Mark Tadeo Lapid (born February 16, 1980) is an actor and politician in the Philippines. He is a former Governor of Pampanga (2004–2007). President Gloria Arroyo appointed him as general manager of the Philippine Tourism Authority in 2008. From 2009 to 2016, he served as chief operating officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) under President Benigno Aquino III. TIEZA is an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT) that designates, regulates and supervises tourism enterprise zones established under Republic Act 9593. Lapid returned to the government agency in 2021 after his appointment as TIEZA chief by President Rodrigo Duterte on January 5, 2021.[1]

Mark Lapid
Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority
Assumed office
January 11, 2021
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Bongbong Marcos
Preceded byPocholo Paragas
Philippine Tourism Authority General Manager
In office
August 1, 2008 – October 14, 2015
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Benigno Aquino III
Succeeded byGuiller Asido
Governor of Pampanga
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2007
Vice GovernorYeng Guiao
Preceded byLito Lapid
Succeeded byEd Panlilio
Personal details
Marco Tadeo Lapid

(1980-02-16) February 16, 1980 (age 43)
San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Political partyAksyon Demokratiko
SpouseTanya Garcia
ChildrenMischa Amidala Lyttle Lapid
Matilda Anika Lyttle Lapid
Parent(s)Lito Lapid
Marissa Tadeo
Residence(s)Porac, Pampanga
Alma materAngeles University Foundation
University of the Philippines, Los Baños

Political careerEdit

Mark Lapid began his career in public service at a very young age. He was elected as SK (Sanggunian Kabataan) Chairman at the age of 16. Concurrently, Lapid served as the province's youth sector representative in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pampanga.

He was elected Governor of Pampanga at the young age of 24. While Governor, Lapid successfully made Pampanga one of the top ten most productive provinces in the Philippines. Lapid's tenure as Governor was marked by an increase in infrastructure spending.

Lapid filed his CoC (Certificate of Candidacy) for Senator last October 14, 2015. Lapid ran under the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid but lost placing 19th in the polls, behind coalition mate, Jericho Petilla.

In a senatorial forum held on January 29, 2016, at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, he supported peace in Mindanao and same-sex marriage, which gave him one of the best approval applause from the students of UP.

Lapid belongs to the Aksyon Demokratiko Party.

Acting careerEdit

Lapid did the film Apoy sa Dibdib ng Samar (2006) with Cristine Reyes, directed by Jose Balagtas.

His film Tatlong Baraha, was an entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in 2006. He played the role of Julio Valiente, Maynard Lapid as Zigomar, and Lito Lapid as Leon Guerrero.

Lapid produced the movie Lapu-Lapu starring Lito Lapid and Joyce Jimenez.

Personal lifeEdit

He is among the four children of actor and Senator Lito Lapid and Marissa Tadeo-Lapid. His siblings are Maan Krista, Mitzi Karen and Maynard.[2] He also has half-siblings such as Manuelito Lapid[3][4] and Ysabel Ortega.[5][6]

He is married to actress Tanya Garcia in a civil wedding on July 30, 2010, at Marissa Hall in Porac, Pampanga. They have two daughters, Mischa Amidala (born September 21, 2007), and Matilda Anika (born October 29, 2010) in Las Vegas, Nevada.



As actorEdit

As producerEdit

  • Lapu-Lapu (2002)




  1. ^ (January 9, 2021). "Mark Lapid returns to TIEZA as COO". The Philippine Star. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Melanie Accepts Kris' Apology; Diana Zubiri & Vhong Navarro Going Steady". Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Meet Manuelito, the love child of Melanie Marquez and Lito Lapid". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Meet Melanie Marquez' gorgeous daughter, Michelle". ABS-CBN News. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ysabel Ortega on dad Lito Lapid: "He's happy for me."". GMA Entertainment. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "WATCH: Ysabel Ortega in tears over not seeing dad Lito Lapid". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mark Lapid and Tanya Garcia finally tie the knot". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  8. ^ "Tanya Garcia gives birth to second child with Mark Lapid in Las Vegas". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  9. ^ "Palace denies Mark Lapid has been replaced as TIEZA chief". GMA News.

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