Loren Legarda Biography

Loren Legarda is a Filipino broadcast journalist and politician. She is the current congresswoman of the lone legislative district of Antique Province. Running under the Party in the May 13, 2019 election, she defeated former two-term cingressman Exequiel Javier who ran as an independent. Two other losing independent candidates were Robin Rubinos and Rodelo Pidoy.

Loren Legarda was formerly a senator for 18 years and a losing vice presidential candidate for two times.

Although she was born and grew up in Malabon City, a suburb of Manila, she complied with the required residency prior to her election as representative of Antique Province. Her only claim to having roots in the province is her maternal grandmother, Carmen Gella Bautista, who was born in Pandan, a municipality of Antique. Her maternal ancestors were prominent politicians in the history of the province.

Loren Legarda
Loren Legarda (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Personal Information
Complete Name –> Lorna Regina B. Legarda
Nickname –> Loren
Birth Date –> January 28, 1960 (age 59)
Birth Place –> Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines
Residence –> Barangay Mag-aba, Pandan, Antique

Family
Father –> Antonio Cabrera Legarda
Mother –> Bessie Gella Bautista
Note: Loren is the only child of her parents
Spouse –> Former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste (Separated)
Children – Leandro Leviste (a pioneer in the renewal energy industry); Lorenzo Leviste
Grandfather –> Jose P. Bautista (Former editor of Manila Times newspaper)
Maternal Grandmother –> Carmen Gella Bautista
Great Granduncle –> Former Antique Governor Vicente Gella

Education
Elementary – Assumption College
High School – Assumption College
College – University of the Philippines
Course – Broadcast Communications

Political Career / Work Experiences
2020 – Head, Ad Hoc Quick Response Team on the Taal Volcano eruption
2019-Present – Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative
2019-Present – Congresswoman
2004, 2010 – Ran for Vice President but lost to Noli De Castro and Jojo Binay
1998-2004, 2007-2019 – Senator
* Former broadcast journalist with ABS-CBN

Bills / Laws / Resolutions
* As a Congresswoman, Loren filed the following bills:
House Bill 631 – AN ACT FURTHER AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8759, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OFFICE ACT OF 1999, AS AMENDED, TO INCLUDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE SCOPE OF THE LAW, TO RENAME THE PRESENT PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OFFICE (PESO) INTO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP OFFICE (PEESO), AND TO ESTABLISH THE BARANGAY EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP OFFICES (BEESO) NATIONWIDE, DEFINING ITS ROLE WITHIN THE EXISTING NETWORK, PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

House Bill 632 – AN ACT DECLARING THE NORTHERN ANTIQUE PROTECTED SEASCAPE AND LANDSCAPE LOCATED IN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF LIBERTAD, PANDAN, SEBASTE, CULASI AND TIBIAO IN THE PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE AS AN ECOTOURISM ZONE TO ENCOURAGE THE RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE USE AS WELL AS FOR THE PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES FOUND THEREIN, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

House Bill 633 – AN ACT CREATING A HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS IN THE PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE TO BE KNOWN AS THE ANTIQUE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

House Bill 634 – AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR

House Bill 635 – AN ACT REGULATING THE MANUFACTURING, IMPORTATION AND USE OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES, LEVIES AND INCENTIVES SYSTEM FOR INDUSTRIES, BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AND CONSUMERS THEREOF

Advocacies / Projects / Bills
* Environmental Protection

RELATED: List of Current Congressmen and CongressWomen of the Philippines 2019 – 2022

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See also: Famous People from Antique

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