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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.

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

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
DyesebelEdna Luna as Dyesebel
Jaime de la Rosa as Fredo
Manuel Vistan Jr. Production
Premiere Productions
Gerardo de LeónJuly 4, 1953[1]
Anak ni DyesebelEva Montes as Alona
Edna Luna as Dyesebel
Jaime de la Rosa as Fredo
People's PicturesMarch 1, 1964[2]
Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang KabibeVilma Santos as Dyesebel
Romeo Miranda as Fredo
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang ProductionsEmmanuel BorlazaJune 17, 1973[3]
DyesebelAlma Moreno as Dyesebel
Mat Ranillo III as David and Maro
Sampaguita PicturesAnthony TaylorOctober 13, 1978[4]
DyesebelAlice Dixson as Dyesebel
Richard Gomez as Edward
Carmina Villaroel as young Dyesebel
Regal FilmsMel ChiongloFebruary 20, 1990[5]
DyesebelCharlene Gonzales as Dyesebel
Matthew Mendoza as Fredo
Viva FilmsEmmanuel BorlazaJanuary 4, 1996[6]

Television series

Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2008)

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)

"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

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-Heusaff (2014).
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-Heusaff (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

1Edna LunaDyesebelDyesebel
Anak ni Dyesebel
2Vilma Santos-RectoDyesebelDyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe1973
3Alma MorenoDyesebelSisid, Dyesebel, Sisid1978
4Alice DixsonDyesebelDyesebel1990
5Charlene Gonzales-MuhlachDyesebelDyesebel1996
6Marian Rivera-DantesDyesebel / IsabelMars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2008 TV series)2008
7Anne Curtis-HeusaffDyesebel / BeatrizMars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014 TV series)2014

Young Dyesebel

Cameo Appearance

Official list of actors who played Fredo

1Jaime dela RosaFredoDyesebel
Anak ni Dyesebel
2Romeo MirandaFredoDyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe1973
3Matt Ranillo IIIFredo (renamed David)Sisid, Dyesebel, Sisid1978
4Richard GomezFredo (renamed Edward)Dyesebel1990
5Matthew MendozaFredoDyesebel1996
6Dingdong DantesFredoMars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2008 TV series)2008
7Gerald AndersonFredoMars Ravelo's Dyesebel (2014 TV series)2014

Young Fredo

Collected editions

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


  1. "Dyesebel (1953 film)". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  2. "Anak ni Dyesebel (1964 film)". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  3. "Dyesebel (1973 film)". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  4. "Dyesebel (1978 film)". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  5. "Dyesebel (1990 film)". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  6. "Dyesebel (1996 film)". IMDB. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  7. 'Babangon...' set, nilait ni Dina!
  8. Movie press pinaligaya ni Angel Locsin
  9. Marian, perfect sa 'Dyesebel' – Direk Joyce
  11. Dyesebel (1953, 1973, 1978, 1990 and 1996), (official website), 2005 Archived July 2, 2007, at, (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, respectively), retrieved on: August 13, 2007
  12. "Pilipino Komiks issue no. 151". Comic Vine. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  13. "Pilipino Komiks issue no. 154". Comic Vine. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  14. "Pilipino Komiks issue no. 158". Comic Vine. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  15. "Pilipino Komiks #2752 Golden Anniversary". Comic Vine. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  16. "Espesyal Komiks no. 9". Comic Vine. Retrieved February 25, 2021.

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