Friday, April 26, 2013
Senator Loren Legarda juggles many responsibilities as lawmaker, environmentalist and mother—giving equal devotion to her senatorial campaign, environmental advocacies, and her role as single mom to two sons, Lorenzo and Leandro. A tall order indeed—but one that she accomplishes daily with admirable grace.
Among her many supporters is another of the country’s most distinguished women today: Mother Lily Monteverde, the matriarch of Philippine show business.
These two mothers coming together for a cause greater than themselves comes at a very opportune time as the celebration of Mothers’ Day is fast approaching.
Mother Lily hosted a press conference for Legarda, whose senatorial bid she has full confidence in. “I really admire Loren for her strength and conviction,” said the veteran producer. “She always gives 110 percent of herself in everything she does.”
She added, “I know how difficult it is
to excel in your career and to still be around for your family. Most people focus on one and neglect the other, but Loren has succeeded in both. She certainly deserves to be Number One in this senatorial election.”
In her over 15 years as a lawmaker, Legarda has championed environmental protection and women’s rights, authoring such landmark laws as the Clean Air Act, Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Climate Change Law, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law and the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act.
She is now running for her third and last term as senator and has consistently ranked first in pre-election surveys, demonstrating the confidence the Filipino people have in her track record and dedication to these advocacies.
And it seems she offers just as much inspiration in her home life. Legarda has taken it upon herself to care for her 80-year old Papa and her Nanay Fely, who at 79 years old has been her yaya for over 53 years.
“She’s a workaholic, she wants to get everything done and done right,” reveals Lean about his mother. “That isn’t a bad thing at all. We’ve all seen how much good the laws she has authored have done to protect the country’s natural resources and the people, especially women and children who are most vulnerable.”
He continued, “Imagine how much more good she will be able to do with another six years in the Senate. She has so much to share and offer in service of this country.”
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