Legarda: Strengthen Diplomatic Relations with other nations through ‘cultural diplomacy’

September 19, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today urged the government to pursue strengthened diplomatic relations with other nations through cultural diplomacy during the budget hearing of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“We need a cultural renaissance. We need to understand that our culture, shaped by our heritage, practices, and tradition, is a powerful tool in forwarding our diplomatic agenda,” Legarda said.

“I am confident that our artistry and culture would leave other nations in awe. Our indigenous peoples are the epitome of the tradition, the skill and the creativity of the great Filipino mind,” she added.

Legarda, who chairs the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, also asked the Department to participate in Venice Biennale, a prestigious biannual contemporary art exhibition.

“If Bangladesh and Maldives could participate, why couldn’t the Philippines? We are such a gifted people. Our artists need the opportunity to showcase their work,” the legislator noted.

Moreover, she emphasized the necessity for the Philippines to engage the international community on the cultural level.

“If the problem lies on budgetary constraints, I believe we can be more creative. You’d be surprise with the kind of support the private sector would be willing to give,” she added.

During her stint as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Legarda has reported 19 out of the 21 treaties, 16 of which were adopted as international agreements.