Saturday, February 28, 2009


One man could only make a difference, he can’t change the world, but what about six? Six individuals, each with his and her own unique set of skills, each with powers enabling them to take action of immense gravity. Now could they change the world?

As the Pinoy premiere super team prepares to take center stage and light up our small screens, we explore each of its powerhouse members and see what they bring in and what they should leave out as they converge to take down villainy.

“These are superheroes, but even they have negative traits. Because underneath those colorful costumes, all of them are human, or partly human and that means they have faults. But what’s interesting about superheroes is that, these faults, they don’t let it get the best of them. There in lies their journey that we all love to watch.” says Ays De Guzman.


If you tried to find the meaning of a 3rd world superhero in the dictionary, you’ll probably see a picture of Kapitan Boom t as reference. Tagged as “Ang hari ng Sablay” Kapitan Boom must’ve had more false starts in his career than all the other five superheroes combined.

He is the embodiment of a “Superhero ng Masa” for his first costume, his Lola gretch had to sew together a red shirt and pants plus a cape, and for his mask, he had a handkerchief that had holes in them. Lance (Kapitan Boom’s alter ego) had to endure wearing that ridiculous looking costume until his Lola Gretch could save enough money to get the materials and sew the costume Kapitan Boom wears today.

Kapitan Boom’s power includes flight, super speed, enhanced hearing, ability to produce his Sonic Shield and Sonic Roar. “I don’t know if the viewers noticed but Kapitan Boom’s powers are all sound based. He could fly because of the sound wave that’s all around. If he flies into space, gravity will take him in coz there’s no sound there.” Ays said. Kapitan Boom does not have enhanced strength, although if he wraps a Sonic shield over his fist, he can put a dent on a car and not hurt his hand. He couldn’t destroy a car since he cannot generate enough force to deliver that kind of power. But even if Kapitan Boom lacks the physical strength he does have an absurd amount of passion for what he does. That is his driving force. His passion in being a superhero is what enabled him to defeat the villain Hector Dosmaquinoz during his one shot. This guy is all heart. If the world is ending and all hope is lost Kapitan Boom will literally go through hell, heaven, limbo, and earth to find a way to stop it. He will never tire nor give up and that is the greatest thing about him and that is what makes him a superhero. Take away all his powers, Lance can still measure up with the rest of Isang Lakas just by his sheer force of will that is fueled by his passion. He would be in the Green Lantern Corps if Lance Mercado was a DC Comics character, there’s no doubt about that.

Kapitan Boom is a great addition to Isang Lakas because of his eagerness as a superhero. He is the idealistic type that’ll keep the group honest and true to what their core is, that is to help people in time of need and deliver truth and justice while battling for the greater good. His passion will be the group’s “Power Battery” in times of great need. Kapitan Boom is the shinning light of hope at night that will never ever go out.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


The look of evil is always appealing…inviting…this is why we are all tempted towards it. In this blog, the writers are naming the main villains in the upcoming Isang Lakas series on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida!

“For Isang Lakas we did talk about returning the supervillains you’ve seen during the one shots of the superheroes in Komiks, sila Gil Gante, Hector, Alice, etc. The storyline for it had been planned out. Then there was a change towards the creative direction of the story which presented a lot of possibilities. We thought that since Isang Lakas is larger in scope, it’s a much bigger sandbox to play in. So we opted to create new villains for Isang Lakas para din the mythology and universe would become larger.” Philip King said.

“Maganda nga actually yung nangyari, na-preserve yung 1st story namin, so may nakatabi na kami, just in case Isang Lakas stays on-air for a longer period of time.” adds Ays De Guzman

For this gathering of the six pinoy superheroes whose combined powers matches the might of the western super teams. You’ll need one nasty and powerful villain that can shatter the heroes both physically, and emotionally, or in Isang Lakas’ case several. “I love creating the villains, between you and me I actually like doing the villains more than the heroes. They’re really complex kasi and hip, I mean what’s cooler than Darth Vader right?” Ays said.

