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    “I’m triply excited about it,” said Sen. Loren Legarda, the prime mover in the country’s participation at the Biennale, at a press con at the NCCA. This is the fourth time the country is participating at the Venice Biennale. After 51 years of absence, Legarda, so to speak, moved heaven and earth to secure a spot at the 2015 Venice Biennale and tell the world about the intricacy and beauty of our own culture and heritage.

    The Philippine participation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale was formally introduced last week at the offices of the National Committee for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Intramuros. Presenting were key proponent Senator Loren Legarda, NCCA head and National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, DFA Assistant Secretary Leo M. Herrera (representing DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano), Italian Ambassador Giorgio Gugliemino and Philippine Pavilion curator Dr. Edson Cabalfin.

    Legarda said Philippine presence in the Venice Biennale is an “advocacy in itself.”

    “Through our national pavilion, we are able to relate our truths to the world while also connecting with Filipinos, showing them the importance of architecture in inspiring life, shaping society and building a nation,” Legarda said.


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    Created the National Solid Waste Management Commission which aims to establish segregation among garbage and wastes.

    This Act shall establish the framework for the accelerated development and advancement of renewable energy resources, and the development of a strategic program to increase its utilization.

    This bill seeks to amend RA 7432, as amended by RA 9257, in order to address the above concerns of our valued senior citizens by: a) increasing the discount granted to them to thirty-two percent (32%); b) imposing stiffer penalties to pharmacies and drug stores which refuse to honor senior citizen card issued by the government; and c) providing them free vaccination against influenza virus and other pneumococcal disease prior to their discharge from any government hospital where he or […]


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  • What They Say

    I am at the NYT Art Leaders Network Conference in Berlin today and they were just saying that the Philippines are the next big market place to watch. So you know you are right in the heart, perfect place. I am thinking you know exactly what you are doing.
    — Giorgio Guglielmino, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Republic of the Philippines.

    Isa po kayo sa pinakamahalagang regalo na natanggap ko sa buong buhay ko ma’am. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo ma’am dahil nakasama ko po ang aking pamilya at buo po kami ngayong pasko. Sa lahat lahat po ng tulong nyo para madugtungan ang buhay ko at maranasan ko pa po ang ganitong pagkakataon. Masaya po akong ibalita sa inyo ma’am na as of now po, magaling na po ako. Andito na po ako sa bahay kasama ang aking pamilya. Once a month check up and monitoring na lang po and vitamins. I hope tuloy tuloy na po na maayos ang lahat ma’am. THANK YOU PO ma’am and my prayers for you always sana palagi po kayong healthy at mahabang mahaba pang panahon para mas marami pa po kayong matutulungan ma’am. Sana soon makita ko po kayo ng personal ma’am ….Merry Christmas po.

    — Rowena Lobo

    I have come to greatly admire the leadership of Senator Loren Legarda.

    Some of the legislation that she has not only introduced but enacted, are now being regarded as model for many other countries around the world. She has been a passionate advocate for many years and she is now in a position of great authority and influence in the Senate. I meet with a lot of leaders around the world who deal with the climate issue. It really is a genuine pleasure to work with Senator Legarda.

    — Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States of America


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