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Of museums, new & upcoming

December 15, 2014

“The efforts of creative individuals such as Marian Pastor Roces, John Silva who just mounted a wonderful exhibit of Philippine churches in Madrid, and indeed, Ed Calma who has lent his architectural expertise to international exhibits and museum projects, cannot remain unnoticed, especially in a country still somewhat inchoate owing to governance issues.
We can add Jeremy Barns, who’s been doing a wonderful job at our National Museum; Nina Lim-Yuson who established Museo Pambata where she still serves as president and […]


Food, fiestas and Filipino vision

December 14, 2014

“It was her interest in folk culture and crafts that drew my attention. It is seldom that our leaders manifest this affection which she said started when she was young, and with it, an interest in art as well. Though she took up mass communication in Diliman, her graduate thesis was on National Artist Vicente Manansala.”
— F. Sionil Jose, PhilStar
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December 8, 2014

Alas, it is a shame that most of our political leaders, unlike Thailand’s King and Queen, have little or no interest not just in folk arts but in our cultural development itself. The exceptions in the political leadership are few; in recent times, there are only Senators Letty Shahani, Edgardo J. Angara, Loren Legarda.
— F. Sionil Jose, PhilStar
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No substitute for preparedness

December 7, 2014

Loren Legarda, who probably “lost (her) voice singing the same tune” about environmental disasters for over a decade now, said every barangay should have officials going around to inform their constituents about the effects of the oncoming typhoon and the corresponding measures every family should undertake. “Are we expecting a storm surge? Then we should warn our communities of the expected height of the waves and how far inland the flooding would reach,” she said, adding that this would ensure […]


Philippine participation in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

November 20, 2014

The Philippine participation in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale through the collateral event “Time Space Exhibit” by the Global Art Affairs Foundation opens opportunities for our country’s architects to be in conversation with the rest of the world. The Philippine experience with Yolanda, captured and depicted vividly in Brillante Mendoza’s documentary, is a reflection of the potential of our country to influence and redefine architecture. I would like to personally thank Senator Loren Legarda for her support to this endeavor […]


Who are minding the store?

October 29, 2014

To her credit, Legarda has been taking up national issues and concerns even as these matters do not always get her on the front pages of newspapers or played up in radio and TV news. This obviously does not deter her from pursuing her advocacies that are not controversial enough for media’s attention. She keeps busy promoting her pet projects from highfalutin subjects like climate change and disaster risk reduction to ethnic weaving and promoting the rights of local indigenous […]


Soul crafts

October 25, 2014

Philstar Columnist Barbara Gonzales visited the 2014 Manila Fame and noticed an Itneg navy blue fabric with frogs embroidered on it on display. She spoke with the Itneg women and learned that Senator Loren Legarda funded their participation in the Manila Fame. In her column, Gonzales remarked, “I was touched by their presence at Manila Fame because it showed me that little by little, very slowly the government was beginning to realize that our crafts are an integral part of […]


Best Advocate of Change

June 5, 2014

Hi Sen Loren. Thank you and congratulations for the excellent presentation, powerful message and inspiring stories of real women heroines of the Philippines for climate change. You are the best advocate of change in this regard! What an engaging speech!
– Sec. Armin Luistro, Department of Education


The best and worst of times

May 15, 2014

“I was glad to see the textiles rooms at the National Museum, and we had a lovely guided tour of the exhibition. I thought the textiles rooms were very thoughtfully layered with meaning. Beyond an exhibition of the history of textiles in the Philippines and the skills and creativity of textile workers, there was a sense that the display was that of a social, cultural, and also in some ways political history of the Philippines itself. For me it was […]


Loren: Back to before

March 27, 2014

After spending 27 years in Malabon, Loren moved to Makati, bringing with her not material things but fond memories, including how she as a kid played with salagubang (beetle) and butterflies which she caught in the garden and placed inside a big bottle.
Soon, Loren has become free in the wide world, not bottled up like her winged playmates. Her life has become an open book from then on.
– Ricky Lo, Philstar
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