Press Release
October 20, 2012

Legarda Looks Forward to Philippine Exhibition at Musée du Quai Branly

Senator Loren Legarda today said she is looking forward to the Philippine Exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, France, which will be held on April 9 to July 21, 2013.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities and Committee on Foreign Relations, is sponsoring the translation to English of the catalogue for the exhibition "Philippines--Art of Exchange".

"We are very fortunate to have been chosen as the featured exhibiting country at the Musée du Quai Branly, which is the premier museum in France for indigenous art and culture. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our history and our rich and unique Filipino heritage," she said.

"We also welcome President Aquino's directive to create an Inter-Agency Committee for this exhibition to ensure not only appropriate pdeparation and proper conduct of the exhibition but also to maximize the benefits the country can gain through this opportunity especially in terms of boosting tourism, strengthening trade and promoting culture," she added.

Legarda has been taking initiatives to further promote Philippine culture to Filipinos and to foreign citizens. She has set-up several cultural exhibits at the Senate to showcase the exceptional skills and world-class products of indigenous peoples. She also launched the country's first permanent textile galleries called the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles at the National Museum in order to celebrate indigenous artistry and revitalize Philippine weaving traditions.

Recently, Legarda launched the Hibla Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves of the Philippines, which is a highlight of the Manila FAME Design and Lifestyle Event 2012, at the SMX Convention Center. The Hibla Pavilion displayed the different products made by various indigenous communities whose members also demonstrated their different weaving traditions.

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