Water Lily Festival
Water lilies are known to thrive in bodies of water, growing up to a height of 40 inches. While they also provide useful organisms to underwater life, they multiply rather quickly and as such, clog waterways, block drainage systems, and cause floods.
But these pesky water lilies, once seen as aquatic nuisances that would cause the Prinza River in Las Piñas to overflow now have an alternative use. Under the Livelihood Skills Program of the “Water Lily Weaving Project” of the Villar Foundation, water lilies are being made into handicrafts, launch livelihood projects and used as an effective tool to rehabilitate the very communities it they once adversely affected.
How it works
The recycling process is straightforward.
Once harvested, the plants are dried under the sun and then cured in an oven. Then they cut, and bent around a wire frame and dyed before they are woven into craft articles.
Step 1 Water Lily Stalk Harvesting
Step 2 Sun drying
Step 3 Oven drying
Step 4 Wire cutting
Step 5 Wire bending
Step 6 Wire frame welding
Step 7 Weaving
Step 8 Trimming
Step 9 Blow torching
Step 10 Glue application
Step 11 Varnishing
Step 12 Finished product
The finished items are tissue holders, baskets, hampers, and other products. Each item is sold per piece and the amount of money one takes home depends on one’s diligence. Because output is directly rewarded, workers are motivated to be more productive.
Cynthia Villar highlighted the importance of water lily in improving the lives of Las Piñas residents by declaring the 27th of July as the day of the Water Lily Festival.
For more information, please contact:
The Villar Foundation, Inc.
Caroline Masibay Street,
BF Resort Village, Talon 2, Las Piñas City
Tel # 874-9238, 872-0735, 872-8540