Elfren S. Cruz
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Defending Philippine sovereignty
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 8, 2021 - 12:00am
The continued illegal presence of around 200 Chinese ships at the Juan Felipe Reef has created a moment of unity in this country which has rarely found solidarity in its foreign and domestic policies.
Easter message of hope
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
Last year, the Easter message of Pope Francis was very clear.
A blessed Holy Week
by Elfren S. Cruz - April 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Thirteen years ago, I wrote a column about Holy Week in the Philippines where I said that these four days had become more a holiday than a period of “holy days.” Metro Manila was almost a deserted place...
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Genocide is a term used to describe one of the worst crimes against humanity.
Liberal democracy vs. authoritarianism
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 25, 2021 - 12:00am
The new cold war between China and the United States and its allies is not just a battle of self-interests and territorial disputes.
500 years: Creating a Filipino identity
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 21, 2021 - 12:00am
A week ago I wrote a column, “The beginning of Catholicism in the Philippines.” I received several responses to that article.
The state of vaccines
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 18, 2021 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 spread throughout the world was faster than was anticipated, and every country in the world was unprepared. In most countries, the recovery from this pandemic was actually a political failure.
The beginning of Catholicism in the Philippines
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
There is no question that the greatest legacy that the more than 300 years of Spanish colonization of the Philippines was to introduce and spread the Catholic faith among the Filipino people. An estimated 85 percent...
Filipino is more Hispanic
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 11, 2021 - 12:00am
There was a time when historians would describe Magellan as the person who “discovered “ the Philippines.
Path to herd immunity
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 7, 2021 - 12:00am
The vaccines have finally started arriving. From what I read, the majority of the vaccines ordered will be coming in the third quarter of this year.
Lessons from the COVID year
by Elfren S. Cruz - March 4, 2021 - 12:00am
I usually write reviews of books or authors and not just on one article. I make an exception today because the author is Yuval Noah Harari and the article occupies two whole pages in the weekend edition of the Financial...
Myanmar people power
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
A month after the armed forces staged a coup in Myanmar (or Burma), the streets of its major cities are still scenes of civilian protests.
Remembering People Power
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 25, 2021 - 12:00am
The exact date was Feb. 25, 1986. It was a Tuesday morning three decades ago.
A love story
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Lorelei Baldonado Aquino of Humans of Pinas, inspired by Humans of New York, invited my wife and me to join other couples sharing how they met and married stories during the month of February.
Lenten reflections with Pope Francis
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 18, 2021 - 12:00am
This week marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer and renewal and a chance to refocus our personal relationships with God.
China vs. Taiwan
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 14, 2021 - 12:00am
In Joe Biden’s first call with Xi Jinping, the White House said that Biden emphasized his “…fundamental concerns with Beijing’s coercive and unfair practices, its crackdown in Hong Kong,...
End pandemic: Vaccinate both rich and poor
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 11, 2021 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic has become a truly global epidemic as it has now traveled to every continent and to almost every country in the world.
Is a US-China war inevitable?
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 7, 2021 - 12:00am
The foreign policy of the United States in terms of China and Southeast Asia is of paramount importance to the Philippines because the geographic location of the Philippines places it at the center of this potential...
Preparing for catastrophes
by Elfren S. Cruz - February 4, 2021 - 12:00am
In the midst of this pandemic, the question frequently asked is why was the world unprepared for such a catastrophe?
China’s authoritarian foreign policy
by Elfren S. Cruz - January 31, 2021 - 12:00am
China recently passed a law that allows its Coast Guard to fire on any non-Chinese vessels that cross “Chinese waters.”
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