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June 23, 2018

The University of the Philippines conferred upon Senator Loren Legarda the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, on June 24 2018, during the 107th General Commencement Exercises of the University where Legarda was the Commencement Speaker.

The honorary degree was given to Legarda “in grateful recognition of her four decades of exemplary commitment as a lawmaker, journalist, and an advocate of social concerns such as the promotion of social justice, human rights, peace, cultural diversity, environmental protection, universal access to education, job creation and entrepreneurship, among others.”

June 20, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda returned to ANC with Season 5 of Dayaw (Pagdiwang at Pasasalamat), which explores the unique way of how Filipinos celebrate, worship and give thanks in observance of various festivity and customs all over the country.

June 14, 2018

Opening of the 2018 Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair held from June 14-17, 2018 at the Megatrade Halls 1-3 in SM Megamall in support of the country’s artisans and producers of indigenous crafts.

Spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI – BDTP), in coordination with the Department’s regional and provincial offices, and supported by the Office of Senator Legarda, the four-day retail fair trade featured 150 MSMEs from different regions across the country, mainly highlighting both contemporary art and crafts that exemplify indigenous living traditions through hand-made products, ornaments, jewelry, fabric and accessories, among others.

June 13, 2018

Back-to-back launch of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition at the Philippine Embassies in Madrid, Spain and Washington D.C., USA.

The Philippine Pavilion, a joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, held its vernissage on May 24 and will be open to the public from May 26 to November 25, 2018 at the Artiglierie, Arsenale, Venice, Italy.

May 22, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda lauds the staging of the Philippine Pavilion in the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy which featured the art and craftsmanship of Dr. Edson Cabalfin as curator.

The Philippine Pavilion, a joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, held its vernissage on May 24 and will be open to the public from May 26 to November 25, 2018 at the Artiglierie, Arsenale, Venice, Italy.

May 18, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda participated in the 5th Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) on May 18, 2018.

As Chair of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Finance, and Climate Change, she was invited to be one of the panelists for the session, “How ASEAN is Shifting to Green Growth,” where she discussed key threats that climate change poses to the Philippines and ASEAN in general as well as government interventions to address the same.

May 5, 2018

From May 5-9, 2018, Senator Loren Legarda served as the Head of the Philippine Delegation to the Climate Change Conference 2018 (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

The Bonn Climate Change Conference consists of meetings of three bodies: the 48th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 48), the 48th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 48) and the fifth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-5).

“This is an important gathering where we begin drafting the ‘operating manual’ that countries have already negotiated for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.”

April 27, 2018

Senator Legarda and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, who jointly headed the Philippine Delegation to the 2018 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington D.C., together with Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, met with (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde to discuss the Philippine economy, IMF’s work on “emerging issues”, and areas of cooperation between the IMF and the Philippines.

“It is noteworthy that the IMF has already mainstreamed in its surveillance and research work issues such as climate change, gender diversity, income equality and social cohesion, which are essential in ensuring that macroeconomic outlook for any country is sustainable.”

April 18, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda attended the 2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) from April 18-21, 2018 in Washington, DC, as Alternate Head of the Philippine Delegation, with Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno as Head of Delegation.

Also part of the Philippine Delegation were Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran, Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretaries Adoracion Navarro and Rolando Tungpalan, and Commissioner Rachel Anne Herrera of the Climate Change Commission.

The Spring Meetings of the IMF and WBG is a venue for central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

March 28, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda led the official opening of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition at the Philippine Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal.

This is an offshoot of the National Museum’s Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles gallery, which is her brainchild. The first Hibla Travelling Exhibition was held in London in October 2017.

March 28, 2018

In a meeting with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo on March 27, Senator Loren Legarda submitted a notification on the Philippines’ ratification of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States—an intergovernmental organization consisting of the Republic of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Swiss Confederation.

Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s ratification of the PH-EFTA FTA on December 8, 2017, Legarda, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, sponsored and successfully sought concurrence from the Philippine Senate on March 5, 2018.

March 26, 2018

The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, and the Ifugao State University (IFSU) unveiled the Language Monument or Bantayog-Wika for the Tuwali language in Lamut, Ifugao.

The Bantayog-Wika for Tuwali is the first in the Cordillera Region and the second language monument erected in the country next to Antique, where the first language marker for Kinaray-a was inaugurated earlier this month. Installation artist Luis ‘Junyee’ Yee, Jr. designed and created the language marker.

March 26, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda hailed the launch of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10931, the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017, which will subsidize tuition fee and other school fees of students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local state universities and colleges (LUCs), and state-run technical vocational institutions (TVIs).

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that the implementation of RA 10931, a law that she co-authored and co-sponsored, will start for Academic Year 2018-2019 through the Php40 Billion budget that Congress allocated under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

March 23, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Finance and Climate Change, is the Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 138th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union from March 24-28, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Legarda was joined by fellow legislators—Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Nancy Binay, Deputy House Speaker Raneo Abu, Deputy House Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez, and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.

The agenda of the 138th Assembly of the IPU will cover key global issues such as strengthening the parliamentary contribution to the global compact for migration, sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development, tackling women’s underrepresentation in politics, engaging the private sector in the development of renewable energy, and building sustainable and resilient societies.

March 9, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda has been promoted to the rank of Colonel, Philippine Air Force (Reserve), following the consent of the Commission on Appointments (CA) to her nomination last March 7.

Legarda, a three-term senator who chairs the Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations and Climate Change, was nominated for promotion to the rank of Colonel after completing her Command and General Staff Course under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFP-CGSC) in December 2017.

March 6, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led the Senate in its concurrence in the ratification of the Philippines’ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States, and acceded to seven maritime-related treaties:

• Senate Resolution No. (SRN) 647, Resolution Concurring in the Ratification of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Between the EFTA States and the Philippines;
• SRN 648, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001, or the AFS Convention;
• SRN 649, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1997 to Amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as Modified by the Protocol of 1978 Relating Thereto, or the MARPOL Protocol;
• SRN 650, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1988 Relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, or the Load Lines Convention;
• SRN 651, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1978 Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, or Protocol 1978, SOLAS Convention;
• SRN 652, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Protocol of 1988 Relating to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, or Protocol 1988, SOLAS Convention;
• SRN 653, Resolution Concurring in the Acceptance of the Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas; and,
• SRN 654, Resolution Concurring in the Accession to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, or the Port State Measures Agreement.

February 26, 2018

To foster deeper music appreciation among Filipinos, Senator Loren Legarda and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon brought the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) to the provinces of Antique and Iloilo for a back-to-back outreach concert on March 1 and 2, respectively.

Under the 2018 national budget, Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, provided additional funding for the PPO’s outreach concerts. These outreach concerts in the provinces aim to promote music appreciation throughout the country.

February 19, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has led the Senate in its unanimous concurrence in the ratification of five (5) treaties covering the Philippines’ Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) with Mexico, Thailand and Sri Lanka, the Cybercrime Convention, and the Agreement on the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO).

