First Lady Contenders Part III
Apr 30,2010 0 Comments
Wife of Manny Villar, Presidential Candidate of Nacionalista Party
Back when she was in 3rd year college, when she became friends with her classmate Manny Villar at the UP College of Business Administration, could the former Cynthia Aguilar have imagined becoming the wife of a billionaire president-running? The answer would most probably be yes for the Las Pinas congresswoman of nine years, mother of three and business operations expert known to be a hard-worker.
Cynthia practiced as a financial analyst and college professor until she married Manny Villar in 1975. She then helped her husband in various entrepreneurial ventures, eventually making C & P Homes the biggest homebuilder in the Philippines.
In 2001, she became a first-time Representative of Las Pinas, of which her father also served once as City Mayor, and was re-elected twice. Cynthia’s projects have focused on the environment and livelihood for women. She has combined these two pressing issues into projects that answer both needs, like keeping the Las Piñas River clear of coconut husks and water lilies by turning these into nets to cover the slopes of Las Piñas’ hills, blankets, slippers and hampers. This then gave hundreds of women a decent source of livelihood.
In an interview with The Philippine Star, Cynthia had this to say on the role she will play should her husband win: “I don’t relish the thought of being first lady or Manny being president. We don’t even know what will happen to us there…I think I will enjoy more being an ordinary person. But as I’ve said, opportunities are being opened to you, and you must take them. Otherwise at the end of your life, you will always ask yourself if you made the right decisions. That’s a very difficult position to be in.”
More on Cynthia Villar:
* Acquired Capitol Development Bank with Manny Villar in 1989, where she served as Treasurer for a year and then as President until 1998.
* Founded and has chaired the Villar Foundation in 1992, which won awards for its tree-planting program “Pagtatanim Para sa Kinabukasan” (Planting for the Future), “Sagip Bukas” (Save the Future) a school based movement for a drug-free Las Piñas, and “Manpower on Wheels,” a mobile livelihood program
* President and Chairperson of the Congressional Spouses Foundation from 1998 to 2000
* Continues to hold key posts in the Philippine National Red Cross Las Piñas & Rizal Chapter, Epheta Foundation for the Blind Inc., Children’s Museum Library Inc. Foundation, Zonta Club Las Piñas and the Rizal Youth Development Foundation
* Presently serves as the Chairperson of the National Fund Campaign of the Veterans Foundation or FILVETS
* Currently President of Senate Spouses Foundation Inc., building homes for the elderly around the country and rehabilitating wards at the Philippine General Hospital
* Mother of Paolo and Mark, both graduates of the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Finance, and Camille, Business Management graduate at the Ateneo de Manila University