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Who Is Lorenzo Leviste, Son of Loren Legarda?

Lorenzo Leviste just published a letter for her mother, Loren Legarda.
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Lorenzo Antonio Legarda Leviste, who goes by the nickname “Lanz,” recently published an open letter of grief about his mother, former Senator and current Antique Representative Loren Legarda. 

F*** my mother for abetting this. Their crimes are her crimes now. Make her defend them,” wrote Lanz, referring to her mother who is running for senator under the slate of Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte, whom he called “fascists.”

It is the first time Lorenzo has spoken out publicly about his mother, or politics for that matter. 

Although he admitted he knew little about the latest news in the Philippines, he revealed it took a viral post from Ariana Grande during the PasigLaban rally for him to realize that elections were happening in the Philippines. 

In his post, Lorenzo deplored his mother’s support for Marcos and Duterte. 

“This is a woman who lived through Martial Law; she was once a journalist who taught me to value truth and justice. This is how vile, braindead, and reckless these people are. They literally have no idea what they are doing, the decades of violence and anguish they are unleashing. For her it is just any other election year, ripe for the usual craven, convenient opportunism. There is no understanding that another Marcos presidency would mean the end of everything for the Philippines. The end of history, ang hangganan ng kasaysayan,” wrote Lorenzo. 

Lorenzo Leviste is the older of Loren’s two sons with former Batangas governor Antonio “Tony” Leviste, who was convicted of homicide in 2009 and was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison. Tony and Loren were married in 1989 and then had their marriage annulled in 2009.

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Born in 1990, Lorenzo left the Philippines when he was 18 to study abroad. He finished high school in the U.S. and pursued Art History in London.

According to Lorenzo, who is now 31, he hasn’t lived the Philippines ever since he left for studies abroad when he was 18. His last visit to the Philippines was in 2017.

Lorenzo’s younger brother, Leandro, is the founder of Solar Philippines Nueva Ecija Corp (PSE: SPNEC), which is majority-owned and controlled by the latter. The younger Leviste also founded the Solar Philippines Legarda Group at the age of 20. He has been recognized as a top “30 under 30” entrepreneur by Forbes Magazine.

Unlike his brother Leandro, who has a lot of media coverage and photos, the older Leviste brother Lorenzo has managed to keep away from the spotlight, except for a time in 2004 when an obscure report alleged that Loren and Tony requested a prominent school in Quezon City to adjust the grade of Lorenzo in one subject from 84 to 85 so that he could graduate with honors from Grade Seven.

In 2013, Loren Legarda stated how she considers her younger son Lean as her rock. “Because he is there. At 20, he has wisdom. He literally provides me with strength, he embraces me when I’m crying. When I feel bad, he would say, ‘It’s OK, Mama. I love you,’” Loren told PhilStar

But even if he's nobody's rock, Lorenzo has not forgotten:

"I was born in 1990, in the shadow of decades of Marcos terror, oppression, and corruption. I truly cannot believe the success with which these crimes have been whitewashed. I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me," Lorenzo said in his opinion piece. 

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