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Loren Legarda’s secret career dream: Be a diplomat

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Congresswoman Loren Legarda would still be in public service had she not succeeded as a politiko.

The former Senator flew to Germany by invitation of the Philippine Consulate General as they opened the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was there where Legarda revealed her old dreams of joining foreign service.

Back in the day, the Antique Congresswoman once worked at the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles as she juggled her hosting duties for a local channel in the US. That diplomacy plan had to be shelved when she ran and won as senator, and the rest is history.

“Now, as a public servant, Deputy Speaker Legarda has helped the foreign service in more ways. She opened more doors for the Philippines to be more present in other countries,” she said in a statement.

Dinner hosted by the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany

In a dinner with the Philippine Consulate General officers and staff in Frankfurt, Germany for the Philippine delegation to the Frankfurt Book Fair, Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda shared her humble dreams then of working in the Philippine foreign service. Unknown to the public's common knowledge, before Deputy Speaker Legarda became a notable broadcaster in ABS-CBN and a topnotch senator, she worked as a local hire at the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. She also worked for KSCI Channel 18 in Los Angeles as host and producer of Manila Envelope, a pioneering TV magazine for the Filipino community in the West Coast.Now, as a public servant, Deputy Speaker Legarda has helped the foreign service in more ways. She opened more doors for the Philippines to be more present in other countries. In her capacity as former Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, she has allocated funding for the opening of new embassies and consulates abroad, such as the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany. Deputy Speaker Legarda has also supported the return of the Philippines to the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s renowned contemporary art exhibition. She is now working hard to make sure that the Philippines will become Guest of Honor in the Frankfurt Book Fair. Deputy Speaker Legarda has also supported the promotion of Philippine studies in several universities abroad such as the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, United Kingdom; Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany; Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany; and Universidad de Complutense in Madrid, Spain, and in ISEAS Yusof Ishak in Singapore, among many others.Deputy Speaker Legarda truly believes that the Philippines can excel in the global arena.

Posted by Congresswoman Loren Legarda on Monday, 28 October 2019

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