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Cesar Lacbu Nucum : biography

May 15, 1938 - May 17, 2007

Cesar Lacbu Nucum (May 15, 1938 – May 17, 2007), better known as Kuya Cesar, was a Filipino radio personality. He was also known as "Speed Begal".


During his career, he hosted several radio programs of which featured his noted slow manner of speaking. Audience find his style and endearing and somewhat comic as well. At his programs he gives heartfelt advices to listeners and plays music from his generation. He pioneered entertainment talk radio in Taglish on the FM band which at his time were a shock to many. His noted radio programs were Dear Kuya Cesar, 12 a.m. - 4 a.m. and Ikaw sa Likod ng mga Awit, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. He won several awards or his radio announcer career and even appeared on movies like "Bala at Lipstick" in 1994, "Gagay: Prinsesa ng Brownout" in 1993 and "Tora-Tora, Bang Bang Bang" in 1990. During the 80's he also had a comedy TV show called Super Laff-In. He also gained the nickname "Speed Bagal" due to his slow delivery.

Personal life

He was married to Sylvia Villanueva Nucum, with 6 sons: Cesar Jr. (Jun), Arnel, Ranilo, Erwin, Niño and Jordan.

Early life

Cesar Lacbu Nucum was born on May 15, 1938 at Pansinao in Candaba, Pampanga. He is the eldest son of Aurelio and Romana Nucum. Before being a radio announcer, he became a "dyaro, bote" and "balut" vendor at his hometown. He came to Manila and worked as a construction painter before getting the job as a radio announcer after he auditioned at DZMM, with the help of his very distinctive voice. At first people at his town didn't believed him but he proved them otherwise by retaining the job for many decades to come.

His career was shortly seized when ABS-CBN shut down in 1972 due to Martial Law. With no means to support his family, he became a construction worker. Then in 1970s and 80s, Kuya Cesar joined IBC-13 where he was the station manager of DWAN 1206. But when the ABS-CBN reopened in 1986 after the EDSA People Power Revolution, he returned to DZMM and his passion as a radio announcer was relived.


On May 17, 2007, Thursday at 9:45 p.m., just two days after his birthday, he died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 69. Efforts to revive him were done but upon arrival at Capitol Medical Center he was pronounced dead. Many listeners of his program poured their deepest sympathy at his loss.

Category:1938 births Category:2007 deaths Category:Filipino radio personalities Category:Filipino comedians Category:People from Pampanga Category:Deaths from myocardial infarction



  • Talents Unlimited (1968)
  • Andres de Saya: Mabagsik na Daw! (1982) Dr. B. Agal
  • Tora Tora, Bang Bang Bang (1990)
  • Gagay: Prinsesa ng Brownout (1993)
  • Bala at Lipstick (1994) Cosme
  • Walang Iwanan, Peksman! (2002) Priest

TV Show

  • Super Laff-In (1969–1972)

Radio Shows

  • Dear Kuya Cesar (DZMM)
  • Ikaw sa Likod ng mga Awit (DZMM)
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