Meet the new Danaya in Encantadia 2016: Sanya Lopez

Sanya Lopez, the new Danaya in the requel of Encantadia, is the sister of Kapuso actor Jak Roberto. She was first discovered by the late Kuya Germs who invited her to join Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman. In Encantadia 2016, she reprises the role first played by Diana Zubiri.



Last night, April 4, GMA revealed the new actresses who will bring life to the Sang’gres for the requel of Encantadia.

Glaiza de Castro, Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia and Sanya Lopez were revealed to take on the roles of Pirena, Amihan, Alena, and Danaya, respectively.

Glaiza and Kylie have already established themselves as among the Kapuso Network’s prime actresses, and Gabbi is known for her GabRu tandem with Ruru Madrid.

Some netizens have been asking about the identity of Sanya: how she got discovered and how she got the role of Danaya.

In a report from GMANetwork.com, Sanya revealed how she was discovered by the late star builder German “Kuya Germs” Moreno.

She narrated that she got her big break four years ago when she visited her brother Jak Roberto on the set of Walang Tulugan with Master Showman.

"Nag-start 'yon, binisita ko si Kuya sa set. During that time, naroon si Kim Rodiguez [at] napagkamalang ako si Kim ng fans!

“So nagpa-picture sila sa 'kin. Ang tawag na nila sa 'kin, Ate Kim!

"Napansin ako ni Kuya Germs. Tingin siya nang tingin sa 'kin.

“During the break time, ipinakilala ako ni Kuya. Sabi ni Kuya, ‘Tay, kapatid ko po.’

“[Sagot niya], ‘So ikaw pala yung kapatid ni Jak. Bakit hindi ka nagsasalita?

“Tapos sabi niya [Kuya Germs] sa 'kin, ‘Okay gusto ko, next taping narito ka na.’ So doon nag-start."

After being part of Walang Tulugan, Sanya was given a supporting role in the now-defunct TV series The Half Sisters starring Barbie Forteza and Thea Tolentino.


ON GETTING DANAYA. According to Sanya, she did not expect to get the role of Danaya in the requel of Encantadia.

In the 2005 version, it was Diana Zubiri who played the role of the guardian of the land gem.

Sanya shared, "Ang daming artista [na nag-audition]. Na-intimidate ako na parang hindi na ako umasa kasi ang daming magaganda.”

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In a separate report, she described how she auditioned for the role.

"Tinawagan kasi ako na mag-audition. Excited ako kasi may mga nagsasabi na bagay ako roon.

“I did my best and 'yon, tinawagan ulit ako at binigyan nila ako ng chance ulit na ipakita ko yung skills ko.

“Noong umpisa, ang ginanapan ko is Lira. Then after noon, pinag-Alena ako. Then noong last, pinag-Danaya na ako."

Incidentally, Sanya was able to work with Encantadia director Mark Reyes in The Half Sisters. However, this did not made her complacent during the auditions. It was Direk Mark who did the screening for the Sang’gres.

"Noong tinawagan nga ako nung second time, sabi ko, 'O sige, kaya na natin yan, nakapasok na ko sa first round, e. Second round na 'to, kaya ko 'yan.'

“Four times ako na-call back."

When she learned that she got the plum role in the series, she was very happy because it was unexpected.

She then promised avid viewers of the telefantasya: “I'll do my best at gagawin ko po kung ano yung kinakailangan.”

Encantadia is slated to be released within the third quarter of 2016.



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