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Jane De Leon earns the iconic role of ‘Darna’


Mars Ravelo‘s Darna had several incarnations. On Philippine television, GMA-7 was successful in mounting two Darnas. First, it was Angel Locsin in 2005. The show had high ratings and the pilot week averaged at 50.08%, and its highest rating was 52.1%. Four years later (2009), it was Marian Rivera‘s turn to take on the iconic Filipino female superhero.

The Four Darnas

From top most: Marian Rivera and Angel Locsin assumed the iconic female superhero in 2005 and 2009, respectively. Liza Soberano was chosen by Star Cinema to take on the role via its annoucement in 2017, but had to quit due to her finger injury. Jane De Leon is the latest choice to breathe into the role of Narda and Darna at the same time.

 

But when the license for Darna went to ABS-CBN 2, Locsin was considered to reprise her role. Due to her back injury, she was compelled to resign.

In 2017, after the long wait, Liza Soberano was chosen to succeed Locsin. However, almost a year after the announcement, the 21-year-old Fil-Am Star Magic artist withdrew from the film project due to another injury. But just today, a 20-year-old rising female star, Jane De Leon was revealed as the new Darna.

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But what is even intriguing was that it was not just the lead stars who were resigning. Erik Matti, the director also left the project and another filmmaker Jerrold Tarog took over.

De Leon is no newbie in acting since she has appeared in films like The Debutantes (2017) and Walwal (2018), respectively. She played the younger sister of Jericho Rosales in the TV series, Halik.

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Saving Flora: A Film about Friendship between a Girl and her Elephant


Friendship is not limited to humans alone. That’s the story of Dawn and Flora. It’s a unique kind of bond between a human being and another mammal, an elephant. Saving Flora is a 2018 family drama film about the friendship between Dawn (Jenna Ortega) and her elephant named Flora (elephant’s name is Tai).

The story centers on a 14-year-old girl who kidnaps an elephant from a circus to take it to a nature reserve. Tai plays Flora, the elephant who has been in several other movies, including Like Water for Elephants.

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David Arquette of Scream franchise, Eight Legged Freaks, The Wheel, and Amanda & Jack Go Glamping–plays Henry, the circus owner and father to Dawn. 

In the film, Flora is a circus elephant and is already past her prime. Henry is going through difficult times. He tries to save operation costs to survive. His daughter disapproves of his idea of euthanizing Flora. She runs away from the circus with her elephant friend. Together, they met a local petty thief named Sebastian (Martin Martinez) along the way to the preserve.

Tom Arnold, Leonor Varela. Galen Howard, Guilford Adams, Cindy Chu, Mars Crain, and Carlos Ragas are also in the cast.

Mark Taylor and David Moss wrote Saving Flora. Fabio Golombek, Amber Wang, and Brad Billington with Clifford Cohen as producers and Taylor directed the film. 

Join Flora, Dawn, and Sebastian’s journey on July 10 in cinemas nationwide. To know more about the film, check its facebook page.

David Licauco-Shaira Diaz in a ‘kilig-worthy’ Romantic-Comedy flick ‘Because I Love You’


When Netizens noticed the chemistry between David Licauco and Shaira Diaz via Magpakailanman’s Nakawin Natin Ang Bawat Sandali episode in July 2018, which had a replay on June 8 this year, ALV Films thought of putting the two together in a millennial twist to the rich boy-poor girl love story in Because I Love You. The romantic-comedy flick is set to open tomorrow, June 26 in cinemas nationwide.

Composed image David Licauco Shaira Diaz

The Kapuso chinito heartthrob David Licauso is Rael and Shaira Diaz is Summer. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

It will be directed by veteran and multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan.

The Kapuso chinito heartthrob Licauso plays Rael, the cool, quiet and reserved executive and heir to his family’s business empire. He comes from a conservative upbringing which shaped him into stereotyped thinking, including matters of the heart.

Diaz, on the other hand, is Summer, the tenacious, street-smart firefighter who takes pride in pursuing her departed dad’s heroic legacy, much to the chagrin of her mom who wishes her to be a flight attendant or to be a beauty queen.

Teaming up the two in a wacky and romantic themed movie is a response to the pair figured as one of the top trending topics on social media. Their ‘kilig-worthy’ pair was heightened all the more during their guesting for One Hugot Away, GMA-7’s Web-TV project in March.

(L to R) David Licauco, Shaira Diaz, Michelle Dee, Martin del Rosario

In this photo, Licauco and Diaz are joined by two other stars–Michelle Dee and Martin del Rosario. Image courtesy of ALV Films.

Martin del Rosario, Michelle Dee, Samantha Lopez, Bernadette Allyson, Monsour del Rosario, Mr. World Philippines 2018 JB Saliba, Timothy Lawrence Yap, Bryan Benedict, IC Mendoza, Victor Basa, Rob Sy, Chris Leonardo, LM Mercado, Afi Africa, Melo Merkona, Jao Mapa, and Mosang with special cameo appearances by Miss Multinational 2017 Sophia Senoron, Miss Eco International 2018 Cynthia Thomalla, RJ Ledesma and newly-elect Senator Francis Tolentino are part of the cast.

 

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