Sunday, July 20, 2014

TOP FIVE FILIPINO SUPERHEROES WHO ARE FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER

We have so many superheroes here in our country as featured by Mars Ravelo, Carlo J Caparas and more. We have Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, Panday and more but none of them were featured yet in an American or internartional Comic publishers like DC, Marvel, Image Comics, Dark Horse and more. Philippines were mentioned a lot of times in comics published by these iconic companies but we rarely see an actual hero who is actually a pure blooded Filipino. So I did a research online and it is actually nice to find out that we have some superheroes who has Filipino roots. Listed below are five Filipino Superheroes featured by American Comic Publishers. Enjoy!

TOP  FIVE FILIPINO SUPERHEROES WHO ARE FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
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TOP  5 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"GINALDO"
(MARVEL COMICS)
Ginaldo made a very brief appearance in Marvel Comic Mystery (#26 and #27 in particular) opposing against The Patriot whose alter ego is Jeffrey Mace who later became as Captain America. Even though he looks more like a Chinese to me, his name and his weapon are actually good enough to convince us that he is indeed a Filipino. He is described as a Filipino assassin during the second World War. An agent of Imperial Japan hired Ginaldo to travel to the States to eliminate Curtis (a US Lieutenant). Ginaldo was armed with a traditional Filipino fighting weapon "Bolo" but was knocked down by Patriot. Apart from his skillful Bolo-wielding ability, Ginaldo is also known to be highly resistant to pain. 

TOP  4 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"MANUEL LAGO"
(DC COMICS)
Manuel Lago is not just a small time hero but he is actually a very close friend of Barry Allen who is better known as The Flash. He is the first ever recurring Filipino character in DC comics who appeared in numerous appearances in DC New Universe which focused  on a younger life of Barry Allen before he became the Flash. Manuel Lago is not a naturally born with abilities but he gained his power as a result of  the so called Project Bellator. He gained an self regeneration ability which allows him to heal any injury , including regrowing lost limbs. It also increased his strength and resilience beyond that of any man and was intended to turn him into an unstoppable one man army. As a side effect of this regenerative ability any part of his body that is removed can grow into a full grown duplicate of Manuel complete with his skills and knowledge and sharing a psychic link with each other and Manuel, their 'father'. The duplicates have varying demeanors and personalities but all share an affinity for that who they spawned from. 

TOP  3 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"TRIUMPH DIVISION"
(MARVEL COMICS)
Marvel comics featured not just one but a group of pure blooded Filipino superheroes in one of its chapters (Invincible Iron Man #2). The Triumph Division is the premier super group of the Philippines. According to Filipino tradition, their superhero names are passed down from generation to generation ever since. Unfortunately, the group died immediately after a terror attack perpetrated by agents of Ezekiel Stane who disguised themselves as monks. The group was lead by Red Feather (super speed and flight), St George (super strength and high tech sword wielding skills), Mighty Mother, Anitun (wind and rain based powers), Fighter One, The Wishing Man, and Great Mongoose. Thor and Iron Man even attended their funerals to pay respect for these heroes. 

TOP  2 FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"GRAIL"
(IMAGE COMICS)
Salvador Joel Alonday who is better known in his code name as Grail is actually a part of Philippine Army Scout ranger and after showcasing his skills, Jackson Dane was impressed and invited him to join his team known as the Team 7 who later called the Wetworks. Like all members of Wetworks, Grail is bonded to a symbiote which normally hides inside him, but can flow out to coat his skin with a golden (or, in Grail's case, pale blue) armour. Grail has numerous special superhero skills including invulnerability, enhanced strength and reflexes, telephaty, Chi state (which gives him numerous other powers). 

THE BEST FILIPINO SUPERHERO WHO IS FEATURED BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMIC PUBLISHER
"CAPTAIN STEEL"
(DC COMICS)
Commander Steel is a superhero character originally portrayed by Henry Heywood and was later adapted by his descendants. The early versions of Heywood were Americans until a revamp series known as The New 52 was launched introducing a modern version of Hank who is later revealed to be a young Asian man of Filipino descent. Henry Heywood, Jr. was born in the Philippines and suffered from a rare birth defect that would have caused his bones to crumble before he was eighteen. He was saved from his affliction by his scientist father Henry Heywood, Sr. who used a special metal alloy to make his bones stronger by binding with his DNA. Some of his notable powers and abilities include a unique physiology in which he can turn his body into a metal alloy giving him super strength, invulnerability and mechanokinesis. 

