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Senate to probe government policy towards China

June 15, 2018

The Senate is set to conduct a probe on the government policy towards China amid the reported installation of missile systems by Beijing in disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the committee on foreign relations, said the chamber should have a part in the shaping the government’s foreign policy.

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Contemplating our architectural navels

June 9, 2018

Whereas before, the Philippines exhibit was housed in a small palazzo somewhere amongst the city’s many canals, this year Senator Loren Legarda, the main driving force behind the country’s participation, has managed to get us into one of the two main venues of the Biennale, the Venice Arsenale.

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Pookginhawa: The Filipino spirit at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale

June 7, 2018

With just a year left in the term of Senator Loren Legarda, who has championed the Philippines’ participation since 2013, one would wonder about the project’s continuity. One of the things the senator is working on is creating a Department of Culture to consolidate all national efforts to produce, promote, and preserve our culture. The bill is currently in interpolation stage.

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Venice Architecture Biennale 2018: Filipino identity shines in Venice

June 3, 2018

“The installation of this year’s Philippine Pavilion is an artistic narrative of our history and our identity that presents an argument of how the Philippine-built environment depicts traces of colonialism in our lives,” says Sen. Loren Legarda, the prime architect of the Philippine participation in the Venice Biennale. After 51 years of absence in the oldest international art platform, Legarda pulled all the stops to get a spot at the Venice Biennale in 2015. This is the fourth time the country is participating. And what an honor it is for the Philippines to showcase side by side with the 62 other countries participating in the architecture exhibition with the theme Freespace. Overall biennale curators are Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea

June 3, 2018

This year is the second time for the Philippines to participate in the prestigious architecture biennale. It debuted on this platform in 2016, just following the Philippines major comeback to the art biennale in 2015 that ended its 51-year absence on this world stage in Venice. This dramatic return is thanks mainly to the vision of Sen. Loren Legarda, who in 2013 asked the question, as she told me, “Why aren’t we at the Venice Biennale? Panama is here. The Maldives is here. Everyone is here. Why not us?”

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What makes a Filipino city?: The Philippines at the Venice Architecture Biennale

May 31, 2018

Venice, Italy (CNN Philippines Life) — “The Architecture Biennale is a different beast,” says Senator Loren Legarda when asked whether she prefers the Art or the Architecture Biennale. At the epicenter of Venice Biennale, the world’s ‘art olympics,’ the senator sits calm, even throws a joke or two, a day after the official opening of the Philippine Pavilion. The senator has been the instigator of the country’s participation at the Venice Biennale and has led the efforts to sustain it since our return in 2015.

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Can we escape colonialism and neoliberalism?

May 30, 2018

The country’s participation in the International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale is due to the efforts of the NCCA, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the office of Senator Loren Legarda, and is supported by the Department of Tourism.

“I see architecture as a crucial element of building equitable, sustainable, and inclusive societies. Through our participation this year, we relate our truths as we also learn from the realities of other nations. It serves as a reminder of how architecture is not only about building structures, but also about inspiring life, shaping society, and building a nation,” said Ms. Legarda in a statement.

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Legarda backs proposals to raise workers’ minimum wage

May 28, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda on Monday expressed support for proposals to raise the minimum wage of workers amid the rising prices of goods and services, supposedly because of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act.

“I agree that the minimum wage must be adjusted,” Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on finance, told reporters, noting that she has been pushing for an across -the-board increase for minimum wage earners.

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Senate set to approve P1.16-B budget to help kids vaccinated with ‘Dengvaxia’

May 28, 2018

Approval by the Senate of a P1.16 billion supplemental budget specifically to help the 830,000 children vaccinated with ‘’Dengvaxia’’ (anti-dengue vaccine) before Congress goes on a sine die adjournment this Friday is held certain.

Sen. Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the Senate finance committee, issued the statement as her committee started Monday its public hearing on three bills seeking an appropriation of P1.16 billion for those vaccinated.

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Senate sets hearing on Dengvaxia fund

May 28, 2018

Sen. Loren Legarda, panel chair and author of Senate Bill No. 1794, will preside over the hearing on the proposal to allot P1.16 billion as supplemental appropriation for 2018.

“This first public hearing is our first step toward appropriating a sufficient amount to fund the much-needed support for the Dengvaxia vaccinees by providing them with assistance for medical kits, hospitalization, outpatient care services, like laboratory tests,” Legarda said in a statement.

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