Mabuhay! If you haven’t guessed what that meant, it’s a welcome greeting in Filipino. Yes, that’s right, I am Filipino and for the next installment in my blog, I decided to pay tribute to Fictional Filipino characters (either full blooded of part-Filipinos) made by Foreign/Non-Filipino media.





Origin: The Real Glory (Henry Hathaway Film, 1939) Portrayed by: Rudy Robles

It is 1906 and the American Army fights to maintain control of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. The Americans assemble a small team of experts to train the local natives to defend themselves from Moro guerrillas terrorizing the island. Among the natives is Lieutenant Yabo, a dedicated and diligent Filipino officer within the Philippine constabulary.



Origin: The Real Glory (Henry Hathaway Film, 1939) Portrayed by: Tetsu Komai

Alipang is the leader of the Moro guerrillas terrorizing the people of Mindanao. After learning that the Americans have assembled a group to counter his attacks, Alipang starts sending his men to assassinate the officers to goad them into attacking before they are ready and on his terms.



Origin: Back to Bataan (Edward Dmytryk Film, 1945) Portrayed by: Fely Franquelli

In 1942 during World War II, the Japanese forces have tightened their grip in the Philippines and the American forces under General MacArthur were forced to pull out of Bataan. However, a number of American soldiers stayed behind in order to help Filipino resistance fighters to liberate POW’s held in Cabanatuan. Dalisay Delgado, dubbed as Luzon’s most beautiful actress, appears to be collaborating with the Japanese, broadcasting propaganda over the radio and encouraging the Filipinos to yield. In reality, Dalisay was also using the propaganda broadcasts as a means to relay sensitive information to the Filipino resistance without incurring Japanese suspicion.



Origin: American Guerrilla in the Philippines (Fritz Lang Film, 1950) Portrayed by: Tommy Cook

In April 1942 during World War II, a group of American soldiers led by Chuck Palmer (the film’s protagonist) takes refuge in Cebu after being assaulted by the Japanese planes. However, after Gen. Douglas Macarthur ordered the American forces to surrender, Chuck and his group resolves to sail to Australia. However, the boat they used floundered and the crew was rescued by Miguel, a Leyte native who is member of the Filipino resistance against the Japanese. Miguel hid the remaining survivors from the Japanese, who are out to capture the remaining American forces.



Origin: American Guerrilla in the Philippines (Fritz Lang Film, 1950) Portrayed by: Juan Torena

Juan Martinez is the wealthy Filipino husband of Jeanne (the film’s heroine), a Frenchwoman living in the Philippines. Juan is a secret supporter of the resistance movement against the Japanese during World War II. He assisted Chuck Palmer and his remaining crew to help set up a network to gather intelligence on the Japanese.



Origin: The Steel Claw (George Montgomery Film, 1961) Portrayed by: Mario Barri

Set in the Philippines during World War II, Capt. John Larsen (the film’s protagonist) was assigned to rescue a general held captive by Filipino guerrillas behind Japanese lines. However, he was soon discovered by the guerillas led by Santana and was taken into their barrio. Larsen soon collaborates with Santana and his men to rescue the general who was in reality, being held by the Japanese.



Origin: The Steel Claw (George Montgomery Film, 1961) Portrayed by: Charito Luna

When Capt. John Larsen was acquainted into the guerrillas’ barrio, he met the beautiful yet naïve Lolita. Lolita was immediately smitten by Larsen, prompting her to flirt with him and claim that she is part-American, saying that her surname is “Smith.” As their relationship grew, Lolita reveals that she was born in the barrio but had to travel to Manila working as a bar hostess so that she can earn money for her sick mother back home.



Origin: The Green Hornet (ABC TV Series, 1966) Portrayed by: Bruce Lee

Kato is a martial arts expert and the aide of the masked crime-fighting vigilante, the Green Hornet.  His ethnicity has varied throughout the run of the radio series which ranges from Japanese, Korean and Filipino.



Origin: Star Trek (NBC TV Series, 1966) Portrayed by: George Takei

Hikaru Sulu is of Japanese and Filipino heritage. A lieutenant of the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu has served as the group’s helmsman and physicist during their 5 year mission into space and other planets. A man of many talents, Sulu is an enthusiast of science, gymnastics and various weapons.



