Villars award winners in the 16th Las Pinas Parol Festival. Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, Former DPWH Sec. Mark Villar and Deputy Speaket Camille Villar, conferred cash rewards to the winners of the annual event led by grand winner Luzviminda Gallardo who got P20,000 cash prize. The other winners are Idelfonso Esguerra 1st Runner-up prize and 2nd Runner-up Emeterion Cabasali prize who got P15,000 and P10,000. respectively. The Villars virtually attended the event while the winners and the other participanfs were physically present at the Villar SIPAG compound in the city.
By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Senator Cynthia Villar, former DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and Deputy Speaker Camille Vilar, yesterday awarded the winners of Las Piñas City annual parol-making competition, now on its 16th year, as part of their commitment to support its lantern industry which made the city’s Metro Manila’s parol-making capital.
Despite the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic, Villar acknowledged the continuing passion of Las Piñeros to create unique and environment-friendly parols that make Las Piñas lanterns stand out among the rest.
Villar said she is happy and proud that “we have once again risen up to the challenge of honoring our annual tradition and spread holiday cheer and hope this season.”
Sen. Villar led the virtual awarding ceremonies at the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) Hall.
She conferred the awards to the following winners of the annual parol-making contest.
Here are the winners and prizes:
Grand Winner: Luzviminda Gallardo P20,000
1st Runner-Up:Idelfonso Esguerra – P15,000
2nd Runer-Up : Emeterion Cabasali – 10,000
The competition is part of Villar’s advocacy to promote garbage recycling and efficient solid waste management.
Entries from the Samahang Magpaparol ng Las Piñas used recyclable materials such as shampoo sachets, soap cartons, straws, PET bottles, cans, tetra packs, newspapers used CDs and cardboard boxes as well as organic items like clam and mussel shells.
They can also use materials such as coconut husks and dried leaves for their entries. Bamboo is the main material for the lantern frames. There were a total of 12 entries.
The contest mechanics included ingenuity and resourcefulness, 30 percent; creativity, 25 percent; impact, 30 percent; and technical skills, 15 percent; for a total of 100 percent.
The Parol Festival was a brainchild of Villar when she was still the representative of Las Piñas in a bid to boost the city’s parol-making industry.
Las Piñas City is home to three generations of parol makers who use bamboo frames. Bamboos may have grown abundantly in the area long before, as it is likewise the home of the world-famous Bamboo Organ which was built in 1824. (ai/mtvn)