'Encantadia' stars reunite for new fantasy film

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Metro Manila (February 21, CNN Philippines) — The original Encantadia "Sang'gres" have reunited, but this time for a different story and on an entirely different platform.

Iza Calzado, Karylle, Sunshine Dizon and Diana Zubiri are back together on a project for the first time in over a decade and would soon be hitting TVs, computer screens and mobile phones everywhere through their iflix fantasy flick "Mystified."


"I'm very big on reunion things," Karylle said on CNN Philippines' The Source. "I was always kinda hoping for our little reunion, which seemed impossible because we were in different networks."

Encantadia was a hit TV series that aired on GMA in 2005 that centered on the war that broke out between fictional kingdoms after Pirena, played by Dizon, plotted the downfall of her sister, Amihan, who was played by Calzado, who succeeded their mother as queen.

Now, on Mystified, the four actresses are witches sent to live in the real world to protect a magic portal, but are forbidden to use their powers. They must reunite to protect mankind from a great evil coming their way.


Also speaking to The Source, Calzado said that they just took up the cudgels of producing their reunion project themselves when it became clear that no one else would produce it.

Calzado said she, Karylle, Dizon, Zubiri and Encantadia director Mark Reyes banded together to form Sang'gre Productions to get their project on the tracks.

"We realized that we still have a very strong fanbase. 'Cause every time we posted, people would go, 'Aah! OG Sang'gre! Oh my God, my childhood!'" Calzado said.

Calzado is playing Adela, who has the power of telekinesis and can read and influence minds, while Karylle is playing Helena, who can travel through time and space.

Dizon stars as Althea, who can heal and protect people using spells, while Zubiri is cast as Kathalina, who can manipulate earth, wind, water, and fire.

"We wanted a bit of magic. That's the best part of working together. We do action, but there's always a bit of magic," Karylle said.

Much like Encantadia, Karylle and Calzado said they had to do action scenes for 'Mystified,' but the latter admitted that she was not given too many of these scenes because of her tight schedule due to working on a soap opera and planning her wedding with British-Filipino businessman Ben Wintle.

"I was taping four days, and then sometimes once a week for this. There was two times (sic) I had to go set to set and shower sa set ng soap," Calzado said.

Despite the stress, Calzado said filming the movie got them to bond together and strengthened their friendship.

Mystified would be available on iflix for free in March.


"This is perfect for Women's Month, especially for a women-led project," Calzado said.