|Format||Telefantasya: action, adventure, drama, fantasy, romance|
|Created by||Suzette Doctolero|
|Starring||For the complete list, see the Encantadia Cast and Characters|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||Book 1: 160 episodes
Book 2: 50 episodes
Book 3: 48 episodes
Over All (Book 1, 2 & 3): 258 episodes
|Running time||30-45 minutes|
|Original channel||GMA Network|
|Original run||May 2, 2005 – December 9, 2005|
Encantadia is a Filipino fantasy television series (locally known as telefantasya) produced by GMA Network. It was dubbed as the grandest, most ambitious, and most expensive production for Philippine television. The pilot episode was aired on May 2, 2005. Its last episode was aired on December 9 of the same year to give way to its second book, Etheria. This series aired its pilot episode on December 12, and its last episode on February 18, 2006. The third and latest installment of the Encantadia saga, entitled Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas, aired its pilot on February 20, 2006 and the series ended on April 28, 2006.
The series garnered both popular and critical recognition at home and abroad, including winning the 2005 Teleserye (Television Series) of the Year at the Los Angeles-based Gawad Amerika Awards..
The entire Encantadia saga is currently aired on FOX Filipino.
Encantadia is a term coined from the Filipino words "enkanto", "enkanta", "enkantada", or "enkantado" (which was in turn derived from the Spanish term) which means enchanted beings endowed with supernatural powers.
In the show, Encantadia is a vast enchanted realm comprising four divided kingdoms where different mythical entities thrive. These four kingdoms bear the four precious stones that holds the land's balance. The kingdom of Adamya, Sapiro, Lireo, and Hathoria. The tranquility and future of Encantadia rests on the four gemstones of water, earth, air and fire; each being carefully kept by the bearers from each kingdom.But when the Hathors, from the kingdom of Hathoria threatened to accumulate all the gems from the other bearers, hostility and war swept over the realm. It is a battle of three kingdoms against one.
The story unfolds in Lireo, the kingdom where Ynang Reyna (Queen Mother) Minea lives with her daughters Amihan, Alena, Danaya, and Pirena. The four Sangg'res are tasked to be the new keepers of the brilliantes. Their skills in war and their powers as the royalty of the diwatas are believed to be the strength of Lireo. As long as the gemstones are kept properly, the balance of nature in Encantadia remains. But this story tells viewers that powers can also break precious relationships as Pirena had plotted the downfall of her own sister Amihan, who won the competition for the Lirean crown, and the other Sangg'res Danaya and Alena took Amihan's side.
With this situation, Lira, the long lost daughter of Amihan returned to Encantadia and tried to fulfill her mission of mending the broken relationships of the strong-willed gemstone keepers.
The world of Encantadia was created when the three major bathaluman (deities) Arde, his brother Emre and Ether were cast out of the heavens (not to be mistaken for the "heaven" of Judeo-Christian canon) for remaining neutral during the first civil war.
They arrived in a strange, uninhabited land and claimed it for themselves. The three bathaluman decided to name the new world Encantadia.
Working together, the three deities transformed the barren land into a paradise, populating it with both offspring and creations like the many creatures that inhabit the Encantadian wilds to ease the pain of their exile.
Relations between the three masters of Encantadia were genial at first and the beings of Encantadia lived in harmony and unity devoid of malice, until Ether and Arde fell in love. Enraged at the two for succumbing to their baser instincts and violating the terms of their exile, Emre cursed them by turning Ether into a giant snake. Arde was banished to limbo, transformed into a dragon tasked to forever safeguard the boundaries between the world of the living and Devas, the world of the dead. Emre likewise left Encantadia, leaving Ether to fend for herself.
Abandoned and cursed, Ether raged for many days. Because of her horrific and feral form, most of the citizens of Encantadia grew to fear Ether and shunned her. Others, in awe of her new power and pity of her plight, came to worship the bathaluman, who in turn granted them her power and protection. They became the first citizens of Etheria.
With the creation of Etheria, other kingdoms were soon established, namely Sapiro, Adamya and Hathoria. Lireo as a separate, sovereign nation would not be established until after Etheria's fall several centuries later.
The story revolves around the four Sang'gres of Lireo, the center of worship in Encantadia - Amihan, Alena, Danaya and Pirena. The Sangg-'res of Lireo
Ynang Reyna Minea is a queen of the Diwata kingdom of Lireo, and the mother of main characters Amihan, Pirena, Alena and Danaya.
