Pinoy Superman in Guinness World Records 2013 EditionPosted on November 26th, 2012 under Art & Living Achievements
Herbert Chavez [via Mix 97]
Herbert Chavez, also known as “Pinoy Superman,” has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as having the Largest Collection of Superman Memorabilia in its 2013 edition.
“Number one sa akin, kasi ‘yung pakiramdam ng pagiging masaya. Kasi kahit anong iba’t ibang uri ng pag-approve sa ‘yo or pagkilala sa ‘yo, ang pinakamahalaga [ay] ‘yung pagiging masaya mo more than ‘yung sa maging proud ka. Kasi ‘pag masaya ka at happy ka talaga sa ginagawa mo, successful ka na,” Chavez said during a live guest appearance on “Umagang Kay Ganda,” Monday.
Chavez first made it to the news in the third quarter of 2011 via ABS-CBN news shows for undergoing 13 plastic surgery procedures just to look exactly like Superman. In an interview aired on “Bandila” Thursday last week, he said that it was this exposure that led representatives from various international news organizations and Guinness to contact him.
According to a VTR aired prior to his “UKG” interview, Chavez started collecting Superman memorabilia in 1990. His collection reportedly has now reached more than 5,000 pieces, ranging from simple stickers and pillows to framed posters and life-size figures. From this number, however, Guinness has only documented 1,253 licensed items.
“Sa araw-araw na pamumuhay, kabahagi na ng buhay ko ‘yan, so parang lahat na lang ng gagamitin ko, parang Superman na rin. So hindi ko na namamalayan na dumadami na siya nang dumadami,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chavez revealed that his TV exposure has been of great help, “kasi lalong naniwala ‘yung mga bata na Pilipino si Superman.”
“So tuwing pupunta ‘ko sa mga charity wards ng mga bata, talagang naniniwala sila na may Pilipinong Superman,” he shared.
The Superman fan said that the children would sometimes ask him to carry them in activities like paper dance, “[Pero] ang mahirap lang, ‘pag pinapalipad na ‘ko,” he quipped.
Aside from his record-breaking collection, the “Bandila” news item reported that Chavez also keeps Darna-themed memorabilia.
(Story courtesy of Manila Bulletin’s Julien Merced C. Matabuena)