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Manuel "Lito" Mercado Lapid (born October 25, 1955) is a Filipino actor and politician who served as Senator of the Philippines from 2004 to 2016, and serving again since 2019. In 2015, he was charged for graft over his alleged involvement in the 2004 Fertilizer Fund scam while he was governor of Pampanga, but the case was dismissed in 2016 by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court due to the "inordinate delay" in the investigation.
Lapid in 2019
|Senator of the Philippines|
|Assumed office |
June 30, 2019
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2016
|Governor of Pampanga|
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 2004
|Vice Governor||Cielo Macapagal-Salgado|
|Preceded by||Bren Guiao|
|Succeeded by||Mark Lapid|
|Vice Governor of Pampanga|
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1995
|Preceded by||Cielo Macapagal-Salgado|
|Succeeded by||Cielo Macapagal-Salgado|
|Chair of the Philippine Senate |
Games and Amusement Committee
|Assumed office |
July 22, 2019
|Born||October 25, 1955|
Porac, Pampanga, Philippines
|Children||6 (including Mark and Ysabel)|
Makati, Metro Manila
|Net worth||₱71 million|
(Dec. 31, 2019)
Lapid was born in Porac, Pampanga on October 25, 1955. He is the fifth child out of nine children of Jose Lapid and Eleuteria Mercado. He completed his elementary education at the Porac Central School in 1968 and secondary education at St. Catherine's Academy in Porac in 1972. He did not enroll for his tertiary education as he pursued acting.
Lapid entered the film industry as a stuntman, and became an actor. He is the nephew of Jess Lapid and the cousin of Jess Lapid Jr. The movie "The Jess Lapid Story" got him noticed in the movie industry.
In 1995, he ran against Governor Bren Guiao as governor of Pampanga under the same party and won. When he sought a second term in 1998, Lapid joined the administration party Lakas-NUCD. After the impeachment of President Joseph Estrada in 2000 and the second EDSA Revolution the following year, he ran again for his final term and won.
During the 2004 Senatorial elections, the then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo encouraged Lapid to run as senator under the administration coalition K4. He accepted the offer and won election in eleventh position. In May 2010, he was re-elected as Senator, placing 11th in the overall ranking. He ran under the Lakas–CMD but subsequently left the party in 2012 and served until 2016 as an independent. He was chairman of Senate Committee on Tourism and Cooperatives.
On October 15, 2018, Lapid filed his Certificate of Candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila. On May 22, 2019, he was proclaimed as one of the winners of the 2019 Philippine Senate election by the Commission on Elections sitting as National Board of Canvassers. He garnered 16,954,677 votes placing him in seventh place, succeeding Senator Sonny Angara at sixth and preceding former Ilocos Sur governor Imee Marcos at eighth.
Lapid is married to Marissa Tadeo, with whom he has two sons and two daughters. They are Maan Krista, Mitzi Karen, Maynard and Mark. Lapid also has two children out of wedlock: Manuelito with former supermodel Melanie Marquez and actress Ysabel Ortega with former singer, Michelle Ortega.
|1968||Leon Guerrero: Laban sa 7 Kilabot|
|1973||Ang Alamat ni Leon Guerrero|
|1975||Nagmula sa Lupa||Totoy|
|1976||Mrs. Eva Fonda, 16|
|1976||Enter the Panther|
|1978||The Jess Lapid Story||Jess Lapid|
|1979||Bruce the Super Hero||Rocky Robledo|
|1979||Alas at Reyna|
|1979||Death Has No Mercy|
|1979||Ang Sisiw ay Isang Agila|
|1980||Ang Pagbabalik Ni Leon Guerrero||Manuel / Leon Guerrero|
|1980||Diego Sta. Cruz||Diego Sta. Cruz|
|1980||Yakapin Mo 'ko, Lalaking Matapang|
|1981||San Basilio||Islaw / Julio Valiente|
|1981||Tatlong Baraha||Leon Guerrero|
|1982||Isaac... Dugo ni Abraham||Isaac|
|1982||Ang Tapang para sa Lahat!|
|1982||Anak ng Tulisan|
|1982||Isla Sto. Nino|
|1983||Pedro Tunasan||Pedro Tunasan|
|1983||Gamu-gamo sa Pugad Lawin||Alberto|
