Yoyoy Villame

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Yoyoy Villame
Birth name Roman Tesorio Villame
Born (1932-11-18)November 18, 1932
Calape, Bohol, Philippines
Died May 18, 2007(2007-05-18) (aged 74)
Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines
Genres Novelty music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, comedian, actor
Instruments Vocals, bandurria
Years active 1972–2004
Associated acts Max Surban

Roman Tesorio Villame (November 18, 1932 – May 18, 2007), better known as Yoyoy Villame, was a Filipino singer, composer, lyricist and comedian. Villame was a native of Calape, Bohol and was the father of singer Hannah Villame. He died of cardiac arrest at the Las Piñas Medical Center in Manila on May 18, 2007.

Early life[edit]

Villame was the youngest among ten children of a fisherman father and fishseller mother. He started composing songs for the Boy Scouts in his elementary days. Dropping out after his second year in high school, Villame enlisted to become a soldier-trainee of the Philippine Army. Being unhappy in his post in Pampanga, he asked for a discharge after the surrender of rebel leader Luis Taruc. Villame would become a passenger jeepney driver plying the Baclaran-Pasay Taft-Santa Cruz-Dimasalang route. During the ten years of driving jeeps, he would compete in amateur nights held at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo but only to lose because of his strong Visayan accent.[1]

In 1965, Villame went back to Bohol to become a bus driver of the MB (Meneses-Butalid) Liner fleet, where he had a bus numbered 13 that plied the Tagbilaran-Ubay-Talibon route. At the bus company, Villame formed with some fellow drivers the MBs Combo, a rondalla band where he sang and played the mandolin. Villame was soon invited to parties and eventually as an entertainer at fiestas, baptisms, weddings, funerals and special events.

The owner of the bus company took notice of Villame’s efforts and set up a music studio named Kinan 1965, Villame went back to Bohol to become a bus driver of the MB (Meneses-Butalid) Liner fleet, where he had a bus numbered 13 that plied the Tagbilaran-Ubay-Talibon route. At the bus company, Villame formed with some fellow drivers the MBs Combo, mpay Records, after a local dish, just for him. Villame's first recording was in 1972 and entitled "Magellan", a parody of historicism of Ferdinand Magellan's failed conquest of the Philippines. This became the top-selling record in the Visayas-Mindanao region. Comedian Chiquito recognized his potential and brought Villame to Manila to be signed to Vicor Records, which re-issued most of the Kinampay catalogue. Touring Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and other parts of Luzon helped Villame establish his name in the country.[2]

Villame was the first to brand his music as "novelty" to distinguish himself from his contemporaries, who tried hard to sound like Perry Como or Frank Sinatra. It was the beginning of a long list of albums and recordings of his politically inspired songs in Cebuano, Tagalog and English.[3]

Notable works[edit]

Villame blended Filipino folk melodies, popular tunes and nursery rhymes for his music and then added witty, comedic lyrics that mixed Tagalog, Cebuano and English in a form of grammar that he concocted. He became a national figure in 1977 with his near-anthemic "Mag-exercise Tayo", which has been adopted by government agencies and public schools as the official music for their Monday morning exercise after the flag ceremony.

His most popular song was "Butse Kik", a song written from made-up Chinese-sounding words which Villame allegedly came up with by writing down the names of Chinese stores while waiting for a mechanic to fix his broken-down jeepney in Manila's Chinatown; it borrowed from the tune of Dee Dee Sharp's "Baby Cakes", a 1962 hit. The song would then be covered by a host of artists, Aiza Seguerra and The Company to name a few. The Chinese community in Cebu felt slighted by the song but dropped plans to bring Villame to court because not a single Chinese word was included in the song.[1] The song, moreover was actually released by Yoyoy Villame earlier in his career originally under the title "Vietcong Palagdas" with the Embees and the MB Rondalla Band through Kinampay Records.[4]

Villame wrote "Philippine Geography", which lists 77 major islands, provinces, cities, municipalities, and towns in the Philippines from north to south. He also established a love team with "Barok Labs Dabiana" and celebrated his fisherman father with "Piyesta ng Mga Isda". Hilarity was the common theme, as seen from his songs about cavemen ("Tarzan at Barok") or geography ("My Country, My Philippines"). His song "Take It, Take It (Pasko ng Fiasco)" took potshots at the Manila Film Festival scam in the 1990s.

