Batang Quiapo

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Batang Quiapo (Template:Literal translation) is a 1986 Philippine action-comedy film directed by Pablo Santiago and starring Fernando Poe Jr. and Maricel Soriano.[1] The film is the first and only collaboration between Poe and Soriano, and was Poe's first film under Regal Films.[2] The film shattered box-office records of its time.[3][4][5]


The "King of Pickpockets" Baldo (Fernando Poe Jr.) has just been released from prison and is determined to start a new lease on life. Maria, a young pickpocket making a name for herself in the rough and tumble streets of Quiapo is drawn to Baldo and wants to become his understudy. Action and hilarity ensues as Baldo tries to put Maria through the straight path and along the way help the community rid itself of illegal drugs.


  • Fernando Poe Jr. as Baldomero "Baldo" Dimaguiba
  • Maricel Soriano as Maria
  • Sheryl Cruz as Sonea
  • Manilyn Reynes as Mona
  • Kristina Paner as Caring
  • Chuckie Dreyfus as Dodong
  • Christopher Paloma as Caloy
  • Mel Martinez as Totoy
  • Rez Cortez as Tikboy
  • Anita Linda as Iska
  • Augusto Victa as Minyong
  • Bomber Moran as Rading
  • Dencio Padilla as Momoy "Lugaw" David
  • Bella Flores as Mila
  • Geena Sablan as Ms. Ramos
  • Tony Carreon as Don Julian
  • Abbo dela Cruz as Daga
  • Rudy Meyer as Sgt. Lolomboy
  • Jose Romulo as Maj. Corrales
  • Karim Kiram as Minero
  • Tina Loy as Auring
  • Paquito Diaz as Kits
  • David Anderson as George
  • Nonoy de Guzman as Goon
  • Rene Hawkins as Goon
  • Belo Borja as Goon
  • Bert Garon as Goon
  • Bebot Davao as Goon
  • Renato Tanchingco as Goon
  • Boy Sta. Maria as Goon
  • Eddie Samonte as Goon
  • Romy Nario as Goon
  • Mario Caverio as Goon
  • Bebeng Amora as Goon
  • Jun Montano as Goon
  • Ernie David as Goon
  • Ronnie Olivas as Goon
  • Joe Estrada as Goon
  • George Wendth as Goon
  • Edgar Madriaga as Goon

Potential remake

Following the success of the television adaptation of Ang Probinsyano, Batang Quiapo has been pegged by various news outlets as the likeliest next project by series lead Coco Martin and a possible replacement series for the former. The rumors of the possible adaptation of Batang Quiapo as a TV series began when the film's theme, Doon Lang, was performed by Martin in a "duet" with Fernando Poe Jr. as the clip of the scene from the film was being played;[6] said scene originally featured Poe and Maricel Soriano singing in a duet.[7][8]

Martin has himself expressed interest in adapting more of Fernando Poe Jr.'s works for film and/or television,[9] as he had also previously adapted another Poe classic Carlo J. Caparas' Ang Panday[10] which was an entry into the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival.[11] In addition to the interest Martin has in adapting the series for the small screen, several names had been linked to the planned remake as a potential leading lady, such as Liza Soberano[12] and Martin's rumored girlfriend, Julia Montes.[13] Rumors of its supposed impending adaptation further intensified when Martin met with Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. The meeting though did not have anything to do with the adaptation of the film but was made to negotiate Moreno's cameo appearance in Martin's 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, 3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon![14]

However, with Ang Probinsyanos unprecedented run, the show having been extended multiple times,[15] the film's adaptation remains in limbo.


  1. "Manila in the Movies: 10 City Flicks",, August 10, 2010. Retrieved on January 10, 2020. 
  2. Solis, Lolit. "FPJ tumatak sa Quiapo!", January 9, 2020. Retrieved on January 10, 2020. 
  3. "Maricel Soriano's Top Ten Films", PEP, March 13, 2009. Retrieved on November 14, 2019. 
  4. Lo, Ricky. "The ‘politicalization’ of Regal’s Mother Lily", May 6, 2004. Retrieved on January 10, 2020. 
  5. Fernando, Jeff. "Maricel Soriano talks about her favorite films", ABS-CBN Entertainment, January 6, 2016. Retrieved on January 10, 2020. 
  6. Regondola, Glenn. "Push Mo Toh!: Coco at Da King FPJ, nag-duet!", January 28, 2017. Retrieved on January 16, 2020. 
  7. Escala, Jimi. "‘Batang Quiapo’ ni FPJ, balak ipalit sa ‘Ang Probinsyano’", November 3, 2016. Retrieved on November 15, 2019. 
  8. "Coco Martin eyes all FPJ movies; "Batang Quiapo" next teleserye target", LionhearTV, June 3, 2017. Retrieved on November 15, 2019. 
  9. "Coco Martin shares plan to do online series", ABS-CBN News, January 6, 2017. Retrieved on November 7, 2019. 
  10. "Coco Martin to direct, star in new 'Ang Panday' film", Rappler, April 26, 2017. Retrieved on January 10, 2020. 
  11. Anarcon, James Patrick. "Panday movie of Coco Martin to be submitted to MMFF 2017", PEP, April 26, 2017. Retrieved on January 10, 2020. 
  12. "Liza, ipinu-push na itambal kay Coco sa ‘Batang Quiapo’", November 1, 2016. Retrieved on November 15, 2019. 
  13. Ambet, Nabus. "Coco, Julia perfect sa remake ng ‘Batang Quiapo‘", October 4, 2018. Retrieved on November 15, 2019. 
  14. Olea, Jerry. "Coco Martin, nilinaw ang pagkikita nila ni Mayor Isko Moreno", PEP, September 12, 2019. Retrieved on November 15, 2019. 
  15. Olea, Jerry. "Coco Martin, kasado na ang kasunod na teleserye kahit di pa tapos ang Probinsyano", PEP, July 1, 2018. Retrieved on November 15, 2019. 

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