Columns

OFFLINE: An ambassador speaks an unspoken truth

Almost all ambassadors for all countries are forced to serve as public relations consultants of their respective homelands. They can never speak ill of their country, unless they abandon their posts and seek asylum in their host countries. This is…

AS I SEE IT: Asian Hate Crime: A Look on Asian in Hawaii vs the Mainland

Let’s have a look at being Asian in Hawaii vs the Mainland. From an old topic that someone has posted a year ago, I get the sense that Asians in Hawaii are more secure about their identity compared to Asians on the…

OFFLINE: Breakdown of law and order in our motherland

Don’t look now, but law and order appears to be breaking down under the rudderless regime of Bongbong Marcos. Or perhaps it was already broken when he assumed the presidency. All kinds of petty crime are taking place everywhere, along…

AS I SEE IT: Nobody is above the law, not even Trump!

I’m witnessing history in the making (actually all of us are) as former President Donald Trump entered a Manhattan courtroom, fingerprinted and waited to be arraigned. Trump waved when he arrived at the Manhattan Criminal Court on April 04, 2023…

AS I SEE IT: Women History Month: Let’s recognize the woman behind the man

Welcome to Women’s History Month!  Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. The San Jose Job Corps’…

OFFLINE: China’s diplomacy not working as expected

The People’s Republic of China is having uncomfortable moments where its relations with the Philippines is concerned, and with good reason. The Philippines today is not the Philippines of seven years ago, when then President Rodrigo Duterte was somehow enveigled…

AS I SEE IT: A glimpse of Pinoy educators in the Bay

I  focus on a few Filipino American educators in the Bay Area for this week’s column. They deserve to be recognized and remembered for the efforts they have exerted and still exerting in making a difference in the lives of…

CRISTINA OSMENA: Making sense of bank collapses

While this is not a personal finance column, the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and the current distress of Credit Suisse (underway as I write this) must be the news of the week. And rightly so. If anyone…

UPSIDE: More than Burt Bacharach’s cook

World-renowned singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach died Feb. 8 at age 94, sending his now-classic compositions back on the airwaves, stirring memories for the many generations whose sentiments he captured for over 50 years. More than the multi-award winner’s greatest hits, however,…

OFFLINE: China’s diplomacy not working as expected

The People’s Republic of China is having uncomfortable moments where its relations with the Philippines is concerned, and with good reason. The Philippines today is not the Philippines of seven years ago, when then President Rodrigo Duterte was somehow enveigled…