January 30, 2018

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Senator Loren Legarda today officially launched “Buhay na Buhay,” an engaging and informative series that introduces the eight living cultures of the Philippines. The documentary series was aired on GMA News TV every Saturday, 5:45p.m., starting February 17, 2018.

January 22, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led the Senate concurrence in the ratification of three treaties covering the Philippines’ partnership and cooperation agreement with the European Union and the social security agreements with Sweden and Germany—the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation Between the Philippines and the European Union (PH-EU PCA); the Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the Federal Republic of Germany on Social Security (PH-Germany SSA); and the Agreement on Social Security between the Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Sweden (PH-Sweden SSA).

January 21, 2018

Lawmakers from 27 countries at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in Hanoi, Vietnam have adopted a Philippine-sponsored resolution on climate and disaster resilience.

Senator Loren Legarda, Head of the Philippine Delegation, authored the “Resolution Calling for Regional Cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM),” which was adopted as APPF26 Resolution No. 10.

December 30, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda launched the 4th season of the documentary series, “Dayaw”, with six new episodes that focus on our culture bearers, Filipinos who mastered their craft and devoted their entire lives to keep their traditions alive, serving as “sisidlan” or living vessels that bear the wealth of our tangible and intangible heritage.

“Dayaw” is a project of Legarda in partnership with the NCCA, the prime government arm dedicated to the promotion of Philippine arts and culture, and ANC, the country’s premier 24/7 all-English cable news channel.

December 19, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) amounting to Php3.767 Trillion—the highest allocation by any administration.

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, reiterated that the 2018 GAA is a makatao or pro-people budget that places heavy importance on providing for the actual needs of the Filipinos, such as education, healthcare, livelihood, shelter, peace and order, and other support and services to the public.

December 12, 2017

The Senate ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed 2018 General Appropriations Act.

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, explained that the 2018 national budget prioritizes the needs of the people—education, healthcare, livelihood, shelter and sustainable growth. It provides for free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs), support for farmers, increase in teachers’ allowance and base pay of military and uniformed personnel, and the rehabilitation of Marawi City, among others.

December 12, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda graduated from the Command and General Staff Course, as part of Class 62, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFPCGSC), which will qualify her for promotion to full-fledged colonel.

Legarda also received the Academic Excellence for Research for her paper “The AFP in the Humanitarian Space: Building Resilience, Fostering Resilient Communities,” which explores the role of the military not just in responding to disasters, but also in reducing climate and disaster risks.

December 5, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda joined 24 Hours of Reality: Be the Voice of Reality” online program organized by The Climate Reality Project—the organization founded and led by global climate advocate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

During her interview, Sen. Legarda urged all government agencies and local government units “to embrace climate change adaptation (CCA) as if their own lives depended on it.”

December 5, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda and internationally-acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza team up once again for the first ever Protected Areas documentary series to air on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) starting December 9 at 7:45 a.m.

The documentary series titled, Our Fragile Earth: Protected Areas of the Philippines, conceptualized by Legarda and produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), consists of 12 short documentaries that were shot by Mendoza on location and took two years to finish.

November 30, 2017

The Senate unanimously approved the proposed 2018 national budget worth Php3.767 Trillion. Senator Loren Legarda is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance and sponsor of the budget.

November 25, 2017

The Philippines has successfully completed its third consecutive participation in the Venice Biennale as it concludes The Spectre of Comparison, the Philippine Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Art Biennale.

The 2017 Philippine Pavilion, curated by Joselina Cruz and featuring the works of Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo, completed a six-month run at the Artiglierie of the Arsenale—one of the main exhibition spaces of the Venice Biennale.

November 17, 2017

Sen. Loren Legarda, head of the Philippine delegation to the COP23, delivered the Philippine statement on Thursday during the high level segment of the COP23 to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Philippines made a strong call for climate justice as parties to the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany continued negotiations to come up with mechanisms to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement.

November 13, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda was presented to international press in Bonn, Germany as a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Champion designated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty to which the Philippines is a Party.

Legarda, Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany, was joined by fellow NAP Champion Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu of Tonga, at the COP23 side event “Championing NAPs – Advancing National Adaptation Plans” organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC.

October 27, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda witnessed the signing of an agreement for the development of the Philippine Studies Program in the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in the University of London.

The agreement signed between the Philippine Embassy in London and SOAS, represented by Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo and Baroness Valerie Amos, aims to advance Philippine studies in SOAS from 2017 to 2020 through a series of workshops, publications, researches and travel grants.

Legarda, a staunch advocate of culture and the arts and Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, allocated P5 million pesos under the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Budget in the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the advancement of Philippine studies in SOAS.

October 26, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda today led the opening of the homecoming exhibition of Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City—The Philippine Pavilion at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Muhon, curated by Sudarshan Khadka Jr., Juan Paolo de la Cruz, and Leandro Y. Locsin Jr. of Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP), was the Philippines’ official representation in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2016, the country’s first official participation.

October 26, 2017

Sen. Loren Legarda supports the country’s indigenous artisans and manufacturers of heritage crafts at the 2017 SikatPinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair (NACF) in SM Megatrade Halls in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, until Oct. 29.

The NACF, organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion in coordination with the department’s regional and provincial offices with the support of the Office of Sen. Loren Legarda.

October 23, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda led the opening of the first Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition, titled “Piña-Seda: Pineapple and Silk Cloth from the Tropics,” at the Philippine Embassy in London where she stressed the importance of the project in keeping the Philippine weaving tradition alive. The exhibition featured lectures and demostrations from weavers from Kalibo, Aklan and embroiderers from Lumban, Laguna.

October 5, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, sponsored the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) under Senate Committee Report No. 167. Legarda said that the proposed 2018 national budget amounting to 3.767 Trillion Pesos is one that aims to address the basic needs of the people.

September 30, 2017

The Philippine Arts in Venice Biennale (PAVB)—composed of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda announced the selection of the curatorial proposal titled The City Who Had Two Navels by Edson Cabalfin as the country’s representative to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

September 27, 2017

The first documentary about the Philippines’ return to the Venice Biennale after five decades of absence aired on ABSCBN News Channel (ANC).

“How To Tie A String Around The World”, created by Manny Montelibano, aired on September 27, 2017, 8:00 p.m. and on September 30, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

September 21, 2017

The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) led by Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta has conferred on Senator Loren Legarda the Outstanding Lady Senator Award during the 6th Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys on September 21, 2017 at the Manila Hotel.

August 28, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda, UN Global Champion for Resilience, delivered a speech at the Philippine Red Carpet Premiere and Post Documentary Film Discussion of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Legarda was interviewed in the documentary, which was filmed during the visit of The Climate Reality Project founder and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to the Philippines in 2016.

August 24, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda hailed the approval on the committee level of her bills on preserving Gabaldon buildings and institutionalizing the Philippines’ Venice Biennale participation.

