Who doesn’t know Willie Revillame? Well, the Filipino masses know who he is. His fame reached its zenith when his noontime game show Wowowee became a hit. But how many of us know where Willie was prior to his breakthrough? Let’s get to know him more then!
1. Willie Revillame was born Wilfredo Buendia Revillame on January 27 1961.
2. Willie married Liz Almoro in a civil ceremony at Lipa, Batangas in March 2005, officiated by Mayor Vilma Santos. This was followed shortly by a church wedding in June 2005, their marriage annulled in 2008. Prior to his marriage to Almoro, Revillame was married to actress Princess Punzalan.
3. Prior to his breakthrough with “Wowowee”, Revillame started out as the host of GMA Network’s noontime variety program “Lunch Date” in the early 1980s together with Randy Santiago. After his hosting stint he started appearing on different movies playing sidekick to big-named stars. In 1998, he started co-hosting the ABS-CBN noontime show “‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila”. After the show was cancelled to make way for his big break in “Magandang Tanghali Bayan”, he also started appearing in “Richard Loves Lucy”. Other shows he hosted are “Willingly Yours”, as well as TV5 variety programs like “Willing Willie”, “Wil Time Bigtime” and “Wowowillie”.
4. Revillame is also a businessman. He invested in real estate. He developed the Wil Tower Mall near ABS-CBN Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City with business partner Manny Villar. Revillame is also the former owner of restaurants W Bar and Wil Steak Town at Wil Events Place located near Wil Tower Mall and ABS-CBN along Sgt. Esguerra Avenue in South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City. Wil Tower Mall was developed by the real estate firm Vista Land and Lifescapes, but Revillame’s holdings were sold to his business partner and friend, former Senator Manny Villar.
5. Willie Revillame is not only a host, or a businessman. He’s also appeared in a number of films since 1990. I know he’s not the remarkable in films but just in case you wish to review these films and find him, here are the films Willie did in the past: Engkwentro (2009), Nobody Nobody but Juan (2009; cameo appearance), Pera o bayong (Not da TV) (2000), Matalino man ang matsing naiisahan 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 (1995), Ikaw Pa Eh Love Kita! (1995), Omar Abdullah: Pulis Probinsya 2, Tapusin Na Natin Ang Laban (1995), Hector (1994), The Eddie Fernandez Story (1994), Abrakadabra (1994), Ako (1993), Pat. Omar Abdullah: Pulis Probinsiya (1992), Contreras Gang (1991), Sagad Hanggang Buto (1991), Joey Boy Munti, 15 anyos ka sa Muntinlupa (1991), Sam & Miguel (Your basura, no problema) (1991), Barbi for President (1991), and Joe Pring 2: Kidlat Ng Maynila (1990).
6. Willie Revillame’s career has been tainted with controversies. On February 4, 2006, while Revillame was hosting Wowowee, the PhilSports Arena stampede occurred. On August 25, 2007, the Department of Justice dismissed criminal charges against Revillame in connection with the stampede. However, in 2009 August 3 Episode of Wowowee, during which the show was interrupted for live coverage of the transfer of President Cory Aquino’s remains from La Salle Greenhills to the Manila Cathedral, Revillame said that he could not make people happy while the entire country was mourning. The Alliance of Filipino Journalists denounced his remarks as a sign of disrespect towards Aquino. Revillame said he had no intention of defaming the former president and her family. ABS-CBN senior executive Cory Vidanes said the network supported Revillame’s action, stating that his outburst did not run afoul of the Broadcast Code of the Philippines. Network entertainment official Johnny Manahan said Revillame was correct in saying that the footage should not have been inserted, but the way he said it was wrong.
7. Revillame, however, is currently facing criminal charges for an incident in his show on March 12, 2011. A “macho dance” by an apparently unhappy six-year-old boy on Revillame’s primetime show, Willing Willie, resulted in criticism, The Commission on Human Rights pursued an investigation of the program for violating the law. In October 2015, the Court of Appeals allowed the arrest and prosecution of Revillame over the case. Revillame’s camp filed a Motion for Reconsideration, which the Court of Appeals turned down affirming the Regional Trial Court Quezon City Judge Roberto Buenaventura Decision. Revillame already posted bail, but says he’s ready to face the criminal charges against him.
8. After 9 months, Revillame’s show in GMA Network “Wowowin” held its Final Episode in January 2016. On its last episode, Willie recalled the good times he had in the show. “‘Pag nanood ka po ng programang ito, kahit papaano, yun bang nakakatulong para mapangiti kayo, mapasaya namin kayo. Yun po ang importante, e,” Willie said. Before the show ended, a screen flashed “ABANGAN”, hinting a comeback show from Willie Revillame and currently “Wowowin” is back and still airing.
9. In one of Willie’s noontime show episodes, a classmate of his from way back college joined a competition in the show and brought him a gift – an old picture featuring Willie Revillame in his younger years. The host was elated with the quasi-reunion, and was amused of his former classmate’s surprise. He even jested, ““Bakit ganyan mukha ko? Halatang walang pera talaga eh, o.”
10. Willie Revillame’s original home network is GMA-7. Revillame’s been jumping to different ships. He has worked with IBC, RPN, PTV, ABC, ABS-CBN, TV5, and now, he’s back to his home network, GMA-7.