The water lily handicraft business in Las Piñas City started as a backyard industry nearly a decade ago. People can’t help but take notice of the wide range of products that can be made out of the plant that grow in abundance in urban waterways.
Zapote River is now free of water lilies and fish had begun breeding there again. They are now getting their water lilies from the Laguna de Bay. Mrs. Cynthia Villar hopes that the Laguna de Bay lake will also be cleared of water lilies because of this business.
Buyers of the water lily products range from:
- individual patrons
- department stores which place orders in bulk
- exporters who bought products from the Villar Foundation shipping them to the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Price List of some Water Lily products:
Hampers sell for P750 and P900 each,depending on the size.
Trays sell for P100 to P200 each.
Lampshade would be worth at least P500
Three-drawer cabinet, P5,500.
Dining set made up of a table and four chairs (with metal or wooden supports) would be worth P25,000.
The Villar Foundation water lily products has a gross selling price P100,000 per month which increases during the Christmas season, when orders for popular Christmas gifts like baskets, trays, and ornamental pots shoot up.
Right now, the Villar Foundation is developing charcoal from dried water lily stalks. And they’re now looking at using the stalks and leaves as a leather substitute to be used in bags according to Mrs. Villar.