What Camille learned from Willie

December 26, 2018
Camille Villar

CAMILLE Villar, only daughter of Senators Manny & Cynthia Villar, once forayed into showbiz as a co-host of Willie Revillame five years ago. “I learned so much from that experience,” she says. “Masaya siya but I didn’t really see myself being in showbusiness. I had to leave hosting because I have to do further studies abroad. But the experience helped me prepare for politics in the way I deal with people from all walks of life. And not just politics, but even in business, even in retail, knowing what people want.”

She’s now running in the 2019 election as representative of the lone district of Las Pinas. “I’m now 34 and I want to be of better service to the people of a place I really love. The love for Las Piñas has always been there, so it’s quite exciting to be given the opportunity serve there. My family has been in Las Piñas for many, many years and helping people from Las Piñas is something that’s not new to me.”

Meanwhile, her mom, Sen. Cynthia is very passionate about the enactment into law of the Rice Tariffication Bill, of which she is the principal sponsore as chair of the Senate’s agriculture committee. “Once the law is passed, the NFA will be buying palay from our local farmers to protect them from the influx of imported rice,” she says. “We will also help them reduce the production cost of locally-produced rice and stabilize rice prices through mechanization, better seed production, cheaper credit from the Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines, and various training programs for rice sufficiency.”