are emerging significant issues that are dominating and recurring in the main media and social media...
US election effects on PH
by Ruben Almendras - November 13, 2018 - 12:00am
The US midterm elections early last week resulted in a Democratic Party majority in the Lower House while the Republicans increased their majority and maintained their hold on the Senate.
Better jokes I’ve heard or made
by Ruben Almendras - November 6, 2018 - 12:00am
It was All Souls’ Day last Friday and conversations among family and friends sometimes drifted to topics about life and the afterlife.
“Of mice and men”
by Ruben Almendras - October 30, 2018 - 12:00am
The title, “Of Mice and Men” is a line in a poem by Scottish poet Robert Burns and the whole line goes: “The best laid plans of mice and men often goes awry.”
Padre Pio and the coming elections
by Ruben Almendras - October 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Two major events happened in the last few weeks.
A global stock market downturn?
by Ruben Almendras - October 16, 2018 - 12:00am
Last Thursday, October 11, almost all of the world’s major stock market indices fell by between 2 and 3 percent.
by Ruben Almendras - October 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Last October 3, I attended “Traynta,” the 30th Visayas Annual Membership Fellowship of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), to represent one of our investee companies that has been a PBSP...
When God is just
by Ruben Almendras - October 2, 2018 - 12:00am
There are many people who have stopped reading or listening to the news as advised by their doctors as the news upsets them and adds to their stress and is bad for their hearts.
To lower rice prices and inflation
by Ruben Almendras - September 25, 2018 - 12:00am
It has been more than three months since the rice prices and inflation have been hitting the highs and the prices of both NFA and commercial rice are still beyond the low-income groups and the middle class.
Perfect storms for the US and Phl?
by Ruben Almendras - September 18, 2018 - 12:00am
Last weekend’s hurricane “Florence” that pummeled the US eastern seaboard particularly the Carolinas and Virginia, and typhoon “Ompong” which hit the Philippines on the way to China...
Why McCain’s funeral mattered
by Ruben Almendras - September 11, 2018 - 12:00am
For a Republican US senator and a twice-unsuccessful presidential aspirant, the week-long funeral of John McCain was most impressive and well-covered by all media all over the world.
“Crazy” Rich Asians?
by Ruben Almendras - September 4, 2018 - 12:00am
The movie “Crazy Rich Asians” is a hit worldwide and is still drawing crowds.
Can we really “move on”?
by Ruben Almendras - August 28, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week from August 21, the 35th anniversary of Ninoy Aquino’s assassination, and onwards there were quite a number of stories in the main and social media recalling the event, the aftermath and the person...
The presidency and comfort zones
by Ruben Almendras - August 21, 2018 - 12:00am
For the past 11 days, President Duterte has included in his speeches his desire to resign because of his frustration and inability to deliver his campaign promises.
Not the best and the brightest?
by Ruben Almendras - August 14, 2018 - 12:00am
When John F. Kennedy was elected US President in 1961, his administration attracted the “best and the brightest” talents from the academe, business, military, and other institutions.
New York City in July
by Ruben Almendras - August 7, 2018 - 12:00am
Over the years I have been to New York City (NYC) six times, thrice for business or work, and thrice as a tourist. In all those times I always found NYC an educational, informative, and interesting city not just...
Congress reorganization effects
by Ruben Almendras - July 31, 2018 - 12:00am
The recent replacement of Alvarez by Arroyo as House Speaker was the big story in the latest SONA of President Duterte.
Federalism: The good, the bad, and the ugly
by Ruben Almendras - July 24, 2018 - 12:00am
After the submission by the Presidential Commission of their recommendations on federalism and the eager push of the Lower House for a referendum in the 2019 elections, there have been more main and social media...
Inflation and high interest rates
by Ruben Almendras - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Some weeks ago, President Duterte said the economy is in doldrums, and the high interest rates are causing high peso-dollar exchange rate.
Children of a lesser god?
by Ruben Almendras - July 10, 2018 - 12:00am
"Children of a Lesser God" is actually a movie about deaf-mute children where the main character was an actual deaf-mute actress.
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