A lawyer by profession, he was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988, and belongs to UP Law (Diliman), Class 1970. Earlier, he graduated with honors at San Beda College (Mendiola) in 1966 with a political science degree.
As founding chair of both Cesareo Villa-Abrille Development Corp. and Cesareo Properties Management Corp., he develops and manages the family’s vast holding and prime real estates, and handles the family’s philanthropic works thru the Don Cesareo Villa-Abrille Foundation.
In their housing programs for the urban poor, he initiated the donation in Davao City alone of several hectares of Villa-Abrille prime properties, valued at tens of millions of pesos, for the homeless and informal settlers. He has been supporting also many scholars through the Father Maurice Cote Scholarship Foundation since 1984, a foundation he organized with his high school classmates.
As YMCA president, a donation by him and his family of a one-hectare property in Tuban, Davao del Sur, to house the future YMCA Youth Camp and Training Center, was his biggest contribution to the youth of today.
A socio-civic leader, he was District Governor of Rotary International in RY 2011-2012, and is a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation since 2005.
In 1984, he was UP Law Alumni Davao Chapter President; Davao City Chamber of Commerce director and Knights of Columbus Deputy Grand Knight at Sta. Ana Council, Davao City.
Thereafter, he became national president of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Philippines in 2002; national chair of the Philippine Jaycee Senate Foundation in 2007; and national president of the Ambassador Club Philippines for two years. Most recently, he was elected President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Mindanao Chapter. A long-serving active AmCham member since 2000, he was Director for a decade and Vice-President for 5 years since 2012.