Senate Bill No. 1506 seeks to strengthen government efforts in the conservation and restoration of built heritage, such as Gabaldon school buildings, to preserve architectural, historical, and social significance.

Senate Bill No. 1504, which seeks to institutionalize the Philippine participation in the international exhibitions of the Venice Biennale.

August 15, 2017

The Senate unanimously agreed to ratify the 39-year-old International Labor Organization Convention No. 151 to bolster the domestic and international status of the Philippines as a leader in promoting and protecting labor and civil rights.

The proposed measure, authored and sponsored by Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, seeks to protect the rights of civil servants to organize, as well as procedures for determining conditions of employment in public service.

Legarda said that the Philippines is the first Asian country to ratify the convention, which is also known as the “Convention Concerning Protection of the Right to Organize and Procedures for Determining Conditions of Employment in the Public Service.”

August 4, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda today hailed the signing into law of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which institutionalizes the provision of full tuition fee subsidy for students enrolled in all of the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and in state-run technical-vocational institutions.

July 15, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda is bestowed the award of Cavaliere nell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Knight in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) from The President of the Republic of Italy, thru His Excellency Ambassador Massimo Roscigno. In conferring the award, Ambassador Roscigno said, “In a way, I would like to see this as a form of thanking the Senator for bringing the Philippines back to the Venice Biennale.”

June 30, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda is part of the delegation of Philippine senators led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III who went on an official visit to France as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations. This year is the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between the Philippines and France.

May 23, 2017

On International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22), the Senate unanimously approved on third and final reading the proposed Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act, which Senator Loren Legarda principally authored.

May 12, 2017

The Philippines triumphantly returned for a second consecutive participation in the Venice Art Biennale with a stronger showing as it presented a national pavilion curated by Joselina Cruz featuring two important Filipino artists—Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo—in a prime space at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy.

Guests at the vernissage of the Philippine Pavilion were amazed with the participation especially that the country has already found a place in the Arsenale, one of the main exhibition platforms of the Venice Biennale.

April 19, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda announced on Earth Day (April 22) that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force for the Philippines. “Earth Day will once again be historic for the Philippines as it will mark the commencement of the Paris Agreement’s legal force and effect in our country. It will also mark a great start to our journey towards a resilient and sustainable future,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience.

March 14, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda acquires the Senate’s unanimous concurrence in the accession to the Paris Agreement. “The Paris Agreement is an embodiment of a legacy. This will go down in history as one of our shining achievements. The 17th Congress, under the Duterte Administration, can be regarded as the legislative assembly that championed climate action, environmental protection, and sustainable development.”

February 22, 2017

The crusade for the preservation of the country’s culture and heritage continues for Sen. Loren Legarda as her documentary series “Dayaw” returns for a third season on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, on Thursday (February 23). The theme for “Dayaw” this season is “Materyales Fuertes,” the tangible materials chosen by indigenous craftsmen to create tools, ornaments, and structures that have helped build our nation.

December 2016

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) confers on Senator Loren Legarda its highest honor, the Dangal ng Haraya Patron of Arts and Culture.

The award was given to Legarda “in grateful recognition of her unmatched contribution to the development of Filipino identity and sense of nationhood, her unwavering commitment to the flowering of our artistic creativity and protection of our indigenous heritage, and her steadfast devotion to the social empowerment of our indigenous peoples.”

November 2016

Dayaw TV series – a television documentary series on Philippine indigenous peoples and culture conceptualized and narrated by Senator Legarda airs its second season. The project is a collaboration of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

November 2016

The first Curatorial Intensive of ICI in Manila was borne out of the Philippines’ re-entry to the Venice Biennale in 2015 after a 51-year hiatus. ICI Executive Director Renaud Proch, who was part of the jury that deliberated on the curatorial proposals for the Philippine Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale, suggested the conduct of the said program to Legarda.

The program is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, with the support of Senator Legarda.

October 2016

The 2016 National Arts and Crafts Fair was held from October 26-30, 2016 at the Megatrade Halls 1-3 of SM Megamall. It was spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with the support of Senator Legarda.

October 2016

Senator Legarda supports the Philippines’ participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair from October 19-23, 2016. On its second consecutive year of participating in the said event, the Philippines was chosen to share an overview of its markets on books at the pre-fair conference, The Markets: Global Publishing Summit 2016, along with six other countries - Brazil, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates.

August 2016

Senator Legarda, together with the Climate Change Commission and the UNDP, convenes 43 member-states of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, ministers and senior officials, CVF expert advisors, legislators, high-level policymakers, and resource experts at the Philippine Senate on August 15, 2016 for for a High-Level Climate Policy Forum on pursuing a low carbon economy. On the same day, the CVF Presidency was turned over from the Philippines to Ethiopia.

May 31, 2016

The National Museum inaugurated the Manlilikha ng Bayan Exhibition at the National Museum of Anthropology. It is a permanent exhibit that features the work and lives of the Manlilikha ng Bayan (National Living Treasures), this exhibition has been made possible through partnership with the NCCA and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

May 27, 2016

The Philippine Pavilion in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia opened its doors to the public. Housed at the European Cultural Center, Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy, it features the exhibition Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City, a collaborative exploration about the implications of rapid creation and destruction within Metro Manila’s built environment.

Muhon was curated by the team of Leandro Y. Locsin, Jr., Sudarshan Khadka, Jr. and Juan Paolo dela Cruz of Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP). This is the first participation of the Philippines in the Venice Architecture Biennale and was made possible through the collaboration among the NCCA, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, with the support from the Department of Tourism.

April 2016

Senator Legarda co-heads the Philippine Delegation to the High-Level Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement in New York, USA on April 22, Earth Day. In a meeting with the 20 members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) at the UN Headquarters in New York, she called for unity among the member states, composed of developing, highly vulnerable countries to disasters and extreme weather events, in ensuring the early entry into force of the Agreement.

March 14, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda delivers the keynote speech titled, The Road to Decarbonization, at the 31st Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Manila, organized by The Climate Reality Project led by Former US Vice President Al Gore.

March 14, 2016

Legarda, UN Global Champion for Resilience also accompanied Mr. Gore when he visited Yolanda 'ground zero.' Along with Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, they went to Barangay 88, one of the hardest hit villages in Tacloban and a mass grave at the Holy Cross Memorial Park.

March 2, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda announces the group of architects and artists to represent the Philippines' first participation to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy. The Philippine pavilion's curator, Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP), invited six architects and three contemporary artists to start a conversation about the rapid creation and destruction of Metro Manila’s built heritage and whether such a condition precludes the formation of the city’s cultural identity.

February 29, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda hails the establishment of the country’s first indigenous peoples resource center (IPRC) housed at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) – Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS).

Under Senate Bill No. 2209, which Legarda authored and sponsored, IP Resource Centers will serve as access centers to enhance delivery of basic, social, technical and legal services. Centers shall be composed of the following service areas, namely: Statistical Service Area, Human Development Index Service Area and Domains Management Service Area.

