Willie Revillame (born Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, January 27, 1961), is a Filipino actor and tv host. He served as the host of ABS-CBN's noontime variety show Wowowee. After a tussle with the network, however, he transferred to TV5, where he now hosts Willing Willie along with President Benigno Aquino III's former girlfriend, broadcaster Shalani Soledad.
Willie Revillame earned a living as a professional drummer. He met his mentor, entertainer Randy Santiago, in 1986 while performing in a bar, where he starred as an extra. Santiago eventually hired Revillame as his sidekick in the now-defunct GMA Network noontime show Lunch Date where Revillame stayed for three months and was signed by Regal Films to star alongside Joey Marquez in the movie Bobocop (from Tagalog word 'bobo', meaning 'dumb'), a spoof of the hit Hollywood movie Robocop. Revillame was then on cast in movies playing sidekick to other movie personalities like Philip Salvador, Rudy Fernandez, Edu Manzano, Cesar Montano, Aga Muhlach, Dolphy, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon.
Revillame became a co-host of 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila on ABS-CBN in 1998. He then joined his former Lunch Date co-host Randy Santiago and John Estrada in a new noontime show Magandang Tanghali Bayan (MTB), which replaced 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila. He immediately bonded with his co-hosts and the three were noted for their comic chemistry.
The newborn triumvirate of Santiago, Estrada, and Revillame was noticed by the viewers. Criticism followed Revillame's new-found fame as TV host. Other viewers and critics denounced Willie for his vulgar behavior with the Calendar Girl contestants in MTB. Despite the criticism, the new trio of Santiago, Estrada, and Revillame received immense support from ABS-CBN management.
Magandang Tanghali Bayan started its first live episode on November 30, 1998. This was Willie's third noontime show after Lunch Date (GMA 7) and 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila (ABS-CBN), and his first major TV show after playing bit roles in sitcoms. MTB later dethroned rival show Eat Bulaga on GMA 7 in the ratings game. In fact, from 2001-2002, Revillame held the editor-in-chief position and was featured as the centerfold in the tabloid's 300th issue.
In December 2002, Willie began exploratory talks with ABS-CBN regarding a new noontime show that would replace Magandang Tanghali Bayan. ABS-CBN decided to bring back the original MTB trio, Randy, John and Willie for the new noontime show and terminate the services of other MTB co-hosts and staff, including Roderick Paulate, Amy Perez and director Edgar Mortiz. The noontime show was titled Masayang Tanghali Bayan.
Masayang Tanghali Bayan show was involved in so many controversies, some of which resulted in Willie's second suspension from ABS-CBN. Willie also did the public affairs program Willingly Yours which was also axed in mid-2003 although he won an award from Star Awards as Best Public Service Host, besting the likes of Mike Enriquez, Bernadette Sembrano and Arnold Clavio.
While in 2008, Willie revealed on the website of Philippine Entertainment Portal that he will be making a movie comeback via Octo Arts Films' Mr. Housewife. The movie will have him portray a family man who lost his job and was force to assume his wife's duties in taking care of the house and their children. Roxanne Guinoo was slated to play his wife in the film, which has been put on hold after Willie fell ill. On July 23, 2009, false rumors circulated in the Internet that he died on that day.
In August 1999, Randy, John and Willie were suspended by ABS-CBN from Magandang Tanghali Bayan because of the vulgar jokes that they threw at the contestants that joined the contest during the show's portion Calendar Girl. The suspension was meted after MTRCB, then headed by Armida Siguion-Reyna, issued a warning on ABS-CBN regarding MTB. A week later, the whole noontime show was suspended and was replaced temporarily by Esep-Esep.
In 2001, Willie was terminated from Magandang Tanghali Bayan after he defied orders from ABS-CBN management to refrain from making vulgar jokes. He was replaced in the show by the matinee-idol triumvirate of Marvin Agustin, Dominic Ochoa and Rico Yan†. Soon after, he started appearing as guest star in some GMA 7 shows, fuelling speculations that he will soon be transferring to ABS-CBN's rival network. But after guesting at GMA 7, there was no news coming from Willie's camp except for his appearance during an EDSA 3 rally.
When Magandang Tanghali Bayan went off air, it made a comeback with a different title Masayang Tanghali Bayan with almost the same group, plus new hosts. Then in December 2003, the MTRCB ordered ABS-CBN to terminate Willie from the show, when he remarked nasty jokes with Masayang Tanghali Bayan mainstay Mahal, but before the order could be carried out, the host-comedian filed his resignation instead. In January 2004, Willie appeared on ABS-CBN's The Buzz and made a tearful farewell appearance full of tears.