|1984||Da Best in the Da West|
|1984||Angkan ng Siste Reales|
|1984||Mga Walang Daigdig|
|1984||Julian Vaquero||Julian Vaquero|
|1985||Ben Tumbling: A People's Journal Story||Ben Tumbling|
|1985||Hari ng Gatilyo|
|1985||Sa Bawat Hahakbangan, Babaha ng Dugo||Danilo Saberon|
|1986||Macho Gigolo||Manny Agbayani|
|1986||No Return, No Exchange||Abe|
|1987||Barbaro Santo||David Manabat / Elias dela Cruz|
|1988||Akyat Bahay Gang||Ricardo "Carding" Dacanay|
|1988||Ex-Army||Lt. Emil Matriano|
|1988||Sa Likod ng Kasalanan|
|1989||Tadtarin ng Bala si Madelo||Lt. Thomas Madelo|
|1989||Jones Bridge Massacre Task Force Clavio||P/Lt Col Aladdin Dimagmaliw.|
|1989||Sgt. Melgar||Sgt. Rodolfo Melgar|
|1989||Hindi Palulupig||Romano Magtanggol|
|1990||Ibabaon Kita Sa Lupa!||Joaquin Salazar|
|1990||Kahit Singko Ay Di Ko Babayaran ang Buhay Mo||David|
|1990||Karapatan Ko ang Pumatay... Kapitan Guti||Capt. Guti|
|1990||Walang Piring ang Katarungan||Fidel|
|1991||Medal of Valor: Habang Nasusugatan Lalong Tumatapang||Lt. Jack Moreno|
|1992||Dudurugin Kita ng Bala Ko||Reden Verdadero|
|1992||Lacson, Batas ng Navotas||Narsing Lacson|
|1993||Gascon, Bala ang Katapat Mo||Florencio Gascon|
|1993||Aguinaldo||Col. Rodolfo Aguinaldo|
|1994||Geron Olivar||Geron Olivar|
|1994||Macario Durano||Macario Durano|
|1995||Ikaw Pa Eh, Love Kita||Sgt. Esteban Samonte|
|1995||Hanggang sa Huling Bala||David|
|1995||Sa Iyo Ang Pampanga, Akin Ang Bulacan|
|1995||Escobar: Walang Sasantuhin||Escobar|
|1996||Hindi Lahat ng Ahas ay nasa Gubat|
|1996||Tapatan ng Tapang||Paul|
|1996||Da Best in da West 2: Da Western Pulis Istori||Larry Lopez|
|1997||Tapang Sa Tapang||Dante Parcon|
|1997||Kasangga mo ako sa Huling Laban||Benjo Aragon|
|1998||Alamid: Ang Alamat||Alamid (Old)|
|1998||Lisensyado||Capt. Aladin Esguera|
|1999||Tatapatan ko ang lakas mo||Rommel Cruz|
|1999||Ako'y Ibigin mo... Lalaking Matapang||Leon|
|1999||Largado, Ibabalik kita sa Pinanggalingan mo!||Attorney Randy Reyes|
|2000||Fidel Jimenez: Magkasubukan tayo||Fidel Jimenez|
|2000||Pasasabugin ko ang mundo mo|
|2000||Huwag mong Ubusin ang Bait ko!||Rolando Serrano|
|2000||Eskort||Lt. Marko Salazar|
|2001||Masikip na ang Mundo mo, Labrador||Ramon Labrador|
|2001||Bukas, Babaha ng Dugo||Felix Mercado|
|2001||Dugong Aso: Mabuting Kaibigan, Masamang Kaaway||Barangay Chairman|
|2006||Tatlong Baraha||Leo / Leonard / Leon Guerrero|
|2018||Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles||Sgt. Domingo|
|2013||Little Champ||Leon "Amang" del Torro|
|2017-2019||FPJ's Ang Probinsyano||Romulo "Leon" Dumaguit|
- "TABLE SUMMARY: 2019 STATEMENT OF ASSETS, LIABILITIES AND NET WORTH As of December 31, 2019" (PDF). senate.gov.ph. Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
- "From Stuntman To Senator: Sen. Lito Lapid looks back at his beginnings". Philippine Star. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
- "Lito a hero to his own kind". Philippine Star. Retrieved 17 September 2001.
- "Graft charges vs Lapid, 5 others for overpriced fertilizer". Rappler. November 5, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
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- Patinio, Ferdinand (May 22, 2019). "12 winning senators proclaimed". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
- "Melanie Accepts Kris' Apology; Diana Zubiri & Vhong Navarro Going Steady". Newsflash.org. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- "Meet Manuelito, the love child of Melanie Marquez and Lito Lapid". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
- "Meet Melanie Marquez' gorgeous daughter, Michelle". ABS-CBN Corporation. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- "Ysabel Ortega on dad Lito Lapid: "He's happy for me."". GMA Entertainment. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
- "Ysabel Ortega Speaks Up About Relationship With Father Lito Lapid". Philippine News. May 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
- News, ABS-CBN. "WATCH: Ysabel Ortega in tears over not seeing dad Lito Lapid". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-05-08.