Amid previous reports about his gambling habit, Willie Revillame now says no to casino.
“Nagca-casino, yes, tatanggapin ko na totoo iyan. Naglibang ako sa buhay ko, pinakiramdaman ko lang kung anong meron kasi hindi ako sanay diyan eh. So, na-challenge ako,” Willie said in a recent interview on “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Sojo.”
He admitted that gambling became part of his life, but the seasoned host stressed he did not “lose” himself to gambling.
“Nagsugal ako. Pero part ng buhay ng tao iyan. Pero hindi ako magpapaubos sa casino,” he said.
Willie now fully commits himself to having a lifestyle change because he is no longer allowed to engage in gambling as part of his blocktimer contract with GMA. He returns onscreen with a new game variety show “Wowowin.”
“Tinigilan ko na iyan (casino), kasi nga una, bawal na sa akin gawin iyan. Kasi my contract with GMA, hindi na pwede. Sa sarili ko din sinabi ko kasi pangit eh,” he said.
Another clause in his contract is to not enter politics.
“Bawal siguro akong ma-involve sa politics na magagamit yung show,” he added.
Willie’s defunct game show “Wil Time Big Time” went off-air for almost two years now, which sparked rumors that Willie has been losing a big amount of money. However, Willie remains unaffected by these talks.
“Hindi ako apektado sa mga sinasabi naman nila, kasi ikaw naman nakakaalam ng totoo sa buhay mo,” he said.
Before reaching his status, Willie went through many challenges in life. He came from a broken family and also tried various jobs in his younger years. From being a barker and newspaper boy during his younger years, Willie now has multimillions investments.
On “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Sojo,” Willie showed some of his investments throughout the years, including a resort-hotel in his five-hectare land in Tagaytay City, three villas in Tagaytay Highlands, luxury cars, a yacht and an airplane.
His house in an exclusive village in Quezon City was previously owned by ABS-CBN’s Gabby Lopez. It boasts of five bedrooms, a big swimming pool and a P45 million painting by National Artist Ben Cabrera.
Willie plans to develop his property in Tagaytay into a five-star hotel. He bought the land for an estimate price of P130 to P140 million, while he built the mansion for P160 million. It has a music room, sauna, gym, swimming pool and a viewdeck.
When it comes to transportation, Willie takes it to another level. He owns an airplane and a P18 million yacht, which has five rooms and a living room. He also has two Rolls Royce and a Ferrari, which cost him over P100 million in total.
“Sana maintindihan nila. Hindi ko naman po ninakaw ang pera ko. Pinaghirapan ko naman ito. Tsaka yung perang ito ay gastos ko sa, kumbaga sarili kong happiness,” he said.
Having shown his investments, is Willie a millionaire or a billionaire? Willie refused his net worth. .
“Hindi mo magi-gauge ang pagkatao mo sa pera. Hindi ako sa bilyonaryo or milyonaryo, kung paglabas mo diyan eh walang nagmamahal sa iyo. Sa akin, hindi ko diyos ang pera. Gusto ko ang pera, slave ko. Yung pinaghirapan ko, gusto ko I want to enjoy my life. Alam naman nila yung record niyan. Hindi ko naman kailangan sabihin kung magkano man iyon. Basta ibi-base naman sa binayad ko na tax eh, doon pa lang malalaman mo na,” he said.
Willie clarified that he dutifully pays his taxes and works hard for his money. He also makes sure to give back and help those who are in need. When typhoon Yolanda hit the country in 2013, Willie donated P10 million.
“Binigay ko iyon kasi noong nanonood ako, talagang tinamaan ako eh. Gumawa ako ng check doon sa mayor. Pinuntahan ko siya kahit hindi ko siya kilala. There was also a time na pumunta ako sa Masbate. How can I say no sa mga taong nangangailangan ng mga bangka,” he said.
Despite the success he has now, Willie feels there’s still something missing. Willie hopes to find someone he can share the rest of his life with.
“Darating din iyon. Hindi naman minamadali ang buhay. Twice na akong kinasal, annulled ako pareho. Gusto ko yung next time, ito na, spiritually, mentally, financially pwde na. Siguro kung yung time na iyon na naramdaman ko na ito na yung babae, siya na yung susuporta lang sa akin, iyon na iyon. Syempre hinahanap mo pa iyon, pinakikiramdaman mo pa iyan,” he said. (MNS)