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Avengers-themed billboard birthday greeting for Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista gets "belated" online buzz
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista celebrated his 44th birthday last May 12, right around the time that Marvel’s The Avengers was showing in Metro Manila theaters.
Published on: Jun 26, 2012 - 6:08pm

Screenshot of the photo as posted on The photo has been credited as a contribution of Twitter user @kingdelrosario. Note the additional caption (with the missing "r" in Herbert) revealing that the billboard was no longer in place by June 12.


( Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista celebrated his 44th birthday last May 12, right around the time that Marvel's The Avengers was showing in Metro Manila theaters. Thus, the movie  appears to have served as the inspiration for the billboard depicting Bautista as Superman and some Quezon City councilors as (mostly) characters from The Avengers. Also represented in the billboard as Avengers characters is Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston "Winnie" Castelo and his wife, former That's Entertainment member-turned-Quezon City councilor Precious Hipolito-Castelo. The photo has gotten "belated" buzz, as netizens continue to share the image that was initially posted on


As documented in its #epalwatch Gallery, the image was shared by Twitter user @kingdelrosario. had this as the image caption: "Winnie Castelo's greeting to Mayor Bautista a month ago. 'Billboard structure' between St Peter Church & Ever Gotesco along Commonwealth. High foot traffic! via @kingdelrosario."'s #epalwatch Gallery is a collection of images contributed by netizens showing billboards, posters, or other paraphernalia that supposedly trumpet the names of politicians. As the site noted in the introduction to the gallery, "'Epal' is slang for 'mapapel, a Filipino term for attention grabbers or people who crave a role (papel) in affairs that are not necessarily theirs to handle or decide."

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  • acheche
    "working congressman"????? winnie castelo
    Jun 28 2012 @ 06:55pm     Reply  
  • kapitan inggo
    agree ako na cheap at sipsip ang nakaisip nito. nakakatawa...ahahahaha!
    Jun 27 2012 @ 09:48pm     Reply  
  • Crazy Horse was a Red Man
    Waddaya expect sa mga lokal pulitikos natin?
    Jun 27 2012 @ 05:30pm     Reply  
  • smackmyb*tchup
    willing to bet this was produced using taxpayers money. dorks.
    Jun 27 2012 @ 03:53pm     Reply  
  • Orlando
    Ang cheap lang. Just saying.
    Jun 27 2012 @ 03:30pm     Reply  
  • qcboy
    Super tasteless ng mga politiko sa atin.
    Jun 27 2012 @ 01:19pm     Reply  
  • Jesuswasablackman
    Avengers....if so, why are Superman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman squatting in that gathering? And why no Batman? Kidding aside, wait till Marvel and DC sic their respective legal teams down their way!!!! Napakaepal naman sila, di pala nila ginagalang ang mga copyrights para sa comic-book characters!!!
    Jun 27 2012 @ 10:39am     Reply  
  • Sipa at Tadyak
    Ultimate kasipsipan
    Jun 27 2012 @ 09:21am     Reply  
  • Edvard Munch
    This is so much fun, isn't it?
    Jun 26 2012 @ 07:09pm     Reply  
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