Senator Loren Legarda and filmmaker Brillante Mendoza complete video on disaster preparedness; movie on human trafficking up next

Senator Loren Legarda served as the producer of Ligtas, an instructional video on disaster preparedness directed by Brillante Mendoza.


Senator Loren Legarda hopes to save lives by launching Ligtas (Safe), an instructional video on disaster preparedness.

"Just by making people aware of this, we can save lives," stressed Senator Legarda during a special screening of Ligtas held at The Podium on July 24.

"If because of this, we were able to save a life then we have achieved our purpose."

Helmed by Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, Ligtas is a 16-minute instructional video that provides information about what to do during typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Direk Brillante combined footage of past disasters and recreated scenes to make this video, which is based on the manual "Gabay sa Kahandaan sa Sakuna at Paunang Lunas" by the Senate Committee on Climate Change.

Ligtas is Senator Legarda’s second project with Direk Brillante.

Their first collaboration was for Buhos, a documentary that explained the science of climate change and its impact on the lives of ordinary Filipinos.

Senator Legarda, the United Nations Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, produced the said video.

The former broadcaster-turned-senator asked SM vice president for operations Steven Tan to show Ligtas as a trailer in all SM Cinemas without charge.

However, a formal letter has yet to be filed regarding this request.

"We will request SM for a launch to be held in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and other areas na naaapektuhan.

"We will not limit it to cinemas. We will have screenings in universities and colleges."

She encouraged everyone to become more pro-active in preparing for disasters.

Legarda cautioned, "Sabi nga ng United Nations, ’Natural hazards do not kill. It is our unpreparedness that kills.’"

Direk Brillante revealed that his third collaboration with Senator Legarda is a full-length film about human trafficking.

"Nasa proseso na kami ng research. In fact, this afternoon, mayroon kaming iinterbyuhin sa NBI [National Bureau of Investigation]."

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Before he could continue, Senator Legarda stopped him by saying that he should keep the details private for his safety.

The award-winning director said that they have not yet chosen the stars who will appear in this true-to-life story about human trafficking.



HEAD OF THREE COMMITTEES. During the event, Senator Legarda revealed that she will be in charge of three committees as she enters her third term in the Senate.

"Ako po ang chair ng Environment Committee na may oversight committee on Water, Air, and Solid Waste.

"Maliban po diyan, may Climate Change committee rin."

She pointed to persons who are part of the Climate Change Commission. "Sila po ang bunga ng aking Climate Change Act. Kumbaga, ako po sa lehislatura, sila naman po ay sa Malacañang.

"Si Pangulong [Noynoy Aquino] ang chairman ng Climate Change Commission. Patuloy po ang Environmental Committee at Climate Change."

Senator Legarda said that she will also head the Cultural Communities committee.

"Close sa heart ko ang mga katutubo. They said, ’Kay Loren na lang.’ Ako naman, I embraced it because that’s my cause."



FASHION STATEMENT. During the fourth SONA of PNoy, Senator Legarda wore an indigenous inspired-ensemble that was woven using abaca.

"Yung aking palda, gawa ng mga Bagobo tribo at na-pass on sa akin sa akin a few years ago.

"I think you can look good by wearing Filipino kahit hindi bago."

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago decried the extravagant display of wealth that took place during the latest State of the Nation Address of President Noynoy Aquino. As a result, Senator Santiago is set to file a resolution requiring lawmakers to wear a uniform or official dress during the event.

(Read: Miriam Defensor-Santiago annoyed by "extravagance" during SONA)

Does Senator Legarda have advice for those who happened to look like fashion victims during the last SONA?

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"Ayoko pong manghusga or maghambing. Malay n’yo may rent-a-gown naman po. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt," she said with a smile.

She added, "Pero kung gusto nila ng gawang katutubo, I will be so happy [to give details] bilang pagpapatupad ng aking Tropical Fabrics Law.

"Pero ayoko pong manghusga dahil ang pananamit ay parte ng freedom of expression."


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