On the July 23, 2012 episode of the ABS-CBN TV series Lorenzo's Time, the lead character Enzo idolizes the actor Lito Lapid so much he was given a VHS copy of the movie Ang Pagbabalik ni Leon Guerrero for home viewing.
Enzo then attempted to visit his idol at his office in the Senate. (Note: Lito Lapid was re-elected to the Senate of the Philippines in 2010 for another six-year term. Enzo met Jinggoy Estrada instead).
The scene made me smile because I just watched the film a few days before.
Now, who is Leon Guerrero? The words 'Ang pagbabalik' means 'The return' in English, and this search for knowledge led me to the Video 48 blog. I found out that the character was the Filipino version of The Lone Ranger, initially appearing in the 1968 movie Leon Guerrero: Laban sa 7 Kilabot. It starred Jess Lapid, Sr., who incidentally was the uncle of Lito Lapid.
In Ang Pagbabalik ni Leon Guerrero, Lito Lapid plays the dual role of Manuel and Leon. Manuel is a meek-mannered man who hails from the town of Santa Fe. The children tease him for his cowardice, while his father always beat him. Manuel eventually assumed the identity of Leon Guerrero to protect the townspeople from bandits. Following are some scenes from the Lotus Films production:
|Manuel being convinced by an elderly townsman to assume the identity of Leon Guerrero|