The battle of the mermaids

 PRIMETIME television is powering up with a clash of half-human half-fish characters to be played by Anne Curtis and Louise Delos Reyes in Dyesebel and Kambal Sirena, respectively.

 Louise delos Reyes plays twins in Kambal
Kapamilya star Anne has been very vocal in saying that she has always wanted to play a mermaid. Back in 2008, in the fantasy series Dyosa, Anne played three different characters including a goddess with a fish tail. That was her closest experience to playing Dyesebel since ABS-CBN didn’t have the exclusive rights to Mars Ravelo’s komiks back then.

Truly, this assignment made Anne fulfill a childhood dream but it also served as a disappointment to those who thought that they would be considered for the role. You see, Dyesebel, after Darna, is the most desired character by most female actors. Not only it is a symbol of beauty, showbiz history dictates that playing the mythical character is a confirmation of someone’s status as the next big female star.

In this respect, does Anne Curtis perfectly fit the mold? The answer is no. The 29-year-old actress already made her mark in local tinseltown and besides she is the oldest to play the character hence even Angel Locsin or KC Concepcion would not be the perfect choice.

Considering the character’s power to catapult an upcoming talent to stardom, ABS-CBN could have had chosen a fresher face. They’ve got a pool of talents waiting in the wings, it could have been a chance to build up a virtually unknown name but the network chose to give the coveted role to an overrated star instead.

Meanwhile, as anticipation rises for the airing of Dyesebel, GMA-7 also announced the release of its own original version of a mermaid story, Kambal Sirena.

Is Anne Curtis too old to play
Without doing any mental calisthenics, Kambal Sirena appears to be Kapuso network’s response to ABS-CBN‘s own version of Dysebel. It cannot be a coincidence that the characters are both mermaids, we are not in 2004 when GMA-7 came up with a parody of Marina (top-billed by Claudine Barretto) called Marinara (starring Rufa Mae Quinto).

While the storyline of Kambal Sirena has yet to be revealed, the cast members are now being introduced one by one. The title role is given to Louise delos Reyes and Mike Tan plays as her love interest. To those unfamiliar with Louise, she’s the same actress who played the lead role in Mundo Mo’y Akin and Alakdana.

Certainly, when Dyesebel and Kambal Sirena both hit primetime, even if the latter is just an imitation of the first, Louise will be more benefitted in this television rivalry. Kambal Sirena will get more free publicity even if Dyesebel rules the ratings race.

Proud for Filipino talents

What do Vilma Santos, Marian Rivera and caregiver Rose Fostanes have in common? They all gave honor to the country for emerging winners on the global stage.

Ate Vi bagged the Best Actress award at the Dhaka International Film Festival held in Bangladesh for her performance in the indie film Ekstra, a box office winner at last year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, the indie movie tells the story of a struggling bit player in television soap operas. The film was released in mainstream theaters in August and had its international premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Meanwhile, following the massive successes of Marimar, Dyesebel and Temptation of Wife in Vietnam, Kapuso network’s primetime queen was recently named Most Favorite Foreign Artist in a poll conducted by Vietnam’s Today TV, a free-to-air television station that is considered as one of the country’s largest media conglomerates.

This year, Marian will still be visible in the Vietnamese television with the airing of Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Akin Tadyang, which also stars Dingdong Dantes.

On the music scene, 47-year old Rose Fostanes proved that Filipino talents know no age and boundary. The Pinay caregiver who works in Tel Aviv was hailed the first winner of X-Factor Israel. She walked home with a cash prize and a recording contract.

Although X-Factor Israel is not as prominent compared to the other reality singing competitions, Filipinos around the globe followed Rose’s journey in the talent search mainly because of her moving story. She initially felt an outcast in the competition but gained prominence after viewers and other contestants recognized her for her talent.

In one of the episodes of the show, Rose said: “I feel that everybody is looking at me like I was an alien—a Filipina working here, cleaning houses.”

Rose won via fan votes.


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