Dyesebel (TV series)

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Genre Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Created by Mars Ravelo
Developed by Dode Cruz
Directed by Joyce E. Bernal
Don Michael Perez
Starring Marian Rivera
and Dingdong Dantes
Narrated by Jean Garcia
Opening theme "Aking Mundo" by Julie San Jose
Ending theme "Siya Na Nga Kaya" by Julie San Jose
Composer(s) Danny Tan
Country of origin Flag of the Philippines Philippines
Language(s) Filipino, Tagalog, English
No. of episodes 125 +1 special
Executive producer(s) Wilma Galvante
Producer(s) Cheryl Ching-Sy
Location Coron, Palawan
Subic, Zambales
Metro Manila
Anilao, Batangas
Bolinao, Pangasinan
Running time 30-45 minutes
Original channel GMA Network
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run April 28, 2008October 17, 2008
Preceded by Kamandag
Followed by Gagambino
Related shows Captain Barbell
External links
Official website

Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel is a fantasy Philippine drama that aired on GMA Network. It is an adaptation of a famous graphic novel about a mermaid created by Mars Ravelo.<ref>Marian Rivera refuses to talk about her rumored lovelife pep.ph</ref>

The series premiered on April 28, 2008<ref>‘Babangon...’ set, nilait ni Dina! journal.com.ph</ref> and is expected to air for 25 weeks or 125 episodes<ref>Movie press pinaligaya ni Angel Locsin journal.com.ph</ref>, with Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes in the lead roles, and Joyce E. Bernal at the helm.<ref>Marian, perfect sa ‘Dyesebel’ – Direk Joyce journal.com.ph</ref> This series ended on October 17, 2008.



"Dyesebel" is a popular mermaid character created by renowned graphic novelist Mars Ravelo. The story has been adapted into five separate films, and a spin-off, throughout the timeline of 1953 to 1996.<ref>Mars Ravelo Tripod marsravelodarna.tripod.com</ref>

Edna Luna, Vilma Santos, Alma Moreno, Alice Dixson, and Charlene Gonzales had all played the lead role in the big-screen, and all of them reached greater heights after playing the role. Ara Mina played a cameo role in this character in the television series Darna.



Many actresses were considered and rumoured for the highly coveted role of the cursed mermaid "Dyesebel". In the beginning the name of Anne Curtis surfaced as the lead before GMA Network bought the rights.<ref>‘Dyesebel’ goes to Anne Curtis tempo.com.ph</ref> Angel Locsin's name was briefly attached, but her revelation to move networks took a toll.

The likes of Rhian Ramos<ref>Rhian Ramos spends Christmas with dad in Thailand pep.ph</ref>, Nadine Samonte<ref>KC, pumirma sa Star Cinema journal.com.ph</ref>, Jennylyn Mercado and Katrina Halili were heavily considered for the role. It was later announced that Marian Rivera had bagged the lead role with Dingdong Dantes as her leading man once again after their popular drama MariMar.<ref>FIRST READ ON PEP: Marian Rivera confirms she is the new Dyesebel pep.ph</ref> Mark Anthony Fernandez and Dennis Trillo were among the actors considered for the role of Fredo.<ref>GMA-7 executives formally announce casting of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes in Dyesebel pep.ph</ref>

For the training for the roles of the "mermaids" and "mermans", Alfred Vargas, Michelle Madrigal, Paolo Ballesteros and lead Marian Rivera had to learn how to swim similar to dolphins.<ref>Marian, in love? gmanews.tv</ref> The tails for the mermaids for the series were made from silicone for it look very real. Each tail costs up to 100,000 Php, roughly around 2,500 USDs.<ref>Buntot ni Dyesebel, parang totoo abante-tonite.com</ref>.


Joyce E. Bernal was chosen to direct this adaptation of the Mars Ravelo's graphic novel.<ref>Direktor, excited sa ‘Dyesebel’ abante-tonite.com</ref> This marks her third directed-series for television, and also reunites her with head writer Dode Cruz. The two previously made the audience-favoured MariMar.

Don Michael Perez was also hired to co-direct the series replacing Mac Alejandre - who is currently busy heading Joaquin Bordado.<ref>Marian, lumaki ang boobs! abante.com.ph</ref>

Renowned designers Rodell Cruz and Bill Gustillo provided the waterworld sets and costumes. Riot, Inc. also provided the visual effects for the series.


