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Mars Ravelo’s son reveals the family’s high expectations of ABS-CBN’s ‘Darna;’ shares the inspiration behind the iconic Pinay superhero

Speaking to members of the press, Ravelo, alongside members of the star-studded cast, answered questions related to the upcoming series. For his part, Rex expressed his excitement for the project and revealed how the entire family keeps high expectations for the series.

Darna creator’s son shared their trust in ABS-CBN in turning its new adaptation into a success.

Members of the Ravelo family, Rex Ravelo and his wife, Alice Layson, graced the grand media conference of ABS-CBN’s Darna, at the Dolphy Theater, on August 8, 2022. The ambitious, highly-anticipated series, finally debuts on the small screen on Monday, August 15.

Speaking to members of the press, Ravelo, alongside members of the star-studded cast, answered questions related to the upcoming series. For his part, Rex expressed his excitement for the project and revealed how the entire family keeps high expectations for the series.

“We signed up with ABS-CBN because we feel it was the best platform that we can have,” he shared.

He did not deny that the family expects the series to be great, noting its seasoned director and the caliber of the cast.

“Mataas ang expectations namin talaga. Having Mr. (Chito) Roño as the director, ‘yun na ‘yun. Parang it’s a dream come true na hindi tumitigil ang goosebumps ko.

“(Our expectations are really high. Having Mr. Roño as the director, we felt that, that was it. It was like a dream come true, that my goosebumps remain with me until now),” he added, as he also shared what inspired his father to create Darna.

“My father grew up very poor. Kaya nagkaroon ng Darna was because, na-inspire siya ng nanay niya. Single mother ‘yung nanay nya, and siguro, watching the mother raise him single-handedly, with the inspiration of Superman, he created Darna.

“(The reason why there is Darna, it is because of his mom. His mother was a single parent, and I assume, while he grew up seeing her raise him alone, and with the inspiration of Superman…he created Darna).” 

He noted that adding Iza Calzado’s character to ABS-CBN’s version of the iconic superheroine reflects that origin and inspiration.

“So ‘yung twist ngayon na nadyan si Iza Calzado as a young mother, nagkaroon ng twist ng family na iyon naman ang pinagmulan ng story ni Darna.

(Having Iza Calzado in the series as a young mother, gives that twist of Darna’s real origin),” he shared.

Ravelo, who is already based in the United States, revealed that he came home to personally grace the event, where he also shed some light upon the mysteries of Darna’s character, including her swallowing of the stone and spitting it out, to transform into Darna and return to Narda, respectively. 

“Ang bato is about agimat, kaya doon nanggaling ‘yung paglunok ng bato. Pero dati, ang bato, hindi iniluluwa. Ang bato ay napupunta sa puso. ‘Yung nilalabas na, innovation na siya.

“(The stone resembles an amulet. That is where the swallowing of the stone came from. But before that, its bearer do not spit it out. The stone goes straight to the heart. The choice of making her spit it out is already an innovation).” 

ABS-CBN’s TV adaptation of Darna, stars Jane de Leon as the title role, alongside Janella Salvador as the main antagonist, Valentina, Joshu Garcia as the policeman Brian, and Zaijian Jaranilla as Darna’s younger brother and ultimate sidekick Ding.


The series debuts on ABS-CBN’s platforms, A2Z, TV5, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and Kapamilya Channel, on August 15, right after TV Patrol.

Written by JE C.C.

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