The SOTU of the POTUS
by Ruben Almendras - February 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The State of the Union of the President of the United States (The SOTU of the POTUS) is the annual address of the US President to the joint session of the Senate and the Congress usually in January or February which...
... And Run Venezuela
by Ruben Almendras - February 5, 2019 - 12:00am
In the 1960’s there was a Harry Belafonte hit song called “Matilda”, and some of the lyrics goes: “Matilda, Matilda she takes me money and run Venezuela.”
What a 6.2% GDP growth means?
by Ruben Almendras - January 29, 2019 - 12:00am
The Statistical Office and the National Economic Development Authority of the Philippines announced disappointingly last week that the Philippine economy or the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 6.2% in 2018 over...
Socio-economic effects of Sinulog
by Ruben Almendras - January 22, 2019 - 12:00am
The Cebu Sinulog Festival is actually composed of two parts; the religious aspect which is the more than 400 years since the Sto. Niño image reached Cebu, and the 39 years that people have been celebrating...
What the US gov’t shutdown means?
by Ruben Almendras - January 15, 2019 - 12:00am
As of Sunday, January 13, the partial shutdown of the US government would be 22 days and counting.
A brief on time and new years
by Ruben Almendras - January 8, 2019 - 12:00am
People always look at a new year as the start of another period and hope for better events and conditions in the coming 365 days. But why only for the next 365 days and not for 500 or 600 days?
Fallout of the Revilla acquittal
by Ruben Almendras - December 18, 2018 - 12:00am
The biggest news early last week was the acquittal of Bong Revilla from the plunder case by the Sandiganbayan. It tapered off the headlines/front page when the newer pork barrel scandal erupted between the Senate,...
International migration crisis
by Ruben Almendras - December 11, 2018 - 12:00am
For weeks prior to the US midterm election the caravan of over 3,000 South Americans walking to the Mexican border with the US was always in the news.
The downside of being president
by Ruben Almendras - December 4, 2018 - 12:00am
The obvious attraction of being the head of state as President, Prime Minister, or King is the power over a vast number of people, of being able to control events, and in some instances the enormous wealth that goes...
Michael Bloomberg as U.S. president
by Ruben Almendras - November 27, 2018 - 12:00am
In an earlier banking career, I ran the treasury department of a major commercial bank.
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...
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