Origin: Game of Death (Bruce Lee Film, 1972) Portrayed by: Danny Inosanto

The film’s protagonist (played by Bruce Lee, wearing his iconic yellow jumpsuit), together with his two allies, arrives at a pagoda tower to face different martial artists. At the third floor, they encounter a Filipino Eskrima fighter armed with Kali sticks and a nunchaku. The Eskrima fighter was able to defeat the two allies but was defeated by the protagonist. The 1972 film ran only for 39 minutes and was never completed because of Bruce Lee’s untimely death. However, by 1978, portions of the original film were combined with new footages to create a new film. This time, the Eskrima master is now named as “Pasqual.”




Origin: Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai Film, 1990) Portrayed by: Leslie Cheung

Set in 1960, York is a playboy in Hong Kong, well known for stealing girls’ hearts and breaking them. It later becomes evident that York’s inability to commit and his instinct for romantic cruelty derives from conflicting feelings about his foster mother, a former prostitute, who reveals to him that she is not his biological mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she refuses to divulge the identity of his birth mother. The revelation shakes York to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions. He soon discovers that his birth mother is a Filipino aristocrat now living in the Philippines.



Origin: Angel on Fire (Phillip Ko Film, 1995) Portrayed by: Melanie Marquez

Supermodel-turned-thief May (Natasha in the Philippine release) double-crosses her ruthless partners after she steals a valuable relic from a Shaolin temple. Ditching her boss, she returns back to Manila to sell the relic to another bidder. However, unknown to her, the Interpol has already sent an agent to pursue her and recover the relic.



Origin: Angel on Fire (Phillip Ko Film, 1995) Portrayed by: Ronnie Rickets

Lok (Boyet Poblete in the Philippine release) is taxi driver by day and street fighter by night. By chance, he became the taxi driver who assisted the Interpol agent Siu Ching (Mai in the Philippine release) in pursuing May in Manila. Despite their bumbling and awkward first acquaintance, Lok eventually earns Siu Ching’s trust and respect as he accompanies her on her mission.




Origin: Goodbye America (Thierry Notz Film, 1997) Portrayed by: Alma Concepcion; Angel Aquino; Nanette Medved

It is November 1992 and the US Navy is preparing to surrender its largest overseas facility at Subic Bay, Philippines, after almost a century. In the middle of it all, the lives of 3 Filipino women get intertwined with this historic event. Lisa Velasquez is part of the local Mayor’s team that wants to turn the base into a new city. Emma Salazar, a one-time bar-girl is now engaged to marry an American soldier but sees her own future under threat with the impending arrival of her fiancé’s senator father. Emma’s innocent sister, Maria unexpectedly arrives in Subic planning to find herself an American boyfriend.



Origin: Third Watch (NBC TV Series, 1999) Portrayed by: Anthony Ruivivar

Orphaned at a very young age, Carlos Nieto spent his early years in various foster homes. Wanting to attend Medical School, he joined the New York City Fire Department to earn money for his educational plans. Becoming a paramedic within the team, Carlos was partnered with Monte “Doc” Parker, whom he initially did not get along with but eventually became a father figure to him.



Origin: Degrassi (CTV TV Series, 2001) Portrayed by: Cassie Steele

Manuela “Manny” Santos is the best friend of Emma Nelson (the series’ protagonist). Initially introduced as an adorable and innocent high school student, Manny eventually develops a new and shocking personal image. Throughout the series, being popular and having a sexy image became her main goal in life. Her actions often led her to several confrontations among her friends, strained romantic relationships, school notoriety and drama with her strict traditional Filipino parents. She eventually shifted her attention on becoming an actress.



Origin: Rouge (MTV Asia TV Series, 2004) Portrayed by: Mariel Rodriguez; Denise Laurel

Rouge is a group of Southeast Asian women who are rock stars by day and undercover agents by night. Headquartered at Singapore, they work for “The Organization.” Coming from different countries, the bubbly and cheerful Pam is from the Philippines and is the prime investigator of the group. Pat is half Filipino/half Thai and is skilled in hi-tech gadgets and computers. She is also the most rebellious member of the group which often leads her to confrontations with other members. On their rock star jobs, Pam plays the bass guitar and provides supporting vocals while Pat plays the keyboards and is the group’s main vocalist.



Origin: The Maid (Kelvin Tong Film, 2005) Portrayed by: Alessandra De Rossi

Coming from a rural Philippine village, Rosa Dimaano arrives in metropolitan Singapore to work as a domestic maid. She badly needs money in order to pay for her brother’s medical fees back home. Her employers are the elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Teo, owners of a Chinese Opera house, and their mentally handicapped son, Ah Soon. However, Rosa was unaware that she arrived during the Hungry Ghost Month, a period where ghosts and spirits are believed to be active. She soon experiences living nightmares and strange apparitions around her new environment…



Origin: Sunshine (Danny Boyle Film, 2007) Portrayed by: Michelle Yeoh

Corazon was born in Manila, but her Chinese/Filipino parents moved to the Chinese mainland when she was a young girl. She worked in the Pan-Asian Space program, but was drafted into the US program to work on the Icarus project. In the Icarus project, she was a botanist who took care of the ship’s Oxygen Garden.



