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4R’s: Encantadia Season 2 (Feb. 22, 2017 episode review)

Episode 158

Recap:

His secret

Hara Danaya ordered Muros to send someone to go to Adamya and bring Alena back to Lireo, the Mashna immediately did what he was told to do. Danaya wanted to reinstate Aquil as General since it will be much safer to have another Mashna who is much more experienced to lead them in battle, however, Aquil knew the other soldiers wouldn’t agree to this since he betrayed Lireo once but assured Danaya that he is happy and contented to fight by her side. Ybrahim accidentally overheard their conversation, when Aquil left, Ybrahim immediately talked to Danaya and informed her that Amarro, the ivtre who fought alongside Hagorn is Aquil’s father, it wasn’t his intention to ruin whatever special connection the Hara has with Aquil, Danaya understood and promised the king that she will do what is right.

Meanwhile, Cassiopeia found out through her vision that Avria’s body lies inside a tomb, and because the vidaljes used the spirit gem, Avria will surely return not as an ivtre but a living encantada. This terrified both Pirena and Imaw and immediately called on a meeting with everyone. In the meeting with fellow leaders, the council and the young sang’gres, Pirena suggested to take actions before Avria fully recovers, this means they have to attack Etheria now which gained the approval of everyone. Lira and Mira volunteered to help but was once again told by Pirena to stay behind, the three monarchs and Mashna Muros prepared for battle. Mashna Mayca was ordered to stay behind to guard the palace.
Cassiopeia did not go with them for she and Imaw have something else to do that would be of help to the diwatas. Lira and Mira’s frustration worsened at how the elders are treating them—yes, they are already sang’gres but they still treat them like diwanis.

The air gem

The four went to the gems’ chamber, the air gem has no master since Amihan died, and it will be best for the gem itself to decide who will be it’s keeper for the meantime and will have to choose between Ybrahim and Muros. Both made attempts to summon the air gem with their good intentions, the air gem ultimately chose Ybrahim but granted Muros power as well. The four were all set for battle. Aquil found out about the queens’ and the king’s quest in Etheria and volunteered to go with them but Danaya refused and left with her co-leaders and Mashna.

In Etheria, Ether woke the sleeping guardians of Avria’s tomb and informed that the diwatas and the Sapirian king were about to attack. Lila Sari, Amarro, Andora, and Asval immediately went on their way, Ether knew Avria has to rise soon and used her power to speed up the Etherian queen’s recovery. The monarchs and Mashna teleported to the outskirts of Etheria where the vidaljes met them, a four on four battle ensued, but because they have three gems in their possession, the vidaljes were once again forced to retreat.

In search for the rightful keepers

Cassiopeia took Imaw to her island and revealed what she was planning to do and that is to search for new keepers of the five gems, this is to prevent anyone from obtaining the gems—in case something happens to the current keepers, there will be a set of new guardians to protect the precious gems. Using the former pedestal where the mother gem used to sit and Imaw’s balintataw combined, Cassiopeia was now set to find the worthy keepers.

Rave/s:

❤ Wahahahaha! That moment when Piry bitch talked Agane was legit 👌 I personally admit that Pirena is the funniest among the elder sang’gres. As always, our Hara Pirena slays be it on being a protective mother and Ashti, a warrior, and a queen! I sooooo can’t wait for more Pirena vs Andora fight scenes.

🕷 Avisala Hara Avria! New cast member reveal—Eula Valdes is THE QUEEN AVRIA! I am so freakin’ excited that a veteran actress will be joining the cast, I am very confident that Ms Eula will nail every aspect of Avria’s character! An iconic actress for an iconic villain 👏

💎 Ooooh…a new set of gem keepers, sounds intriguing. I’m pretty much sure that Lira and Mira will be one of the keepers since they are crown princesses of their respective kingdoms and they will ultimately be given such huge tasks when they ascend the thrones, I’m guessing Deshna will be a part of it, and…I think Arman and Armea (assuming these two will be born on this timeline although the idea of an AB reunion is still dreading af), but it will take too long if they wait for them to be born, like hello? They’re in the middle of a war against Etheria this isn’t the right time to bear children. I have no idea who will be the remaining two, hm…but for now, I’m cool with Ybrahim being the air gem’s keeper because YbraMihan duh.

💙 HARA! I MISS YOU SO MUCH! Balik ka na please 😭 I’m still having a wild guess that Amihan will eat that fruit or whatever that is, Emre will become angry and Amihan will suffer the consequences—she will return but not as Amihan but someone else, like someone powerless, and that her family won’t be able to recognize her and will have to find way to bring her old self back, yeah, I would settle for that. Less exposure for Kylie and a new journey for Amihan.

💛💂 DANQUIL 2005 and DANQUIL 2016.

