A lot of people know the superhero: the masked man clad in a black outfit, saving the people from villains.
In the Philippines, a local Zorro at a university in Quezon City has been attracting a lot of fans.
Dressed in full Zorro costume (cape, toy guns, mask), Zorro, as everybody calls him, can be seen wandering around the University of the Philippines Diliman almost every day.
He is not your typical cosplayer that roams around the campus. People have even presumed that he has schizophrenia. Though he seems to be out of this world, he is very harmless.
For first-timers, Zorro may seem like a crazy man wanting to harm you, but if you try to talk with him, you’ll know that he is not up to anything bad. In fact, Zorro is said to be a gentleman, according to some students who had an encounter with him.
Regina, a UP student, said, “The most random things can really make an already good day seem even better. While we were jogging, Zorro walked over to me as I walked past him and said, ‘You’re beautiful today.’”
Political science major Korina shared her own Zorro story: ”I was in the lagoon with friends when he passed by. My friends weren’t minding him, but I said hi because I was feeling friendly. Then he came up to me and talked about something I can’t exactly remember. Then all of a sudden he took my hand, kissed it and said, ‘You are my señorita today. Adios, señorita!’ Then he walked off.”
A student who was reportedly scolded by her professor ran out of class and was found sitting on a bench crying to Zorro. She recalled how Zorro consoled her while saying, “Why are you crying, señorita? Don’t cry, señorita.”
An architecture professor recalled another story from a student. A girl was walking from one building to another late at night and Zorro accompanied her without saying anything.
He also serves as an inspiration to a lot of students. Since Zorro likes to keep his ground on the Academic Oval, he watches joggers and bikers and give them high fives.
Broadcast communication student Christopher said, “I was jogging once around the Academic Oval, and I was already pretty tired. It started to rain, so I was beginning to tell myself that I didn’t want to finish my workout for that day anymore. Then all of a sudden, I saw Zorro and he just looked at me and yelled, ‘Finish it! You can do it!’ I jogged an extra round that day.”
Up until today, people don’t have a clear explanation of what really happened with Zorro. Some said he was a student at the university a few years back, but couldn’t meet the demands of his courses, so he chose to live his life like that. Others say that he is a rich man, while some say that he really just likes mingling with people.
Sometimes I see Zorro in my school, and I can say that he can really turn your bad day into a good one even without talking.