Legarda calls for culture and arts empowerment

June 29, 2023

Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda underscored the crucial role of culture and the arts in the continuous empowerment of every community across the country as she graced the opening ceremony of the Homecoming Exhibition of Philippine Pavilion’s ‘Andi taku e sana, Amung taku di sana / All of us present, This is our gathering’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in Taguig City.

As a staunch advocate of Philippine culture, she highlighted the event as a way of keeping the true essence of Filipino society thriving through exhibits that showcase the rich tradition of the Philippines.

“The exhibition initiated a conversation on transmitting culture that involves an interdisciplinary approach which created a nexus between the traditional with the contemporary, embodying the collaboration among traditional weaving and chanting practices, ethnomusicology and visual arts,” said Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Culture and the Arts.

The Pavilion is part of the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia last April 21, 2022. It is a collaborative project that involves musical notation, sound, video, painting, and design, as well as textile weaving.

Legarda, the project visionary of the Philippines’ return in 2015 to the Venice Biennale after a 51-year hiatus, also emphasized the exhibition’s ways of collectively promoting Philippine traditions and ensuring their endurance through intercultural exchange.

Further, the four-term senator asserted that the nation’s cultural richness should always be protected through policies to ensure order and persistence.

“Today, the exhibition has finally come home where it seeks to reinforce its aspirations to represent the translation of cultural data into visual communication… And thus, through this exhibition, we share with our fellow Filipino how we can keep the essence of community alive,” Legarda conveyed. (end)