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A semi-fictonal account about the life of Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu before, during, and after the fateful Battle of Mactan


William Mayo (as William G. Mayo)


Jerry O. Tirazona (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lito Lapid ... Lapu-Lapu
Joyce Jimenez ... Bulakna
Dante Rivero ... Magellan
Vic Vargas Vic Vargas ... Raha Humabon
Mark Lapid
Roi Vinzon ... Datu Zula
Jeric Raval ... Maisug
Ian Veneracion ... Sebastian Del Cano
Jess Lapid Jr. ... Zula's Man (as Jess Lapid)
Julio Diaz ... Radeen
Gloria Sevilla ... Reyna Bauga
Maria Isabel Lopez ... Mingming
Patrick Dela Rosa Patrick Dela Rosa ... Chinese Trader
Alma Soriano Alma Soriano ... Katulanga
Bob Soler ... Pigafetta


A semi-fictonal account about the life of Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu before, during, and after the fateful Battle of Mactan

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With this movie, Lito Lapid and Dante Rivero became the second actors to portray iconic historical figures Lapu-Lapu and Magellan respectively in a serious film about the very first Filipino hero, Lapu-Lapu. See more »


Version of Lapu-Lapu (1955) See more »


Mabuhay Ang Kalayaan
Composed and Sung by Coritha
Arranged by Blitz Padua
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Hilarious! Excessive! Pure fun!
18 November 2008 | by dolce_knights43See all my reviews

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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Filipino | Tagalog | Spanish

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25 December 2002 (Philippines) See more »

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