As the newest Darna, Jane de Leon has received an outpour of support from veteran actresses Vilma Santos and Rio Locsin who have previously played the part of the Pinay superheroine.
In a report by ABS-CBN News published yesterday, August 9, Vilma and Rio offered words of encouragement to Jane as she stars in “Darna: The TV Series” alongside Joshua Garcia, Janella Salvador, and Zaijan Jaranilla.
“Ngayon, Jane, ikaw ang napiling Darna,” she addressed Jane. “Bigyan mo sila ng inspirasyon na meron pa ring pagmamahal, meron pa ring tiwala, at meron pa ring pag-asa.”
“Ang daming humawak ng batong ‘yan, ngayon Jane nasa iyo ang bato. Pangalagaan mo ‘yang mabuti. Maging ehemplo ka ng henerasyon ngayon. I wish you all good luck. Nandito lang ako to support you,” added Vilma, who starred in the 1980 film “Darna and Ding.”
In response to Vilma’s message, Jane said, “Actually, hindi ko po inexpect na meron po pala akong message from tita Vilma Santos and gagawin ko po talaga ‘yung best ko para po sa inyong lahat. Maraming, maraming salamat po.”
“Bira! Darna! Bira!” star Rio also extended her support for the young actress and reminded her that to be given the role of Darna is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Lagi ko ‘tong sinasabi kay Jane. Jane, napakalaki ng karangalan, napakalaking pribilehiyo. Mahirap pero hindi lahat tinatawag na Darna. Hindi lahat nabibigyan ng pagkakataon,” she said.
Rio continued, “Andito naman kami. Hindi ka namin pababayaan. Lahat ng suporta ibibigay namin sa ‘yo. At sabi ko sa kanya talagang i-imbibe mo, dalhin mo sa puso mo.”
Helmed by acclaimed director Chito S. Roño with director Avel Sunpongco, “Darna: The TV Series” will premiere on August 15 on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, Jeepney TV, and TV5.
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