Don Teofilo is a dignified swordsman who wishes for a son. When his wife gives birth to a baby girl named Leonida, he vows to raise her like a boy. He teaches her fencing and horseback riding, at which the little girl excels. Don Teofilo’s wife worries about her daughter and decides to send her to study in Madrid.
Years later, Leonida comes back from Madrid a beautiful, sophisticated lady. Meanwhile, Don Teofilo’s rival, Don Alfonso Soldevas, has become the mayor of their town. Leonida learns about his corrupt ways and decides to flirt with him to win his confidence and uncover his wicked ways. She discovers the location of the mayor’s ill-gotten wealth and steals it, disguised as La Sombra. She distributes the money to the poor and releases the prisoners who were sentenced by Soldevas.
La Sombra hides in the house of Don Teofilo. However, the mayor finds out and demands that Don Teofilo hand over La Sombra, which the latter refuses to do. When soldiers come to round up Don Teofilo and his family, La Sombra come to their rescue and defeat the mayor’s men. The inspector general arrives and orders the arrest of Don Alfonso, and Don Teofilo is appointed as the new mayor. Don Teofilo is elated to find out that the hero La Sombra is actually his daughter Leonida.
Stars Cesar Ramirez and Alicia Vergel
Directed by Artemio Tecson
Sampaguita Pictures, 1952
AGUA BENDITA focuses on two different but otherwise identical twin sisters. Bendita is born normal while her sister Agua is born blue and has a body that resembles water in a humanoid form, however if Agua is submerged in water, she appears normal. Despite Agua’s physical defect, she forms a loving relationship with her parents and attempts to have a good relationship with her sister. Bendita, despite Agua’s attempts to bond with her, rejects her twin and appears to not want to have anything to do with Agua. When Agua disappears for some time, it becomes apparent that regardless of Bendita’s mistreatment of her sister, that she has some tender feelings for Agua. As both sisters grow older, Bendita has developed many insecurities while Agua tries to find her place in the world around her.
TV Adaptations —
KOMIKS: Agua Bendita
Stars Shaina Magdayao, Rayver Cruz, Raymond Bagatsing, Jacklyn Jose
ABS-CBN Entertainment, 2006
Agua Bendita begins with the strange pregnancy of Celeste the wife of the well-respected Dr. Cristi. During her pregnancy, Celeste develops a bizarre liking for holy water. Such is her thirst that Dr. Cristi ends up stealing holy water from the church. A shock awaited the couple once Celeste gave birth: while one of their new twin daughters is a normal, beautiful child, their other daughter is a transparent being with a liquid-like appearance. The only time she looks normal is when she is submerged in water. Dr. Cristi names the normal daughter Bendita, and the other Agua.
Stars Andi Eigenmann, Xyriel Manabat, John Estrada, Vina Morales, Pilar Pilapil, Jason Abalos, Matteo Guidicille, Alessandra de Rossi, Dimples Romana, Carlos Agassi, Jason Gainza, Malou de Guzman, Zaijan Jaranilla, Zoren Legaspi, Malou Crisologo
Directed by Malu Sevilla and Tots Sanchez Mariscal
ABS-CBN Channel 2, 2010
Because of Agua Cristi’s physical birth defect, her father became paranoid that people might mock and ridicule her. As a result, Agua’s father hides her in a laboratory. Agua’s twin sister Bendita is a jealous and wicked brat. She has no birth defects but is very insecure about her appearance. Paco who rescues Agua from a dangerous situation secretly falls in love with Agua. Meanwhile Ronnie, the blind rich young man, befriends Agua and also learns to love the girl for her character. Agua, in her ordeal to cope with her extraordinary condition, tries to find what life has in store for her. Because of her envious character, Bendita harbors hatred towards her sister. In a twist of fate, their situations get switched. This leads to the dissolution of rivalry between the twins and their hatred toward each other vanishes.
Gabriel De Dios was a newspaper reporter and son of a renowned scientist. During a lab accident, he was struck by an “atomic fireball”. Miraculously, he survived, but exposure to the radiation had apparently imbued him with superhuman abilities. He demonstrates his super strength by bending a steel bar with his bare hands. Confident that he had indeed been transformed into a superman, he then proceeds to test his invulnerability by putting a gun to his head. Fortunately for Gabriel, his claims of immortality prove to be accurate, and he resolves to use his newfound powers to fight evil. To complete his superhero transformation, his scientist-father outfits him in a heat-resistant costume and a cape that allows him to fly just by willing it. Thus KAPITAN AKSIYON was born.
TV Adaptation —
KOMIKS: Kapitan Aksiyon
Stars Alfred Vargas, Nikki Gil, Ronnie Lazaro, Juliana Pallermo, Jhong Hilario, Jeffrey Santos
ABS-CBN Entertainment, 2006
ROD GANNER THE DAMNATOR
Written and illustrated by Enrico M. Evangelista
Super Adventure Comix, 1990
ENTER THE BROWN DRAGON
Written and illustrated by Jun Dayo
Ninja Action-Komiks, 1994
ENTER THE BROWN DRAGON is a story of two best friend warriors having different paths, one will do anything to earn fame and fortune no matter what it takes and the other trying to forget the shady past that brings him to super stardom. The path they chose and created will lead them to one fierce battle against formidable odds of Cyborg Warriors created by Master Hans. Now they must fight together to protect the world in total destruction and they must do it in the firewall of The Arena of Death.
Ninja Action-Komiks No.453