Family Background

Cecille has three sisters (one is deceased) and two brothers.   Most of her relatives live here in the US. Her father is the late Roland Villacorta, Sr.  He was a businessman in the automotive industry and a Colonel in the Philippine military reserve.   He was devoted to The Miraculous Black Nazarene and faithfully attended the Friday processions in Quiapo Church in Manila.   Her mother, the late Lourdes Santos Villacorta, was a dedicated and tireless public servant.   She is inspired by her mother’s devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, also a devotion of Cecille’s.   Before entering public-service, her mother worked in movie-production at (now-defunct and iconic) Sampaguita Pictures; owned by her mother’s cousin Dr. Jose R. Perez (deceased) who is touted as the “legendary king of Philippine movies” and his late wife Azucena Vera-Perez, was the loved-by-all and highly esteemed “Mama Nene”.

While growing up Cecille vividly remembers attending movie-filmings, “shootings”, playing with her cousins, attending weddings and parties at the fabulous Vera-Perez Gardens.    Its landscaping was designed by the uber-talented engineer Vic Pareja.   The gardens feature a grand outdoor staircase more than 60-feet high flanked by two hanging rock-gardens with waterfalls, littered with exotic orchids, flowers, moss, giant ferns and multi-color bougainvillas; a large sunken outdoor dance area that can hold a full orchestra, above this, it is surrounded by several varied-shaped swimming pools under towering palm trees, ponds with giant goldfish, a wooden bridge over a natural river alongside a chapel, a majestic fountain-pool is on the rotunda-driveway entrance, with lush gigantic trees dripping with yards of Spanish moss and decorated with large hanging white lanterns.   To this day, she’s never seen anything like it!   As a child, she also enjoyed playing with and ogling at Philippine movie-stars who had “shootings” in her family's home in Metro-Manila.  Cecille literally had a very colorful and entertaining childhood!