Cynthia Villar

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Cynthia A. Villar
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Representative, Lone District of Las Piñas 12th-14th Congress
Political Party: Nacionalista Party (2001 to date)
Liberal Party Coalition (2013, Guest Candidate)- Makabayan Coalition (2013, Guest Candidate)
Born: July 29, 1950 (age 62)
Flag of the Philippines Philippines Muntinlupa, Philippines
Spouse: Manuel Bamba Villar (married since 1975)
Children: Paolo, Mark and Camille
Religion: Protestant
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Cynthia Villar or Cynthia A. Villar, who has dubbed herself as Mrs. Hanapbuhay on her website homepage, is a 2013 Philippine general elections candidate for senator of the Nacionalista Party, the oldest political party in the Philippines presided by Senator Manuel Villar. Mrs. Villar was also officially proclaimed at Club Filipino by President Benigno Aquino as one of the candidates included in his administration coalition’s senatorial slate. The coalition consists of candidates from the Liberal Party (to which the President belongs) and candidates from other parties such as the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Nacionalista, Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino and Akbayan Party-List, who are being endorsed by the President. Mrs. Villar is also one of the five senatorial bets who were endorsed by Makabayan, a political coalition of Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, COURAGE, ACT and Katribu, to reinforce their stand on advocacies and public issues, aside from fielding their lone official candidate, the incumbent Bayan Muna representative Teodoro Casiño.


Political Family

Cynthia Aguilar Villar is the wife of Senator Manuel Villar, who is also known as Manny Villar, and the mother of Las Piñas City Representative Mark Villar, who succeeded her as congressman from Las Piñas in the 15th Congress. The late Dr. Filemon Aguilar, who was mayor of Las Piñas and also a congressman from the Lone District at one time, is her father. Vergel Aguilar or Nene Aguilar, the mayor of Las Piñas for the fifth term, is her brother.


Mrs. Villar is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. She has a masters degree in Business Administration from New York University.

Career and Achievements in Private Life

  • financial analyst
  • college professor
  • entrepreneur, helping her husband in creating home builders such as Vista Land
  • private development bank manager, 1989-1998
  • founder and chair, Villar Foundation, 1992
  • Managing Director, Villar Foundation - initiating and getting involved in various programs such as the following:
    • Pagtatanim sa Kinabukasan - tree-planting that has been long-running advocacy
    • Sagip Bukas - school-based movement for a drug-free Las Piñas
    • Manpower on Wheels - mobile livelihood skills training program
    • River rehabilitation
    • OFW assistance
    • Social enterprises
    • Entrepreneurship and livelihood - initiating skills programs that turn water lilies into functional and decorative items
    • Health and social services
    • Youth, education and sports
    • Church building and financial assistance to religious organizations
    • Initiating mass propagation of hibiscus (Cynthia Villar breed) in the country as a livelihood opportunity for the poor through a memorandum of agreement with UP Los Baños Institute of Plant Breeding

Positions and Achievements in Politics

  • As chairperson of Congressional Spouses Foundation in 1998-2000, she spearheaded the building of 11 regional centers for women victims of abuse
  • representative, Las Piñas City, 2001-2010
  • initiated legislation and implemented activities to advance and protect the welfare of women, children and family, as representative and president of the Association of Lady Legislators in Congress; the laws that were authored and/or jointly sponsored by her are the following:
    • R.A. No. 9208, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003
    • R.A. No. 9262, Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004
    • R.A. No. 9231, An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child of 2003, Amending for this Purpose R.A. No. 7610
    • R.A. No. 9255, An Act Allowing Illegitimate Children to Use the Surname of their Father, Amending for the Purpose Article 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines
    • R.A. No. 9344, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006
    • R.A. No. 9257, Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003
    • R.A. No. 9710, The Magna Carta of Women
    • R.A. No. 9994, Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010
  • sponsored and led the passage of 28 bills on higher or technical education to improve the quality or accessibility of education nationwide, which include the following:
    • R.A. No. 9500, University of the Philippines Charter of 2008
    • R.A. No. 9647, Philippine Normal University Modernization Act of 2009
  • worked for the passage of key legislation, such as the following:
    • R.A. No. 9442, An Act Amending R.A. No. 7277, Otherwise Known as The “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, and for Other Purposes”
    • R.A. No. 9451, An Act Establishing a National Science High School in Barangay Dos, Las Piñas City to be Known as the Las Piñas City National Science High School. and Appropriating Funds Therefor
    • R.A. No. 9240, An Act Converting the Las Piñas District Hospital into a Medical Center to be Known as The Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center and Appropriating Funds Therefor
    • Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003
    • R.A. No. 9177, An Act Declaring the First Day of Shawwal, the Tenth Month of the Islamic Calendar, National Holiday for the Observance of Eidul Fitr and the Tenth Day of Zhuld Hijja. The Twelfth Month of the Islamic Calendar, a Regional Holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the Observance of Eidul Adha, Amending for the Purpose Section 26, Chapter 7 of Executive No. 292, Otherwise known as the Administrative Code of 1987, and for Other Purposes
    • R.A. No. 9174, An Act Amending Republic No. 6768, Entitled, “An Act Instituting a Balikbayan Program” by Providing Additional Benefits and Privileges to Balikbayan and for Other Purposes
    • R.A. No. 9175, Chain Saw Act of 2002
  • spearheaded the raising of P25M for the rehabilitation of Philippine General Hospital charity wards, as president of Senate Spouses Foundation, Inc., Aug 2006 to Dec 2008
  • Chairwoman, Committee on Higher and Technical Education, House of Representatives, 2004-2010


  • UP Distinguished Alumna Awardee in 2004
  • Awards for Las Piñas-Zapote River System Rehabilitation “Sagip Ilog” Program
    • United Nations Best Water Management Practices Awardee (among 38 entries) in celebration of the Water for Life Decade held in Zaragoza, Spain in March 2011
    • Best Practices Awardee for Outstanding Contribution Towards Improving the Living Environment from UN Human Settlements Program
    • Dubai International Awardee
    • OIKOS Global Case Writing Competition for the Sustainable Livelihood Program developed out of river wastes
    • International Green Apple Awardee for Environmental Best Practice
  • Soroptomist International Woman of Distinction Gintong Ina, Ulirang Ina
  • Soroptimist International’s “Making a Difference in Women Awardee”
  • UP Los Baños honors Cynthia Villar on 29 July 2011, her birthday, with her very own unique breed of flower that bears her name, the ‘Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cynthia A. Villar,’ for her invaluable contributions to public service in her various capacities as legislator, entrepreneur, citizen, leader, and environmental advocate

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