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Is This Lavish Mansion Owned By Sen. Manny Villar?

February 24, 2010

Now there’s a circulating e-mail that contains intriguing pictures of an unknown mansion.

The e-mail starts with the question: “Who owns a house like this?” and then showed various pictures of the purported mansion, which had opulent Victorian-style interiors.

Then the email asks the following intriguing query: “Imagine who would have such taste and live in such opulence?”

  • An American Billionaire?
  • A Saudi Prince?
  • Louis XIV of France ?

Savour the pictures then scroll to the bottom of the page to see who owns this Work of Art.

The e-mail-sender ends his/her message with the following: “While Filipinos starve, and die because of abject poverty and while Sen. Villar brags that he had poor beginnings and he had helped his poor countrymen over and over again… but look now.. he and his family live like this, his GREED kills his poverty stricken fellow Filipinos.”

The circulating chain e-mail claims that this great wealth is owned by none other than Filipino billionaire and presidential candidate Senator Manny Villar. The Mansion is said to be located in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States. However, Villar allies claimed the pictures of so-called Villar’s Mansion to be a “hoax.”

According to an ABS-CBN report, the politically intriguing e-mail has been circulating as early as 2008 and that the mansion was first linked to Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. So it appears that this story really is a political hoax. (Check the story of snopes.com here).

The reports states:

A copy of the e-mail about Mugabe’s mansion also had the same wording as the recent e-mail about Villar, with minor changes to make it appear that it was written for a Filipino audience.

The Snopes website said that the mansion is not in Salt Lake City but in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. It also noted that the mansion has been extensively photographed because it is sometimes used as a site for TV shows and films.

Snopes also revealed that the mansion has been linked to various personalities such as former Nigerian military ruler Ibrahim Babangida, Indian film star Shahrukh Khan, and Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

In a phone interview, Nacionalista Party spokesman Gilbert Remulla downplayed the latest attempt to besmirch the reputation of Villar.

“Who would want to buy a mansion in Salt Lake City? Are there papers to support it?” he said, adding that there was absolutely no truth to the rumor.

He added: “The campaign being waged by Villar’s opponents reaches record lows everyday, starting with the false associations of ‘Villaroyo.’ It only shows that his opponents are insecure and desperate. We pray that they campaign on platforms and capabilities rather than mudslinging.”

At least one of those who forwarded the e-mail about Villar has apologized. Domingo Guevara Jr. of the Guevara Group of Companies apologized to the Villar camp for forwarding the bogus e-mail to his contacts. He said he issued his apology “not because I support Villar but I wish to be fair to all concerned.”

The Nacionalista Party claimed this e-mail hoax is the latest in a series of attempts to disseminate black propaganda against Villar, who is being linked to the C-5 Road extension scandal. The Senator allegedly used his political position and influence to cause the C-5 public road project to be constructed.

Villar allegedly made the insertion by virtue of his position as Finance chairman and as Senate president to ensure that his property would be paid right away. Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Villar went to the Senate on February 2 to deny the charges against him. He delivered a privilege speech, refused to entertain questions from his colleagues and left the session hall after his hour-long rhetoric. (Read part of his speech here.)

However, it is publicly known that Villar bought the historic 6,000-square meter Jose P. Laurel Mansion in Mandaluyong City. Former President J.P. Laurel stayed in the 3-story, 7-bedroom mansion dubbed as “Villa Pacencia”, which was erected in 1957. In 2008, the Laurel family sold “Villa Pacencia” to Villar and his wife Cynthia.

Whether presidentiable Manny Villar is a filthy rich or not, he reminds me of the following line from my favorite book Atlas Shrugged:

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

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53 Comments leave one →
  1. Tingog permalink
    February 24, 2010 3:38

    Noynoy campaign 2010 is seeming to be more and more of a lost cause.

