(The Philippine Star) Updated July 14, 2011 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines – The Villar Foundation, true to its vision of becoming ‘the lead agent in providing opportunities for learning and development of the youth.’ Is embarking on an initiative to build a ‘University Town.’
The sprawling University Town, boasting top-caliber schools, will take shape in Daang Reyna in Las Piñas City and Cavite. Thus, it will cater to South Manila-based families looking for accessible and affordable education in the area.
‘Access to education is important in developing the youth into becoming responsible, responsive, pro-active, and morally upright members of the society — a key mission of the foundation,’ said Cynthia Villar, managing director of the Villar Foundation.
Sen. Manny Villar (left, with Russian artist Gregory Pototsky, who created the bronze sculpture for the Villar Foundation and businessman Reghis Romero, right), chairman of the Villar Foundation, said the University Town is also a fitting tribute to national hero Jose Rizal and his philosophies particularly education as a ticket out of poverty and key to success.
‘Like Jose Rizal, we believe that the youth is truly the hope of a nation, so we shoud invest on their future. This is the reason also why we deem it fitting to have the sculpture of our country’s national hero to be an important landmark of University Town. It will serve as a symbol of hope and inspiration for the students,’ added Sen. Villar.