11 Outstanding Youth Social Entrepreneurs Honored at Villar Sipag Institute

Villar Social Institute for Poverty and Governance [VILLAR SIPAG] spearheaded by the country’s number one senator in the recent national senatorial election, Senator Cynthia Villar.

“This is our way of supporting youth empowerment in the hope to further encourage more people as well as inspire others to significantly contribute to our goals as a nation,” Villar said.

Senator Cynthia A. Villar together with Las Piñas city councilors

Guests

Las Piñas National Science High School choir

The awarding started around past 10:00 am with solemn prayer and choir group from the Las Piñas National Science High School choir. Special guests which included the members of Las Piñas Garden Club, Zonta club, Rotary club of Las Piñas, senior citizen group, barangays, mayor of the city , councilors and immediate family members which included DPWH secretary Mark Villar, Mr. Manny Villar( former senate president and house speaker), Ms. Emmeline Aglipay Villar ( Department of Justice undersecretary) ,Congresswoman Ms. Camile Villar of the lone district of Las Piñas, Mr. Manuel Paolo Villar. President and CEO of Vista Land and Lifescapes and media.

3rd Villar Sipag trophies

This event is one of the highlights of the 14th waterlily festival held within the city.

Villar Sipag Awards

Villar SIPAG awards is currently on its third year, whose main goal is to alleviate poverty in their respective communities by means of social enterprises. Candidates for the awards are composed of groups of college or masteral students; young professionals, social enterprise groups, young businessmen, youth organizations as well as those from community organizations.

Quiniput 2h club from Zamboanga with hand made dolls

There were more than 80 youth sectors and organization from different parts of the country were initially screened during the early stages of the competition.

These were then further narrowed down to just top 20 by the evaluation committee, then there were two youth organizations which tied -in for the 10th place, hence an additional place were given.

As series of stringent evaluation and thorough screenings, the Villar SIPAG panel of judges were able to come up with the 11 finalists based on their originality, uniqueness of service/product, adaptability, sustainability and community participation.

Each awardee received trophy, certificate, cash prize of Php150,000 to further provide financial assistance to their projects and initiatives on poverty alleviation as well as a trophy.

Tanay Mountaineers Search and Rescue Incorporated members and supporters

I happen to saw an online friend Mrs. Agustiniana C. Avelino who supported and a member of the Tanay Mountaineers Search and Rescue Inc.

Senator Cynthia A. Villar together with her family

The event also serves as a pre-event birthday bash for Senator Cynthia Villar , who celebrates her birthday on July 29.

Youth Sector Awardees

This year’s recipient for the 3rd Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviate and  Governance) Award are as follows:

Cultivators 4Hers Club of Ilocos Sur Prison Jail, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Region 1

Quirinian Youth In-Action Isabela, Region 2

Tanay Mountaineers Search and Rescue Inc., Tanay, Rizal Region 4A

Goa Young Farmers Association, Goa, Camarines Sur, Region 5

Saving Innocent Lives Amidst War (SILAW) Inc., Leon, Iloilo, Region 6

Youth For Livable Communities, Beverly Hills, Cebu City, Region 7

Family Help Project Merida, Leyte, Region 8

Quiniput 4H Club, Zamboanga City, Region 9

Food Secure Philippines, Midsayap, North Cotabato, Region 12

Power Se7en, Butuan City, Region 13

Ulama League For Call and Guidance Inc. Manila, National Capital Region

The recent which coincides with the Villar SIPAG Awards where 11 youngsters across the nation emerged as the Most Outstanding Youth Social Enterprises at a ceremony held at the Villar SIPAG Hall in C-5 Extension, Las Pinas City.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 3rd Villar Sipag awardees from renz15.com

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Miss Las Piñas Waterlily Festival 2019

Water hyacinth or more popularly called water lily is the highlight of the annual festival in Las Piñas city.

Miss Manuyo 1

Miss Talon 2

Several beautiful candidates which represented different barangays and places within the city. The pre-pageant was held last July 19 at the Villar Sipag Convention Center.

Miss Pamplona 1, she also won special prize ” Miss Farlin Baby Face 2019″

Miss Manuyo 2

Some of the awards included the “People’s Choice” and Best in Waterlily costume.

Miss Almanza 2

Miss Daniel Fajardo

flower bouquets, trophies and crown made from water hyacinth 

Miss Waterlily Festival 2019

l-r people choice, 2nd runner-up,  Miss Las Piñas waterlily festival 2019 winner ( Ms. Mikaela Grace Salcedo from Pamplona 3)  and first runner-up

One of highlights of the Las Piñas waterlily festival is the search for the city’s most beautiful lady which had the intelligence, poise, grace, physical beauty and able to wear the costume made from water hyacinth.

Candidates were also chosen for their communication skills and involvement in community service.

The national costume are quite spectacular but for some participants, it is quite hard to carry the dress specially when going up the stage.

The winners of this year’s pageant have won trophies, crown made from water hyacinth ( aka water lily), sash made from water hyacinth, cash prizes which includes Php 25,000 for the grand champion, Php 15,000 for the first runner-up and Php 10,000 for the second runner-up.

