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Real life Superman: Herbert Chavez gets 19 surgeries to look like super hero

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Published on Sep 11, 2013

Too much plastic surgery: Herbert Chavez of Calamba City in the Philippines is a huge fan of Superman, so much that he has undergone 19 plastic surgeries over 16 years to transform himself into the super hero. The surgical procedures the 36-year-old has endured include nose jobs, lip liposuction, skin whitening, jaw realignment, pectoral implants and abdominal implants.

So far, the surgeries have cost Chavez 300,000 Pesos, or more than US$6,800. His appearance also requires maintenance, but as a regular patient, Chavez gets procedures done for free in exchange for publicizing his doctor's practice. Chavez plans on having metal implanted in his legs next in order to make himself taller.

However, the Superman fanatic has acknowledged that there will come a day when he will no longer be able to handle any more surgeries. "When my body says it can not endure it anymore or when my doctor says that my body can not handle it because of age, then I will stop," he said.

Chavez has been a fan of the Man of Steel since he was 5-years-old, and he also happens to be the Guinness World Record holder for largest collection of Superman memorabilia. According to Guinness, Chavez's collection is filled with 1,253 Superman-related items, but he says that number is now closer to 5,000 pieces. Chavez plans on increasing his collection to 10,000 pieces, and has even moved into a larger home to accommodate his obsession.

Chavez regularly dresses up in his Superman costume and walks around his neighborhood. He said he aims to teach children to have good morals and brighten their days.

"I don't have any regrets at all. People come up to me in the street all the time and want their picture taken with me. They are all really excited to see a real-life Superman in the Philippines," he said.

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