Movie Review:Lapu-Lapu (2002)

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  • IMDb page: Lapu-Lapu (2002)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 22 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Biography | History | War
  • Runtime: Philippines:125 min
  • Filming Location: Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga, Luzon, Philippines
  • Gross: PHP 5,686,716(Philippines)(10 January 2003)
  • Director: William Mayo
  • Stars: Lito Lapid, Joyce Jimenez and Dante Rivero
  • Original Music By: Blitz Padua   
  • Soundtrack: Mabuhay Ang Kalayaan
  • Plot Keyword: Queen | Explorer | Philippines | Ship | Settler

Writing Credits By:

  • Jerry O. Tirazona (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Some 3,000 people were hired as extras for final battle scene.





FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Florante Castillo known as producer (as Florante H. Castillo)
  • Wilson Chua known as producer
  • Mark Lapid known as producer (as Mark T. Lapid)
  • Lito Marcos known as producer (as Lito A. Marcos)
  • William Mayo known as producer (as William G. Mayo)
  • Joy Niguidula known as supervising producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Lito Lapid known as Lapu-Lapu
  • Joyce Jimenez known as Bulakna
  • Dante Rivero known as Magellan
  • Vic Vargas known as Raha Humabon
  • Mark Lapid
  • Roi Vinzon known as Datu Zula
  • Jeric Raval known as Maisug
  • Ian Veneracion known as Sebastian Del Cano
  • Jess Lapid Jr. known as Zula's Man (as Jess Lapid)
  • Julio Diaz known as Radeen
  • Gloria Sevilla known as Reyna Bauga
  • Maria Isabel Lopez known as Mingming
  • Patrick Dela Rosa known as Chinese Trader
  • Alma Soriano known as Katulanga
  • Bob Soler known as Pigafetta
  • Conrad Poe known as Christoforo
  • Archie Adamos known as El Moro
  • Robert Rivera known as Gonzalo Gomez De Espino
  • Boy Pineda known as Captain Serrano
  • Cloyd Robinson known as Padre Valderrama
  • Dinah Dominguez known as Juana
  • Renato Del Prado known as Itong
  • Lucita Soriano known as Mother of Katulanga
  • Cris Daluz known as Father of Katulanga
  • Boy Alano known as Lagum
  • Arsenio Bautista known as Datu Sambarano
  • Rolando Sibal known as Datu Alibagho (as Atty. Rolando Sibal)
  • Lito Marcos known as Datu Sampang Baha
  • Lilia Cuntapay known as Babaylan
  • Tinoy Corpuz known as Medicine Man
  • Arthur Cayabyab known as Alo
  • Susing Sayson known as Village Kumadrona (as Susing Yason)
  • Gigi Locsin known as Mother of Bulakna
  • Rando Almanzor known as Lapu-Lapu's Man
  • Kid Santos known as Lapu-Lapu's Man
  • Leon Miguel known as Lapu-Lapu's Man
  • Michael Marcos known as Raha Humabon's Man
  • Bobby Oreo known as Raha Humabon's Man
  • Rene Romero known as Raha Humabon's Man
  • Leo Lazaro known as Raha Humabon's Man
  • Frank Lapid known as Datu Zula's Man
  • Rex Lapid known as Datu Zula's Man
  • Levi Ignacio known as Datu Zula's Man
  • Manny Rodriguez known as Mactan Datu
  • Deo Cansino known as Mactan Datu
  • Onofre Daluz known as Mactan Datu
  • Ralph 'Jervis' Valero known as Mactan Datu (as Ralph Jervis)
  • Joy Silabay known as Humabon's Wife
  • Edlyn Pascaran known as Humabon's Wife
  • Chiqui Almores known as Humabon's Wife
  • Jean Laconsay known as Friend of Bulakna
  • Rene Matias known as Raha Kulambo
  • Danny Labra known as Ci-ago
  • Usman Hassim known as Moro Merchant
  • Richard Chua known as Chinese Trader
  • Boy Yap known as Chinese Trader
  • Jack Lona known as Chinese Trader
  • Chito Paras known as Magella's Man
  • Gerry Roman known as Magella's Man
  • Ed Centenera known as Magella's Man
  • Chuck Nora known as Magella's Man
  • Alex Sarmiento known as Magella's Man
  • Larry Veto known as Magella's Man
  • Darius Hizon known as Magella's Man
  • Bong Bituin known as Magella's Man
  • April Sarmiento known as Village Maiden
  • Leslie known as Village Maiden
  • Jovy known as Village Maiden
  • J.C. Dela Cruz known as Mactan Warrior
  • Freddi Abecia known as Mactan Warrior (as Freddie Abecia)
  • Bernie Garcia known as Mactan Warrior
  • Arnel Bilaro known as Mactan Warrior (as Arnel Belaro)
  • Doreen Doña known as Mactan Warrior
  • Jolie Tolentino known as Mactan Warrior
  • Patrick Zufotovich known as Mactan Warrior
  • Alex Tolentino known as Mactan Warrior
  • Ed Espina known as Mactan Warrior
  • Jose Nombre known as Mactan Warrior
  • Rey Marcos known as Mactan Warrior
  • Philip Sarmiento known as Mactan Warrior