  2. Adrian permalink
    February 25, 2010 3:38

    I am completely against Villar’s presidential bid. However, I am, above all, for the truth. An article on snopes.com appears to reveal that the Villar Salt Lake City Mansion is a hoax.

    http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/mugabe.asp

  3. ACPatagnan permalink
    February 25, 2010 3:38

    Manny Villar was already rich before he entered politics. Why did he entered politics? Perhaps to use the force of law to distribute the wealth from rich to the poor. If Mr. Villar is an objectivist or read something about the philosophy of Ayn Rand, perhaps the Philippines would have a better future.

    • February 25, 2010 3:38

      I agree with you, Sir Alejandro!

    • JDelaCruz permalink
      February 25, 2010 3:38

      Or maybe to protect his wealth?
      Who knows?

      • ailuj permalink
        March 23, 2010 3:38

        perhaps we are all getting pessimistic… better follow your heart.. kinda romantic ehehehehe.

  4. Reimund Diaz permalink
    February 25, 2010 3:38

    I don’t vote for Villar as president but I agree that the story is not true… 🙂

  5. Zack Dexter permalink
    February 26, 2010 3:38

    I agree with you guys and most precisely Villar wanted to enter politics to protect his wealth and to gain more of it. The entire flashy jingles, posters and adds from his campaign was entirely a bunch of shit. Like he is the true MAHIRAP? , and whom experienced the true KAHIRAPAN? and he confidently show hes face in front of TV and said “why wasting my time entering in politics if what i want only is wealth where i currently running my own business”?. The answer is clear, he just wanted to earn more wealth and protect it. Also, they were only focusing on MAHIRAP, everything is for mahirap, mahirap, mahirap! ang galing talaga nilang mangloko, pati kaluluwa paglalaruan nila.

  6. Juan permalink
    February 27, 2010 3:38

    hehehehehe….there you go folks everything that we’ve seen is the reality of life
    but what matter folks is for us to be intelligently do what is right and best for us and to our country, always remember that the people of the Philippines are the ones affected and loser in the end….

    In short, lahat ng pulitiko na yan na mayayaman manalo o matalo may connection pa rin
    at mayaman pa rin at tayong mga mahirap ang laging talo at lalong naghihirap at lahat ng iyan kagagawan ng mga yan…. hoy gising !!!!!!!

    • jonathan magcalas permalink
      March 20, 2010 3:38

      All I can say..Ang Politika ay Negosyo at kapangyarihan..kalokohan ang sinasabi nilang para sa mahirap..kilala ka lang ng mga yan bago halalan….kaya huwag na kayong pauto mga kababayan..

  7. me131988 permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    comment ko lang regarding this…this is not true pipol…kahit anu magagawa mo nah..
    haller!hi-tech na kaya ngaun…im an IT student and i know how to edit..kagaya nito….
    kung totoo man to talbog c gloria kay manny villar. but for me this is not true!…..
    People who run politics the only thing that they want is to “magnakaw” sa kaban ng bayan!…

  8. art moreno permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    what is a profit of a man if he gain the whole world and lose your eternal soul…you can have everything in this world,but, if you dont have christ with you,you are nothing..

    • YVONNE permalink
      April 29, 2010 3:38

      TAMA…

  9. March 1, 2010 3:38

    is this the kind of president we want to get elected? i think he will build an empire if he win and maybe he will help us but profit the most of his projects. that will make the corruption economy in our beloved country. think wisely before shading your ballots. the future of our country is depending on you.

  10. gigi permalink
    March 1, 2010 3:38

    Although i won’t go for this guy, i didin’t believe the email i received about this mansion. I agree that it is a hoax, if it really is his mansion, it should have his family pictures on it!

    The pictures were taken like it’s for a magazine feature. no cars, maids, family photos, as if the mansion was thoroughly cleaned and ready for a pictorial.

  11. Joanne Macapagal permalink
    March 2, 2010 3:38

    Hindi po ito totoo! This is all not true! Even though this is hoax, Villar was already a wealthy man before he entered politics. He does have a house but it is located in Bel Air California.

