One of his claims to fame is his anting-anting or amulet,
which makes his film characters defy death.
In real life, it seems former senator Ramon Revilla Sr. has
the same powers to defy death's claws. He survived a stroke
just recently. Add to that his being the object of one of showbiz's undying
‘macho' rumors—that he had fathered more than 100 children.
Judging from the many articles written about the erstwhile
action star- lawmaker, the media have not really gotten a clear story from Mr.
Revilla ever. Once, when a newspaper reporter posed the question to
him, his response was simply: "I don't have many children... and it's far less
than a hundred."
One of his daughters, Rowena Bautista-Mendiola, bemoaned her
father's usually cryptic response, admitting that it adds to the speculations.
Another daughter, Andrea Bautista-Ynares, recounted an
incident: "Iniinterview yata siya, tapos he did not answer so sila lang ang
nag-conclude." His vague response is partly to blame for the persistent rumor
about his alleged numerous kids, she admitted.
"Alam mo naman ‘yun," Rowena exclaimed, hinting that Mr.
Revilla may just be enjoying a bit of the "notoriety."
A man's man.
Ramon Revilla Sr., it could be said, has always been noted for his macho image.
In his films, he looked tough, like he could kill you with a glance,
and he was pretty convincing as a man who had an agimat or supernatural power.
Real life was no different. Tall and muscled, his physical
features made it easy for others to think that he was no man to mess around
Born Jose Acuña Bautista on March 8, 1927 in Imus, Cavite,
he assumed the name Ramon Revilla when he entered the movies.
One of the 10 children of businessmen Ildefonso Bautista and
Andrea Acuna, he already had a degree in Commerce from the Far Eastern
University before he got discovered (while he was pumping gas) to appear on the
But in his initial showbiz entry, the young Ramon Revilla
was cast in bit roles, which was just not enough for him so he left the movies
to be head of the Secret Service Unit of the Bureau of Customs in 1965.
Showbiz saw his return in 1972.
Like the tough guy he was, he returned to showbiz on his own
terms, creating his own film production, Imus Films, for him to star in.
Together with wife Azucena, they ran the film outfit with Revilla writing and
directing his films.
In 1973, Revilla won a Famas Best Actor Award for Hulihin si Tiyagong Akyat. Imus Films
was also recognized as Outstanding Film production in 1975. The next year,
Revilla snagged the Outstanding Producer of the Year Award. In 1979, he was
Most Outstanding Actor and Box Office King. At that point, there was really no
stopping his popularity.
Later in his career, his characters in the films Pepeng Agimat and Nardong Putik gave him the image of being invincible—a
superhuman who had in his keeping a special anting-anting.