Willie Revillame


Willie Revillame

Infobox Actor
name = Willie Revillame



image_size = 170px
Background =
birthname = Wilfredo Buendia Revillame
birthdate = birth date and age|1961|01|25
birthplace = Manila, Philippines
deathdate =
deathplace =
occupation = Host, Actor
yearsactive = 1986-present

Willie Revillame (born Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, January 25, 1961) (age 47) is a Filipino game show host, singer and comedian. He rose to fame in the late '90s as sidekick to big-named movie stars before making his own mark in the business as a TV host for ABS-CBN's now defunct noontime variety show, "Magandang Tanghali Bayan". Revillame currently hosts the noontime game show "Wowowee," which is one of the network's most popular shows.

Career

Early showbiz career

Revillame earned a living by becoming a drummer. But when he met Randy Santiago, who rose to fame via his trademark shades and the song "Hindi Magbabago", his fortunes changed. Santiago hired him as his sidekick in the now-defunct GMA Network noontime show "Lunch Date" in 1986. Revillame stayed for three months on the show and was signed up by Regal Films to star alongside Joey Marquez in the movie "Bobocop" (bobo, meaning dumb), a spoof of the hit Hollywood movie Robocop. Since then, Revillame has been cast in movies as sidekick to other movie personalities such as Philip Salvador, Rudy Fernandez, Edu Manzano, Cesar Montano, Aga Muhlach, Dolphy, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and when he married Princess Punzalan, daughter of broadcasters Helen Vela and Orly Punzalan.

Noontime shows

As Revillame became the newest co-host of "'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila" on ABS-CBN in 1998, he then joined his former "Salo-Salo Together (SST)" co-hosts Randy Santiago and John Estrada in newest noontime show "Magandang Tanghali Bayan", replacing "'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila". He immediately bonded with the two hosts and the three were noted for their on-screen chemistry and comic timing.

The newborn triumvirate of Santiago, Estrada, and Revillame was noticed by the viewers. But along with Revillame's new fame as TV host came criticism. Some sectors branded the new trio as a rehashed version of the more established Tito, Vic and Joey, their rival counterparts in the other noontime show, the "Eat Bulaga" on GMA 7. On the other hand, some viewers and critics denounced Willie for acting like a "sex maniac" with his vulgar behavior over the "Calendar Girl" contestants in "MTB". Despite the criticism, the new trio of Santiago, Estrada, and Revillame received immense support from the ABS-CBN management.

"Magandang Tanghali Bayan" started its first live episode on November 30, 1998. This was Willie's third noontime show after "Lunch Date" (GMA 7) and "'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila" (ABS-CBN), and his first major TV show after playing bit roles in sitcoms. "MTB" later dethroned rival show "Eat Bulaga" via GMA 7 in the ratings game.

Comebacks

In December of 2002, Willie began exploratory talks with ABS-CBN regarding a new noontime show that would replace "Magandang Tanghali Bayan". ABS-CBN decided to bring back the original "MTB" trio, Randy, John and Willie for the new noontime show and terminate the services of other "MTB" co-hosts and staff, including Roderick Paulate, Amy Perez and director Edgar Mortiz. The noontime show was titled "Masayang Tanghali Bayan".

Willie also revealed in an interview with Ricky Lo later on that he went on a sabbatical to the United States for a couple of months. He was contemplating on retiring from showbiz and live a quiet life there. But his plans change after getting a positive reaction from the Filipino-Americans who mingled with him during his stay. Bong Revilla. Willie ended up meeting with ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs executive Arlene de Castro, wife of Vice President Noli de Castro, who offered him a public service show with a touch of humor. The show turned out to be "Willingly Yours".

"Masayang Tanghali Bayan" show was involved in so many controversies, some of which resulted in Willie's second suspension from ABS-CBN. Willie also did the public affairs program "Willingly Yours" which was also axed in mid-2003 although he won an award from Star Awards as Best Public Service Host, besting the likes of Mike Enriquez, Bernadette Sembrano and Arnold Clavio.

When Willie resigned from "Masayang Tanghali Bayan" after MTRCB requested ABS-CBN to terminate him due to some nasty jokes he said on air, he appeared in the showbiz talk show "The Buzz" and generated support for the embattled host-comedian. Gretchen Barretto, the partner of telecommunications magnate Tonyboy Cojuangco who owns the television network ABC 5, was one of them. She promised Willie that he will be hired as an ABC-5 talent, much to the consternation of other people, particularly Gretchen's brother-in-law, Dennis Padilla who was Willie's co-host on "Masayang Tanghali Bayan". At the same time, songwriter Lito Camo, the hitmaker behind hit novelty songs, and Universal Records executive Bella Tan decided to repackage Willie as a novelty singer. He then started a show with ABC-5 entitled "Puso o Pera".

