Ramon Revilla, Sr.

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Ramon Revilla, Sr.
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 2004
Personal details
Born José Acuña Bautista
(1927-03-08) March 8, 1927 (age 87)
Imus, Cavite
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas
Residence Imus, Cavite
Alma mater Far Eastern University
Occupation Actor; Politician
Profession Actor; Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

José Acuña Bautista or popularly known as Ramon Revilla, Sr. (born March 8, 1927),[1] is a Filipino actor and former Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

He is best known as the "King of Amulets (Hari ng Agimat)" in Philippine movies.

Personal life[edit]

He is the youngest child of the 10 children of businessmen Inddefonso Bautista and Andrea Acuña.

Reports say that he fathered 72 children from different women, however only 38 of his children are officially acknowledged and carry his surname. Evelyn Bautista-Jaworski, the eldest among the children and wife of former senator and PBA legend, Robert Jaworski while the youngest is named Abigail.[2]

The first family of Ramon Revilla, Sr. is with the mother of Evelyn Bautista-Jaworski.

It is reported that Azucena Mortel is Ramon Revilla's second partner, this produced 7 offsprings; namely, Marlon, Rowena Bautista-Mendiola, Jose Marie (Bong Revilla), Rebecca Bautista-Ocampo (Princess Revilla), Edwin (Strike Revilla), Andrea Bautista-Ynarez, and Dianne.

And with Genelyn Magsaysay, they produced 9 offsprings; namely, Ram Revilla, Ramona Belen, Ragene Anne, Ragelyn Gail, Ram Joshua, Ramon Joseph (RJ), Raphael Julius, Reuben Jesse, and Ramlyn Gabrielle.[3]

Ram Revilla murder[edit]

On Oct. 17, 2013, Ramon Revilla, Sr., father of the deceased Ram Revilla broke his silence and officially aired his emotions about the Ram Revilla Murder Case and thus gave his official statement:[4]

STATEMENT OF SEN. RAMON REVILLA, SR. ON THE BIRTHDAY OF HIS SON, RAMON JOSEPH, WHO HAS BEEN UNDER DETENTION FOR TWO YEARS NOW:

"Para akong nabagsakan ng mundo ng malaman ko na ang aking anak na si Ramon Joseph ay hindi nabigyan ng piyansa ng hukuman. (I felt like the world fell on me when I was informed that my son Ramon Joseph was not allowed by the court to post bail.)

Ako po ay naniniwalang hindi magagawa ng anak ko ang ganiyang bagay na karumaldumal. (I do believe that my son cannot do anything like that.)

Ang mga anak ko ay lumaki sa salita ng Panginoon. Isa siyang mabait na anak. (My children grew up in the word of God. He is a nice son.)

HINULI SIYA NG WALANG WARRANT OF ARREST AT HALOS DALAWANG TAON NA SIYANG NAGDURUSA SA KULUNGAN. INOSENTE PO ANG AKING ANAK. (He was arrested without a warrant of arrest and for almost two years he has been suffering in jail. My son is innocent.)

TULUNGAN PO NINYO KAMI SA PANALANGIN PARA SA KATARUNGAN NG AKING MGA ANAK NA SINA RAMGEN, RAMONA, AT RAMON JOSEPH. (Help us in prayers for justice for my children Ramgen, Ramona, and Ramon Joseph.)"

FORMER SENATOR RAMON REVILLA, SR.

Rancho Bacoor, Cavite, Oct. 17, 2013.
—Ramon Revilla, Sr., Revilla, Sr. Official Statement

Revilla statue unveiled[edit]

On his 84th birthday last March 8, 2011 the statue of Ramon Revilla, Sr. was unveiled to the public.[5]

The 10-meter bronze statue was made by Filipino sculptor and national artist Eduardo Castrillo. It was unveiled at Revilla's residence in Bacoor, Cavite.[5]

Also during this event, Revilla's children gave him another surprise by officially opening the "Memo Revilla," a museum showcasing his old photographs and film memorabilia such as the "anting-anting" (amulet) and "panday" (sword).[5]

The "Hari ng Agimat’s" 's star-studded birthday celebration was attended by the biggest names in Philippine show business and politics alike. Former presidents Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were among the big personalities who came to the event.[5]

Education[edit]

Ramon Revilla, Sr. graduated in Far Eastern University wherein he finished his bachelor's degree in commerce.

Showbiz career[edit]

In his initial showbiz entry, the young Ramon Revilla was cast only in bit roles which was not enough for him so he left the movies to become head of the Secret Service Unit of the Bureau of Customs in 1965.

He returned to showbiz in 1972 with the movie Nardong Putik, which started his fame.

Like the tough guy he was, he returned to showbiz on his own terms, creating his own film production, Imus Productions, for him to star in. Together with partner Azucena, they ran the film outfit with Revilla writing and directing his films.

