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Legarda: Bolster MSMEs Assistance to Address Poverty and Revitalize Filipino Culture

June 14, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today urged the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) and other government agencies to bolster assistance provided to local entrepreneurs and indigenous communities in the grassroots to ensure that everyone benefits from the government’s efforts to alleviate poverty, promote economic growth, and revitalize Filipino culture.

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Hibla Goes Big, Back-to Back Launches in Madrid and Washington DC

June 13, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed her support for the back-to-back launches of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition at the Philippine Embassies in Madrid, Spain and Washington D.C., USA.

Legarda said that these exhibits are offshoots of the National Museum’s Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles gallery, which is her brainchild. The inaugural launch of Hibla Travelling Exhibition was held in London in October 2017.

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Legarda: Free the Nation from Poverty and Disaster Vulnerability

June 13, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda yesterday said that freedom does not just mean freedom from foreign oppressors, but most importantly freedom from poverty and vulnerability due to disasters.

Legarda made the statement as the nation celebrated the 120th year commemoration of Philippine Independence on June 12.

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Legarda Invites the Public to Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair 2018

June 13, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today encouraged everyone to visit the 2018 Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair to be held on June 14-17, 2018 at Megatrade Halls 1-3 in SM Megamall and support the country’s artisans and producers of indigenous crafts.

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On Independence Day, Legarda Urged Filipinos To Embrace Change, Preserve Cultural Identity

June 12, 2018

In commemoration of the Philippines’ 120th Independence Day, Senator Loren Legarda urged Filipinos to be open to all kinds of change, but to never forget the importance of protecting and preserving our culture and identity as Filipinos.

“I urge Filipinos all over the globe to embrace change. It is inevitable and it is part of growth and development, both as individuals and as a country. Move forward, take in all the new things that this rapidly changing world has to offer,” Legarda said.

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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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Legarda on World Environment Day: “Malasakit” will Help Save our Marine Life and Preserve our Ecosystems

June 5, 2018

In observance of the World Environment Day today, Senator Loren Legarda has renewed her call to show a sense of responsibility and accountability towards protecting the environment and preservation of the country’s ecosystems.

Legarda, a known advocate of environmental conservation and sustainable development, addressed the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium at the Marco Polo Hotel Plaza in Cebu City yesterday just in time for the World Environment Day.

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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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