Darna – Wonder Woman of Philippine Cinema
Darna is a fictional character created by a great writer, Mars Ravelo in 1950. He created Darna as a character for Philippine magazine which is “Pinoy Komiks”. It was said that Darna’s original name was Varga, and it was published in another magazine in 1947. It was with “Bulaklak Magazine”, but due to misunderstanding with the publication Mars Ravelo transferred to Bulaklaks’ competitor and there he revived Varga into Darna.
Mars Ravelo said that he did not created Darna in Wonder Woman’s image; instead it was his mother who has been his inspiration all the while.
One year after the success of Darna in Pinoy Komiks she was brought into life in the silver screen. Darna has been a success ever since and had been brought into life by many good actresses and actor as well, not just in cinema but also in television.
Darna is a sexy heroine from another planet, Marte. She is manifesting only when a small white stone was being swallowed by an earthling girl named Narda, who has been gifted by this powerful stone.
Some of Darna’s powers are telekinesis, telepathy, flight, super strength, super speed, heat vision and near-invulnerability. Her weapons are the ruby on her helmet, it allows her to emit a powerful blast; the medallions on her belt, it has some hidden swords that is shape like a star; her bracelets are not just bullet proof but it can also bring the bullet back to her opponents.
Darna’s greatest enemy is the snake Goddess Valentina. The long list of her enemies includes Roma, Armida, Lucifera, Lutgarda, Impakta, Domino Lipolico, Electra, Isputnik, The "Planetmen", The "Planet Women", The Giants, Valentine Adan, X3X, Braguda, Babaing Tuod (II), Impakta (II), Babaing Lobo, Babaing Linta, Dambuhalang Ahas, Ms. Luna, Mambabarang, Sulfura, Molecula, Nosferamus, Dr. Zombie, Ella the Zombie, The Toy Master, Divina Demonica, Black Darna (played by Katrina Halili in the 2005 series), Divas Impaktitas, Varca, Peruca, Trolca, and Lalaking Ahas.
Here are the lists of actors and actresses who portrayed Darna in movies and in TV:
• Rosa del Rosario in "Darna" (1951) and "Darna at ang Babaing Lawin" (1952)
• Liza Moreno in "Si Darna at ang Impakta" (1963) and "Isputnik vs. Darna" (1963)
• Eva Montes in "Darna at ang Babaing Tuod" (1965)
• Gina Pareno in "Darna at ang Planetman" (1969)
• Vilma Santos in "Lipad, Darna, Lipad!" (1973), "Darna and the Giants" (1973), "Darna vs The Planet Women" (1973) and "Darna and Ding" (1980)
• Chiquito in "Terribol Dobol" (1974) - first male Darna
• Lorna Tolentino in "Darna" (1977 TV Series)
• Brenda del Rio in "Darna Kuno?" (1979)
• Dolphy in "Darna Kuno?" (1979) - second male Darna
• Lotis Key in "Darna Kuno?" (1979)
• Rio Locsin in "Bira, Darna, Bira!" (1979)
• Sharon Cuneta in "Captain Barbell" (1986)
• Nanette Medved in "Darna" (1991)
• Anjanette Abayari in "Darna Ang Pagbabalik" (1994) and Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko (1994)
• Regine Velasquez in "Captain Barbell" (2003)
• Katrina Halili in "Mars Ravelo's Darna" (2005 TV Series) - first Black Darna
• Angel Locsin in "Mars Ravelo's Darna" (2005 TV Series)
• Marian Rivera in "Mars Ravelo's Darna" (2009 TV Series)
Photos : Official Darna Website