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LAS PIÑAS – The Las Piñas government distributed gifts to indigents, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) during the Christmas season.

Las Piñas Mayor Imelda Aguilar and her daughter April led the two-day gift-giving activity held recently at the Verdant Court.

The mother and daughter tandem gave more than 20,000 pale of goodies during the event organized by the City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Health Office, and City Nutrition Office.

Councilor Mark Santos, City Health Officer Dr. Ferdinand Eusebio, City Nutrition Officer Dr. Julio Javier, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Junet Barilla witnessed the event.

In line with Christmas celebrations, the city staged the parade of giant colorful lanterns made of recycled items to celebrate the 13th Las Piñas Parol Festival.

Senator Cynthia Villar launched the festival 13 years ago to revitalize parol-making industry in the city. She helped organize the “Samahang Magpaparol ng Las Pinas” and subsequently create the Las Piñas Parol Center which has served as the training area for lantern makers since its inception.

“A Filipino Christmas is not complete without a traditional parol hanging outside our homes. I am truly amazed by the creativity of the Las Piñeros as they continue to come up with unique and creative designs that make Christmas in our city truly alive and colorful,” Villar had said.

Parol maker Merlito Menchero bagged the first prize of P20,000; while second prize of P15,000 was given to Rogelio Apuli and Dolores Alifaro took home the third prize award of P10,000.

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