Iloilo students recycle trash into Christmas lanterns

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If you see several Christmas lanterns made of recycled materials like plastic cups in Iloilo, chances are they are made by students from high schools in the province.

The lanterns were made via the “Basura Mo, Iparol Mo” contest by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.

Winning entries in the contest are on display at the Casa Real de Iloilo.

Leganes National High School won the top prize of P15,000, while Miag-ao National High School won P12,000 and Leonora S. Salapantan National High School in San Miguel, Iloilo bagged the third prize of P10,000.

Other schools got a consolation prize of P5,000 each.

“They used materials like plastic cups, bottles, reusable spoons and there was even a school that used electronic materials like keyboards and headsets,” said Senior Environmental Management Specialist Mitzi Peñaflorida (

More importantly, she said students participating in the contest also learn about the proper management of their wastes.

She said the lanterns were judged based on creativity, symbolism, and originality.

Meanwhile, 15 local government units featured their best practices on solid waste management through an exhibit at the Casa Real de Iloilo.

“This is one way to further educate our barangay officials of their roles in the implementation of the solid waste management projects and programs,” she said.