Si Loren Legarda ay isang Pilipinong mamamahayag sa telebisyon, ekolohista, at politiko na may lahing Bisaya, kilala siya bilang ang katangi-tanging babaeng nanguna sa dalawang halalan para sa senado (1998 at 2007). Noong halalan nong 2004, tamakbo siya sa posisyong Pangalawang Pangulo bilang isang Independyente kasama ni Fernando Poe, Jr. bilang katambal. Sa kasalukuyan, siya ay tumatakbo muli para sa posisyong Pangalawang Pangulo kasama ni Manny Villar.
Si Legarda ay kilalang nagsusulong ng Kaalaman sa Pagbabago ng Panahon at mayroon siyang maraming parangal sa mga adhikaing pagpapabuti ng lipunan at pagsulong sa karapatang pantao; kabilang ang mga ito sa mga nagawa niya bilang isang mamamahayag. Bilang isang mamamahayag, nakakuha siya ng maraming parangal. Noong 2008, napili siyang "United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Asia Pacific Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation". Kasama siya sa delegasyon ng Pilipinas noong 2009 Copenhagen Summit.
Ang Maranao Sultanate League ay pinarangalan siya ng titulong "Bai Alabi", o "Prinsesa". mayroon siyang lahing Karay-a at nakakapagsasalita siya ng mga wikang Ingles, Filipino, Ilonggo, Tagalog, at ang katutubo niyang. Kinaray-a, ng may katutubong husay. Maliban pa rito, isa rin siya Tinyente Kernel sa Air Force Reserve Corps.
Loren Legarda is a Filipino broadcast journalist, environmentalist, and politician of Visayan ancestry, notable as the only female to top two senatorial elections (1998) and 2007). During the 2004 Philippine general election, she ran for the position of Vice-President as an Independent with Fernando Poe, Jr. as running mate and again during the 2010 Philippine presidential election, for the same position as a member of the NPC with Manny Villar. US embassy cables leaked by Wikileaks include her as one of the five most influential women in the Philippines.
Loren Legarda was born on January 28, 1960 in Malabon as Lorna Regina Bautista Legarda, the only daughter of Antonio Cabrera Legarda of San Pablo, Laguna, and Bessie Gella Bautista of Malabon. Her maternal grandfather was Jose P. Bautista, an editor of the pre-Martial Law newspaper, The Manila Times. As a teenager, she appeared as a commercial model and/or DJ in various television and print ads for Close-up, Pond's cream, and Hapee toothpaste, among others.
She attended Assumption College from primary to high school, where she was a valedictorian. She attended university in the University of the Philippines, from which she graduated cum laude.
In 1989, she married Former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste. Their marriage produced two sons: Lorenzo Leviste and Leandro Leviste. They separated in 2003 and their marriage was annulled in 2008. She is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippine Air Force Reserve Corps. The Maranao Sultanate League of the Moro people bestowed the honorary title of "Bai Alabi" ("Princess") on her.
After becoming urged by the Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, Legarda ran for the Senate in 1998 under the Lakas-NUCD-UMDP Party. She was elected with more than 15 million votes, allowing her to be the highest vote-getter in that year's election. During her tenure, she played crucial roles in the release of several hostages abducted as a result of the Insurgency in the Philippines. These include the release from captivity of five military and police officers and personnel (including General Victor Obillo of the Philippine Army) held by the CPP-NPA-NDF in April 1999, of Philippine Army Major Noel Buan in April 2001 from two years of captivity, and fellow journalist Arlene dela Cruz from her Abu Sayyaf abductors in Jolo.
In 2003, Legarda left Lakas-CMD (after Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo broke her pledge not to run again for president) and joined the KNP coalition of Fernando Poe, Jr. as an Independent during the 2004 elections. In 2007, Legarda decided to run again for Senate under the banner of the Genuine Opposition coalition. She won, receiving more than 18 million votes, which allowed her to become the top vote-getter in that election.
Legarda lost her bid for the Philippine vice-presidency to Jejomar Binay placing third in the 2010 Philippine presidential elections. As a result, she continued to serve in the Senate. In 2010, Legarda was given chairmanship for the Senate committees on climate change, cultural communities, and foreign affairs. She would later go to the United Nations to deposit the Philippines ratification for the International Criminal Court membership. As a result of Koko Pimentel's win in his case against Juan Miguel Zubiri, evidence about Legarda's cheating allegations against Noli de Castro and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have surfaced.