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Agimat Presents: Tiagong Akyat
Format Action-Thriller, Adventure
Directed by Dondon Santos[1]
Starring Gerald Anderson as Tiago
Country of origin Philippines Philippines
Language(s) Filipino, Tagalog, English
No. of episodes 13 (as of November 7, 2009)
Running time 45 minutes
Original channel ABS-CBN
Picture format 480i NTSC
Original run August 15, 2009 – November 07, 2009
Preceded by Nasaan Ka Maruja?
Followed by Pepeng Agimat
External links
Official website

Agimat Presents: Tiagong Akyat, more popularly known as Tiagong Akyat ("Tiago the Climber") is the first installment of the Philippine weekly mini-series Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla ("Agimat: The Legends of Ramon Revilla") aired by ABS-CBN starting August 15, 2009. The character of Tiagong Akyat is portrayed by Gerald Anderson.[2]




1973 film

Agimat: Ang mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Sr. presents Tiagong Akyat is a TV adaptation of a film entitled Huhulihin si... Tiagong Akyat ("Arrest Tiagong Akyat"), a 1973 film which gave Ramon Revilla, Sr. a FAMAS Best Actor trophy.[3] "Tiagong Akyat" was the alias of Santiago Ronquillo, a notorious thief who looted homes in Manila and nearby provinces in the 1920s.[4]


The story follows the life of unconventional hero Santiago Ronquillo. Tiago is a streetwise orphan who, after acquiring the amulet known as the Pangil ng Kidlat ("Fang of Lightning"), gains superhuman strength, speed and the ability to climb high walls. He then uses his gift to steal from the corrupt to help the poor.[5]


After many years, Tiago meets Cornelia and gets a chance to profess his love for her. Cornelia's suitor Vincent becomes jealous of Tiago. Meanwhile, Cornelia's father Mayor Mariano is against his daughter's relationship with the impoverished Tiago. Cornelia decides to elope with Tiago and they plan to get married. One night, Cornelia tells Tiago that her father wants to meet him. Tiago goes to Mayor Mariano's house where he found him bloody and unconscious. Vincent arrives and tells the guards to arrest Tiago. After killing Mayor Mariano, Vincent frames Tiago for the murder. The court finds Tiago guilty and sentences him to life imprisonment. In jail, Tiago befriends Big Max, Nardo, and Pablo. After learning that Cornelia had married Vincent, Tiago makes several attempts to escape but miserably fails. Years pass and Tiago discovers that the urban legend about the amulet called Pangil ng Kidlat is true when he meets Castro, the owner of the amulet.

Castro gives his amulet to Tiago, and before dying, he asks the young man to use the amulet to prove his innocence. Tiago, together with his newfound friends inside the prison, then successfully escape. Tiago intends to force Vincent to admit the truth. Cornelia hears from Vincent that he did murder Mayor Mariano, Cornelia's father. Tiago and Vincent struggle for the gun, and they accidentally shoot Cornelia. Before dying, Cornelia tells Tiago that she loves him, and that they have a son named Martin. Vincent tells the police and Martin that it was Tiago who killed Cornelia. With the help of his fellow fugitive, Tiago takes his son from Vincent. Nardo goes to the house of his sister Norma, and there Tiago tries to convince his son that he is a good man. Norma is worried that Tiago will only bring trouble, but she eventually understands his desire to win his son. She befriends Martin and helps the boy trust his own father. Tiago lets Martin hear the voice recording wherein Vincent admitted it was he who murdered Mayor Mariano.

Vincent asks Red's help in finding Tiago and getting Martin, and Red promises to use his influence. Meanwhile, Tiago and his friends decide to help their poor neighbors by stealing from the wealthy and the corrupt. Tiago also develops a special relationship with Norma.


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Tiagong Akyat was one of the most famous outlaws in Philippine history. He terrorized Manila and the nearby provinces in the 1920s, looting homes and establishments. There was a legend that he only looted the homes of the rich and even helped the poor. Such was his notoriety that rarely was newspaper issued without any news about him.

Born Santiago Ronquillo in Imus, Cavite in the late 19th century, Tiagong Akyat got his moniker because he simply entered homes and looted them of their wealth amidst the horrified residents (in the early 20th century, few homes had gates).

