John Lapus (The Universal Sweet)
His father is the late Jojo M. Lapus who is a columnist, script writer and assistant director for numerous action movies. His mother was retired public school teacher Sally S. Lapus.
John studied at Lagro Elementary School (1978-1985), and then St. Anthony Nova School (1985-1989). College studies were taken at the University of Santo Tomas, for BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (1989-1993).
It is in UST where he joined Teatro Tomasino (The University Wide Theater Guild of UST) which honed Lapus’ talent as an actor.
Ever since, he has been active in the business, from 1993 until present. He is managed by Star Magic (2001–present).
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John started his career in 1993 and worked as a researcher of ABS-CBN’s “Showbiz Lingo” after graduating college. He then became a head researcher, segment producer, segment host and creative consultant for the show. He appeared in numerous ABS-CBN shows then eventually became one of Cristy Fermin’s co-host in the daily showbiz talk-show “Cristy per Minute”.
In 1998, Lapus started his career as a stand-up comic at The Library in Malate, Manila. His first sold out show “Korek Ka John!” became a series of show in the Comedy bar circuit. Its was followed by “Nan-John Ka Na Naman” series and “The Universal Sweet” series that was launched at The Folk Arts Theater. Lapus, is the first stand-up comedian who had a show in a big concert venue. He is a two time Aliw Awardee for Best Stand-up Comic.
His nickname “Sweet” was named after his character in the box office hit movie “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” in 2000 starring Robin Padilla and Regine Velasquez then eventually in the sitcom “Arriba, Arriba!”. He, often moonlighted as Creative Consultant and pictorial director for the network’s film arm, Star Cinema. Lapus is also stand comic, host, theater actor and a self proclaimed dancer, thus, the title “The Universal Sweet”. His last position as ABS-CBN’s production staff was “The Buzz” Creative Associate Producer in 1999 in which Lapus eventually became a cohost.
In 2006, he transferred to GMA Network, joining S-Files and later Showbiz Central with co-hosts Pia Guanio and Raymond Gutierrez. Since then, his career has experienced resurgence. Lapus became an award winning actor via the movie “Here Comes The Bride” written and directed by Chris Martinez and Wenn Deramas’ “Moron 5 and The Crying Lady”. He was casted in numerous GMA Telebabad Soap Opera like “Ako Si Kim SamSoon”, “Luna Mystika”, “Adik Sayo” and “Full House”. He was also the best-friend of Marian Rivera in Manny Pacquio’s sitcom “Show Me da Manny” which he won Outstanding Supporting Actor for Gag or Comedy Show in 2011.
In 2013 John Lapus returned to his original home network ABS-CBN via Dreamscape Entertainment Television starring in “Kahit Konting Pagtingin” (Angeline Quinto, Sam Milby, Paolo Avelino) as Milo. 2014 “Mirabella” (Julia Barretto) as Paeng. And recently, 2015 “Doble Kara” (Julia Montes) as Nangshie Itoy. “Doble Kara” is now the number 1 day time soap opera on Philippine TV.
- Best Game Show Host (along with Aiai delas Alas) for “Singgaling” 2004 PMPC Star Awards
- Best Male Stand-Up Comic — Aliw Awards 2006
- Best Male Stand-Up Comic — Aliw Awards 2008
- Comedy Actor of the Year; 42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2011
- Best Performance by an Actor (Musical or Comedy) for “Here Comes The Bride” 2011, Golden Screen Awards
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag or Comedy Program for “Show Me Da Manny”. 2011 Golden Screen TV Awards
- Comedy Actor of the Year; 43rd Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2012