Willie Revillame

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The matronymic is Buendia and the family name is Revillame.
Willie Revillame
Birth name Wilfredo Buendia Revillame
Born (1961-01-27) January 27, 1961 (age 55)
Cabanatuan City, Philippines
Genres P-pop, Novelty
Occupation(s) TV host, singer, actor, comedian, producer
Instruments Vocals, Drums
Years active 1986–2013, 2015-present
Labels Universal Records (2001–2005)
Star Records (2005–2010)
Viva Records (2010–2013)
GMA Records (2015-present)

Willie Revillame (born Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, January 27, 1961) is a Filipino television host, singer, actor and comedian.

Life and career[edit]

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 within the network were "Willingly Yours", Masayang Tanghali Bayan, and Wowowee, as well as TV5 variety programs like Willing Willie, Wil Time Bigtime and Wowowillie.

As of March 2015, Revillame recently marked his homecoming in GMA Network (his original home network), and his long-awaited return to Philippine showbiz and to Philippine television via his newest weekly-variety program Wowowin, airing on GMA Network every Sunday afternoon since May 10, 2015, but Wowowin became a weekday variety program in February 2016 due to the popularity of the show.

Business ventures[edit]

Revillame is known for developing a business, the Wil Tower Mall near ABS-CBN Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City with business partner Manny Villar. It held its grand opening on September 15, 2013.[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Revillame 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.[2][3]


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, Justice Secretary Gonzalez affirmed the charge against 14 others, including ABS-CBN officials.[4]

In the August 3, 2009 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.[5] 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.[6] 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]

On May 4, 2010, Revillame went into another on-air tirade on his now-defunct noontime show "Wowowee", this time directing his anger at entertainment columnist and DZMM Radio host Jobert Sucaldito. Without mentioning him by name, he said he had enough of Sucaldito's alleged criticisms against the show having high-school contestants whose grades were below the passing mark for the Willie of Fortune segment and also ridiculing them on-screen. He threatened to resign from the show unless the ABS-CBN management dismissed Sucaldito, who described Revillame's rant as being "pikon" (Tagalog slang meaning 'touchy').[8] He went on an indefinite leave three weeks later after the network declined his resignation letter.[9]

In a press conference on August 9, 2010, Revillame announced that he was ending his contract with ABS-CBN, even if it is supposed to expire in September 2011. He also accused ABS-CBN of violating several provisions in his contract. He narrated that his decision came out of meetings between ABS-CBN production head Linggit Tan and network president Charo Santos-Concio regarding a return to the show on July 31. However, on July 20, Tan said the management will replace Wowowee with a new show on July 31 and also offered him a one-hour weekly show. She added negative feedback still prevailed among network employees about him going to work again. Despite the move, the network stated that Revillame's Wowowee tirade only highlighted his arrogance and stressed that the contract is still in effect.[10]

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, including the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development describing it as a case of child abuse. Revillame "sincerely and deeply" apologized for the segment, “which viewers may have found offensive or in bad taste.”[11][12][13][14] The Commission on Human Rights pursued an investigation of the program for violating the law.[15] In October 2015, the Court of Appeals allowed the arrest and prosecution of Revillame over the case.[16] Atty. Nards de Vera, lawyer of Revillame, clarified in a GMA News article that Revillame has already posted the bail for the two cases in September 2013, and does not need the warrant of arrest served against his client.[17] On April 11, 2016, the 3rd division of the Court of Appeal (CA) had affirmed the Regional Trial Court Quezon City Judge Roberto Buenaventura Decision. The CA said that Judge Buenaventura hadn't committed no grave abuse of discretion. In the CA's Decision, written by Justice Maria Luisa Quijano-Padilla, on the arrest and to bring to trial Willie Revillame, they said, " “as there is probable cause for the petitioner’s commission of a crime, his arrest and arraignment should now ensue so that this case may properly proceed to trial, where the merits of both parties’ evidence and allegations may be weighed.” [18]


Title Year Character/Role
Pepito Manaloto (Ang Tunay Na Kwento) 2016
Engkwento 2009
Nobody Nobody but Juan 2009 cameo appearance
Pera o bayong (Not da TV) 2000 Bartolome
Matalino man ang matsing na-iisahan din! 2000 Mando
Alyas Boy Tigas: Ang probinsyanong wais 1998 Boy Tigas
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 Muntilupa 1991
Sam & Miguel (Your basura, no problema) 1991 Angelo
Barbi for President 1991
Joe Pring 2: Kidlat Ng Maynila 1990


