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5 JULY 2013

Senator Loren Legarda returned to the Musée du quai Branly in Paris on July 3 to view the exhibit “Philippines, Archipel des Echanges” before the exposition ends on July 14 and to begin arrangements of her cultural diplomacy roadshow.

Armed with the English translation of the book that accompanies the exhibit, Senator Legarda intends to show Filipinos just how rich our culture is.

“My goal is to bring the collection to the Philippines and make sure that all public schools learn about this,” says Senator Legarda. Her ultimate goal is the day when a Bontoc will be proud to say that he or she is a Bontoc and that a Tinggian is proud to be a Tinggian.

Ambassador Ortega thanked Senator Legarda for funding the English translation of the exhibition catalogue. Because of this, Filipinos who visited the exhibition from the Philippines or from Europe were able to buy the book for themselves to remind them of the exhibition and understand their culture better.

Covering more than 2,000 square meters, the exhibition, which was inaugurated last 9 April 2013 by Vice President Binay and French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, features around 300 Philippine pre-colonial artifacts and artworks. It is the biggest exhibition on the Philippines held in France and even in Europe for more than 20 years.

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