The first Bulakeño to become Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, made an auspicious mark as political neophyte when she became the first Meycaueño to represent the 4th Congressional District in the 15th Congress. She has been tagged “LV — Landslide Victory” Villarica for consistently burying her election rivals whether it be for the 4th Congressional District of Bulacan or the Deputy Speakership for Central Luzon.
In the 17th Congress, she is current President of the Association of Women Legislators Foundation, Inc., held the Presidency of the Central Luzon Bloc for two terms and Chaired the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for a year.
To date, she has principally authored nine laws, six of which were national in scope. The most recent of these was RA 10928 - An Act Extending the Validity of the Philippine Passport, to keep it at par with the global practice of 10 years. She also authored RA 10691– Amendment of the PESO Law and RA 10906 – Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act in the 16th Congress when she was Chair of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality. Her 30-year advocacy for women has led to citations such as Meycauayan’s Natatanging Babaeng Mangangalakal and Katangi-tanging Babae in 2000, Bulacan’s Gawad Dangal ng Lipi for Public Service and Natatanging Babae in 2004, and election as Governor of Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region from 2006 to 2008.
The 2017 Ulirang Ina awardee for the government and public service category is a graduate of the University of the Philippines with a degree in A.B. Speech and Drama. She is married to Meycauayan City Mayor Henry R. Villarica with four children: Atty. Hailey Lynne, Henry Lester, Harvey Lawrence, and Hans Lerwyn who all attained at least double-degrees from universities here and abroad. Born and raised in Banna, Ilocos Norte and the only daughter of public school teachers, the Congresswoman is now proud “mumsy” to two grandchildren, Jelynne Hope V. Ong and Jarrett Hugh V. Ong.