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Legarda explores other areas of cooperation between PH and Ruhr University

October 19, 2019

In addition to the signing of an academic agreement with Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and a lecture on the Introduction of the Piña-Seda, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda also held a roundtable discussion last October 15 with the faculty and researchers of the German university on other possible areas of cooperation.

“I am hoping that these interactions will result in enhanced partnership between the Philippines and the University most especially in the areas of cultural and heritage preservation, biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainable development, among many others,” Legarda said.


Legarda becomes first to lobby for PHL to be Guest-of-Honor Country in Frankfurt Book Fair

October 19, 2019

Frankfurt, Germany – On the occasion of the ongoing annual Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda once again lobbied for the Philippines to become a Guest-of-Honor (GOH) country in the prestigious book fair during her meeting with Dr. Juergen Boos, President and Chief Executive Officer of the FBF.

The former Senator first and persistently made such representation to the FBF Board during her prior meetings with Dr. Boos himself and Vice President Claudia Kaiser, when she invited these FBF officials to visit the Philippines these past years.


Legarda: PH govt should pursue cultural diplomacy through academic cooperation

October 19, 2019

Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda today urged the Philippine government through the Department of Foreign Affairs to further strengthen its cultural diplomacy program through more partnerships with leading academic institutions.

The former Senator expressed hope that the government will take advantage of such opportunities to enrich our own culture after the signing of an agreement between the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt and the Ruhr University Bochum, creating a Philippine studies program, which was held on 15 October 2019 in Bochum, Germany. The signing ceremony was attended by Consul General Evelyn D. Austria-Garia, Rector Professor Axel Schlömerich, Vice Rector Professor Dr. Komelia Freitag, Director for International Affairs Monika Sprung, Professor Roger Friedlein, and Vice Consul Mejilla Meuller.


Legarda Announces Opening of Manila FAME’s 70th Edition

October 17, 2019

Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda today proudly announced the opening of Manila FAME, which will run from October 17-19, 2019 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Now on its 70th edition, the Manila FAME is a biannual design and lifestyle trade show organized by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions.


Legarda leads PHL contingent in Frankfurt Book Fair opening

October 16, 2019

Frankfurt, Germany – Former Senator, now Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Loren Legarda proudly led the Philippine contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair held yesterday at the Frankfurt Messe in Frankfurt, Germany.

After a 15-year hiatus, the Philippines returned to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015 when it was given a modest booth. In 2018, Deputy Speaker Legarda, in her capacity then as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, gave additional funds to support the participants from the Philippine book publishing industry in the world’s most prestigious book fair.


Legarda’s Lecture Highlights Potential of the Piña-Seda Textile in the World Market

October 15, 2019

Bochum, Germany — Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda today said that the Philippine piña-seda textile has great potential in the world textile market. Legarda continues to highlight the world-class talent, ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Filipino people, reflected in the traditional textiles produced through synergy among workers and artisans.  Piña-seda is a traditional fabric made from pineapple silk.


Legarda visits Philippine Pavilion Exhibition at the 58th Venice Art Biennale

October 14, 2019

Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda visited the Philippine Pavilion exhibition Island Weather, the country’s national participation at the 58th Venice Art Biennale. This year’s participation marked the country’s fifth consecutive participation in the world’s biggest contemporary art exposition.

Legarda, the prime mover of the country’s return to the Venice Biennale after 51 years of absence, said that Island Weather explores the myriad ways by which the Philippine 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 the nation itself.


Legarda lauds opening of 9th Likhang Habi Market Fair

October 12, 2019

Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda congratulates Habi, The Philippine Textile Council for, another successful opening of the 9th Likhang Habi Market Fair that showcases the overwhelming creativity and talent of the Filipino in weaving textiles, mats, baskets, and artisanal crafts.

The Likhang Habi Market Fair, organized by Habi, The Philippine Textile Council, is being held from ‪October 11-13, 2019‬ at the Glorietta 2, Activity Center, Makati City.


Legarda: New DFA posts will strengthen PH foreign relations; urges DFA to include climate action as pillar of foreign policy

October 10, 2019

Rome, Italy — Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, former Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today stressed the importance of strengthening Philippine foreign relations in a highly dynamic community of nations and international players, and one of the means to achieve this is to establish presence of the Philippines in other parts of the world.

Underscoring the importance of the Philippine government’s presence abroad, Legarda announced the opening of new posts of the Department of Foreign Affairs, saying that “this is important not only to project a stronger image in the international community, facilitate trade, cultural and diplomatic relations, but this will also help cater to the needs of our kababayan.”


Legarda Renews Call to Action, Urges Congress to Adapt to Climate Change

October 8, 2019

During her privilege speech last September 30, Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda urged her fellow lawmakers in the Congress to strictly implement the country’s climate change laws and policies and ensure that climate change adaptation and mitigation is mainstreamed in all policies, plans, and programs of the government.


Legarda, an environmental champion, stressed on the importance of achieving the 1.5°C long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. The three-term Senator said that the 1.5°C goal is the global warming threshold that will enable vulnerable developing countries like the Philippines to survive and thrive.