JOSE RIZALINO LARION ACUZAR is one of the most successful Balanguenos who made good fortune in the construction industry. A self-made billionaire, he is the proud owner of the Galeria Victoria Mall in Balanga and the world class “Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar” in Bagac.
“Jerry” Acuzar was born in Balanga on June 19, 1955 to parents Marcelino A. Acuzar and Maria Larion. He finished his elementary and secondary education at the Balanga Elementary School (1967) and the Arellano Memorial (Bataan) High School (1974), respectively, now the Bataan National High School (BNHS). He completed a vocational course in Drafting at the Bataan National School of Arts and Trades (BNSAT) in Balanga, now the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) while working as cutter-welder in the iron works shop owned by an older brother named Ben.
Later on, Jerry put up his own iron works shop in Quezon City. He also took time to finish a college degree by enrolling at the Technological Institute of the Philippines, in Manila where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1983.
In 1986, he established the New San Jose Builders, Inc. in Diliman, Quezon City, where he is the chairman of the board. The company has carved a name for itself as a top developer in Quezon City after the completion of the sports complex of the Philippine Columban Association. It was followed by multi-million peso projects at the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong.
An active member of the Contractors Association of the Philippines, Jerry was involved in several major infrastructure projects in the country. He owns the 18-storey Adriatico Grand Residences in Manila, four “Victoria” condo projects in Quezon City, the Fort Victoria project in Global City, the Victoria de Makati, three Victoria projects in Manila and finally, the Isabelle condo in Valenzuela City.He is also into finance with Real Bank, with top auditor Jose G. Araullo as bank chairman.
Jerry is married to the former Maria Theresa Ochoa, sister of President Noynoy C. Aquino’s executive secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa. The couple has seven children: Jose Maria, Maria Jose, Jose Cris, Maria Theresa Jose, Ma. Francesca Jose, Ma. Isabel Jose, Ma. Victoria Jose.
The Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar…
Formerly known as the “OLD TOWN,” Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a 400-hectare seaside property in Barangay Pagasa, Bagac owned by Jerry Acuzar. It is where historically important structures or landmarks from other places are relocated “as is,” restored and preserved. He works with a team of architects, researchers, consultants, art dealers, historians, carpenters and craftsmen whom he calls “junk hunters.”