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Fantastic, frenetic Frankfurt

October 31, 2016

I’ve been to mammoth meetings before — the Modern Languages Association in Chicago, MacWorld in San Francisco, Comic-Con in San Diego, for instance — but nothing comes close to the Frankfurt Book Fair in size and scope. Covering over 10 hectares of exhibition space spread out over several buildings and many floors, it’s certainly the world’s biggest and best-known book fair, gathering participants from nearly 200 countries.

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Legarda Hails PHL’s High Ranking in Gender Gap Report

October 31, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today commended the country’s consistent high ranking in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Gender Gap Report.

The WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016 showed the Philippines closing nearly 79 percent of its gender gap, ranking first in Asia and seventh worldwide among 144 countries.

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What a difference gov’t subsidy makes

October 29, 2016

The Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF, or Buchmesse) is behind us now, having ended six days ago. But what a specially significant event this year’s participation of the Philippines was, only the second consecutive year that its publishing industry managed to do so.

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Keynote Speech: 2016 Philippine Local Governance Congress

October 27, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda’s Keynote Speech
2016 Philippine Local Governance Congress
27 October 2016 | Sofitel Philippine Plaza
 
Allow me first to recognize the champions and advocates of local autonomy from the national and local governments, civil society, business, academe, media and international development partners, who are present to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code (LGC).
 
Congratulations to the Department of Interior and Local Government, under the leadership of Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno, for convening the 2016 Local […]

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Pambansang Summit sa Wika ng Kalikasan at Kaligtasan

October 27, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda
Susing Pananalita
Pambansang Summit sa Wika ng Kalikasan at Kaligtasan
27 Oktubre 2016 | Los Baños, Laguna

Una sa lahat, lubos kong pinasasalamatan ang mga nasa likod ng Pambansang Summit sa Wika ng Kalikasan at Kaligtasan sa pangunguna ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF).

Napakagandang lugar na pagdausan itong Bundok Makiling—hitik sa likas na yaman at mga alamat at kwentong bayan—akma sa tema ng komperensyang ito tungkol sa kalikasan at kultura.

Napakapalad natin na ang ating bansa ay sagana sa likas na yaman. […]

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Keynote Speech: Opening of the 2016 National Arts and Crafts Fair

October 26, 2016

Keynote Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
Opening of the 2016 National Arts and Crafts Fair
26 October 2016 |Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall
For many, heritage and development are two contrasting concepts because development is usually associated with what is new and that which would make life better and comfortable; while heritage is that which is old, less exciting and usually commemorated only during special occasions.
Heritage and development is like soul versus stomach. Many would argue that heritage cannot feed us. But looking around […]

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Legarda, DTI Launches 2016 National Arts and Crafts Fair

October 26, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) launched today the 2016 National Arts and Crafts Fair, a trade fair that features both indigenous crafts and contemporary art.

The Fair will be held at the Megatrade Halls 1, 2 and 3 at the SM Megamall from October 26 to 30, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Entrance is free.

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Welcome Remarks: Gross National Happiness: A Paradigm Shift in Measuring Human Development?

October 25, 2016

Welcome Remarks of Senator Loren Legarda
Gross National Happiness: A Paradigm Shift in Measuring Human Development?
25 October 2016 | Manila Polo Club
The Philippines is a country blessed with so many scenic islands that captivate locals and foreigners alike. Even in the patches of green here in the city, one is compelled to literally stop and smell the roses.
But in the global race to become the biggest, the fastest, and the best, there is no room for leisurely […]

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Legarda Urges Gov’t to Include Filipinos’ Happiness as Indicator of Positive Growth

October 25, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today urged the government to update the nation’s development indicators to reflect the happiness and well-being of Filipinos.

Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, renewed her call for the government to adopt the Gross National Happiness (GNH) concept of the Royal Government of Bhutan during a lecture on the GNH by Dr. Saamdu Chetri, Executive Director of GNH Centre Bhutan.

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Keynote Speech: Climate Change Educational Forum

October 25, 2016

Keynote Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
Climate Change Educational Forum
25 October 2016 | Ateneo School of Law, Makati City
What does the future hold for us—a nation greatly vulnerable to the ill effects of climate change?
We are walking on thin ice. Our future is uncertain because we are facing a crisis that we cannot resolve on our own.
Sea level rise threatens to submerge island nations and even our own coastal towns; ocean acidification is causing irreversible damage to our coral reefs, while […]

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