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This is article is about Dyesebel the character, for the TV series, click Dyesebel (TV Series).

Dyesebel is considered as one of the most popular komiks series in the Philippines. Serialized in Pilipino Komiks in 1953, Dyesebel was written by Mars Ravelo, considered the "King of Komiks" in the Philippines, and illustrated by master illustrator Elpidio Torres.

Dyesebel is now considered part of Philippine mythology and popular culture. It has been adapted into movies several times. Some of the famous actresses to portray the role were Edna Luna, Vilma Santos, Alice Dixson, Charlene Gonzales, and Marian Rivera.



A pregnant woman is fascinated by a portrait of a mermaid, and when she gives birth to her child, the infant has the tail of a fish instead of human legs. The father decides to get rid of the child, but he is stopped by lightning and thunder. The husband and wife decide to leave their village to prevent gossip about their mermaid child. They transfer to a village near the sea, where they rear Dyesebel. One day Dyesebel swam farther into the sea where she meets other mermaids. She also meets Dyangga, a kind sea-witch.

Dyesebel falls in love with Fredo, a gentleman vacationing in the beach, trying to forget his lost affair with Betty. With the help of Dyangga, Dyesebel is able to have temporary legs. Meanwhile, Betty discovers Dyesebel's secret. She kidnaps Dyesebel, showing her as attraction in a carnival fair. Fredo rescues Dyesebel. In the end, Dyangga blesses Dyesebel with permanent human legs.


  • Villegas, D. "Dyesebel." Filipiniana.net (accessed on March 17, 2008).

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