Origin: Smile (TBS TV Series, 2009) Portrayed by: Jun Matsumoto

Vito Hayakawa is the son of a Japanese mother and a Filipino father. Living in Japan, Vito has never met his father and his mother had little time for him while growing up. Being a gang member during his youth, he soon reformed and found work as a food delivery boy by day and works at night part time in a café. Despite experiencing prejudice due to his mixed ancestry, Vito continues to be positive in life. However, Vito was soon wrongly accused of a crime he did not commit. Now, Vito, together with his friends, must make an effort to clear his reputation.



Origin: Pinoy Sunday (Wi Ding Ho Film, 2009) Portrayed by: Bayani Agbayani; Epy Quizon

Dado Tagalog and Manuel dela Cruz are two Overseas Filipino workers employed in Taiwan. While Dado misses his wife and daughter back home, he has been dating a Personal Care Assistant named Anna. Meanwhile, Manuel has hopelessly been in love with a club hostess named Cecilia. One Sunday after Church, a chain of events occurs between the two friends which ultimately led to disastrous results. Talking about their heartbreaking experiences over lunch, the duo notices a Taiwanese couple arguing over a red couch that is delivered on their doorstep. When the couch was abandoned, Manuel sees it as a sign from God and decides that he and Dado bring it back to their dormitory which starts a series of humorous events to follow.



Origin: Surviving Evil (Terence Daw Film, 2009) Portrayed by: Joel Torre; Natalie Mendoza

A group of foreign documentary filmmakers arrives at the remote Mayaman Island in the Philippines to shoot a jungle survival special. The team’s guides are two Filipinos, Joey Valencia, a married family man, and Cecilia “Chill” Reyes, an entomologist. They set up camp, and it’s not long until ominous events begin to happen, eventually sparking their suspicion and fear that the mythical Aswang creature inhabits the island. Joey and Chill travel to the village of the Isarog tribe, where the natives had been savaged. Determined to stay for the whole trip, Joey forces Cecilia to keep her silence among the group about the lurking danger. It was revealed that Joey’s ulterior motive is to retrieve a hidden Japanese gold from World War II.



Origin: Glee Season 2 (Fox TV Series, 2010) Portrayed by: Charice Pempengco

Sunshine Corazon is a foreign exchange student from the Philippines who was interested in joining the New Directions Glee Club. After seeing Sunshine’s powerful singing prowess, Rachel Berry (the series’ protagonist and a member of the New Directions) immediately felt threatened and resolves to sabotage Sunshine’s audition by directing her to a wrong address. Their rift causes Sunshine to join the rival Glee Club, Vocal Adrenaline.



Origin: Amigo (John Sayles Film, 2010) Portrayed by: Joel Torre

When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael Dacanay, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War, comes under pressure from an American officer to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters.  However, Rafael’s brother is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor.  Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country.



Origin: Deep Gold (Michael Gleissner Film, 2011) Portrayed by: Bebe Pham

Shortly after Cebuano freediver Amy Sanchez breaks an important free diving record, her boyfriend Tony, a Philippine Air Force Pilot, mysteriously vanishes together with a flight that is supposed to bring millions of dollars worth of gold to the Central Bank in Manila. Determined to discover the truth, she goes off with her sister to find out.



Origin: Simfoni Luar Biasa (Awi Suryadi Film, 2011) Portrayed by: Christian Bautista

Jayden Ruiz is a struggling musician from the Philippines. Unfortunately, his career was not improving and he soon ran out of money. Jayden eventually receives a plane ticket from his estranged mother, who was now living in Indonesia, to visit her. Arriving in Indonesia, Jayden is reunited with his mother, who has become a school director for special children. Jayden was instated as a substitute Music Teacher and becomes fond of the children, eventually discovering their talents in singing.



Origin: House (Fox Series, 2011) Portrayed by: Charlyne Yi

Dr. Chi Park is a neurologist and was the latest member to join Dr. Gregory House’s (the series’ protagonist) team. She was born in the United States to immigrant parents; her father is from Korea while her mother is from the Philippines. Chi graduated in the top 2% of her class in medical school and eventually worked at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. She frequently appears unemotional, talks bluntly when interacting with her colleagues and basically doesn’t get along well with the other team members.



