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businessman and politician. He is currently a Philippine Senator
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, president of the Nacionalista Party
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Villar was born to a poor family in Tondo
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, an impoverished and densely populated district of Manila
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. After graduating from the University of the Philippines
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, 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 has totaled to over 200,000 units, and his business career made him one of the country's wealthiest persons.
Villar entered politics in 1992 when he was elected Congressman
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representing the district of Las Piñas-Muntinlupa, and later became Speaker of the House of Representatives
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