The 8th Las Pinas Waterlily Festival

Sen. Cynthia Villar and Las Pinas Cong. Mark Villar crowned this year’s winner of Miss Las Piñas Water Lily beauty pageant, Nahida Sahtout of Brgy. Talon 5, Las Pinas. First runner-up of the beauty pageant is Riza Laurence Hugo of Brgy. Zapote; 2nd runner-up is Julia Dane Ubaldo of Brgy. Pamplona 3; and Erika Ann Mallri as People's Choice. The contestants wore gowns fashioned completely from dried water lily stalks and leaves. Also in photo is 2012 winner of Miss Las Pinas Waterlily, Lyra Velches. Las Pinas Mayor Nene Aguilar was represented by his wife, Ms. Imelda Aguilar (left most).
Senator Cynthia  Villar said she dreams of making the Water Lily Festival one of the most popular festivals in Metro Manila and the whole country as the Villar Foundation and the Las Pinas City government celebrated yesterday the 8th Water Lily Festival.

“I have gone all over the country and witnessed their festivities. I want our own Water Lily festival to become famous like the Sinulog, Kadayawan and Panagbenga,” said Villar.

Villar said the Water Lily Festival started with an environmental project in 2005 which paved the way for the establishment of the Water Lily Weaving Center.

She noted that before the Villar Foundation embarked on turning the bulk of water lilies as source of livelihood for Las Pinas residents, they clogged the Las Pinas River, which contributed to the flooding in the city.

Water lilies have been growing in abundance in Las Pinas City river, and eventually causing its water to overflow.
The Villar Foundation looked for a technology to process the water lilies, considered ‘aquatic nuisance’ and it was successful.
The senator said they were able to clean the river and waterways of water lilies, and at the same time, provide livelihood projects for hundreds of families in Las Pinas.
“We have gone a long way to promote our livelihood of water lily weaving. We can see how big we have made out of water lilies  that they are now being duplicated by other towns and cities  to thwart flooding in their areas,” said Villar, who has been known as “Misis Hanepbuhay”.

She reiterated the Villar Foundation was awarded the Best Water Management Practice in 2011 for its “Sagip Ilog” or the Las Pinas River Rehabilitation Project.
Under the foundation’s Sagip Ilog Program, Las Pinas River was totally eradicated of water lilies that were used in making handicraft products like traditional   bags (bayong), baskets, placemats, slippers, laundry baskets, chests, lamp shades, coasters and slippers,  among others.

The senator, who is also the foundation’s managing director, extolled that a filmmaker from Spain had filmed the Las Pinas Zapote Rehabilitation project.

“So with continued support and effort, we can do it,” further stated the senator who also led the awarding of cash and trophies to winners of the Miss Water Lily 2013 and the street dancing contests.

The 20 contestants for Miss Water Lily 2013 donned fascinating gowns made from water lilies.

Those who joined the street dancing competitions also used water lilies in their costumes. Each of the 5 groups carried  a particular theme on water lilies, and  how they were removed from the waters of Las Pinas and  benefits  people are getting from the once “aquatic nuisances”.

Miss Talon 5 Naida Sahtout won the title Miss Water Lily 2013. Dancers from the Las Pinas East National High School were the grand champions and Las Pinas North National High School got the first runner-up trophy in the street dancing competition. Prizes for the grand prize winners consisted of P50,000 cash and a trophy.

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  1. Good day! As far as i know, street dance competition grand champion is Las Pinas EAST National High School?

  2. ang kunti naman ng pictures, wala bang video jan? congrats sa mga nanalo. gusto ko ulit sumali sa mga ganito kaso matanda na ako para dito hehehe

  3. foreigner ba yung nanalo? di mukhang pinay ang pangalan

  4. Ang gaganda naman ng mga contestants at nanalo.

  5. Hmm would love to visit this place. more interested in street dancing than the beauty pageant.