As one of the largest archipelagos with a staggering 7,641 breathtaking islands, it’s no surprise that the sirena or mermaid would be one of the most popular mythological creatures of the Philippines. Separated from other lower beings which are often depicted as monsters in horror movies, these sea dwellers are depicted by popular culture as beautiful and almost goddess like. Aside from brightly colored tails, they also have hypnotic voices, and are guardians of the environment.
Although we have yet to see them in real life, these Kapamilya celebrities have brought them straight to our television screens.
Anne Curtis in “Dyesebel” and “Dyosa”
The first time of our favorite It’s Showtime mainstay host donner the mermaid’s tail was for 2008’s Dyosa. Here she lived the life of Josephine, the Chosen One, who was destined to protect the world from Evil. As a full-fledged goddess, she earned herself the ability to turn into a centaur, a human with wings, and of course a mermaid dubbing her as the goddess of the land, sea and air.
It was her on spot portrayal of a mermaid goddess that later on earned her the iconic role of Dyesebel in its 2014 TV adaptation. Some actresses who have played the dream character for the big screen include Vilma Santos (1973), Alma Moreno (1978), Alice Dixson (1990), and Charlene Gonzales (1996).
Claudine Barretto in “Marina”
Speaking of queens under the sea, who could forget Claudine as Kristina or Marina Aguas in the 2004 fantasy series Marina. Unlike Anne’s Dyesebel which was born to a merman father, Marina was cursed at a young age by a sea deity and was then forced to live with her new kind. She continued to dream about becoming a human again but was faced with the dilemma of turning back to a mermaid every full moon. This show made waves in ratings that encouraged reruns for fans in 2008.
Ella Cruz in “Aryana”
A modern take of the underwater adventure was depicted in 2012’s Aryana which starred then teen actress Ella Cruz. Her character dreamed of becoming a professional swimmer, unaware that this pull towards water was due to a predetermined fate that she would turn into a mermaid at the age of 14. A story of motherly love and destiny, Ella considered this opportunity as her big break in the entertainment industry.
Mutya Orquia in “Mutya”
Who better to play Mutya in the 2011 series of the same name than Mutya Orquia. The child star brought its audience to tears as her character was born with legs that were attached to each other. Unknowing to anyone, this was a result of being half-mermaid and the peculiar disability was her tail slowly forming.
Elisse Joson in “Wansapanataym: Ofishially Yours”
The latest addition to this exclusive line of leading merladies is Elisse Joson as Stella. Wansapanataym has been known for their fantastical stories for the youth that is filled with morals. In “Ofishially Yours”, the show aims to promote care for our seas. So, when Stella got into a fight for littering trash, she became involved in the world of merpeople as a consequence and eventually became one of them herself.