“There will be several villains in Isang Lakas, more or less 14 ata sila, including the two main villains.” Phillip said. “The heroes will have their asses handed to them muna before they see the light of day.”

“The main badass in Isang Lakas is named Amadeus. He’s a Magneto type of villain, in the sense that he’s has this regal aura about him and he’s not evil for evil’s sake. Actually to Amadeus he doesn’t see himself as a villain at all, to him he is a leader on a sacred mission, a mission that is not for himself but for his kind.” Ays said. “He is interesting kasi, at first he has a principle that he wouldn’t cross this certain line. But then something happens which shatters his entire principle and the core of his being and he completely goes 360. That was the point of no return for him, it’s not that he became insane, it’s just that he was proven wrong and the cost was more than he could bare. “ adds Phillip. “Amadeus can actually take on the six heroes by himself, I mean he is that powerful, he’ll have a little bit of difficulty dahil anim sila, but I think at the end of a fight, he can pummel the six heroes deep into the ground with not just broken bones, but broken hearts” teases Ays.

“The lesser of the two main villains is Antonio, brother of Amadeus.” Phillip said. With such an ordinary name, there is nothing to fear right? Wrong! As the writers explain Antonio is much more deadly than Amadeus.

“We called him Antonio, so that he would sound religious and kind but he isn’t anything like that. He’s very, very, very far from it actually. If Amadeus is like Magneto, Antonio is Starscream, I mean this guy is just vicious, a conniving son’ofa bitch and the perfect right hand man for Amadeus. Antonio will stop at nothing, literally nothing to get what he and his brother wants. Unlike Amadeus, he has no regal bearing at all, he’s just out for blood. He is what Alfred Pennyworth refers to on the movie The Dark Knight, a man who just wants to see the world burn. In Antonio’s mind, he and his brother are superior, so why should they bow to anyone lesser than them?” Ays tells us.

A hero is only measured by his villain, or in this case, their villains. The villains need to always be greater in strength, power or intellect than the heroes, but in the end, the heroes will win anyway, because they are fighting not for themselves and not for something selfish. They stand for truth, justice and the greater good of all. If Amadeus and Antonio are just two of the villains Isang Lakas will face then it will be an exciting throwdown once heroes and villains face each other. Isang Lakas Tayong Lahat!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

In The Making

They are all tired. Earlier, the 5 member creative team met at one coffee shop in Tomas Morato to lay-out the story of what they consider as their final act on their year long run on the once dormant Ravelo superheroes. Ays De Guzman, Phillip King, Danica Domingo, Eden Bernal led by Dindo Perez, comprises the Isang Lakas creative team.

All five just presented their storyline for the new direction of Isang Lakas to Production Director Julie Benitez and Creative Manager Rondel Lindayag. The storyline was good but it’s just too cluttered, and it’s still a little bit confusing. There was silence inside one of ABS-CBN’s executive lounge, the team sat and lay around the sofas with their two bosses for about 45 minutes. Phillip opened his laptop and had some catch up time with the 3rd season of Heroes while Ays was browsing on his downloaded trailers, Eden, Danica and Dindo went outside and lighted up their cigarettes. Then after some silence… “Alam ko na!” Julie Benitez shouted. She rose up from the sofa grabbed a white board marker and wrote a new story structure. Dindo, Danica and Eden immediately went back inside.Then everyone stared at was written and they all said one thing.


After that the flood gates opened and idea after idea rolled out. In just 30 minutes they have mapped out the entire run of Isang Lakas “Hay salamat, marami ng room for character development.” Ays said. The new structure is not a popular and will take a lot of effort for people to see of its potential.

Then for the next three days, the creative team fueled the stories of each superhero tying them up on their main arc. Then what suddenly was a bunch of very masa and cheesy villains became real threats and big time adversaries for the heroes and so the plot thickened. “The new story structure allowed us to delve much deeper into the heroes, so we were able to turn their villains into meaner sons of bitches.”

