Actor and former senator Ramon Revilla Sr. bid his goodbye this Friday at the age of 93.
“Wala na po ang tatay ko,” his son Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. said in a Facebook live.
“Please pray for him,” he added.
On Thursday, Revilla Jr. said his father was “going through a rough time.”
Revilla was born on March 8, 1927, in Imus, Cavite as Jose Acuña Bautista. He was a popular ‘50s action star before going into government service as a senior intelligence officer with the rank of major for the Bureau of Customs from 1965 to 1972.
Returning to showbiz in the ‘70s, Revilla made popular the agimat (amulet) of Filipino folklore with his portrayal of fictional and real-life characters such as Nardong Putik (1972) and Pepeng Agimat (1973).
Revilla won the FAMAS Best Actor in 1973 for the movie “Hulihin Si Tiyagong Akyat”; Box Office King in 1979 and the Most Outstanding Actor of the Year that same year; Outstanding Producer of the Year in 1976; and Outstanding Film Production and Socio-civic Leader in 1975.
He ran for senator in 1992 and won two consecutive terms.
He first tried his luck in the Senate in 1987 as an independent candidate but the Commission on Elections nullified the votes for his screen name.
Revilla is the father of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.; Cavite 2nd District Representative Strike Revilla; and Evelyn Bautista-Jaworski, wife of former basketball superstar and ex-Senator Robert Jaworski; among others.
Ramon Sr. had fathered at least 72 children from 16 different women.
In June this year, he was confined anew but was spared a heart procedure after his angiogram showed good results.
Watch Bong’s live video footage below:
Our prayers for the Revilla family.