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Legarda Hails Establishment of 1st IP Resource Center in PH

February 29, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda hailed 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).

“I salute the UP Visayas and its Center for West Visayan Studies for taking the lead in establishing an IP Resource Center in the Panay Region, my beloved home region. Your initiative is a concrete demonstration of what we can achieve if we have the sense of urgency to translate our passion and commitment into action,” said Legarda in her speech read by Former Antique Governor Sally Zaldivar Perez during the inauguration of the Center last February 24.


Legarda: Invest in Women’s Leadership for Climate Solutions

February 29, 2016

In celebration of National Women’s Month this March, Senator Loren Legarda today encouraged women to lead and be actively involved in climate change adaptation and mitigation as she called on the government to empower women by addressing their vulnerabilities.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, said that while statistics show that women are more vulnerable to disaster and climate change impacts than men, this vulnerability can turn into strengths with gender-sensitive government programs that address the special needs of women.


Keynote Speech: NCCA 8th Ani ng Dangal Awards

February 29, 2016

Tonight we are gathered to celebrate the profound creativity of the Filipino people.

From the music we select to accompany us in the daily grind of commuting, or the urban street art that speaks to us as we traverse the congested streets of the metro — the Filipino spirit of creativity is present.


Legarda: Next PHL President Must Make Climate and Disaster Resilience a Priority

February 27, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda today said that whoever will be the country’s next President must make climate and disaster resilience a priority of government, especially because the Philippines is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts and natural hazards.

“Disaster risk management and climate change adaptation should be part of the agenda of our presidential candidates and all other candidates whether running for local or national positions. Our media forums have been discussing these issues but still not as extensively as they should be. Super typhoon Yolanda was an eye-opener on the devastating effects of climate change,” said Legarda, UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience.


Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in the Philippines: Current State of Affairs and Future Directions

February 26, 2016

We toil today to provide a brighter future for our children. But that future can be bleak, dark and dirty if we go business as usual, if we continue to burn fossil fuels, if we continue to believe that coal is cheap, if we continue to rely on oil to fuel our needs.

The late Nelson Mandela once said, “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.”[1]


Legarda Commends Lav Diaz for Alfred Bauer Prize in 66th Berlin Film Festival

February 24, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda commended filmmaker Lav Diaz for garnering the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival for his critically acclaimed feature film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery.) The Alfred Bauer Prize is given to a feature film that “opens new perspectives on cinematic art.”

The Berlin International Film Festival is one of the world’s leading cinema events. It annually brings together the global industry’s top filmmakers, actors, actresses, and producers in one venue to celebrate the best works in the cinematic world.


French Ambassador to Legarda: You’re an Inspiration, Always in Action

February 22, 2016

“I prefer to use two simple words to describe your achievements and to explain why we decided to give you this honor—inspiration and action.”

These were the words of French Ambassador Thierry Mathou as he bestowed upon Senator Loren Legarda the title of Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre national de la légion d’Honneur (National Order of the French Legion of Honor).


Arts, literature, culture & heritage: The passion of Loren Legarda

February 21, 2016

Sen. Loren Legarda held a small post-birthday dinner at the Baluarte de San Diego located within the historic Walled City of Intramuros. The gardens of this Spanish Fort, which Loren helped restore in collaboration with the Intramuros Administration, served as a perfect backdrop for the senator who has made it her passion to reawaken our pride and love for our culture and heritage.

The Baluarte, whose shape resembled an ace of spades, had a fiesta atmosphere with the “dirty ice cream” and Pinoy dishes served for guests. Seen at the party were guests from the world of politics, the academe, media and, of course, the culture and the arts, among them Philippine literature greats F. Sionil Jose and Rio Alma.


Loren receives French Legion of Honor

February 20, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – French President Francois Hollande, through French Ambassador Thierry Mathou, has bestowed upon Sen. Loren Legarda the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight in the National Order of the French Legion of Honor).

The Legion of Honor is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is one of the most prestigious French distinctions. Legarda was given the award for her “truly invaluable contribution in strengthening the bilateral ties between Philippines and France.”


Acceptance Speech: Conferment of Legion of Honor Award from the French Government

February 18, 2016

I am deeply grateful to be conferred the Legion of Honor award by the French government.

C’est avec grand honneur que j’accepte ce prix. (It is with great honor that I accept this award.)

This award is a profound recognition that kinship and cooperation have no bounds. We are all soldiers of the bigger cause called humanity.