While performing to a jampacked audience during their two-night Iconic concert last weekend at Resort World Manila, Sharon Cuneta and Regine Velasquez took a trip down memory lane in between singing their classic songs to look back on one of their common experiences onscreen. The two singer-actresses had both played the iconic Pinay superhero Darna onscreen, with Sharon taking on the role in 1986 followed by Regine in 2003. They also performed the Kamikazee hit song “Narda” during the concert to pay homage to the iconic Pinoy superhero.
“Meron pa tayong something in common, we both did Darna. Kasi mapapakita na naman natin ngayon si Darna pero kami po pareho kaming nag-Darna at parehong sa Captain Barbell. Ang Captain Barbell ko ay si Bong Revilla. Ang Tenteng ko si Ogie (Alcasid),” shared Regine who revealed that they did not have the luxury of having special effects while shooting their film.
Sharon revealed that she was actually supposed to do her own Darna movie at 20 years old after first making an appearance in Edu Manzano’s Captain Barbell film but changed her mind when she discovered how difficult it was filming the action scenes in a harness.
“Umiikot ikot ako. Wala pang masarap na harness nun sa shooting. Kaya ko ginawa yun sa Captain Barbell kasi dapat ang next movie ko full-length na Darna. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Hindi na po bale. Pag-iyakin niyo na lang ako kahit every scene. Drama na lang po, inyo na yung Darna.’ Kasi masakit hindi katulad ngayon na medyo madali na,” she recalled.
Unlike the latter versions of Darna where Narda needed to swallow a magical stone in order to transform into the Pinay superhero, Sharon revealed how they shot her transformation scenes with some creative shots.
“Yung Darna ko walang bato, linagay ako sa ibabaw ng lazy susan tapos inikot ikot akong ganyan. Alam niyo yung lazy susan? Pag kumain kayo sa Chinese restaurant yun yung iniikot na may toyo, yun. Pinatong ako ni direk Leroy (Salvador) dun. ‘Tapos Iikot kita ha? Tapos balik kay Darna ka na,’ sabi niya. Hindi pa uso yung mga special effects, ginagawa na natin yun noon,” she said.
During the concert, Regine also shared just how much she idolized the Megastar even before she joined showbiz.
“During the ‘80s and the ‘90s siyempre medyo nag-aartista na ako, iniidolo ko pa rin si Sharon Cuneta pero hindi ko siya kinakausap. But I have to tell you, I don’t think I would be who I am if it weren’t for you because the first song I ever learned by myself was your song ‘Mr. DJ’. It’s true.
“And because of who you are, I think yung pagkanta mo, yung galing mong umarte, nag-co-concert, nagsasayaw, nag-ta-tangga, lahat na eh. May action pa ngayon. But I think more than that, iniidolo kita dahil sa iyong pagkatao. How loving you are.
“Ngayon napapatunayan ko yan more because you are so loving to me. Not only to me but my whole family and then yung lakas mo, hindi mo siguro masyadong nahahalata pero kahanga hanga.
“You’ve gone through a lot pero nakikita ko yung lakas mo kahanga-hanga. So ramdam ko yung lakas mo ate. Fan talaga ako ni Sharon and ni Gabby. Napanuod ko halos lahat ng Gabby-Sharon movies in the movie house,” she told Sharon.
In her Instagram post, Regine also shared how excited she was to bring the Iconic show on the road this year in the US. She wrote, “I’m so happy I got to perform with you again ate @reallysharoncuneta my first concert with a live audience. Looking forward to our US tour!!!!!!! Maraming Salamat po sa lahat ng nakapanood #itwasindeedaniconicnight”
Aside from Sharon Cuneta and Regine Velasquez, the iconic Pinay superhero has been played onscreen by actresses Rosa Del Rosario, Vilma Santos, Lorna Tolentino, Anjanette Abayari, Angel Locsin, Marian Rivera with Jane De Leon headlining the upcoming new Darna series scheduled for release later this year.