Battle of the Bulges: Pinoy TV Superhero costumes

by James Patrick Anarcon
Nov 17, 2016
Who gets your vote as the most good-looking superhero in terms of physique? Do you prefer (L-R) Dennis Trillo, Derek Ramsay, Dino Imperial or a different actor?

Viewers are always curious about the costumes of TV superheroes, especially when they are adapted from komiks.

Many want to see how an actor looks like wearing his tight-fitting costumeto see if it makes him look like a real superhero.

But let's admit it, there are some viewers who check out sensitive parts of costumes, especially the crotch area.

In fact, most actors playing superheroes in this list became talked-about because of their tight-fitting costumes that sometimes show their bulge onscreen.

Let us take a look at some of these costumes:

The recent talk of the town was Derrick Monasterio, the lead actor in the comedy-action series Tsuperhero. He plays a bully superhero who helps solve crimes happening in his town.

What caught the attention of viewers was the fact that GMA-7 decided to blur his crotch area in teasers aired for the series.

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However, when the series aired its pilot episode last Sunday, November 13, Derrick's costume was not blurred.

Derrick also admitted in a recent interview that there was no padding used in his costume.

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Dennis Trillo, Aljur Abrenica
, and the late Marky Cielo played the lead characters in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, GMA-7's local adaptation of the Japanese series Shaider.

In the series, Dennis played Blue Zaido, Marky portrayed Green Zaido, and Aljur gave life to Red Zaido.

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Here are the Zaidos in their training suits:

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People noticed their bulges because of their tight-fitting costumes, which became a hot topic during the TV show's press conference. 

Aljur said that he wasn't conscious about it. He was quoted in a report, "Hindi po ako naku-conscious, kasi po pinaghandaan ko naman po talaga ito. I mean, para maging physically fit ako at bumagay sa costume ko. Kumportable naman po ako sa suot ko."


Dino Imperial, who played Ai-Ai delas Alas's son in the TV version of Volta, also gained the attention of the public because of his prominent bulge.

Even after the show already finished airing on television, his character named Salty was still being talked about by viewers. He said in one interview, "Oo nga, hanggang ngayon, pinag-uusapan pa rin yan, e, wala na yung show."

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However, he insisted that he did not use any padding for his costume. "Walang daya yun. Hindi ako gumamit ng lavacara doon ah!

"Napansin ko lang, kapag nasa mall ako or public place, yung mga tao, bigla na lang titingin doon sa harapan ko.

"Nakaka-conscious upon realizing na ganoon ang effect sa kanila. Pero natatawa na lang ako. I just got used to it."

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Derek Ramsay
played the title role in TV5's original drama series Kidlat. His costume was mostly made up of Kevlar—a synthetic fiber used in making bulletbroof vests.

The TV5 actor said in an interview with Bandera that he used to spread petroleum jelly on his body (including his private parts) to avoid rashes.

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Derek also revealed that he had to position his manhood inside his costume.

“Everyone in the set sees na kumakambyo ako, like sabi nila naka 2 o'clock na, okay pak! Balik sa 12 o’clock, kasi hindi maganda sa costume, nakabakat, siyempre di ba nagpa-fight scene ka so, nag-change position talaga."


Jon Avila also became a superhero when he portrayed the lead role in the TV adaptation of Mars Ravelo's Kapitan Boom.

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His costume was a mix of red and blue colors: his suit was colored red, while his cape and brief were both colored light blue. His superhero outfit highlighted Jon's toned physique.


Dennis Trillo wore another tight-fitting costume in the TV remake of Gagambino in 2009.

Unlike other costumes, Dennis's was more revealing because it is sleeveless and also shows his armpits whenever he engages in a fight scene.

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In an interview before the show's finale, Dennis admitted that he wore briefs underneath his costume. "Sleeveless naman ang costume ko dito, di tulad sa iba kong fantaserye. Di gaano ito makapal kaya wala akong under shirt na suot."


Richard Gutierrez wore two different costumes when he reprised the iconic superhero in the TV adaptation of Captain Barbell.

In the first adaptation aired in 2006, Richard had a yellow full costume with a red cape.

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For the second adaptation in 2011, GMA used different colors for his new costume. He wore a dark blue suit, silver boots, and a silver design extending from his waist down to his crotch area. There was also a silver chest plate bearing his character's initials CB.

The said costume was made from rubber. It was created in Hongkong by Walt Disney costume maker Emily Lai.

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Mark Herras wears a cloth-like suit for his costume in the fantasy series Fantastic Man, a TV adaptation of Vic Sotto's hit movie. His costume is a mix of the colors yellow and violet.


John Prats
portrayed wore a an all-black ensemble covered with a breastplate when he portrayed the lead role in the weekly series Tiny Tony.

Unlike other superheroes, Tiny Tony is a six-inch superhero who uses his powers to defend the weak.

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Luis Manzano played the title role in Mars Ravelo's creation Flash Bomba as part of Komiks presents.

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In this Komiks presents series, he wore a tight-fitting striped muscle-shirt and a belt. His character has unusually large hands and large feet that provided him with supernatural abilities.

Based on their physique and costumes (including their bulge), who gets your vote as the most good-looking superhero?

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Images Courtesy of ABS-CBN, GMA, and TV5.


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