'Mr. Congeniality' (Philippine Star)

Former Senate president Manuel “Manny” Villar uncharacteristically earned the monicker “brown taipan” among the Filipino business leaders who run mega-buck corporations in the Philippines. Villar’s “brown taipan” tag is to credit him for breaking into the circle of tycoons or the list of “richest men” in the Forbes magazine perennially lorded over by those with Filipino-Chinese…