Kumander Bawang, Kalaban ng mga Aswang ("Commander Garlic, Enemy of the Aswang") was a 1988 comedy-horror-fantasy film. Herbert Bautista (Ninja Kids, the 1986 Captain Barbell) starred as Tikboy, a hapless lad who discovers his late father was a fearless aswang-slayer. Inheriting his father's mystical garlic-shaped pendant, he must use its power to become the aswang-busting superhero Kumander Bawang.
Here's a short clip from the movie:
18 years later, Bautista reprised the role in the 2006 ABS-CBN television series Super Inggo. In the show, he becomes the headmaster of the Power Academy, a school for young superheroes. He also gets a new Matrix/X-Men inspired black leather outfit, which looks boring, in my opinion. The old green-and-orange costume may have looked tacky, but it did have more character.
As of late, a number of 1980's Pinoy fantasy films have been remade, such as the recent Petrang Kabayo and the upcoming Super Inday. So don't be surprised if we see a new Kumander Bawang hitting the screens in the future. If it does happen, I hope they give him a costume more like his original suit.
And they should keep the theme song, too.
Next up on our post-Halloween aswang double-bill: Alyas Aswang!