The Las Piñas Water Lily Festival, now on its 8th year, is more than a festival. It is a yearly celebration of an environmental program that has given birth to a livelihood enterprise (water hyacinth weaving enterprise), which has been a source of income for many families in the city. It has also inspired many people that it is now being duplicated in various towns and cities all over the country.
The Water Lily Festival was conceptualized in order to highlight the products made out of water lilies, which were treated as aquatic pests before as they used to clog the Las Piñas River. Then Las Piñas Representative, now Senator Cynthia Villar, started the Sagip Ilog Program to save and rehabilitate the river.
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.