Villar’s ideal retirement
Bilyonaryo and former Senator Manuel Villar may still be too young to retire but this hasn’t stopped him from picturing his eventual retreat from the world of business and politics.
“Sometimes, when I think about retirement, I picture myself walking in our backyard harvesting vegetables and picking produce from fruit-bearing trees.
I imagine myself taking leisurely walks as the sun begins its retreat,” says Villar in his column with the Manila Bulletin dated March 29, 2016.
“Farming has always been associated with retirement. I am not exactly sure why but maybe it has to do with the contrast between the past-paced life of work and the tranquility provided by the idyllic imagery of farming,” he added.
Villar’s picturesque idea of a farm for retirement has become a reality, thanks to the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) which was a brainchild of his wife, Senator Cynthia Villar.
SIPAG last year inaugurated the new Villar SIPAG Urban Farm School in Barangay San Nicolas-1 in Bacoor, Cavite.
The leisure farm is right across the river where the Villars live.
It is designed to teach men and women hands-on sessions in planting and taking care of vegetables and other high-value crops.
“By strengthening our agri-tourism industry, we can also provide employment to our people and increase the incomes of our farmers. I sincerely hope that our candidates take a serious look at agri-tourism as a way to generate jobs, revitalize our agriculture sector and preserve our heritage.”