Spider-Man with I-Love-You Sign
Let’s be kids again, shall we? hehehe
I have been a fan of Spider-Man since I can remember. In fact he is my only favorite Marvel Comic character. Although I grew up during the Christopher Reeves’ Superman era of 70s and 80s, I’m still a Spider-Man kid. By the way, Superman is a DC Comic character, an arch rival of Marvel. Among the DCs, I like Batman the most. 🙂
Even though I marvel how amazing this fictional superhero was during my childhood, I wasn’t given a chance to collect his souvenir items, like toys and stuff. One big reason is that I don’t have money to buy them. (sigh) I only read about him by borrowing comic books from my classmate and from the syndicated Sunday comics section of a popular newspaper here.
Another reason is because I’m an Asian. Popular TV comic characters during my time, and until now, are Japanese Animes. Voltes V, Daimos, Mekanda Robot, Mazinger Z, The Original Star Rangers and Astro Boy bombarded the Philippine airwaves. Everybody was glued to their TV screens between 5:30 to 6:00 pm as they watch these spectacular cartoon characters do their thing. Their products and toys are the ones that line up the shelves of department stores, not Spider-Man. I remember my younger brother’s most cherished possession was a 10-inch steel cast Mekanda-robot that has four shooting bombs on his chest with two disc-like spinning shields with helicopter elisee or motor blades on both arms (see photo).
The toy costs a fortune back then although it was not the most expensive. It’s still in working condition until now. My oldest sister, youngest brother and I all dreamed of owning Voltes V Toy Robots (with an “s” because all five robot toys were sold separately and can be “volted” together). But it was the costliest and most sought after toy so it remained only a dream.
When Spider-Man became a hit TV live-action series here with the showing of “Spider-Man Strikes Back“, back in early 80s, mainstream kids started to notice him more. Although the special effects were very crude and Spider-Man was not as amazing as he is now depicted in Tobey Maguire’s blockbuster hit trilogy, it was still widely watched here. Nicholas Hammond’s Peter Parker alter ego is weaker because his spider web is not internally generated but came from chemical experimentation so it runs out easily.
As I have mentioned in my other blog post, Filipino Sign Language has its universal appeal simply because it was very much influenced by American Sign Language. A quick look at our history, the Philippines became a colony of the Americans during the early 20th century. It was during these times when Philippine School for the Deaf was established. We became independent in 1946 after the US, together with Filipino patriots, liberated us from the Japanese during World War II. English is our second language and the official government language. Our nation is currently the undisputed fifth largest English speaking country in the world in terms of population ahead of Canada and Australia.
This symbol has been used as part of the logo and emblem of most schools for the deaf and associations here. It also became a signature hand symbol used by a popular and charismatic politician former Senator Raul Roco when he ran for president in 2001.
So “I LOVE YOU” sign is the same in the US, and of course, in my beloved country, the Philippines. By the way, the phrase is translated as “MAHAL KITA” or “INIIBIG KITA” in Filipino. 🙂
PS: Phuuleessse, this is NOT a symbol of satan or any demonic being. I am a born again Bible-believing Christian. But I don’t believe this crap.
Note: Some photos used came from their respective owners and are recognized as links to their sites. 🙂
The “I Love You” Sign is EVIL! – DeafDC Blog