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 AT ANG BABAING TUOD- 1964- Liwayway Comics.

SI DARNA AT ANG PLANETMAN- 1966- Holiday Comics.

DARNA AT NAG BABAING LINTA- Feb 3, 1968. Issue #1 - Darna Comics.

DARNA AND THE TIME MACHINE- 1975- Kampeon Comics

DARNA AT DING- Bulaklak Comics.

Darna vs. the Black widow. 1980


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



DARNA AT ANG TAONG IBON 1987- Darna Comics

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 ARAKNIDO- 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.

DARNA- Feb, 2003- Mango comics

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

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


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.
    (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
    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 .
    Directed by
    Natoy Catindig Aug 12,1963 Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Nida Blanca as Sputnik
    Liza Moreno as Darna
    Tony Ferrer and Dencio Padilla
    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

    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
    (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

    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

    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
    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
    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
    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

    (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.

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Care to know....

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Up..Up..and away!!!!

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  • His middle name has been listed both as "Joseph" and "Jerome", obviously tributes to his creator(s).
  • Clark Kent's favorite meal is Beef Bourguignon (with ketchup)
  • The Jonathon, Martha, and Clark Kent lived on a ten acre farm in Smallville. She inherited it from her first husband, who had passed away.
  • Superman is one of the most recognized characters in fiction. In April 2000, he Got Milk.
  • The initials L. L. feature very prominently in Superman's life. Lana Lang was his boyhood girlfriend, Lois Lane is the love of his life, Lyla Lerrol was a super-hottie Kryptonian that he almost married, and of course, Lex Luthor is his worst enemy.
  • Unless stated otherwise, Superman is always 29 years old in any given story.
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  • In the comic books, BEPPO was the name of Superman's MONKEY and COMET was his SUPER HORSE.
  • Supermans powers;-super strenght-super hearing-xray vision-telescopic vision-microscopic vision-super breath-the ability to split himself into 2 functioning entitles-ability to will himself through solids-ventriloquist[can through his voice]-levitate people-and of course, to fly!

  • Actors who played Superman;

Ray Middleton, 1939

Kirk Alan, 1948-1950

George Reeves, 1951-1958

Christopher Reeve, 1978-1987

Dean Cain, 1993-1997

Tom Welling (Smallville)

Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, 2006)

Brandon Routh as Superman in Superman Returns

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  • The only thing that can stop superman is Kryptonite. Green rock which are pieces of his exploded planet.
  • His original costume was made by Mrs.Kent out of the baby blanket he was wrapped in as a child.

May 1 is Labor Day

The May 1st date is used because in 1884 the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday in the United States, to come in effect as of May 1, 1886. This resulted in the general strike and the U.S. Haymarket Riot of 1886, but eventually also in the official sanction of the eight-hour workday.
May Day is designated International Workers Day. It is indeed a thoroughly international holiday; and the United States is one of the few countries in the world where pressure from local working classes has not led to an official holiday. In the 20th century, the holiday received the official endorsement of the Soviet Union; celebrations in communist countries during the Cold War era often consisted of large military parades and shows of common people in support of the government.

The Haymarket Martyrs

The story of the Haymarket Martyrs, and their monument in Forest Home Cemetery, begins at a convention of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in 1884. The Federation (the predecessor to the American Federation of Labor) called for a great movement to win the 8-hour workday, which would climax on May 1, 1886.

The plan was to spend two years urging all American employers to adopt a standard 8-hour day, instead of the 10 to 12, even up to 16-hour days that were prevalent. After May 1 of 1886, all workers not yet on an 8-hour schedule, were to cease work in a nation-wide strike until their employer would meet the demand.

80,000 Marched
Although some employers did meet the deadline, many did not. Accordingly, great demonstrations took place on May 1 all across the country. Chicago's was the biggest with an estimated 80,000 marching on Michigan Avenue, much to the alarm of Chicago's business leaders and newspapers who saw it as foreshadowing "revolution," and demanded a police crackdown.
In fact, the Anarchists and other political radicals in Chicago were reluctant to have anything to do with the 8-hour day strike, which they saw as "reformist;" but they were prevailed upon by the unionists to participate because Albert Parsons and others were such powerful orators and had a substantial following.
A mass meeting was called for the night of May 4, 1886 in the city haymarket at Randolph St. and DesPlaines Ave. Its purpose was to protest a police action from the previous day in which strikers and their supporters at the McCormick Reaper plant on Blue Island Ave. had been killed and injured by police.
The mass meeting in the haymarket was so poorly planned that the organizers had to round up speakers, including Parsons, at the spur of the moment. A rain began to fall, and as the last speaker was concluding, a large force of 200 police arrived with a demand that the meeting disperse.

