Diana Zubiri is delighted to be a part of Encantadia's requel.
Her character Lilasari plays a vital role in the new chapter of the GMA-7 telefantasya.
Diana will always be known as the original Danaya, the keeper of the earth gem and the youngest but bravest among the Sang'gres.
In the requel, the Danaya character is now being played by actress Sanya Lopez.
When the Kapuso network announced the new Sang'gres, Diana was one of the first persons to congratulate Sanya through social media.
Most Encantadiks (Encantadia fans) are curious about Diana's initial reaction upon finding out that a newbie actress will portray her character.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Diana about this during her PEPTalk shoot last February 15.
Diana answered in jest, "Siyempre, chineck ko muna kung mas sexy siya sa akin!"
The 31-year-old actress pointed out that her Danaya character is known to be sexy, as proven by her tummy-baring costume.
She continued, "Hindi, alam mo kasi, magiging comparison yun, yun yung number one na magiging comparison di ba?
"Siyempre, chineck ko muna kasi buntis ako nun nung nalaman ko na meron na.
"So parang may mga insecurities ako. Hormones ata yung tinatawag dun.
"Tapos sabi ko, ah, okay naman pala. Kaya niya yan. Kasi ako naman nung nagstart ako as Danaya, wala rin naman ako, sino ba ako nun, di ba?"
Diana honestly thinks that Sanya has already proven her bashers wrong, especially those who questioned her abilities when the announcement was made months ago.
"So yung iba na nega na nangbabash sa kanya, okay lang yun, kasi kaya lang naman may mga ganun because of social media. Mas grabe sila ngayon. Before wala namang ganun, di ba?
"I'm sure naman napatunayan na ni Sanya yung sarili niya."
Last November, Diana and Sanya had a showdown in Encantadia.
They exchanged dialogues that played around with their characters while having an arnis fight.
Danaya told her, "Mas bagay pa rin sa akin ito. At lalong hindi ka nababagay dito sa Lireo."
But Lilasari answered, "Mas nauna ako sa 'yo rito!"
Diana then recalled how Sanya approached her when they taped the said scene.
"Actually, na-appreciate ko siya noong time na magkaeksena kami kasi parang tuwang-tuwa siya, kinikilig siya.
"Tapos sabi pa niya, 'Uy, fan mo ako dati noong bata pa ako.' Sabi ko, 'Grabe ka naman sa bata, ano ko matanda na ako ngayon?'
WEARING DANAYA'S COSTUME. In the telefantasya, Diana had the opportunity to wear her Danaya costume once again.
This happened when Lilasari and Danaya joined forces in battling Hagorn.
According to Diana, it was director Mark Reyes's idea for her to wear her original costume.
She revealed, "Of course, dahil yan kay Direk Mark. Noong sinabi yun sa akin, napressure naman ako!
"Kasi kailangan ko lalo magpapayat kasi kita yung tiyan ko dun so sana nabigyan ko naman ng justice yung pagsuot ko ulit.
"Maraming natuwa kasi parang memories, ang daming nagtatag sa akin, sabi nila, 'Ikaw ang bumuo ng aking high school life!'
"Nakakatuwa makatanggap ng ganun, di ba, kasi parang you complete them."
Last February 14, Diana resurfaced as Lilasari but her mask has been already removed.
To know more about Diana and her character Lilasari, including her current relationship with former love team partner Alfred Vargas and husband Andy Smith, watch her upcoming PEPTalk episode on www.pep.ph!