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‘Mulawin vs. Ravena’ flies beginning tonight

It has been 12 long years since GMA Network marked history with its highly successful and groundbreaking telefantasya, Mulawin, which captivated the hearts of many Filipinos all over the country. GMA raises the bar even higher and takes flight again with the much-anticipated sequel to the highly acclaimed saga, Mulawin vs. Ravena, beginning tonight after 24 Oras.

Following previous events, Aguiluz and Alwina, the saviors of the human and Mulawin races, successfully defeated the Ravena tribe in their quest to annihilate the human race.

The sequel will continue the fight between good and evil as both tribes strive to defeat each other.

Dennis Trillo as Rama Gabriel, the king and fearsome leader of the Ravenas
Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo returns as Gabriel and embraces his fate as a Ravena and is now the King of Halconia. With a new ruler, the Ravena tribe strengthens its forces. While no major battles spawned among the Mulawins and Ravenas over the years, some believe that this is merely the calm before the storm and war is imminent.

Joining the powerhouse ensemble are Kapuso Premier Actress Lovi Poe as Magindara, the goddess of the sea and daughter of Sandawa; versatile Kapuso actress Carla Abellana as Aviona, one of the most respected and well-loved Mulawin; and Asia’s Songbird herself in her first full-length telefantasya, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as Sandawa, the immortal goddess of nature and keeper of Mt. Apo.

Bea Binene as Anya, a half-human half-Mulawin
Lovi Poe as Bathalumang Magindara, guardian of Lake Venado
Adding glimmer to the show and playing very special roles are Philippine TV’s Sweetheart Heart Evangelista-Escudero as Alwina, savior of the Mulawin and humans; multi-talented Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez as Rodrigo, a human who falls in love with and marries Aviona; and seasoned actor Ariel Rivera as Panabon, representative of the Tabon or Mulawin half-bloods.

The hottest young Kapuso love teams also put their wings on in this primetime masterpiece. Bea Binene is Anya, the half-blood daughter of Aviona; Derrick Monasterio breathes life to Almiro, the noble son of Aguiluz and Alwina destined to be the ruler of Avila; one of the network’s most sought-after actors, Kiko Estrada, also steps in as Rafael, Almiro’s best friend turned mortal enemy; Bianca Umali is Lawiswis, a beautiful young Avian and the love of Pagaspas’ life; and Miguel Tanfelix soars once again as Pagaspas, a former owl that transformed into a Mulawin and has now come at the right age to declare his love for Lawiswis.

Carla Abellana as Aviona, one of the most beloved Avians
Heart Evangelista is Alwina, the prophesized chosen one 
Completing the star-studded cast are: Mga mortal: Angelu De Leon as Lourdes, Bobby Andrews as Dionisio, Joko Diaz as Antonio, Martin del Rosario as Aramis, Charee Pineda as Savanna, and Nova Villa as Lola Elo; Mga Mulawin: Roi Vinzon as Daragit, Valerie Concepcion as Tuka, JC Tiuseco as Tangos, David Licauco as Malik; Mga Ravena: Chynna Ortaleza as Reyna Rashana, Dion Ignacio as Siklab, Winwyn Marquez as Ribay, and TJ Trinidad as Greco. 

Ariel Rivera as Panabon, a brave mortal
Regine Velasquez as the goddess of nature named Bathalumang Sandawa
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Since its pilot airing last year, Encantadia took viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride. They cried over the fallen, laughed over the slivers of silliness, welcomed new lives, and celebrated every victory with the valiant Sang’gres. The GMA Network’s highly acclaimed telefantasya finally bid adieu last Friday to give way to Mulawin vs. Ravena starting tonight.

Glaiza De Castro who played the role of Pirena, saying goodbye to the show is bittersweet. 

Sanya Lopez, known in the series as Hara Danaya, couldn’t help but shed a few tears as she told how much the show changed her life. 

Gabbi Garcia who played Sang’gre Alena said it is her co-stars Sanya and Glaiza that she would miss the most.

Kylie Padilla who played the role of the late Hara Amihan also shared her sentiments towards Encantadia. “The whole show was memorable and I learnt a lot. Such an honor to have been a part of Encantadia. My character, Amihan, taught me a great deal.” 

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Every day, thousands of Filipinos go abroad to seek greener pastures with hope to provide a better life for their loved ones back home. Their sacrifice and endurance to face the unknown for the sake of their families, as well as helping the country’s economy through their remittance, have earned them the title, “Bagong Bayani”.

Last Saturday, GMA Public Affairs premiered Tadhana, a weekly drama anthology featuring the colorful, romantic, heroic, and inspiring stories of OFWs. GMA Network’s Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera is hosting the show.

 “Every Saturday, iba’t ibang story ang mapapanood nila — mga kuwento ng ating mga kababayan na nagtrabaho at nakipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa,” reveals Marian of her latest program with the Kapuso Network.

She adds that Tadhana will be very different from her previous projects. “First time ko ito as story teller at happy ako kasi may matututunan ako sa bawat istorya.”

Every week, the show will feature a story that shows the struggles and sacrifices of the OFW to fit in a strange world and the emotions coping with separation and sadness.

Apart from showing these difficulties, it will also present the other face of an OFW — a person who, through resilience, is able to rise above the situation and succeed. Each episode aims to inspire viewers to never give up and continue reaching for their dreams.

Marian knows how difficult it is to be away from her loved ones. “Bilang anak, nakalulungkot ‘yung lumalaki ka na nasa abroad yung nanay mo, buti andiyan ang lola ko para alagaan at gabayan ako,” she shares.

This is also why her new TV project is teaching Marian to value her family even more. “[Importante] ang maging close sa family kasi mahirap pala ‘pag malayo ka na sa kanila,” she adds.

For its pilot episode, Tadhana presented the story of Elvie, a former OFW who worked in Saudi Arabia. Playing Elvie was Kris Bernal while veteran actress Cherie Gil was Hannah, Elvie’s employer.

Elvie was reluctant to work abroad. It didn’t help that her experience while working in Saudi Arabia was nightmarish. Elvie was under an abusive employer who took advantage of her, even putting her life in danger.

Tadhana airs Saturdays after Ika-6 Na Utos on GMA-7.

Topics: Mulawin vs. Ravena , GMA-7 , Encantadia , GMA Public Affairs , Tadhana , Marian Rivera
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