Origin: Grimm (NBC TV Series, 2011) Portrayed by: Reggie Lee

Sgt. Drew Wu is a member of the Portland Police Department, working at the same precinct as Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin (the series’ protagonists). He is somewhat sarcastic, has a dry sense of humor and is very protocol-oriented. Wu has became a valuable member of his team as he is skilled in surveillance technology, specializes in intercepting electronic calls and is very adept at solving puzzles. He is also fluent in speaking Tagalog and maintains communication with his relatives living in the Philippines.



Origin: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW TV Series, 2015) Portrayed by: Vincent Rodriguez III

Joshua Felix Chan is the ex-boyfriend of Rebecca Nora Bunch (the series’ protagonist). Back in 2005, both Josh and Rebecca attended Camp Canyon Grove where they dated. But after a summer romance, Josh broke up with Rebecca on the last day of camp, calling her weird and over dramatic. 10 years later, Rebecca, who is now a lawyer, bumped into Josh in New York, who tells her that he’s heading back to California. However, unknown to Josh, Rebecca hasn’t gotten over their relationship and has made plans on following him to California.


Origin: Superstore (NBC Series, 2015) Portrayed by: Nico Santos

Mateo Fernando Aquino Liwanag is an employee working at Cloud 9 Store #1217 in St. Louis, Missouri. Being openly gay and able to speak fluent Tagalog , the wisecracking Mateo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines but soon moved to the US with his grandmother. He secretly dated the store’s district manager, Jeff Sutin. Their relationship was then made public but because of the store’s no management dating policy, Mateo had to transfer to another branch. In the process, he discovered that he is actually an undocumented immigrant living the US after his grandmother had bought counterfeit green cards.





Origin: Strarship Troopers (Robert A. Heinlein Novel, 1959)

Juan “Johnnie” Rico is the son of a wealthy Filipino family who joins the Terran Mobile Infantry. He is sent to Camp Arthur Currie on the Canadian prairie for basic training and graduates as one of 187 remaining recruits, from an original class of over 2000 enlistees. He is assigned as a private in “Willie’s Wildcats” aboard the transport Valley Forge. His first exposure to battle comes during the disastrous “Operation Bughouse” and he was subsequently transferred to “Rasczak’s Roughnecks” aboard the corvette transport Rodger Young, where he is promoted to corporal and survives several successful battles.



Origin: Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card Novel, 1985)

Fly Molo is one of the students who were handpicked by Battle School teachers to be led under Ender Wiggin (the novel’s protagonist) during the Third Invasion of the Buggers, a species of Insect-like aliens. Hailing from the Philippines, Fly Molo is a veteran soldier who leads A Toon in Dragon Army. He is portrayed initially as being contemptuous of Ender’s five-toon formation, but later accepts it after an argument with another of his comrade, Bean. Fly Molo’s notable skill is his extremely retentive memory. Fly Molo was included in the 2013 Film Adaptation of the novel where he was portrayed by Brandon Soo Hoo.



Origin: WildC.A.T.s. #2 (Wildstorm Production Comics, 1992)

Filipino born Salvador Joel Alonday joined the Philippine’s Marine Rangers as soon as he was old enough to do so, swiftly rising to the rank of Major. He eventually became a member of Colonel Jackson Dane’s Team 7. During a mission, codenamed as Grail, he became bonded to a symbiote, giving him the ability to become virtually invulnerable, enhancing his strength and reflexes. Grail remained as the team’s assassin, eventually learning to activate his Chi and further enhance his fighting capabilities.



Origin: Street Fighter (Malibu Comics, 1993)

Nida is a young woman from the Philippines who traveled to Japan to undertake training with Ryu and Ken’s master Sheng Long. When she arrived at the dojo however, she found it in a poor state, and the master sick from poison. She took care of Sheng Long and he in turn promised to teach her once he regained his health. Despite seeking training from his master, Nida displays considerable ill-will towards Ryu. It was revealed that Nida’s father was a law enforcement officer who had been killed by an evil twin of Ryu created by M.Bison.



Origin: Hajime No Ippo Vol. 365 (Kodansha Manga, 1998)

Morris West is a middleweight boxer from the Philippines and hopeful contender for a world ranking. West was first seen in his match against Takamura Mamoru (the manga’s secondary character), where he was defeated via a ring-out KO. West was eventually included in the NTV Anime Series, Hajime No Ippo: New Challenger, shown in 2009.