    I still believe he is the lesser evil, thus I am voting for him.

    As the saying goes, a dog that has eaten does not eat as much as a hungry dog. Ilang ba ang mga asong tumatakbong presidentiables ngayon?

    Mag-isip ka Juan de la Cruz! Hindi ka naman bobo di ba?

    Bow.

  12. Jason Bourne permalink
    March 3, 2010 3:38

    Why would the blame automatically be placed on the Noynoy camp when these pictures came out? In fairness to the Noynoy Aquino camp.

    For the record, I am not a supporter of Noynoy nor Villar.

    “God save the Philippines”.

  13. Bertong bato permalink
    March 4, 2010 3:38

    Si Manny Villar ang sasagot sa ating kahirapan….totoo b yan?…si gloria b si noynoy? …wow mhen sino???so gordon?

    After Marcos..sino ang sumagip sa Pilipinas…WALA!!!

    Puro magnanakaw…kung hindi sila mismo…yung mga kamag anak at cronies…..at lahat ng opisyales ng gobyerno…

    Kaya malamang yan din ang mangyayari sa next president….magsumikap na lang kayo at wag umasa sa gobyerno…wag magbayad ng tax para walang makurakot ang lahat ng opisyales…wag na lang kayong bumoto at mahinayang pagkatapos….

  14. Yolor Sastre permalink
    March 5, 2010 3:38

    E-mail pics are obviously not true. Still, mas marunong magtago ng kayamanan si Sen. Villar. Adelfa properties pa lang, you can see na magaling gumamit ng interlocking properties yung mag-asawang Villar. At bakit niya kailangang magpa-yaman ng todo-todo at maging presidente muna bago makatulong? Bilyonaryo siya ah. Si Eric Penaflorida nga, walang pera, pero malaki pa rin ang naitulong. Si Sen. Villar, inuna muna yung mga OFW dahil yun lang ang pwedeng bumili ng mga pabahay niya. A person who is a businessman at heart will remain a businessman to the end and cannot serve as a true leader. Unless, ipamigay niya lahat at mabuhay ng simple.

    • vnz permalink
      April 26, 2010 3:38

      so true…businessmen goal is to make profit, net loss is not on their vocabulary not even,BREAK EVEN

  15. TanTan permalink
    March 5, 2010 3:38

    Villar is one of the Philippine’s Billionaires. It doesn’t make him less as a person if he owns this magnificent mansion. It’s pretty obvious that he can afford to have it, so why question his credibility to own one? It’s his money, are you envious? If you’re in Villar’s shoes, do you think you wouldn’t dare buy such a mansion if you can afford one? Don’t be like crabs people. It’s his money, it’s his privelege to own/buy what he wants. If you think that he is corrupt, then it’s out of question — he’s rich anyways.

  16. Omicron permalink
    March 7, 2010 3:38

    I concur with TanTan. If you guys became rich, would you be able to deprive yourself the fruits of your labor?

    I’d also like to add that if he’s true goal is the protection of his wealth, then he could have just stayed with local governance. With the money he and his family has, he could easily bribe those corrupt officials and politicians. No problems. Aiming for a position on the national level would be pointless, unless of course if his businesses are illegal or something like that. If he aims to gain more money, then it’s still the same. He could easily increase his assets with the type of (housing) business he have and not experience problems like these. Don’t rely on the media too much.

  17. March 8, 2010 3:38

    Do you use a premium WordPress template?

  18. wgsdejafbgdk.sj permalink
    March 10, 2010 3:38

    If he’s that rich, why does he have to be president anyway?
    no offense, just saying

  19. imanhorn permalink
    March 11, 2010 3:38

    Those pics are false. http:/imanhorn.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/snopes-com-reveals-manny-villars-u-mansion/

    Asking other people out there who keep asking “If you’re rich why be a president?” Ask yourselves back, “If you’re poor why be a president?”

