Just recently, the online channel of GMA-7 released an uncut version of the final episode of Encantadia 2016.
It may be recalled that director Mark Reyes promised that he will release a director's cut version of the finale since many scenes had to be cut due to limited airtime.
When the uncut version was released, fans of Encantadia—dubbed as Encantadiks—hoped that the iconic Kapuso telefantasya will air a sequel anytime soon, especially since the requel (remake + sequel) ended with a cliffhanger by showing the appearance of an Ice Queen (played by Solenn Heussaff).
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable said she is happy to see the loyalty of the show's viewers since its first run in 2005.
She remarked, smiling, "Alam mo naman ang mga Encantadiks!"
The lady executive of GMA-7 went on to say that the network feels happy that Encantadia has become a benchmark for almost all fantasy shows, produced by the Kapuso network and even the ones from rival TV networks over the years.
Without mentioning any particular comparison with other fantasy programs, Rasonable said, "You know, Encantadia is already a classic. You know, everytime something comes up, palaging nako-compare sa Encantadia.
"I mean, kami naman, we're gratified because it has become the benchmark of telefantasyas.
"How can you not even be proud of something that you've done where people measure telefantasyas against?"
Recently, netizens have engaged in discussions about ABS-CBN's upcoming fantasy series Bagani, starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil.
Some netizens pointed out how the story of Bagani made use of the classical elements—fire, water, wind, and earth—which is said to be similar with Encantadia's iconic gems representing the power of the latter's four lead characters Pirena (fire), Amihan (air), Alena (water), and Danaya (earth).
At one point, even Encantadia creator Suzette Doctolero and Bagani headwriter Mark Angos threw shade at each other on social media about these fantasy programs from GMA-7 and ABS-CBN, respectively.
In PEP.ph's interview with Rasonable, she acknowledged that there is clamor for Encantadia to air its TV sequel on the Kapuso network, but it won't happen anytime soon.
Still speaking about viewers' positive reception towards Encantadia, Rasonable continued, "If only for that, that is a contribution we have to television here in the Philippines and it deserves a sequel and for sure, it has to be thought of very well.
"You have to surpass the first and the second, so I think, bigyan natin ng time."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) held its exclusive interview with Rasonable after the December 6 GMA Christmas Party for the Press held at GMA Network Center in Quezon City.