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MANILA - "Isang dugo sila." This was how writer Portia Ilagan, a former spokesperson of Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., once described the action star and his famously big and controversial clan.
His father, Ramon Revilla, Sr., himself a former film star and senator, fathered 72 children with 16 different women, according to Ilagan in a 2011 interview. Thirty-eight of his children are officially acknowledged and carry his surname.
Born Jose Acuna Bautista, the senior Revilla welcomed his youngest child, Abigail, in 1996. She is an aunt to Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, one of Bong's kids, who is eight years older than her.
All of Revilla's children attend his birthday celebrations, according to Ilagan. This unity is now apparent as the 88-year-old remains under intensive care, after being hospitalized over the weekend due to pneumonia and metabolic disorder.
Revilla is not the only local celebrity who is known for his big kin. In photos, here are other showbiz patriarchs, deceased and living, who have more than 10 children each: