Welcome to Encantadia
Enchanting is the word, indeed, as members of the media and special guests were ushered into the magical realm of Encantadia during a press
conference Tuesday evening.
Warriors clothed in full war regalia set the tone for the evening. Swords clashing to the tune of battle cries entertained the media before they were invited to enter the huge studio that currently house the show's sets. The same soldiers acted as ushers upon entering their domain.
Details of the costume designs, the puppet drawings and the like were displayed along the walls that roughly tell how much effort has been put into this production. Director Mark Reyes acted as the tour guide, giving the guests an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse of this fantasy world.
Banak and Nakba looked adorable as they greeted the media. Making the land of Encantadia even more interesting are these lovable creatures from Adamya. There was also Awoo and Imaw. The use of animated puppets is a first in Philippine television history.
It is obviously GMA's biggest and most ambitious production to date. The story of the four gems and the struggle for the peace of the land is riveting enough. Add the sheer scale of the production and attention to details, any jaded viewer will be suitably in awe.
However, it is not the precious stones that will truly captivate everyone's fancy. Even more riveting are the beautiful muses of each kingdom that are the true jewels of this show: Sunshine Dizon as Pirena, Iza Calzado as Amihan, Karylle as Alena and Diana Zubiri as Danaya. They were introduced and presented to the guests in elaborate
costumes. Dawn Zulueta as Ynang Reyna outshone everyone as she quietly showed her fairy-like demeanor. The brave warriors of Adamia, played by Ding Dong Dantes, Polo Ravales and others majestically captured the ladies' fancy.
The story will revolve around the classic struggle between love and hate, power and helplessness, friendship and betrayal that will shape the various facets of this tale. So, enter Encantadia, the Filipino fantasy that has come to life.
Encantadia will air beginning May 2 during GMA's primetime Telebabad block. [source]
Characters and Costumes
on Friday, April 22, 2005