Encantadia (2016 TV series)

Encantadia is a Philippine television drama fantasy series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is based on a 2005 Philippine television series of the same title. It served as a reboot and the fourth television series in the Encantadia franchise. Directed by Mark A. Reyes, it stars Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, Sanya Lopez and Glaiza de Castro. It premiered on July 18, 2016 replacing Poor Señorita on the network's Telebabad line up and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on May 19, 2017 with a total of 218 episodes. It was replaced by Mulawin vs. Ravena in its timeslot.

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Title card
Based onEncantadia (2005)
by Suzette Doctolero
Written by
  • Suzette Doctolero
  • Jason Lim
Directed byMark A. Reyes
Creative director(s)Roy Iglesias
Opening theme"Tadhana!" by Bayang Barrios
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes218 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Winnie Hollis-Reyes
Production location(s)
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time25-36 minutes
Production company(s)GMA Entertainment TV
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 18, 2016 (2016-07-18) –
May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)
Related shows
External links

The series including a director's cut of the finale is streaming online on YouTube.[1]


Four Sang’gres, Pirena, Amihan, Alena and Danaya — guard the gems that hold the power to maintain peace and harmony in the world of Encantadia. The sisters' bond is broken when Pirena discovers that their mother, is afraid of her desire to become the queen of Encantadia.[2]

Cast and charactersEdit

Glaiza de Castro portrays Pirena.
Kylie Padilla portrays Amihan.
Gabbi Garcia portrays Alena.
Sanya Lopez portrays Danaya.
Ruru Madrid portrays Ybrahim.
Marian Rivera portrays Minea.
Dindong Dantes portrays Raquim.
Main cast
Supporting cast
Recurring cast
Guest cast


On November 5, 2015, Felipe Gozon, the chairman and CEO of GMA Network Inc. announced during a GMA Network press conference that the remake of the 2005 fantasy series is part of the network's program line-up for 2016.[18] On January 6, 2016, director Mark A. Reyes said that he would return as the director of the series.[19] Suzette Doctolero, who created Encantadia remained as concept creator and head writer for the series.[20] Encantadia was Doctolero's first head writing project with the network in 2005, and also served as her training for writing a fantasy story for the first time.[21]

The series was first publicized during Marian Rivera's renewal of contract at GMA Network on February 16, 2016 where she was announced for the role of Mine-a.[22] The following day, it was announced by director Mark Reyes in that the series was on pre-production.[23] The first teaser of Encantadia premiered on February 14, 2016 featuring a snippet of the gems and the theme song.[24] The first trailer was released June 11, 2016.[25]

On September 15, 2016, the director stated that the retelling concluded after 43 episodes, and the 45th will be the start of the 2005's sequel, stating that "The retelling ends. And the sequel begins".[26] He further added that it was not about 2005 version anymore, and new storyline will emerge on the series.[27]


Marian Rivera plays the role of (Inang Reyna) Mine-a, the Queen of Lireo, (originally played by Dawn Zulueta).[28] Rivera's husband, Dingdong Dantes, who played Ybarro in the original series plays the role of Raquim, prince of Sapiro (originally played by Richard Gomez). It serves as the comeback series of the couple after welcoming their first daughter and their last show together was My Beloved in 2012. Klea Pineda and Migo Adecer also join the cast as part of their prize after winning StarStruck VI.[29]

On April 4, 2016, the four new Sang'gres of Encantadia were revealed live on 24 Oras. Amihan, the keeper of the wind gem, originally played by Iza Calzado, is now portrayed by Kylie Padilla. In the show's press conference, Padilla stated that being cast in Encantadia puts you as an "A-lister" in show business.[30] Gabbi Garcia takes on the role of Alena, the keeper of the water gem, who was originally played by Karylle. Garcia stated that the series is her biggest break in the industry.[30] She further stated, "...i’m not really gonna try to outdo but then, we’re not replacing them[...] just making a new, fresh version for the young audiences, for the generation now".[30] Newcomer Sanya Lopez is Danaya, the youngest of the sisters and the keeper of the earth gem, played by Diana Zubiri in the original series. Lopez stated that having been compared to the original series was a big challenge for her, but in a positive way.[30] Glaiza de Castro is the keeper of the gem of fire, Pirena, originally played by Sunshine Dizon. According to Doctolero, de Castro is the one and only choice for the role but she also auditioned for it. According to her, she watched and studied trainings from famous martial arts artists to get ready for the role.[30] Other cast members including their roles also appeared after the announcement .[31]

Sunshine Dizon, who played Pirena in the original series, revealed on May 6, 2016 that she takes part on the retelling-sequel of the 2016 series with a big but different character role, as Adhara.[32] Meanwhile, Diana Zubiri who previously played Danaya is also cast as LilaSari.[33][34]

A week before the show, Australian actor Conan Stevens, best known for his role on the American fantasy television series Game of Thrones, confirmed that he would join the cast in an unspecified role, which later on revealed as Vish'ka.[35]

As the series progress, few special roles emerged; the first is Miguel Tanfelix who plays Pagaspas, a Mulawin with a mission to help the diwatas of Lireo.[36] He played the same role 12 years ago on the series of the same name.[37] The next would be Alden Richards, who will also play a Mulawin whose appearance has not yet been televised.[38] In an interview with Manila Times, Richards said, "...11 years ago. I remember I watched the show with my family and I was so mesmerized with all the special effects. [...]When I learned that GMA was doing a ‘requel’ of Encantadia, I was really wishing to be a part of the show. That’s why when they told me that I have a role in the series, I was so happy...".[39]

Costume designEdit

"The process is the same as when we make our signature gowns for clients here and abroad. Since the designs I've made still include my signature details, it was not that hard for me and my team to create the costumes. The only difference is that we had to consider how these gowns would appear against chroma optical filters used in television as Encantadia is a telefantasia which requires chroma."