February 18, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda receives from French President Francois Hollande, thru French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Mathou, the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor) in recognition of her commitment to the fight against climate change and to the promotion of culture and heritage.

December 22, 2015

President Benigno Aquino III signs the 2016 national budget worth Php3.002 Trillion. As chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Legarda is proud of the work that was done for this budget which will be an instrument to building a resilient, sustainable and inclusive economy.

December 2, 2015

NCCA announces PHL representative to historic 1st participation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, are pleased to announce the selection of the curatorial proposal titled Muhon: Place Markers In The Search For Emerging Identity by the Leandro V. Locsin Partners firm as the country’s representative to the prestigious 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

December 1, 2015

UNISDR appoints Senator Loren Legarda as Global Champion for Resilience. The UNISDR recognized the Philippine Senator’s unrelenting and vigorous support in advancing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation nationally and internationally through legislation, policy leadership, and advocacy at all levels.

November 23, 2015

Legarda leads landmark budget for 2016; highlights inclusive, sustainable, resilient dev’t. “This budget is not budget as usual. For many years now I have been consistently advocating for a paradigm shift in the way we do governance and how we promote development.”

November 12, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda hails the enactment of Republic Act No. 10692 or the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Modernization Act of 2015, which effectively funds the enhancement of the state bureau’s capability in providing services to protect the people and the environment and to ensure economic security against natural hazards.

October 29, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda says the enactment of the amended Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) Act is a huge leap in addressing the long-drawn issues of unemployment and underemployment in the country.

Legarda, co-author of R.A. 8759 or the PESO Act of 1999 and its amended version, stressed that PESOs will help make the transition period between graduation and employment much shorter with a wide range of career options.

October 26, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda hails the passage of the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Law or Republic Act No. 10687, which was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III last October 15.

Legarda, one of the authors of the UniFAST Law, explained that the measure was crafted in order to expand and rationalize the government’s scholarship program and to ensure that Filipino students, especially those belonging to indigent families, are fully supported throughout their studies.

October 09, 2015

The Committee on Climate Change, in partnership with the Climate Change Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the French Embassy in Manila convened the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in the Philippines. Climate advocates, leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations, environmental groups, civil society, the academe, and government agencies gave their personal reflections on the climate crisis through the question, “Why do I care?”.

Mr. Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, commended the Senator for organizing the summit.

During the Summit, participants signed the Call of Conscience for the Climate, a document that will be presented to each Head of Delegation attending the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris this December.

Senator Legarda, together with the French Embassy, and the French Development Agency also launched a photo exhibit, “60 SOLUTIONS against climate change” by GoodPlanet Foundation head Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The exhibition aimed to highlight solutions to global warming and opportunities to innovate as part of climate change adaptation through photos by Arthus-Bertrand from his famous “Earth from Above” series.

In the same event, Legarda led the celebration of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Philippines and joined the UNISDR, represented by Dr. Jerry Velasquez, in conferring the Champion of Resilience citation to the Ifugao community. Under the theme “Knowledge for Life”, they lauded indigenous communities that continue to utilize their indigenous knowledge systems and practices to build resilience from natural hazards and climate change, particularly the Ifugao community in actively protecting the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, a UNESCO world heritage site.

October 02, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda welcomed the country’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by seventy percent (70%) by 2030 as part of its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) that was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on October 1, 2015.

October 01, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda launches Dayaw, a six-part documentary on indigenous peoples in celebration of October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month. “Dayaw” is a project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and ANC, supported by the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

August 2015

Internationally renowned Filipino artist David Medalla performs at the Palazzo Mora in a collateral event of the Philippine Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Senator Loren Legarda, visionary behind the country’s return to the Venice Biennale after 51 years of absence, also initiated the idea of a Medalla performance at the Philippine Pavilion.

Senator Loren Legarda is elected as chairperson of the Senate Finance Committee.

July 2015

Sen. Loren Legarda is given the Legion of Honor award from the French government for her “invaluable contribution in strengthening the ties between the Philippines and France.” The title “Chevalier dans I’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur” or the Legion of Honor with the rank of Knight (Chevalier) is one of the most prestigious distinctions being given by the French government.

Sen. Loren Legarda joins over 40 religious leaders and climate activists around the world at the Summit of the Consciences for the Climate held in Paris to encourage everyone to protect the planet. Legarda is one of the panelists for the plenary session "Inspiring the World to care, Igniting the will to act for the climate." The Summit is a highlight in the preparation for COP21, which will be hosted by France in December 2015.

Sen Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Cultural Communities, Environment and Natural Resources, and Climate Change, launches the coffee table book titled, Guardians of the Forest, Stewards of the Land, a documentation of indigenous forest practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The project is a joint undertaking of the Office of Senator Legarda, the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC), the State Universities and Colleges of the Cordillera Administrative Region Research, Development and Extension Consortium (SUCCARRDEC), and the Cordillera Indigenous Knowledge Network (CordIKnowN).

June 2015

Sen. Legarda files Senate Resolution (SRN) 1378 which expressed “profound sympathy and sincere condolence of the Senate of the Philippines on the death of Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan Awardee and National Living Treasure Master Dreamweaver Lang Dulay.”

May 2015

The film, Taklub, inspired by Senator Legarda's advocacy on disaster risk reduction and directed by Brillante Mendoza, premieres at the 68thCannes Film Festival in France as part of the Un Certain Regard selection.

“Taklub” won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival. It was produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in cooperation with the Presidential Communications Operations Office-Philippine Information Agency.

May 2015

The Philippines returns to the Venice Biennale after 51 years since its first participation in 1964. This was made possible through the joint effort of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, and with the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines.

The Philippine Pavilion—exhibiting Patrick D. Flores’ curatorial proposal, Tie A String Around The World, featuring the works of Manuel Conde and Carlos Francisco (for the film Genghis Khan), Jose Tence Ruiz (for the installation Shoal), and Manny Montelibano (for the multi-channel video, A Dashed State)—has been chosen as a must-see national pavilion by several art institutions and news organizations.

April 2015

Senator Legarda launches Antique: Coral Restoration Project, a documentary on the protection of coral reefs and efforts to restore the rainforest of the seas.

The video was produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It was directed by Brillante Mendoza and features underwater videography and photography of the Network of Underwater Digital Imagers (NUDI).

March 2015

Sen. Loren Legarda delivers, on the president’s behalf, the Philippine official statement at the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDDR) in Sendai, Japan.

The senator also chaired the High Level Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogue on Mobilizing Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction. The event is one of the high level dialogues at the conference.

From March 14 to 18, the 82-member Philippine delegation joined contingents from 186 other United Nations (UN) member-states.

February 2015

Senator Legarda reads the Philippines-France joint statement opposite French actress and environmentalist Marion Cotillard at the launch of the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change in Malacañang.