  20. March 13, 2010 3:38

    dapat sa pag bili mo ng mga bahay….dapat ina bonda mo sa mga mahihirap……LIER…..STRICTLY CORRUPT!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Christopher G. Samson permalink
    March 15, 2010 3:38

    Want to Have your own business like manny villar???
    Contact this number 09179264908.
    send your name,age,location.

  22. March 19, 2010 3:38

    Yan ang mahirap sa “mahirap”…kasi sila ang punterya ng mga pulitiko. Mas marami ang mahirap sa ating bansa kaysa mayaman…same as religions…ayaw nila ng family planning para nga naman dumami ang mahihirap at sumama sa pananampalataya…coz if if you are mahirap…you are trying to cling on something…you have to believe in something specially if you are in trouble.

    Pulitika at relihiyon ay parehas corrupts. Sa mga provinces lalo na..uso ang bigayan ng pera during ellection time. Halimbawa ang NP ang bigayan ay 2,000 pesos …sa LP naman ay dadagdagan ng 1,000 pesos or vise versa. Lalo na kung marami ang botante sa isang pamilya.

    Naku hay, maraming Juan de la Cruz sa ating bansa… inaabangan ang eleksyon for the money to feeds their children…hindi nila alam or kung alam man nagbibingibingihan at bulag bulagan na lang …katwiran nila…wala din naman pagbabago sa buhay nila. At yan ang sinasamantala ng mga pulitiko!

    Basta ako kay GORDON kami…malaki ang nai ambag niya sa paniniwala ko at kung ano ako ngayon…BAWAL ANG TAMAD sa OLONGAPO…lalo na ang TANGA! Way kayod…way kaon…

  23. nikkA:) permalink
    March 21, 2010 3:38

    ders nothin we can do to change that kind of government.
    khit cno gwin ntin president jan, gnun prin aman mgngyayari.
    2 things

    -we go up or DOWN

  24. March 22, 2010 3:38

    your not right im a villar fun and i know that villar will bring our country to successful one and not into unsuccessful country he is not corrupt but he is a helpful one he is not a corrupt but he is a good,kind,helpful person. his riches is not from corruption but in his FAITH IN GOD .

  25. March 23, 2010 3:38

    O.k i’m almost done commenting on your blog for the day my fingers are going numb and my eyes are going fuzzy! Time for some sleep! night all.

  26. BOybawang permalink
    April 5, 2010 3:38

    TAMA kayo si villar ang tunay n mahirap… Pag ang isang tao dumaan s pagiging mahirap alam nya ang iniisip nang mahihirap kasi dumaan n sya dun.. e pano kaya ung mayayaman n nag papangap n mahirap… kaya nilang maintindihan ung buhay mahirap???

  27. BOybawang permalink
    April 5, 2010 3:38

    Marami kasing Bobong pinoy, ayaw nilang matangap na mayaman si villar kasi naiingit sila… e kung bigyan kaya kayo nang tigiisang Milyon(1M). siguro tumatahimik kana.. kasi wala kang ganung pera… mamatay ka sa inggit.. kaya hindi ka umaasenso boi.. magtrabaho ka at gamitin mo ung Utak mo.. siguro… utak niyog ka… hahaha.. kamote… ututan kita dyan e…

  28. BOybawang permalink
    April 5, 2010 3:38

    Sa lahat nang ayaw kay villar… tumahimik nalng kayo… kasi.. hindi nyo mararanasan ang buhay mayaman… Lalo kayo mag hihirap… Itaga nyo yan sa utak nyo.. na puro hangin… ang tamaan wag magagalit… ang pikon ututan ko…

  29. April 5, 2010 3:38

    I really doubt this is true. Its obviously a hoax. Villar couldnt possibly own this but he might own all of these condominiums. Haha. Click my name.