Origin: Yarudora Series Vol. 3: Sampaguita (Sony Computer Entertainment Video Game, 1998)

Maria Santos is an amnesiac Filipino woman lost in Japan. Maria was soon rescued by the Japanese male protagonist (the player of the game) and brings her home only to discover that she has a gun in her possession. As they try to uncover Maria’s past and regain her memories, it was apparent that the Japanese police, the Yakuza, and a Chinese Mafia are pursuing her, and the criminals are prepared to take her life.



Origin: Yarudora Series Vol. 3: Sampaguita (Sony Computer Entertainment Video Game, 1998)

Boy is an older brother figure to Maria Santos. Boy and Maria were once street children who had to sell sampaguita flowers or junk in order to survive. The street-wise Boy eventually managed to get him and Maria taken in charge by a Chinese Mafia. Although they were given them a more comfortable life, Boy had to render his service as a hired killer.



Origin: Front Mission 3 (Square Co. Video Game, 1999)

Jose Astrada was an OCU Philippines Navy Sniper who quit obeying orders after mistakenly killing his wife during a mission and was convicted for insubordination. Swearing never to take up arms again, he was forced to pilot a Wanzer one last time during the attack on OCU Taal Base. Jose specializes in using the Rifle.



Origin: Front Mission 3 (Square Co. Video Game, 1999)

Pham Luis is the spoiled daughter of one of the richest families of the Philippines. She joined the Philippines Liberation Front, an organization sworn to separate the country from the OCU. Initially introduced as an overbearing spoiled rich kid, Pham gradually becomes more serious and responsible and decides to go with the team of Kazuki Takemura (the game’s protagonist) after the incident at Taal Base ends. Pham specializes in using Melee Weapons.



Origin: Hajime No Ippo Vol. 520 (Kodansha Manga, 2001)

Eleki Battery is a Filipino Jr. Lightweight Champion who rose to the top with his Counter Punching techniques compensating for his weak body. He sports a haircut which features a lightning bolt shaved on the top his head. His first match against Tatsuya Kimura (the manga’s supporting character) ended in a draw, but the two would meet again to settle the score the following year. Eleki Battery also appeared as a playable character in the 2007 AQ Interactive-developed Video Game, Hajime no Ippo Revolution and the 2007 PSP Video Game, Hajime no Ippo Portable: Victorious Spirits. He is included in the NTV Anime Series, Hajime No Ippo: Rising, shown in 2014.



Origin: Family Guy Season 3 (Fox Animated Series, 2001)

Ricardo is from the Philippines and was introduced as the life partner of Jasper, the flamboyant and openly gay anthropomorphic dog who is the cousin of Brian (one of the series’ protagonists). Ricardo doesn’t speak English and is referred to as “a skinny, hairless Filipino boy” by Jasper. When Jasper and Ricardo visited Brian and his family, Jasper announced that he and Ricardo were getting married. However, Jasper’s plans of marriage were threatened when the local mayor announced his attempts to ban gay marriage.




Origin: Soul Calibur II (Namco Video Game, 2002)

During the late 16th century, in a region of Southeast Asia, there lived a tribe of people who could control the winds. This was the Village of the Wind Deity and Talim, the daughter of the village’s shaman, was reared to be the last priestess of their tribe. One day, a foreigner visited Talim’s village bringing with him a strange metal fragment. Talim recognized the evil energy from the fragment and felt the same evil aura emanating from other parts of the world. She left on a journey to collect the fragments and return them to its rightful place in order to restore peace.



Origin: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom Novel, 2003)

Eddie (the novel’s protagonist) was a maintenance man in an amusement park and was a veteran soldier during World War II. He spends his entire life criticizing himself because he never left the amusement park to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer. One day, in a heroic attempt to save a little girl from a falling off an amusement park ride, Eddie was killed and was sent to heaven, where he encounters five people who significantly impacted him while he was alive. Tala is the fifth and last person Eddie meets in Heaven. She is the little girl from the Philippines whom Eddie unknowingly killed during his participation in World War II. Tala helps him forgive himself and shows Eddie all the good he did throughout his life helping others and keeping other children safe by working so many years as the maintenance man in amusement park. The character of Tala was faithfully portrayed by Nicaela and Shelbie Weigel in the 2004 TV-Film adaptation.