The document is a joint appeal of the two nations urging the international community towards climate action and cooperation, and to ensure a successful global climate agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015.

January 2015

The Senator Loren Legarda Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge invites weavers from Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) for a lecture in the National Museum and to showcase the various techniques involved in producing the intricately designed handmade textiles which made their nation famous in Southeast Asia.

January 2015

The senate adopts Legarda's Senate Resolution No. 1044, which affirms the Senate’s support to the review of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations and special political missions.

January 2015

Senator Legarda meets with the Special Envoy of the French President for the Protection of the Planet, Mr. Nicolas Hulot. The meeting was focused on how the two nations can work together to mitigate climate change and ensure that nations affected are able to adapt to its effects.

December 21, 2014

Senator Legarda organizes a Heritage Mapping lecture by Associate Professor Eric Babar Zerrudo titled, “Heritage, Makakain Ba ‘Yan?” for members of the Senate media, her staff and friends. The lecture highlights the importance of heritage and how it can actually lead to meaningful progress.

Attendees were National Artist F. Sionil Jose, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairperson Felipe De Leon Jr., Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Mundita Lim, and Habi: The Philippine Textile Council members led by its Chairperson Maribel Ongpin.

December 15, 2014

Senator Legarda delivers a privilege speech on the International Day Against Human Trafficking. In her speech, the senator called for strengthened information and education campaign to combat human trafficking.

December 2014

Senator Legarda, UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, files Senate Resolution No. 1030, calling on President Benigno Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario to formally inscribe on the agenda for the 70th Session (2015) of the UNGA, the proposal to refer to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an Advisory Opinion the question, “Under international law, what are the legal duties of states to protect humankind of the present and future generations from the climate crisis?”

December 2014

Senator Legarda congratulates the city government of Vigan, led by Mayor Eva Singson Medina, for the inclusion of the Historic City of Vigan in the New7Wonders Cities.

December 2014

Senator Legarda authors Senate Resolution 1045 to recognize F. Sionil Jose’s contribution to literature and journalism.

September 12, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda represents the Philippines at the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) in Tokyo, Japan, where she stresses the role of women in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and raised the issue of economic empowerment of the female population during a group meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Legarda, the only Philippine participant in the high level symposium, along with six other participants from Asia, had a meeting with Prime Minister Abe following the opening program of the assembly on September 12, 2014.

September 7, 2014

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in partnership with the Office of Senator Legarda, announces the selection of Dr. Patrick Flores’ curatorial proposal titled, Tie A String Around the World, as the official Philippine participation at the 56th Venice Art Biennale 2015. Legarda, who initiated the country’s return to the prestigious contemporary art exhibition after 50 years of absence, and five other jurors selected Flores’ proposal. Members of the panel include panel NCCA Chairperson Felipe De Leon, Jr.; Cid Reyes, one of the country’s top art critics; Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan; Paul Pfeiffer, a New York based sculptor, photographer and video artist who already participated in the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001; and Renaud Proch, Executive Director of Independent Curators International.

September 2, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda convenes the 2nd National IP Cultural Summit from September 2-5, 2014. This event, organized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Office of Sen. Legarda, is a venue for IPs to raise their pressing concerns and engage in improving policies and programs that will benefit indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) in the country.

July 27, 2014

As a tribute to the recent inscription of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Senator Loren Legarda wears a traditional Mandaya outfit at the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

July 25, 2014

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, announces the Philippine participation to the 2015 Venice Biennale through an open call for curatorial proposals.

July 21, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda urges Filipinos to be “heritage warriors” who will defend and conserve the tangible and intangible heritage handed down by our forefathers. She made the statement as she hailed the graduates of Escuela Taller de Intramuros, who are heritage warriors in their own right as they restore deteriorating or damaged built heritage.

June 7, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda highlights the challenge of translating knowledge into practice to effectively manage disasters and reduce risks, during her opening keynote speech at the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Conference 2014 in Beijing, China.

June 5, 2014

Speaking at the plenary session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Senator Loren Legarda says that empowering women is part of the change that needs to be introduced in the face of the “new norm.”

May 22, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda encourages both government and the business sector to include resilience at the core of private and public governance, stressing that disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) is a wise investment. She made the statement as part of the panel for the interactive session, Designing Solutions for Climate and Resource Risks, of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia at the Makati Shangri-la.

April 30, 2014

During her speech at Google’s Crisis Response Summit, Senator Loren Legarda urges Internet search engine Google to develop a “Google Risk Finder” similar to the Google Person Finder that helps people find missing persons during times of disasters.

April 22, 2014

In partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Senator Loren Legarda launches a documentary on Philippine marine biodiversity, the first of a series of mini-docus aimed to educate the public on the protection of our natural resources. It is the third collaboration between Legarda and internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza, following “Buhos” and “Ligtas”.

March 7, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda, in partnership with the National Museum, launches the “Abel Ilokana: Celebrating Women Weavers from Ilocos Sur, La Union, Ilocos Norte and Abra” at the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Gallery

March 4, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda echoes UN call for the Philippines to be a leader country in building safe schools. The Senator, in partnership with the Department of Education and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launch the UN Global Programme on Safe Schools in the Philippines.

March 2, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda shares the Philippines’ “long and arduous journey” towards policies and action on climate adaptation and disaster resilience at the East Asia Summit Climate Change Adaptation Workshop organized by the Australian Government.

February 27, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda and Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, renew their call for greater action and enhanced cooperation among sectors of society to build the Philippines’ resilience.

February 19, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda stresses the role of legislators in seeking solutions brought about by the warming climate as she welcomes Sir David King, the UK Special Representative for Climate Change in a forum “The Politics of Climate Change and the 21st Century Challenges.”

January 24, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda calls for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and promotion of renewable energy development at the ThomasLloyd Cleantech Forum 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.

December 19, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda welcomes the visit to the Philippines of the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Ban Ki Moon in light of the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda.

November 27, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda represents the President at the Women in Parliaments – Global Forum Annual Summit and receives, on behalf of the Filipino people, the prestigious Award for Leadership on Closing the Gender Gap (Winner by Region: Southeast Asia) at awarding ceremonies at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

November 8, 2013

Senator Legarda leads the Philippine delegation to UNESCO’s 37th General Conference in Paris, France, where she promotes intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace.

October 13, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda, the United Nations Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia Pacific, together with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, launch the first Philippine Resilience Awards.

September 20, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda launches twin cultural exhibits at the National Museum, namely the expanded permanent textile gallery at the Museum of the Filipino People and the Baybayin Gallery.

July 24, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda, in partnership with SM Cinemas, leads the launch and special screening of Ligtas, an instructional video on disaster preparedness, which she produced and was directed by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza.

June 22, 2013

Citing her contribution in protecting the environment and pushing for climate change adaptation policies, the University of the Philippines chooses Senator Loren Legarda as its Distinguished Alumna for Environmental Protection and Climate Change Adaptation.

