Over the years, Filipino women have played a considerable role in enacting positive changes in the governance of the country. Cynthia Villar stands out as one of the women who have brought about such changes both in the public and private sectors.
Cynthia is a Filipino politician currently serving as a senator of the Philippines. She led the senate race with a total of 25 million votes, which marked the most votes in the Filipino election history. She is a seasoned politician and a retired member of the House of Representatives for the Lone District of Las Pinas City.
Cynthia Villar profile summary
- Full name: Cynthia Ampaya Aguilar
- Celebrated name: Cynthia Villar
- Date of birth: 29th July 1950
- Place of birth: Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Luzon
- Cynthia Villar age: 69 years
- Nationality: Filipino
- Ethnicity: White
- Marital status: Married
- Cynthia Villar husband: Manuel B. Villar
- Profession: Politician, businesswoman
- Net worth: $74 million
Cynthia was born on 29th July 1950 in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila Luzon. Her parents are Lydia Ampaya (mother) and Filemon Aguilar (father), who served as a long-time mayor of Las Pinas.
Cynthia is the sister to Vergel Aguilar, the former mayor of Las Pinas and Elizabeth Ate Bess A. Masangkay, the chairman of Muntinlupa Barangay.
Cynthia Villar education
She attended Muntinlupa Elementary School and graduated in 1962. In 1970, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippine Diliman (UP Diliman). After two years, she earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from New York University.
Cynthia Villar children
Apart from her career endeavours, Cynthia Villa is a proud mother of three well-educated children. Her firstborn Paolo serves as the CEO of the publicly listed Vista Land. Mark, the second-born kid, works as the Secretary of the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The last born child, Camille, serves as the Executive Vice President of Starmall as well as the President of All Homes.
Here is the breakdown of her career progression:
- 1989 to 1990 - Treasurer for the Capitola Development Bank
- 1992 - Founder and Managing Director of the Villar Foundation
- 1998 - Chairwoman of Congressional Spouses Foundation
- 2001 to 2010 - Representative of the Lone District of Las Pinas
- 2004 to 2010 - Chairwoman of Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House Representatives during the 13th and 14th congress.
- 2006 to 2008 - President of the Senate Spouses Foundation Inc
- 2013 - Chairperson Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
Here is a breakdown of Cynthia Villar achievements during her political career:
- UP 2004 Distinguished Alumna Award
- One of the Outstanding Legislators of 2002, 2003, and 2004 Awardee
- Dakila Award from UP Center for Women’s Studies
- Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club Awardee
- Soroptomist International Woman of Distinction Gintong Ina, Ulirang Ina
- Soroptimist International’s Making a Difference in Women
- Maralitang Tagalungsod of 2003 for the support to the community Mortgage Program (CMP) in Las Piñas
- DILG-Bureau of the Fire Protection for professionalizing the Las Piñas Fire Department
- Best Practice Award for Outstanding Contribution Towards Improving the Living Environment by the UN Humans Settlement Program and the Dubai International Award
- AOIKOS International Award for Social Enterprise from River Rehabilitation
- International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice
- United Nations Best Water Management
Cynthia Villar advocacy projects have helped various groups of individuals. She has successfully offered the following platforms:
- Offering job opportunities to Filipino women
- Protecting the interests of children, women and Filipino families
- Pushing the livelihood projects out of waste to a national scope.
Cynthia Villar comment about nurses
On 23rd February 2013, Cynthia opposed the move by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), to close down several nursing schools which didn't meet the basic minimum requirements to be in operation. She argued that the nurses needed to complete their degree; hence there was no need to shut them down.
Nurses don't actually need to finish BS Nursing. These nurses only want to become a room nurse or caregivers in America or other countries. They don't need to be that good, said the Senator.
Unfortunately, her comment wasn't well-received by nurses; thus, they demanded an apology from her. On 4th March 2013 here is the apology she twitted.
I sincerely apologize to all the nurses and their families who were hurt by my response to the question I was asked on TV, twitted Cynthia.
Cynthia Villar research
In the recent past, the Senator encountered a public backlash against her comments on the high budget of corn study presented by the Department of Agriculture. Cynthia came out to strongly disapprove the amount of money allocated to the National Corn Program. As a result, numerous individuals criticized her disapproval.
This is what she had to say,
I am not against research; I want the research that can be applied. There should be an application for us to check that our research is worthwhile because if we cannot apply the research, it is just useless. I look at the budget of the DA; it cannot be purely research and no application. I was telling them that if they have a budget divide it - half should be for research, and the other half should be for application and its impact to the farmers. You have to apply research for the benefit or for the good of the people and the agriculture, she remarked.
Cynthia is one of the wealthiest senators in the Philippines. As of 2020, Cynthia Villar net worth stands at P3, 719,941,858.00, which is equivalent to around $74 million.
In every country, women are considered the dominant force in enacting growth and positive changes. The Filipinos have been lucky to have Senator Cynthia Villar as one of their own.