Makisig Morales will be reprising his role as Budong but he will be seen as an animated character in Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa. This local anime TV series will soon air on ABS-CBN. Photo: File photo

Last October 3, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was invited to the animation studio of ABS-CBN to see firsthand the way animators work on the cartoon version of Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa. At the third floor of the ELJ building is the studio where local animators are currently creating the anime series that will soon air weekly on the Kapamilya channel.


Acknowledging the strong impact made by the superserye Super Inggo and the immense talent of young Filipino artists and animators, ABS-CBN will soon premiere the animated TV series that is expected to be shown not only in the Philippines but also globally. For this reason, the creators of the cartoon series is careful not to put elements that are unacceptable in Muslim communities such as sexy clothing and religious items such as crosses.


Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa is the first collaborative project between ABS-CBN TV Production, represented by business unit head and Vice President for TV Production Enrico Santos, and the newly formed ABS-CBN Animation Department, led by business unit head Guia Jose.


Guia was part of the creative team of Optifex International, then working on projects such as the Flinstones, the Jetsons, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, the Snorks and many others. She trained at the Hanna-Barbera Studios in Burbank in 1987, and Tokyo Movie Shinsha in Tokyo in 1985 and 1986. She has worked with various reputable animation companies like TMS Philippines as head of operations, Optifex International as head of color key and mark up, Asianimation as production manager, PASI as Animation Checker and Star Animation (RNI) as managing director.


"Everything that the public loved in Super Inggo—the drama, adventure, fun—will still be here," says business unit head Enrico Santos. "But in a new, more dynamic enviroment."


This weekly anime series is a product of numerous months of hard work and dedication from around 100 people.  It usually takes 18 weeks for one episode to be completed and the show is a 30-minute per episode, weekly.

In his adventures, Budong (Makisig Morales) is joined by Jomar (Jairus Aquino), his trusty best friend and sidekick, and continues to be inspired by Maya (Kathryn Bernardo), his ultimate crush. His super-allies Ken (Joshua Dionisio) and Teg (Andrew Muhlach) complete the Super Tropa.


The show also takes pride as one of the most successful synergized projects of ABS-CBN having its own, among others, mobile interactive games, international sales, records, and licensed products.


Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa merchandise is now available at all Toy Kingdom, SM Character Shop branches nationwide. Incidentally, Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa characters will take part in the ABS-CBN Funtaserye Day on October 19 (SM San Lorenzo) and October 26 (SM North Edsa).


Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa will air soon on ABS-CBN.