Monday, 17 March 2014
By Cate de Leon
The Philippine Star
Updated March 15, 2014
MANILA, Philippines - Sam Milby is set to add a new twist to the timeless love story of Dyesebel and Fredo, played by Anne Curtis and Gerald Anderson respectively. In this 2014 version of the classic Filipino mermaid tale, ABS-CBN introduces a new character, Liro.
“Isa siyang mandirigma,” Sam says, making a conscious effort to use the vernacular.
“Wow, wala ka nang accent,” we observe.
“Mang...dirigma,” he falters a bit on the second try. Liro is Dyesebel’s childhood friend; merman, leader, and protector of the undersea world. He blames himself for his brother’s death and since then has always been trying to compensate by proving himself. His deep-seated angst towards human beings, who caused his brother’s death, conflicts with his great love for Dyesebel, who is half human, half mermaid.
“You can think of it in terms of the Superman’s Smallville, introducing Lana Lang when it’s Lois Lane that everyone knows about. It’s a different spin, and hopefully people will also root for Liro and Dyesebel. We don’t know who she’ll end up with,” Sam smiles...