José Acuña Bautista Sr., who was professionally known as Ramon Revilla Sr., passed away at around 5:20 p.m. on June 26, 2020. The Filipino actor and politician was 93.
The news was confirmed by his son José Maria Mortel Bautista Jr., who is professionally known as Bong Revilla. The son, an actor and an incumbent senator of the Philippines, said his father died of heart failure and is “now free from physical pain.”
Ramon was the youngest of 10 children. He was born on March 8, 1927 in Imus, Cavite, Philippines to Ildefonso Bautista and Andrea Acuña.
As a young boy, Ramon played bit roles in films. He appeared in “Ulila ng Bataan” in 1952, in “Recuerdo,” “Mister Kasintahan,” “Mga Umga Pang Darating” and “Gorio at Tekla” in 1953 and “Matandang Dalaga” and “Anak sa Panalangin” in 1954.
While pursuing a career as an actor, Ramon managed to finish his education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines.
In 1965, Ramon became the Secret Service Unit head of the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs. In 1972, he starred in “Nardong Putik: Kilabot ng Cavite,” which is considered as the film that catapulted him to stardom.
In 1973, Ramon won the Best Actor award from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS) for his role in the film “Hulihin si Tiyagong Akyat.” For the same film, his son Marlon Bautista won the Best Child Actor Award from the FAMAS.
From 1992 to 2004, Ramon served as a senator of the Philippines. Made by Filipino sculptor and national artist Eduardo Castrillo, his 10-meter bronze statue was unveiled at his residence in Bacoor, Cavite on his 90th birthday.