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Philippine ‘Freespace’ rises in Venice

May 28, 2018

VENICE—Proud of the world-class talent of its artists and the rich conflicted narrative of its long history under colonial rule, the Philippines on Thursday made its mark in the Venice Architectural Biennale 2018 with a remarkable interpretation of how architecture is able to give “Freespace” to humanity.

The concepts of colonialism and neoliberalism manifested in the architecture of Philippine cities and reflected in day-to-day lives of Filipinos were gems that allowed art lovers and thinkers alike to reflect on their identities in the past, the present and the future.

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PH exults as it unveils ‘The City Who Had Two Navels’ at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

May 25, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda, principal architect of the country’s re-entry to the world’s most prestigious exhibition for contemporary art after a 51-year absence, led officials present for the preview prior to the public viewing on May 26.

Legarda, who made time despite the recent reorganization in the Senate, said the Philippine pavilion has secured the country’s rightful place in the global contemporary art scene with its wealth of artistic talent.

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Legarda welcomes Senate approval on second reading of Senate Bill 1762

May 25, 2018

Sen. Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the powerful Senate finance committee, has welcomed the approval by the Senate on second reading of a bill which seeks to grant Ombudsman lawyers and prosecutors a comparable set of retirement benefits similarly granted by law to their counterparts in the judiciary and the prosecution service of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Asean’s dilemma: must economic growth cost the Earth?

May 25, 2018

In a passionate speech, Philippine Senator Loren Legarda said that, as the world’s fifth most vulnerable country to climate change, there is no other recourse for the Philippines “but to usher in green growth and transform our economy towards a low carbon and climate-resilient path.”

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‘Our culture is there to converse with the world’

May 6, 2018

“I’m triply excited about it,” said Sen. Loren Legarda, the prime mover in the country’s participation at the Biennale, at a press con at the NCCA. This is the fourth time the country is participating at the Venice Biennale. After 51 years of absence, Legarda, so to speak, moved heaven and earth to secure a spot at the 2015 Venice Biennale and tell the world about the intricacy and beauty of our own culture and heritage.

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A tale of two navels

May 5, 2018

The Philippine participation at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale was formally introduced last week at the offices of the National Committee for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Intramuros. Presenting were key proponent Senator Loren Legarda, NCCA head and National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, DFA Assistant Secretary Leo M. Herrera (representing DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano), Italian Ambassador Giorgio Gugliemino and Philippine Pavilion curator Dr. Edson Cabalfin.

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Navigating the Philippine reality of space

May 2, 2018

Legarda said Philippine presence in the Venice Biennale is an “advocacy in itself.”

“Through our national pavilion, we are able to relate our truths to the world while also connecting with Filipinos, showing them the importance of architecture in inspiring life, shaping society and building a nation,” Legarda said.

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Philippines ‘relieved’ with Korean leaders’ move to end war

April 29, 2018

Senate committee on foreign relations chair Loren Legarda called Kim’s and Moon’s gesture a “huge step” toward ending decades of hostility and ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Legarda urged the government to “continue extending its support and hand of assistance in whatever way, in order to help the Korean Peninsula and the region at large achieve lasting peace and stability.”

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Legarda urges continued PH support for agreement between 2 Koreas

April 28, 2018

The Philippines should continue to support efforts to achieve lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula after the historic April 27 summit between South Korea and North Korea, according to Sen. Loren Legarda.

Legarda, who chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said the agreement reached between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was a “huge step” to achieve peace in “one of the potentially most perilous sources of tension in the world today.”

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PH should continue support for peace in Korean peninsula, says Legarda

April 28, 2018

MANILA – The Philippines should continue its support for efforts towards peace in the Korean peninsula, the head of the Senate foreign relations committee said Saturday.

Sen. Loren Legarda hailed Friday’s announcement of the leaders of North and South Korea to end the war on their divided peninsula as she called for Manila’s sustained support for the move.

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