The first annulment case of Willie Revillame was filed by actress Princess Punzalan the daughter of Helen Vela for psychological incapacity. On Aug. 16, 2006, Revillame's estranged wife Floralice "Liz" Almoro executed a sworn statement before police officer 3 Ma. Theresa Tayag in Camp Crame. Almoro alleged that during that argument, a shouting Revillame berated her while he was holding their baby boy, narrating that she noticed her son’s shaking up and down and side to side. She further claimed that sometime May 2006, Revillame allegedly tried to hit her with a chair and throw the remote control. The complainant added that every time they had a fight, Revillame would usually leave their house.
In her supplemental affidavit, Almoro claimed that Revillame would repeatedly threaten to leave her and their child, which she said caused her mental anguish; that Revillame would emotionally and psychologically abuse her when he refused to be intimate with her; and that her estranged husband had “sexual affairs" with different women.
Prosecutor Gibson Araulla Jr. recommended P 12,000 bail after finding a prima facie case for violation of Section 5, RA 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act.
On July 16, 2007, a criminal case for violation of R.A. 9262 was filed against Revillame before a Quezon City court (Criminal Case No. Q-07-147787).<ref>GMA NEWS.TV, Revillame to face abuse raps before QC court</ref>
On Wowowee's first year anniversary, a mass tragedy happened when a stampede broke out on February 4, 2006 6:00 AM local time at the PhilSports Arena while people were waiting for the show to begin on 1:00 PM local time. 74 people died (according to reports, 71 were dead) and hundreds were injured. It is said that the cause of the stampede is on the line where people get tickets for the show and when the security of ULTRA closed, causing people to rush to enter the gates. Others say that a man shouted that there was a bomb, causing panic. It is the deadliest accident to have occurred in a television event in all the whole history of Philippine broadcasting. After the chairman of ABS-CBN, Gabby Lopez, accepted full responsibility for the tragedy, on March 11 of the same year, the variety show was relaunched.
On August 24, 2007, in a 7-page resolution the Department of Justice dismissed criminal charges against Revillame in connection with the infamous PhilSports Arena stampede. But Raul Gonzalez affirmed the charge against 14 other respondents, including ABS-CBN Network officials led by executive vice president Charo Santos Concio. A 5-man DOJ panel of prosecutors led by Atty. Dacera earlier ruled in an 80-page resolution that the organizers of the Wowowee variety show were guilty of gross negligence.<ref>GMA NEWS.TV, DOJ drops raps vs Revillame over Ultra tragedy</ref>
Willie Revillame on Yes Magazine
According to many blog post Willie Revillame was named and voted upon as Top Most Powerful man in Philippine Showbiz by Yes! magazine Philippines' in 2008.<ref>http://blog.pinoy2.com/2009/03/22/controversial-yes-magazine-50-most-powerful-in-showbiz.html</ref> The Yes Magazine April issue about 50 Most Powerful People in Showbiz were Willie Revillame tops is the most talked item in Philippine Entertainment Industry, many commented well about this controversy in blogs,forums and on online Pinoy Entertainment Portals. The news magazine also reveals that Willie Revillame earns 1 million pesos a day (1 Philippine Peso is approximately 1/48 of a U.S. Dollar).
Comments on Cory Aquino funeral procession
Controversy hounded Revillame once more on the August 3, 2009 episode of Wowowee. In the show's Willie of Fortune game segment, he spoke out against the insertion of a live broadcast on the transfer of the late President Cory Aquino's remains from La Salle Greenhills to the Manila Cathedral during the taping. He suddenly said that he could not make people happy while the entire country was mourning the former president's passing. The Alliance of Filipino Journalists immediately denounced his remarks as a sign of disrespect towards Aquino. Revillame insists that he had no intention of defaming the former president and her family.<ref>http://www.pep.ph/news/22736/Criticisms-mount-against-%20Wowowee-%20host-Willie-Revillame</ref> The Aquino family accepted his apology <ref>http://www.pep.ph/news/22782/Kris-Aquino-on-Willie-Revillame's-remark:-</ref>, but Revillame stressed that he would step down from Wowowee if he was truly wrong about his remarks <ref>http://www.pep.ph/news/22859/Willie-Revillame:-Magre-resign-ako-kung-mali-ako</ref>. On August 10, ABS-CBN announced that Willie went on an indefinite leave.
