Tiagong Akyat (TV series)
Agimat Presents: Tiagong Akyat, more popularly known as simply Tiagong Akyat ("Tiago the Climber") was the first installment of the Philippine
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 weekly mini-series Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla is a series based on the movies of Ramon Revilla Sr. of the 90's and 00's, which features the Filipino cultural belief in the powers of an agimat or amulet...

 ("Amulet: The Legendary Chronicles of Ramon Revilla") aired by ABS-CBN
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 August 15, 2009. The character of Tiagong Akyat is portrayed by Gerald Anderson
Gerald Anderson
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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
Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards
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 Best Actor trophy. "Tiagong Akyat" was the alias of Santiago Ronquillo, a notorious thief who looted homes in Manila and nearby provinces in the 1920s.


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.


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
Urban legend
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 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.

Main cast

  • Gerald Anderson
    Gerald Anderson
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     as Santiago Ronquillo
  • Jason Abalos
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     as Vincent Fajardo
  • Maxene Eigenmann as Norma Muñoz Ronquillo
  • Ryan Eigenmann
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     as Big Max
  • Jayson Gainza as Father Baste
  • Danilo Barrios as Nardo Muñoz
  • Joseph Bitangcol
    Joseph Bitangcol
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     as Pablo Reyes
  • Carlo Guevarra
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     as Buboy Arnaiz
  • Arron Villaflor
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     as Jigo Manuson
  • Nova Villa as Aling Marta
  • Daniel Fernando
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     as Red Capulong
  • Bugoy Cariño
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     as Martin Mariano Ronquillo

Special participation

  • Erich Gonzales
    Erich Gonzales
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     as Cornelia Verde
  • Bing Davao as Mariano Verde
  • Pen Medina as Castro "Kastrong Bato" Manangkil
  • Neil Ryan Sese as Albert "Abet" Ronquillo - Tiago's father
  • Elaine Quemuel as Anabel Ronquillo - Tiago's mother
  • Francis Magundayao
    Francis Magundayao
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     as young Tiago
  • Cheska Billiones as young Cornelia
  • Basty Alcanses as young Buboy
  • Carlo Lacana
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     as young Vincent
  • Andrei Garcia
    Joseph Andre Garcia
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     as young Jigo
  • Joshua Dionisio
    Joshua Dionisio
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     as young Baste
  • Mikee Lee
    Mikee Lee
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    as Badong
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