Elfren S. Cruz
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Living wage: A social obligation
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 29, 2024 - 12:00am
The term living wage refers to the income level that allows individuals or families to afford adequate shelter, food, health care, education and other necessities.
The legacy of EDSA People Power
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 25, 2024 - 12:00am
It was a Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, 1986.
Never forget EDSA & People Power
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 22, 2024 - 12:00am
Three days from now, we will be commemorating the 38th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. There are again attempts to downgrade the significance of this extremely significant event in the history of...
No need for Charter change
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 18, 2024 - 12:00am
This column will have two topics.
Appreciating the Chinese-Filipinos
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 15, 2024 - 12:00am
This year, the Lunar New Year, known more popularly as the Chinese New Year, was again declared a national holiday.
Remembering the PNoy legacy
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
Last Thursday, Feb. 8 was the 64th birth anniversary of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Philippines must prepare for AI economic revolution
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 8, 2024 - 12:00am
During the past 15 years there has been what is now known as a technological revolution in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). This digital revolution has been dramatic.
Philippines amidst US-China rivalry
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 4, 2024 - 12:00am
The ongoing political struggle between BBM and the Duterte-Imee alliance is being fought on several issues.
Ways to address income inequality
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 1, 2024 - 12:00am
I wrote two columns last month on the topic “income inequality.”
Measuring income inequality
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 28, 2024 - 12:00am
In a recent report about the Philippine economy, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies. stated that the economy will grow at a faster pace this year. The emphasis of the report was on the projections for...
Personal memories of Cory on her 91st birthday
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 25, 2024 - 12:00am
My favorite stories are those times she focused on directly helping the poor. She saw the poor as individuals with different needs and not just as economic indicators or poverty rates. . . That was why we created...
Oxfam report on income inequality
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 21, 2024 - 12:00am
Every year, Oxfam International, a global NGO founded in 1942, prepares a briefing paper on the state of wealth inequality in the world.
Maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 18, 2024 - 12:00am
The biggest political story last week in this part of the world was the presidential election in Taiwan
Scandinavia, still on my mind
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 14, 2024 - 12:00am
My wife Neni cannot understand why she hasn’t gotten over her Scandinavia hangover, three months after.
Martial law and the communists
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 11, 2024 - 12:00am
This book is highly controversial when it narrates certain debatable conclusions as facts.
On Cordillera indigenous culture
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 7, 2024 - 12:00am
“Tradition and Transformation: Studies on Cordillera Indigenous Culture” by June Prill-Brett, edited by Delfin Tolentino Jr. and published by the Cordillera Studies Center of UP Baguio in 2015 is...
Remembering F. Sionil Jose
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 4, 2024 - 12:00am
Francisco Sionil Jose was always my favorite Filipino author and one of my favorite authors in the English language. Whenever I used to tell people about my choice of FSJ, I would often get criticized by those who...
A journey through Leni Robredo’s campaign
by Elfren S. Cruz - December 31, 2023 - 12:00am
The title of this coffee table book is “Tayo ang Liwanag” or “We are the Light: Journeying through our People’s Campaign.” It is by Leni Robredo on the story of her storied presidential...
’Tis the seasonto be reading
by Elfren S. Cruz - December 28, 2023 - 12:00am
Of course, my wife Neni Sta. Romana Cruz has to add her own suggestions for holiday reading, she being no less a passionate book lover than me. I am yielding today’s space to her, perhaps slightly under d...
A feast of Christmas books
by Elfren S. Cruz - December 24, 2023 - 12:00am
This Christmas, I decided to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes, which is reading books.
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