Willie Revillame

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Willie Revillame
Birth name Wilfredo Buendia Revillame
Born (1961-01-27) January 27, 1961 (age 54)
Cabanatuan City, Philippines
Genres P-pop, Novelty
Occupation(s) Actor, TV host, singer, comedian, producer
Instruments Vocals, Drums
Years active 1986–2013, 2015-present
Labels Universal Records (2001–2005)
Star Records (2005–2010)
Viva Records (2010–2013)

Willie Revillame (born Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, January 27, 1961) is a television host, actor, comedian and a recording artist in the Philippines.

Revillame once was a host of many popular variety shows, including GMA Network's noontime variety show Lunch Date, ABS-CBN's noontime shows Magandang Tanghali Bayan and Wowowee, as well as TV5's variety shows Willing Willie/Wil Time Bigtime and Wowowillie. Revillame marked his long-awaited return to Philippine showbiz and television in 2015 via his newest variety-game show, Wowowin, airing on GMA Network every Sunday afternoon since on May 10, 2015.

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 and Revillame's holdings were sold to his business partner and friend, former Senator Manny Villar. Revillame also established his own production companies, Wil Productions in 2010 (behind Willing Willie, Wil Time Bigtime, Wowowillie) and the recent WBR Entertainment Productions, Inc. in 2015 (behind Wowowin) to produce his numerous variety shows.

Revillame is currently developing a five-star hotel in Tagaytay City named Wil Sky Hotel, opening in late 2015.

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. Prior to his marriage to Almoro, Revillame was married to actress Princess Punzalan.[2][3]

Controversies[edit]

On February 4, 2006, while Revillame was hosting Wowowee, the PhilSports Arena stampede occurred.

On August 24, 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 March 12, 2011, a "macho dance" by an apparently unhappy six-year-old boy on Revillame's new 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.”[8][9][10][11] The Commission on Human Rights is pursuing an investigation of the program for violating the law.[12]

Filmography[edit]

  • Nobody Nobody but Juan (2009; cameo appearance)
  • Pera o bayong (Not da TV) (2000) as Bartolome Matlantuta
  • 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 (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)
  • Barbi for President (1991)
  • Joe Pring 2: Kidlat Ng Maynila (1990)

Television[edit]

Title Network Year
Wowowin GMA Network 2015-present
Wowowillie TV5 2013
Willing Willie/Wil Time Bigtime TV5 2010-2013
Wowowee ABS-CBN 2005-2010
Belo Beauty 101 TFC 2007-2010
Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN 2005
Puso o Pera ABC 2004
Masayang Tanghali Bayan ABS-CBN 2003-2004
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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Universal Records[edit]

  • "Parental Guidance?" (2000)
  • "Pito Pito" (2004)
  • "Ikaw Ang #1" (2005)
  • "Para Sa Akin ay Ikaw" (2005)

Star Records[edit]

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

Viva Records[edit]

  • "I Love You" (2010)
  • "Willing Willie" (2011)
  • "Kendeng Kendeng" (2011)
  • "Syempre" (2012)

Awards[edit]

  • Best Male TV Host (Willie Revillame) (2005 & 2007) - Won
  • Consumers Award Outstanding Variety Show (2008) - Won
  • Consumers Award Outstanding Male TV Host (2008) - Won
  • Novelty Singer of the Year (2010) - Won[13]
  • 2011 - PMPC Star Awards for TV - Best Variety Show (as Willing Willie)

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