Origin: Hajime No Ippo Vol. 661 (Kodansha Manga, 2004)

Randy Boy Jr. is the former OPBF Interim Featherweight Champion, holding a victory over the Philippine Featherweight Champion and fellow countryman, Malcolm Gedo. He is the son of Randy Boy Sr., the boxer who caused Miyata Ichiro’s father’s to retire from boxing. It is revealed before his fight with Ichiro Miyata (the manga’s supporting character) that Boy’s father died after his world title bout and he suspects it was because of the sustained brain damage after the fight with Miyata’s father. Randy also appears as a playable character in the 2007 PSP Video Game, Hajime no Ippo Portable: Victorious Spirits



Origin: Def Jam: Fight for NY (Electronic Arts Video Game, 2004)

A native of the Philippines, Santos immigrated to the United States to pursue a professional career in kickboxing. Due to an unfortunate event that led to Santos almost killing a man, he is forced to make his living fighting in an underground circuit at the Dragon House.



Origin: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (Kodansha Manga, 2005)

Maria is student no. 8 of class 2-F. She is an illegal immigrant most likely of Filipino background due to her name, brown skin tone, impoverished disposition and the war-torn state of her own home country. She purchased the birth certificate of a Japanese male student and is attending school under his name, thus her full name has become Sekiutsu Maria Taro. Maria lives in an area with other illegal immigrants and is fascinated by “Japan’s abundance.” Maria also scavenges for food and used appliances she finds on the ground or in garbage cans. While Maria frequently displays wild behavior, her impoverished appearance and illegal status, coupled with a bright smile, often encourage her classmates to happily give her things. Maria also appears in the 2007 Anime adaptation of the original manga.



Origin: Fate/Zero Volume 4 (Gen Urobochi Light Novel, 2006)

Shirley is a native of Alimango Island and is a childhood friend of the novel’s protagonist, Kiritsugu Emiya, whom she affectionately calls as “Kerry.” Shirley also serves as an assistant to Kiritsugu’s father, Norikata Emiya, a magus who is working on an immortality chemical on plants. Despite being told by the village priest to stay away from the Emiya household, Shirley greatly admires the works of Norikata, believing his works will change the world for the better. Shirley, wanting to prove the effectiveness of Norikata’s experiments, uses the chemical on herself and unexpectedly brought tragedy to the entire island. Shirley appears in the 2012 Anime adaptation of the novel.



Origin: Hajime No Ippo Vol. 758 (Kodansha Manga, 2007)

Prior to his boxing career, Malcolm Gedo stole money off the streets to survive. These actions earned him a bullet in the shoulder and midsection as well as a scar that would remain there for much of his life. Gedo indicated that he had ambitions of reaching the world stage, but his loss against Randy Boy Jr. shattered his hopes and turned him into the greedy fighter he is now. As a result, he became fixated on earning money, offering to throw fights for large sums. Gedo is also included as a playable fighter in the 2007 PSP Video Game, Hajime no Ippo Portable: Victorious Spirits.



Origin: Darker than Black (Tensai Okamura Anime Series, 2007)

Irene is a neighbor of Hei (one of the series’ protagonist). Irene is from the Philippines but she moved to Japan to earn money for her family back in her homeland by working as a bar hostess. She is friends along with other foreigners Lewis, Joshua and Babo.



Origin: Invincible Iron Man #2 (Marvel Comics, 2008)

The Triumph Division is the main superhero group of the Philippines. As per Filipino tradition, their superhero names are passed down from generation to generation ever since. Their names are: Red Feather, St. George, Mighty Mother, Anitun, Fighter One, The Wishing Man and The Great Mongoose. One incarnation of the Triumph Division was gathered in Manila to be honored with a historic monument for saving victims of a major tsunami in the Philippines. While they were celebrating, a group of suicide bombers in the guise of monks attacked and blew up the gathered group. All the Triumph Division heroes were apparently killed and it was soon revealed that the monks were actually agents of Ezekiel Stane, a rival of Tony Stark.



Origin: Invincible Iron Man #28 (Marvel Comics, 2010)

Timothy “Tim” Cababa was once a technological builder for the Triumph Division based in Manila. Years after he quit, Tim was hired by Tony Stark in his new company Stark Resilient to be one of his builders. It was also revealed that Tim was a homosexual and was in a relationship with Leonard Pimacher, a fellow builder at Stark Resilient.



Origin: Yakuza 4 (Sega Video Game, 2010)

Fay is a bar hostess working in Japan in order to send money to her family back in the Philippines. She requested the policeman Masayoshi Tanimura (a protagonist of the game) to pretend to be her boyfriend in order to escape her abusive boyfriend, Iwasa, who had been taking all her money.