  30. KurakotSino permalink
    April 5, 2010 3:38

    O may bagong pasabog kay NOYNOY… 6,635 hektaryang lupa pinaka malaking hacienda sa buong Pilipinas… yan ba masasabi nyong ayaw sa CORRUPT!!!!!….CORRUPT!!!!!….CORRUPT!!!!!….CORRUPT!!!!!…. mas sakim sila sa lupa. Lets pray for them… hindi nila madadala yan pag mamatay n sila… kawawang mag sasaka… mamatay na mahirap…

  31. joizt permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:38

    hAyYyY! watEver… kahit cno maging presidente ala na talaga pag-asa, sana maging colony na lng tau nang US! same thing nman dba? pag naghirap, Us parin ang takbo!!! 😀

  32. joe bartolome permalink
    April 16, 2010 3:38

    ang akala ko mahirap si villar, pero bkt ang bahay niya ay parang pag aari ng isang hari?ang mahihirap ba ngayon ay ganyan na ang mga bahay?

  33. christine bryant permalink
    April 16, 2010 3:38

    ganyan ba ang hindi kurakot sa pulitika?

  34. saludokayvillar permalink
    April 17, 2010 3:38

    If Villar really own this mansion, then I salute him. Instead of criticizing villar being rich, why not dream for your own. If Filipinos are starving then that doesn’t deprive him the right to live in luxury especially when he have his own assets. Kanya kanyang diskarte lng yan sa pagpapayaman. You don’t expect villar to throw down money on you.

  35. notbeingbiased permalink
    April 27, 2010 3:38

    fuckin crab mentality. so what if he has this riches? does it give you the right to say he’s “kurakot”? lol. even if he quit politics he’s already rich for pete’s sake! he has the most powerful element in this world. MONEY. guys who react on this pictures and start saying negative things to him.. well you guys are blind. shouting without even thinking.

  36. notbeingbiased permalink
    April 27, 2010 3:38

    [quote]ganyan ba ang hindi kurakot sa pulitika?[/quote]

    pag mayaman e kurakot na? wow justify your words miss or you’ll look stupid and dumb.

  37. raikka permalink
    May 5, 2010 3:38

    paparazzi! siguro idol ni villar si lady gaga kung talagang mansion nya toh… this is where her mv for paparazzi was shot…lol

  38. jong permalink
    May 31, 2010 3:38

    CRAB MENTALITY, YAN ANG DAPAT NATING TANGGALIN NA PAG UUGALI, Magsimula ng Mawala si MARCOS, Nagsimula na rin ang Kalbaryo nating Lahat, di kasi tayo masyadong nagiisip…?? Kahat pagsamasahin natin ang mga nakaraang mga presidente, di nila kayang tapatan ang nagawa ni MARCOS, kaya sayang……….. Si VILLAR lang naman ang may nagawa at kung pagbabasehan ang pinagsimulan, sya lang ang pwede kaso masyado tayong panatiko… OK na rin si NOYNOY kasi sya na ang nanalo kaya dapat suportahan natin, lalo sa EDUKASYON, Edukasyon ang kulang sa atin kaya nauuto yung karamihan sa atin. – God Bless & Good Luck PILIPINAS!!!

  39. Mimi permalink
    June 25, 2010 3:38

    I just got one from my high school classmate today. And the thing is, I live in Utah since 1985. The picture shows a mansion with palm trees outside–green and thriving. I just responded back to my classmate that WE DON’T GROW PALM TREES IN UTAH, except in St. George. Anything 4 hours north of it, will not have palm trees thriving outside their homes. Let alone, Salt Lake City (7 hour north from St. George) where this Senator is supposed to be living.

    I know we have corrupt government in PI, but golly people should make up a better lie than this!! LOL.

  40. Wasp permalink
    October 19, 2010 3:38

    Saw this too late. Well, with everything going down the drain, I wish Villar won. RH could’ve been a thing of a past. His entrepreneurial spirit might trickle down & better policies to sustain small & medium businesses.

    • October 19, 2010 3:38

      I sent a letter to him which I didn’t publish online.

