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Luzviminda was found in the mountain of Arayat as a baby, she was raised by a childless couple and grew up to be a very beautiful woman, she was often compared to be as beautiful as the diwata's of myth. She soon learn that she was not a normal person, when she began to discover that she has magical abilities. Training herself in the use of her power and revealing it to her parents, she was surprised to learn the revelation that she was only adopted and that she was discovered in the mountain.
She then went on a quest to know her true identity, and was able to make contact with the spirit of the mountain with her abilities. She soon discovered that she was a half-human and half-diwata (magical faerie). But her parents have been dead for a long time. Feeling alone and secluded, she then returned to her adoptive parents and use her abilities to help protect the mountain.
In a far away remote area in the visayan region, a couple just gave birth to a baby girl. The baby grew up to be a very beautiful young woman called Narra, and the couple loves her so dearly. One day, while Narra was gathering fire wood in the forest, she was bitten by snake. Rushing home to her parents, she died on the doorstep of their house.
The couple upon arriving home, saw their daugther lying still, and upon closer look came to realize their daugther is already dead. The couple so stricken with grief, that the mother became sick. The father not knowing what to do, just then got his tools of trade and went to the narra tree in front of their house and released his grief began to work on the huge piece of lumber. Everyday the man works on the tree upon completing his daily routine and taking care of his wife.
One stormy night, a wandering anito (spirit) of the forest passed by and and rested on the narra tree. when lightning struck, the anito notice something different on the body of the tree. It saw a sculpted form of a beautiful woman in the trunk of the narra tree. Marveling at the beauty of what it saw, tha anito sang and dance joyfully. As fate would have it, lightning struck and hit the narra tree and the anito.
Because of the crack of thunder and ligthning, the old man woke up, and saw his tree burning. He rushed down towards it, and as soon as he was near, he saw a figure move and was shocked to see his work of art falling down tearing itself away from the burning tree. Shocked and surprised for a long while, the old man soon regain his senses, and made a close inspection of what he saw. Before him was a naked young woman, with yellowish skin and green hair. He then brought the young woman into their home, and when her wife saw what he was carrying cried in tears and was thanking the Lord, babbling that her daugther lives. The old man upon seeing the face cried too.
The next morning, the young woman woke up, and saw the elderly couple. When asked who she was, she was not able to answer, she can barely talk and she was like a little child trying to discover the world. The couple taking this as a gift from above named the young girl Narra, after their child and also dyed her hair black. The mother then taught her how to read and write and she lived a normal life.
A few days later, strange armed men wandered in their home, asking for food. The couple gave what they can offer and they were leaving. But then Narra just arrived from her visit to the market. The armed men upon seeing Narra, were enchanted by her beauty decided to stay and walk towards her. They began talking about her, and some were even caressing her. His father was outrage and scolded the strangers, but he was hit by one of the men, he fought back killing one of them with his bolo. Angered by what happened, one of the stranger just shot him and also her wife when she came running to help.
Shocked, upon what she witnessed, Narra was in tears. But the strangers were just laughing, and began undressing in front of them. Narra's grief then turned to anger, her features seems to have changed. Her anger exploding, the dye on her hair disappeared and the trees in the area seems to move. In total trance now, she was gesturing and the vines, roots, weeds in the area began to move towards the strangers. Soon they found themselves bounded and and strangled. Narra, then gestured and the sounds of bones breaking emanated in the area.
Narra then began to look at the sorrounding, and then looks at herself and was amazed. Her long forgotten memories has returned. She now realizes, that she is not an anito any longer, neither is she a human. She then buried, the dead bodies and gave her last respects to the couple who looked after her.
The next morning she walked towards the city once again, anxious of the new experiences she will learn.
Supremo was said to be the living embodiment of the Filpino people, making him a conceptual being. His origin can be traced back to an alipin (slave) warrior in the early days of the soon to be called filipinos. He became his people champion and was awarded freedom, but was killed treacherously. Inang Laya, the spirit of the land sensing a great injustice took his spirit and created a shell to house it. He was then brought back to life and became a champion, a legend to many. He was said to reborn again and again fighting for the people. He was believe to have been reborn as Lapu-lapu who repelled the Spaniards and Andres Bonifacio who formed the Katipunan and many more.
