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The Darna who did not fly

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Paul Tena
Paul Tena is an alumnus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Politixxx Today and he also traverses into fiction writing in his spare time. Sometimes he goes by his pen name JPE Tena. His debut novel, The Lore Kingdom, was named an Honorable Mention in 2021 Lampara Prize. For more information, you may reach him via tenajpe@gmail.com.

Jane De Leon was a surprising choice for the new Darna – an iconic Filipina heroine – after both Angel Locsin and Lisa Soberano begged off for the role due to health reasons. As the new face of the iconic character, the actress had to face both the honor and challenge in preparing for the role of a lifetime, after all, superstars like Vilma Santos and Sharon Cuneta played the role of our version of Wonder Woman. This is the big break any newcomer would die for.

Unfortunately, the controversial non-renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise affected the production of the film. The uncertainty of the times brought by the COVID-19 pandemic added to the piles of reasons.  A report also showed that the indefinite postponement of the movie adaptation came from no less than from the director of the film himself. The big-budgeted movie would be a big risk at a time of unpredictability on whether the public will be ready soon enough to watch movies even after the pandemic is over.

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The instant fame brought by the initial promotion brought a positive impact to Jane. She garnered adoring fans that wouldn’t be possible had the announcement of the role never occurred. On that note, she can still be considered as a winner.

The promising actress still has a shot to take once she soars as a superhero. As of now, her new fans can only wait when she finally adorn the Darna costume and for the moment when she would call on Ding to throw the magical stone that transforms her into a protector savior. Otherwise, she will go down in history as one Darna who did not fly.

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