The Water Defenders
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 28, 2023 - 12:00am
The National Book Awards held at the Metropolitan Theater a few weeks ago was a joyous occasion—the first face-to-face ceremony since the pandemic to celebrate the best books published in 2021 and 2022.
G7 leaders and China
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 25, 2023 - 12:00am
The leaders of seven of the world’s most powerful nations collectively described as democracies or the G7 nations recently held their annual meeting in Hiroshima, Japan.
Adolf Azcuna: A golden life
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 21, 2023 - 12:00am
The book “Silver is my Gold” (Milflores Publishing, 2023) is an autobiography by Adolfo S. Azcuna which was launched only last Thursday.
Top Philippine universities
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 18, 2023 - 12:00am
In late 2022, there was the official launch of the latest innovation in artificial intelligence, ChatGPT.
Living wage
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 14, 2023 - 12:00am
The Senate has begun hearings to increase the Philippine minimum wage. I have been listening to the debate on this issue and the arguments against an increase have remained the same for the past several decades...
Towards a united Southeast Asia
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 11, 2023 - 12:00am
I sense that recent events in the West Philippine Sea are leading to a real crisis.
Philippines: Prisoner of its geography
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 7, 2023 - 12:00am
There is an ongoing debate in the Philippines about the wisdom of the existence of the EDCA in this country.
Patron saint of Catholic teachers
by Elfren S. Cruz - May 4, 2023 - 12:00am
St. John Baptist de La Salle was born in Rheims, France on April 30, 1651.
Peaceful ways to reduce inequality
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 30, 2023 - 12:00am
In my last column, I wrote about The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century, a book written by Walter Scheidel.
Leveling income inequality
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 27, 2023 - 12:00am
The biggest problem in modern times depends on which socioeconomic class a person belongs to.
The Philippines in the US-China conflict
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 23, 2023 - 12:00am
It is not farfetched to say that the next world war could start not in Ukraine but in East Asia.
Philippine vulnerability because of its geography
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 20, 2023 - 12:00am
Next to Ukraine, the most dangerous flash point in the world today is the island of Taiwan.
Conflict with Chinese government, not its people
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 16, 2023 - 12:00am
It has become apparent that the foreign policy of the new administration has departed from the pro-China policy of the past administration.
Easter message of Pope Francis
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 13, 2023 - 12:00am
Pope Francis was released from the hospital just in time to give his Easter message from the Central Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica. He said that “by pure grace, the most important and beautiful day in...
Rebirth stories
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 9, 2023 - 12:00am
As in past years during Easter, I’ve asked my son Roel, a literature/writing teacher, to share some reflections: Back then, in the days leading up to Easter Sunday, I remember walking along the eerily deserted...
Holy Thursday meditations
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 6, 2023 - 12:00am
Today, Holy Thursday, a day we remember as the day when the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was instituted, I would like to meditate on the powerful and moving thoughts of Pope Francis’ recent Palm Sunday homily...
Lenten reflections
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 2, 2023 - 12:00am
Next Sunday is Easter Sunday which is considered by many as the greatest Christian feast. It is also the end of Lent, a religious observance for 40 days, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
On Philippine cuisine
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 30, 2023 - 12:00am
The Philippines is a matriarchal society.
The flourishing of Filipino cuisine
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 26, 2023 - 12:00am
The distinction between an American party and a Filipino party, according to friends and relatives who have been at both types of parties, is that in Filipino celebrations, the center is the food offerings.
On becoming the next economic miracle
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 23, 2023 - 12:00am
Ten years ago, Ruchir Sharma wrote a book called “Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles” which became an international bestseller.
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