Renato Licup Requiestas (January 22, 1957 – July 24, 1993), professionally known as Rene Requiestas (Tagalog: [ˈrɛnɛ rɛˈkɛstas]), was a Filipino actor, comedian and politician. Requiestas was one of the top Filipino comedians of the late 1980s up to the early 1990s. Requiestas was known for his sidekick roles alongside other comedy actors such as Joey de Leon and his pairing with Kris Aquino in romantic comedies, as well as his distinctive gaunt, toothless appearance.

Rene Requiestas
Requiestas in Mandurukot (1993)
Member of the Taguig Municipal Council from the 2nd district
In office
July 6, 1992[1] – July 24, 1993
Personal details
Renato Licup Requiestas

(1957-01-22)January 22, 1957
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
DiedJuly 24, 1993(1993-07-24) (aged 36)
Quezon City, Philippines
Resting placeManila Memorial Park
Parañaque, Philippines[2]
Political partyLDP (1991–1993)
  • Actor
  • Comedian
  • Politician



Requiestas' early appearances in films consisted of small incidental roles in dramas such as Ikaw Ay Akin in 1978 and Pabling in 1981. From 1987 to 1988, he was a cast member of the stage play WIS: Walang Ibig Sabihin (lit.'No Meaning') at the Manila Metropolitan Theater, with critic Mike Feria noting his inclination to ad-lib.[3][4] He would later receive supporting roles in comedy films beginning with Sheman: Mistress of the Universe in September 1988. His performance in Smith & Wesson as the bumbling villain named Don Johnson Waks was praised by critic Lav Diaz, who considered him to have a natural talent in comedy.[5]

Maricel Soriano, who collaborated with Requiestas in the film Leon at Tigre (lit.'Lion and Tiger'), expressed that unlike other lead actors she worked with in comedies, he was usually quiet and by himself on the set.[6] Requiestas once remarked that the films he does is largely for his mother, stating that "She is already old and [I] need to be sure that everything is for her. I don't want her to experience anymore hardships at her age."[7]

In 1991, Requiestas filed his candidacy for Councilor of Taguig's 2nd (lone) district under the Party ticket of Dr. Loida Labao of Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) for the 1992 elections and later won. He proclaimed on July 4, 1992 after almost 4 weeks of canvassing of the votes, he place 2 out of 46 other candidates and garnered 20,909 votes and he sworn as Councilor of Taguig on July 6, 1992 until his death on July 24, 1993.[1]

Personal life


In 1989, Requiestas expressed his wish to attend college in order to set an example for his siblings.[8] Later that year, Requiestas adopted a daughter and named her Darren Krisnee, taken from his and Kris Aquino's names. She was born on November 11, 1989, to Requiestas' distant relatives, but due to their difficulty in raising numerous children, Requiestas decided to adopt the child as his own.[9]



Requiestas died on July 24, 1993, at the age of 36 due to tuberculosis and complications brought about by alcohol abuse and smoking. He was buried in Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque.[10]




Year Title Role Note(s) Ref(s).
1978 Ikaw Ay Akin
1979 Salawahan Dimples
1981 Pabling
1988 Sheman: Mistress of the Universe Stallone
I Love You 3x a Day Janitor
Smith & Wesson Don Johnson Waks
Kumander Anting-Anting
1989 Starzan: Shouting Star of the Jungle Cheetaeh
Mars Ravelo's Bondying: The Little Big Boy Rene
Barbi: Maid in the Philippines G.I. Joe
Long Ranger & Tonton: Shooting Stars of the West Tonton Gutierrez
Starzan II: The Coming of the Star Son Cheeta-eh
Aso't Pusa Boboy
Elvis and James: The Living Legends! (Buhay Pa... Mukhang Alamat Na!) James Dacuycoy
SuperMouse and the Robo-Rats Doro
Gawa Na ang Bala para sa Akin Rene
Romeo Loves Juliet (But Their Families Hate Each Other) Himself
1990 Starzan III: The Jungle Triangle Cheeta-eh
Last Two Minutes Himself Cameo
Small, Medium, Large Pol
Elvis and James 2 James Dacuycoy
Ganda Babae, Ganda Lalake Ututino Camote
Little and Big Weapon Sgt. Sam Flower
Michael and Madonna Michael Jackstone
Pido Dida: Sabay Tayo Pido
Samson & Goliath Goliath
Si Prinsipe Abante at ang Lihim ng Ibong Adarna Prinsipe Amante
1991 Cheeta-eh, Ganda Lalake? Cheeta-eh
Alyas Batman en Robin Joker
Pido Dida 2: Kasal Na Pido
Luv Ko si Ma'am Felix
Anak ni Janice Facundo
1992 The Return of Long Ranger & Tonton: How the West Was Wrong Tonton Gutierrez
Leon at Tigre Leon Manzano
First Time: Like a Virgin Father
Big Ambulance: Call for Emergency PJ
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Nardo
Takbo... Talon... Tili!!! Kiko "Mga Laruan nina Kiko, Tito at Toto" segment
1993 Hulihin: Probinsyanong Mandurukot Syano [11]
Pido Dida 3: May Kambal Na Pido
Michael & Madonna 2 Michael Jackstone Posthumously released



Title Role Year Network
U.F.O.: Urbano, Felissa & Others Unknown 1985–1989 Unknown
Sic O'Clock News Unknown 1987–1989 Unknown
Mother Unknown 1987–1993 Studio Presents (produced by Regal Television)
Regal Shockers Unknown 1988–1993 Unknown
Lovingly Yours, Helen Unknown 1988 Unknown
Coney Reyes on Camera Unknown 1989 Unknown
Bhoy Unknown 1989–1991 Unknown
Sa Linggo nAPO Sila Unknown 1990–1993 Unknown
GMA Presents: Alice Unknown 1990 GMA Network
Palibhasa Lalake Adonis 1990 ABS-CBN
Pandakekoks Unknown 1990–1992 Unknown
Maalaala Mo Kaya

his last TV appearance

Himself 1991–1993 ABS-CBN
Tunay Na Buhay

aired posthumously 20 years after his death in 1993

Himself 2013 GMA Network
Sabado Badoo

posthumous cameo stock footage

Unknown 2015 GMA Network


Year Award-Giving Body Category Movie Result
1991 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Won


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