January 11, 2010

2010 Philippine's Vice Presidentiable: Mar Roxas

Manuel "Mar" Araneta Roxas II was born born May 13, 1957 and a Senator of the Philippines. He is the son of former Senator Gerry Roxas, and the grandson of former President Manuel Roxas.

A graduate of the Wharton School of Economics, Roxas worked as an investment banker, mobilizing venture capital funds for small and medium enterprises. He served as the Representative of the 1st District of Capiz from 1993 to 2000. His stint as Congressman was cut short after he was appointed by President Joseph Estrada as Secretary of Trade and Industry. He resigned from the position at the height of the EDSA Revolution of 2001 and was later re-appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her new Cabinet. He resigned again to run for a Senate seat in the 2004 Philippine election. He was elected as Senator with 19 million votes, the highest ever garnered by a national candidate in any Philippine election.

2010 Philippine's Vice Presidentiable: Loren Legarda

Lorna Regina Bautista Legarda was born January 28, 1960, is a Filipino broadcast journalist and politician and better known as Loren Legarda. In the 2004 Philippines general election, she ran for the position of Vice-President as the running mate of Fernando Poe, Jr. As of 2007, she is serving her second term as an incumbent senator in the Philippines. As a journalist, she had received the national honor of the Ten Outstanding Young Men and Women (TOYM) award and for her humanitarian and environmental work she was named one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and a United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) laureate included in the Global 500 Roll of Honour in 2001. In 2004, she became an Environment Awardee of the Priyadarshni Academy in Mumbai, India.

In 2008 Loren was appointed as UNISDR Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. She recently participated in the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, BBC World Debate and Forum on the Human Impact of Climate Change in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the launch of her humanitarian program Lingkod Loren in Luneta last October 23, 2009, Loren Legarda declared her intention to run for vice-president in 2010 under NPC. Recently, NP Presidential candidate Manny Villar formally declared his team-up with Legarda for the 2010 Elections.