Origin: Marvel Anime: Blade (Madhouse Anime, 2011)

Blade (the series’ protagonist) is a vampire hunter who has both human and vampire blood. Aside from his missions to eliminate vampires, Blade is also targeting Deacon Frost, a vampire who killed his mother. While on the trail of Frost in the Philippines, Blade encounters three members of the Verdugo, a tribe of local vampire hunters who are after the Manananggal. They are composed of Lupit, who wields twin blades; Cimarron, who wields a double spear; and Hagibis, an archer. Blade soon teams up with them in order to seal the Manananggal, which has been freed by Frost.



Origin: Tekken 7 (Namco Video Game, 2015)

Josie Rizal is kick-boxer and model trying to help support her family. Despite her training, she was never able to change her cry baby behavior, which has persisted since childhood. After a typhoon ravaged her home and caused widespread damage across the country, the Mishima Conglomerate sent the Tekken Force to the Philippines to offer aid and relief to the typhoon victims. Josie was then inspired to join the Tekken Force and took their employment examination.



That’s a wrap! I will continue to update this post if ever. As a summary, Filipinos are virtually everywhere around the world and our people definitely had an impact in society, culture, media and entertainment. The personalities, backgrounds, appearances and plots of the characters mentioned are really diverse, which reflects the actual society of the Filipinos, whether they are in the Philippines or abroad. Surely, there were both positive and negative stereotypes associated with the Filipinos. But for me, I find that most of the portrayals are fair and accurate and I can totally relate with the characters. PEACE!






Retcon (retroactive continuity) is an element in fictional works where facts or details are altered in the timeline. Originating from comic books, retcons have been also applied to other forms of media such as TV Shows, Films and of course, Video Games.  In the case of Video Games, retcon of the character’s ethnic background/nationality is done possibly to boost the character’s appeal, include diversity in the roster or just due to technicalities to be addressed by the developers. Here are some video game characters that underwent “ethnic retcon”:

SUB ZERO (Asian to Eurasian)

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From the very first Mortal Kombat up to Mortal Kombat II, the ice-wielding assassins, the Sub-Zero brothers, were portrayed as being Chinese. However, in real life, the actor who portrayed the Sub Zero brothers is a Caucasian, Daniel Pesina. But because he wore a mask during the development, his actual appearance was cleverly concealed. In the younger Sub-Zero’s ending in Mortal Kombat II, his face was finally revealed. But the developers didn’t use Pesina’s face; instead, they used an unknown Asian actor’s face to be the actual appearance of the younger Sub-Zero.

By Mortal Kombat 3, the developers decided to finally unmask the younger Sub-Zero during his battles. The actor hired to play the character was the talented John Turk, who is a Caucasian. With the obvious change in the character’s appearance, the developers decided that both Sub-Zero brothers are Eurasian (half White, half Asian). It was included in the older Sub-Zero’s storyline in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero that their mother was a white American while their father is a Chinese member of the Lin Kuei clan. Hence, it was accepted in the gaming community that the Sub-Zero brothers are of Eurasian ancestry. In my opinion, this acceptance has been attributed to the marvelous portrayal of John Turk in the Mortal Kombat series.

KANO (White American to Anglo-Australian)

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The notorious Kano was introduced as a criminal and mercenary in the very first Mortal Kombat. He was described as a White American residing in Japan. The actor who portrayed Kano during the Mortal Kombat development was Richard Divizio, an American actor of Italian ancestry. Divizio would continue his incredible portrayal of Kano until Mortal Kombat 3, which was released in early 1995.

By mid 1995, a motion picture film inspired from the first 2 Mortal Kombat games was released. In the film, Kano was portrayed by English actor Trevor Goddard. Throughout the film, Goddard delivered his lines in an Australian accent. With the film’s massive success among MK fans and Goddard’s memorable performance as Kano, Kano’s nationality was altered as being Australian. In succeeding Mortal Kombat installments, Kano’s appearance was noticeably changed to reflect Goddard’s appearance from the 1995 film. In the 2011 reboot of Mortal Kombat, Kano now even speaks with an Australian accent!!

KIM DRAGON (Chinese to Korean)

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During the rise of Versus Fighting Video Games in the 90’s, it was almost imperative for developers to include a “Bruce Lee Clone” in their franchise. Yep, the iconic martial artist and actor have various incarnations in video games and other media. In the World Heroes series developed by ADK, Kim Dragon was introduced to fill in the trope, complete with Bruce Lee’s looks and his iconic Dragon Kick special move.  Kim Dragon was a martial arts actor from China, however, his fame was leveled among that of singers. To prove that he is also a great fighter as well, he enters the World Heroes tournament.

