Joel Lamangan is a Filipino film director, television director and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s as an auteur dramatic filmmaker. His award-winning films includes The Flor Contemplacion Story,Sidhi, Deathrow, Hubog, Aishte Imasu 1941, Blue Moon and Mano Po.
On August 19, 2008, Lamangan directed his first indie movie "Walang Kawala" produced by DMV Entertainment. It stars Polo Ravales and Joseph Bitangcol, with the special participation of Jean Garcia. Joel also directs "Obra" and will soon start shooting Desperadas 2. He started production for the next Sine Novela: "Una Kang Naging Akin" starring Angelika dela Cruz, Wendell Ramos, and Maxene Magalona.
In 2013 Elections he ran as congressman for Cavite's 1st District under the Lakas-CMD/United Nationalist Alliance/Partido Magdalo. However he backed out in the race.
In 2013, Lamangan was named as the artistic director of Gantimpala Theater Foundation. Lamangan will direct an original musical titled "Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan" and it will star actors Sandino Martin and Anna Fegi. The show is scheduled to tour in August and September around provinces of Manila to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Philippine hero, Andres Bonifacio.
Lamangan is a member of the international Order of DeMolay from Baja Chapter, Cavite City. He was conferred with the highest honor being a DeMolay to the rank of Legion of Honor last November 14, 2015, by the Grand Master Victor Antonio T. Espejo of the Supreme Council Order of DeMolay Philippines for outstanding leadership in his field of endeavor, for service to humanity, for success in fraternal life, including adult service to the Order of DeMolay. The Supreme Council Order of DeMolay is an appendant body of Freemasonry.