The Panday series is one of the country's biggest film
franchises. Taken from Carlo J. Caparas's popular comics series in the
1970s, Panday has been immortalized in the Filipino mind as its own
legendary hero, one who is destined to save mankind from eternal evil.
The first Panday movies in the early 1980s, starring Fernando Poe Jr.,
were big hits. This led Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. to revive the series
in 1993, and again in 2009.
The 2009 film Ang Panday was the top grosser in that year's Metro
Manila Film Festival. It was also the festival's Best Picture, and won