However, there is one technicality that had to be addressed: “Kim” is not a Chinese surname; it is Korean.  To address this technicality, Dragon was immediately retconned in the succeeding installment, World Heroes 2, to being a Korean. To prove this, his stage was set in a Korean bus station (complete with a South Korean flag).

BIRDIE (Caucasian to Black)

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The very first Street Fighter game was released in 1987 and it also introduced Birdie, a blonde-haired Caucasian professional wrestler turned brawler from the streets of London.

Birdie’s next appearance would be in Street Fighter Alpha (1995) and behold, he would retain his brawler theme but his race was switched from being Caucasian to Black! In my opinion, the switch was made in order to make Birdie have a major impact in terms of his appearance which was lacking back in his original design. Besides, the series really needed diversity as the White and Asian characters dominated the roster as the series progressed.

JULI (German to Native American)

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Juli was introduced in Street Fighter Alpha 3 as one of M. Bison’s Enhanced Soldiers A.K.A. The Dolls. The Dolls’ names were based on their country’s name for months. Juli was initially a German girl kidnapped by M. Bison (“Juli” is German for July) and was brainwashed to become one of his assassin soldiers.

In T. Hawk’s story mode in Street Fighter Alpha 3, he was searching for missing people of his Native American tribe. T. Hawk encounters Juli, whom he calls “Julia” saying that she was a member of the tribe who had gone missing. There were varying stories that T. Hawk was actually searching for Noembulu, the obvious Native American member of The Dolls and NOT Juli. However, this has been settled in T. Hawk’s prologue in Super Street Fighter IV where it was revealed that Juli’s real name is Julia; she was a member of T. Hawk’s tribe and was his darling but has mysteriously disappeared. In T. Hawk’s epilogue, Juli has been released from the brainwashing and was rescued by an elderly couple. However, she ended up in an amnesiac status unable to recognize T. Hawk.

SETSUKA (Black-haired & Hazel eyed to Blonde-haired & Blue Eyed)

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The story of Soul Series’ Setsuka is probably one of the vaguest plots in Video game history. She was simply introduced as a non-Japanese orphan girl living in Japan who ran away from home and was adopted by a Japanese swordsman and was taught the art of the Iai Sword. ??? Like if she’s a non-Japanese, how did she arrive in Japan in the first place at a young age?! Additionally, her real name was not revealed as “Setsuka” was the name given to her by the swordsman who adopted her. Nevertheless, it was obviously implied that she’s of Caucasian ancestry and there’s no denying that. In Soul Calibur III, she appeared with glossy black hair and hazel eyes.

By Soul Calibur IV, Setsuka had an almost unrecognizable comeback.. this time, her hair was styled differently and was blonde instead of black! Another noticeable change is that her Hazel eyes are now Blue! Since the Soul Series’ plot was set in the 1500’s, hair dyeing might have already been practiced but colored contact lenses are surely not yet available!!! But anyways, despite the inconsistencies of Setsuka’s background and drastic changes in her design, it looks like we’ll never know her true details. Sadly, Soul Calibur IV was her last appearance and has not appeared in the latest edition, Soul Calibur V (which was set 17 years apart in the story).

TINA ARMSTRONG (Brunette to Blonde)

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Tina Armstrong is the resident wrestler diva of the Dead or Alive Series. With her good looks, killer body and badass wrestling moves, she is one of the most recognized and most iconic characters from the series. She was introduced as an All-American brunette in the first Dead or Alive installment, being the daughter of the famed pro-wrestler Bass Armstrong.

However, upon the release of Dead or Alive 2, Tina was suddenly changed to a blonde. Noticeably, her practical wrestling gear were completely replaced by skimpy stage outfits. This has been best explained in her storyline that she eventually wanted to be in the entertainment business (model/actress/singer) instead of a being a pro-wrestler. Many fans speculate that Tina dyed her hair blonde to look “feistier and more outgoing.”  To clear up on the hair issue, the developers say that Tina was brunette in the first game due to platform graphics limitation.  Her true hair color is blonde as evidenced by a flashback scene during her childhood. By Dead or Alive 2 and succeeding installments, Tina has been blonde and it really fits in with her bubbly and outspoken personality. Plus, her distinct Southern accent gives us the Tina Armstrong gamers love and adore 😉