The Superheroine character that made her into a showbiz personality she is today will be having a grand comeback in the Philippines air. This time on big screen.
When Star Cinema executive Malou Santos revealed that Locsin will be playing Darna in a movie, her fans couldnt help but be excited for the actress, who seems to have been (somehow) seated for a long time on a bench now. Though she has been doing a regular Saturday show, Toda Max for two years already, and has had a few movies last year, it is important to note that the star in Locsin was not as bright as that of other Kapamilya top stars who almost have no time for rest as TV series, shows, and movies come one after the other, if not almost overlapping.
Locsin lost the Superstar status along with the crown shes been wearing on her head when she was still on GMA 7 as their prime time queen. On ABS-CBN, Locsin has always been fighting for a top spot or at least a share on spotlight, after being given two hit TV series with the networks top leading men, Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz. A sacrifice that she had to make in order to broaden her audience and snatch the top acting awards she has now on her shelves.
The new movie is definitely a bold try for the Kapamilya network for her to regain the title as the Ultimate DARNA snatched by her biggest rival (as per fans, though they are friends in real life), Marian Rivera, whose career soared the highest when she took over Locsins throne on GMA Network. Rivera was touted as the prettiest lady to play Darna, according to rights owner of the Mars Ravelo character. But it was Locsins 2007 Darna that set the highest record in terms of TV ratings.
Well, Locsin is a star that cant be easily ignored, a beauty that cant be easily forgotten. In fact, though she was last seen in a leading on big screen in the controversial film, One More Try last year, she managed to bag several acting awards as Best Actress (Star Award and FAMAS Award) for it. Her film with Cruz, Unofficially Yours is also a box office success.Ely Valendez is an award-winning blogger-journalist based in the Philippines. He handles several social media marketing projects for various brands in his home country as well as for a US-based IT/e-commerce company, PCM where he works full time. He uses his spare time doing financial consultancy for a UK-based company. He also sits as member of the Board of Directors of the Philippines Communication Society and serves as a web manager and resource person of the Philippine Press Institute.