— Libiran, on how Encantadia costumes were made.[40]

Encantadia's costume designer is Francis Libiran, a world-renowned and critically acclaimed designer in the Philippines who did an extensive research to come up with the designs.[40][41] According to Libiran, his team brainstormed together with Encantadia's production team and watched old clips of Encantadia in YouTube to conceptualized the character's fashion sense.[42] The gowns of the sang'gres and Ynang Reyna is more edgy and fashionable compared to the ruggedness/cocky-themed costumes in 2005.[40] Each gown depicts the powers and personalities of each sang'gre while showing one thing that they have in common- Royal.[40] The colors of their gowns match the colors of the gems that the Sang’gres are guarding. Just like in the original series, they wore elegant gowns when they were not in a battle.[43] He further stated, "A normal gown usually takes us two months to create but since we had to consider the time, we assigned a dedicated team of craftsmen to produce the outfits in just 15 days."[40] According to the cast, they went on a strict diet and fitness trainings to secure their shape suited for their exquisite gowns.[44] The cast first appeared in costumes during "ToyCon 2016 Poplife Fan Xperience" at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on June 10, 2016.[45]


Critical responseEdit

According to a review by CNN Philippines, Encantadia lived up to its long-gestating hype. The introduction and the narration was a big step-up for the show compared to the first one.[46] It further stated that the new iteration looks better than the original and paces itself well in terms of narrative and plot.[46] CNN was also impressed with the fight scenes giving impressions that are being done on a grander scale.[46] They also stated that the scenes have depth and CG backgrounds are rendered beautifully and looks a lot slicker and a whole lot darker, looking like something from the PC version of Skyrim which they expressed as a huge improvement after over a decade.[46] Anthea Reyes of WheninManila.com was also impressed of the series stating: "...all of our childish fantasies have returned to primetime television and it’s come back bigger, better, and infinitely more awesome..."[47] She also stated that "the writing team is using this opportunity to the fullest to solidify the myth, the plot holes, and the motivations of everything. The writers of the show were able to place meaning in an aesthetic choice made from way before and further enrich the story."[47] She also noted that the details of characters costume, to the clarified presence of the nomadic soldiers post Sappiro-Hathoria war, up until the background music used per every shot were all world class.[47] FHM Philippines also made a review of the show and states that the creators of the show made an effort to make a living and breathing world and they succeeded.[48] They also imposed that even though it was heavily inspired by Hollywood fantasy movies, it has the FIlipino flavor adding its own twist.[48] They also pointed out that one of the shows strengths is that it has its own unique story. FHM further stated that: "...Like the original that came 11 years before it, Encantadia gives audiences something new to watch when it comes to primetime programming. Finally, something to cleanse our palate from all the drama and romantic programs that we've grown accustomed to."[48]

A review by Philippine Entertainment Portal stated that the show’s director of photography and cameramen were impressive for utilizing different creative camera angles and techniques as it contributed to the intensity and excitement in the scene.[49] They also gave positive feedback to its musical scoring stating that "...One of the factors that contributed to Encantadia 2005’s success is its musical scoring, in fact, it was even commended in the Asian Television Awards for Best Original Music Score. This requel did not disappoint when it comes to this aspect. The musical scorer seemed to compose different pieces suited to each kingdom since each had its own theme[...]the modernized, upbeat version of "Tadhana" also inensified the fight scenes."[49]

Because of the good ratings and the success of the show, Encantadia is slated or expected to have another season. This was hinted on few scenes in its finale showing Cassiopea's twin, who lives in the ice kingdom in the far northern part of Encantadia, seems to pose a threat to diwatas. This was attested further by an Instagram post of Director Mark Reyes that the finale episode is his "official statement".


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Encantadia earned a 26.1% rating.[50] While the final episode scored a 13.8% rating in Nationwide Urban Television Audience Measurement people in television homes.[51]


Accolades received by Encantadia
Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2016 Gawad Filipino Media People's Choice Awards Best Fantaserye of the Year Encantadia Won [52][53]
Pinaka Mahusay na Actor sa Television John Arcilla Won
Pinaka Mahusay na Actress sa Television Glaiza de Castro Won
Anak TV Awards Favorite TV Program Encantadia Won [54]
2017 31st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actor Ruru Madrid Won [55]
Best Drama Actress Sanya Lopez Nominated
Best New Male TV Personality Migo Adecer Nominated
Best New Female TV Personality Mikee Quintos
Klea Pineda
Best Child Performer Yuan Francisco Nominated
Apollo Awards Best Visual Effects - Long-term Category Encantadia Won [56][57]
UmalohokJuan Awards 2017 TV Drama Program of the Year Won [58]


  1. ^ Diana Zubiri previously played Danaya, now plays the cursed princess LilaSari.[4][5]
  2. ^ Alfred Vargas previously played Aquil and Amarro from Encantadia and Etheria, now reprises Amarro.
  3. ^ Neil Ryan Sese previously played Viktu, now plays Asval, the evil Sapiryan prince.
  4. ^ Cheska Iñigo previously played Galatea, now plays Mayca, one of the prisoners in Carcero.[7]
  5. ^ Phytos Ramirez previously played young Anthony from Encantadia, now plays the adult Paopao.
  6. ^ Dingdong Dantes previously played Ybarro/Rama Ybrahim ng Sapiro, now plays Raquim, the father of Sang'gre Amihan and husband of Ynang Reyna Minea ng Lireo.[9]
  7. ^ Sunshine Dizon previously played Pirena, now plays evil Sang'gre Adhara.[10]
  8. ^ Ryan Eigenmann previously played Marvus from Etheria, now plays Berto.


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