What would it be like to be ... Superman?

We asked Herbert Chavez – who is a HUGE Superman fan with lots of memorabilia, costumes and even plastic surgery to prove it – what it’s like to be ‘Pinoy Szuperman’ (Filipino Superman)

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Herbert Chavez who is playing the part of Clark Kent turning into Superman!


1. Why did you want to look and be like Superman, and how old were you when this passion began? (Question asked by Henry, Lauren, Ash, Emily, Tabitha, Kamley, Isabella, Noah and Lucy)

  • Bakit gusto mong maging kamukha at katulad ni superman? Ilang taon ka simula ng nakahiligan mo si superman? ( mga tanong nina Henry, Lauren, Ash, Emily, Tabitha, Kamley, Isabella, Noah at Lucy)

2. What is your favourite object in your collection? By Ash

  • Ano ang pinakapaborito mong bagay sa iyong koleksyon? ( tanong ni Ash )

3. What inspires you most about Superman? By Alexander and Jack

  • Ano ang naging inspirasyon mo kay superman? ( mga tanong nina Alexander at Jack )

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Herbert with some of his life-sized Superman models.

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4. If you could choose one of Superman’s powers which one would it be? By Christopher and Samir

  • Kung ikaw ay papipiliin sa mga kapangyarihan ni superman, anong kapangyarihan ito? ( mga tanong nina Christopher at Samir )

5. Do you like any other Superheroes? By Harry

  • May iba ka bang gustong superhero? ( tanong ni Harry )

6. Did read Superman comics as a child? By Tehya

  • Mahilig ka bang magbasa ng superman komiks noong ikaw ay bata pa? ( tanong ni Tehya )

7. Is there anything you don’t like about Superman? By Antonio

  • May bagay ba na hindi mo gusto kay superman? ( tanong ni Antonio )

8. How painful were the operations? By Olivia W

  • Gaano ba kasakit ang operasyon? Tanong ni Olivia W )

9. What did your parents say when you started changing?

  • Ano ang sabi ng iyong mga magulang noong ikaw ay nagsimulang magbago?

10. Do you have ‘side kicks’ in your neighbourhood who get costumed too? By Connor

  • May kapitbahay ka bang ’side kicks' na nagsusuot din ng kasuotan? ( tanong ni Connor )

11. Do you like wearing your underpants on the outside? By Olivia N

  • Gusto mo bang isuot ang iyong briefs sa labas? ( tanong ni Olivia N )

12. Have you ever met in-person any of the actors who have played Superman in the movies? By Daniel

  • May nakilala ka na bang mga aktor sa totoong buhay na gumanap na superman sa pelikula? ( tanong ni Daniel )

13. What are your next Super plans? By Mr Williams

  • Ano ang iyong mga susunod na Super plano? ( tanong ni Ginoong Williams )



Herbert wrote to us saying, SUPER TOUCH TALAGA AKO SA MGA BATANG ITO...TAGA IBANG BANSA PA SILA AH!

The translation reads: “I’m very touched with these children considering they are from another country!”


Herbert also loved the pictures the class had drawn. He wrote to say:

WOW ,,, WHAT I CAN SAY IS WOW!! I’M SO HAPPY AND I HAVE TEARS OF JOY ... I LOVE YOU ! HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON. WE PRAY FOR THAT. GOD BLESS TO ALL YOU! I REALLY APRECIATE IT!! SUPER LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!



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Henry has Superman about to go "Up, up and away!"; Lauren thinks Pinoy Superman has a love interest with Cat Girl; Tabitha certainly has drawn a great curl on Superman's forehead; Lucy's Pinoy Superman is taut and terrific; and Jack's Superman is using his heat vision to maximum affect!

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Tehya had me laughing with Pinoy Superman's great line from the Hamish and Andy film, "That's great, baby!"; Isabella has captured the Clark Kent-turning-into-Superman look; Alexander has Pinoy Superman in flight-mode; and Sam has Superman dealing a blow to The Hulk! I think Hulk has a headache ...
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In Ash's picture I note a devilish side to Superman's thinking; and Noah has shown us Wingman: is Hamish really Superman in disguise?
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Which Superman design to choose? Well, how about as many as can be fitted! Here are Christopher's, Samuel's, Emily's, Daniel's, Kamley's and Samir's. Great work!