Villar Sipag Foundation, C-5 Extension, Las Piñas City
The 13th annual Water lily festival was the brainchild of Las Piñas famous daughter Senator Cynthia A. Villar was packed with families, school children, foreign and local tourists who flocked to the city to marvel at the exhibit display of creative and innovative water lily products and to participate in the handmade paper demonstration using the versatile aquatic blooms.
water hyacinth ( locally called as water lily)
The water hyacinth ( Eichhornia crassipes) is commonly called by local folks as water lily. This is a non-native, pan-tropical water plant introduced during the later part of the 16th century in our country from Central and South America. Water hyacinth is a free floating aquatic plant and can clog water ways. This can reach a height of about 1 meter.
5 Important Highlights
1.) Exhibit Displays at the Water Lily Arts and Crafts Center ( Las Piñas City), Sta. Rosa Livelihood Organization Inc. (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Cardona Livelihood Products (Cardona, Rizal), Kabuhayan sa Water Lily (Cainta, Rizal), Joneg Foundation (Teresa, Rizal), Pililla Waterlily Weavers (Pililla, Rizal), Maynilad Waterlily Weavers (Potatan, Muntinlupa) and Pateros Weavers.
ABS-CBN channel 2 ( Umagang Kay Ganda ) segment host -Kaladkaren Davila
2.) Street Dancing Parade – Students of different schools within the city had participated at the annual street dancing parade. The participants were already at the site by 5:00 am.
Golden Achers National High School students won the top honors in the street dancing competition and brought home the grand champion trophy and a cash prize of P50,000. ( photo courtesy of Senator Cynthia A. Villar FB)
Dancing students from CAA National High School won the second honors and brought home a trophy and P30,000; while the Las Pinas East National High School dancing group won the third honors and got a trophy and P20,000 in cash.
first place winner ( street dancing competition ) group photo
Participant groups, with maximum of 50 members each, were required to submit their unique concept synopsis with waterlily as its main component in the costume and props.
Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 pageant winners ( courtesy of Senator Cynthia A. Villar FB page)
3.) Search for Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 – Ms. Arlyn Claire M. Sangab of Barangay. Pamplona 1 brought home the Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 crown and P25,000 cash. Her first runner-up, Ms. Rebecca Kirsten S. Lopez of Barangay. Talon 4, won P15,000; while Ms. Rojielen Angela Autencio of Barangay. Pulanglupa 1 went home with a cash prize of P10,000.
Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2018 candidates
The pre-judging was held few days ago prior to the announcement of winners. Biggest criteria for judging the winners was 40 percent for the uniqueness and creativity of the contestants’ mestiza ternos, which must be made of 100 percent waterlily and should reflect the natural color of the aquatic plant. Other criteria for judging were physical beauty, 30 percent, and intelligence and wit, 30 percent. The annual pageant was participated by the 13 barangays.
2nd Villar Sipag Youth Poverty Reduction 2018 winners
4.) Awarding of 2nd Villar Sipag Youth Poverty Reduction Challenge – There are over 150 entries from different parts of the country. 6 were chosen from Luzon, 2 from Visayas and 2 from Mindanao. This competition was designed to encourage and empower the Filipino youth to embark on activities that will help address poverty related issues in the country.
Senator Cynthia A. Villar with well-wishers and guests
5.) Birthday Celebration of Senator Cynthia Villar– A simple birthday gathering and salu-salo was held after the awarding of the winners.
Website : http://www.villarsipag.org/