Pirena the eldest among the Sang'gres, is the keeper of the Jewel of Fire. She is the smartest and most skillful among the Sang'gres. Though outwardly cold, Pirena is actually a kind person, consumed by the belief that she can rule Lireo much better than Minea. Impulsive and willful, Pirena is very transparent with her emotions. She is the most frank and brutally honest of the sisters, sometimes inconsiderate of the effect of her words to those around her. Because they share so many of the same personality traits, she always ends up quarrelling with the youngest of the brood, Danaya.
Amihan the second among the four daughters of Ynang Reyna Minea, is the keeper of the Jewel of Air and the mother of Lira whom she had with Ybarro, also known as Prince Ybrahim, the heir to the fallen kingdom of Sapiro. Amihan is the mother-figure among the Sang'gres. Like her mother Mine-a, she has a soft heart for those she loves, especially her family. This quality of hers has often been abused by others, especially Pirena. She is regal and majestic, often exhibiting a queenly aura of power and nobility.
Alena is the third among the four daughters of Queen Mine-a and the keeper of the Jewel of Water. She is by nature a kind-hearted person and is the most romantic among the four sisters. Alena is also the lover of Ybarro and mother of Kahlil.
Danaya is the fourth and youngest daughter of Ynang Reyna Minea, is the keeper of the Jewel of Earth. Danaya is the fearless and most lawful one among the Sang'gres. She is a feisty and cunning fighter whose loyalty to the throne and laws of Lireo is absolute. Because of her relative youth, she is prone to mischief and petty arguments (especially with her niece Lira), but always has her heart (and mind) in the right place. Receives the care and affection of Aquil, the chief of the Lirean soldiers.
Lira is the only daughter and sole heiress apparent to Amihan, who became Queen of Lireo and his father was King Ybrahim of Sapiro. She was hailed by her grandmother former queen Minea as Encantadia's luntiae or savior. The culture in Encantadia is ancient and Lira, although an Encantadian herself, was raised in the modern human world. She sometimes speaks Taglish, which puzzled many Encantandians because they barely understand it. She is also the mother of Cassandra.
Mira is the sole daughter of Pirena from an unknown father. She was the infant her mother switched from Amihan’s true heir, Lira. Because of this, Mira grew up and was known as Lira and was deemed as the future heiress apparent to Queen Amihan. She took pride of these perquisites and had always exuded an ambitious and pompous stance. She grew up armed with brilliance as a warrior and a swordsman true to any Sang’gre. She was a keen follower of Lireo’s laws and exhibited zealotry for her kind.
Because of its popularity and public demand GMA Records decided to release all episodes in extended volumes 1-15 in 2011.
Cast and Characters
- Sunshine Dizon as Pirena
- Iza Calzado as Amihan
- Diana Zubiri as Danaya
- Karylle as Alena
- Dingdong Dantes as Ybrahim
- Jennylyn Mercado as Lira/Milagros
- Mark Herras as Anthony
- Yasmien Kurdi as Mira
- Pen Medina as Hagorn
- Alfred Vargas as Aquil
- Polo Ravales as Hitano
- Bobby Andrews as Asval
- Michael Roy Jornales as Apek
- Marky Lopez as Wantuk
- Arthur Solinap as Muros
- Nancy Castiglione as Muyak
- Girlie Sevilla as Gurna
- Leila Kuzma as Agane
- Brad Turvey as Axilom
- Gerard Pizzaras as Bandok
- Benjie Paras as Wahid
- Juliana Palermo as Lavanea
- Diane Sison as Mayne
- Romnick Sarmenta as Avilan
- Antonio Aquitania as Alipato
- Sunshine Garcia as Agua
- Margaret Wilson as Aera
- Cheska Garcia as Aure
- Lloyd Barredo as Abog
- John Regala as Apitong
- Pinky Amador as Carmen
- Vangie Labalan as Manang Rosing
- Jay Aquitania as Banjo
- Gayle Valencia as Dinna
- Irma Adlawan as Amanda
- Ehra Madrigal as Gigi
- Dino Guevarra as Carlos
- Juan Carlo Dizon as Chao
- Denise Laurel as Marge
- Allan Paule as Dado
- CJ Ramos as Bono
- Noel Urbano as the voice of Imaw
- Jake Cuenca as Khalil
Production and reception
The series was created by GMA Network, the same network that produced the telefantasyas Mulawin and Darna.
It was directed by Mark Reyes and Gil Tejada, Jr., and written by Suzette Doctolero.
The series was originally intended as GMA Films' entry to the 2004 Metro Manila Film Festival but they later decided to make Encantadia a daily fantasy soap opera.
According to Mark Reyes, the sets of Encantadia are located in various places in the Philippines.