He made more than 25 albums and won several sales awards, among them a double platinum for his album Tirana My Dear and a platinum for McArthur and Dagohoy in 1991. He also won Best Novelty Award for "Piyesta ng mga Isda" at the 1993 Awit Awards. His long list of hits and his entertaining style of music earned him the title of 'King of Philippine Novelty Songs'.

Villame began making movies in the early 1970s with the help of Chiquito. His first on-screen appearance was in Isla Limasawa, where "Magellan" was used as theme song. In 2004, He played a Visayan troubadour in the critically acclaimed movie, Babae sa Breakwater ("Woman of the Breakwater"). In doing over 50 movies, Villame is most noted for his role in the 1974 suspense thriller Biktima. His song "My Country, My Philippines" was played in the opening scene of the movie Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, while his songs also landed in the soundtrack for the movie Pepot Artista.[1]

He moved to Las Piñas City, where he became a city councilor for ten years. He then ran for vice-mayor in 1995 but lost.[5]


Villame died of cardiac arrest some five hours after being rushed to the Las Piñas Medical Center complaining of chest pains on May 18, 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Villame is survived by his wife Tessie and their six children, singer Hannah Villame, Apple, Olivia, Roman Jr., Ruel Villame, Lillian and John. His grandchildren are Rich Villame, Rue Shell Auxilian, Jm Villame, Jan Kevin and Emmanuel Santos established names for themselves in the rock music scene and described their melodic emo sound as reminiscent of their grandfather's.

LP & CD albums with tracks[edit]

Yoyoy (1977) [Plaka Pilipino Records][edit]

  • 1. Mag-exercise Tayo
  • 2. Philippine Geography
  • 3. Nasaan Ka Darling?
  • 4. Mentras Lariang
  • 5. Bukonut Woman
  • 6. Bungalow
  • 7. Tarzan at Barok
  • 8. Exercise Boogie
  • 9. Welcome Balikbayan
  • 10. Oh! My Sweet
  • 11. Kanser

Yoyoy Is Barok (1978) [Plaka Pilipino Records][edit]

  • 1. Granada
  • 2. Kaming Mga Waiter
  • 3. Trapik
  • 4. I'll Never Love Again
  • 5. Awit Na Kanta
  • 6. Bombero
  • 7. Pangako Ng Boy Scout
  • 8. Sabi Barok Lab Ko Dabiana
  • 9. Biyenan
  • 10. Bus Driver Boogie
  • 11. Playboy
  • 12. Diklamasyon

Gi-Indyan (1978) [Plaka Pilipino Records][edit]

  • 1. Pagkamingaw
  • 2. Ikaw
  • 3. Hikalimti Na Lang
  • 4. Kilum-Kilum
  • 5. Pasyensya Mga Batig Nawong
  • 6. Gi-indyan
  • 7. Lorena
  • 8. Gugmang Dinalian
  • 9. Mag-flower Dance Kita
  • 10. Hain Na
  • 11. Bayle Sa Tibuok Kalibutan
  • 12. Leonora

Harana Ni Yoyoy (1981) [Sunshine Records][edit]

  • 1. Harana
  • 2. Pagbu-otan Baya Day
  • 3. Dalagang Banikahon
  • 4. Bisan
  • 5. Ikaw Ang Bulak
  • 6. Hangtud Kanus-a
  • 7. Pasalyo-Anay Lang Ta
  • 8. Pinangga Ko
  • 9. Salig Na Pinangga
  • 10. Gugmang Matinumanon

Tigmo (1980) [Plaka Pilipino Records][edit]

  • 1. Tigmo
  • 2. Ambot Lucila
  • 3. Dalawidaw
  • 4. Gue Kha Guid
  • 5. Butse Kik
  • 6. Ngano
  • 7. Gaksa Ako
  • 8. Duso-Duso Butong
  • 9. Dinhi Ning Yuta Daghang Yawa
  • 10. Kan-on Pa

Best of Yoyoy [Vicor/Sunshine Records][edit]