After those three days the creative team consolidated their stories and linked it up to their main plot and everything magically aligned. Isang Lakas was then approved.

“Now we will have to do the real work, writing it on a daily basis.” Phillip King said.

Watch out for the next post, these are news you wouldn’t want to miss…check out the blog again in 3 days time.

The 80's Kind of Superhero Returns

They were born out of the komik books, got trapped in limbo during the Martial Law years of the 70’s but when democracy returned to the orient pearl in 1986 the pinoy superheroes broke out and flew to the silver screens and the 80’s kind of superheroes were born. So, you ask what is an 80’s kind of superhero?

“It’s a theory!” laughs writer Ays De Guzman. “When we got the list of properties ABS-CBN got from the Ravelos, Flash Bomba kind’a stuck out because his origins and story followed those of the superhero movies from 80’s I watched as a kid.” A lot of superheroes from the film outfits of the 80’s were born out of the cinemas. Super Wan Tu Tri, Super Islaw, Kumander Bawang, Bb.Tsuperman, Super Inday, Kabayo Kids, etc. “All the superheroes from that period had one thing in common, Pinoy Folklore, and folklore is what Flash Bomba has that make him stand out from the rest of the superheroes from the Ravelo pantheon.” adds Ays.

The country has a lot of myths and legends which is a part of our culture and during the 80’s they somehow seeped through the pop cult phenomenon and a sort of “Golden Age” era of superheroes began. “I don’t know how the heck the writers back then pulled that off. I mean men in tights and cape just don’t mix with folklore stuff. But apparently they blurred the lines and made each superhero part of pinoy pop culture. I mean Super Islaw got powers from a magic crutch that an old ermitanyo gave him, and he even had to say magic words to activate it. He and Super Inday were battling giant spiders, vampires and demonic villains for crying out loud. Back then that was their definition of a villain, a Pinoy Villain mind you. Not something copied out of western comic books, and for that I’m proud to be a fan of those films. Ang mga characters na ito ang nagbigay ng kaibahan ng mga pinoy superheroes sa mga superheroes sa amerika. ”

Flash Bomba is all pinoy folklore. He got his super powers from nothing less than one of the strongest folkloric entity, the Tikbalang, which gave him his enormous hands and feet, granting him super strength and enhanced leaping ability. “Writing Flash Bomba was probably as hard as writing Isang Lakas I have to admit. We began creative work on Flash Bomba while we were still doing Kapitan Boom back in May. Then it ended and we found ourselves on the last script of Tiny Tony and we’re still having problems with Flash Bomba, I mean we just couldn’t get it off the ground. The problem was Flash Bomba is a new entity to us it was folkloric in origin and we had to learn how to handle it first.” But looks like the creative staff prevailed as Flash Bomba is now ready to kick ass on-air. “You should see his arch enemy Dark Horse I mean he’s straight out of folklore din but this time we added a twist.”

Folklore is something Pinoy Superheroes has that distinguishes them from all the other tight wearing crime fighters all over the world. It is their core, it is who they are supposed to be. Flash Bomba will air on February 7, Saturday at 6:00 pm on ABS-CBN.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


What does it take to make a good superhero story within a third world country? The superhero stories of the west, pioneered by the two biggest comic book publishers within the continental U.S. Marvel and DC made their stories reflected on the world today…where terrorism is abound and the world moves on such a rapid pace that technology is always changing going further from the high-tech, to the super-tech, but what about us? Those who live in the so-called Poorer Countries…

“We Filipinos have a different view and a different take on life kasi than our American brothers. First off, born and bred out of hardships and poverty tayong mga Pinoy. Each and every Filipino has this Pusong Masa, miski na gaano yan ka-sosyal or ka-kikay meron yan nun. I mean we all enjoy mangga at bagoong for crying out loud, how much more proof of a Pusong Masa could you get? This Pusong Masa came from the fact that we are from a 3rd world country, so in making a superhero story, you’ll have to take that into account.” says Ays De Guzman.