      Here it is:

      Dear Sen. Villar,

      This is my first time to write a personal letter to a politician. I don’t think this is necessary but let me give a try. Aware as I am of your busy schedule as President of the Senate and as a presidentiable, but if ever you have enough time to read this letter, let me say that even though I know only very little about your personal and political life, I am an admirer of your intransigent courage and determination which brought you to where you are right now. I felt compelled to send you a personal message after reading your interview with the Vera Files. I like your position on population. I don’t believe that population is the main problem in this country and I don’t buy the idea being peddled by the socialists in the Lower House—that population should be legislated. I don’t believe that a government can and has the right to legislate population.
      I also admire your position on the RH Bill. I don’t believe this bill is necessary at all and has value, politically or philosophically. As President of the Senate, I am aware you know there are existing government agencies that can help deliver the (empty) promises of this socialist bill. But I don’t believe that the bill has to be opposed on religious grounds. The only proper justification against this bill must be grounded in the concept of individual rights. I have been campaigning against this bill and I firmly believe that RH care is not a right and that the government has the obligation to provide everything the people need (https://fvdb.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/reproductive-health-care-is-not-a-right/ ).
      I do believe this country lacks intellectual leadership. Since this country was not founded on the right and proper philosophy (America was based on the philosophy of Aristotle), I say that we are now moving toward collectivism or socialism. The real threats to our freedom and individual rights are not the communists or socialists, but the universities that preach the ideals of altruism, self-sacrifice, and collectivism. The beneficiaries, I believe, of the country’s mediocre educational trend and culture of do-goodism sponsored by the so-called intellectuals are the socialists or collectivists.
      This country needs a leader who knows how to defend capitalism. Why is it that a lot of people are supporting the RH Bill? It’s because they believe they have the duty and obligation to serve the welfare of others and that the government must play a role in people’s lives. Why are there a lot of people calling on the government to prolong its oil price freeze? Why punish oil companies? They cannot continue to sell oil products at a loss. The only economic system that can save this country is capitalism.
      No, I don’t support the candidacy of Sen. Noynoy Aquino. I hope to see a presidentiable who’s not afraid to defend the ideals of capitalism. I believe you’re a man of self-esteem and pride. You have achieved your economic success through your courage, determination and love of life. Defend capitalism according to its virtues.

  41. Wasp permalink
    October 20, 2010 3:38

    did you receive a reply? The reason why I voted for Villar is because of his leadership style. I have yet to see our country being run like a corporation. I agree with your points above especially on government forcing oil companies to lower down petroleum price, actually government dictates almost all the commodities. I hope someday they would stop badgering businesses to go their way just because a group of rallyist commanded them.

    • October 20, 2010 3:38

      No, he didn’t reply. He’s a presidentiable. So I understand if he didn’t read it.

  42. December 21, 2010 3:38

    I vote for Villar but I know if what will happen if he wins the presidential bid. Maybe we improved or maybe we get worse. Lot of maybe’s. Maybe corruption will improve not only in public offices but in private offices and even minds of all filipino people will be corrupted. Doing evil works, pirate karaoke songs, and etc.

  43. =))))) permalink
    September 13, 2011 3:38

    ang masasabi ko lang, walang magagawa ang mga karaniwang mamamayan para ma-solve ang kahirapan ng mga taong lubos na nangangailangan ng tulong as long as corrupt ang mga naka-upo sa matataas until to the lower positions .. dahil gobyerno din mismo ang nagsasabi na mahirap ang pilipinas … so alam nila na kaya naghihirap ang pilipinas ay dahil sa tulad nilang corrupt…

  44. September 25, 2011 3:38

    this mansion has also been associated with Pakistani President, turned out to be a hoax.

  45. November 26, 2013 3:38

    man only sees the negative side of a person,the good deeds are all forgotten.MANNY VILLAR I=is a builder and he can afford to build a house as big as what is in the picture….after Aquino,I will vote for him as the next president…

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