Philippine Senator Manuel "Manny" Bamba Villar, Jr., and his wife, Cynthia Aguilar Villar, hosted a dinner and invited Dr. Brophy and friends. Pictured above from left to right are (top row) Senator Manny Villar, Dr. Brophy and Jackie Gupilan; (bottom row) Adelnida Rodriguez, Cynthia Villar, Nelia Rodriguez and Lia Reyes.
Senator Manny Villar is a Filipino businessman and politician. He is currently a Philippine Senator and President of the Nacionalista Party. Villar entered politics in 1992 when he was elected Congressman representing the district of Las Piñas-Muntinlupa, and later became Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In 2001 he was elected Senator and served as Senate President from 2006 to 2008. Villar was born to a poor family in Tondo, an impoverished and densely-populated district of Manila. After graduating from the University of the Philippines, he worked as an accountant and financial analyst, then launched a highly successful business in real estate.
The number of homes built by Villar's companies is over 200,000 units. His business career made him one of the country's wealthiest persons. The Senator’s wife, Cynthia Aguilar Villar, is a Filipino politician who was a member of the House of Representatives for the Lone District of Las Piñas City. She was first elected to Congress in 2001 and served three consecutive terms.
Dr. Brophy had the pleasure of visiting with Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education at the EDSA Shrine. They discussed the work of the Catholic Church and Catholic colleges and universities in the Philippines. They are photographed at the EDSA Shrine, the site of the People Power Revolution that was convened by Cardinal Jaime Sin in 1985.
The Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA or more popularly, the EDSA Shrine, is a small church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila located at the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City. The Shrine, built in 1989 originally to commemorate the memories of the People Power Revolution and its peaceful outcome, stands on the site of two peaceful demonstrations that toppled Philippine presidents Ferdinand Marcos (the People Power Revolution or EDSA I) in 1985 and Joseph Estrada (the EDSA Revolution of 2001 or EDSA II).
Dr. Brophy was the guest of Henrietta De Villa, former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican. During this important visit, Dr. Brophy was briefed on current affairs in the Filipino Catholic higher education sector and was very impressed with the passion and mission of these Catholic educators.
Photographed above from left to right are Marymount College Board of Trustees' member, Lia Reyes; Henrietta de Villa, former Ambassador to the Vatican and leader of the Mother Butler Guild; Dr. Brophy; Fr. Gregorio L. Banaga, president of Adamson University and president of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines; and Rhodora Angela F. Ferrer, executive director of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines.
Pictured above from left to right are Dr. Brophy, Jesse Robredo, Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government; Lia Reyes, Marymount College Board of Trustees member; and Jackie Gupilan, The Songer Institute.
Starting a very full day of meetings in Manila, Dr. Brophy met with Philippine Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Jesse Robredo, to discuss possible opportunities for Marymount College in the Philippines. With an impressive life-long career, Mr. Robredo was elected mayor of Naga City in 1988, making him the youngest city mayor of the Philippines at age 29. Mr. Robredo was able to transform the city to being one of the "Most Improved Cities in Asia," as cited by Asiaweek Magazine in 1999.
Dr. Brophy had the pleasure of meeting with two prominent citizens of Manila, Fred and Kerri Uytengsu. The Uytengsus are friends of Marymount College and generously supported the 2010 Parents Project that built an outdoor pavilion for recreation and relaxation at the College’s Palos Verdes North campus. Their son, Sean, is an alumni of the College. He played soccer for the Marymount Mariners.
Fred Uytengsu is the president and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation, one of the largest dairy companies in the Philippines. He has led the company from a privately held family enterprise to a publicly listed entity and has successfully grown the business over the past decade. Alaska Milk, under Fred’s leadership, developed a program titled “IronKids” to encourage youth to lead an active life. “Kids are so into technology – TV, internet, gaming consoles – that exercise is sometimes limited to just thumb movements. It is alarming, too, that a lot of children are getting obese," said Mr. Uytengsu. “When we (Alaska Milk) held Ironman, a lot of kids watched their parents participate, so we thought, why not let them get into their own game.”
In addition to his interest with kids and sports, Mr. Uytengsu is an accomplished swimmer and tri-athlete. He's owned the Alaska Aces, a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) since 1986, winners of 13 PBA championships, with the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference as their latest. They are one of the most popular teams in the league and the Philippines. The Aces are known for winning nine PBA championships in the 1990s, including a rare grand slam (winning three championships in one season) during the 1996 season, joining the Crispa Redmanizers (1976, 1983) and the San Miguel Beermen (1989) as one of only three franchises to achieve the feat. Mr. Uytengsu and Dr. Brophy also are colleagues through the International Young President's Organization.
Dr. Brophy met with academic colleagues in Manila. From left to right are Fe A. Torres, President of Philippines Computer College; Gordon Torres, Board member of Philippines Computer College; Dr. Brophy; Lia Reyes, member of the Marymount College Board of Trustees; and Dr. Danny Dial, President of Mountain View College Mindanao.