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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 19, 2016

Will Miguel Tanfelix And Alden Richards As The Flying Mulawins Help Boost The Ratings Of 'Encantadia' Against 'Probinsyano'?

MIGUEL TANFELIX has joined the cast of “Encantadia” as Pagaspas, the character from a past GMA hit, “Mulawin”. But he will not be a mainstay in the show. He’ll just be a guest, like when a Marvel superhero crosses over and becomes a guest in the regular show of another Marvel superhero. Miguel would play the role of Pagaspas, which he has played before as a child actor in the original “Mulawin”.

After Miguel, another new guest will be introduced. And this is Alden Richards no less. But he won’t be playing Aguiluz, the role of Richard Gutierrez before in the original “Mulawin”. Instead, he’ll play another character that will be a defender of the Diwatas in Encantadia’s kingdom called Lireo. If Miguel and Alden in their wings would click, there’s a big chance that “Mulawin” itself as a series would be revived.

Then after Alden, there’s Vish’Ka, a giant from the tribe called Askano who’ll also be part of “Encantadia”. He will be played by “Games of Thrones” actor Conan Stevens, the man mountain who can finish eating two crispy patas in one sitting. Vish’Ka, the character he plays, is a blacksmith who makes special weapons and armors. He’s also the key to a big secret that will be revealed soon.

Obviously, GMA is really doing its best to boost the pulling power of “Encantadia” so it’ll have a better fighting chance against ABS’s flagship show, “Probinsyano”. We just hope the inclusion of Miguel, Alden and Conan Stevens in “Encantadia” will really help attract more viewers. If, after these additional characters, “Encantadia” still won’t rate high enough to beat the competition, then GMA-7 should perhaps rethink their programming.

They should just cook up another show that can be a more formidable competitor for Coco Martin. It could be that today’s generation of millennials are just no longer that interested in watching local costume fantasies, no matter how big the budget that is poured into it. Like what we wrote before, we think a true to life TV series on the heroic exploits of Bato will be a much better bet than anything else.