Sunday, May 01, 2005

"DING, ang bato!" DARNA!!!!!!


July 23, 1947 - Mars Revelo created "Varga" in Bulaklak Magazine Vol.4, Number 17 .When Ravelo left Bulaklak in 1949 after a falling out with its editor, Varga stayed behind. Mars Ravelo took her image, flowing sash and all to Pilipino Comics.
On May 13, 1950, Mars Ravelo re-launched his beloved comics Superheroine now called "Darna" - The mighty warrior from planet Marte.

Story: When young Narda witnessed a falling star late one night and went to investigate where it landed, she found a strange little stone with the word Darna written on it. Hearing others approaching, she popped it in her mouth and in a moment of impetuousness, swallowed it. Instantly she was overtaken by a sensation of travelling through space, and collapsed. She was found by her guardian (parent?) who took her home and put her to bed. Later she asked Narda what had happened, and the young girl recounted the story of her find. But when she said the word that had been inscribed on the stone, she was instantly transformed in a flash of lightning into a tall, Amazonian woman. This was Darna, a mighty warrior from planet Marte.

Nestor Redondo illustrated the first Darna

Darna's first breath-taking adventures was first serialized in the pages of Pilipino comics # 77, she was pitted against the sultry snake goddess Valentina.



May 31, 1951 - The first darna movie, produced by FPJ's Royal Film starring Rosa Del Rosario as Darna and Cristina Aragon as Valentina, while Mila Nimpa portrayed Narda.

Darna was serialized in the following comics:

DARNA - Pilipino Komiks # 77. May 13,1950

DARNA AT ANG BABAING LAWIN -1951- Pilipino Comics.
(DARNA AND THE HAWK WOMAN)

SI DARNA AT ANG BABAING IMPAKTA- Kenkoy Comics.
( DARNA AND THE EVIL TWINS)

DARNA AT ANG BABAING TUOD- 1964- Liwayway Comics.
(DARNA AND THE WOOD WITCH)



SI DARNA AT ANG PLANETMAN- 1966- Holiday Comics.
(DARNA AND THE PLANETMAN)

DARNA AT NAG BABAING LINTA- Feb 3, 1968. Issue #1 - Darna Comics.
(DARNA AND THE LEECH WOMAN)

DARNA AND THE TIME MACHINE- 1975- Kampeon Comics

DARNA AT DING- Bulaklak Comics.

Darna vs. the Black widow. 1980


DARNA vs. THE BLACK ORCHIDS

DARNA vs. DYANGA- Jan 1, 1985-Darna Comics.

DARNA KONTRA TAONG DIABLO- 1986- Darna Comics.
(DARNA VS THE DEMON)

DARNA AT ANG HIWAGA NG NAWAWALANG HUKAY- 1986-
( DARNA AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING GRAVE) - Darna comics.

DARNA AT ANG TAONG IBON 1987- Darna Comics
(DARNA AND THE BIRDMAN)

DARNA VS ZUMARNA- 1993. Darna Comics

Darna sa Gitna ng Pag Ibig at Panganib. ( Darna in the middle of Love and Danger) June 1992. Darna Comics

Darna ang Pagbabalik! ( Darna the Return!)- 1996. Darna Comics

Darna sa Daigdig ng Ilusyon-( Darna in the world of Illusions) 1996- Darna Comics

DARNA VS THE WITCH- 1997 - Darna Comics

DARNA VS THE BLACK MERCURY- Darna Comics

DARNA VS ARAKNIDO- 1988 - Darna Comics.

DARNA AND THE TIME MACHINE-1988 - Darna Comics.

Darna Versus The Warlock- June 25,1990. Darna Comics

DARNA VS THE TOXIC MONSTER-1999- Super Action Comics.

Darna sa Bingit ng Panganib. 1999- Super Action Comics

PAANO KUNG MAY TATLONG DARNA? - Super Action comics.
(WHAT IF THERE WERE THREE DARNAS?)

DARNA- Feb, 2003- Mango comics

DARNA 2nd issue- May 7, 2003- Mango Comics

DARNA 3rd issue- Dec 13, 2003- Mango Comics

DARNA ETC.. DEC 2003- FRANK RIVERA. U.S.T. Press

Darna Movie List


  1. DARNA May 31, 1951 Royal Films Directed by
    Fernando Poe Starring: Rosa Del Rosario as Darna, Cristina Aragon as Valentina, Mila Nimpa as Narda and Manuel Ubaldo as Ding.
  2. DARNA AT ANG BABAING LAWIN
    (Darna and the Hawkwoman)
    Directed by
    Carlos Vander Toloso Aug 15,1952 Royal Films Rosa Del Rosario as Darna,
    Elvira Reyes as Babaing lawin (hawkwoman)
    Mila Nimpa as Narda
    Manuel Ubaldo as Ding
  3. SI DARNA AT ANG IMPAKTA
    (DARNA AND THE EVIL TWINS)
    Directed by
    Danilo Santiago June 27,1963 PPI
    Liza Moreno as Darna
    Gina Alonzo as Roma
    Paquito Salcedo as the evil twin
    and Jose Padilla Jr .
  4. ISPUTNIK VS. DARNA
    Directed by
    Natoy Catindig Aug 12,1963 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Nida Blanca as Sputnik
    Liza Moreno as Darna
    Tony Ferrer and Dencio Padilla
  5. DARNA AT ANG BABAING TUOD
    (DARNA AND TREE MONSTER)
    Directed by
    Cirio H. Santiago
    April 14,1965 Premiere Productions
    Eva Montes as Darna
    Gina Alonzo as Lucila
    Anita Linda, Ruben Rustia
    with Tito Galla
    and Nancy Roman with Coney Angeles as Narda
  6. DARNA AT ANG PLANETMAN
    (DARNA AND THE PLANETMAN)

    Directed by Marcelino Navarro
    Jan 18,1969
    Vera Perez Productions
    Gina Pareno as Darna/Daria
    Boy Alajar as Ding
    Gina Alajar as Narda
    and Bella Flores w/ Vic Vargas
  7. LIPAD, DARNA, LIPAD!
    (FLY, DARNA, FLY!)

