Eddie Villanueva

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Bro. Eddie Villanueva

Eduardo Cruz Villanueva (born 6 October 1946), popularly known as Bro. Eddie Villanueva, is an evangelist, businessman, politician, and religious leader. He is currently a member of the House of Representatives, having been elected as a representative of the Citizens' Battle Against Corruption party-list in 2019.[1] Villanueva is the founder and president of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide. He unsuccessfully ran for president of the Philippines in the 2004 and 2010 elections and for senator in the 2013 election.[2]

Early life

Eduardo Cruz Villanueva, popularly known as Bro. Eddie Villanueva, was born on 6 October 1946 in Bocaue, Bulacan. His parents were Joaquin Villanueva, an Olympic sprinter who participated in the Far Eastern Games in the 1920s, and Maria Cruz.[3]


Villanueva took up commerce with a major in economics at the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC), now Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), graduating in 1969. During the height of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos, Villanueva joined student and labor movements as an activist. He was jailed twice for his participation in demonstrations against the dictatorship.[4]

In 1972, he became a full-time faculty member of the economics and finance department of the PCC. He left the academe the following year to work in the private sector, but returned to the school, since renamed Polytechnic University of the Philippines, in 1978 as a part-time lecturer.

Religious activities

Villanueva founded Jesus Is Lord Fellowship on 5 October 1978 with 15 members from his Bible studies.[5] Its membership grew over the years and has 5 million members in 60 countries as of 2018. It is now officially called Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide.

Media ventures

Villanueva owns ZOE Broadcasting Network, a commercial television and radio station broadcasting via VHF Channel 11 (A2Z) and UHF Channel 33 (Light TV). Its TV platforms are available in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces on free TV, nationwide through various cable stations and worldwide through live streaming and other new media formats. He also owns the Jesus Is Lord Colleges Foundation, Inc., a Christian school in Bocaue, Bulacan.


2004 and 2010 presidential bids, 2013 senatorial bid

Villanueva unsuccessfully ran in the 2004 and 2010 presidential elections. He also unsuccessfully ran for senator in the 2013 election. He was the standard-bearer of the Bangon Pilipinas party in all attempts. His son Joel Villanueva ran in the 2016 senatorial election and won.

Personal life

Villanueva was married to Adoracion Villanueva, who died on 10 March 2020. Their marriage produced four children. Their son Eduardo Villanueva Jr. was the mayor of Bocaue, Bulacan from 2001 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2016. Eduardo Jr. was charged with murder for allegedly ordering the killing of a soldier during the May 2007 elections.[6] Eddie Villanueva’s other son, Joel Villanueva, is currently a senator, having been elected in 2016. His daughter Joni Villanueva-Tugna was the mayor of Bocaue from 2016 until her death on 28 May 2020.[7] His other daughter, Edelisha Jovi Villanueva-Binalla, is an educator.



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  1. https://www.congress.gov.ph/members/search.php?id=villanueva-e Congress. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  2. https://www.rappler.com/nation/elections/eddie-villanueva-third-time-lucky Rappler. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  3. http://broeddie.ph/ Eddie Villanueva. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  4. http://broeddie.ph/ Eddie Villanueva. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  5. https://globalnation.inquirer.net/170686/jesus-is-lord-church-celebrates-40-years Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  6. http://www.gmanews.tv/story/41626/AFP-pushes-murder-raps-vs-Villanueva-son GMA News. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  7. https://www.rappler.com/nation/bocaue-mayor-joni-villanueva-tugna-dies Rappler. Retrieved September 16, 2021.