June 19, 2013

Senator Legarda, principal author of the National Health Insurance Act of 2013, hails its enactment into law. Said measure will provide indigent Filipinos access to basic healthcare services through the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

May 2013

Incumbent senator Loren Legarda wins her re-election bid for her third term in the Senate as the second most-voted candidate with 18,661,196 votes. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officially proclaimed Loren Legarda as Senator of the 16th Congress of the Philippines on 16 May 2013.

March 15, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda celebrates the glory of the award-winning Brillante Ma. Mendoza film, "Thy Womb", through a special screening at the Podium Mall.

January 7, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda kicks off the distribution of geohazard maps to municipalities in the country during her visit to the province of Compostela Valley. She emphasized the importance of geohazard maps in community development, planning and disaster-prevention.

January 10, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda lauds the winners and participants in the "Best School Forest Park" program during the awarding ceremonies at the Department of Education (DepEd) Complex, stressing that their involvement in the project is a significant step towards environmental protection.

January 21, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda opens the "Tungo sa Isang Luntiang Pilipinas: Best School Forest Park Program" exhibit at the Philippine Senate.

January 22, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda leads the turnover ceremony of a rapid deployment tent donated by the French company UTILIS to the Department of Health (DOH). These rapid deployment tents are valuable equipment for disaster response.

January 27, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda files a bill to better promote the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) through a new charter for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

January 30, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda celebrates the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of the agreement between the Philippine government and the UNESCO to establish the Southeast Asian Center for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development (SEA CLLSD) in the country.

March 9, 2013

During her visit to the Province of Leyte, Senator Loren Legarda announces her plan to establish LIFE or the Legarda Institute for Environment.

December 20, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda welcomes Musée du Quai Branly President, Stéphane Martin, and Ms. Constance de Monbrison, curator at the Musée du Quai Branly, who visited in the country for the 2013 Philippine Exhibition at the Paris-based museum.

December 17, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda votes for the Reproductive Health bill.

October 17, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda launches the HIBLA Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves of the Philippines, a highlight of the Manila FAME Design and Lifestyle Event 2012 from October 17 to 20 at the SMX Convention Center. HIBLA is a showcase of the artistry, culture and heritage of our indigenous peoples.

October 16, 2012

The Senate of the Philippines adopts Senate Resolution 886, a Resolution Commending Senator Loren Legarda for Having Been Recognized by the United Nations International Disaster Reduction as a Hero of Reslience.

October 13, 2012

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) recognizes Senator Loren Legarda as a Hero of Resilience. She is the only Filipino and one of only few recognized as heroes of resilience by the UNISDR in celebration of 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction.

October 01, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda files her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for her re-election bid in the 2013 Senatorial Elections.

August 12, 2012

The Senate concurred in the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which was sponsored by Senator Loren Legarda. This global milestone establishes the bill of rights of 1.2 million seafarers worldwide, 400,000 of whom are Filipinos. MLC, 2006, dubbed as the seafarer's Bill of Rights, establishes the right to a safe and secure workplace that complies with safety standards; right to fair terms of employment; right to decent working and living conditions on board ship; and right to health protection, medical care, welfare measures and other forms of social protection. She continues to work towards full implementation of the Convention.

August 6, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations, successfully pushed for the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of ILO Convention 189 (Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers). This will greatly improve the employment conditions and protect the rights of about 3.4 million Filipino domestic workers worldwide. Under this convention, domestic workers should be accorded decent working conditions, just compensation and sufficient benefits they deserve.

July 19, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda partners with the DILG and Spanish Cooperation Agency in the Collaboration Workshop for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin at the Mallberry Suites Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. Legarda urged leaders of Typhoon Sendong-affected areas in 2011 to make their communities safer, more resilient, and more prepared to respond whenever a disaster strikes.

July 9, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda tours Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile galleries and hosts a cocktail reception in honor the Queen at the National Museum.

June 7, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda keynotes at the Collaboration Workshop for the Pampanga River Basin held at the Oxford Hotel in Angeles City.

May 18, 2012

As the country celebrates National Heritage Month, Senator Loren Legarda inaugurates "Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textile", the Philippines' first permanent textile galleries at the National Museum.

March 15, 2012

Senator Loren Legarda convenes the Regional Forum on Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) at the Quezon City Hall. The forum aims to increase local understanding of disaster and climate science, impacts, and policy responses; encourage disaster and climate-proofing of development plans and learn from successful experiences from the field.

March 13, 2012

The Senator Loren Legarda Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge, a bi-monthly lecture held in the Textile Galleries in National Museum commences with a talk about the Philippine and Southeast Asian Textiles in the Peter the Great Museum Collection delivered by Dr. Maria Stanyukovich, Chair of Australia, Oceania and Indonesia, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, Russia.

November 11, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda receives the Asian Leader Award for Environment Policy, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in The First Seagull Philippines Asian Leaders Awards. The award was conferred to Senator Legarda for exemplifying "the courage of a human being, a woman, a mother, a stateswoman and an Asian leader who, being aware of the severe onslaught on Mother Earth, has chosen to fight this battle through non-stop legislation and policy making."

October 14, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda, convenes the First Indigenous Cultural Summit. It served as a platform to identify the concerns of the Indigenous Peoples; help address their needs through legislation and government initiatives; and empower them as they seek to preserve their cultural integrity and achieve the sustainable development of their ancestral lands.

September 30, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda launches the Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook that was accomplished by the Senate Committee on Climate Change, which she chairs. The handbook aims to educate citizens how to prepare for and respond to both natural and human-induced hazards. It also includes basic information on the causes, possible risks, what to do during and after the occurrence of hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, tropical cyclones, flood, storm surges, thunderstorms, tornadoes, landslides, heat waves, structural collapses and fire.

September 23, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda convenes the IP assembly in Iloilo City in Visayas. This was the third and last of a series before the culminating event-the National Indigenous Cultural Summit. The Panay-Bukidnon from Visayas declared Sen. Legarda as a "daughter of Panay-Bukidnon" and gave her the name Cuyong Adlaw Dulpa-an Labaw sa Kadunggan, which translates to "shining sun rising in power".

September 16, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda visits southern provinces for the Mindanao IP assembly in Davao del Norte. As a sign of gratitude for advancing IP concerns, the cultural communities of Mindanao adopted Sen. Legarda as "Bae Matumpis," which means "The one who takes care".

September 09, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, convenes the assembly of indigenous peoples (IPs) of Luzon in Baguio City. The consultations seek the perspectives of various IP leaders as well as identify appropriate measures to address their identified concerns.

July 26, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda leads the Philippine launch of the United Nations' Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction at the Senate. In launching the flagship report of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) entitled Revealing Risks, Redefining Development, key findings of the report were featured and the event served as a forum to discuss its implications to the country and examine gaps in the government's disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures, as well as propose priority interventions.

