|Birth name||Roman Tesorio Villame|
November 18, 1932|
Calape, Bohol, Philippine Islands
|Died||May 18, 2007
Las Piñas, Philippines
|Genres||Novelty music, educational music, OPM|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, comedian, actor, politician|
|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.
Villame was the youngest of 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. He became 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 only to lose, reportedly due to his strong Visayan accent.
In 1965, Villame went back to Bohol to become a bus driver, where he formed a rondalla band with some fellow drivers; he sang and played the mandolin. His 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.
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.
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. The song was actually released by Villame earlier in his career originally under the title "Vietcong Palagdas" with the Embees and the MB Rondalla Band through Kinampay Records.
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". 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 film 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 film, Babae sa Breakwater ("Woman of the Breakwater"). In doing over 50 films, 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 film Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, while his songs landed in the soundtrack for the film Pepot Artista.
Villame died of cardiac arrest on May 18, 2007.
Villame lived with his wife Tessie and their six children.
|Kinabuhing Bol-Anon||1971||Kinampay Records|
|with the Embees and the MB Liner Rondalla|
|I Shall Return||1972||Kinampay Records|
|The Third Of Yoyoy (Ay Loleng)||1972||Kinampay Records|
|When Christmas Comes||1973||Kinampay Records|
|Yoyoy||1977||Plaka Pilipino Records|
|Yoyoy Is Barok||1978||Plaka Pilipino Records|
|Gi-Indyan||1978||Plaka Pilipino Records|
|Tigmo||1980||Plaka Pilipino Records|
|Harana ni Yoyoy||1981||Sunshine Records|
|Best of Yoyoy||1982||Vicor/Sunshine Records|
|The Best of Yoyoy Part 2||1982||Vicor/Sunshine Records|
|Mac-Arthur and Dagohoy||1991||Sunshine Records|
|Kudeta ni Bonifacio||1988||Sunshine Records|
|Tirana, My Dear||1988||Sunshine Records|
- 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)
- Archived 1 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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- Archived 20 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Vietcong Palagdas (The Original Butsekik)". Youtube.com. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "Cebu Daily News | Inquirer Global Nation". Globalnation.inquirer.net. Retrieved 29 October 2013.