MANILA, Philippines - Legendary action star and former politician Ramon Revilla Sr. became emotional during the unveiling of his statue.
The 10-meter bronze statue was made by Filipino sculptor and national artist Eduardo Castrillo. It was unveiled at Revilla's residence in Bacoor, Cavite during his 84th birthday celebration on Tuesday.
Also, Revilla's children gave him another surprise by officially opening the "Memo Revilla," a museum showcasing his old photographs and film memorabilia such as the "anting-anting" (amulet) and "panday" (sword).
The "Hari ng Agimat’s" 's star-studded birthday celebration was attended by the biggest names in show business and politics alike. Former presidents Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were among the big personalities who came to the event.
Saying that he has nothing more to wish for, the film icon was crying as he expressed his gratitude to his supportive family and loyal friends
"Wala na akong mahihiling pa kundi pahiramin na lang ako ng Poong Maykapal para ako'y makapaglingkod pa sa kapwa ko at sa mga kababayan ko," he said.
"Nandito kayong lahat, alam kong mahal ninyo ako. Wala akong masasabi kundi mahal ko kayo, salamat, salamat sa inyong lahat sa pakikipagdiwang ng aking 84th day. Ang luhang pumapatak sa akin, iyan ay kaligayahan at hindi galit. Sobra, sobrang sorpresa, hindi ko akalain na ma-recollect nila lahat ‘yon pra ipakita sa akin. Talagang it's a big surprise of my life," he added.
'Hari ng Agimat' turns 84
Born Jose Bautista, Revilla, then a gasoline boy, was discovered by a talent scout while pumping gas during his teenage years.
Then on, Revilla was blessed with big projects including "Hulihin si Tiyagong Akyat," "Pepeng Agimat," "Joaquin Bordado," "Pepeng Kuryente" and "Nardong Putik."
The multi-awarded actor was also commended for his film, "Iyo ang Tondo, Kanya ang Cavite," wherein he collaborated with the King of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe Jr.
In 1992, Revilla ran for Senate. He served as senator until 2004.
Revilla is married to Azucena Mortel. They have 7 children, namely Marlon, Rowena, Princess, Ramon "Bong" Jr., Strike, Andrea, and Dianne.