May 03, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda was elected Founding Chair of the Asia Pacific Institute for Green Development, which works to raise people's awareness and mobilize action among governments and various sectors in ensuring a green and disaster-resilient development.

March 04, 2011

As Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation(CCA), Senator Loren Legarda attends the second National Forum on DRR and CCA in Hanoi, Viet Nam as keynote speaker at the invitation of the Government of Vietnam. The five largest cities of Viet Nam-Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, HaiPhong, Can Tho and Da Nang-pledged to make their cities safer against disasters.

February 10, 2011

Senator Loren Legarda spearheads the launch of the "Making Cities Resilient, My City is Getting Ready" campaign of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) at the East Rembo Elementary School in Makati City. Thirteen mayors from the National Capital Region and the Alliance of Seven commit to the United Nation's Ten Essential Actions to Reduce Disaster Risks, which include investing more in disaster risk reduction, preparing and sharing risk assessments, ensuring early warning systems are in place, and protecting ecosystems to reduce the impact of floods, cyclones, and storm surges, among other natural hazards.

February 9, 2011

The UNISDR and the office of Senator Loren Legarda jointly organize a high-level technical briefing by World Bank-Philippines country director Bert Hofmanat the Philippine Senate. Hofman discussed the latest report by the World Bank and the United Nations titled, "Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Promotion." It was attended by legislators, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, non-government associations, the academe and medical institutions.

February 3, 2011

Loren Legarda celebrates her 51st birthday through her Lingkod Loren humanitarian program in the city of Malabon. The advocacy fair includes medical and dental missions by doctors from the National Kidney and Transplant Institute and the Department of Health, breast screening by Bessie B. Legarda (BBL) Memorial Foundation and Gift2Life Foundation,free haircut and a feeding activity for the benefit of residents in barangays' San Agustin, Potrero and Tañong.

November 25 to 27 2010

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and Senator Loren Legarda jointly organized a three-day Consultative Meeting with Asian Parliamentarians on Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development. The meeting focused on information sharing and knowledge exchange on the necessity of and approaches to making disaster risk reduction an essential part of attaining the MDGs.

October 2010

Senator Loren Legarda launches her gift to the world-a UN book entitled "Redefining Development", authored by her official biographer Bing Carrion and published in partnership with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) at the Quezon Ballroom of Shangri-la Makati.

September 2010

Senator Loren Legarda launched Buhos, a documentary on climate change directed by Cannes best director and Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, at Cinema 3 of SM Mall of Asia. This is her gift to the Filipino people to raise awareness about global warming and climate change.

August 2010

Senator Legarda delivered her State of the Climate Speech during the opening of the 15th Congress. In her speech, Senator Legarda challenged leaders of the country to re-think development, campaigning for the kind of development that transcends traditional economic yardsticks such as GDP; and the kind founded on socio-economic progress, ecosystems protection, cultural resilience and good governance.

February 2010 - May 2010

Loren Legarda embarked on a 3-month campaign for the vice-presidency. Going around the country gave her the opportunity to inspect El Niño stricken areas in many provinces and reach out to farmers and rural folks. She continued her humanitarian missions and public showing of environmental films throughout the campaign.

January 2010

Senator Loren Legarda marked her 50th birthday with a humanitarian mission celebration in San Pablo, Laguna. Loren who is known for giving away seedlings as gifts during events and other occasions has already planted 2 million trees all over the country and leads an advocacy for the reduction of disaster risks in times of climate change and natural calamities in the country.

December 2009

Loren delivers a speech on climate change legislation and climate justice at the parliamentary meeting of the 15th Conference of Parties, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. She called on parliamentarians to legislate climate change responses just like the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009. She also made a statement at a high-level forum on Investing in Women's Leadership for Climate Solutions conducted by the Global Gender and Climate Alliance where she called on world leaders to adopt gender-sensitive and gender responsive policies and programs.

At the Copenhagen climate summit, she challenged US President Barrack Obama to walk his talk and effect drastic cuts on America's carbon emissions to prove his country's responsiveness to the threat of climate change.

November 2009

Loren files her vice-presidential candidacy under a "green platform of governance".

November 2009

Loren files her vice-presidential candidacy under a "green platform of governance".

Loren receives a "Kalikasan award" from the Philippine Society for the Study of Nature for her valuable efforts in saving and promoting the environment.

October 2009

Loren formally declares her vice-presidential bid during the launch of her humanitarian project "Lingkod Loren" held at the Luneta Park, unveiling her seven-point agenda: (1)advance a pro-people leadership, (2)take on a more holistic development philosophy, founded on the principles of sustainable and equitable socio economic development, (3)promote environmental protection, (4)protect the rights and welfare of overseas Filipino workers, (5)work towards a just and lasting peace, (6)strengthen the role of women in development and involve them in all aspects of decision-making and (7)restore pride in our culture.

The Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009 (RA 9729) is a landmark legislation principally authored and sponsored by Loren is signed into law.

July 2009

Loren leads a UNISDR High-Level Advocacy Mission to the Republic of Maldives that sealed an agreement between Maldives and UNISDR to define a comprehensive disaster risk reduction strategy for the island-nation and find means for the UN and other partners to help the country implement this strategy. Activities under this agreement commence immediately with UNISDR together with partners assisting the government in the development of a Strategic National Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (SNAP) and convening a partners and donors forum to implement the plan.

The University of the Philippines - Los Baños names a hybrid of Gumamela after Loren -the "hibiscus rosa-sinensis Loren Legarda" -- to memorialize her dedication to serve the public, especially in the field of environmental legislation.

June 2009

Loren delivers the keynote speech at the Forum on the Human Impact of Climate Change in Geneva where she reiterated her call for a new brand of politics and governance in order to address growing disaster risks. She imparted a doctrine she introduced at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, the LEGARDA DOCTRINE - a new development thinking, a more holistic development philosophy, a kind of development that is founded on sustainable and equitable socio-economic development, ecosystems protection, cultural resilience, and good governance, which must be adopted by world leaders.

Loren also delivers the keynote speech at the Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Geneva where she challenged world leaders with a call for a new brand of politics and governance to address disaster risks - the kind of politics and governance that shepherds proactive laws and policies, as certain as their implementation, and translates political commitments to real actions. She highlighted the importance of developing new policies that would strengthen people's resilience to disasters, promote synergy between CCA and DRR, develop investments for DRR, and promote indigenous knowledge systems and gender equality.

May 2009

Loren addresses the Bhutan National Sensitization Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in her first official country mission as the Asia-Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. She encouraged the delegates to incorporate and articulate disaster risk reduction as a pillar and an integral part of their laudable development concept of Gross National Happiness. She highlighted the need to make disaster risk reduction a primary strategy for sustainable development and adapting to climate change.

