The Expendables 2: Philippines Edition

A lot of people are very excited to watch Expendables 2 in the big screen. The movie’s fame and public impact is not surprising at all since it boasts the brightest Hollywood action stars in both old and new generation. Who can resist a movie starring Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, and many more? People will surely love how these Hollywood action movie heroes work together and show off their prowess in hand to hand combat and gun shooting.

The Philippines have a set of action movie star legends as well. Although most Filipino movies nowadays are centered on love, horror, and fantasy, there was a time where action films are highly in demand. The idea of making an Expendables Philippines Edition will surely ring the ears of Filipino action movie fanatics out there. If by chance such movie is produced, who are the possible casts? Who are the best Filipino action movie stars in all generations?

The King of Filipino Action Movies
The King of Filipino Action Movies

Real Name: Ronald Allan Kelley Poe

Born: August 20, 1939

Place of Birth: San Carlos, Pangasinan, Philippines

Died: December 4, 2004

Occupation: Actor, Director, TV personality, Politician

Years in the Entertainment Industry: 1955 - 2003

Famous Movies: Ang Dalubhasa, Ang Probinsyano, Muslim Magnum 357, Ang Panday, Mabuting Kaibigan Masamang Kaaway, Hagedorn, Dito sa Pitong Gatang, Isang Bala Ka Lang, Eseng ng Tondo, Hindi pa tapos ang Laban

Alyas "Ninong"
Alyas "Ninong"

Real Name: Eduardo Verchez Garcia

Born: Mayo 2, 1929

Place of Birth: Sorsogon, Philippines

Occupation: Actor, Director, TV personality

Years in the Entertainment Industry: 1958 - present

Famous Movies: Luha ng Birhen, Tatay ni Bondying, Gigolo, Sino ang may Sala, Taga sa Bato, Anino ni Bathala, Silveria, Berdaderong Ginto, Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak, Waldas, Anak ng Espada, Tulisang Pugot, Tres Muskiteros, Batas ng Daigdig, El Indio

Ang Pamatay na Bigote
Ang Pamatay na Bigote

Real Name: Francisco Bustillos Diaz

Born: May 28, 1937

Place of Birth: Pampanga, Philippines

Died: March 3, 2011

Occupation: Actor, TV personality

Years in the Entertainment Industry: 1961–2003

Famous Movies: Doble Kara, Crackdown, Kumander Kris, Sorrento, Ang Mangliligpit, Tigre Gitano, Suntok o Karate, Ang Pagbabalik ni Daniel Barrion, Alyas 1 2 3, Brasong Bakal, Totoy Bato, Dugong Buhay, Partida, Pedro Tunasan, The Killing of Satan, Lumaban Ka, Target: Maganto, Dugo ng Pusakal, Agila ng Maynila, Da Best in Da West, Eagle Squad, Kamay ni Cain, Manila Boy, Mga Syanong Parak, Ang Dalubhasa, Sabayan sa Laban, Pakners

Bad Boy
Bad Boy

Real Name: Robinhood Ferdinand Cariño Padilla

Born: November 23, 1969

Place of Birth: Camarines Norte, Philippines

Occupation: Actor, Film Producer/Director, Writer, Martial Artist

Years in the Entertainment Industry: 1984-present

Famous Movies: Sundo, Kuratong Baleleng, Alab ng Lahi, Buhay Kamao, Pagdating Ng Panahon, Totoy Mola, Anak ni Baby Ama, Bad Boy, Maging Sino Ka Man, Walang Awa Kung Pumatay, Bagets Gang, Eagle Squad, Public Enemy No.2, Barumbado, Hindi Pahuhuli ng Buhay

Si Mister
Si Mister

Real Name: Cesar Manhilot

Born: August 1, 1962

Place of Birth: Bohol, Philippines

Occupation: Actor, Film Producer/Director, TV Personality

Years in the Entertainment Industry: 1981-present

Famous Movies: The Great Raid, Dagohoy, Batang Maynial, Ligalig, The Rootcutter, Muro Ami, Hostage, Kasangga Kahit Kailan, Sanggano, Bullet, Larawan, Alas Dose, Kayan ni Mister Kaya ni Misis, Alyas Boy Tigas, The Lilian Velez Story, Hindi Laruan ang Puso, Alyas Waway, Sikalbo, Asero, Talahib at Rosas, Antipolo Massacre

Ang Pistolero
Ang Pistolero

Real Name: Manuel Mercado Lapid

Born: October 25, 1955

Place of Birth: Porac, Pampanga, Philippines

Occupation: Actor, Politician, TV Personality

Years in the Entertainment Industry: 1969 - 2006

Famous Movies: Ang Pagbabalik ni Leon Guerrero, Nagmula sa Lupa, The Jess Lapid Story, Alas at Reyna, Julian Vaquero, Tatlong Baraha, Ang Tapang Para sa Lahat, Death Has No Mercy, Kalibre 45, Kamaong Asero, Akyat Bahay Gang, Walanmg Piring ang Katarungan, Sgt. Melgar, Maruso, Desperado, Ben Tumbling, Abandonado, Asong Gubat, Maruso, Barbaro Santo, Lapu-Lapu, Eskort, Bukas Babaha ng Dugo, Tatlong Baraha

Sad to say, these great Filipino Actions Stars either passed away or shifted to other careers. It’s undeniable that the Filipino Action Movie genre today is dead. The days of idolizing a Filipino action star for his great punching speed and power, swift drawing of gun, flawless gun shooting, and as he portray the role of an unsung hero, are gone. Nevertheless, the hope that a day will come that this exciting movie genre will rise again in the Philippines still remains in most of our hearts. Who knows, years from now, a group of new, talented, and charismatic Filipino action stars will surprise us in the big screen as they make their own Filipino version of Expendables 2.

Leave a comment if you know a famous Filipino action star that should be included in my list or enlighten me if you think any of the showbiz personalities I mentioned does not deserve to be in this hub.

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