There were several teaser trailers showing on television four months prior to the release date of the series. Weeks before the release date, billboards were introduced all-over Mega Manila.<ref>Showbiz Central: Unveiling of Dyesebel's Billboard gmanews.tv</ref>

On the same week, Sofitel: Philippines' pool area was closed for the night of the series' press-conference having the Philippine Synchronized Swimming Team.<ref>Foreign guests nabulabog sa presscon ng 'Dyesebel' journal.com.ph</ref> A special primer was also telecast on April 25, the Friday before the pilot episode, titled "Ang Mundo ni Dyesebel", "The World of Dyesebel" in English, on the timeslot of The Legend. It was hosted by the series' leads: Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.


Even though it was reported that there were power interruptions in some areas in Metro Manila during the airing of Dyesebel on April 28, the series premiered with a very high 44.9% against Lobo's 18.2%. According to Meralco, there was a problem in their power supply.<ref>TV Ratings (April 25-28): "Dyesebel" pilot episode swims its way to the top pep.ph</ref> Due to public demands, the pilot week of the series was re-aired on 11:45 to 13:00 of May 4.<ref>‘Dyesebel: Ang Simula’ ibabalik bukas abante-tonite.com</ref> The replay also rated high with 42.2% rating against ABS-CBN's Oscar de la Hoya and Steve Forbes fight - which received a 15.2%.<ref>Angelica bagay kay Dingdong journal.com.ph</ref>

The series also topped the National Urban TV Audience Measurement, or NUTAM, for the months of April and May with 40.1%. But in the nationwide survey conducted also by NUTAM, Dyesebel was behind Lobo and The Singing Bee, both being #1 in the survey conducted during July and August.<ref>[1]</ref>.

The finale episode of this series received 41.1% and topped first in the ratings with ABS CBN's Iisa Pa Lamang with 22.7% and I Love Betty La Fea with 23.5% following.<ref>TV Ratings (Oct. 17-20): Gagambino continues winning tradition of Dyesebel</ref>


Marian Rivera suffered a minor injury due to an accident in a taping of Dyesebel. She was doing fine in that taping. <ref>Chika Minute: Marian Rivera suffers minor injuries due to accident iGMA.tv</ref> Then another accident came when Dingong Dantes suffered a hand injury with bleeding during the set. Despite his hand injury, he is still working in the set.<ref>Chika Minute: Dingdong Dantes injures hand during shooting iGMA.tv</ref>


The story of Dyesebel begins when an amnesiac mermaid-turned-human named Lucia (Jean Garcia) fell in love with a human. They got married and had a beautiful baby, but instead of human baby she delivered a mermaid. The child is called "Dyesebel" (Marian Rivera). Although surprised by their daughter's strange form, Lucia and her husband Tino (Wendell Ramos) promise to love their child no matter what.

But in no time at all, their neighbors discovered the couple's secret. When the community is hit with a series of catastrophes, the town believes that the anomaly is caused by Dyesebel; an accusation that leads to Tino's death and Lucia to offer her only daughter to the sea, where she would belong.

Unknown to Lucia is that in the heart of the sea, Dyesebel's adventures and misfortunes will begin. It is within the confines of the waters that Dyesebel will lead a new life-a journey that would take her to the depths of the sea, as well as to chaos of the city. Dyesebel discovers that she can also be a human being by visiting Amafura (Rufa Mae Quinto) to get a secret necklace which makes her a human; but a price must be made, for her to sacrifice her true possession, in order to gain something special.

