Jane de Leon Speaks Up About Regine Velasquez’s Aborted Guest Appearance on “Darna”

Jane de Leon and Regine Velasquez’s schedules just did not match

Darna” lead actress Jane de Leon speaks up about the supposed guest appearance of Regine Velasquez in the show’s finale.

De Leon, along with the cast and directors of the show, faced the media at the press conference of “Darna.” It happened on January 30, 2023 at Restaurant 9501, ELJ Building, Quezon City.

The issue was brought up during the media conference as a question by entertainment columnist Reggee Bonoan. Host Eric John Salut then answers that the program statement has already addressed the issue.

Even then, De Leon has decided to speak about the issue, clarifying that their schedules just did not match.

She tells the press, “It was not an issue naman to begin with. Sadyang hindi lang talaga nagtugma yung schedule namin ni Ate Reg (Velasquez’s nickname).

“I think that’s very normal naman when it comes to lahat ng artists and ginagawa niya yung rehearsal niya for her upcoming concert and that time din kasi, I had my endorsement shoots and shows.

“We tried to adjust our schedules, sadyang hindi lang talaga kami pinayagan.”

De Leon ends her answer by promoting Velasquez’s upcoming concert.

“Darna” is scheduled to end in two weeks, with its finale airing on February 10, 2023. Reports say it will be replaced by “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo,” headlined by Coco Martin.

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Jane de Leon and Regine Velasquez’s schedules

On January 20, 2023, PEP.ph reported that ABS-CBN’s “Darna” is looking for an actress who formerly played the iconic superheroine.

According to the report, Velasquez already agreed to appear in “Darna.” After all, she played Darna in the 2003 film version of “Captain Barbell” starring Ogie Alcasid. Velasquez even reportedly cancelled other commitments to give way to the taping schedule.

However, de Leon was not available on the supposed date of the taping. According to her manager, Tyronne Escalante, de Leon already said yes to an endorsement shoot.

On January 27, JRB Creative Production, the unit helming “Darna,” released an official statement regarding the issue.

The statement reads: “Bilang paglilinaw, hindi natuloy ang guesting ni Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez sa ‘Mars Ravelo’s Darna’ dahil hindi napagtugma ang schedule nila ni Jane de Leon. Buong puso kaming nagpapasalamat kay Regine sa malugod niyang pagtanggap sa aming imbitasyon.”

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