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The original depiction of Dyesebel created by Mars Ravelo.
Publication information
PublisherPilipino Komiks
First appearancePilipino Komiks #1 (1952)
Created byMars Ravelo
In-story information
Place of originAtlantica (Earth)
Team affiliationsDarna
  • Able to live on or under the sea
  • Hydrokinesis
  • Telepathic control of all aquatic life
  • Hypnotic Voice
  • Ultrasonic Scream
  • Echolocation

Dyesebel (Tagalog pronunciation: [dʒɛˈsebɛl]) is a Filipino comic book character, conceived by Mars Ravelo and drawn by Elpidio Torres. Dyesebel is a mermaid, who eventually gains full human form through a deal with a sea-witch.

Aside appearing in Pilipino Komiks, Dyesebel also appeared in Kampeon Komiks (Champion Comics) in 1975. The story has been adapted into five films and a spin-off, throughout the timeline from 1953 to 1996. Among those who took on the role in the big screen are Eva Montes, Edna Luna (1953), Vilma Santos (1973), Alma Moreno (1978), Alice Dixson (1990), and Charlene Gonzales (1996). On the television, the iconic mermaid is portrayed by Marian Rivera (2008) and Anne Curtis (2014).



Film Starring Produced by Directed by Date released
Dyesebel Edna Luna as Dyesebel
Jaime de la Rosa as Fredo
Manuel Vistan Jr. Production
Premiere Productions
Gerardo de León July 4, 1953[1]
Anak ni Dyesebel Eva Montes as Alona
Edna Luna as Dyesebel
Jaime de la Rosa as Fredo
People's Pictures March 1, 1964[2]
Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe Vilma Santos as Dyesebel
Romeo Miranda as Fredo
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions Emmanuel Borlaza June 17, 1973[3]
Dyesebel Alma Moreno as Dyesebel
Mat Ranillo III as David and Maro
Sampaguita Pictures Anthony Taylor October 13, 1978[4]
Dyesebel Alice Dixson as Dyesebel
Richard Gomez as Edward
Carmina Villaroel as young Dyesebel
Regal Films Mel Chionglo February 20, 1990[5]
Dyesebel Charlene Gonzales as Dyesebel
Matthew Mendoza as Fredo
Viva Films Emmanuel Borlaza January 4, 1996[6]

Television series[edit]

Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2008)[edit]

The first TV series adaptation of Dyesebel was broadcast on GMA Network in 2008. It originally aired on April 28, 2008 and ended on October 17, 2008, completing 125 episodes.[7][8] It is top billed by Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes in the lead roles.[9] It was internationally aired on GMA Pinoy TV, which became a huge success to viewers abroad.

Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014)[edit]

"A young mermaid, Dyesebel, takes on a journey to trace her origins until she finds out that she is the daughter of a merman and a human. Disowned by the sea for being the child of Tino who was the prince of the sea and the human Lucia, she starts with her adventure and explores the human world where she will meet Fredo. But this journey will be marked by a realization that she is not accepted by both worlds. And as a war between man and the underworld appears imminent, Dyesebel will choose to leave those that she loves." — Official IWanTV! Synopsis[10]

On-screen actresses and actors[edit]

Dyesebel through the years: Edna Luna (1953), Vilma Santos-Recto (1973), Alma Moreno (1978), Alice Dixson (1990), Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach (1996), Marian Rivera-Dantes (2008), and Anne Curtis (2014).

In the films, Dyesebel was portrayed by Filipino actresses: Edna Luna, Vilma Santos, Alma Moreno, Alice Dixson, and Charlene Gonzales. In television, she was portrayed by Marian Rivera in 2008 and Anne Curtis in 2014.[11] She was also personified by the actress Ara Mina in a cameo appearance on Mars Ravelo's Darna (2005 TV Series).

Official list of actresses who played Dyesebel[edit]

No. Actress Role Title Year
1 Edna Luna Dyesebel Dyesebel
Anak ni Dyesebel
2 Vilma Santos-Recto Dyesebel Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe 1973
3 Alma Moreno Dyesebel Sisid, Dyesebel, Sisid 1978
4 Alice Dixson Dyesebel Dyesebel 1990
5 Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach Dyesebel Dyesebel 1996
6 Marian Rivera-Dantes Dyesebel / Isabel Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2008 TV series) 2008
7 Anne Curtis Dyesebel / Beatriz Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014 TV series) 2014

Young Dyesebel

  • Carissa in Sisid, Dyesebel, Sisid (1978).
  • Carmina Villaroel in Dyesebel (1990).
  • Charina Scott in Dyesebel (1996).
  • Kirsten Jane Sigrist in Dyesebel (2008 TV series).
  • Ashley Sarmiento in Dyesebel (2014 TV series).

Cameo Appearance

Official list of actors who played Fredo[edit]

No. Actor Role Title Year
1 Jaime dela Rosa Fredo Dyesebel
Anak ni Dyesebel
2 Romeo Miranda Fredo Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe 1973
3 Matt Ranillo III Fredo (renamed David) Sisid, Dyesebel, Sisid 1978
4 Richard Gomez Fredo (renamed Edward) Dyesebel 1990
5 Matthew Mendoza Fredo Dyesebel 1996
6 Dingdong Dantes Fredo Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2008 TV series) 2008
7 Gerald Anderson Fredo Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014 TV series) 2014

Young Fredo

  • Robert Ortega in Dyesebel (1990) (renamed Edward)
  • Arkin Luciano Magalona in Dyesebel (2008 TV series).
  • Giacobbe Whitworth in Dyesebel (2014 TV series).

Collected editions[edit]

Title Volume Issue Date
Dyesebel Pilipino Komiks #1 April 11, 1953
#141 October 25, 1952
#151[12] March 14, 1953
#154[13] April 25, 1953
#158[14] June 20, 1953
Golden Anniversary #2752[15]
Dyesebel Espesyal Komiks #9[16] February 9, 1953
Anak ni Dyesebel Liwayway (1963–1964) #4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dyesebel (1953 film)". IMDB. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Anak ni Dyesebel (1964 film)". IMDB. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Dyesebel (1973 film)". IMDB. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Dyesebel (1978 film)". IMDB. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Dyesebel (1990 film)". IMDB. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Dyesebel (1996 film)". IMDB. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  7. ^ 'Babangon...' set, nilait ni Dina! journal.com.ph
  8. ^ Movie press pinaligaya ni Angel Locsin journal.com.ph
  9. ^ Marian, perfect sa 'Dyesebel' – Direk Joyce journal.com.ph
  10. ^ http://www.iwantv.com.ph/TV/Video/Dyesebel/1133/34071#
  11. ^ Dyesebel (1953, 1973, 1978, 1990 and 1996), MarsRavelo.Tripod.com (official website), 2005 Archived 2007-07-02 at archive.today, (Notes: According to the Mars Ravelo official website, the first Dyesebel film was in 1953 and that the latest movie version was in 1996; not 1950 and 1990 as indicated in IMDb.com, respectively), retrieved on: August 13, 2007
  12. ^ "Pilipino Komiks issue no. 151". Comic Vine. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Pilipino Komiks issue no. 154". Comic Vine. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Pilipino Komiks issue no. 158". Comic Vine. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Pilipino Komiks #2752 Golden Anniversary". Comic Vine. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Espesyal Komiks no. 9". Comic Vine. Retrieved 25 February 2021.

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