Cast and characters

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Cast Character Summary
Marian Rivera
Kirsten Jane Singrit
Dyesebel Montemayor Legaspi/Isabel, Cassandra Dyesebel is the most loved and most beautiful mermaid under the sea, but she is also the one who gets into the most trouble! When Dyesebel saved a young man from his near-death experience, it would seem that she had found what others haven't in their long lives, her one true love. In order for her to become close towards the man she saved, she inquired Amafura to receive a necklace, in exchange for her beauty, with the legs she wished for. But by combining the same necklace that Doña Guada has, she is now having her beautiful face and is ready to seek revenge against Berbola. Dyesebel must choose between Erebus or Fredo. Her one true love is Fredo. She's wears the crown to become a queen of Sirenea with Erebus and Lucia beside her but only for a short time. She challenges Dyangga in a final battle. She finally kills a monstrous Dyangga with the scepter's finishing move. Dyesebel marries Fredo in the end and she has her son named "Buboy", who is named after her friend.
Dingdong Dantes
Arkin Luciano Magalona
Fredo Legaspi Fredo is one of the country’s hottest bachelors, a man who makes it no secret that he doesn’t believe in love. But when his life is saved by a beautiful stranger, Fredo’s life begins to unravel and he just might start believing in the power of true love. He really chooses Dyesebel/Isabel more than any other woman like Betty and Berbola who make Dyesebel's life miserable. He seeks Dyesebel by going to the deepest sea. Fredo becomes a half-man, half-merman with the black pearl by Dyangga. He joins Dyesebel in the battle with Dyangga. In the end, Fredo finally marries Dyesebel with his merman blood and has a son named "Buboy".
Jean Garcia Queen Lucia/Doña Ava Legaspi Lucia is the real mother of Dyesebel, a martyr who decides to forsake her own happiness just to save the lives of those she loves. She is also a former mermaid and she used to rule the sea, but when she became human, another mermaid, Dyangga, stole her throne. She married Tino Montemayor and had a child named Dyesebel. Days after Tino died, she reinvented herself as Doña Ava Legaspi; stepmother to Fredo and adoptive mother to Sheila Mae. She quickly remembers that she's the true Queen of Sirenea. Lucia and Dyesebel are reuniting after she found out that Isabel and Dyesebel are one. She returns to Sirenea and stops Dyangga to save her daughter. As a mermaid, Lucia has the ability to call back the scepter from Dyangga, knowing that the scepter is rightfully Lucia's. She ends up as a reigning queen after her daughter.
Rufa Mae Quinto Amafura<ref>Named in the credits as a mermaid named "Muhara"</ref> Amafura grants the wishes of the merpeople in Serenea for a price. She gave Dyesebel a necklace, to exchange her beauty for the feet she had longed for. As the sea witch, Amafura will continue to ask for the most important things that a mermaid/merman can offer in exchange for granting their dreams. When Berbola wanted legs, Amafura refused. Instead, Berbola stole her mother's scepter to have another magic duel. Amafura lost all her powers, and Berbola stole the magical pearl, which all of the magic contains within it. She retrieved the white pearl but transformed into a tiny turtle. She and Erebus arrived in the land to help Dyesebel. She returns in her normal form after Dyangga's disappearance. She transforms herself into a magical scepter to fool Dyangga.
Ricky Davao Don Juan Legaspi He is the father of Fredo and Shiela Mae, a rich man who has made a lot of enemies on his way to the top. He wants his son to marry Betty for his own good and also dislikes Isabel (Dyesebel) and Cassandra (Berbola). Revealed to be Paolo's illegitimate father. Don Juan gets kidnapped by a scheming Gildo after he replaced his illegitimate son Paolo as president over him. After a rescue, he has sent to hospital for recovery. He forgives both of his sons for what he did wrong and he gives thanks to them. He learns that Dyesebel is Lucia/Ava's daughter and he's ready to help her to get Dyesebel and finally believes in mermaids and mermen.
Alfred Vargas Erebus A handsome and royal merman who must hide his true feelings for Dyesebel. He is the brother of Usaro. His heart belongs to Dyesebel. Erebus with royal blood descent is secretly in love with Dyesebel. Always loyal to Dyesebel, he has defended her on many different occasions and saved her from uncertain deaths or severe punishments both in Sirenea and on land. After asking Mother of Pearl to grant him legs to protect Dyesebel and prove his love, he received a conditional magical pearl by which Dyesebel should love him instead of Fredo or else he will die. After Erebus and Fredo succeeded in taking Dyesebel out of the hospital as Betty's captive, Erebus managed to convince the love of his life, Dyesebel, to return to their underwater kingdom, Sirenea. Then after the defeat of Dyangga and Dyesebel's accession to the throne, he proposed to marry Dyesebel, however, Fredo managed to interrupt and stop the wedding ceremony before Dyesebel took her vows. Towards the end, he finally relinquished his claims for Dyesebel's love and accepted the consequence of death ensuring her eventual happiness. He never disclosed his condition to Dyesebel for the fact that he did not want to her to worry and or use it as a reason to choose him over Fredo showing his ever unwavering nobility. He disappears just after he bids farewell to the mermaid who enamored him for most of his lifetime as his pearl turned completely black.
