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.
Complete Name –> Lorna Regina B. Legarda
Nickname –> Loren
Birth Date –> January 28, 1960 (age 59)
Birth Place –> Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines
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 who is a pioneer in the renewal energy industry; Lorenzo Leviste
Grandfather –> Jose P. Bautista (Former edito of Manila Times newspaper)
Elementary – Assumption College
High School – Assumption College
College – University of the Philippines
Course – Broadcast Communications
Political Career / Work Experiences
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