'Dyesebel' to start filming in Palawan
MANILA - Anne Curtis has renewed her contract with ABS-CBN, extending her stay as a Kapamilya for another two years.
The 28-year-old actress-host signed the deal Wednesday with ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez III, President Charo Santos-Concio, Channel Head Cory Vidanes, TV Production Head Laurenti Dyogi, and Business Unit Heads Riley Santiago and Deo Endrinal.
Viva Entertainment, which handles the showbiz career of Curtis, was represented by her manager, Veronique del Rosario-Corpus.
Anne Curtis during her contract-signing with ABS-CBN executives on Wednesday. Photo by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News
Speaking with reporters shortly after the contract-signing, Curtis said the two-year deal includes her stint as co-host of "It's Showtime," a daily noontime variety program; and one TV series each year, including "Dyesebel."
"It just goes to show that you have found family, and that they'll always have faith in you no matter what and give you a chance," said Curtis, of being offered to renew her contract.
"I'm so grateful that ABS-CBN and the whole management team na nandito pa rin sila para sa akin at may gano'ng faith pa rin, so thank you so much for another two years," she said.
Curtis, who is now on her 10th year as an ABS-CBN talent, has referred to her transfer to the network as "life-changing." Her first role as a Kapamilya -- an innocent girl-turned-rebellious teen in "Hiram" in 2004 -- was also her first lead role in a drama series.
She has since top-billed seven TV series on ABS-CBN.
Her eighth -- the Kapamilya adaptation of Mars Ravelo's "Dyesebel" -- will start filming in Palawan at the end of the week, according to Curtis.
"It's every girl's dream to become a mermaid, so to be able to portray one that's part of the history of Philippine literature, it's such an honor," the actress said.
Dyesebel, in the original comics released in 1952, is a mermaid born on land to human parents, her mother a former mermaid herself. As a child, Dyesebel is sent away to live at sea with other merfolk after being blamed by superstitious townspeople for a series of disasters.
Different takes on the classic tale made it to the big screen as early as 1953. Popular portrayals of the title character include Vilma Santos (1973), Alma Moreno (1978), Alice Dixson (1990), and Charlene Gonzales (1996).
Curtis is the second actress to play Dyesebel in a TV series, following Marian Rivera's portrayal in a GMA-7 soap in 2008.
Asked on Wednesday how she has been preparing for the role, Curtis said, "Nag-te-training po ako sa swimming, like 'yung breathing methods po, kung paano hihinga para mas matagal 'yung breath mo sa ilalim ng tubig."
"Of course, nag-da-diet para sexy! It's part of the role to at least be fit, kasi palaging lumalangoy si Dyesebel... I promise I will do my best para hindi ma-disappoint lahat ng avid followers ng Dyesebel!"
Joining Curtis in the cast of "Dyesebel" are Ai Ai delas Alas, Dawn Zulueta, Eula Valdez, Andi Eigenmann, Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby, Gabby Concepcion, Neil Coleta, Young JV, David Chua, Bangs Garcia, and Ogie Diaz.
It will be directed by Don Cuaresma at Francis Pasion.