WATERLILY FASHION & MORE!

This year, Las Piñas City marked the 12th Waterlily Festival with great pomp and pageantry. The rains did not stop the parade, so to speak, held at the Villar SIPAG grounds led by Sen. Villar

A salute to waterlily and Mother Nature—winners of the Miss Las Piñas Water Lily pageant, all wearing mestiza ternos made from 100 percent waterlily fiber—received their awards from Sen. Cynthia Villar (third from left). From Brgy. Talon Dos, Hajer Ashraf (fourth from left) bagged the crown. With them are (L-R): Paula Lim, Brgy. Talon 5 (People”s Choice); Charmaine Louise Peralta, Brgy. Zapote; Jeanne Talania, Brgy. Manuyo Dos, first runner-up and Patricia Erika Louise de Leon, Brgy. Pamplona 3, Ms. Water Lily 2016.

This year, Las Piñas City marked the 12th Waterlily Festival with great pomp and pageantry. The rains did not stop the parade, so to speak, held at the Villar SIPAG grounds led by Sen. Villar and family, the local government officials, city residents and guests.

 

 

The waterlily has been looked upon as an “aqua pest.” For years, this aquatic plant has clogged many of the country’s water ways. In fact, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte once said that he did not like staying in his Malacañan residence because he had to cross Pasig River which is home to waterlilies.  We can just imagine the many hours spent de-clogging the Pasig so the presidential team can be ferried across.

 

But since 12 years ago, a lot of things have happened to the waterlily—beautifully and fashionably—through the efforts of Sen. Cynthia Villar. The once “aqua pest” has been transformed into fiber which can be made into gowns; the same material can also be crafted into useful household items like baskets, boxes for trinkets, fruit trays, planter boxes, gift boxes and more! And further still, the waterlily fiber can also become fashion accessories like handbags, belts, slippers, espadrilles.

 

It was during her term as representative of Las Piñas City that Sen. Villar launched the Sagip Ilog Program to rehabilitate the Las Piñas-Zapote River. It used to be “infested” with waterlilies  to the brim thus causing flooding in many areas.

 

But Sen. Villar found a beautiful solution to the waterlily assault of the water ways. With updated technology through the leadership of Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), waterlily is now made into reusable fiber. The program created livelihood opportunities, helped reduce flooding incidents and showcased the waterlily as a significant material for fashion, household accessories and even fuel (as charcoal briquette).

 

This year, Las Piñas City marked the 12th Waterlily Festival with great pomp and pageantry. The rains did not stop the parade, so to speak, held at the Villar SIPAG grounds led by Sen. Villar and family, the local government officials, city residents and guests.

 

 A salute to waterlily and Mother Nature—winners of the Miss Las Piñas Water Lily pageant, all wearing mestiza ternos made from 100 percent waterlily fiber—received their awards from Sen. Cynthia Villar (third from left). From Brgy. Talon Dos, Hajer Ashraf (fourth from left) bagged the crown. With them are (L-R): Paula Lim, Brgy. Talon 5 (People”s Choice); Charmaine Louise Peralta, Brgy. Zapote; Jeanne Talania, Brgy. Manuyo Dos, first runner-up and Patricia Erika Louise de Leon, Brgy. Pamplona 3, Ms. Water Lily 2016.

A salute to waterlily and Mother Nature—winners of the Miss Las Piñas Water Lily pageant, all wearing mestiza ternos made from 100 percent waterlily fiber—received their awards from Sen. Cynthia Villar (third from left). From Brgy. Talon Dos, Hajer Ashraf (fourth from left) bagged the crown. With them are (L-R): Paula Lim, Brgy. Talon 5 (People”s Choice); Charmaine Louise Peralta, Brgy. Zapote; Jeanne Talania, Brgy. Manuyo Dos, first runner-up and Patricia Erika Louise de Leon, Brgy. Pamplona 3, Ms. Water Lily 2016.

The much-awaited Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2017 pageant named Hajer Ashraf, Brgy. Talon Dos as “queen” bagging the crown and the Php 25,000.00 cash prize. She, like the other contestants, wore mestiza ternos made of 100 percent waterlily.

 

On the other hand, the representatives of Golden Acres National High School, TS Cruz National High School and Las Piñas National High School won the waterlily-inspired street dancing competition. The group brought home the grand trophy plus the Php 50,000.00 cash prize.

 

The saga of the waterlily as a livelihood source does not stop in Las Piñas City for Sen. Villar has been sharing the waterlily wonder all over the Philippines. When and wherever needed, she brings the Villar SIPAG waterlily experts to teach communities how to transform the “aqua pest and trash” into treasure.

 

 

 

By Linda M. De Leon

 

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