Title Network Year
Pepito Manaloto GMA Network 2016
Celebri-TV GMA Network 2015
Wowowin GMA Network 2015–present
Wowowillie TV5 2013
Willing Willie/Wil Time Bigtime TV5 2010-2013
Wowowee ABS-CBN 2005-2010
Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN 2005
Puso o Pera ABC 2004
Masayang Tanghali Bayan ABS-CBN 2003
Willingly Yours ABS-CBN 2002-2003
Magandang Tanghali Bayan ABS-CBN 1998-2001
Richard Loves Lucy ABS-CBN 1998-2002
Maynila GMA Network 1999
Gillage People GMA Network 1997
Tondominium ABC 1995
Haybol Rambol GMA Network 1994–1995
Actually 'Yun Na! RPN 1994
Barangay U.S.: Unang Sigaw RPN 1994
Four da Boys IBC 1993
Love Notes ABC 1993
Kate en Boogie GMA Network 1993–1995
GMA Telesine Specials GMA Network 1992
Lovingly Yours, Helen GMA Network 1991
Young Love, Sweet Love RPN 1991
Barangay USA PTV 1990
Pabuenas sa Siyete GMA Network 1989
Loveliness IBC 1989
Dance Tonight IBC 1988
Ayos Lang Tsong! IBC 1988
Lunch Date GMA Network 1986-1993


Universal Records[edit]

  • "Parental Guidance?" (2001)
  • "Pito Pito" (2004)
  • "Para Sa 'Kin Ay Ikaw" (2005)
  • "Ikaw Ang #1" (2005)

Star Records[edit]

  • "Wowowillie" (2005)
  • "Namamasko Po!" (2006)
  • "Willie Sings... Camo and Saturno" (2007)
  • "Igiling Giling" (2008)
  • "Ikaw Na Nga!" (2009)

Viva Records[edit]

  • "I Love You" (2010)
  • "Wil Time Bigtime" (2011)
  • "Willing Willie" (2010)
  • "Kendeng Kendeng" (2011)
  • "Sige Sumayaw" (2013)
  • "S'yempre" (2012)

GMA Records[edit]

  • "Wowowin" (2015)
  • "Sumayaw Gumalaw Tumalon Talon (2015)
  • "Nando'n Ako" (2015)
  • "Dito Lang Ako" (2016)


  • Best Male TV Host (2005 and 2007) - Won
  • Consumers Award Outstanding Variety Show (2008) - Won
  • Consumers Award Outstanding Male TV Host (2008) - Won
  • Novelty Singer of the Year (2010) - Won[19]
  • 2011 - PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Variety Show (as Willing Willie)
  • Celebrity Inductee, Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines 2014- Won
  • 2015 - PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Game Show (Wowowin of GMA-7)
  • 2015 - PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Male Game Show Host - Nominated


  1. ^ Wil Tower Mall
  2. ^ ABS-CBN.com - Willie Revillame Opens Up About the Women in His Life
  3. ^ GMA News - PEP: Princess Punzalan Is Happy for Ex-Husband Willie Revillame's Success
  4. ^ GMA NEWS.TV, DOJ drops raps vs Revillame over Ultra tragedy
  5. ^ "Criticisms mount against Wowowee host Willie Revillame - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph.  Retrieved on 2011-01-17.
  6. ^ "ABS-CBN backs Willie Revillame; says Wowowee host did not violate Broadcast Code of the Philippines". PEP.ph. August 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/22768/%20PEP-EXCLUSIVE:%20-Johnny-Manahan%20speaks-up-for%20Willie-Revillame
  8. ^ http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20100506-268474/Willie-Revillame-threatens-to-resign-from-TVs-Wowowee
  9. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/05/25/10/willie-revillame-takes-indefinite-break-wowowee
  10. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/271538/willie-revillame-rescinds-contract-with-abscbn
  11. ^ http://globalnation.inquirer.net/columns/columns/view/20110325-327581/Willing-Willie-and-the-boy-who-wouldnt-smile
  12. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/03/28/11/boy-abused-%E2%80%98willing-willie%E2%80%99-dswd-says
  13. ^ http://www.gmanews.tv/story/216365/entertainment/dswd-calls-for-censure-of-willie-for-boy-macho-dancer
  14. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/311671/revillame-s-hit-a-minor-causes-stir-cyberspace
  15. ^ http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/03/29/11/chr-investigate-jan-jan-case
  16. ^ Torres-Tupas, Tetch (October 18, 2015). "Willie Revillame ordered arrested over child abuse case". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lawyer on CA order: No need to arrest Willie, he already posted bail". GMA News. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Court denies Revillame plea in abuse case". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ "ABS-CBN big winner at GMMSF Entertainment Awards". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-05-21.

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