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Legarda Leads Launch of Panay Indigenous Book on IP Day

August 9, 2018

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, Senator Loren Legarda today led the launch of the book on Panay-Guimaras traditional knowledge systems at the University of the Philippines-Visayas in Iloilo City.

The book, From the Seas to the Mountain — Panay-Guimaras Traditional Knowledge Systems, is a product of extensive research and collaborative efforts of the state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Western Visayas to document and promote the various traditional knowledge systems in the region.


Legarda: ‘Ties of History’ Featuring ASEAN Artists Opens in Three Museums

August 9, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today announced that the Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia has opened its exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila on August 8, 2018, exactly 51 years since the signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Declaration or the Bangkok Declaration.


Legarda Hopes Cash-Based Budget Will Address Underspending

August 7, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today said she hopes that the shift from obligation-based to annual cash-based appropriations starting with the 2019 national budget will result in improved delivery of basic services to the people and address underspending.

“We only want to ensure that goods and services reach the people, especially those who are most in need. But for years, underspending has plagued the government. Agencies cite several reasons like failure of bidding, unreleased funds, and low absorptive capacity, among others. We hope that this cash-based budget would indeed address underspending,” said Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance.


Legarda: 58th Venice Art Biennale Takes on New Imaginaries of Place Histories with the Island as Reference

July 26, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda said she is looking forward to the Philippines’ participation in the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale as it explores the myriad ways by which the islands can be perceived and imagined: by evoking its geophysical characteristics, reflecting on our regard for it as a place of origin, refuge, and respite, or a location that may refer to nation itself.


Dayaw Season Finale Features “Maria” the Catholic Icon of Succor and Consolation

July 25, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda invites the public to watch the last episode of Dayaw season 5: Pagdiwang at Pasasalamat, showcasing how different Filipinos celebrate, give thanks, and declare their religious faith.

Episode 6 titled, “Si Maria at si Niño” (Celebrating the Virgin) features a significant icon in the Filipino Catholic community, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, known to devotees as a source of succor and consolation. The documentary tackles her role as a personal symbol of identity and sees how the Catholic traditions of Spain became uniquely and distinctly Filipino through her.


Fifth Hibla Travelling Exhibition Opens in New York, Legarda Elated

July 24, 2018

Senator Legarda has expressed her elation over the success abroad of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition as the fifth exhibit opens today in New York.

Legarda said that the travelling exhibitions are offshoots of the National Museum’s Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles gallery, which is her brainchild. The first Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition was held in London in October 2017, and has since opened in several parts of the world, such as Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; and Washington, D.C.


Legarda All Geared Up for the Start of the 3rd Regular Session, Hopes for Clear-Cut Agenda on Climate Change in PRRD’s SONA

July 23, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Committees on Finance, Climate Change, and Foreign Relations, said today that she is ready to take on priority measures that espouse and promote inclusive, sustainable and resilient development.

Legarda made the statement during the opening of the third regular session of the Seventeenth Congress, which also marks the last she will attend under her current term as Senator as she will end her term in June next year.


Jurors to Deliberate on Proposals for Phl Pavilion Venice Art Biennale 2019

July 19, 2018

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, will hold the deliberations on the submitted curatorial proposals for the Philippine Pavilion in the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia on July 20, 2018 at the NCCA in Manila.


Legarda Renews Call to Pursue Renewable Energy Development in PHL

July 18, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today renewed her call to scale up green initiatives and investments in renewable energy as part of a long-term solution to the growing power needs of the country and to mitigate the effects of environmental degradation and climate change.

Legarda, one of the authors of the Renewable Energy Law, made the call during the Convergence for 100% Renewable Energy Philippines, a symposium on Challenges Faced by Stakeholders in Advancing Renewable Energy in the Philippines, convened by the Power to People Coalition.


Dayaw Features Marawi’s Culture and Islamic Faith in the Midst of Post-War Restoration

July 18, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda invites everyone to watch the fifth episode of Dayaw season 5: Pagdiwang at Pasasalamat on Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm, on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), with livestreaming on and on ANC’s Facebook page.

In the fifth episode, titled, “The Spirit of Maratabat Lives On” the Dayaw team travels to Marawi in time for the sacred celebration of Eid’l Fitr to explore the Maranao’s culture rooted in the historic city as the people of Marawi rebuild their lives after the siege that has befallen them.