Eddie Villanueva Biography
Eddie Villanueva popularly known as “Bro. Eddie Villanueva” is a Philippine evangelist and the founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW). Previously, he was a street parliamentarian, radical activist, and communist-atheist.
How old is Eddie Villanueva? – Age
Villanueva is 78 years old as of 2024. He was born on October 6, 1946, in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines, where he also grew up.
How tall is Eddie Villanueva? – Height
He stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Eddie Villanueva’s Mother, Father – Family
Eddie was born and raised by his loving parents, Joaquin Villanueva and Maria Cruz in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines. His father was a former Olympic sprinter who represented the Philippines in the Far Eastern Games for four consecutive years in 1920s. It is also not known whether he has any siblings or not.
Eddie Villanueva’s Education
Villanueva obtained a commerce degree in 1969, specialising in economics from the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC), which changed its name to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In the 1970s, he became involved in the labour and student movements and joined the progressive social groups that resisted Marcos’ dictatorship. He later enrolled at the University of the Philippines to study law as well, but he was too involved in activism to have time to sit for the bar test.
Is Eddie Villanueva Married? – Wife
Eddie was married to his beautiful wife, Dr. Adoracion “Dory” Villanueva until March 10, 2020 when she passed on. Together they had four children, Eduardo “Jon-Jon” Villanueva, Jr., their oldest son, is now serving as Bocaue, Bulacan’s mayor. Jonjon was charged with murder since reportedly gave the order to fire an AFP soldier during the May 2007 elections.
In addition, Sen. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, their other son, was sworn in as a representative of the CIBAC party list on February 6, 2002, making him the youngest member of the House of Representatives. Their daughter Joni Villanueva-Tugna worked as a Christian musician, TV personality, and mayor of Bocaue from July 2016 until her passing on May 28, 2020. Their other daughter, Edelisha Jovi, is an educator.
Eddie Villanueva Career
Villanueva founded the Philippines for Jesus Movement (PJM), a countrywide organisation with over forty bishops from various Christian denominations. Before that, he was street parliamentarian, radical activist, and communist atheist. Similarly, he was imprisoned twice during martial regime for standing up with the oppressed to defend their rights against land-grabbing syndicates.
Additionally, he ran for president in the Philippine elections of 2004 and 2010 as well as a Senate seat in the 2013 midterm elections. He is also a radio-TV evangelist and the owner of ZOE Broadcasting Network. Likewise, he founded the Jesus Is Lord Colleges Foundation, Inc. (JILCF), a Christian school in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Moreover, his wife, Adoracion Villanueva, serves as the institution’s president. Initially, he served as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress and is now a member of the Philippines’ 19th Congress. In June 1996, he was awarded the Gintong Ama (Golden Father) award for Socio-Civic/Religious Sector by Golden Mother and Father Foundation.
Eddie Villanueva’s Net Worth
Eddie has an estimated net worth of $1 Million to $5 Million (Approx.).
You can find and follow Villanueva on Twitter using the account name: @Bro_Eddie