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Loren Legarda says lawmakers can make a statement on the SONA red carpet by wearing only native garments

August 31, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – If Senator Loren Legarda had her way, legislators and their spouses attending the State of the Nation Address (SONA) would wear  native garments.
Last July 28, she wore the traditional garments of the Mandaya; her outfit was made of a bado (blouse) with embroidered geometric designs of colorful threads and beads, and a dagmay (handwoven skirt) made of abaca strips dyed using organic colorants from plants and herbs.  She thinks the red carpet entrance during the Sona is a good  venue for […]

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Legarda: Deadline Extended for Submission of Curatorial Proposals for Philippine Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2015

August 29, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call to Filipino curators and artists to submit their curatorial proposals for the Philippines’ national pavilion in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2015 as the deadline for submission has been extended until September 3, 2014.
 
The deadline for submission of curatorial proposals has been extended so that more curators and artists can participate.
 
“We encourage our Filipino curators and artists to take part in this project by submitting their proposals. This is our […]

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Loren deplores Metro’s lack of preparedness for major quake

August 27, 2014

Metro Manila is not prepared when the “Big One’’strikes, despite warnings in the past that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake would create widespread havoc in the metropolis.
This was bared by Sen. Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate climate change committee, who blamed this unpreparedness to “too much politics in this country.’’
’’What the people need most from their leaders is concrete action executed right to the grassroots level, and the onus rests on elected officials like us to lead the way […]

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Panay Bukidnon chant is beautiful – Legarda

August 26, 2014

SENATOR Loren Legarda expressed interest in helping preserve the culture of indigenous group Panay Bukidnon.
“I will help preserve their chants, rituals and dances with the limits of my resources, time and capability,” Legarda said during the Indigenous Peoples Regional Assembly-Visayas held at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.
Amidst concerns of various indigenous groups in more pressing concerns including rights to their ancestral domains, Legarda, who chairs the Committee on Cultural Communities, emphasized that cultural preservation is a key ingredient to nationhood and […]

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Earthquake Preparedness

August 26, 2014

Privilege Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
 on Earthquake Preparedness
26 August 2014 – Senate Session Hall
 
Over the weekend, earthquakes registering between 6 and 6.9 magnitude jolted central Chile, northern California and southern Peru.
 
The extent of the damage in Chile and Peru is not yet clear, but in California, affected communities have injured citizens and damaged structures, including historic buildings. The quake triggered at least six major fires, downed power lines, broke water mains and caused gas leaks.[1]
 
As we hope for the immediate recovery of the […]

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Legarda: Safe Infrastructure, Crucial to Prevent Disasters from Earthquakes

August 25, 2014

In light of recent earthquakes, Senator Loren Legarda today said that the structural integrity of public infrastructure is vital in preventing an earthquake from turning into a major disaster.
 
Legarda, UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, made the statement following the recent earthquakes in the State of California in the US and in southern Peru.
 
“All public infrastructure, such as buildings, bridges, the MRT and LRT, and other similar structures, should be evaluated for their structural […]

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Sen. Loren Legarda and Kultura: Bringing Filipino fashion to the mainstream

August 24, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – During the President’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA), Senator Loren Legarda turned heads when she wore a traditional attire of the Mandaya indigenous community composed of a bado (blouse) with embroidered geometric designs of colorful threads and beads, and a dagmay (handwoven skirt) made of abaca strips, dyed using organic colorants from plants and herbs.
Earlier that day, she had attended the opening of the Second Regular Session of the 16th Congress, wearing a kinamayan skirt […]

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Legarda Invites Filipino Curators and Artists to Submit Proposals for Philippine Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2015

August 21, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today encouraged Filipino curators and artists to submit their curatorial proposals for the Philippines’ national pavilion in the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2015.
 
Legarda said that the Coordinating Committee for the Philippine Participation to the 2015 Venice Biennale, composed of 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, will be accepting proposals only until August 28, 2014.
 
“This is […]

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Legarda Warns of Climate Risks Vs. Agri Growth, Poverty Reduction

August 20, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda raised concerns over the risks posed by climate change, which has been causing extreme weather events, in the growth of the agriculture sector and in addressing poverty in the country.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) already warned that climate change impacts will likely make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps.
During the briefing by the Development […]

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Legarda Renews Call for Disaster-Resilient and Climate-Proof National Budget

August 19, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call for a national budget that ensures the integration of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation in government policies and programs.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, made the statement as the Senate is set to start marathon budget hearings following the briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) on the 2015 National Expenditure Program (NEP).
 
“Government agencies, especially those integral to disaster resilience, should already have included […]

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