Wednesday, June 01, 2005


DARNA flies again on Philippine TV with the launching of GMA Network's new DARNA series. Beautiful Angel Locsin finally landed the role, besting other choices such as Karylle, Diana Zubiri, Jennylyn Mercado, Nadine Samonte, Iza Calzado, Rica Peralejo and Ara Mina. She is currently wrapping up production of GMA's ratings buster MULAWIN, a story of "lawins" (hawks) battling it out in a make-believe world of good and evil. Yeah, yeah. Same old story but the effects are amazing.

The late Mars Ravelo created the superheroine in the 1950s. "Darna" was first serialized in Pilipino comics. In May 1951, the character was brought to the big screen for the first time, with Rosa del Rosario in the lead.

Other actresses who have portrayed the role are Liza Moreno, Eva Montes, Gina PareĀ¤o, Vilma Santos, Rio Locsin, Sharon Cuneta (in Captain Barbell opposite Edu Manzano, Anjanette Abayari and Regine Velasquez.

Last year, GMA Network Inc. bought the rights to produce "Darna: The TV Series." The pilot episode will air next month. Another "Darna" film is reportedly in the making.
The more famous Darna - Eskinol girl Vilma Santos

Pilita Coralles as Valentina - a role to be played by Alessandra de Rossi
Darna and the Giants
Narda now... Darna! Whew! (But why does she look so sad?!)
Regine Velasquez dons the costume
And the Megastar does, too.
80's siren Rio Locsin
A page from history
Rosa del Rosario, the first Darna, flies high. The original copy of this film was discovered last month in Thailand
The man himself, Mars Ravelo


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