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More exciting ‘Encantadia’ retelling in the works

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Four Kapuso actresses have emerged successful in the rigorous auditions for GMA Network’s retelling of the hit fantasy series Encantadia this 2016. 

In a much-awaited grand announcement on 24 Oras last April 4, the highly-coveted roles of the four sisters, who are called Sang’gres or guardians of the elemental gems, went to GMA Artist Center stars Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, Sanya Lopez and Glaiza de Castro. 

Versatile star Kylie Padilla will portray the role of Amihan, the keeper of the Jewel of Air. Alena, the keeper of the Jewel of Water, will be portrayed by talented young actress Gabbi Garcia. Newcomer Sanya Lopez will play the role of Danaya, the keeper of the Jewel of Earth. And multi-talented actress Glaiza de Castro will breathe life to Pirena, the eldest among the Sang'gres and the keeper of the Jewel of Fire. 

The highly-acclaimed series first aired on GMA Network in 2005 and was deemed the grandest television production at that time.  

The story is set in the enchanted realm of Encantadia, which is divided into four kingdoms – Adamya, Sapiro, Lireo, and Hathoria. Each kingdom holds one of the four precious elemental stones that are integral to maintaining peace and order in the land. 

Encantadia 2016, which will soon air on GMA Pinoy TV, is helmed by Director Mark Reyes, who also led the production of the series’ first run. Reyes dubs the new series as a ‘requel’ which will offer something new and revitalize the familiar story that is well-loved by Kapuso audiences across the globe to make it appealing to a new audience of millenials. 

During the story conference for Encantadia 2016, he reminded his new cast that this will not be like any regular show. “Encantadia is very different. You have to live the whole project. You have to live your characters,” he said. 

He encouraged the four new lead actresses to bond and help each other out as he recalled how the relationship among the original lead cast members contributed to the success of the series.  

With excitement building for Encantadia 2016, Reyes promises viewers a better show. "We will do our best to make this even better than the first one. That's all we can promise. Pinaghirapan po namin 'to [We worked very hard on this]. Nakita niyo [You’ve seen] how special this is… so expect bigger and more exciting things about Encantadia," he shared. 

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