For Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla, the responsibility of living up to his famous surname is not constrained in politics alone. With two of Philippine Cinema’s greatest action stars as his forebears—dad Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and grandfather Ramon Revilla Sr., the one and only “Hari ng Agimat”—he is determined to ensure that the stunt- and fight-filled movie genre is neither forgotten.
Thankfully, Jolo—who also happens to be Ramon Revilla 3rd—has had a good amount of acting experience besides inheriting the senior and junior’s artistic genes, topped up to be sure by that of his mom’s, the ‘80s teen star Lani Mercado.
With acting credits in the remake of his grandfather’s “Pepeng Agimat” (1999) in the movies, and “Click” (2003) and “My Binondo Girl (2013) on TV, among others, Jolo shouldn’t find it difficult to keep the Revilla name going in showbiz.
In fact, he realized he missed acting when ABS-CBN offered him a role in the long-running primetime hit “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” where he currently play the role of Harold Kasilag, head of the Presidential Security Group.
“I’m so grateful the network gave me another chance to work with them after Binondo Girl five years ago. And in Probinsyano pa,” Jolo enthused.
“I made the conscious decision to put my acting career on hold when I won as Vice Governor in Cavite because I wanted to make sure I gave all my time in learning the duties of the office. And now that I’ve done that, I have some time to go back to acting—na-miss ko din talaga siya.”
It also helps that he has his brothers Bryan and Luigi as eager as him in reviving the family’s movie outfit, Imus Productions, as well as the action genre.
“We’ve been working on a movie titled ‘Tres,’ where each of us star in an episode each, in stories tackling the drug war. Yung movie na ito, idea ni Papa talaga. Sinabihan niya kami na gumawa ulit ng pelikula para sa Imus kasi napapanahon na talaga makabalik ang action movies dahil marami sa laylayan ng showbiz—tulad ng mga stunt men—na hindi na nakakapag-trabaho. Para rin sa kanila ito, and it’s also a way to support the government’s war against drugs.”
Jolo’s episode in Tres, “72 Hours,” will see him as a PDEA agent together with Rhian Ramos who plays a police woman.
“We track down a notorious drug syndicate led by Albert Martinez, and punong-puno talaga ng action ‘to from start to finish,” he gave a sneak peek. “With three different stories in one movie, siksik, liglig, tumitiba ang Tres, and my brothers and I are very excited to do para kay Papa at sa mamamyang Pilipino.”
Asked how he manages to go on with former senator Bong still detained on corruption charges, Jolo replied. “We just have to be strong for him because if he sees a moment of weakness in any of us, lalo siyang panghihinaan ng loob. But we all know that the truth will come out and that everything will pass. We love him very much kaya ginagawa namin ang lahat ng ito, para mapangalagaan yung pangalang ibinigay niya sa amin.”
And in all that he does—be it in the realm of public service or in show business—Jolo Revilla always makes sure to abide by his father’s sole directive to all his children.
“Magpakumbaba—be humble sa pakikitungo sa lahat ng tao. That’s really his legacy and that’s always how we’ll strive to live our lives,” he ended.
Tres will open in cinemas on October 3, and will be distributed by Star Cinema.