Sino na ang puwedeng Darna?

On such short notice ‘yun ipinatawag ni Ai Ai de las Alas na treat to her supposedly non-showbiz friends, gabi ng December 30 at her palatial residence at the Ayala Estates. Past 12 midnight na ako nang makarating with our common college friend Henry who flew in from Saudi.

Naabutan ko si Ai Ai at a poker table clad in a printed backless top, na wari’y nagsasabing may karapatan siyang magpa-sexy after a series of liposuctions, thanks to Dra. Vicki Belo. And true enough, she possessed a body that would give the ahem (ooopps, I didn’t say cheap, ha?) Baywalk Bodies a run for their money.

It was not until halfway through their poker game nu’ng tumeybol na sa amin si Ai Ai, na biniro ko pa na, “Patrick Garcia, ikaw ba ‘yan?!” At the table exclusively occupied by her college friends, ang naging topic bigla ay kung sino ang gaganap na the next Darna in GMA’s soon-to-be teleserye opposite Captain Barbel.

Si Marian Rivera nga raw ba, since she’s the most likely successor to the role once essayed by Angel Locsin? But isn’t Marian the GMA’s unanimous choice to play another Mars Ravelo’s character, that being Dyesebel?

Eto lang ang unsolicited advice ni Ai Ai: “Dapat ang kuning Darna, eh, ‘yun sikat na. Based on history, walang gumanap na Darna na ngayon pa lang idi-discover, dapat ‘yung may pangalan na.” Come to think of it, Ai Ai’s protruding chin is an extension of her brain.

At this Junc sure dito na sumulpot ‘yung mga pangalang kontratado sa GMA as the most deserving for the next Darna role. Personally, sa isinasagawang botohan sa 7th floor ng GMA, I rooted for Rhian Ramos. Our three other college friends came up with names, so did Ai Ai.

At eto ang consensus.

Iwa Moto. May promise pero mukhang pangkontrabida lang. Puwedeng isama sa Darna series pero hanggang so-so role lang.

Cristine Reyes. Bubot pa but she’s got the body. Speaking of status, hindi pa raw siya ganung kasikat.

Katrina Halili. May katawan, still pang-villainess pa rin siya, her image doesn’t cater to the bagets audience.

Jennylyn Mercado. (Sana! Kung hindi nabuntis) How I wish. Lilipulin sana niya ang mga talamak na sugarol before she herself gets pawned and sold in the end!

RONNIE CARRASCO
The Philippine Star

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