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Sunday, January 4, 2009


Lito Lapid's First Starring Role/ 1978

Manuel Mercado Lapid popularly known as Lito Lapid is a Filipino actor, politician and Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

Born on October 25, 1955 in Porac, Pampanga, he was fifth of nine children by Jose Lapid and Eleuteria Mercado. He completed his elementary education at Porac Central School in 1968, and secondary education at St. Catherine Academy of Porac, Pampanga in 1972. Lapid did not enroll for his tertiary education.

From his humble beginning as a stuntman, Lito Lapid rose to become one of the country's top action movie stars. His first big movie was in 1978 when he was tapped to do the true-to-life story of the 60s top action star, Jess Lapid, his uncle. The movie, The Jess Lapid Story, was Mirick Films’entry in that year’s 4th Metro Manila Film Festival. It was an instant hit and paved the way for Lapid’s phenomenal rise to stardom. He was one of the busiest and bankable stars during his time. Among his memorable movies are Kalibre .45 with FPJ, Kastilyong Buhangin with Nora Aunor, Yakapin Mo ko Lalaking Matapang with Vilma Santos, Pedro Tunasan, the true-to life story of Jess Lapid and Ben Tumbling and the legendary Zigomar and Leon Guerrero. Most of his movies were blockbuster and he was cited as one of the top rated action movie stars that time which include Fernando Poe Jr., Joseph Estrada, Rudy Fernandez and Ramon Revilla Sr.

Left- The Jess Lapid Story (1978)- Stars Lito Lapid, George Estregan,Trixia Gomez, Tina Monasterio and Beth Bautista/ Directed by Gallardo/

Right- Back to Back (1979)- Stars Tony Ferrer and Lito lapid/ with Charlie Davao, Ann Villegas, Josephine Manuel, Dinah Dominguez, Val Iglesias and Nick Romano
/ Directed by Gallardo/ Lito Lapid's First Movie

Left- Tom Cat (1979)- Stars Lito lapid, Celia Rodriguez, George Estregan, Suzanne Gonzales, Allan Valenzuela and Anna Marin/ Directed by Jun Gallardo

Right- Chopstick Kid (1979)- Stars Lito lapid, Anna Marin, Paquito Diaz, Ingrid Salas, Yoyoy Villame, Teroy de Guzman/ Directed by Gallardo

Kalibre .45 (1980)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Lito lapid, Jennifer Cortez, Bambi Arambulo, Paquito Diaz, Dencio Padilla, Romeo Rivera, Dick Israel & Mary walter/ Directed by Nilo Saez

Left- Yakapin Mo 'Ko, Lalaking Matapang (1980)- Stars Vilma Santos and Lito lapid/ with Chichay, Ike Lozada/ Directed by Emmanuel Borlaza

Right- Kastilyong Buhangin (1980)- Stars Nora Aunor and Lito lapid/ Directed by Mario O'Hara

Viva Santiago (1981)- Stars Lito lapid, Melanie Marquez, George Estregan, Mitos Del Mundo, Anita Linda, Joseph de Cordova/ Directed by Artemio Marquez

Left- San Basilio (1981)- Stars Lito lapid, Perla Bautista, Lito Anzures, Joonee Gamboa, Paquito Diaz, Bomber Moran Vic Varrion and Johnny Delgado/ Directed by Tony Cruz and Joey del Rosario

Right- Brusko (1981)- Stars Lito lapid,
Eddie Garcia, Bomber Moran, Maritess De Joya, Panchito, Boy Fernandez and Max Alvarado/ Directed by Leonardo Pascual

Geronimo (1981)- Stars Lito lapid, Isabel Rivas, Eddie Garcia, Gerorge Estregan, Bomber Moran, Jose Romulo, Rex Lapid, Rey Lapid, Rolly Lapid/ Directed by Joey del Rosario and Tony Cruz

Left- Kamaong Asero (1981)- Stars Alma Moreno and Lito lapid/ with Jennifer Cortez, Paquito Diaz, Tintoy, Ruben Rustia, Maritess De Joya/ Directed by Bobby Santiago

Right- Alamat ni Leon Guerrero (1982)- Stars Lito lapid/ Directed by Eddie Nicart

Left- Gunfighter (1983)- Stars Lito lapid, Connie Angeles, Chuck Biller/ Directed by Romy Suzara

Right- Pedro Tunasan (1983)- Stars Lito lapid, Tina Revilla, Imelda Ilanan, Anna Marie Gutierrez, Charlie Davao, Paquito Diaz, Tony Santos, Sr. and George Estregan/ Directed by Celso Ad Castillo

Left- Lukas (1984)- Stars Lito lapid, Romy Diaz, Angelo Ventura, Ruben Rustia, Anita Linda, Ingrid Salas, Perry Baltazar, Dave Brodett, Ernie Zarate/ Directed byManuel Lapid

Right- Julian Vaquero (1984)- Stars Lito lapid,
Herbert Bautista, Marithez Samson, Hero Bautista, Eric Fructuoso and TomTom/ Directed by Bebong Osorio

Left- Zigomar (1984)- Stars Lito lapid, Marianne de la Riva, Paquito Diaz, Romy Diaz, Victor Bravo, Bomber Moran, Vic Varrion/ Directed by Eddie Nicart

Right- Hari ng Gatilyo (1985)- Stars Lito lapid/Directed by Manuel Lapid and Eddie Nicart


Unknown said...

