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.
Vignettes/impressions of the presidency
by Ruben Almendras - July 3, 2018 - 12:00am
The Duterte presidency is two years old by June 30 and it has been an interesting two years.
Should you buy dollars now?
by Ruben Almendras - June 26, 2018 - 12:00am
As of last Friday, June 22, the peso-dollar exchange rate closed at P53.34.
And the winner is: Kim Jong Un
by Ruben Almendras - June 19, 2018 - 12:00am
The meeting in Singapore between US President Trump and North Korea President Kim Jong Un was historic and defused nuclear tension in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world.
War in the South China Sea?
by Ruben Almendras - June 12, 2018 - 12:00am
In the last four months the South China Sea has made the front pages of the newspapers and primetime TV news almost every week.
Conflict of interest and governance
by Ruben Almendras - June 5, 2018 - 12:00am
The recent and still burning issue of Solicitor General Calida's security agency getting contracts with 14 government offices and corporations amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos a year, and the resignation...
Why Chengdu?
by Ruben Almendras - May 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Earlier this month I was in Chengdu, China, to attend a business conference and having done some research on this city, my expectations were well met.
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."
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