Most kids will eventually get over their childhood obsession with comic book superheroes by the time they reach high school, but not Herbert Chavez. This 35-year old Filipino designer is so crazed with Superman that he has undergone several cosmetic surgery for his nose, cheeks, lips and chin down to his thighs and even his skin color to look more like the “Man of Steel.”
For more than a decade, Chavez has undergone a series of procedures that have made his nose higher and slimmed down his thighs. He has had surgery on his cheeks, lips and chin, and injections to whiten his skin. He is planning for more operations that will give him more muscular abdomen and even looking forward to having metal inserted in his legs to make him taller. He has designed his own Superman costumes and when not in them, he sports thick, black glasses to assume his idol’s nerdier incarnation, mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent.
Herbert Chavez’s admiration began when he was a child and watched Superman lifting a stack of cars on the big screen. He later began collecting Superman memorabilia, amassing a huge collection over the years. Now his house is packed with Superman cups, bed spreads, action figures and life-size Superman statues.
Just like Superman, Chavez has two identities, working during the day as a dress designer and pageant trainer. His Superman persona comes to life after work. People in Calamba, south of Manila, refer to him as the “village superman.”