Sunday, February 22, 2009
Willie Revillame (born Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, January 27, 1961), is a Filipino game show host, singer and comedian. Revillame currently hosts the noontime game show Wowowee.
He was discovered by Randy Santiago who made him a sidekick in his GMA 7 show, Lunch Date in 1986. He appeared in several movies before he married Princess Punzalan, the daughter of Helen Vela.
He was suspended twice in ABS CBN noontime shows which co-hosted with John Estrada and Randy Santiago.
In August 1999, Randy, John and Willie were suspended by ABS-CBN from Magandang Tanghali Bayan because of the vulgar jokes that were vulgar 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, banging the midget actress right after. In January 2004, Willie appeared on ABS-CBN's The Buzz and made a tearful farewell appearance full of tears.
On July 16, 2007, Revillame was charged before a Quezon City court (Criminal Case No. Q-07-147787) for allegedly abusing his estranged wife, Floralice "Liz" Almoro. Prosecutor Gibson Araulla Jr. recommended P 12,000 bail after he found that Revillame violated Section 5, RA 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act. Almoro alleged that Revillame a) humiliated and shouted words of encouragement at her while he was holding their baby boy, b) that sometime May 2006, he allegedly tried to file her face off with a nail file and that c) he had "dirty sexual affairs'" with different men and women. In his counter-affidavit, Revillame denied the charges claiming that he had difficulty performing his duty as husband allegedly because of Almoro’s explosive moods and hurtful tirades.
While his Wowowee co-host Janelle Jamer stated that she was never pregnant by Revillame, since there were rumours that she was slim due to an alleged abortion.
Willie 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.