Liza Soberano's manager reveals how she came up with decision to withdraw from Darna

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Liza Soberano's manager, Ogie Diaz (not in photo), reveals Liza Soberano cried non-stop after backing out of the Darna project.


Ogie Diaz, Liza Soberano's manager, recalled how Liza came up with the decision to back out of ABS-CBN and Star Cinema's upcoming film adaptation of Darna.

During her April 4 interview with ABS-CBN News, Liza announced that she is officially withdrawing from the Darna project because of the finger injury she got on the set of Bagani.

In a Facebook post earlier today, April 5, Ogie discussed how Liza thoroughly prepared for the role until she came up with the decision to back out of the project.

He wrote, "Ako, bilang co-manager kay Liza, nalulungkot ako. Kasi, bongga sana 'yung Darna. Magiging bahagi sana ng history ng career ng aking alaga ang Darna na halos lahat ng aktres, gustong gawin 'yan.

"Ilan na 'yung artistang nag-audition para diyan, pero si Liza ang nakakuha ng role.

"Nu'ng una'y hindi pa nagsi-sink in sa kanya na siya na ang modern-day Darna, hanggang sa yakapin na niya ang naturang superhero character.

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"Pinaghandaan 'yan ni Liza. Pati mga gym workouts niya, 'yung fight scenes training niya, 'yung routines niya, lahat 'yon, naka-sched araw-araw."

When the Bagani incident happened, both Liza and Ogie were bothered by the fact that she might not be able to do the Darna role.

He continued, "Pero dahil sa nangyaring aksidente sa Bagani last year kung saan napuruhan ang isa niyang daliri, 'yung totoo, 'yung Darna agad ang naisip namin ni Liza.

"Di naman nagpabaya ang ABS-CBN sa lahat ng pangangailangan ni Liza.

"Ilang specialista na din ang humawak ng kanyang finger injury, pero hanggang ngayon naman, hindi pa din kami nawawalan ng pag-asang maibabalik kahit paano sa normal ang lahat."

Ogie then gave details of their conversation when Liza finally told him her decision.

"Isang araw, tumawag sa akin si Liza. Mag-meeting daw kami. Ayaw niyang sabihin kumbakit. Kaya kinita ko na lang siya. At doon ay ipinakita muna niya ang kanyang daliri na halos kalahating taon yatang therapy at surgery ang pinagdaanan.

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"Umiiyak siya. Sabi ko, baket? Nahihiya daw siya sa akin at sa Star Magic at sa upper management na baka hindi na niya kayanin pang gawin ang Darna, dahil matatagalan pa nga ang complete healing ng kanyang daliri.

"'Magagalit ka ba, Tito Ogie, kung hindi ko na gagawin 'yung Darna? Magagalit kaya sa akin sina Mr. M at Ms. Mariole (ng Star Magic)? Baka hindi na ako bigyan ng trabaho ng ABS-CBN kung hindi ko gagawin ang Darna. Paano na 'yung family ko?'

"Sabi ko talaga kay Liza, 'Naisip mo pa talaga 'yan, nak? At least, nak, iniisip mo pa rin ang iisipin ng ibang tao at 'yung magiging consequence ng ginawa mo. Ibig sabihin, nagwo-worry ka para sa kanila. Hindi ka selfish. Maganda 'yang ganyang attitude mo.'

"'Pero sa totoo lang, if you don't feel like doing Darna anymore, it's okay with me. Kahit gusto pa ng lahat ng tao sa paligid mo na maging Darna ka, kung feeling mo, may kulang, kung half-hearted ka because of what happened, baka mas maganda ngang huwag mo nang ituloy. Ako ang mag-e-explain muna sa kanila, then let's set a meeting with the bosses.'"

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To console his ward, who was already crying at that time, Ogie told Liza that worse things might happen if she pushed through with the project, especially since Darna involves harness and stunts.

"'Alam mo, nak...lagi mong tatandaan, everything happens for a reason. Pupuwedeng hindi ka nga nadisgrasya, at itinuloy mo nga ang Darna, and while shooting Darna, du'n ka naman naaksidente nang malala o baka ikinamatay mo pa during stunts or 'yung naka-harness ka. Ang ginawa lang ng Diyos, sa daliri ka lang niya pinadaplisan.'

"Tulo pa rin nang tulo ang luha ni Liza.

"'Alam mo, nak... nu'ng nawalan ako ng show sa ABS-CBN nu'ng year 2000, wala akong choice, kundi humanap na muna ng ibang work, dahil ako ang breadwinner sa amin, eh.

Ogie told Liza, it was during that time when he met his wife, Georgette del Rosario.

He continued, "'Pumasok akong stand-up comedian sa comedy bar. Ang bayad sa akin noon, P2,500 to P3,000 sa bawat gabi na sasampa ako. Pero kahit hindi ako masyadong nakakatawa, merong isang customer doon na konting tsika ko lang sa stage, siya yung tumataginting 'yung halakhak. Bawat gabing magpe-perform ako, andu'n lagi siya, siya 'yung tawa nang tawa kahit hindi naman natatawa 'yung iba sa akin. Alam mo ba, ngayon? Lima na ang anak namin.'

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"Nagulat si Liza. Hindi makapaniwala.

"'Sa palagay mo, anak, kung hindi ako nawalan ng show noon sa ABS, mami-meet ko siya? Hindi. Kasi kung may show ako noon, baka hindi rin ako pumasok bilang stand-up comedian.

"'Ibig kong sabihin, pag may nawawala, may dumarating. Kapag hindi ukol, hindi bubukol. Kapag para sa 'yo, para sa 'yo. At maniwala ka, marami pang darating na opportunity sa 'yo. Kasi, talented ka, mahusay kang umarte, mabait ka at mabuti kang tao, kaya hindi ka pababayaan ni Lord.'"

Celebrities and media personalities also reacted to Ogie's Facebook post, including Ogie Alcasid and Lea Salonga.

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It was in December 2018 when reports came out that the shooting for Darna had been postponed.

In an interview, Liza said that shooting did not stop because of her finger, but because of script revisions.

During that time, Jerrold Tarog stepped in as director for the Star Cinema adaptation of Darna, after Erik Matti decided to withdraw from the project.

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With Liza's withdrawal from the project, ABS-CBN and Star Cinema said in a statement that the production is already searching for the new actress who will portray Darna.

DARNA DIRECTOR'S REACTION

After Liza's decision was announced, Darna director Jerrold Tarog said his reaction on Twitter.

It was after a netizen tagged him in a tweet saying, "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Firat it was Angel, then Direk Matti and now Liza. Aantayin kong si Direk @JerroldTarog ang mag-resign."

Tarog replied, "Hindi naman. Busy pa din kami. They informed me about Liza's decision weeks ago. I was quite sad about it, but her health is more important. Abangan niyo na lang kung sino ang bagong #Darna"

A netizen then replied and said, "almost 7 years in the making tong darna. hoping it will be MCU or DC quality that time it will be released (if wala na talagang mag back-out) #highhopes"

Tarog also responded to this tweet.

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He wrote, "It's only been four months for me."


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