“Culture also is a key ingredient. Nasa kultura at dugo nating mga pinoy ang folklore... we understand more the mechanics of how an anting-anting works than how to operate a PDA. In writing or creating a superhero story you have to also take that into account, because culture is what will make your superhero be true as a Filipino who saves his own people. Except na lang siguro kung foreigner yan.” adds Ays.

Isang Lakas is a super team, composed of Pinoy superheroes. Pinoy is the operating word. “A good story, not just the superhero ones must reflect the things around you…so you can relate to it. But of course in a superhero story, there’s this momentary suspension of disbelief where the impossible happens. But even then, you cannot take your story as far and as extreme than what common knowledge and experience can permit, because if you do, you will take the people to something their not familiar with or to something they can’t relate to, and when that happens, it will be the end of your story and your superhero.”

“Third world superheroes are actually much more interesting to write because things are harder for them. When they investigate something, they just won’t get it by hacking into a computer then downloading things via satellite…I mean if we had that here in the Philippines we wouldn’t be third world. And hindi na kami mahihirapan magpalusot. Hahaha… ” jokes Ays.

“Being in the 3rd world is what made Kapitan Boom resonate with the audiences and the viewers…kasi totoo siya. I mean making costumes cost money…kaya nga Kapitan Boom’s 1st costume was this raggedy red thing with a handkerchief for a mask. Mahirap ang buhay noh!.”

We were going to ask that if Isang Lakas goes masa and very pinoy won’t it alienate the fans who love intricate, complex TV series like Lost, Heroes, 24 etc? But the creative team answered that before we can even ask it. “The story is very simple. You can actually say the premise of the show in six words. We made it simple because we need to cater to the mass market but that does not mean we can’t make a compromise. The story is simple but the structure and the pacing, well…gugulatin na lang namin kayo. The story would be like as if your were riding your bike enjoying the day then out of nowhere a 120mph 10 wheeler truck hits you at every corner you turn your bike.” says Ays

If this 10 wheeler truck named Isang Lakas would really deliver that kind of show on TV, well then I think, I won’t be the only one lining up to eagerly await it’s arrival. Astig maging 3rd world, kaya Isang Lakas tayo!


Dusted off from the old komiks our parents used to enjoy, ABS-CBN brings to life one of the most bizarre superhero within the vast collection of acclaimed comic book creator Mars Ravelo.

If size does matter to the ladies, well then, they will get one hell of a kick outta’ this superhero. He has large hands and large feet, and you know what they say about men with large hands and feet...So play up your imagination because after the fiery Dragonna, here comes Flash Bomba!

Tagged as the “Superhero for all Seasons”, Flash Bomba stars Luis Manzano as the famed crime fighter who loves the spotlight, hence the Superhero for all seasons tag (plus the fact that Luis is the son of the Star for all Seasons, and now the elected Batangas Governor, Vilma Santos-Recto). Flash Bomba is the last of the Ravelo superheroes which comprises the much anticipated Isang Lakas super team, due this 2009 on Primetime Bida.

Flash Bomba is likened to Batman, the enigmatic Dark Knight of DC Comics, for both their origins are the same. Both their past are marked by a death which gave them the drive and will to make a difference in the world. Although Flash Bomba’s origin is folkloric, a given among Asian superheroes, the journey each took to be the superhero the world expects are similar.

Comedy is a staple of the Komiks brand so expect a lot of humorous encounters and situations in which Flash Bomba will find himself in. The once thought dead pinoy superhero genre has now pulled itself out of the grave and found the strength to again fly and this time invade our TV screens. Flash Bomba will be aired in February although the exact date is yet to be announced. Looks like the men and women in tights and capes are here to stay!