    Directed by
    Maning Borlaza, Elwood Perez
    and Joey Gosiengfiao
    March 23,1973
    Sine Pilipino Vilma Santos as Darna/Narda
    Angelito as Ding
    Gloria Romero as Impakta
    Celia Rodriguez as Valentina and Liza Lorena as Babaing Lawin
  8. DARNA AND THE GIANTS

    Directed by
    Maning Borlaza
    Dec 22, 1973
    TIIP Vilma Santos as Darna/Narda
    Don Don Nakar as Ding
    Helen Gamboa as X3X
    and Divina Valencia
    with Max Alvarado, Ike Lozada
    Florence Aguilar
    and Kathy de la Cruz
  9. DARNA VS. THE PLANET WOMEN

    Directed By Armando Garces

    Dec 25,1975
    TIIP Vilma Santos as Darna
    Bentot Jr as Ding
    Rossana Ortiz as Elektra
    Zandro Zamora, Eva Linda
    and Lita Vasquez
    with Ernie Garcia
  10. DARNA KUNO?
    Directed by
    Luciano B. Carlos
    March 30,1979
    Regal films Dolphy as Darna
    Lotis Key, Marissa Delgado
    Brenda Del Rio as Darna
    with Celia Rodriguez, Ruel Vernal
    and Bella Flores
  11. BIRA, DARNA, BIRA!
    Directed by Tito Sanchez
    June 15, 1979
    MBM productions Rio Locsin as Darna/Narda
    Romnick Saarmienta as Ding
    Moody Diaz
    and Rex Cortes w/ Ruel Vernal
  12. DARNA AND DING
    Directed by
    J. Erastheo Navoa
    and Cloyd Robinson Feb 8,1980
    D' Wonder Films. Vilma Santos as Darna/Narda
    Nino Mulach as Ding
    Celia Rodriguez as Lei Ming
    Marissa Delgado
    as Dr. Irene Vontesberg
    Veronica Jones as Babaing Lawin
    and Max Alvarado as the Giant
  13. DARNA
    Directed by
    Joel Lamangan
    Dec 25,1991
    Viva Films Nanette Medved as Darna/Narda
    Pilar Pilapil as Valentina
    Bing Loyzaga as Impakta
    Edu Manzano as Dominico Lipolico
    and Ton Ton Gutierez


  14. DARNA ANG PAGBABALIK!
    (Darna the Return!)
    Directed by
    Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes June 9,1994
    Viva films Anjanette Abayari as Narda/Darna
    Pilita Corales as Valentina
    Cherrie Gil as Valentine
    Lester Llansing as Ding
    Edu Manzano


Darna fun fact

14 Darna movies were made since 1951.


Rosa Del Rosario was the first Darna.

Vilma Santos played Darna four times from the 70's up to the 80's. Rosa Del Rosario and Liza Moreno reprised their role of Darna twice.

Chiquito was the first Male Darna in " Terebol Dobol"
Dolphy was the second male Darna in " Darna Kuno"

Lorna Tolentino was the first actress to play Darna on a TV series in KBS 9 Darna ! ( February 1977)

DARNA- Anjanette Abayari makes a cameo appearance ( as well as Fernando Poe Jr. as Ang Panday) in the movie " PEDRO PENDUKO" starring Janno Gibbs.

The famous expression- " Ding, ang bato...Dali" Was originated in " Lipad, Darna, Lipad!". It did not come from the "Komiks".

Vilma Santos was the first actress to play both " Narda and Darna" starring with the movie "Lipad, Darna, Lipad"

Gina Pareno was the first actress to play both "Darna" and her second alter ego "Daria" young Gina Alajar played " Narda" in Darna at ang Planetman.

In the original komiks, Narda did not have to remove the magic stone everytime she transformed from Darna back to Narda, when she first swallowed the magic stone, it has remained within her and all she needs to do is to say the magic words to transform.

"Lipad, Darna, Lipad" is considered the " Silver Age version of Darna.

Lorna Tolentino was the first actress to wear a one piece Darna costume.

Other Appearances
Lorna Tolentino as Darna/Narda in 1977 Ketchie Benedicto's KBS 9 Darna! The TV series.

* Sharon Cuneta as Darna in Viva Films Captain Barbell
December 25,1986

* Liza Macuja - Comics the Ballet (1997)

* Anjanette Abayari, Alma Conception, Daisy Reyes Darna in Toyota FX Commercials.

* Aug 1-17, 2003 "DARNA THE BALLET" (CCP).
Mica Bernas as Narda. Chin-Chin Gutierez and Tex Ordonez as Valentina. Kristine Crame and Kris Belle Paclibar as Darna.


*Regine Velasquez as Darna in Viva films "CAPTAIN BARBELL" Dec 25, 2003. And in The Singer and the Song Writer Concert Tour 2004.

Darna the TV series in GMA is played by Angel Locsin.

More on Darna @ http://www.marsravelodarna.com/

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