by: Rachelle Siazon
Jason Abalos, Enchong Dee, Ejay Falcon, and Jolo Revilla finally made a courtesy call last January 27 to legendary Agimat star Ramon Revilla Sr. at the office of Philippine Recreation Authority where he’s now chairman of the board. The veteran actor fondly recalled his heydays and shared some useful advice about making it big in showbiz. “Ngayon na medyo nag-uumpisa pa lamang sila, remain humble, hindi yung mayabang agad na malaki ang ulo. Wala yun, ‘di sisikat yun. Or else if they let fame come to their head, then it will explode, pagkatapos nun wala na sila. So remain humble and be good to your fellowmen lalo na sa kasamahan nila sa industriya. Hindi ako nagbago hanggang sa ngayon. Hanggang ngayon mahal ko pa rin ang taga-pelikula sapagkat dun ako nagmula,” he began.
The former Senator also commended his grandson Jolo for his previous portrayal of Pepeng Agimat was a huge success. “He’s a good actor now. ‘Jolo, congrats, you’re getting better at it. I hope you also do the same with your upcoming role as Kapitan Inggo.” He then took the chance to remind the boys to never stop looking for ways to improve their craft. “Everybody, I hope you improve more. Huwag kayong magsasawa sa pagpapaganda ng acting ni’yo even though you’re good already. Walang ceiling ang improvement e, everybody has to improve.Kahit awardees sa Oscar, they’re trying to improve their image further. At ‘pag sinabing ang call time ngshooting ay 8 am, be there at 8 am. Huwag maging cause of delay,” he added.
But most of all, Ramon cautioned them about playing games with women’s hearts. As a certified ladies’ man during his time, he said that it’s too easy for young actors in the biz to be romantically linked to lots of girls. “Eto masasabi ko sa inyong mga pogi, ako ay sobra sa chicks noong ako’y bata pa, hindi maganda, hindi dapat tularan. Maganda lang na, sige gawa ka ng kalokohan, pero in the long run talo ka, madami kang pagbabayaran, so ‘wag ni’yo kalilimutan yun. Yung isa, dalawa [na chicks] ok lang, ‘wag yung napakarami. Sapagkat yung kalokohang ginawa ko nung araw, pinagbabayaran ko ngayon.”
Everyone couldn’t help but laugh though when he also cited his son Senator Bong Revilla as a reformed playboy. “Kaya sinasabi ko kay Senator Bong, ‘Bong tama na ‘yan,’ nakikinig naman (laughs), sapagkat ‘di maganda. Unang-una meron kayo lahat kabiyak na babae. Ikalawa, sagutin mo lahat yun ‘pag tumanda kayo, nagkaanak kayo, ‘di niyo maaring takbuhan yun.”
At the end of the interview, he assured Jason (Bianong Bulag), Enchong (Boy Putik), Ejay (Pepeng Kuryente), and Jolo (Kapitan Inggo) that he would support their respective projects for Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat Ni Ramon Revilla in ABS-CBN. “I wish you luck. Lahat ‘yan ‘di papahuli sa rating ‘yan. I think people will patronize that the same they did in my movies before,” he stated.