How Kapuso lead actress in Sang'gre, Encantadia spin-off gets chosen

by James Patrick Anarcon
Mar 17, 2022
Encantadia Sang'gre
After (right frame top row) Karylle, Iza Calzado, Diana Zubiri, Sunshine Dizon, (right frame bottom row) Gabbi Garcia, Kylie Padilla, Glaiza de Castro, and Sanya Lopez, who is the next GMA-7 star to become a Sang'gre?
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Sang'gre has its lead actress.

GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable revealed this at the Zoom media conference of Kapuso top TV executives on March 11, 2022.

While her identity is yet to be revealed, Rasonable said the actress chosen to headline the spin-off of Encantadia is "another one of our homegrown artists."

During the presscon, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked how this artist was chosen to portray the lead.

Rasonable said, “Unang-una, kailangan mukha siya talagang Sang’gre.

“Kailangan beautiful, maganda ang [physicality]. Kumbaga mukhang strong, physically magiging maganda ang hitsura pag nilagyan mo ng costume. Siyempre nai-imagine mo na, e, kapag sinuotan siya ng costume.

“Agile kasi siyempre, she will do a lot of stunts, a lot of fight scenes. And siyempre, magaling umarte.

“So lahat iyon, taken into consideration, puwede siyang ihanay doon sa mga naunang Sang’gre, nauna before her.”

Encantadia began as an epic telefantasya of the network in 2005. It starred Sunshine Dizon, Iza Calzado, Karylle, and Diana Zubiri as the four Sang’gres.

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In 2016, GMA-7 did a "requel" (remake + sequel) with Glaiza de Castro, Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, and Sanya Lopez as the new Sang’gres.

HOW SANG'GRE WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM ENCANTADIA

According to Rasonable, since Sang’gre is a spin-off of Encantadia, Kapuso viewers should expect something different from the first two incarnations of the series.

One is that the series is set in the mortal world. The first two versions were set in the kingdom of Encantadia, which was built inside a studio.

Rasonable explained, “It is a spin-off ng Encantadia so may iba siya na mas marami siyang mortal world.

“Pero siyempre hindi mo maaalis yung [mundo] ng Encantadia kasi iyon naman talaga ang jump-off point nito.

“Marami ring bagong iniisip ang creator nito na si Suzette Doctolero. So exciting talaga for us kasi iba na iyong part two (2016), ngayon, spin-off naman.

“Ang ganda kasi nagbubunga siya ng iba-ibang material. Kaya dito kami looking forward to, special effects na pinaplano naming gawin at saka yung iba-ibang ways of depicting Encantadia, that special world that we created.”

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WILL FORMER SANG’GRES JOIN THE CAST?

According to a press release by GMA-7, Sang’gre tells the story of a girl who discovers that she has special powers, not knowing that she is the missing daughter of Sang’gre Danaya.

The keeper of the earth gem, Danaya was played by Diana Zubiri in the 2005 version and Sanya Lopez in the 2016 version.

Even though the spin-off will only have one person as headliner, this does not mean that the other Encantadia Sang’gres won’t appear in the show, Rasonable said.

She said, “Isa na lang siya pero hindi ibig sabihin ay hindi niyo makikita yung ibang mga Sang’gre, either part of the cast or as guest, at kung saang Encantadia siya galing, sa first o sa second.

“Di ba, mahilig naman kaming gumawa ng ganong mga surprises, kahit yung sa second installment?”

The lady executive said that Sang’gre will air this 2022: “Yes, we’re writing it already.”

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Just last March 11, 2022, Encantadia director Mark Reyes gave an update.

His post showed a meeting where headwriter and creator Suzette Doctolero, program manager Redgynn Alba, and executive producer Winnie Hollis-Reyes were present.

Direk Mark wrote, “The OG #encantadia 2005 team is back together again for #sanggre2022 #letsbeginagain”

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After (right frame top row) Karylle, Iza Calzado, Diana Zubiri, Sunshine Dizon, (right frame bottom row) Gabbi Garcia, Kylie Padilla, Glaiza de Castro, and Sanya Lopez, who is the next GMA-7 star to become a Sang'gre?
PHOTO/S: GMA-7
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