It’s official: ‘Encantadia’ is returning to GMA.
The announcement was made last night during the evening newscast ’24 Oras’. Throughout the newscast, the upcoming ‘requel’ (portmanteau of reboot and prequel) revealed its main cast members, which are as follows:
- Glaiza de Castro (as Sang’gre Pirena, originally portrayed by Sunshine Dizon)
- Kylie Padilla (as Sang’gre Amihan, originally portrayed by Iza Calzado)
- Gabbi Garcia (as Sang’gre Alena, originally portrayed by Karylle)
- Sanya Lopez (as Sang’gre Danaya, originally portrayed by Diana Zubiri)
- Ruru Madrid (as Ybarro/Ybrahim, originally portrayed by Dingdong Dantes)
- Rocco Nacino (as Aquil, originally portrayed by Alfred Vargas)
They will be joined by Marian Rivera, who will play Dawn Zulueta’s original role as the Inang Reyna.
In addition, the press conference announced the names of the supporting cast members. They are:
- John Arcilla (as Hagorn)
- Rochelle Pangilinan (as Agane)
- Vaness del Moral (as Gurna)
- Pancho Magno (as Hitano)
- Christian Bautista (as Apitong)
- Carlo Gonzales (as Muros)
- Kate Valdez (as Mira)
- Mikee Quintos (as Lira)
- Klea Pineda (as Muyak)
- Migo Adecer (as Anthony)
- Solenn Heussaff (as Cassiopeia)
Mark Reyes will be the director of the new ‘Encantadia’, and he revealed that a few changes will be made on the ‘requel’ without sacrificing the main story of the original series. That said, expect a fresher and more modern ‘Encantadia’ for the new generation.
The original ‘Encantadia’ aired on GMA during the mid-2000s, and spawned two sequels in ‘Etheria: Ang Ikalimang Kaharian ng Encantadia’ and ‘Encantadia: Pag-Ibig Hanggang Wakas’. A planned reboot of ‘Encantadia’ (titled ‘Encantadia: The Second Saga’) was announced in 2010, but was never materialized.
When it first aired, ‘Encantadia’ became one of GMA’s highly-rated series, thanks in large part to the popularity of the fantaserye during that time. But the production of ‘Encantadia’ and its two sequels took its toll on GMA financially, and they have never recovered since.
With the Kapuso network in a crisis of confidence, what chances will they have with the ‘requel’ of ‘Encantadia’? And how will this series be able to thrive amidst a more conservative approach in teleserye production?
Only time will tell.