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

TOP FIVE GREATEST VILLAINS IN POWERPUFF GIRLS

If Anime World has Sailormoon, then Cartoon has their very own magical girls and yeah, we are talking about the Powerpuff Girls. They are three lovely little girls who are made from sugar, spice and everything nice and of course the Chemical X which gave them super powers. Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles are frequently called upon by the Townsville Mayor to defeat the enemies and save the day. It was a huge hit indeed which ran for seven consecutive years from 1998 to 2005 and interestingly, it was recently announced that Cartoon Network is bringing back a rebooted version of the series this coming 2016 along with other revived children TV shows from other networks such as Lion King and The Magic School Bus. To give a special tribute, allow me to list down five of the greatest villains in Townsville.
TOP FIVE GREATEST VILLAINS IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
Author's Note: This Entry is listed subjectively. 

TOP 5 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"ROWDYRUFF BOYS"
So what can Mojo Jojo can do to defeat the powerful girl trio? Well, he came up with a brilliant plan to create their male counterparts. Brick , Boomer and Butch is seemingly one of the ultimate weapons Mojo has created against the Powerpuff Girls. Just to give you a trivia, Rowdyruff Boys is the first among all the villains  where girls were severely defeated. They are five year old bullies who shares the same abilities with the girls but with very notable weaknesses. After being defeated by the girls, they were revived again by Him in which they became even more powerful and aggressive. 

TOP 4 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"SEDUSA"
Sedusa is a parody character of Medusa. She is is a young, beautiful and sexy mistress of disguise and seductress who uses her feminine wiles and quick wits to influence men to do her bidding. When her identity is revealed, she often fights with her whip-like hair which she can control. Her main abilities include Seduction, Disguise and Hair manipulation. She has a potential of becoming a main villain but unfortunately the creator had a hard time thinking plots for her which resulted Sedusa to become the least recurring villain in the show. Even the lame villains like The Amoeba Boys and The Green Gang have greater episodes than her.  Hey, but who knows? She might have a big role in the rebooted series right?

TOP 3 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"PRINCESS MOREBUCKS"
Well, nothing can be more annoying in any Powerpuff Girls Villains than Princess Morebucks, a spoiled brat , selfish, jealousy , greedy and nasty to other girls of her age. She is subject to violent temper tantrums when she wants something, which is about when her father will hand her a large wad of cash or even a suitcase full of dollar bills to get her silenced. When denied of what she wants, she becomes emotionally distressed and throws a huge temper tantrum, which irritates everyone around her, including her father. Unlike any other villain in Townsville, Princess Morebucks is actually desperate to become one of the Powerpuff Girls but since she has no crime fighting skills, she was rejected which lead to nothing but hatred against the Powerpuff. 

TOP 2 GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"MOJO JOJO"
I'm sure you are expecting Mojo on the top spot but despite of being the main antagonist of the show, Mojo Jojo has some weak spots which is often the reason why he is always being defeated. He is constantly plotting to take over the world and/or destroy The Powerpuff Girls but he always fails and gets beaten by the The Powerpuff Girls. Mojo Jojo is a notorious genius chimpanzee mad scientist who aims to take over Townsville but the Powerpuff came along his way that prevents him from reaching his goals. Mojo's greatest asset as a villain is his Advanced engineering and mechanics skills . Interestingly, he is also the reason behind Powerpuff girl's creation. He is the one who motive Professor in creating them and also the one who pushed Professor in which the Chemical X was accidentally mixed into the perfect girl formula.

THE GREATEST VILLAIN IN POWERPUFF GIRLS
"HIM"
Him is a powerful, red-skinned, and devil-like creature. His gender is often something of confusion, as his voice, clothes, and mannerisms often contradict each other, but his name strongly suggests that he is male. It is implied that he is the devil himself, or at least some form of demon, in The Powerpuff Girls series, he is said to be "so sinister, so evil, so scary, so horribly vile that his real name can never be said, lest fear be struck into the very hearts of men." He has been shown in numerous satanic forms as well. Most of which are revealed in apocalyptic, hellish situations or realms. These forms often enhance his power and cause him to grow an enormous size. When engaged in battle, he is an entity to be reckoned with. His powers are truly overwhelming and it is not really surprising why Him is the greatest villain in the series. 

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Other notable villains in the game include Fuzzy Lumpkins, Gang Green Gang, The Amoeba Boys, Beebo andmore
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