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Sunday, April 19, 2009


Left- Kapitan Kidlat (1981)- Stars Elizabeth Oropesa, Chanda Romero, Celia Rodriguez, Dranreb Belleza, Michael de Mesa and Rio Locsin/ Introducing Carlo Gabriel in the title role/ Directed by Emmanuel Borlaza

Right- Captain Barbell (1986)- Stars Edu Manzano, Herbert Bautista, Lea Salonga, Dennis Da Silva, Bing Loyzaga, Nova Villa, Rez Cortez, Ruel Vernal and Beth Bautista/ Directed by Leroy Salvador

Kapitan Kidlat and Captain Barbell, two of our greatest Pinoy superheroes made their comeback appearances in the 80s. This time, newcomer Carlo Gabriel was assigned to portray Kapitan Kidlat in 1981 taking over the character previously starred by popular 50s matinee idol Armando Goyena. Actor Edu Manzano did a remake of Mars Ravelo’s Captain Barbell in 1986 with Herbert Bautista as his alter-ego. The 80s also saw the birth of other new Pinoy superheroes--- Diamond star Maricel Soriano soars high in 1987 as Super Inday in Super Inday and the Golden Bibe; new Regal talent Richard Gomez (introduced in 1985 in Inday Bote) was given his biggest movie break in 1986 in Super Islaw and the Flying Kids where he shows his extraordinary super strength and powers; the wacky trio of Tito, Vic and Joey are the laughable superheroes known as Super Wan-Tu-Tri (1986); comic Roderick Paulate hilariously exhibits his super powers as Binibining Tsuper-Man (1987).

Super Wan-Tu-Tri (1986)- Stars Tito, Vic & Joey, Janice de Belen, Aga Muhlach and introducing Ian Kristoffer de Leon/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos

Super Inday & The Golden Bibe (1987)- Stars Maricel Soriano (as Super Inday), Eric Quizon, Manilyn Reynes, Janno Gibbs and Aiza Seguerra/ Directed by Luciano B. Carlos

Left- Super Islaw and the Flying Kids (1986)- Stars Richard Gomez (in the title role), Janice de Belen, Nadia Montenegro, Dranreb Belleza, Kristina Paner, Anjo Yllana/ Directed by J. Erastheo Navoa

Right- Binibining Tsuper-Man (1987)- Stars Roderick Paulate (in the title role), Miguel Rodriguez, Panchito, Babalu, Jaime Fabregas, Rose Ann Gonzales, Lou Veloso, Zorayda Sanchez, Monica Herrera and introducing Jackie Aquino/ Directed by Ben Feleo

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