ALMOST FOUR MONTHS ago, the Turf published that the homecoming and eventual reinstatement of Willie Revillame on GMA would come into fruition after about two decades. However, the Philippine Daily Inquirer‘s Sunday lifestyle article published otherwise.
In the said article, Pocholo Concepcion also debunked the speculators’ bankruptcy of Revillame after more than a year from TV limelight. According to the sources retrieved from Inquirer Lifestyle, the net worth of the 54-year-old accumulated to PHP 2 billion. The list of assets owned by Willie was based on the article’s excerpt:
How can Willie get poor, the source argued, when he’s still got all these assets, namely: the property in Tagaytay he bought from the Madrigal family, with an estimated value of P350 million, on which he’s now building a hotel; the house and lot in Ayala Heights formerly owned by Gabby Lopez and Panjee Tapales, now worth P400 million; four floors at Wil Tower plus a helipad; a collection of paintings including a BenCab mural worth P40 million, three Fernando Zobels (P20 million), a vintage Arturo Luz (P7 million) plus a number of sculptures; a brand-new Rolls-Royce Wraith, P12 million, among a fleet of high-end cars; a private plane and yacht; and Hermès bags and Louis Vuitton suitcases.
He wants to buy a helicopter when his Tagaytay hotel is finished.
The only properties Willie has sold, the source said, is Wil’s Events Place and the mall in Wil Tower, both in Quezon City. The sale has netted him P650 million.
All told, the source said, Willie could be worth around P2 billion.
However, the last two paragraphs of this article stunned TV observers and critics.
Instead of Sunday noon, as recommended by one of the Turfers, ramones1986, “Wowowin” will be on 3:30 p.m. — right after Sunday All Stars but before 24 Oras Weekend.
Balancing the scale
The four good points The Turf are reasonably formulated of the published schedule include:
- Lesser exposure of Revillame than he did for many years of hosting on the Other Two,
- Counterprogramming strategy against viewers who are sick and tired of gossip in local showbiz industry and basketball games,
- Serves as a springboard to watch GMA’s prime-time lineup, and
- Fills the mid-afternoon crater from making Channel 7 as a Sunday movie theater
To balance the scale, the four bad points are theorized:
- Phobia for contestant-victims of Revillame’s past shows (whether, allegedly or not)
- Fearing of the return of ethical problems for the host and probably, the return of scantily clad dancers,
- Making lower classes to rely him for instant wealth instead of their perseverance, and
- Making his former employer, ABS-CBN, still triumphant over the noontime slot
Putting the game show at noon would remind of what happened on PTV 4 two years ago. “Show Up: Ang Bagong Game Show ng Bayan” ran short-lived due to taped episodes, reluctance to live airing and lack of financial support despite of Bestfriend Jireh’s upright moral fiber — something that Revillame became deficient on his job in Mother Ignacia and in Delta Theater.
Once it will be aired by next month, Revillame will pay the airtime lease to the network for PHP 2 million a week. Given the speculative net worth, he could pay it over for a bit more than 19 years.
However, the Turf asks you now, “Is his show a good or a bad move for Kamuning/Timog Network?”
CONFIRMED! UPDATE (Mar. 20, 2015): Willie Revillame signed with GMA Friday. According to Lhar Santiago, the show is indeed on a weekly basis and Revillame will act as the producer and blocktimer of his new show.
[Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net]