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8 Filipino Actresses Who Played the Iconic Role of "Dyesebel"

8 Filipino Actresses Who Played the Iconic Role of "Dyesebel"
IMAGE Mars Ravelos Dyesebel/GMA, Mars Ravelos Dyesebel/Dreamscape Entertainment
The mystical mermaid was portrayed by the likes of Anne Curtis, Marian Rivera, Vilma Santos, and more.

Since emerging from the depths of Mars Ravelo's fables, the mermaid Dyesebel has become a treasured piece of Filipino culture. The lore of a little girl borne out of the forbidden romance between a human and an Atlantican has struck a core to viewers across different generations. Since the 1950s, the story has been remade into several films and TV series, with the titular character becoming a career-defining role for any actress it's bestowed upon.

Ahead, we list down the eight ladies who've made a splash on our screens as the mermaid Dyesebel herself:

1. Anne Curtis

The most recent Dyesebel we've encountered was played by multimedia darling Anne Curtis. This was the actress' second time to portray a mermaid, following her equally-as-iconic role as Josephine in 2008's Dyosa.

In the 2014 edition of Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel, Anne was situated as a young girl named Beatriz who was separated from her human roots as an infant. She rediscovers that world and encounters Fredo (Gerald Anderson) and Liro (Sam Milby) as allies.

anne curtis as dyesebel
PHOTO BY Mars Ravelos Dyesebel/Dreamscape Entertainment

2. Marian Rivera

No one can claim that they've played three of the most monumental characters in Philippine television back-to-back-to-back other than Marian Rivera. In between being Marimar and Darna, the 37-year-old took on the role of aquatic heroine Dyesebel in a 2008 GMA teleserye.

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She was paired up with her eventual husband Dingdong Dantes for this project, who played her love interest Fredo. This version also had Dyesebel facing four adversaries across her two worlds; namely, Betty (Bianca King), Ava (Jean Garcia), Berbola (Michelle Madrigal), and Dyangga (Mylene Dizon). 

marian rivera as dyesebel
PHOTO BY Mars Ravelos Dyesebel/GMA

3. Ara Mina

Making a brief appearance in the Angel Locsin-starring remake of Darna was Dyesebel, who was portrayed by Ara Mina at the time. The Mars Ravelo cinematic universe suggests that the two fantastical figures exist in the same realm!

ara mina as dyesebel

4. Charlene Gonzales

Two years after her podium finish at Miss Universe, Charlene Gonzales reprised the role of Dyesebel in a 1996 movie produced by Viva Films. She starred in this version alongside the likes of Jaclyn JoseAlbert Martinez, and fellow beauty queen Gloria Diaz.

charlene gonzales as dyesebel
PHOTO BY Dyesebel/Viva Films

5. Alice Dixson

Citing Dyesebel as the role that "made me," Alice Dixson brought the character to life in a 1990 film adaptation. A teenage Carmina Villaroel played her younger self during the flick's first few sequences.

alice dixson as dyesebel
PHOTO BY Dyesebel/Regal Films

6. Alma Moreno

1978's Sisid, Dyesebel, Sisid saw sexy star Alma Moreno portray the mermaid. The late, great German Moreno, or Kuya Germs as he's popularly known as, also took part in the film as Mr. Espejo.

alma moreno as dyesebel
PHOTO BY Dyesebel/Sampaguita Pictures

7. Vilma Santos

It comes as no surprise that Vilma Santos, the "Star for All Seasons," has Dyesebel in her extensive filmography. Cinemas in 1973 premiered Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe, where Ate Vi played the lead role.

vilma santos as dyesebel
PHOTO BY Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe/Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions

8. Edna Luna

The first ever Filipina to exhume Dyesebel from the comic book pages was Edna Luna. She topbilled the mermaid's on-screen debut in 1953, and reprised the part in a 1964 sequel titled Anak ni Dyesebel.

edna luna as dyesebel
PHOTO BY Dyesebel/Peoples Pictures

Who was your favorite Dyesebel, and which actress do you want to see dive into the role next? Let us know in the comments!

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