The August 4 episode of Encantadia 2016 featured intense scenes showing that Amihan (Kylie Padilla) already bore a child with Ybarro (Ruru Madrid), the lover of her sister Alena (Gabbi Garcia).
This is also the same episode where Pirena (Glaiza de Castro) hatched an evil plan. She bore a child with a Lirean warrior that she later on killed.
The baby of Amihan and Ybarro will grow to be Lira (Mikee Quintos).
Meanwhile, the daughter of Pirena grows up to be Mira (Kate Valdez).
However, after the intense scenes that transpired in the episode, some netizens took notice of the guy who portrayed the Lirean warrior.
Some even tagged him as the "lalaking sinayang ni Pirena," mainly because of his good looks.
Later on, it was revealed that the good-looking warrior is played by GMA Artist Center talent Ken Alfonso!
He even introduced himself as the "lalaking ginamit ni Sang'gre Pirena" in his Instagram account.
Apparently, Ken is also a part of the movie That Thing Called Tanga Na, which is why PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview him during the red carpet screening of the movie last August 9.
According to the Kapuso talent, he is very happy over the good feedback about his appearance in Encantadia 2016.
He said, "Sa totoo lang, unang-una, nakakatuwang isipin na na-appreciate ng manunuod natin yung Encantadia lalong-lalo na yung paglabas ko doon.
"Nagulat din ako, sa totoo lang, kasi sobrang iksi lang pero tumatak. Nakakatuwa."
When PEP asked how he got the cameo role, he revealed that he also auditioned for Encantadia.
He related, "Nag-audition din kasi ako sa some roles doon sa Encantadia.
"As a matter of fact, wala akong nakuha na anything na role pero dahil GMA artist ako, binigyan din ako ng opportunity na magkaroon ng role doon.
"Sa totoo lang, supposedly, one taping lang siya and then parang meron atang binagong script so nag-two taping days ako instead of one.
Ken said that he's really flattered that despite his brief appearance in the telefantasya, viewers still took notice of him.
He added with a laugh, "Kung titignan mo talaga yung scene namin ni Pirena, sobrang bilis. Mas marami pa nga atang focus yung apoy, e, kesa sa akin.
"Sana lang din na mabigyan ng chance na mabuhay ulit since panaginip lang. Hopefully magkaroon ng chance na mabuhay ulit [yung character]."
KEN'S CAREER. Encantadia is not Ken's first foray into TV acting. In fact, he had appeared already in several GMA shows.
But before he pursued acting, he was working in a pharmaceutical company.
He narrated, "Actually, my first time was with Dading. Doon ako unang nabigyan ng break ng GMA.
"While I was working with a pharmaceutical company, pinagsasabay ko yung aking showbiz [career] as long as hindi nako-compromise yung aking corporate life.
"And then after that, noong nabigyan na ako ng break sa Dading, I quit my corporate job and then finally, focused doon sa showbiz career ko.
"After ng Dading, nag-Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali ako. Pinaka-recent ko yung Destiny Rose. Bale girlfriend ko dun si April [Sheena Halili, yung sister ni Destiny [Ken Chan]. Nagsu-Sunday All Stars din ako dati."
Aside from his showbiz career, Ken also keeps himself busy with his food business.
"Nagluluto din ako, nagpapa-order ako ng kung ano-anong pagkain.
"In-establish ko lang din yung food [business] na yan last year lang and then luckily nagkakaroon ako ng magagandang orders."
Aside from the aforementioned shows, Ken also appeared in episodes of GMA's drama anthologies Magpakailanman and Karelasyon. He also had a role in the Regal Films's movie Love Is Blind as Derek Ramsay's friend.
ENCANTADIA COMEBACK? In the original Encantadia, the guy that Pirena (then played by Sunshine Dizon) hired to be the father of his baby was also killed and did not return.
However, Ken gave a hint that the requel might do otherwise.
The Kapuso actor said, "Meron akong narinig, abangan na lang nila kasi baka merong gawing twist sa Encantadia na nakakatuwa rin naman sa part ko.
"Hopefully, matuloy kung ano man ang niluluto nila dahil si Pirena, kayang kaya naman niya yan, e."
So does this mean that he might not really be "sinayang?"
"Malay naman natin, baka hindi maging sinayang. Abangan na lang natin kung ano ang magiging kahihinatnan," Ken said with a smile.