Dance Festival and Handicrafts Showcase at the 14th Waterlily Festival

Colorful street dancers participated by different school in Las Piñas ,agricultural products and items made from water hyacinth were showcased at the 14th Waterlily festival.

The festival was well-attended by thousands of residents of the city, guests and foreigners. Senator Cynthia Villar, who started the holding of the festivities in 2006, said the festival through the years, has served the purpose of being the show window for the city’s most talented performers and the most beautiful and creative people.

“We are very proud of this festival which we also hold to express our commitment for a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature and the environment, ” Villar said.

14th Water lily ( Water Hyacinth festival)

Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7

Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7 went to cover the festivities and dozens of media correspondents , bloggers and vloggers were present during the event.

different handicrafts made from water hyacinth

The yearly festivity is participated in by more than 2,000 attendees,tourists and spectators coming from nearby areas like Cavite, Parañaque, Metro Manila and as far as Tanay ( Rizal), Bulacan and Laguna provinces.

coin holder, tissue holder for sale

Villar Sipag booth

baskets, bags, plate holder from water hyacinth

Although the water plant is popularly called waterlily . It is known as water hyacinth or ( Eichhornia crassipes ) which was introduced to the country during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade in the mid-16th century.

slippers, bags made from stalks of water hyacinth

The water hyacinth became naturalized in waterways and tend to clogged the system during rainy season. When floral foam was not yet popular, water hyacinth stalks are also used by florists for their floral wreath.

Prizes

Inter-school street dancing competition was held from 6:00am to past 9:00 am. Groups composed of junior highschool students enrolled in the city competed for the following prizes : Champion :Php 50,000, First runner-up, Php 30,000 and Second runner-up for Php 20,000.

high school students in colorful native costumes made from water hyacinth stalks

Winners of the competition was judged according to their water hyacinth costume, props, choreography and technicality.

Mood was festive and people are anticipating next year’s 15th water lily festival 2020.

Cactus Moment at Evia Lifestyle Center

National Cactus and Succulent Organization of the Philippine Incorporated (NCSOPI ) in partnership with Evia Lifestyle Center presents to the general public the “ Cactus Moment” a weekend of urban lifestyle gardening from June 29 and 30, 2019.

There will be free lecture, workshop and talks on June 29 and June 30, 2019

Schedule of Activities

June 29 Saturday -11:30 am -Basic Care of Cactus and Succulent by Mr. Ogie Malabanan

June 29 Saturday -2:00 pm – Terrarium Basic Workshop by Mr. Wilson Angel Simuangco ( Free materials for the first 15 participants)

June 29 Saturday – 4:30 pm- onwards -Games, Raffles and Trivia

June 30 Sunday  – 10:30 am – Plant for Small Spaces by Mr. Alber Howell Tang

June 30 Sunday – 2:00 pm – Mini Dish Garden Workshop by Mr. Francis Karl Calica ( free materials for the first 15 participants)

There will be 25 booths selling different kinds of cacti,succulents, pots, fertilizers, air plants, ornamental plants, soil media, memorabilia items and others.

There is no entrance fees and the general public is invited to participate. The event is from 10:00 am to 11:00pm saturday 10:00am to 10:00pm sunday

Evia Lifestyle Mall is located at Daang Hari, Alanza Dos, Las Piñas City.

14 Exciting Food Booths at the Las Piñas Food Festival 2019

There are 30 micro, small , medium, cooperatives, and large scale food companies which participated at the 6th Las Piñas Food Festival.

14 Exciting Food Booths

14.) Kalamay na Kalabasa – This is one of the products which won several local accolades at the previous Las Piñas Food Festival few years ago. This was made from pumpkin by the residents of Barangay Talon Dos.

Contact Persons:  Ms. Jeshel or Ms. Marilyn

Landline:  893-5894, 886-3057

13.) Cookie ni Anne– Interesting homemade cookies. neatly packed and ideal for giveaways and pasalubong treats.

12.) Spring Rock– chocolates made from Philippine cacao

11.) Sizzy Kitchen– specializes on several mouthwatering dishes.

10.) Tahong ni Maria – specializes on tahong -green mussels in bottles like flavored salted egg, curry , adobo and spicy ones.

9. ) Roncos Bagoong– specializes on bagoong ( shrimp paste) in different flavors.

8.) Fiber Health – they have several FDA approved food supplement products.

7.) All Day Convenient Store is a convenient store found in several parts of the country.

6.) Vino Arsan– specializes fruit wines, vinegar and sauces. The company was established in 2009.

5.) Pogs offers crunchy chicken isaw, crispy chicken feet, crispy salmon chicharon in nice package.

4.) Oyster Mushroom– The oyster mushroom is crunchy from mushroom farm in Bulacan.

3.) Nanay Lil’s Putong Bumbong– Specializes on puto bumbong

2.) Mama Betsy’s– Specializes on home baked pastries and cakes.

Karne Korner

Pipoy chicharon

1.) Karne Korner chicharon – This specializes on crunchy chicharon or pork rinds  from Santa Maria, Bulacan province.