Yoyoy Villame (November 18, 1932-May 18, 2007), born Roman Villame, was a Filipino composer, singer and comedian. He was known for his novelty songs, such as Mag-exercise Tayo and Butse Kik which became classic novelty songs.
Villame was born on November 18, 1932 in Calape, Bohol in Visayas. Before getting his break in the music industry, Villame was at one point a jeepney driver. During the post-World War II, the time the Philippine government was confonting communist rebels, he became an army draftee and fought in the government’s anti-insurgency campaign in Central Luzon. After his stint as a soldier, he went back to Bohol to become a bus driver.
Start of Career
Wanting to become a singer, he formed a rondalla band with his fellow bus drivers as band mates. The owner of the bus company took notice of Villame’s efforts and potential, setting up a music studio named Kinamay Records just for him. Villame's first recording was in 1972 and entitled Magellan. It was the beginning of a long list of albums and recordings of his politically inspired songs in Sugboanon,Tagalog and English.
Music and Films
Villame was arguably most well known for his song 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 was one of the songs that said to have launched Ice Seguerra's career as a child actor. He also wrote Philippine Geography, which lists 77 major islands, provinces, cities, municipalities, and towns in the Philippines from north to south. His long list of hits and his entertaining style of music has earned him the title of "King of Philippine Novelty Songs".
Villame began making movies in the early 1970s, and was noted for his role in the 1974 suspense thriller Biktima. In 2004, Yoyoy played a Visayan troubadour in the critically acclaimed movie, Babae sa Breakwater (Woman of the Breakwater).
Villame was first elected as a councilor of Las Pinas City in 1988. In 1995, he ran as vice mayor, but lost the race.
Villame died of cardiac arrest at the Las Piñas Medical Center in Las Pinas City, Metro Manila on May 18, 2007. He had been brought to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.
He is survived by his children Hannah, who is also a singer; Apple, Olivia, Roman Jr., Lillian and John.
- Babae sa Breakwater (2004)
- Milyonaryong mini (1996)
- Once Upon A Time In Manila (1994)
- Tunay na magkaibigan, walang iwanan... peksman (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) .... Barok
- Batul of Mactan (1974)
- Biktima (1974)
- Eh, kasi bisaya (1972)
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