His characters in the films "Pepeng Agimat" and "Nardong Putik" gave him the image of being an invincible superhuman who had in his keeping a special anting-anting (amulet of superhuman powers). This image of his is somewhat alive until now because as just recently ABS-CBN adapted his 4 major films into television series entitled Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla.

Awards[edit]

In 1973, Revilla won a Famas Best Actor Award for "Hulihin si Tiyagong Akyat" together with his son Marlon Bautista for a Famas Best Child Actor Award of the same movie. Imus Productions was also recognized as Outstanding Film production in 1975. The next year, Revilla snagged the Outstanding Producer of the Year Award.

In 1979, he was Most Outstanding Actor and Box Office King. At that point, there was really no stopping of his popularity.

In 2011, in the 33rd Catholic Mass Media Awards Night (CMMA), Ramon Revilla, Sr. was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.[6]

Politics[edit]

In 1992, the action hero, became a senator, holding office until the end of his two terms in 2004.

Despite having a number of detractors, Senator Ramon Revilla Sr., was able to mark his stay in the senate as the author of some important bills. But the one he spearheaded that raised his popularity was the bill casually called the "Revilla Bill".

An amendment to the Family Code law of the Philippines, enacted into the law on February 2004, states "The illegitimate children may use the surname of their father if their affiliation has been expressly recognized by the father through the record of birth appearing in the civil register, or when an admission in a public document or private handwritten instrument is made by the father."

"The child should not suffer the stigma of his illegitimacy," the Revilla, Sr. was once quoted as saying.

The amendment made sense, more so because a celebrity who was rumored to have sired a number of "love children" created it.

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Title Year Role
Pepeng Saclaw 1951 Jose "Pepe" Saclaw
Ulila ng Bataan 1952
Recuerdo 1953
Mister Kasintahan 1953
Mga Umaga Pang Darating 1953
Gorio at Tekla 1953
Matandang Dalaga 1954
Anak sa Panalangin 1954
Sa Dulo ng Landas 1955
Kurdapya 1955
Bim, Bam, Bum 1955
Balisong 1955
Binibining Kalog 1955
Tarhata 1957
Gabi ng Lagim (segment 1) 1960
Walang Daigdig 1960
Walang Himala
by Lizbeth Ayala "aka" Alpha Navarrete Alfonso
1963
Scout Rangers 1964
Naghimala
by Elizabeth Calamba Navarrete "aka" Alpha Navarrete Alfonso
1969
Nardong Putik: Kilabot ng Cavite 1972
Pepeng Agimat: Sa Daigdig ng Kababalaghan 1973
Hulihin si Tiagong Akyat 1973 Santiago Ronquillo
Anting-Anting 1973
Sunugin ang Samar 1974
Kapitan Eddie Set: Mad Killer of Cavite 1974 Kap. Eddie Set
Ibilanggo si Cavite Boy 1974
Kapitan Kulas 1975
Ang Lihim ni Rosa Henson sa Buhay ni Kumander Lawin 1976 Kumander Lawin
Bergado: Terror of Cavite 1976 Bergado
Beloy Montemayor 1976 Beloy Montemayor
Hustler Squad 1976 Paco Rodriguez
Bertong Suklab 1976
People of the Philippine Versus Mario Alarcón 1976
Gulapa (Ang Barakong Mayor ng Maragondon) 1977 Gulapa
Bianong Bulag: One-Eyed Terror of Cavite 1977 Bianong Bulag
Task Force Kingfisher 1978
Last Target 1978
Mga Mata ni Angelita 1978
Camerino 1978
Feliciano 1978
Tonyong Bayawak 1979 Tonyong Bayawak
Dang-Dong 1980 Barrio Captain
Sierra Madre
(joined movie with Fernando Poe, Jr.)
1981
Alfredo Sebastian 1981
Labas sa Batas 1982
Tulisan ng Pasong Musang 1982
Lumaban Ka Satanas 1983
The Killing of Satan 1983 Lando San Miguel
Dugong Buhay 1983
Nardong Putik (Kilabot ng Cavite) Version II 1984 Nardong Putik
Sierra Madre 1984
Bodyguard 1986
Iyo ang Tondo, Kanya ang Cavite
(joined movie with Fernando Poe, Jr.)
1986
Ultimatum Ceasefire 1987
Kapitan Pablo 1987
Hitman; oscar ramos 1987
Anak ng Lupa 1987
Joaquin Bordado 1988
Cordillera 1988
Pepeng Kuryente 1988
Bala, Dapat Kay Cris Cuenca: Public Enemy No. 1 1989 Cris Cuenca
Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Elias Paniki 1989 Elias Paniki
Target Police General: Major General Alfredo Lim Story 1990 Alfredo Lim
David Balondo ng Tondo 1990 David Balondo
APO: Kingpin ng Maynila 1990
Pepeng Agimat 1999
Ang Agimat: Anting-Anting ni Lolo 2002
Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom 2005

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