Long before he became a hotshot TV host and producer, Willie Revillame took on a variety of odd jobs—street performer, newspaper vendor, passenger barker, jeepney cleaner—while growing up in places like Angeles City, Pampanga, and Caloocan City, Metro Manila.
Willie looked back on those times in the August 2015 issue of YES! magazine.
“Ang nanay ko, nagtatrabaho dati sa Angeles,” he said. “’Yong beerhouse na ano, kabaret—'di ba sa labas no’n, may cigarette vendors?
"Do’n ako nakapuwesto, gabi-gabi akong naggagano’n, ‘You have a coin there, Joe?’
"’Tapos parang sumasayaw-sayaw ako, ilalagay ’yong parang lata ng pera. Tinatapunan ako ng pera.”
In Caloocan, he remembered calling for passengers of jeepneys plying the routes of what were then Valenzuela and Bulacan.
He would bark, “’Malinta, papasok! Meycauayan, BB, Bulacan-papasok!’ Binibigyan ka ng driver ng five to ten centavos.”
Willie also shared—with the help of his mother Myrna Buendia and paternal uncle Carlos Revillame, who were visiting him in different times during the YES! interviews—stories on how his parents met, how he came along, and how he lived as a product of a broken family.
He regretted not having a healthy and nurturing family life. But he chose to look at the bright side of life.
“I’m still lucky, kasi na-meet ko pa rin ’yong nanay at tatay ko,” he points out. “Meron diyan, mga ’pinanganak na talagang iniiwan. You have to consider that also.
"Dapat ikaw, hindi ka nada-down, e…
“Hindi ’yong masamang-masama ang naging buhay ko.
"’Tsaka no one’s to be blamed in life. Walang sisihan. Ang sinisii mo lang, ’pag ’yong may ginawa ka talagang kawalanghiyaan sa kapwa mo.”
Willie, who hosts the Sunday-afternoon variety show Wowowin, which he produces as a blocktimer for GMA, opened the doors to his prime properties in Tagaytay City.
These properties included his third house in Tagaytay Midlands, his condo in the Woodridge Place at the Highlands, and his villa in Barangay Iruhin.
His life story and his Tagaytay homes are part of the magazine’s extensive feature on Willie, which began in the June 2015 issue.
In the August 2015 issue, YES! also began a series on showbiz chronicles in celebration of the magazine’s 15th anniversary.
The first part of the series zeroed in on the magazine’s maiden issue, which was released in April 2000.
Another must-read in the current issue is the feature on El Gamma Penumbra, the shadow-play group from Tanauan City, Batangas that won the first grand prize winner in the premiere season of Asia’s Got Talent.
YES! Magazine August 2015 issue is now available in stands and soon on Buqo, Zinio, and Apple Newsstand.