Aruba Today’s Columnists

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Aruba Today has five great columnists who contribute to our newspaper with their knowledge and creativity. Please let us introduce to you Steve, Shanella, Anthony, Thais and Joris. They would surely appreciate your comments on their columns. So, feel free to express yourself!

Creative Islander by Thais Franken

Thaïs G. Franken (24) is a recently graduated Aruban student at the University of Maastricht (UM). She obtained her graduate double Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Human Development in collaboration with the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT). Back home, on the beautiful island of Aruba, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Organization, Governance & Management (OGM) at the University of Aruba (UA), where she successfully defended her thesis titled “Placing Culture and Creativity at the Heart of the Aruban Sustainable Development”. It was precisely this research project that inspired the emergence of the “Creative Islander” column in 2018. Thaïs is very passionate about topics such as sustainability, innovation, culture, creativity, social entrepreneurship and their role in public management. Next to her academic interests, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing and cooking.

Creative Islander can be read every other Thursday in the local section. On Aruba Today’s website you can find all published columns.

Island Insight by Anthony Croes of Etnia Nativa

Anthony Croes is an Etnia Nativa based artist at Westpunt, originally from Companashi. As a child, he demonstrated a natural interest and respect for his old world heritage as well as his natives’ ancestor’s history and their survival challenges. This same interest encouraged him to pursue anthropological studies as an academic call. For someone with such interest in cultural expressions it is no surprising that Aruba Today welcomed him as a columnist.

Island Insight can be read every Tuesday in the local section. On Aruba Today’s website you can find all published columns.

Hotel Hustle by Shanella Pantophlet

Aruban born and bred Shanella Pantophlet is passionate about tourism. That is the world she studied and works in, so we might as well call her a specialist. Luckily for Aruba Today Shanella also loves to write. Together with the fact that the majority of our readers are tourists, we found ourselves a perfect combination for a column: Hotel Hustle.

Hotel Hustle is published every other Monday in the local section. All the columns can be read also on our website.

Today’s Catch by Joris Zandvoort

Dutch Joris Zantvoort is a writer at He writes a monthly fisher report for Aruba Today. The company works with 17 captains in Aruba that help him create this report containing information like: What is currently in the water? What can you catch? Amazing pictures are being shared and part of the column shows The Captain of The Month.

Today’s Catch appears once in a month in the local section. Check out an overview of the columns on our website.

Today’s Click by Steve Francees

Aruban born and bred Steve Francees has a passion for photography. Being a local photographer he knows the hidden gems of this island and captures them in an amazing way. As a Family and Landscape photographer Steve is ready to create your next ‘vacation memories’, morning and/or sunset shots.

Today’s Click amazes you every other Monday in the local section. Check out the colorful images on our website under the tab Columns/Today’s Click.

Happy Community Initiative

The Happy Community Initiative is a visitor charity program that you can help build Aruba’s community strong by doing a donation to good causes. CEDE Aruba, a dynamic community foundation, and the Aruba Timeshare Association (ATSA) collaborate in this platform for visitors who would like to make a donation, but also volunteer in the future. 

Happy Community Initiative, is published bi-weekly, every Thursday in Aruba Today. We invite you to go to our website and read all columns.