The Adamya set is located at Calatagan, Batangas. The cave set of Hathoria is located at the Kalinawan Cave in Tanay, Rizal. Lireo's forest is located at Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls in Rizal. A 1,900 square meter warehouse in Pasig serves as an indoor set with an improvised pond. This warehouse is also a setting change for Lireo, Sapiro, Hera Andal, Hera Sensa and others. The Sapiro set is located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros (Old Manila) in the heart of Manila.
In July 2005, according to AGB Nielsen Media Research, Encantadia topped primetime ratings by earning 22.6% in total individual charts and a chunk rating of 40%, overtaking Darna, Sugo and Kampanerang Kuba.Encantadia was only beaten by Darna on June. It never lost in the ratings game after that span of time, in December of that same year GMA's Rival network launched Panday to pit against Encantadia and Sugo but Panday failed to dent the ratings of both Encantadia and Sugo thus it was axed after a few weeks of airing. Among all soap operas in the Philippines has the highest ratings of 45% average (usually 40% above) according to AGB, a local media research firm.
Awards and nominations
Encantadia was nominated in the 2005 Asian TV Awards for Best Original Music Score and was awarded as "Highly Commended"
Won in the 2nd Golden Screen Entertainment TV Awards of Empress for Outstanding Drama Series (Encantadia)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Sunshine Dizon for her role as Pirena)
Outstanding Director for a Drama Series (Directors Mark Reyes & Gil Tejada).
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dawn Zulueta for her role as Queen Minea)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Pen Medina for his role as Hagorn and Alfred Vargas for his role as Aquil)
Finalist, Best Lighting Category in the 2006 New York Festivals for TV Programming & Promotion
Won in the 3rd Gawad America Awards held in Los Angeles, California as Best TV Series/Soap Opera
Best Actress (Sunshine Dizon for her role as Pirena) and Best Director (Mark Reyes)
Won in the 2nd USTV Student's Choice Awards of the University of Santo Tomas as Student's Choice of Drama Series (Encantadia).
Iza Calzado won as Student's Choice of Best Actress for her role as Amihan.
Awarded by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation as Most Popular TV Program (Encantadia)
Most Popular TV Directors (Mark Reyes & Gil Tejada) in the annual (36th) Box-Office Entertainment Awards
Karylle & Jerome John Hughes won Best Duet Performance for the series' theme song "Mahiwagang Puso" in 2006 iFM 93.9 Music Awards
On November 2005, Mister Donut in the Philippines offered free pillows with pictures of Pirena, Amihan, Alena and Danaya after purchasing a dozen doughnuts. An Encantadia board game is being sold in various bookstores in the Philippines.
Other merchandise such as coin banks, notebooks, etc. are also being sold.
On March 4, 2008, GMA7 released Encantadia DVDs under GMA Records. The DVDs are also available in the United States in stores such as
Portrayal in film and television
Bubble Gang, GMA Network's highly-rated gag show, created a spoof of Encantadia named Pinkantadia. The names of the cast were spoofed as:
Ynang Mother (Ynang Reyna, a reference to the Tagalog for mother, "ina"), Amoyhan (Amihan, "amoy" being "smell"),
Dinaya (Danaya, literally "cheated"), Alyena (Alena, "Alyena" is a play with the word Balyena, meaning Whale) and Irena (Pirena).
Other characters include Jalathors (Hathors), Limaw (Imaw), Niño Muyak (Muyak), Kabarro (Ybarro), Bruha (Gurna), Muta (Cassiopea/Mata),
and Hadagorn (Hagorn). During Bubble Gang's 10th anniversary, the actual characters of Encantadia appeared and portrayed a comical
face-off with the Pinkantadia characters.
Some of the colorful characters of the series appeared in Mulawin The Movie said to be the film sequel to the Mulawin television series.
Those characters include Ybarro, portrayed by Dingdong Dantes, Amihan, portrayed by Iza Calzado, Pirena, portrayed by Sunshine Dizon,
Alena, portrayed by Karylle, Danaya, portrayed by Valerie Concepcion (instead of Diana Zubiri) and Muros, portrayed by Arthur
Solinap. The movie was released on December 25, 2005, and produced by Regal Films and GMA Films in the Philippines.
It is also an entry to the 31st Metro Manila Film Festival.
|Country||Alternate Title/Translation||TV network(s)||Series Broadcast||Weekly Schedule||Times|
|Malaysia||Encantadia||Astro Bella||August 2012 – November 2012||Monday to Friday||8:00 PM|
|ASEAN||Encantadia||Fox Filipino||October 2012 – present||Monday to Friday||8:00 PM|