MANILA, Philippines — The Yuletide season is a very busy period for Sen. Manny Villar and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar as well as their three grown-up children – Paolo, Mark and Camille.
Paolo is the president of the family-controlled Vista Land and Lifescape Inc. The Villar couple’s middle child is the incumbent congressman of Las Piñas. And unica hija Camille Villar is the COO of Brittany Corp.
On top of social functions, members of the family are busy with outreach programs. First was the Villar Foundation’s gift-giving for underprivileged kids from Baseco, Tondo and Barangay Irohin, Cavite held at the Christmas Village in the family-owned Crosswinds property in Tagaytay.
The children were treated to an afternoon of treats with the senator playing “Santa Manny.”
They also hopped on a tram called Crosswinds Express that took them around the property. The last stop of the trip was Santa’s House where “Santa Manny” assisted by “Mrs. Claus” (Cynthia Villar) and daughter Camille handed out bags of goodies. A sumptuous banquet followed.
Last weekend, the Villar couple spearheaded the annual gift-giving at the Villar’s ancestral house on Rizal Street in Barangay Pacar, Orani. Senator Villar’s mother, Curita Bamba Villar, known to many as “Nanay Curing” is a native of Orani. It was in Bataan where Nanay Curing started selling fish.
Feeding and medical missions were also conducted by the Villar Foundation in nearby barangays.
Congressman Mark’s calendar is also packed. One of the highlights is the yearly Parol Festival, which began during the term of his mother as congresswoman. It will be held at Bulwagang Ezekiel Moreno on Dec. 16 this year. A parol making Competition will be held featuring materials ranging from natural to recyclable items.
In 2007, parol (lantern) makers of Las Piñas organized themselves into the “Samahang Magpaparol ng Las Piñas.” To support the group, then Congresswoman Villar set-up the Las Piñas Parol Center.
Also on Dec. 16, Cynthia will grace the Red Cross Las Piñas Christmas party. As one of the most active chapters of Red Cross in the country, this is the Villar family’s way of thanking its youth volunteers.
Tomorrow, Dec. 13, Senator Villar celebrates his 62nd birthday. In between celebration with family and friends, the senator also squeezed in yearly charitable activities, usually in his birthplace – Tondo.
The Villars, together with their staff, are also busy promoting their entry in Dusit Thani Manila’s Family Christmas Tree competition. As of this writing, voting is still ongoing. People just have to “like” the photo of the Villar Christmas tree, which is made of water hyacinths, on the Facebook page of the hotel.
The Villar Foundation will use the cash prize (if they win) in funding their latest social enterprise, a handmade paper factory.
Before the year ends, the entire Villar family flies to the United States for a well-deserved vacation.
Ai Ai at her best
It is very seldom that an actress would receive two grand prizes at a single awards night! But Ai Ai de las Alas is an exception.
During the recent Star Awards for TV, Ai Ai received two trophies, for the Best Single Performance by an Actress for her role in the “Krus” episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” and Best Comedy Actress for her role as the leading lady in “Malay Mo Ma-Develop.”
“I could not ask for more,” Ai Ai said. Ai Ai co-stars with Vic Sotto next in the MMFF-entry “Enteng ng Ina Mo!” showing Dec. 25.
Speaking of Vic Sotto, Ai Ai said: “He is my ultimate crush! I got tickled every time we meet to shoot. You better wait for my kissing scene with Bossing Vic, it’s so explosive! You’ll be tickled laughing all throughout the movie!”
Last Dec. 1, her name was embedded in the “Walk of Fame.”