Panday (in Tagalog means blacksmith) is named Flavio in real life, a skilled and noble blacksmith who finds a meteorite that fell from the sky. He forges the ore into a dagger which magically turns into a sword when he raises it to the sky; it is able to cut through anything and hums when in danger. Flavio uses the sword to defend his hometown from evil forces, occasionally also using a shield made from the same meteorite. Panday is created by Carlo J. Caparas and Steve Gan.
Panday sounds like your average tough superhero. With his simple costume of a red vest and pants, he doesn’t need anything else to intimidate his enemies, his sword and his muscles can do the job. But he’s also essential to the team, imagine him creating weapons for the team!
6. Zsazsa Zaturnnah
Zsazsa Zaturnnah is a powerful superheroine with flaming red hair and a muscular physique, a character created by Carlo Vergara. She resembles Wonder Woman and Darna, but the difference is that Zaturnnah’s alter ego is a homosexual male named Ada. Ada’s father disapproves of his being a homosexual and tried to punish him for it. Eventually his parents pass away and he moves to another town. Here he discovers a magical stone with the word ‘Zaturnnah’ etched on it, after that, whenever he swallows the stone and shouts the word, he transforms into the superheroine Zsazsa Zaturnnah.
Zaturnnah would be an icon among today’s generation, her gender identity would definitely win Filipinos over!
Perla is your ordinary woman, she takes care of her siblings and works as a dressmaker, but after being hit by lightning three times, she develops powers. She can now generate heat and electricity with her hands and can fire lightning flashes from her hands too. Volta’s main objective is to prevent Celphora, an ambitious engineer, from spreading evil in the country.
Portrayed by Ai Ai Delas Alas, Volta is a comedic superheroine guaranteed to leave you in stitches. She might not look much, but she uses her wit to defeat her enemies. If put in a band of serious superheroes, she will singlehandedly provide comedic relief. Paired with Lastikman, and you’ll definitely have a hoot!
Spider-Man’s Pinoy cousin Gagambino was created by Carlo J. Caparas and tells the story of a young man named Gambino (first name not Childish), and his adventures with his giant spider friend who helps him fight crime in the grimy streets of re-imagined Manila. Bino, played by Dennis Trillo in the GMA series, also possesses insect-like superpowers unlike the original average joe Bino who only relied on his spider for help.
In modern times, as part of an elite team of Pinoy superheroes, Gagambino will definitely be warmly welcomed by fellow Pinoys, although he would have to assure us that his giant spider won’t hurt our beloved doggos and cats in the streets.
Bonus! (Because we can’t resist them!)
9. Super Twins
I remember watching the 2007 television show of Super Twins and chanting with the twins before they transformed into superheroines. The two girls, Sha-Sha and Tin-Tin transform by kissing their rings, afterwards they become Super S and Super T respectively. Together they defeat evil and save people’s lives.
The twins are one of a kind, an unbeatable pair, as part of the superhero team, they could probably destroy all the enemies. Think twice the power!
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