TOTOO BA: Sanya Lopez and Jak Roberto almost became a “love team” in this show?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jul 9, 2020
Did you know that Jak Roberto also auditioned for the role of Aquil, the love interest of Danaya, in Encantadia?
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal / @jakroberto on Instagram

Siblings Sanya Lopez and Jak Roberto are both reaping success in their respective careers as GMA-7 artists.

Both received big breaks in TV shows that catapulted them to popularity: Encantadia 2016 remake for Sanya and Meant To Be for Jak.

The siblings continue to top-bill shows that deliver good figures in the ratings game.

But prior to becoming two of GMA-7’s most promising stars, totoo ba, Jak and Sanya almost worked together in the remake of Encantadia?

Yes, totoo!

In fact, they almost became a love team!

It was because Jak was asked to audition for two roles: Ybrahim and Aquil.

Ybrahim is the prince of Sapiro, a kingdom in Encantadia. The role was previously played by Dingdong Dantes.

On the other hand, Aquil, formerly played by Alfred Vargas, is the love interest of Danaya.

Danaya, first played by Diana Zubiri, is the role that went to Sanya!

If Jak had gotten the role of Aquil, he would have been paired with his own sister!

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Jak said in his PEP Live interview in June 2020, “Ayon, ganun nga, ganoon iyong normal na process ng mga show, talagang ipapadala lahat ng mga actors to audition sa mga roles."

Sanya interjected, “At medyo kadiri!”

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Jak agreed, “Oo, e, Aquil or Ybrahim, iyon iyong ipinagawa sa akin that time.”

He also quipped, “Andun tayo sa actor, pero kailangan, double effort, e.”

Even then, Jak gave his all when he auditioned for the role.

“Ganoon naman dapat iyong mindset mo para maibigay mo iyong full character, kasi pag iniisip mo na, ‘Baka di ko naman ito makuha,’ hindi mo maibibigay, e.

“Wala lang, gawin mo lang siya as audition then kalimutan mo, hintayin mo lang. Pagka-audition mo, hintay ka na lang.”

But, of course, GMA-7 would not pair real-life siblings Jak and Sanya, as the role of Aquil went to Rocco Nacino.

The role of Ybrahim went to Ruru Madrid.

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Did Jak feel sad that he did not become a part of Encantadia?

“Hindi naman, ganun naman kasi talaga, e. Ganun talaga iyong process.

“Mag-o-audition ‘tapos malalaman mo kung sino iyong natanggap kasi makikita mo na sa show mismo or kapag di ka na-call back. Normal naman iyon.

“So, kailangan mo lang i-mindset na after audition, kalimutan mo na para di ka mag-expect. Or di mo na isipin ng isipin para moving forward ka na sa ibang i-o-audition mo pa. Tulad nga noon ng Meant To Be.”

Meant To Be was Jak’s biggest break on television where he played one of the four leading men of actress and now Jak’s real-life girlfriend, Barbie Forteza.

It was in the show where Jak and Barbie fell in love.

The cast of Meant To Be (L-R): Ivan Dorschner, Ken Chan, Barbie Forteza, Jak Roberto, Addy Raj

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Sanya first revealed that Jak auditioned for the role of Aquil during the 2016 press conference of Encantadia.

She remarked back then, “Ang awkward naman noon sa aming dalawa! [Kaya] mamimili talaga."

SANYA HAPPY WITH ENCANTADIA RERUN

At present, the 2016 version of Encantadia is having a rerun on GMA-7’s prime-time block.

The series temporarily replaced Descendants of the Sun, as the current drama programs of GMA-7 take a taping break as a precautionary measure to combat COVID-19.

Sanya is happy that the show remains trending on social media.

She said, “Actually, iyon nga iyong isa sa mga nabasa kong tweet. As in pati iyong mga cast ng Encantadia, si Danaya, si Pirena, iyan. Mga nagte-trending pa rin kami.

“Sabi ko nga, ang ganda na this quarantine ipinalabas ulit ito kasi may mga bata din pala noon, siyempre four years ago na iyong Enca, so parang ngayon lang napanuod, ngayon lang naintindihan.

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“Marami pa ring mga batang nag-e-enjoy ngayon na nagtu-tweet sa akin na, ‘Ngayon ko lang po napanood ito, maganda po pala, nakakatuwa.’

“Siyempre, nakaka-inspire din kami ng mga ibang bata ngayon na hindi napanood iyong Enca before.”

Sanya Lopez as Danaya

Watch a snippet of Jak and Sanya’s PEP Live interview here:

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Video: Summit Media Video Team: John Henri Mariano & Kim Gan.

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Did you know that Jak Roberto also auditioned for the role of Aquil, the love interest of Danaya, in Encantadia?
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal / @jakroberto on Instagram
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