Hi Simon,

Your Eighties Goon series is outstanding. Who's next, I wonder?

Eddie Nicart, of course, was Lito Lapid's personal trainer, which explains why they're in so many films together (including the 1983 The Gunfighter, though Eddie's not listed on the poster).

The Jess Lapid Story was directed by Jun Gallardo, and not his father Cesar.

PLEASE keep up the excellent work, and many MANY thanks for all this priceless info!!!

deuts said...

I wonder, bakit walang "Agila sa Puting Bato"? yun pa naman ang paborito ko, or maybe un lng ang naabutan ko..heheh

Anonymous said...

fav ko rin itong si lito lapid...15 na movies niya meron ako karamihan ay 1980;s na movies niya..


Sgt.Surio said...

Sen.Lito Lapid is my idol since childhood...i watch all his movies...specially Leon Guerero ginagaya q tlg since mhilig nko s Martial Arts at mging blackbelter at gnun dins baril hangang mging pulis [ P02 Leonardo Surio, Malolos City Police Station, Bulacan]

Sgt.Surio said...

Ginagaya ko since childhood si Sen.Lito Lapid blackbelter nko ngayun s Martial Arts at mgling n pulis investigator ng Malolos City Police Station, BUlacan.gus2 koyung liksi nyang kumilos sa pagsanga ng klban pagsuntok,sipa,kc blackbelter din xa...ky mgling n Master...isa xang mginoo....respitado

eLf ideas said...

I just ant to confirm if Lito Lapid had indeed starred in a movie entitled 'Haring Cobra,' which was released and shown in theaters just either before or after 'Tomkat.'

I just need the info for a book I'm writing. This movie in question was the very first movie that I saw by myself. I was in Gr. 3 or 4, in Pasay City.

I've been googling this movie title but no luck.


Unknown said...

Dear ElF Ideas...I'm happy to confirm Lito's role in Haring Cobra. I've been working on a LL filmography for a while, and while far from complete, am happy to share with you.

The details:

1979 – Haring Cobra/“King Cobra” (Lea Productions)
[Release date 9th December 1979]
Director/Writer Mike Relon Makiling Cinematography Joe Batac Jr Music Rey Ramos
Cast Lito Lapid, Ricky Belmonte, Andrea Andolong

KarloM said...

Hello, Andrew Leavold. As you can see from the credits, I wrote the screenplay of Lito Lapid's first movie as leading actor, "The Jess Lapid Story." Let me say that Cesar and Jun Gallardo collaborated in directing the movie, not Jun only.

I also would like to see in his blog my first directorial assignment, "Kambal sa Baril" of Lito Lapid (1981) and Ben Tumbling, his biggest movie (1985).

Diego Cagahastian

Anonymous said...

Any idea where can I grab a complete set of his movies? I hope someone would edit those into HD versions, it would be a hit I bet. Thanx!


Andrew Leavold said...

Dear Mr Cagahastian, I just read your comment, and would love to get in touch with you. My email address is andrewleavold@gmail.com ...hope to hear from you soon, regards, Andrew

Unknown said...

He is the nephew of action star of the 1980's became a senator-politician lito lapid a popular action hero portrayed as heroes like cowboy soldier vigilante policeman and guerrilla fighter in countless movies and tv shows and remains a popular icons of Philippine movies like Fernando Poe Jr. Joseph Estrada zaldy zschornack
And other favorites from the past several generations of action movies in Philippine history.thanks.from Wayne

Kalabasa K. Kamote said...

There are two scenes that I like in "San Basilio" starring Lito Lapid:

1.) The montage where Julio Valiente fights the bad guys and the eponymous theme song plays in the background. ("Julio Valiente!!!)

2.) Every men in the town of San Basilio claims to be Julio Valiente. (Reminds me of "Spartacus" starring Kirk Douglas)

Kalabasa K. Kamote said...
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eLf ideas said...

Andrew Leavold,

Thanks for the confirmation concerning Lapid's role in 'Haring Cobra.'

eLf ideas

Anonymous said...

im lookin for Barakuda (1982) Lito Lapid. sino may video link?

Unknown said...

Sna po maupload un mga lumang movies ni idol lito lapid magaganda po kc lhat ng lumang movies nia

Unknown said...

Sinisearch ko po s youtube o s google un mga lumang movies ni idol lito lapid pero ndi ko po masearch


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