Legend has it that Tiagong Akyat possessed an amulet that made him invisible. This amulet is called "Tagabulag" in Philippine folklore. People believed that this was the reason why the Manila police failed to capture him, despite huge rewards awaiting for the person to bring Tiago to the Police "Dead or Alive".

Yet, despite Tiagong Akyat's notoriety, there was existing rumors that he was a "Robin Hood" character, helping the poor and looting the rich.

In 1923, Manila Chief of Police John Fulton Green received an intelligence report that Tiagong Akyat was seen in Noveleta, Cavite. In cooperation with the Philippine constabulary, Green organized a formidable force to capture Tiagong Akyat. It was rumored that Tiago may have been ill when the Constabulary surrounded the house in Noveleta where Tiago was hiding.

Despite Tiago's defenseless condition, the constabulary riddled the house with multiple shots, killing Tiago.

The Manila police was criticized for this overkill, despite the fact that they ended the career of one of the most famous outlaws in Philippine history.


Actor Ramon Revilla later personified Tiagong Akyat in the movie "Hulihin si Tiagong Akyat". It was a highly erroneous film based mainly on urban legends about Santiago Ronquillo.


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Tiagong Akyat is the pilot episode of the ABS-CBN weekly-based program, Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla on April 15, 2009. It is the remake of the previous film starred by Filipino legendary actor, Ramon Revilla, Sr.. The movie tells the story of Santiago Ronquillo, also known in the nickname "Tiagong Akyat", who discovered an enchanting amulet or commonly known as "Agimat" from a struck of lightning, which allows him to have a natural power. He used this power to steal from the rich and help with the poor. [1] [2]



Based on the 1973 film which gave Ramon Revilla Sr. the FAMAS Best Actor trophy, Tiagong Akyat follows the life of unconventional hero Santiago Ronquillo. Tiago is an orphan who grew up learning the ways of the streets. After acquiring the amulet known as the ‘Pangil ng Kidlat’ Tiago will possess superhuman strength, speed, and the ability to climb high walls. He will use his gift to steal from the corrupt and help the poor. From his impoverished state, Tiago will rise to heroic status as the celebrated defender of his town. But for how long can Tiago depend on his magical amulet?

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

  • Gerald Anderson as Santiago Ronquillo/ Tiagong Akyat - is a young gang member who will use the ‘Pangil ng Kidlat’ to help the oppressed.
  • Erich Gonzales as Cornelia
  • Jason Abalos as Vincent Fajardo - a young politician who will become Tiago’s greatest rival.
  • Carlo Guevarra as Buboy Arnaiz - the loyal sidekick of Tiago.
  • Arron Villaflor as Jigo Manuson - the closest and entrusted friend of Tiago in his gang.
  • Joseph Bitangcol as Pablo Reyes - a smart young man who will outline all the plan of Tiago’s gang.
  • Jason Gainza as Father Baste - the priest who will become Tiago’s moral adviser.
  • Max Eigenman as Norma Muñoz - the simple but feisty lady who will capture Tiago’s heart.
  • Nova Villa as Aling Marta - the loving godmother of Tiago and mother of Father Baste.
  • Daniel Fernando as Red Capulong - a greedy businessman who will resort into crimes to beat his enemies.
  • Danilo Barrios as Nardo Muñoz - a street thief who will become one of Tiago’s loyal friends.
  • Ryan Eigenman as Big Max - a fugitive who will become a part of Tiago’s gang.
  • Bing Davao as Choreng - Tiago's mother.
  • Neil Sese as Abet - Tiago's father, the barangay's captain.
  • Elaine Quemel

Special Participation

  • Pen Medina as Castro "Kastrong Bato" Manangkil - the known Agimat holder, called the "Pangil ng Kidlat" (Lightning's Fang) who Tiago and his friends as kids believed to be invincible due to the use of the amulet he was holding. Even stabs from knives or bullets from guns cannot affect him.
  • Francis Magundayao as Young Santiago Ronquillo/ Tiagong Akyat
  • Basty Alcanses as Young Jigo
  • Andrei Garcia as Young Buboy
  • Carlo Lacana as Young Vincent
  • Cheska Billiones as Young Cornelia
  • Joshua Dionisio as Young Baste
  • Erick Nicholas


  1. Tiagong Akyat: Feature Article retirved via 08-15-2009
  2. Tiagong Akyat: Cast and Character retirved via 08-15-2009

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