After the axing of "Puso o Pera", Willie guested in GMA 7's reality show "Extra Challenge". The particular episode was shot in Bali, Indonesia, with Andrew E., Francine Prieto and Michelle Bayle joining Willie as guests. The two-week episode posted the highest ratings for "Extra Challenge". Willie followed it up with another guesting at GMA 7's sitcom, the now-defunct "All Together Now" where his former "MTB" director Edgar Mortiz was one of the mainstays. His guesting in that show also rated well. It was enough for GMA's rival network ABS-CBN to call up Willie for a meeting with the help of former ABS-CBN news executive Arlene de Castro (wife of Vice President Noli de Castro). Willie then named de Castro his new business manager in place of Wyngard Tracy.

After a series of meetings, ABS-CBN decided to bring back Willie in the noontime slot with his own game show. Willie was given creative freedom in his new show and joined forces with his former directors at "MTB", Edgar Mortiz and Bobbet Vidanes in thinking new concepts for the game show. Willie then christened the noontime game show "Wowowee" in 2005, which was made especially for Filipinos who's experiencing poverty. It was started with female co-hosts Janelle Jamer, Kat Alano and Iya Villania. The show is currently on air getting high ratings, with new female hosts Mariel Rodriguez, Valerie Concepcion and Pokwang.

While in 2008, Willie revealed on the website of Philippine Entertainment Portal that he will be making a movie comeback via Octo Arts Films' "Mr. Housewife". The movie will have him portray a family man who lost his job and was force to assume his wife's duties in taking care of the house and their children. It is not yet known who will play Willie's wife in the movie.

Recordings

Willie recorded his second album "Approved by MTRCD". Unlike his first studio album "Parental Guidance" which had naughty lyrics, "Approved by MTRCD" had wholesome songs, all written by album producer Lito Camo. The album spawned radio-friendly hits like "Pito-Pito", "Ikaw ang Number 1" (You Are Number 1), "Sabi Mo, I love You" (You Said I love You) (duet with Ethel Booba) and "Para sa Akin ay Ikaw" (For Me It's You). In fact, Willie's song "Pito-Pito" had a festive music video with the special participation of (now deceased weatherman) Ernie Baron. After Bella Tan died in 2004, Willie jumped to Star Records in 2005 to do another wholesome album "Wowowillie", which contained songs which are used in the noontime game show "Wowowee". Like "Approved by MTRCD", Willie's songs were also written and produced by Lito Camo.

Controversies

Suspensions

In August 1999, Randy, John and Willie were suspended by ABS-CBN from "Magandang Tanghali Bayan" because of the vulgar jokes that they threw at the contestants during the show's portion "Calendar Girl". The suspension was meted after MTRCB, then headed by Armida Siguion-Reyna, issued a warning on ABS-CBN regarding "MTB". A week later, the whole noontime show was suspended and was replaced temporarily by "Esep-Esep".

In 2001, Willie was terminated from "Magandang Tanghali Bayan" after he defied orders from ABS-CBN management to refrain from making vulgar jokes. He was replaced in the show by the matinee-idol triumvirate of Marvin Agustin, Dominic Ochoa and Rico Yan (now deceased). Soon after, he started appearing as guest star in some GMA 7 shows, fuelling speculations that he will soon be transferring to ABS-CBN's rival network. But after guesting at GMA 7, there was no news coming from Willie's camp except for his appearance during an EDSA 3 rally.

When "Magandang Tanghali Bayan" went off air, it made a comeback with a different title "Masayang Tanghali Bayan" with almost the same group, plus new hosts. Then in December 2003, the MTRCB ordered ABS-CBN to terminate Willie from the show, when he remarked nasty jokes with "Masayang Tanghali Bayan" mainstay Mahal, but before the order could be carried out, the host-comedian filed his resignation instead. In January 2004, Willie appeared on ABS-CBN's "The Buzz" and made a tearful farewell appearance.

Annulment case

On July 16, 2007, Revillame was charged before a Quezon City court (Criminal Case No. Q-07-147787) for allegedly abusing his estranged wife, Floralice "Liz" Almoro. Prosecutor Gibson Araulla Jr. recommended P 12,000 bail after he found that Revillame violated Section 5, RA 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act. Almoro alleged that Revillame a) humiliated and shouted at her while he was holding their baby boy, b) that sometime May 2006, he allegedly tried to hit her with a chair and throw the remote control and that c) he had "dirty sexual affairs'" with different women. In his counter-affidavit, Revillame denied the charges claiming that he had difficulty performing his duty as husband allegedly because of Almoro’s explosive moods and hurtful tirades. [ [http://www.gmanews.tv/story/51212/Revillame-to-face-abuse-raps-before-QC-court GMA NEWS.TV, Revillame to face abuse raps before QC court] ]

While his "Wowowee" co-host Janelle Jamer stated that she was never pregnant by by Revillame, since there were rumours that she was slim due to an alleged abortion.

