Senator Cynthia  A. Villar

Senate Office: Rm. 503 GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Diokno Blvd., Pasay City
Trunk Lines: (632) 552-6601 local nos. 6508 to 6511
Direct Line: (632) 552-6715
Telefax No.: (632) 552-6734
Twitter: @cynthia_villar


Cynthia Aguilar Villar earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines’ (UP) College of Business Administration, which recognized her as one of its Distinguished Alumni in 2004. Recently, in August 2017, she was awarded as “Most Distinguished Alumna” by the UP Alumni Association (UPAA). She completed her Masters’ Degree in Business Administration at the New York University (NYU).

She practiced as a financial analyst and college professor until she married Former House Speaker and Senate President Manny Villar in 1975. She then helped her husband in various entrepreneurial ventures, eventually making Vista Land the biggest homebuilder in the Philippines. She managed a private development bank from 1989 to 1998.

In 2001, Cynthia Villar won in a landslide victory as Representative of Las Piñas to the Philippine’s House of Representatives, where she completed three terms or nine years of service until 2010. She was Chairperson of Committee on Higher and Technical Education during the 13th and 14th congress. She was President of the Lady Legislators during the 12th, 13th & 14th Congress initiating legislations benefitting women, children and family.

Cynthia Villar’s social and civic concerns are wide and varied. Thus, in 1992, she founded and chaired the Villar Foundation (now Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance or Villar SIPAG), the programs of which include providing assistance to OFWs, sponsoring every year the OFW and OFW Family Summit attended by 5,000 OFW families environment protection and livelihood projects, which she has established in nearly 1,800 locations all over the country. She served as Managing Director of the foundation until 2012.

Senator Villar was also conferred the rank of honorary Commodore by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Auxiliary for her commitment to environment protection. She is also an Honorary Member of the Philippine Horticultural Society.

In the 2013 Midterm Elections, Cynthia Villar won as Senator of the country. Senator Villar is the current chairperson of the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food as well as the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. She is instrumental in establishing the Las Piñas - Parañaque Wetland Park in the Las Piñas - Parañaque Critical Habitat & Ecotourism Area or LPPCHEA and spearheading the Manila Bay Clean Up. She is also behind the establishment of 900 farm schools all over the country supported by TESDA.

Amidst all her achievements and awards, she successfully raised three well-educated children: Paolo is the CEO of publicly listed Vista Land; Mark is the Secretary of the Departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); and Camille, is the Executive Vice President of Starmall and President of All Home.

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17th Congress Senators