Cynthia Villar no ordinary senatorial wife

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    Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

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    Thousands beg Australia not to deport autistic Filipino boy

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    Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

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    Indonesia to look into condemned Filipina's case: Philippines

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    Pacquiao a national symbol of hope in Philippines

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    Iran forces Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship to Iranian port: US of …

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    Iran forces Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship to Iranian port: US of …

    Iranian naval ships fired across the bow of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, and forced it to head to Iranian territory, US defense officials said. At least five Iranian ships demanded that the Maersk Tigris, which had no Americans on board, head to Larak Island. The cargo ship's captain "declined" the demand and one of the Iranian vessels "fired shots" across the bow of the Maersk Tigris, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said. …

Former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar was born in Muntinlupa City. She earned her college degree from the University of the Philippines, which recently recognized her as one of its Distinguished Alumni.

Villar used to work as a college professor and a financial analyst before marrying Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar in 1975.

With a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the New York University, she then helped her husband in making their real-estate company Vista Land the biggest home-builder in the country.

She also was active in addressing various social and civic concerns that prompted her to establish the Villar Foundation, which has programs that helps Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS).

The businesswoman also carried out programs that cared for the environment and providing livelihood to residents in depressed areas before moving on managing a private bank from 1989 to 1998.

In 2001, she replaced her husband as the representative of the lone district of Las Pinas to the House of Representatives, where she served for three consecutive terms.
 
During the 13th Congress, Villar served as the chair of House Committee on Higher and Technical Education that helped her pursue legislation benefitting Filipino women, children, and family.

In her term as congresswoman, she led the passage of 28 bills including University of the Philippines Charter of 2008 and Philippine Normal University Modernization Act of 2009.

If elected in the Senate, she vows to create a separate department for Filipino migrant workers, which centralize all the services and functions of related government agencies or bureaus, for OFWs.

Being honored as one of its distinguished women, the University of the Philippines named a flower after her, calling it Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cynthia A. Villar for its dark orange petals that is similar to the political color that her husband has been wearing for his political campaigns.

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  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather
    Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. Except the world got to him," Soriano said of Pacquiao's …

  • Profiles of foreigners due to be executed in Indonesia
    Profiles of foreigners due to be executed in Indonesia

    Eight foreign drug convicts are set to be executed in Indonesia after losing all appeals for clemency. Here are brief profiles of the inmates, who include two from Australia, one each from Brazil and the Philippines, and four from Africa. Myuran Sukumaran A ringleader of the Bali Nine drugs smuggling syndicate, Sukumaran was born in London in 1981 and moved with his Sri Lankan family to Australia when he was a child. Enticed by the prospect of easy money, in 2005 he helped to organise a …

  • Indonesia says will not delay execution of Filipina convict
    Indonesia says will not delay execution of Filipina convict

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - The execution of a Filipina drug convict by an Indonesian firing squad will not be delayed despite last-minute appeals by the Philippine government, the attorney general said on Tuesday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier met with a migrant workers' group to discuss the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who is one of nine people set to be executed within hours. (Reporting by Rosemarie Francisco in MANLIA and Gayatri Suroyo in JAKARTA; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) …

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