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.

Highlights of the 6th Las Piñas Food Food Festival

Re-elected Senator Cynthia Villar, Congresswoman elect Camille Villar, Las Piñas city councilor, barangay chairmans, partner organizations and thousand of people from all walks of life participated at the 6th Las Piñas Food Festival held on May 24, 2019 at the Villar Sipag hall in Barangay Pulang Lupa Uno to join the festivities.

Senator Cynthia Villar, managing director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance ( Villar Sipag ), Welcomed visitors and participants to the yearly event which showcase the city’s culinary heritage and Las Piñeros’ world-class cooking skills.”

The Cooking festival was held in the city’s 20 barangays. Each team presented 1 viand ( ulam) and 1 dessert ( pang himagas) expressing the theme ” Cook Healthy , Eat Happy.”


Winners of the competition got Php 20,000 as grand prize; Php 15,000 as first prize and Php 10,000 as second prize.

A contest for urban gardening was also held with three categories- Barangay Homeowners Association, Public Elementary Schools -one winner per category which got Php 50,000 per team.

urban gardening vegetable products

Magic 5 Soy Sauce, Vinegar

There were also about 30 stalls which sell different home made products, canned foods, kakanins, delicacies, process foods, vegetables, fruits and potted plants.

These represents the backyard growers, micro, small , medium and large scale enterprises.

Among this year’s partner enterprises includes San Miguel Beer, Giligan Ilsand, Mama Sita’s, Masflex, Dowell Cook Ware, Kitchen Pro, Lucky 3R Trading,PCAP, CIK among others.

( l-r Chef Neth Madrona, Mr. Noel Paguia, Chef Lea Besana) judges for this year’s cook -off challenge

Big Winners

Urban Gardening Winners Inter Barangay – BF International CAA (Php 50,000) Special Award got (Php 20,000) Brgy. Talon 4 Inter Homeowners Association – Castellan Classic Talon 2 (Php 50,000) Inter School Champion – Las Pinas East National High School (Php 50,000) Inter Brgy. Cooking Competition Winners 2nd Place (Php10,000) Brgy Daniel Fajardo 1st Place (Php 15,000) Talon 4 Champion (Php20,000) Brgy. Pamplona Uno.

5 Important Highlights at the 13th Water Lily Festival

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.

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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.

water lily festival 2018

exhibit display

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.

Kaladkaren Davila

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 Important Highlights of 5th Las Piñas Food Festival

Las Piñas city had some 20 barangays got together on May 18 held at  Villar SIPAG square in C5 Extension Road, Pulang Lupa Uno in Las Piñas City. The participants had showcase their best dishes and desserts for the annual cooking competition that kicked off the festivities for the city’s 2018 Food Festival.


1.) There are 40 medium , small and micro businesses which had participated in the annual event.


Malagos Chocolate from Davao

2.) 4th Urban Gardening competition- several schools and community participated in the competition.

The winners were the BF International/CAA for the Inter-Barangay category, the Las Pinas East National High School for the Inter-School category, and the Phase 3 West Talon 2 for the Inter-Homeowners Associations category. Each category winner received a trophy and a cash prize of P50, 000 each.


Kalabasang Kalamay

3.) Home Cooked Dishes- Kalabasang Kalamay is a 3-time winner in the annual cook-off. Made from the original recipe of Kagawad Aida of Talon Dos. This is made from local squash and had a shelf life of between 3 to 5 days without refrigeration.


Sen. Cynthia A. Villar welcomed the participants as she lauded them for going the extra mile in using modern techniques to make original and sumptuous culinary creations that display the Filipinos’ imaginative minds and innovative skills.


4.)Celebrity guests- Among the special guests includes Senator Nancy Binay, Senator JV Ejercito and Governor Imee Marcos. The guests also gave away Php 2,000 to all of the participants of the cook -off as a token.


Filipinos are popular for their ingenuity. We are known for our ability to replicate foreign dishes and changing their tastes by introducing local ingredients to give them the unique flavors of the Philippine islands. Through this cooking competition, residents of Las Piñas City become gastronomic witnesses to the creativity of our local cooking experts,’ said Villar, director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG).


5.) Barangay Talon 2 made the biggest impact and brought home P20,000 and a trophy for bagging the grand prize. Its entry Inadobong Lapu-Lapu sa Mantikilya and  Cala-Squash Soup. The competing participants were given a time table of about 1 hour to finish the challenge.


Barangay Pilar won the 1st Runner-Up trophy and P15,000 cash prize for its Lapu-Lapu Carmalized Onion and Mixed Vegetable Sour Soup. On the other hand, Barangay Talon 3 won P10,000 and a trophy as the 2nd Runner-Up for its Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce and Potato Soup in Sampaloc Broth.


Golden Oats- free taste

Golden Oats if one of the home grown enterprises located within the city.

The cooking competition entries were judged according to the following criteria: Overall impact and plating (30%); Taste (30%); Creativity and visual appeal (15%); Technique used (15%); and Hygiene and sanitation (10%).

For this year’s event festivities, the Villar SIPAG partnered with Silver Swan, Apicius, ELBA, Mushroomburger, Jollibee and Golden Oats to ensure the success of the gathering.

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