  • 1. Da, Da, Da (Tsismis)
  • 2. Mag-exercise Tayo
  • 3. Tarzan at Barok
  • 4. Granada
  • 5. Si Felimon
  • 6. Butse Kik
  • 7. Hayop Na Combo
  • 8. Magellan
  • 9. Philippine Geography
  • 10. Nasaan Ka Darling?
  • 11. Nasalisihan
  • 12. Bungalow
  • 13. Sion..,'Tion
  • 14. Tang-go

The Best of Yoyoy Part 2 [Vicor/Sunshine Records][edit]

  • 1. The Teacher And The Pupils
  • 2. The Bible
  • 3. Trapik
  • 4. Exercise Boogie
  • 5. Mr. Robot-Bot
  • 6. Diklamasyon
  • 7. ABC and the Music
  • 8. Happy Birthday
  • 9. Kaming Mga Waiter
  • 10. Buhay At Pag-ibig ni Barok
  • 11. Wise (Lies)
  • 12. Gusot Na Rin

Mac-Arthur and Dagohoy (1991) [Sunshine Records][edit]

  • 1. Djing-Djing
  • 2. Ay Loling
  • 3. Alimukoy Waltz
  • 4. Hala Charing
  • 5. Kondansoy
  • 6. Cora
  • 7. I Shall Return
  • 8. Painitan
  • 9. Lusay Waltz
  • 10. Dagohoy
  • 11. Pastilan Anak
  • 12. Kinilao

Kudeta ni Bonifacio (1988) [Sunshine Records][edit]

  • 1. Kudeta Ni Bonifacio
  • 2. Huwag 'Yan
  • 3. Eklipse
  • 4. Hey
  • 5. My Country, Philippines
  • 6. I'm Sorry
  • 7. Alam Mo
  • 8. Sikat Na Pangit
  • 9. Lucila
  • 10. T.N.T - U.S.A
  • 11. Balikbayan
  • 12. Ako'y Babalik

Tirana, My Dear (1988) [Sunshine Records][edit]

  • 1. Kudeta Ni Bonifacio (Visaya)
  • 2. Ayaw Na (Huwag 'Yan)
  • 3. Eklipse (Visaya)
  • 4. Kahayag Sa Kangitngit
  • 5. Islahanon
  • 6. I'm Sorry (Visaya)
  • 7. I Know (Visaya)
  • 8. Lu-oy
  • 9. My Country, Philippines
  • 10.Tirana (Visayan Folk Song)
  • 11.Barsi
  • 12.Hey (Visaya)


  • Doon Po Sa Amin (RPN 9)
  • Milyonaryong Mini (with Max Surban) (ABS-CBN Regional)


  • Babae sa Breakwater (2004)
  • Pepot Artista (2004)
  • Sis (2001)
  • Milyonaryong Mini (1996)
  • Tunay na Magkaibigan, Walang Iwanan... Peksman (1994)
  • Once Upon a Time in Manila (1994)
  • Ober Da Bakod (The Movie) (1994)
  • Andrew Ford Medina: Huwag kang Gamol (1991)
  • Wooly Booly 2: Ang Titser kong Alien (1990)
  • Bikining Itim (1990)
  • Teacher's Enemy No. 1 (1990)
  • Tootsie Wootsie (1990)
  • Wooly Booly: Ang Classmate kong Alien (1989)
  • Barok Goes to Hong Kong (1984)
  • Dabiana and Barok
  • Ang Sisiw ay osang Agila (1979)
  • Anino Sa Villa Lagrimas (1976)
  • Pepe and Pilar (1975)
  • Enter Garote (1974)
  • Batul of Mactan (1974)
  • Biktima (1974)
  • Isprakenhayt (1973)
  • Abogado de Campanilla (1973)
  • Prinsipe Abante (1973)
  • "Sinbad" The Tailor (1973)
  • Telebong, Telebong, Telebong (1973)
  • Cariñosa (1973)
  • Los Compadres (1973)
  • Eh, Kasi Bisaya (1972)
  • Isla Limasawa (1972)


  1. ^ a b c http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/entertainment/entertainment/view_article.php?article_id=67044
  2. ^ http://rottenjello.multiply.com/journal/item/5/Mabuhay_si_Yoyoy_Villame
  3. ^ http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view_article.php?article_id=66711
  4. ^ "Vietcong Palagdas (The Original Butsekik)". Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cebu Daily News | Inquirer Global Nation". Globalnation.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

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