Pedro Penduko (komiks)
Pedro Penduko is an adventure komiks novel created by Francisco Coching and serialized in the pages of Liwayway in 1954. It tells the story of Pedro Penduko, a man who has no superpowers but who is able to save people and battle evil forces. There are five film and two television adaptations of the komiks.
Pedro is a typical boy without a care in the world. His father has given him a shirt and an amulet which he believes gives him extra power. Pedro is well-liked in his neighborhood since he is always willing to lend a helping hand. One day he is provoked into a fight but ends up saving his opponent from drowning and Don Miguel, the richest man in their village, gives him a horse as a prize for his gallantry.
Marina, a beautiful girl from Manila, arrives in their town during the fiesta and captures the attention of the townspeople especially Antonio, one of Pedro's friends, and Pedro himself. She invites her friends to a party and is amused at Pedro when he wins at a game of “Huega de Anilya.”
Days later, the Tinyente del Barrio warns everyone that the group of bandits led by Tirong is coming. When Tirong arrives, he kidnaps Amparo, Marina's friend, and mortally wounds Don Julian, Marina's father. As he is dying, Don Julian reveals to Marina that he was involved with a feud with Tirong a long time ago, which led to the latter's attack. Pedro challenges Tirong to fight while they are attached to each other with a length of rope. Pedro almost kills Tirong but Amparo asks him to spare Tirong's life. Antonio wants to shoot Pedro out of jealousy, but Tirong knocks Pedro down, causing Antonio to miss him and end up killing Tirong instead. Marina and Amparo are reunited and the townspeople hail Pedro as their hero.
People's Picture and Premiere Productions first adapted Pedro Penduko into a feature film in 1954. It was directed by Gerardo de Leon and starred Efren Reyes, Leila Morena, Ramon D'Salva, Vicente Liwanag, Lopito, Edna Luna and Ruben Rustia.
Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko
In 1974, Topaz Film Productions adapted the komiks novel into a film entitled Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko. It was directed by Celso Ad Castillo and starred Ramon Zamora, Jeanne Young, Lotis Key, Eddie Garcia and Panchito Alba.
Bagsik at Kamandag ni Pedro Penduko
In 1974, Topaz Film Productions adapted the komiks into a film entitled Bagsik at Kamandag ni Pedro Penduko, a sequel to Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko. It was directed by Jose “Pepe” Wenceslao and starred Ramon Zamora as the lead character, Pedro. The cast also included Lotis Key, Eddie Garcia, Panchito Alba, Paquito Diaz and Roldan Aquino.
Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko
During the early 90s, Viva Films ventured into creating another adaptation of the hit komiks novel. Twenty years after the Pedro Penduko film, Janno Gibbs starred in the film entitled Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko directed by Erastheo Navoa. The cast included Chiquito, Leo Martinez, Robert Miller, Donita Rose and Vina Morales.
Pedro Penduko, Episode II: The Return of the Comeback
Janno Gibbs starred in another Pedro Penduko film produced by Viva Films in 2000, considered as the sequel to Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko. It was directed by Erik Matti and the cast included Ramon Zamora, Ace Espinosa, L.J. Moreno, Dino Guevarra, Alyssa Gibbs and Jeffrey Tam.
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko
The popular komiks novel was later adapted into a television program on ABS-CBN in 2006. The story for television was written by Galo Ador, Jr. and was directed by Jerome Pobocan, Trina Dayrit and Dondon Santos. It starred Pinoy Big Brother Teen housemate Matt Evans as Pedro Penduko and Melissa Ricks, Kitkat, Albert Martinez, Gloria Romero, Bembol Roco, Agot Isidro, Olyn Membian, TJ Trinidad and Jake Cuenca as the supporting characters.
Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at mga Engkantao
ABS-CBN produced another television show adapted from the komiks novel in 2007. It was entitled Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao. Directed by Eric Salud and Dondon Santos, it starred Matt Evans, Oyo Boy Sotto, Maja Salvador, Arron Villaflor, Makisig Morales, Denise Laurel, Angelika dela Cruz and Melissa Ricks.
- Coching, Francisco V. “Pedro Penduko.” In Liwayway. 1954.
- “Pedro Penduko” Komiklopedia.wordpress.com (Accessed 26 August 2009)
- “Pedro Penduko” Askjot.com (Accessed 26 August 2009)
- “Pedro Penduko” Internationalhero.co.uk (Accessed 26 August 2009)