Alabang Bulletin was able to verify that the supposed botched kidnapping inside Alabang Town Center that spread out on social media (even our site published it and we have now taken that down) recently was just a false alarm.

Here is the post of the mother as she cleared things up regarding the incident:

From Charissa Cacnio via Facebook:

RECENT KIDNAPPING MODUS UPDATE

ATC Management and I have been in constant communication and cooperation to further investigate the July 19 incident, we are very relieved and comforted to find out that it was a false alarm.

Apparently, the parent was indeed inside the mall but was busy attending to some matters which seemed that the child was left unsupervised.

To conclude the findings: There is no syndicate, nor modus operandi related to this incident at Alabang Town Center.

In spite the reassuring news, may we all still continue to be vigilant and be prepared to take action in keeping our community and children safe at all times. May we protect ourselves and the children for unnecessary torment.

May the post serve its greater purpose:
To prevent crimes most especially to children.

To encourage people to share their experiences without fear of judgment; and readers to be more compassionate than judgmental. Who knows? The courage to share could have benefited or saved at least 1 person/child. Wouldn’t that be enough reason?

To foster community relationship, cooperation and genuine concern for each other.

Again, thank you ATC Management for the cooperation and swift action. And thank you for those who shared creating awareness in keeping our community safe.

PLEASE SHARE.

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(The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Students in Las Piñas vied for a total of P100,000 cash prize while winners in the Miss Las Piñas Waterlily 2014 were crowned during the 9th Las Piñas Waterlily Festival 2014 celebration held recently in the city.

Five school teams also competed in the Inter-School Street Dance Competition.

The winners and their prizes were Group 5-LP East National High School, LPENHS Talon 4 Annex and LPENHS Equitable Village, first place with P50,000 cash; LP North National High School, CAA National High School and Group 2-Las Piñas Science High School, second place with P30,000 cash; and Group 4-Las Piñas National High School and LPNS Gatchalian Annex, third place with P20,000 cash and a trophy.

Each team was composed of a maximum of 50, 40 dancers and 10 drumbeaters.

Villar SIPAG foundation provided P175,000 cash subsidy for costumes, props and equipment of participating teams.

The winners will become cultural ambassadors to represent Las Piñas in dance competitions outside the city.

Crowned Miss Las Piñas Waterlily 2014 was Jian Cayla Salazar, 20, of Brgy. Manuyo 1, while Maram Banajah of Brgy. Pamplona 3 was first runner up. Giselle Pascual of Brgy. Almanza 1 was second runner up.

As ambassador of goodwill, Miss Las Piñas Waterlily 2014 will promote the beauty of the city, its livelihood programs and the Las Piñas-Zapote River rehabilitation, which won a United Nations award.

Sixteen ladies from 20 barangays vied for the title at the Villar SIPAG Center last July 22.

Last July 19, all candidates went on a Lakbay Aral at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-tourism Area (LPPCHEA) and the Livelihood Projects of Villar SIPAG.

LPPCHEA, a mangrove forest and marine habitat that serves as sanctuary for 84 bird species and migratory birds, was included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, along with world-renowned Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park in Sulu and the Underground River in Palawan.

In holding the festivity annually, Sen. Cynthia Villar said she wants the festival to be among the most famous ones like the Panagbenga, Sinulog and Kadayawan to draw foreign and local tourists to the city.

Villar said the festival started with an environmental project in 2005 that led to the establishment of the Water Lily Weaving Center in the city. She said the city’s water lily industry has gone a long way to promote the livelihood of residents.

Before turning water lilies into a source of livelihood for Las Piñas residents, they clogged the river, contributing to massive flooding.

Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar was the guest speaker while the senator delivered the inspirational message.

Aside from the costumes of street dancers and candidates, the day-long festival also showcased products made from water lilies like banig or sleeping mats, baskets, slippers, trays, bags, hampers, cabinets, lampshades, coasters, placemats and bayong.

The Department of Tourism (It’s More Fun in the Philippines), Crystal Clear Water and Glutamax sponsored the festival.

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The following is a list of holidays for 2015, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014, unless otherwise specified:

January 1, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)

January 2, 2015, Friday - Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)

February 19, 2015, Thursday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)

February 25, 2015, Wednesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Special holiday)

April 2, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)

April 3, 2015, Friday – Good Friday (Regular holiday)

April 4, 2015, Saturday – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

April 9, 2015, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)

May 1, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)

June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)

August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)

August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)

November 1, 2015, Sunday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)

November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)

December 24, 2015, Thursday - Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)

December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)

December 30, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)

December 31, 2015, Thursday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

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From news.pia.gov.ph:

LAS PINAS CITY, 24 July (PIA)–The many uses of the water hyacinth more popularly called ‘water lily’ in the Philippines will be highlighted Thursday (July 24) during the 9th Water Lily Festival that will be held in Las Piñas City starting at 7 a.m. along C5 Extension.

According to Villar, the Water Lily Festival was really 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, but are now useful raw materials.

“Through this festival, we are able to help the water lily weavers to market their products by showcasing them throughout the day-long festival, from the beautiful gowns of the contestants in the Miss Water Lily and the costumes of the street dancers to the decorations of the boats in the fluvial parade,” Villar said.

The Water Lily festival aims to promote the water hyacinth-based livelihood enterprise. To clear the Las Piñas River of water lilies, residents harvest them and dry the stalks, which become the raw material for producing baskets, trays, slippers, and other functional and ornamental items.

The festival not only promotes Las Piñas as a city and draws the attention of the people to its environmental and livelihood programs.

“We are proud of the barangay-based livelihood projects that we have created, the raw materials of which all come from wastes. We have employed more than 500 families in our livelihood centers,” Villar cited.

Highlights of the annual festival are the coronation of Miss Las Piñas Water Lily 2014 and the street dancing wherein participants will don gowns and costumes made out of water lily. (Las Pinas/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)

 

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From gmanetwork.com:

 

A Singaporean and thirteen Filipinos were arrested by authorities in a raid on a suspected human trafficking den in Brgy E. Aldana in Las Piñas City on Friday.

According to Police Chief Insp. Elizabeth Jasmin, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the raid was conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation and the PNP.

The suspects were identified as Singaporean national Yvone Phua, Michael Abellar, Joy Abellar, a certain Eric, Emma, Mandy and 8 others.

Aside from this, 36 women who were said to be victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment were rescued during the raid.

The operation stemmed from the complaint of five women who were made to pay their way out and reported the alleged illegal activities of the recruitment agency identified as PEM Maid Employment Agency.

The suspects face human trafficking and illegal recruitment raps.  Andrei Medina/JDS, GMA News

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