Mylene Dizon Queen Dyangga The mean queen of the sea; a beautiful but wretched creature whose jealousy knows no bounds. She wants to make sure that Dyesebel never experiences a happy moment under the sea. She has some disgust towards Amafura, and believes that she may put the merpeople in danger for them to experience above-the-sea, if she continues to grant wishes. She is poisoned, thanks to Bukanding who seeks revenge for his mother's death, but suddenly recovers from it. After Berbola died, she seeks revenge by punishing Dyesebel with full force. When asking the Mother of Pearls for help of acquiring feet, the Mother of Pearls refused. Mother of Pearls warned that using force won't get what she wanted, Dyangga used her scepter to vanquish her, thus absorbing her powers to become more powerful than ever. Unfortunately for her, she's killed by a returning Lucia to save Dyesebel's life. She revives with the help of black pearls to get the kingdom again but killed again by Lucia but then revives again by transforming herself into a giant sea monster. She's going to call out Dyesebel for the final showdown. Dyangga is finally killed by Dyesebel with her scepter's finishing move.
Bianca King Betty Salcedo One of the most popular models in the country, and she can have anyone she wants-except Fredo, which is why she and Fredo are engaged. She is be the one who make Dyesebel's life miserable. After a huge fight with Dyesebel, she got in a coma that would last quite a while. However, she's finally awake. She still remembers Dyesebel, the one who fought her, and takes revenge on her again by putting Dyesebel in a freak show. She's ready to defeat Dyesebel and Fredo again. She's Fredo's girlfriend. When she wears Dyesebel's necklace, she transforms herself into a mermaid. She joins Dyangga's side to destroy Dyesebel's life once and for all. Finally, she has devoured by a giant fish after a wounded Dyesebel removed a magical necklace from her.
Michelle Madrigal
Renz Joyce Juan
Princess Berbola/Cassandra She is one of the mermaids who also feels hatred for Dyesebel. And what she doesn’t know is that Berbola hides her loathing for the outsider because she herself has fallen in love with Fredo. She is also a rival for Fredo's heart. When Berbola arrived in land, she disguised herself as Cassandra to take Fredo from Dyesebel/Isabel. After her mother being poisoned, she is replaced as the queen but she continued to take Fredo away from Dyesebel when she hypnotized him with a magical scepter. She didn't lasted long in the land until when she fought Dyesebel in the sea, Bukanding used a magical scepter to cast off Berbola to make Dyesebel escape. Berbola dies as Dyangga grieves over her daughter's death.
Lotlot de Leon Banak The kind and motherly mermaid who finds Dyesebel and later on decides to adopt her as her own daughter. Banak dies after protecting Dyesebel when Dyangga was about to kill her.
Luis Alandy Gildo Villarama The current vice president in Fredo's company who isn't content with what he has. He is also Fredo's rival. He also has an obsession for Dyesebel. After Fredo being fired from his own company, Gildo took over the company, found his Sunsilk model, and has an interest on Dyesebel. After Paolo, Don Juan's illegitimate son, has replaced by his father as president, Gildo has a plan which is to kill Don Juan. He's now behind bars.
Marco Alcaraz Usaro He is the most trusted soldier, and lover of Dyangga. He would do anything to please her. He's a brother of Erebus. Usaro becomes ally to his brother and even Dyesebel and he's ready to stop Dyangga's plans. In the end, he ends up as a lead soldier to Lucia.
Teri Onor Akirang An evil seahorse with delusions of grandeur. He is the one who flames the hatred that Dyangga concerns for Dyesebel. Akirang tells a side of a story to Lucia about Dyangga's transformation. He ends up as a captive.
Paolo Ballesteros Bukanding Dyesebel's closest friend and stepbrother. He has been with her since she first became part of the sea. He seeks revenge on Dyangga for his mother's death. He killed Berbola with the help of using magical scepter to make Dyesebel free.
Aljur Abrenica Paolo Legaspi A poor fisherman who falls in love with a girl too rich for him: Shiela Mae. He has to pursue his work after the separation of Shiela Mae. It is revealed that he is the illegitimate son of Don Juan. Paolo has replaced Gildo as a president by his father. He is the one who saved his father from Gildo's scheme. He helps his brother and Dyesebel to destroy Dyangga's life. He ends up with Shiela Mae and as Dyesebel's brother-in-law.
Kris Bernal Shiela Mae Fredo's younger half-sister who likes getting what she wants, whenever she wants it. She finds out that she is adopted. She is Vivian's real daughter and then reunites with her mother. But Tino Montemayor is her biological father. She is actually Dyesebel's half-sister. Shiela Mae steals money to help save her sick mom, Vivian, but she is arrested by cops. After spending time in jail, she is being released by Paolo and Don Juan. She ends up with Paolo.
Hero Angeles Mark He is a janitor who works under Fredo's company. He is also Paolo’s half-brother who feels hatred for Fredo's family including Shiela Mae.
Nanette Inventor Doña Guada Doña Guada is an eccentric rich woman. She, too, is a former mermaid. But when she became human, she lived her life in wealth. She met Isabel (Dyesebel) at the Juan Fredo Empire's office while having a business meeting and became friends with her. Guada helped Dyesebel retrieve her beauty after combining her necklace with her.
Robert Villar Buboy Buboy is the protector and best friend of Dyesebel. He was Dyesebel's first human friend. He has been with her through all her trials. He is shot by Betty then Dyesebel tries to save him but he dies after he said his last words to Dyesebel.
The second Buboy, named after her friend, is now a son of Dyesebel and Fredo.
Chanda Romero Doña Felicia Montemayor Doña Felicia is Tino's mother who, at first, really dislikes and hates Lucia. Lucia is as known as Ava, gives a suffering brought to Felicia and makes her as a poor housemaid. She cares for Isabel/Dyesebel. Lola Felicia and Lucia forgave each other after they found out that Isabel and Dyesebel are one. She is Dyesebel's Grandmother. In the end, she is now Fredo's grandmother-in-law.

