The rise of Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga: the Manny Villar Success Story
Aug 25, 2016
Business tycoon turned politician Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar, Jr., known by his moniker “Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga” (Mr. Hard work and Perseverance) wasn’t always the talk of the town. Through the real estate mogul’s hard work, perseverance, and a knack for business learned from his mother, he became one of the country’s richest men. This is his story.
Manny Villar wasn’t always among the Philippines’ richest. He was born in Moriones, Tondo, Manila on Dec. 13, 1949. His mother was a fishmonger and his father was a low-ranking civil servant. The second of nine children, he was his mother’s designated helper in the wet market.
He was an intelligent boy from birth, but he has his mother to thank for his business savvy. He was a working student all through college, finishing with a degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines where he also got his MBA.