IN PHOTOS: 13 actresses who played Darna


Posted at May 30 2017 07:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 05 2019 04:09 PM

ABS-CBN News takes a look back at the legendary legacy of Mars Ravelo's character with a slideshow honoring the actresses who brought her to life. 

1. Rosa del Rosario

Rosa del Rosario has the honor of starring in the first-ever Darna film, which was written by Mars Ravelo himself, back in 1951. She reprised the role a year later. Photo: The Philippine Daily Inquirer

2. Liza Moreno

Liza Moreno played Darna in "Si Darna at ang Impakta" and "Isputnik vs. Darna" in the 1960s. Photo: Mars Ravelo's Darna Facebook page

3. Eva Montes

This promotional poster for 1965's "Darna at ang Babaeng Tuod" features Eva Montes. Photo: Video48

4. Gina Pareño

to the familiar red and gold -- for 1969's "Darna at ang Planetman." Photo: Mars Ravelo's Darna Facebook page

5. Vilma Santos

Perhaps the most popular Darna, Vilma Santos first donned the iconic costume in 1973's "Lipad Darna Lipad." Photo: Mars Ravelo's Darna Facebook page

6. Lorna Tolentino

Lorna Tolentino starred in RPN-9's (then KBS 9) television adaptation of the Darna character. Photos from here and here.

7. Rio Locsin

Rio Locsin is front and center in the 1979 poster for "Bira! Darna Bira!" Photo: Comic Vine

8. Sharon Cuneta

Sharon Cuneta made a cameo appearance as Darna in Edu Manzano's "Captain Barbel" in 1986. Photo: Instagram

9. Nanette Medved

Nanette Medved appears in the VCD cover for the 1991 Darna movie. Photo: Mars Ravelo's Darna Facebook page

10. Anjanette Abayari

Anjanette Abayari, a former beauty queen, marked the return of Darna to the big screen in 1991's "Darna: Ang Pagbabalik." Photo: Viva Films

11. Regine Velasquez

Regine Velasquez appears in 2003's "Captain Barbel," a entry to the 29th Metro Manila Film Festival. Photo: Video48

12. Angel Locsin

Angel Locsin took Darna to the small screen in 2005 for GMA-7. Photo: Angel Locsin's Facebook page

13. Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera leads Darna's charge back to primetime in 2009. Photo: Pep