07 November 2013. Paris, France. After the luncheon hosted by Her Excellency Ambassador Cristina G. Ortega for the Philippine Delegation to the 37th Session of the UNESCO General Conference at the official residence of the Ambassador, Senator Loren Legarda, head of the delegation, presented to Commission on Higher Education Secretary Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, also a member of the delegation, a copy of the art catalogue Philippines: Archipel des Echanges (Philippines: Archipelago of Exchanges).
This catalogue documents all the art works exhibited during the highly successful run of the exhibit Philippines: Archipel des Echanges at the Musée du Quai Branly from 9 April to 14 July 2013. The historic and unprecedented exhibition, which was inaugurated by Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay and French Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault on 08 April 2013, is touted as the largest collection of pre-colonial Philippine art to be shown and exhibited in France.
Senator Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, among others, in collaboration with the National Heritage Commission of the Philippines, has purchased 450 of these catalogues in English and 425 catalogues in French with English translations which will be donated to various State Universities and Colleges and libraries throughout the Philippines. Senator Legarda expressed hope that through these catalogues, the Filipino youth would further aspire to learn more about Philippine arts and culture. Senator Legarda thanked the Ambassador and the Philippine Embassy in Paris for the support it has lent towards the success of the project and for coordinating the purchase and delivery of these catalogues. Ambassador Ortega expressed appreciation to Senator Legarda extolling this gesture as further advancing Philippine interests in France at the same time inspiring Filipinos to be proud of the cultural heritage.