Dyesebel is a Philippine drama fantasy that aired on GMA Network. It is an adaptation of a famous graphic novel about a mermaid created by Mars Ravelo.
The series is top billed by Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes in the lead roles, and directed by Joyce E. Bernal and Don Michael Perez. It premiered on April 28, 2008 and ended on October 17, 2008. It was expected to air for 25 weeks or 125 episodes. It was aired internationally on GMA Pinoy TV, which became a huge success to viewers abroad.
Dyesebel is a popular mermaid character created by renowned graphic novelist Mars Ravelo. The story has been adapted into five films and a spin-off, throughout the timeline of 1953 to 1996.
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 (2005 TV series).
The story of Dyesebel begins when the human Lucia (Jean Garcia) delivers a beautiful baby girl. Unlike other normal babies, Lucia's child is half-human, half-fish. She is named Dyesebel. Although surprised by the unusual fish tail of their daughter, Lucia and husband Tonio (Wendell Ramos) love Dyesebel.
But in no time, their neighbors discover the couple's secret. When the community is hit by a series of catastrophes, Dyesebel's neighbors believe the young mermaid is nothing but a curse that brings them tremendous misfortune. The people's antagonism drives Lucia to offer Dyesebel to the sea, where she actually thrives. Unknown to them, it is at the bottom of the sea where Dyesebel's good adventures and misfortunes will happen.
Beneath the ocean, Dyesebel will meet Banak (Lotlot d Leon), who will be her surrogate mother; Erebus (Alfred Vargas), a young merman with royal blood descent who will be secretly in love with her; and Bukanding (Paolo Ballesteros), Dyesebel's merman friend whom she will treat as her brother. There are also lovely sea creatures like Jelay (Charlotte Hermoso) and Butete (Filiberto Nepomuceno) who will be her sidekicks.
Dyesebel (Marian Rivera) grows up to be a stunningly beautiful mermaid who is adored by almost all of the merman in the underwater kingdom. She is childlike, playful and carefree. Most of the time she gets into trouble for violating important rules in her kingdom, which include sanctions against going up to the surface, mingling with and falling in love with humans.
Unknown to many, the real reason behind her boldness is a fervent hope and wish to see once more the man she loves—Fredo (Dingdong Dantes). As a young boy, Fredo helped Dyesebel escape when she was caught in a fishing net, although he was unaware then that he had saved a mermaid. Fredo becomes the object of Dyesebel's dreams and she always swims to the sea surface to catch a glimpse of Fredo.
For years, love has kept Dyesebel patiently waiting for Fredo but she remains unsuccessful until one fateful day when the handsome youth meets an accident while out in the sea. Dyesebel saves Fredo and finally gets a chance to meet the man she loves. Unlike Dyesebel, Fredo doesn't know the meaning of love. But, by chance, when he glimpses her beauty, he falls hopelessly in love with her. He patiently waits for his rescuer, but will he get a chance to see her again?
With the power of love binding them, will Dyesebel find ways to be with the man she loves? Will she violate the kingdom's secret rule—that is, never to fall in love with humans? What will Dyesebel give up to live like a human? How will Muruka (Rufa Mae Quinto), a mystical sea creature, be able to help Dyesebel? And what kind of life awaits her in Fredo's world where people like Betty (Bianca King) will do anything to get Fredo? Will Fredo continue to love her even if he finds out that Dyesebel is a mermaid?
Dyesebel will also meet humans like Don Juan (Ricky Davao), Fredo's father; Paolo (Aljur Abrenica), a fisherman who will fall in love with Sheila Mae (Kris Bernal), the spoiled sister of Fredo; and Mark (Hero Angeles), Paolo's brother.Marian Rivera as Dyesebel / Isabel Montemayor
Dingdong Dantes as Fredo Legaspi
Jean Garcia as Reyna Lucia Montemayor / Doña Ava Legaspi
Rufa Mae Quinto as Amafura
Ricky Davao as Don Juan Legaspi
Alfred Vargas as Erebus
Mylene Dizon as Reyna Dyangga
Bianca King as Betty Salcedo
Michelle Madrigal as Prinsesa Berbola
Lotlot de Leon as Banak
Luis Alandy as Gildo Villarama
Marco Alcaraz as Usaro
Teri Onor as Akirang
Paolo Ballesteros as Bukanding
Aljur Abrenica as Paolo Legaspi
Kris Bernal as Shiela Mae Legaspi / Shiela Mae Montemayor
Hero Angeles as Mark
Nanette Inventor as Doña Guada
Robert Villar as Buboy
Chanda Romero as Doña Felicia Montemayor
Wendell Ramos as Florentino "Tino" Montemayor - Shiela May's biological father and Vivian's husband.
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 - A wild mermaid and she is a servant son of Reyna Dyangga.
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 Montemayor -Shiela May's mentally ill, real mother and Tino's wife.
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
Joseph Marco as Joseph
The TV series had its own billboard at the BART station in Daly City, California. The billboard's main purpose was to promote GMA Pinoy TV and the Dyesebel series to the residents of Daly City (a majority of the population were Filipinos). The billboard showed Marian Rivera as Dyesebel. It was posted on the station until its series finale last October 2008.
Dyesebel was remade in Indonesia under the title Putri Duyung.