Cornelio Villareal served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1962 to
1967 and again from 1971 to 1972
In 1941, Villareal won his first election as a Member of the House of Representatives.
His term was interrupted by the Japanese invasion in late 1941, but he reassumed
his seat in 1945. He was re-elected in 1946 and served continuously until 1972. At
age 83, he was again elected to his congressional seat in 1987. He was the oldest
member of the 8th Congress. His congressional career representing the Second District
of Capiz spanned six decades.