Cynthia Villar dubbed as Mrs. Hanapbuhay is a 2013 Philippine general elections candidate for senator of the Nacionalista Party, the oldest political party in the Philippines presided by her husband Senator Manuel Villar. Cynthia Villar is also included in the administration coalition’s senatorial state which is endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III.
She was a congresswoman from Las Pinas in the 15th congress until her son Las Piñas City Representative Mark Villar succeeded her. The late Dr. Filemon Aguilar, who was mayor of Las Piñas and also a congressman from the Lone District at one time, is her father. Vergel Aguilar or Nene Aguilar, the mayor of Las Piñas for the fifth term, is her brother. Cynthia Villar was first elected to Congress in 2001 and served three consecutive terms.
As representative and president of the Association of Lady Legislators in Congress, Cynthia Villar has authored or jointly sponsored the following bills: R.A. No. 9208, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, R.A. No. 9262, Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, An Act Allowing Illegitimate Children to Use the Surname of their Father, Amending for the Purpose Article 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines, R.A. No. 9344, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, R.A. No. 9257, Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003, and R.A. No. 9710, The Magna Carta of Women.
Villar is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines where she received a UP Distinguished Alumna award in 2004. She has a masters degree in Business Administration from New York University.
Platforms/Advocacy of Cynthia Villar
Villar has been campaigning on a platform of providing jobs to the Filipino people especially women.
When she was a member of the House of Representatives, the former lawmaker said she authored and sponsored several legislations to protect the interests of women, children and the Filipino family.
She is also pushing “livelihood projects out of waste” on a national scope if she wins in the Senate race in the May elections.