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“Darna” Cast, Creatives Look Back On Their Experiences Working On The Series

As the superhero series “Darna” is about to come to a close, the cast members and the show's creative team looked back on their experiences and learnings from the project

As Mars Ravelo’s Darna on ABS-CBN is nearing its last two weeks, the cast members and creatives of the comics-based television series hark back to their individual and collective experiences that made the show’s almost half-year run all worthwhile.


In its “Super Mediacon” press conference on January 30, the directors and some actors of the superhero drama shared to the public their thoughts on their characters, castmates, and the production.




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Top-billed by breakthrough actress Jane de Leon, the modern-day paper-to-screen adaptation of Darna tells the story of a young woman named Narda, to whom a powerful, mystical stone is bequeathed. Upon ingesting the stone and shouting “Darna,” she then transforms to an otherworldly being dressed in a red and gold superhero suit, accessorized with superhuman powers.




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Jane de Leon’s iconic portrayal of the legendary heroine is not as simple as an old lore tucked in the pages of a comic book. It is also a revival of a physically and morally strong, compassionate, and justice-seeking female figure to which viewers of all age groups—men and women alike—can identify with. In fact, as one of the show’s directors and a women empowerment advocate, Avel Sunpongco, puts it:


Mayro’n tayong mga nanay na habang ang mga tatay natin ay busy sa pagtatrabaho, ang nanay natin ang nagbibigay sa’tin ng enlightenment, ng guidance. So, ito ’yung panahon para suklian natin ’yung kabutihan at magandang example ng mga nanay natin.” 





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Backing his statement, fellow director Darnel Villaflor states: “I have two kids—parehong babaena nanonood talaga ng Darna. Maganda ’yung binibigay nitong learnings sa kanila bilang mga babae. ’Yung women empowerment na tinuturo ng Darna, nandu’n talaga, kaya sobra kong proud na napasama ko sa programang ito.


Directed by veteran director and filmmaker Chito S. Roño with Avel Sunpongco, Benedict Mique, and Darnel Villaflor, Darna is produced by ABS-CBN’s JRB Creative Production unit. The television series is a coming-together of a new-generation yet talented ensemble including Jane de Leon, Janella Salvador, Joshua Garcia, and Zaijian Jaranilla.


To know more about the cast members’ and creatives’ thoughts on the show and their characters, browse through the gallery below:



Lead photos from ABS-CBN Entertainment's Official YouTube Channel

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