Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman

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Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
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Superman fan Herbert Chavez goes to extreme lengths to look like the Man of Steel

Chavez has had plastic surgery to turn himself into a near-replica of his comic book hero - Superman. "I adore superheroes," explains Chavez. "I am happy as Superman, and happier still to have Filipinos realise that Superman lives in the Philippines and they can see and talk to him in the flesh."

Chavez began a love affair with the Man from Krypton as a child, amassing a now enormous collection of Superman dolls, mannequins, posters, comic books, mugs, curtains, rugs, bed sheets, throw pillows and trash bins. In 1998 the then pimply and darker skinned young man began to consult Filipino cosmetic surgeons to achieve the likeness of the late Christopher Reeve, the most famous of the Superman stars.

Chavez had his nose thinned out and got a cleft chin, had silicone injected for fuller lips, liposuction to flatten out his abdomen, and implants to bulk up his buttocks and hips

"Abroad, you'd need medical insurance and have to take a mental examination before you can have cosmetic surgery," he said. "It's not as strict here. It's an individual decision and luckily Filipino doctors are skilled at this."

Each procedure costs several thousand dollars even in the Philippines, where medical costs are much cheaper than in the West, but Chavez declined to say how much he had spent.

Chavez dons his Superman outfit at least once a week, most often when he gathers with other friends who enjoy cosplay, a social phenomenon in Asia where people dress up as fantasy characters.

By day Herbert Chavez works as a fashion designer

Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
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Chavez made a small fortune early in his career as a precocious designer, going to work in Saudi Arabia for three years when he was 22, where he crafted dresses for royalty. He later used his foreign earnings to set up a dress and costume shop near his home in Calamba, an hour's drive south of Manila, which caters for local film stars and celebrities. Re: Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
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Chavez says he is planning yet more surgery to make the resemblance stronger. Next on the agenda is to implant "six-pack" abdominal muscles, while he regularly injects himself with a drug that temporarily whitens his brown skin. But he has given up the thought of becoming as tall as the American Superman. At 1.7 metres (5 feet 7 inches), Chavez said having metal inserted into his leg bones to increase his height would be going too far, even for him. Re: Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
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Chavez - who is single - acknowledged some may laugh at his obsession, but said people should respect his decisions. "What you do to your own body is your own business. What is important is you don't step on anyone else's toes and you believe in God," he said. Re: Filipino Herbert Chavez Undergoes 23 Surgeries To Transform Himself Into Superman
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