MANILA, Philippines --- The voters' education material of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) for the May 2013 polls will now include superheroes.
PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa said she was inspired to make use of superheroes when she saw the movie ''The Avengers.''
''I was really impressed when I saw the movie Avengers. I said to myself there should also be a character who will fight election anomaly,'' she said in an interview.
And so with the help of the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA), De Villa said the CHAMPs komiks-magazine was created.
After the PPCRV's mantra of clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful elections, the magazine features the illustrated adventures of four young people as they overcome indifference and get engaged in safeguarding the election.
An article posted on the CFA Web site www.cfamedia.org identified the four young heroes who are mostly students, as Jessica Catapang (a.k.a. Jessa), an 18-year old Pol Sci student and editor of the college paper; Rex Guerrero (a.k.a. Nemesis), the skipper of the varsity taekwondo squad; Marianna Reyes (a.k.a. Lexa), a senior law student who eats, drinks, and breathes law; and Carlito Montes (a.k.a. Cyberoid), a computer, math, and communications wizard.
''Together, they challenge corrupt politicians who are out to manipulate elections by guns, goons, gold and greed, and they mobilize their fellow youngsters to bring about CHAMP elections,'' read the article.
De Villa said she is very happy with the positive feedback that they are getting on the magazine, especially from the youth.
''I'm very happy because the youth find it very attractive,'' she said.
'As of now we are sending this to the provinces for our voter's education there - but we are going to launch this first of March or last week of February,'' added De Villa.
The CHAMPs magazine also features articles that provide information on Philippine elections and PPCRV's role as well as a board game called ''Voters Tsunami,'' which tests the public's knowledge of Philippine voting processes.