Wowowee stampede

On "Wowowee"'s first year anniversary, a mass tragedy happened when a stampede broke out on February 4, 2006 6:00 AM local time at the PhilSports Arena while people were waiting for the show to begin on 1:00 PM local time. 74 people died (according to reports, 71 were dead) and hundreds were injured. It is said that the cause of the stampede is on the line where people get tickets for the show and when the security of ULTRA closed, causing people to rush to enter the gates. Others say that a man shouted that there was a bomb, causing panic. It is the deadliest accident to have occurred in a television event in all the whole history of Philippine broadcasting. After the chairman of ABS-CBN, Gabby Lopez, accepted full responsibility for the tragedy, on March 11 of the same year, the game show was relaunched.

On August 24, 2007, in a 7-page resolution the Department of Justice dismissed criminal charges against Revillame in connection with the infamous PhilSports Arena stampede. But Raul Gonzalez affirmed the charge against 14 other respondents, including ABS-CBN Network officials led by executive vice president Charo Santos Concio. A 5-man DOJ panel of prosecutors led by Atty. Dacera earlier ruled in an 80-page resolution that the organizers of the "Wowowee" game show were guilty of gross negligence. [ [http://www.gmanews.tv/story/57523/(Update)-DOJ-drops-raps-vs-Revillame-over-Ultra-tragedy GMA NEWS.TV, DOJ drops raps vs Revillame over Ultra tragedy] ]

Hot car possession

The chief of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) said that controversial TV host Wilfredo "Willie" Revillame should either return the 'hot' Ferrari car or pay the proper taxes for it last January 2008. Villar maintained the Ferrari Revillame was seen driving lacked the proper documents to show its taxes were paid. He added the Ferrari was seen parked at the compound of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., where Revillame hosts a noontime show. Villar disputed Revillame's repeated claims he was merely test-driving the car, saying a test drive does not last for a month. "We placed him under surveillance for 20 days. Our operatives saw him using the Ferrari. He has a lot of money, he could at least have paid for the car properly", Villar said in an interview on radio. He said the vehicle was covered with a certificate of payment for P1 million, but the certificate turned out to be fake.An initial investigation showed the Ferrari was registered in Cebu but its license plate was released in Manila.

He said that even if the car was registered to someone else, the present "owner" or driver of the car may have to shoulder the liability the car carries.

Personal life

Willie was married to former beauty queen Liz Almoro in civil rites at Lipa, Batangas on March 2005 officiated by film star and town Mayor, Vilma Santos. This was followed shortly by a lavish church wedding in June 2005 that was sponsored by commercial entities and most probably ABS-CBN network. The wedding was adjudged by readers of YES Magazine as "Wedding of the Year" for 2005. He and his wife Liz now have a son, Juan Emmanuel (Juamee).

Despite the hoopla and extravaganza of Revillame's wedding and on-air vows of love and devotion to his wife, it was finally confirmed that Revillame's marriage is undergoing the process of annulment upon the instigation of Liz Almoro.

Willie has three daughters from previous relationships. One of his daughters, Meryll Soriano, who is an actress. On August 27, 2007, Willie's daughter Meryll gave birth to a baby boy named Elijah. It was Meryll's firstborn with ex-husband, actor Bernard Palanca and officially Willie's first grandchild.

Filmography

Television

Films

* Mr. Housewife "(upcoming)" (2008)
* Pera o bayong (Not da TV)! (2000)
* Matalino man ang matsing na-iisahan din! (2000)
* Alyas Boy Tigas: Ang probinsyanong wais (1998)
* Kasangga kahit kailan (1998)
* Bobby Barbers, Parak (1997)
* Go Johnny Go (1997)
* Kung kaya mo, kaya ko rin (1996)
* Sa kamay ng batas (1996)
* Lagalag: The Eddie Fernandez Story (1994)
* Abrakadabra (1994)
* Masahol pa sa hayop (1993)
* Contreras Gang (1992)
* Joey Boy Munti, 15 anyos ka sa Muntilupa (1991)
* Sam & Miguel (Your basura, no problema) (1991)
* Barbi for President (1991)
* Bobocop (1991)

Albums

*Approved by MTRCD (2001)
*Parental Guidance (2001)
*Ikaw (2005)
*Wowowillie (2005)
*Namamasko Po! (2006)
*Dododo Dadada (2007)
*Willie Sings Camo And Saturno Songs (2007)

Endorsements

*Techno Marine Watches/lock man watch
*Hammerhead jeans and shirt
*Rexona
*Moose Gear apparels
*Sinski(motorcycles and tricycles)
*Rich O (3-in-1)
*Surf
*Eye forics
*Swissflex
*MOS(My Own Space)
*Globe Telecom
*Globe Asiatique
*Bodega Ng Bayan
*Belo Medical Group
*Belo Essentials
*Wow Magic Sing
*Wow a Cart
*W.L Foods
*Vaseline shampoo
*Gurfinkel
*Celebrity Envoy of Tourism
*Starstudio mag. july2007 cover issue

References


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