Manuel Bamba Villar, Jr. was born on December 13, 1949 in Tondo, Manila. He is the second of the nine children of Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr. a government employee and to Curita Bamba a seafood dealer. At a young age, Sen. Villar helps his mother selling seafood at the market and supports his siblings and himself for school. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and Masters Degree in Business Administration at the University of the Philippines.
He started as an accountant and financial analyst for companies at the Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. and to the Private Development Corporation of the Philippines but quitted his job and started on his own. At the age of 28, he was then successful and earned millions after investing in a 160-house development project. He then decided to concentrate his self in a housing project which is very affordable. His housing strategy clicked and made Villar as a famous housing industry leader. Villar presently holds major stocks in C&P Homes, Household Development Corporation, Palmera Homes, Britanny Corporation, Adelfa Properties, Fine Properties, M.B. Villar Company, and Macy’s, and many others. In 1992, he entered politics and elected as Congressman in Las Piñas and Muntinlupa three times consecutively and in 1998 he was chosen as a Speaker of the House of Representatives. Villar was then elected as Senator in the year 2001. He is also the President of the Nacionalista Party.
Villar received several awards including:
· Ten Outstanding Young Men in 1986
· Agora Award for Marketing Management in 1989
· Most Outstanding CPA by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1990
· Most Distinguished Alumnus of the University of the Philippines in 2004
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As his tag line “Sipag at Tiyaga”, he encourages Filipino people to fulfill their dreams whatever the situations they had in their life because, through his determination and hard work he surmount poverty and became successful in life.