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Sen. Loren back on TV


JUST A THOUGHT: “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

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DAYAW SERIES ON PH CULTURE: What is dayaw? It is different things to different people.

But, one thing is for sure. Dayaw connotes positivity. It means honor, pride, in either north or south of the Philippines.

Dayaw is also the title of a 6-part documentary series hosted by Sen. Loren Legarda chronicling facts and figures about Filipino culture and tradition. The 30-minute program also brings back Loren to ABS-CBN, her TV home for the past 30 years.

Sen. Loren Legarda brings her advocacy to television with the return of the second season of “Dayaw” which premiered on Nov. 3, 6 p.m., on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel and ANC HD.

A partnership between ANC and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), “Dayaw” is a six-part, 30-minute weekly documentary series that focuses on preservation of the country’s culture and heritage.

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NORTH TO SOUTH: For this season, the three-term senator will explore the arts, culture, traditions, and beliefs of various Indigenous groups from the north to the south of the Philippines to show how each contribute to the identity of the Filipino.

In the first episode, Dayaw zoomed in on the ways we preserve, prepare and present food – from the salt-making tradition of the North to the Halal of the South.

Aspects of Philippine culture are so diverse that even if we have 1000 Dayaw episodes, they can never be enough to showcase the great variety of Filipino culture, according to NCCA chair Felipe de Leon.

With 131 languages, it means we have 131 ethno-linguistic groups.

Senator Legarda was the executive producer and anchor of “PEP Talk,” the first telemagazine show of ABS-CBN in the post-EDSA era. It won more than 30 awards including the Catholic Mass Media Hall of Fame.

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BACK TO TV NEWS?: I asked Loren if she was ready to resume her interrupted TV career once she stepped down from public office in 2019.

She answered in the negative. She said she thinks she could be more effective in spreading her other advocacies. The senator said being a news anchor all over again is not among her priorities. (NESTOR CUARTERO)