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Manny Villar

Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar Jr. was born on December 13, 1949 in Moriones, Tondo Manila. His father, Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr., a government employee, hailed from Cabatuan, Iloilo and his mother Curita Bamba, a seafood dealer, came from Pampanga and Bataan. The second of nine children, Villar attended Holy Child Catholic School and started selling seafood at the Divisoria Market at an early age.

While Manny Villar was a working student, he was also putting in long hours as a fish and shrimp trader: working where the action starts during the wee hours of the morning when the freshly caught seafood arrives at market grounds. As a working student, he was able to put himself through school by finishing his studies at the University of the Philippines where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Business Administration.

After graduation, he tried his hand as an accountant at the country’s biggest accounting firm, Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. (SGV & Co.). He resigned shortly though to venture on his own seafood delivery business.

When a restaurant he was delivering stocks to did not pay him, he printed out “meal tickets” which he persuaded the restaurant owners to honor. He then sold these tickets at a discounted price to office workers. It took him one year to liquidate his receivables.

He worked briefly as a financial analyst at the Private Development Corporation of the Philippines. His job was to sell World Bank loans; despite their attractive rates there were no takers. Convinced that he could make it on his own again, he quit his job and promptly availed of one of the loans.

Other Information

  • Name: Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar, Jr.
  • Birthday: December 13, 1949
  • Place of Birth: Moriones, Tondo Manila
  • Nationality: Filipino
  • Residence: Las Piñas City
  • Occupation: Businessman, Politician
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Father: Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr.
  • Mother: Curita Bamba
  • Spouse(s): Cynthia A. Villar
  • Children:
    • Paolo Villar
    • Mark Villar
    • Camille Villar
  • School Attended:
    • Holy Child Catholic School
    • Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Business Administration, University of the Philippine

Business Interest

  • Camella & Palmera Homes

Public Service

  • Nacionalista Party, President
  • Senate of the Philippines, Member
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives (1998 to 2000)
  • President of the Senate (2006 to 2008)


  • Ten Outstanding Young Men in 1986
  • The Agora Award for Marketing Management in 1989
  • Most Outstanding CPA by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1990
  • Most Distinguished UP Alumnus in 1991


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