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PIA Press Release
2008/08/19

Be an entrepreneur even without money - Sen. Villar

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (August 19) -- People who have no money have nothing to lose when they engage in business, the top leader of the country's House of Senate revealed here, and he said it in the context that is practical than philosophical.

And he knows whereof he speaks, for his was a classic rags-to-riches tale of a life, until destiny called Manuel "Manny" Villar to become Senator of the land a Senate President at that.

"I always tell people 'be an entrepreneur even if you have no money'. In schools where I speak to students, the youths, I always encourage them to be on their own," Villar declared during the opening rites of the annual "Pabulhon Festival" held outside the gym in this city, Saturday, August 9 where he was the guest speaker.

The annual "Pabulhon Festival", basically an agri-aqua trade fair show, has been one of the traditional activities every year to mark the Charter Day -- the 8th this year -- and the fiesta celebrations, dubbed "twin icons of August."

Villar, however, qualified his statement, saying it was the general "loss of confidence" as individuals and as a nation which he has been driving hard to change.

He said such an attitude was a hindrance to people's progress and development, either individually or collectively.

Rep. Roger Mercado introduced Villar as the country's next President by 2010, a man who rose from the ranks, starting off as a market vendor.

The Senate President acknowledged the brief introduction into his life and added some other colorful details, like having come from a poor family of nine children in Tondo, Manila.

At age 11, he said, he helped his mother sell "hipon" at the market. His first break was in passing a UP examination, his ticket to study, then afterwards tried his luck into the sand and gravel business, and later into building small houses, in which was born the Camella I subdivisions.

Gov. Damian Mercado and City Mayor Maloney Samaco earlier welcomed the Senate President. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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