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It just started as a spin-off to Mulawin but Encantadia became such a hit in Mega Manila that it was extended to its second book entitled “Etheria” and extended even further with Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas.
In July 2005, according to AGB Nielsen Media Research, Encantadia topped primetime ratings by earning 22.6% in total individual charts and a chunk rating of 40%, overtaking Darna, Sugo and Kampanerang Kuba. Encantadia was only beaten by Darna on June. It never lost in the ratings game after that span of time, in December of that same year GMA’s Rival network launched Panday to pit against Encantadia and Sugo but Panday failed to dent the ratings of both Encantadia and Sugo thus it was axed after a few weeks of airing. Among all soap operas in the Philippines has the highest ratings of 45% average (usually 40% above) according to AGB, a local media research firm.
In the teaser released by GMA in theaters on Christmas Day and during the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival run, another sequel of Encantadia is set for 2010 and it has a tentative title Encantadia: Isang Bagong Mundo. The title in the teaser, however, says “Encantadia: The Second Saga.” The images are blurred which means there’s no confirmed cast yet for the said fantaserye. But according to reports, GMA is eyeing for Rhian Ramos, Carla Abellana, Jennylyn Mercado and Jackie Rice for the ’sanggre’ roles. Iza Calzado (the original Amihan) or Claudine Barretto will play the role of Ynang Reyna.