PONYANG HALOBAYBAY is a cartoon character created by Tony Velasquez in 1932. First appeared in the comic strip of the same title serialized in the vernacular magazine Liwayway, Ponyang is a portrait of the modern and materialistic Filipina as opposed to Kenkoy’s Rosing. She was a lovable woman character with many suitors.
RITA KASINGHOT is a cartoon character created by Mars Ravelo, first appeared in the vernacular magazine Bulaklak in 1947. A post-liberation character, Rita indulges in too much balloon talk, from which it derives its humor. She was a typhical neighborhood child – very young, impish at times, more often a perplexed little thing, and always funny. She was drawn from a 5-year neighbor of Ravelo in Baclaran in the suburbs of Manila.
- Rita, Bulaklak (1947-1948)
- Ritarits, Bulaklak (1948-1950)
- Rita Okay, Tagalog Klasiks
MASKARADO is a Pinoy superhero komiks character created by Reno Maniquis. His story beban in the comics strip serialized in Tempo newspaper in 1992. It ran for six months and got restarted as an indie komiks publication in 2000.
The original Maskarado was Senior Police Inspector CARLO MIRANDA, who was shot by criminals leaving a murder scene. On the brink of death, he was transported to a spaceship and given treatment by the alien known only as ORIMAR, who bequeathed to him a mask possessing extraordinary powers. When Carlo donned the mask, he became adept at virtually all known forms of combat, had limited invulnerability, above average stength, and the power of flight.
Carlo Miranda became the superhero known as MASKARADO, and had several adventures. When an encounter with an other-dimensional being known as ENERGON left an innocent bystander trying to protect Maskarado dead, his conscience weighed heavily upon him. He decided to give up the mask, but was soon called back into action one last time to fight the demon ETRIGAZAR, who intended to conquer Earth. After defeating Etrigazar, Carlo retired the mask for good and settled down to have a family.
The mask stayed in Orimar’s possession for quite some time, until he bequeathed it to a worthy successor, who came in the person of Raymond Pacheco. Raymond was walking home from work one night when a speeding car was about to run down a little girl. Pushing the girl out of the way, he was transported to Orimar’s spaceship just as the car was about to hit him. Orimar found him worthy enough to be the next Maskarado. He continues the good fight to this day.
GAGAMBA is a superhero komiks character created by brothers Virgilio Redondo and Nestor Redondo. Gagamba first appeared in Tagalog Klasiks in 1961 via komiks serial titled Bakas ng Gagamba.
Movie Adaptations —
Gagamba was introduced into the silver screen the same year in the movie titled Bakas ng Gagamba. Action star Bernard Bonnin, after a successful stint as Alyas Palos portrayed the role of Alyas Gagamba. It was followed by three sequels: Palos Kontra Gagamba (1963), Ang Lihim ni Gagamba (1964) and Gagamba at si Scorpio (1969).
PALOS is a popular komiks character created by brothers Virgilio Redondo and Nestor Redondo. Palos first appeared in Tagalog Klasiks in 1961 via komiks serial titled Alyas Palos.
Palos took his name from the tagalog name of eel, implying that he was slippery and hard to catch. Palos is a kind of hero who helps the poor through his skills as a thief. He often victimizes fellow thieves and gangster syndicates. He hides his identity during daytime, where he lives as a normal person, and becomes a thief in the night.
Movie and TV Adaptations —
In the 1960s, the novel was adapted into the silver screen with an upcoming star Bernard Bonnin in the lead role. Alyas Palos made Bernard Bonnin a household name and defined Bonnin’s showbiz career. Several adaptations followed with Bonnin being the only actor to have portrayed the role. These movies include Alyas Palos (1961), Palos Kontra Gagamba (1963), Palos: Counterspy (1966), Palos Strikes Again! (1966) and Alyas Palos II (1982). In 2008, Palos was adapted into television series by ABS-CBN as part of the network’s Primetime Bida line-up.