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Agnes known as makeup artist
  • Bernie known as makeup artist
  • Juanita Mariano known as head makeup artist
  • Merly Vinluan known as makeup artist (as Merlie Vinluan)
  • Tess York known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Bonifacio Bagnal known as scenic artist
  • Edel Cahilig known as scenic artist
  • Allan Canalita known as assistant props
  • Mario Castillo known as construction manager (as Mario H. Castillo)
  • Daniel Cepres known as foreman
  • Levy Dagucon known as head set dresser (as Levi Al. Dagucon)
  • Virgilio Dagucon known as art department coordinator
  • Roger De Leon known as assistant set dresser
  • Marissa Francisco known as architectural designer (as Arch. Marissa Francisco)
  • Roel C. Gatdula known as property master
  • Romualdo Iharas known as head set dresser (as Romualdo Igharas)
  • Jhun T. Liquido known as tattoo artist
  • Rommel Matalino known as assistant set dresser
  • Nestor Mendiola known as art department coordinator (as Nestor A. Mendiola)
  • Ely Nicdao known as head sculptor
  • Almario Ocampo known as architectural designer (as Arch. Almario Ocampo)
  • Kenneth Ocampo known as architectural designer (as Arch. Kenneth Ocampo)
  • Alex Pareja known as lay-out artist
  • Wilson F. Penada known as assistant set dresser
  • Paul A. Reyes known as art department coordinator
  • Gregorio Sollano known as assistant props
  • Albryant Subang known as scenic artist
  • Diego Taytayon known as assistant props
  • Claudio Umali known as foreman
  • Dante D. Valera known as assistant props
  • Ramon Valle Sr. known as foreman
  • Fermin Vidanes known as scenic artist
  • Renato Yap known as assistant props




Production Companies:

  • Calinauan Cineworks
  • Seeds of Zion Films
  • Classic Films

Other Companies:

  • All Scope Cinema  shooting facilities
  • LVN Pictures  opticals
  • R.S. Video & Film Productions  shooting facilities (as RS Video Productions)
  • SQ Film Laboratories  color processing and printing (as SQ Film Laboratory)
  • Sampaguita Pictures  post-production facilities (as Sampaguita Studio)


  • Calinauan Cineworks (2002) (Philippines) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Marie Adieline known as computer operator (as Marie Adieline E.)
  • Arlyn Bongalos known as coordinator: Animafex
  • Novie Dacalos known as computer operator
  • Rey Erestain known as animation and titles
  • Arturo Jarlego known as optical operator
  • Adlai Ray known as computer operator (as Adlai Ray E.)
  • George Toralba known as animation cameraman

Release Date:

  • Philippines 25 December 2002 (Metro Manila Film Festival)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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2 Responses Review Lapu-Lapu (2002)

  1. No so elegant compared to other movies based on the life stories of
    Philippine heroes. The idea of bringing the life story of Lapu-Lapu,
    recognized as Philippine’s first hero, into the big-screen is very
    excellent, but it seems that this movie is far below my expectation. The
    casting was excellent, the acting was just fine, the fight scenes were
    average, the production design was good. But there is something missing
    this film which made this film so boring. Maybe, I just expected too much
    from this one. Anyway, this movie, an entry in the Metro Manila Film
    Festival, failed to get a single award. Further, it’s a box office flop.

    This movie actually did not only alter the history (Philippine history -
    that), but also bastardized Lapu-Lapu. It was so funny to note that
    Lapu-Lapu, the man whom Antonio Pigafetta wrote as the person who killed
    Ferdinand Magellan, was a fisherman’s king, as his name was derived from
    name of a fish, not the other way around. Funny.

    Spend your money for this one if you like to see Joyce Jimenez (she
    some skins here – but lot of extras were topless).

  2. This is one of the best movies i have seen.It plays like a grindhouse
    flick! Instead of a serious history lesson,we are treated with what
    seems to be Lapid's obsession with hot pinay women!The script moves
    fast you would probably wonder if events really happened that way but
    WHO CARES? This film references everything we Pinoys love in American
    movies like the opening scene which can only be described as a mini
    BRAVEHEART on the beach. Unlike contemporary American action heroes,
    our Filipino action heroes get everything in the movie and they never
    get hurt!!!! Watch Lapid cut a shield in half with one blow!!(Conan
    could never do that)Can anyone be truly fearless? Of course!One scene
    has lapid just standing on the seashore while cannons are destroying
    everything.What does he do?? He just stands there while his "bravest
    warriors" flee. This is just a typical pinoy movie and I guess that
    this was meant for foreign audiences.How else can you attract
    foreigners but through weird women bathing rituals that were unheard of
    in Philippine history? Aside from these wonderful scenes,Mayo
    entertains us with fictional scenes of rape(for the male
    audience),tribal punishment, and the wonderful variable to complete it
    all:SEX!Pinoy action movies don't get better than this and for you
    beginners just starting to discover our disorienting cinema this is the
    film to watch. You thought "Glory" was good alternative history? then
    you ain't seen nothing yet.

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