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Valentina through the years: PH’s most famous supervillainess

Valentina through the years: PH’s most famous supervillainess

Recently cast as Valentina, Janella Salvador is taking the Internet by storm! Fans have been expressing their excitement in witnessing a great, villainous performance from the actress. 

Valentina, or Regina in her human alter-ego, is an empowered woman in Mars Ravelo’s Darna: The TV Series. At the Valentina Reveal event, Salvador said, 

“I like her because she is smart. She’s an intellectual. [Also], she actually does have a good heart, hindi lang nagagamit sa tamang paraan.”

As we wait for Janella’s upcoming portrayal of Valentina, let us first look back at the actresses in the past who made the said character their own!

IWA MOTO IN 2009’s DARNA

Photo courtesy of The Darna Wiki and Darna TV (Youtube)

First up is Iwa Moto’s Valentina! In her version, she is Darna’s childhood friend. She switches sides and becomes the main enemy of the story.

ALESSANDRA DE ROSSI IN 2005’s DARNA

Photo courtesy of The Filipino Times

Alessandra de Rossi is thankful for the role because it gave her a roof over her head, despite not wanting to play the character at the start.

Her fierce performance showed how great she is as an actress—the feedback from her time is proof enough!

PILITA CORRALES IN 1994’s DARNA: ANG PAGBABALIK

Photo courtesy of DIE, DANGER, DIE, DIE, KILL! blog

In 1994’s version of Darna, Pilita Corrales is Valentina. Her character had a daughter named Valentine, which is played by Cherie Gil. Both characters have snake-filled hair.

PILAR PILAPIL IN 1991’s DARNA

Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin and DonnaCruz.com

1991 was the year of Viva Films’ take on Mars Ravelo’s Darna. For the main villain role, they cast Pilar Pilapil. Her version is a fashionista, which is an interesting take on the character!

To add, she has a pet snake named Vibora, too.

MELISSA PEREZ RUBIO IN 1989’s VALENTINA

Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin

In Lea Productions’s Valentina, Darna did not appear at all. It focused on the villain herself.

Melissa Perez Rubio’s version is portrayed as a good person. But like Medusa, she has the power to turn people to stone at will.

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Better watch out for her version. She’s quite scary!

CELIA RODRIGUEZ IN 1973’s LIPAD, DARNA, LIPAD!

Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin and Pelikula ATBP blog

Lipad, Darna, Lipad! revealed a full name behind the villain: Dr. Valentina Vrandakapoor.

And according to critics, Celia Rodriguez‘s depiction of the antagonist was the best out of all.

CRISTINA ARAGON IN 1951’s DARNA

Photo courtesy of Mars Ravelo’s Darna the Superheroine (Facebook)

Of course, Cristina Aragon‘s version of Valentina is a must-mention! The crown for the very first actress to play the character goes to her.

What do you think?

Are you excited for a new version of the villain to hit the screens? Let us know your thoughts!

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