GMA-7's Senior VicePresident for Entertainment Wilma Galvante proudly called the network's latestproject, Luna Mystika, a trueoriginal in the vein of 2005's hit series Encantadia.That comparison has nothing to do with the story but rather on the fact thatboth shows are both fresh materials conceived and conceptualized by thenetwork's pool of creative writers.
In a time when currenttrend seem to dictate revivals of old movies or serialization of popular komiksstories, the need to introduce new tales and ideas is a welcome development toguarantee the flow of novel materials worthy to be included in local literatureand pop culture.
PINOYFOLKLORE. Being original of course doesn't necessarily mean scrappingoff essential elements successfully used in the past. Like most of its predecessors,Luna Mystika makes use of Philippinefolklore, particularly mythical creatures known as Engkantos in giving life toits concept and story.
Leading the cast isHeart Evangelista, who will appear in her second primetime series for GMA-7following Codename: Asero. Heart willportray two characters: the kind-hearted Luna and her mystical twin sisternamed Celestina.
Playing dual roles isnot an easy task and Heart admitted feeling confused by theextreme personalities of both characters.
"Yun nga, medyonaguguluhan ako ng konti. Kakatapos lang namin ng taping ng Asero at dalawa agad ang character ko,so nag-ano ako... Before each take, halimbawa, magta-transform ako bilang Celestina,nagkukulong ako sa kotse, nagmu-music ako. Pati yung pabango ko, iniiba ko parafeeling ko, ibang tao ako. Yun nga lang, medyo nagkaka-nightmares ako kasimedyo imbibe ko siya," said Heart during the press conference held lastNovember 11 at Studio 3 of the GMA Network Studio.
Mark Anthony Fernandez—whois paired for the first time with Heart—praised his co-star for her dedicationand work ethic.
Enthused Mark: "Angtingin ko kay Heart, isang tunay na artista. Talagang primetime na artista na ito,pang -award. Yung acting niya, panlaban palagi. So, ako, bihira maging fan. Perongayon pa lang, fan na ako ni Heart. Iba yung drive niya sa trabaho."
Complementing Heart andMark are Dante Rivero (Joaquin Sagrado), Chanda Romero (Benita Alejandro),Sheryl Cruz (Alice Sagrado), Romnick Sarmienta (Dominic), Rita Avila (DianaSagrado), Gardo Versoza (Dante), Ariel Rivera (Simon).
Rounding up the entire castare Mark Herras (Kamilo), Luis Alandy (Andoy), Kris Bernal (Malou), AljurAbrenica (Libado), Iwa Moto (Donita), John Lapus (Karya), Beth Tamayo (Lanie),Pauleen Luna (Adita), Michelle Madrigal (Anata), Hero Angeles (Alguwas), Mosang(Piryang), Marky Lopez (Efren), Bearwin Meilly (Bikodong), Jade Lopez (Susing),Paolo Avelino (Johnny), Prince Stefan (Henry), and Survivor castoff Jace Flores (Lucas).
Under the direction ofdirectors Mike Tuviera and Gil Tejada, witness love, magic and Pinoy folklorein Luna Mystika. It airs right after 24 Oras starting tonight, November17,on GMA Telebabad.