Loren delivers a speech before the International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender in Beijing, China attended by parliamentarians and delegates from 43 countries, UN agencies and civil societies. The conference adopted the Beijing Agenda for Global Action on Gender-Sensitive Disaster Risk Reduction. This Declaration embodies the firm conviction and commitment of delegates from around the world to mainstream gender into disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies and programs.

January 2009

Launching of the book, "Loren: A Celebration of Life and Nature" written by Maria Rosa "Bing" Nieva Carrion-Buck, MNSA.

December 2008

Loren is appointed as the Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reductions, a title designated by the UNISDR on someone from the region who embodies its mission and ideals in advocating and advancing disaster risk reduction.

October 2008

Loren co-convenes the Roundtable Consultative Meeting for Parliamentarians, together with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), which espouses Disaster Risk Reduction as a Tool for Climate Change Adaptation.

June 2008

Loren facilitated the release of a former colleague in ABS-CBN, Ces Drilon, from captivity by factions of the Abu Sayyaf in the province of Sulu.

May 2008

Loren facilitated the release of a former colleague in ABS-CBN, Ces Drilon, from captivity by factions of the Abu Sayyaf in the province of Sulu.

October 2007

As Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, Loren joined the 117th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland where she spoke about the need to strengthen the monitoring mechanisms for overseas development assistance (ODAs) to make sure that they reach the intended beneficiaries.

June 2007

Loren emerged and was proclaimed as the No. 1 winner in the 2007 Senatorial Elections where she won with 18 million votes. She currently holds the distinction of being the only woman senator to top the Senate race twice.

February - May 2007

Loren filed her candidacy in the senatorial elections and joined the campaign trail of the Genuine Opposition.

October 2006

"The Story of Loren Legarda: Her Legacy and Vision" written by Maria Rosa Nieva Carrion-Buck, MNSA and Maria Lourdes Javier-Brillantes, MA was launched.

December 2005

With the Supreme Court giving Loren's electoral protest due course, the retabulation of election returns and revision of ballots has begun. Findings indicate massive fraud. She is vindicated. Loren's battle for truth continues.

September 2005

She represented the Philippines in the Beijing conference on the environment and delivered a paper on the state of the Philippine environment.

November 2004

She aired the first episode of Real Stories, another breakthrough public affairs program on ABC5 during her television comeback. Real Stories received the KBP Golden Dove award, the first for ABC5.

September 2004

She became an awardee for the environment by the Priyadarshni Academy in Mumbai, India.

July 23, 2004

She filed her vice presidential electoral protest after the elections that were marred by irregularities and fraud.

February - May 2004

Loren embarked on a gruelling 3 month campaign for the vice presidency amid heart-warming response from people all over the country.

December 30, 2003

She decided to run as Vice President with the opposition party, Kilusan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) as Fernando Poe Jr.'s running mate.

July 2001

She was voted by her peers in the Senate as majority floor leader, the first woman to occupy such post. 2002 Broadcast journalist Arlyn dela Cruz was released in Sulu by Muslim captors through Loren's intervention.

June 2001

She won the United Nations Environmental Program award in Turin, Italy for her significant contributions to environmental work.

April 2001

After almost two years in captivity, Major Noel Buan was released to a humanitarian mission led by Loren, together with Bishop Jesus Varela and Bishop Tomas Millamena, in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro by his NPA captors.

January 2001

The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act became a law principally sponsored by Loren.

2000

Loren portrayed herself as a journalist in the full-length film "Marcova: Comfort Gay".

June 1999

Loren was invited as one of the panellists in the APEC Women Leaders' Network Meeting held in Wellington, New Zealand where she spoke about the Philippine government's efforts on sustainable development. January 2000 She was named one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

1999

Loren was instrumental in the successful peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People's Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front (NDF) thus securing the peaceful and unconditional release of 6 military and police captives from different parts of the country.

October 1998

Being the youngest Senator in the 11th Congress, Loren represented the Philippine Senate in the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Young Parliamentarians Meeting held in Cebu City

June 1998

She became the youngest woman Senator of the Philippines, garnering more than 15 million votes.

1998

She established the Luntiang Pilipinas Foundation where she spearheaded the planting of 2 million trees in public spaces across the country, a work cited by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

1996

She hosted Earth Link, a pioneering environmental program on television which made it to the finals of the New York television awards.

1995

She was a recipient of the Benigno Aquino award for journalism.

1995

She received The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS) award for excellence in media.

1993

She completed her Master's Degree in National Security Administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines, thus becoming a reserve officer with the rank of lieutenant colonel. She was the topnotcher while being the youngest in class.

1992

She received the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award from the Philippines Jaycees for broadcast media.

1990-1998

The years when she anchored the Inside Story, an award-winning investigative program, which brought Loren to the hinterlands and to the most remote areas of the archipelago.

1990

She launched PEP Talk, the book, the print version of the acclaimed TV magazine.

1986-1990

The years when she anchored PEP Talk, one of the most awarded television magazine programs on Philippine television. 1989 She received a Catholic Mass Media Hall of Fame award from the Archdiocese of Manila for PEP Talk.

1986-1998

The years when she anchored the highly-regarded and multi-awarded The World Tonight with Angelo Castro, Jr. on ABS-CBN.

1985

She debuted on US Television via KSCI channel 18 in Los Angeles, California as host and producer of Manila Envelope, a pioneering TV magazine for the Filipino community in the West Coast.

1982

She wrote a cover story for the Daily Express' Weekend magazine on National Artist Vicente Manansala. She applied as writer for Max Soliven's Manila magazine and was given her first assignment.

December 1981

She first appeared as anchor of Newswatch late night edition - RPN 9 with Pat Lazaro. Loren was the youngest anchor on Philippine television.

1981

She joined Discorama with the Apo Hiking Society on GMA 7 as a DJ, Loren's first job.

April 1981

She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Broadcast Communications, cum laude. Loren was president of the UP Broadcasting Association.

1978

She first appeared on TV for GMA 7's What's Up with Orly Mercado, Loren's professor at the University of the Philippines Institute of Mass Communications. Orly gave her first break on television.

1977

She graduated from High School at Assumption, San Lorenzo, Makati.

1976

She appeared in her first print ad for Pond's cold cream.

1975

She appeared in her first television commercial for Close-Up at 15 years old.

1971

Loren at 11 years old, first appeared in a French documentary filmed in the Philippines. 1973 She graduated from grade school as valedictorian from Assumption Convent, Herran, Manila.

1969

She won her first elocution contest at the Assumption Convent, Herran, Manila, the start of her annual recognition as an orator.

1960

Loren was born to a family of newsmen, educators, and physicians. She is the granddaughter of Jose P. Bautista, one of the pillars of Philippine journalism. Her paternal great grandfather Potenciano Cabrera was the first Mayor of San Pablo City, Laguna while her maternal great granduncle Vicente Gella was a Governor of Antique. Kapitan Moy Guevara, her maternal great granduncle, was the founder of the shoe industry of Marikina.