ABS-CBN senior executive Cory Vidanes said the network supports Revillame's action, claiming that his outburst did not run afoul of the Broadcast Code of the Philippines.<ref>http://www.pep.ph/news/22858/ABS-CBN backs-Willie-Revillame;-says-%3Cem%3EWowowee%3C-em%3E-host did-not-violate-Broadcast-Code-of-the-Philippines</ref> Network entertainment official Johnny Manahan said Revillame was correct in saying that the footage should not have been inserted, but the way he delivered it before the camera was wrong<ref>http://www.pep.ph/news/22768/%20PEP-EXCLUSIVE:%20-Johnny-Manahan%20speaks-up-for%20Willie-Revillame</ref>.
Revillame eventually returned on Wowowee on September 21, 2009.
Willie was married to former beauty queen Liz Almoro in civil rites at Lipa, Batangas on March 2005 officiated by film star and town Mayor, Vilma Santos. This was followed shortly by a lavish church wedding in June 2005 that was sponsored by commercial entities and most probably ABS-CBN network. The wedding was adjudged by readers of YES Magazine as "Wedding of the Year" for 2005. He and his wife Liz now have a son, Juan Emmanuel (Juamee).
Despite the hoopla and extravaganza of Revillame's wedding and on-air vows of love and devotion to his wife, it was finally confirmed that Revillame's marriage is undergoing the process of annulment upon the instigation of Liz Almoro.
Willie Revillame has three daughters from previous relationships. One of his daughters, Meryl Soriano, is an actress. On August 27, 2007, Willie's daughter Meryl gave birth to a baby boy named Elijah. It was Meryl's firstborn with ex-husband, actor Bernard Palanca and officially Willie's first grandchild.
He is currently building his first real estate business Wil Theater Mall which will soon rise near ABS-CBN Eugenio Lopez Drive in Quezon City, Philippines.<ref>http://abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/05/13/09/willies-mall-soon-rise-qc</ref>
Title Network Year Wowowee ABS-CBN 2 2005-present Belo Beauty 101 TFC 2007-present Mr. Housewife ABS-CBN 2 2008 Pinoy Big Brother ABS-CBN 2 2005 Puso o Pera ABC 5 (now TV5) 2004 Masayang Tanghali Bayan ABS-CBN 2 2003 Willingly Yours ABS-CBN 2 2002-2003 Magandang Tanghali Bayan ABS-CBN 2 1998-2001 Richard Loves Lucy ABS-CBN 2 1998-2002 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila ABS-CBN 2 1998 Actually 'Yun Na! RPN 9 (now C/S 9) 1994 Barangay U.S.: Unang Sigaw RPN 9 (now C/S 9) 1994 Salo-Salo Together (SST) GMA 7 1993 Four da Boys IBC 13 1992-1993 Barangay USA PTV (now NBN) 1990 Loveliness IBC 13 1989 Dance Tonight IBC 13 1988 Ayos Lang Tsong! IBC 13 1988 Lunch Date GMA 7 1986
- Mr. Housewife (TBA)
- Pera o bayong (Not da TV)! (2000)
- 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 Mahal Kita! (1995)
- Omar Abdullah: Pulis Probinsya 2, Tapusin Na Natin Ang Laban (1995)
- Ka Hector (1994)
- Lagalag: The Eddie Fernandez Story (1994)
- Abrakadabra (1994)
- Masahol pa sa hayop (1993)
- Pat.Omar Abdullah: Pulis Probinsiya (1992)
- Contreras Gang (1991)
- Joey Boy Munti, 15 anyos ka sa Muntilupa (1991)
- Sam & Miguel (Your basura, no problema) (1991)
- Barbi for President 2 (1991)
- Joe Pring 2: Kidlat Ng Maynila (1990)
- Barbi For President (1989)
- Approved by MTRCD (2001)
- Parental Guidance (2001)
- Ikaw (2005)
- Wowowillie (2005)
- Namamasko Po! (2006)
- Dododo Dadada (2007)
- Willie Sings Camo And Saturno Songs (2007)
- Giling Giling (October 2008)
- Ikaw na nga! (2009, number 1)
- Willie Revillame reacts against Cory Aquino's funeral march video snippet Youtubees:Willie Revillame
- Official site of Willie Revillame