In the early 1900's a young farmer called Juan dela Cruz, had his family's carabao stolen, he then went looking for the culprits and found them already cutting the carabao into parts. Enraged by what he saw, he attacked the robbers, but due to an advantage in numbers he was defeated. He woke up with his hands tied into a bamboo structure, he was taunted, made fun of and was made to eat fresh carabao meat. The robbers then painted him with the animals blood. Finally, the robbers stab him in the chest with his own bolo and was left for dead.
In a dream like state, he met Inang Laya and Supremo, Supremo was asked to combined his essence with Juan and form a new powerful being, a new champion. She then asked the anitos to reforged the blade embedded in his chest and was blessed with the power of the elements. The new Juan was then sent back to the world of the living, his first mission was to capture the robbers and for justice to prevail. But he was late, for the criminals had already been killed by law enforcers.
Thus, Juan as the new Supremo renewed his vow to fight for the people. He then went back to his family and lived as a farmer and a champion.
Sandata, Jay Ener was trained in various forms of Filipino Martial Arts since childhood mainly in the art of Sinawali in it's oldest forms as taught to him by his grandfather.
Upon reaching his 18th birthday, he underwent a very difficult test to retrieve a mysterious prize. Passing the ordeal he presented the prize to his grandfather and was surprised to learn that the prize was nothing more than two sticks/bastons. It was then revealed that he was the chosen champion to weild the bastons that possesses great magic. The weapons have been handed down through generation and are called "Mga Baston Ni Bathala".
Soon, Jay learned about the bastons real power and adopted a costume to be the champion of light.
Welcome to the new corner of the Sanduguan Universe!!!
The team called SANDUGO, is a Filipino komix super team. In most incarnations, its roster includes several filipino characters mostly based on myths and thus many of them are easily recognizable to the viewing public..
The original, line-up is Sandata, Supremo,Diwata, and Sidapa. The team was assisted by Bernardo Karpio also known as the Maharlikan God Malyari, who became the first hero to be invited by the four founders. The team soon included Narra, Alamid, Lam-ang, Anino, Adarna and reservists Bato and Datu Pag-asa.
The team made it's debut in Handicrapcomix #5 (1997). Although the team hasn't really been in puiblication, Sandugo had it's small following due to it's internet presence and commisioned fanart from fans and well-known Filipino artists. The team has been well received since inception. It was even included in the well known website http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/ that spotlights other countries characters asided from the big two mainstream publishers of the same genre.
The team's concept was loosely based on the sanduguan ritual (blood compact) done by recruited Katipuneros who fought the Spanish occupation in Philippine History as their oath to the movement.
(Unpublished Silver and Bronze Age)
The team Sandugo was formed when the Maharlikan god of evil Siginarugan escaped his hundreds of years imprisonment and decided to wreak havoc on the new world. Creating monstrous automatons, he sowed fear and destruction in the mega city of Kalayaan, formerly known as Clarkfield in Pampanga. Sandata in his civilian identity was in the area, and jumped in to stop the rampaging monsters. He was soon joined by the beautiful Diwata who was warned of the event in her sanctorium. Sidapa, the hand of death alarmed by the unscheduled deaths of civilians soon joined to investigate. A mysterious figure also saw what was transpiring on television decided to survey the commotion. The four heroes having difficulty in the battle decided to pool their resources then managed to defeat the monster and finally faced the evil maharlikan. The fight continous for a length of time until Siginarugan was exhausted due to not being in full power yet. He was then buried by a large amount of rubbles thrown from a distance by the mysterious figure. Drained and almost powerless, the evil dark god escaped retribution. The four seeing the carnage and destruction caused by the battle has then decided to band together to prevent similar events from happening. Supremo called the team Sandugo.
During their early days, the team operated from Diwata's sanctorium located in Arayat mountain, having access to various mystical means to help them in their cause. Soon, they learned the identity of the mysterious figure who helped them in their first battle with Siginarugan. The mysterious figure was revealed to Bernardo Karpio, the legendary strong man of Philippine myths. Soon thereafter, they recruited various heroes to fill their team, they have decided to have an active roster of eigth heroes in relation to the number of provinces who waged war against the Spanish regime. It was also at this time that they were able to established their charter and work with the government, helping in extra-special matters that cannot be resolved by the resources of the government.