FROM FAR AND NEAR
Politics, religion, and morality
by Ruben Almendras - April 16, 2019 - 12:00am
Election season has been on full blast since the past few weeks with the candidates for national and local positions campaigning in all media and announcing their principles and values.
BSP Gov. Diokno in CTB convention
by Ruben Almendras - April 9, 2019 - 12:00am
In the Chamber of Thrift Banks convention last March 29 at the Makati Shangri-La, newly-appointed Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Diokno was the main speaker.
Sovereign debts are generational
by Ruben Almendras - April 2, 2019 - 12:00am
The interesting issue that came up last week which was an offshoot of the Metro Manila water crisis, are the terms and conditions of the government loan from China to build the Chico River Dam.
A river runs through it
by Ruben Almendras - March 26, 2019 - 12:00am
The recent concern by the local and national government in cleaning up the rivers is welcome news to me and should be to all of us, as rivers are very important to healthy and sustainable living.
Solutions to Cebu’s water woes
by Ruben Almendras - March 19, 2019 - 12:00am
One funny suggestion to Manila’s water shortages is to divide Metro Manila into seven zones and for all the people in each zone to take a bath only on their designated day of the week, a kind of color-coding...
The future of Feminism
by Ruben Almendras - March 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week, March 8, was the International Day of Women.
Entrepreneurship and finance
by Ruben Almendras - March 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The Cebu Federation of Junior Financial Executives (CF-JFINEX), as part of their convention, asked me to be one of the speakers in their forum last Saturday on the theme of Entrepreneurship.
The Philippine economy in 2019
by Ruben Almendras - February 26, 2019 - 12:00am
I usually attend three or four economic briefings between December and February, preferably one of them from the government’s economic team, and the rest from the universal banks and private economic research...
Why elections matter
by Ruben Almendras - February 19, 2019 - 12:00am
There is a coming election in Nigeria next week, in Thailand in March, in Indonesia in April, and the Philippines in May.
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...
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