Bomb Thrown
Someone, unknown to this day, then threw a bomb at the massed police. In their confusion, the police began firing their weapons in the dark, killing at least four in the crowd and wounding many more. Several police were killed (only one by the bomb), the rest probably by police fire. The myth of the Haymarket Riot was born.
In the aftermath of the event, unions were raided all across the country. The Eight-Hour Movement was derailed and it was not until passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1935, that the 8-hour workday became the national standard, a part of the Fair Labor Standards Act passed during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal."

Albert Parsons and seven others associated with radical organizations were prosecuted in a show trial. None were linked to the unknown bomb thrower, and some were not even present at the time. They were held to be responsible for the bomb thrower's act, because their public criticism of corporate America, the political structure, and the use of police power against the working people, was alleged to have inspired the bomber.

Governor's Pardon
They were found guilty in a trial which Governor John Peter Altgeld subsequently held to be grossly unfair. On June 26, 1894, Altgeld pardoned those defendants still alive and in prison; but Parsons, Spies, Fischer, and Engel had been hanged, and Lingg was an apparent suicide.
The Haymarket case became a world-wide scandal. Governor Oglesby was petitioned by hundreds of thousands, including AFL President Samuel Gompers, to grant clemency, and thus prevent a miscarriage of justice by stopping the executions. Appeals by the defense delayed the hanging for over a year. The seven were scheduled to hang on November 11, 1887. The day before the execution, November tenth, Governor Oglesby commuted the sentences of Saumel Fielden and Michael Schwab to life inprisonment. The remaining prisoners were to be hanged the next day. Louis Lingg cheated the executioner and killed himself in his cell by biting down on a dynamite blasting cap. August Spies, Adolph Fischer, Aulbert Parsons, and George Engel, were hanged on November 11th, known as "Black Friday".

In July of 1889, a delegate from the AFL attending an international labor conference in Paris, urged that May 1 of each year be celebrated as a day of labor solidarity. It was adopted. Accordingly, with the exception of the United States, workers throughout the world consider May First to be their "Labor Day."

Labor Day in the Philippines
May 1, 1903 was the date of the first labor day celebrated in the Philippines. It was organized by the Union Obrera Democratica (UOD), the firstlabor federation in the Philippines.

Isabelo delos Reyes was acknowledge as the Father of Philippine Organized Labor.

White Noise

Have you see the movie "White Noise" which starred Michael Keaton?
The phenomenon in that movie in which spirits communicate through TV or radio is called Electronic Voice Phenomena or (EVP).
EVP is the process through which the dead communicate with the living through household recording devices. These extraordinary recordings-captured by people all over the world, in their homes, with a simple tape or video recorder-seem to confirm what many of us have dared to believe: it is possible for the dead to communicate with us.
The first case was in 1901, when Waldemar Bogoras recorded a shaman's spirit beating a drum. The first tape recorded voice happened in December 5, 1956 "This is G."

Interest in EVP apparently began in the1920s. An interviewer from Scientific American asked Thomas Edison about the possibility of contacting the dead. Edison, a man of no strong religious views, said that nobody knows whether “our personalities pass on to another existence or sphere” but

it is possible to construct an apparatus which will be so delicate that if there
are personalities in another existence or sphere who wish to get in touch with
us in this existence or sphere, this apparatus will at least give them a better
opportunity to express themselves than the tilting tables and raps and ouija
boards and mediums and the other crude methods now purported to be the only
means of communication.
(Clark 1997: 235)

There is no evidence, however, that Edison ever designed or tried to construct such a device. And he probably did not foresee spirits communicating with our tape recorders and television sets.

Psychologist Jim Alcock explains why many people believe in EVP.

Perception is a very complex process, and when our brains try to find patterns,
they are guided in part by what we expect to hear. If you are trying to hear
your friend while conversing in a noisy room, your brain automatically takes
snippets of sound and compares them against possible corresponding words, and
guided by context, we can often “hear” more clearly than the sound patterns
reaching our ears could account for. Indeed, it is relatively easy to
demonstrate in a psychology laboratory that people can readily come to hear
“clearly” even very muffled voices, so long as they have a printed version in
front of them that tells them what words are being spoken. The brain puts
together the visual cue and the auditory input, and we actually “hear” what we
are informed is being said, even though without that information, we could
discern nothing. Going one step further, and we can demonstrate that people can
clearly “hear” voices and words not just in the context of muddled voices, but
in a pattern of white noise, a pattern in which there are no voices or words at
Given that we can routinely demonstrate this effect, it is only
parsimonious to suggest that what people hear with EVP is also the product of
their own brains, and their expectations, rather than the voices of the dearly

For more info about EVP, visit The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP)

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