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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 […]

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Legarda: Patadyong Weavers from Antique Showcase Their Craft at National Museum

October 25, 2014

Weavers of the colorful patadyong from Antique will show how the age-old art is done in a two-day demonstration at the National Museum, said Senator Loren Legarda.
 
Legarda, patron of the country’s first permanent textile gallery, Hibla ng Lahing Filipino, said that weavers from Bagtason Loom Weavers Association in Bugasong, Antique are the featured craftsmen at the gallery on October 25-26, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
 
“Antique is famous for its handwoven patadyong, which we usually see as a traditional costume paired with a kimona. […]

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Legarda Wants Modernization of Agricultural Engineering in PHL

October 24, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda has called for the approval of the measure that will strengthen and modernize the practice of Agricultural Engineering in the country, stressing that the profession is vital in achieving food security and gearing towards sustainable development.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, said that globally, the Agricultural Engineering profession has evolved into Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, thus there is a need to align the profession in the country to internationally recognized practice.
 
“I note […]

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Sponsorship Speech for “Ethnic Origin Act of 2014”

October 22, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda
Sponsorship Speech for “Ethnic Origin Act of 2014”
Senate Bill No. 2426, Under Committee Report No. 81
 
Mr. President,
 
Our indigenous peoples have shaped our story as a Filipino people—our music, arts and dance, our native knowledge and skills, our deeply held beliefs, our creativity, our sustainable ways of living with our physical environment and most important, our self-worth.
 
Despite these overwhelming contributions, we have admittedly underwhelmed them as the opportunities, privileges and rights embodied in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) […]

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On IP Month, Legarda Opens ASEAN Textile Exhibit, Sponsors Ethnic Origin Bill

October 22, 2014

In celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Month this October, Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, has set up an exhibit on ASEAN textiles and will sponsor the proposed Ethnic Origin Act.
 
Legarda, in partnership with the Office of Senate President Franklin Drilon and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will launch today the exhibit titled, Woven Identities: Clothing Traditions of ASEAN, displayed at the Second Floor Hallway of the Senate.
 
“This exhibit showcases traditional garments […]

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Legarda Invites Filipinos to Join Dayaw Festival in Baguio

October 21, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today encouraged Filipinos, especially those in the Cordillera and nearby regions, to participate in the Luzon leg of the 2014 Dayaw Indigenous Peoples Festival, which will be held in Baguio City from October 22-23, 2014.
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, said that through the Dayaw Festival, citizens will be able to witness various indigenous performances, rituals, traditions and crafts, which are all part of the Filipino identity.
“We have a very rich culture and we […]

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Legarda Cites Germany’s Experience in Improving PHL’s Natural Resources Governance

October 20, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda today said that the Philippines can learn a lot from Germany’s experience in natural resources management and improving relevant policies, particularly on land use planning, coastal protection, sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation.
 
Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committees on Environment and Natural Resources and on Climate Change, made the statement following a study visit to Germany with fellow Philippine legislators and policymakers from October 12-17, 2014.
 
The German Government, through the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), extended the invitation […]

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More lawmakers seek review of VFA

October 19, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Loren Legarda yesterday joined the calls for a review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US with the aim of renegotiating some of the provisions of the treaty, particularly on criminal jurisdiction.
Reacting to the latest case allegedly involving an American serviceman, Legarda said the VFA should be revisited because it has many onerous provisions.
“While we acknowledge the benefits of the VFA, especially in providing the needed support for our armed forces as we have […]

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Dayaw: A celebration of Philippine Indigenous Cultures

October 18, 2014

Most of the indigenous groups of the Philippines will gather together from October to November to celebrate their traditional cultures and heritage in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month.
Said to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples (IP) by far, “Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival,” annually held by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will showcase traditional cuisines, games, rituals, dances, songs, practices and crafts in an effort to engender wider awareness and appreciation for indigenous […]

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Legarda: Preserve the country’s heritage

October 18, 2014

SENATOR Loren Legarda on Friday called on local government leaders and their respective offices to lead the preservation of the country’s heritage and to do whatever they can to prevent the destruction of structures with historical and cultural significance.
Legarda, head of the Senate committee on cultural communities, made the call as she expressed disappointment over what she called the continuing disrespect for our heritage as a result of the destruction of many heritage buildings, bridges and similar structures.
She said it […]

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