"I never run away from challenges no matter how extremely difficult. Giving up is not in my DNA."
Shrimps & Fishes
At a very young age, he was already helping his mother sell shrimp and fish in the Divisoria Market. With the burning desire for a better future and a strong determination to improve his family's living conditions, he worked hard in selling shrimps and fishes to be able to send himself to school.
University of the Philippines Diliman
With hard work and perseverance, he earned his undergraduate and master's degree in Business Administration and Accountancy at UP Diliman.
Sand & Gravel
With an initial capital of P10,000 in 1975, Villar purchased two reconditioned trucks and started his sand-and-gravel business in Las Piñas.
It is here while delivering construction materials to big developers that he came up with the idea of selling house and lot packages when the convention then was for homeowners to but lots and build on them.
Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. is one of the leading integrated property developers in the Philippines and the largest homebuilder in the country which operates through nine distinct business units. Brittany, Crownaisa, Vista Residences, CoHo, Camella Manors, Camella Homes, Lessandra, Lumina are focused on residential property development while Vistamalls, which is also listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange (“PSE”) is involved in commercial property development.
The Case for Financial Literacy
I consider myself lucky because at a very young age I learned about entrepreneurship, financial management, and basic skills of running a business from my mother. Those times when I helped her sell shrimps and fish were my first lessons in financial literacy. That tiny stall we occupied in Divisoria market was my first classroom and Nanay Curing, my first teacher.
The King of Our Home
Manuel B. Villar, Jr., the rags-to-riches billionaire, is many things to many people—a politician, one-time presidential aspirant, real estate and retail tycoon, kingmaker and so much more but to his three children—Vista Land president Manuel Paolo Villar, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar, he is, more than anything else, the king of their home, the best father they could ever have.
Manny Villar: At Home in His Empire
Tycoon Manuel B. Villar, Jr. is undoubtedly one of the fathers of the Philippine property industry.
But he stands out because his is an empire he himself built from scratch or to put in more specifically, out of a single red truck for gravel and sand. Indeed, he didn’t have a head start because he was not a second generation builder.
How Manny Villar Started Vista Land 14 Years Ago
A life made beautiful has always been the goal for businessman Manny Villar. Manny couldn’t help but reminisce how Vista Land started. The real estate development firm has been building homes for 14 years now.
So far, the company has built over 400,000 houses across the country that began with Manny’s dream of “creating more and bigger opportunities of home ownership for the Filipino family.”