Cynthia Villar

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The Honorable
Cynthia Villar
Cynthia Villar.jpg
Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2013
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Agriculture and Food Committee
Assumed office
February 27, 2017
Preceded by Francis Pangilinan
In office
July 22, 2013 – July 25, 2016
Preceded by Francis Pangilinan
Succeeded by Francis Pangilinan
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Environment and
Natural Resources Committee
Assumed office
July 25, 2016
Preceded by Loren Legarda
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Government Corporations and
Public Enterprises Committee
In office
July 22, 2013 – July 25, 2016
Preceded by Franklin Drilon
Succeeded by Richard J. Gordon
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Las Piñas' Lone District
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Manny Villar
Succeeded by Mark Villar
Personal details
Born Cynthia Ampaya Aguilar
(1950-07-29) July 29, 1950 (age 66)
Muntinlupa, Rizal, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Nacionalista Party
Other political
affiliations
Team PNoy (2012-2016)
Coalition for Change (2016-present)
Spouse(s) Manny Villar
Children Manuel Paolo Villar III
Mark Villar
Camille Linda Villar
Residence Las Piñas, Metro Manila
Alma mater University of the Philippines Diliman
New York University
Occupation Businesswoman and Politician
Profession Businesswoman

Cynthia Aguilar Villar (/ɑːɡɪlɑːr/ /bɪljɑːr/, born Cynthia Ampaya Aguilar on July 29, 1950) is a Filipino politician and wife of billionaire businessman Manny Villar. She was a member of the House of Representatives for the Lone District of Las Piñas from 2001-2010 and is currently a senator.

She is the sister of Las Piñas Mayor Vergel Aguilar,[1] and Muntinlupa Barangay Chairman Elizabeth "Ate Bess" A. Masangkay and the wife of Senator Manny Villar.

Early life[edit]

Villar was born on July 29, 1950 in the then-municipality of Muntinlupa to Filemon Aguilar, a long-time mayor of Las Piñas and congressman, and Lydia Ampaya.

She spent her elementary years at the Muntinlupa Elementary School, where she graduated in 1962. In 1966, she graduated high school from the Philippine Christian University. She then obtained a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman) in 1970. It is where in UP she met her future husband, Senator Manny Villar. Two years later, in 1972, she obtained a master's degree in Business Administration at the New York University.

She practiced as a financial analyst at the Philippine Shares Corporation and a professor at the Far Eastern University before marrying Villar in 1975. After her marriage, she help her husband in managing his business ventures and became the director and vice president of the Household Finance Corporation. She later managed the Capitol Development Bank, where she served as its treasurer from 1989 to 1990 and its president from 1990 to 1998.

In 1992, she founded the Villar Foundation, where she is currently its managing director.

When Manny Villar became Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1998, she became the chairwoman of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, serving until 2000.

Political career[edit]

In 2001, Villar ran as Representative of the Lone District of Las Piñas and won in a landslide victory. She served in that post until 2010.

When her husband became the Senate President in 2006, she became the president of the Senate Spouses Foundation, Inc., serving until December 2008.

In 2013, Villar ran as senator under the ticket of his husband's rival in the 2010 presidential elections, President Benigno Aquino III and won, finishing in the 10th place.

Controversy[edit]

In a senatorial forum on GMA News TV on February 23, 2013, economist Solita Monsod asked Villar to explain why, as chairman of the House Committee on High Education, she opposed the move to close nursing schools that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said did not meet minimum requirements to continue operations.

She explained that she favored the students who wanted to continue their schooling. CHED, she said, wanted to close the nursing schools because they didn't have the required tertiary hospitals where the nurses would eventually be trained before they graduate and get their BS Nursing degrees.

This part of Villar's response became controversial: "Actually, hindi naman kailangan ng nurse na matapos ang BSN (BS Nursing). Kasi itong mga nurses, gusto lang nilang maging room nurse, o sa Amerika o sa other countries, ay mag-aalaga lang sila. Hindi naman kailangan na ganoon sila kagaling. (Nurses don't actually need to finish BS Nursing. These nurses only want to become a room nurse or caregivers in America or in other countries. They don't need to be that good.),” Villar said in response.

Villar apologized on March 4, 2013 to Filipino nurses who were hurt by her recent statement on the nursing profession.

Taos-puso po akong humihingi ng paumanhin sa lahat ng mga nurse at kani-kanilang pamilya na labis na nasaktan sa aking kasagutan sa tanong na ibinato sa akin sa isang programa sa TV (I sincerely apologize to all the nurses and their families who were hurt by my response to the question I was asked on TV),” she posted on her Twitter account[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (PHNO), PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE. "PHNE: Business and Economy". Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cynthia Villar apologizes to nurses". Retrieved 17 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Manny Villar
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Las Piñas' Lone District
2001-2010
Succeeded by
Mark Villar
Senate of the Philippines
Preceded by
Franklin Drilon
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Government Corporations and
Public Enterprises Committee

2013–2016
Succeeded by
Richard J. Gordon
Preceded by
Francis Pangilinan
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Agriculture and Food Committee

2013–2016
Succeeded by
Francis Pangilinan
Preceded by
Loren Legarda
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Environment and
Natural Resources Committee

2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Francis Pangilinan
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Agriculture and Food Committee

2017–present
Incumbent