Extended and Guest cast

  • Wendell Ramos as Tino Montemayor
  • Vaness del Moral as Sosira
  • Filiberto Nepomuceno as Butete
  • Charlotte Hermoso as Jelay
  • Ryan Yllana as Leo
  • Philip Lazaro as Charity
  • Mariz Ricketts as Melba
  • Jackie Rice as Arana<ref>Jackie Rice gets another chance; joins the cast of "Dyesebel" pep.ph </ref>
  • Fayatollah as Lady Dee
  • KC Hollmann as Gildo's secretary
  • Mang Enriquez as Mang Mike
  • Chinggoy Alonzo as Don Ernesto Montemayor
  • Andrea del Rosario as Vivian
  • Kevin Santos as Fonsy
  • Angel Estrada as Vicky
  • Matt Ranillo III as Enrico Salcedo
  • Jen Rosendahl as Vivian's Friend
  • Elizabeth Ramsey as Mother of Pearls


The series' theme song is sung by Sugarpop Julie Anne San Jose. The song composed by Danny Tan is titled "Aking Mundo", "My World" in English. A separate love theme titled "Siya Na Nga Kaya", "Maybe You're the One" in English, is also composed by Tan and sung by San Jose.<ref>Boobs ni Marian, nag-‘hi’ sa taping journal.com.ph</ref>

Awards and Recognition

The Award Giving-Body of the Philippines' Guillermo Memorial Scholarship Awards honors the series with two awards for 2008.

  • Most Popular Tv Program of 2008<ref>Dyesebel Most Popular TV Series of 2008!</ref>
  • Most Popular Tv Director of 2008 - Joyce Bernal<ref>[Joyce Bernal awarded as Most Popular TV Director of 2008 for Dyesebel]</ref>

together with honors of the like as Box-Office King and Queen of 2008, Sarah Geronimo & John Lloyd Cruz and also Valentine Box-Office King and Queen of 2008, Richard Gutierrez and Marian Rivera (who also portrays the role of Dyesebel).<ref>John Lloyd Cruz and Sarag Geronimo are 2008's Box Office King & Queen</ref>

See also

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