Rant/s:
🤔 I was thinking, Ether is a goddess right? Why can’t she raise the dead on her own? This only means that she’s weak af, I was expecting so much more from her but oh well.

😪 Oh Rama, your paranoia is contagious, I can’t blame him entirely but like I told @9ri on my previous post he should have just confronted Aquil and listened to his side. He agreed to Lira’s theory about a fake Cassiopeia before and gave Cassy the benefit of the doubt, why can’t he do the same with Aquil? Does this mean that he’s low key still angry because Aquil is the root cause of Amihan’s untimely death?

Best performer for this episode:
Glaiza de Castro 🔥

Rating: 8 out of 10💎s

Photo credits:
From Twitter:
@GMAEncantadia (Encantadia 2016-2017 official twitter acct)
@gmanetwork (GMA network); official website: gmanetwork.com
@GMADrama (GMA Drama)

From Facebook: Encantadia 2016

Video credits: GMA Network via YouTube & dailymotion

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4R’s: Encantadia Season 2 (Feb. 10, 2017 week-ender episode review)

Episode 150

Recap:

Hail! Sang’gre Lira and Mira

Alena immediately went to see her hadiyas who were preparing for the feast. Truly, the princesses has grown into lovely young women, now ready to become leaders. Alena couldn’t be more proud of her nieces. Lira and Mira asked Alena if she still has plans of getting married and have children, Alena wasn’t really “thinking about it” and was more focused on being a guardian of the mother gem and Encantadia, Lira asked Alena if she doesn’t miss having a child, deep inside, Alena does but she sees Lira and Mira as her daughters as well, and they were enough for her. The elders could not believe how time flew so fast, before, Lira and Mira were just immature and mischievous diwanis, and now, they can truly say that Lira and Mira have matured and were now ready to face a new chapter in their lives. Hara Danaya congratulated both Pirena and Ybrahim for raising their daughters so well. Danaya noticed that Ybrahim was thinking of something, that other diwani who has been missing—Deshna, daughter of Lila Sari.

Colorful fireworks lit up the skies, Lireo was rejoicing. A feast was held in the palace, attended by the monarchs of Sapiro and Hathoria, Queen Danaya noticed that Alena wasn’t around, Muros hinted the reason why Alena wouldn’t bother to attend and secretly glanced at King Ybrahim. Danaya decided not to bother her sister and went on with the celebration. That night, diwani Lira, daughter of the late Hara Amihan and diwani Mira, daughter of Hara Pirena of Hathoria were officially hailed as the new sang’gres and guardians of the mother gem. Because of this, Rama Ybrahim of Sapiro, and also the father of sang’gre Lira vowed to strengthen the alliance of Sapiro and Lireo, Hara Pirena also promised to continue to rebuild Hathoria’s relationship with Lireo. It was a night to celebrate not only for the newly hailed sang’gres but for the three kingdoms as well. As the feast went on, Pirena noticed Danaya’s gloomy face, either she was thinking about Amihan or Aquil, unlike before, Danaya has learned to laugh off Pirena’s teasing. Hara Danaya decided to call it a night but let the rest enjoy the party. Pirena found it strange that Cassiopeia failed to attend the celebration, Imaw explained that maybe Cassiopeia has other important things to do, still, it baffled Pirena.

Avisala, Luna!

In a far off place, the lair of the nymfas was attacked by an Algona and took Sera’s pet. Sera immediately called Helgad and asked Deshna to save her pet, Helgad chided Sera and reminded her that Deshna is now Luna. Sera did not listen and just wanted her pet back, Helgad called her daughter Luna who was hanging out with her best friend Gilas. Luna heard her mother and went down from the tree she was resting. Upon learning about what happened to Sera’s pet, Luna immediately ran after the beast, Helgad knew how impulsive her daughter was and asked Gilas to look after her as always. Luna and Gilas fought the Algona and got Sera’s pet back, but Luna got injured because of her clumsiness. When they went back, Luna secretly urged Gilas not to tell Helgad about what happened to her, Gilas was forced to lie to Helgad so that the elder nymfa wouldn’t worry about Luna. That night, the nymfas saw the fireworks coloring the night sky, it was coming from the kingdom of Lireo, home of the diwatas. Curious Luna asked her mother about the diwatas, Helgad described them as kind-hearted and righteous, and also very good-looking like Luna. The young “nymfa” has never seen a diwata before and asked her nanang if they could go to Lireo and visit them, Helgad immediately lost her patience and ended up scolding Luna, Helgad’s other daughter defended Luna and explained that her older sister just wants to know about the diwatas. There were many questions in Luna’s mind, first why doesn’t she have long ears, second, why is her skin free from marks unlike the other nymfas. Helgad lied and told her a pashnea bit off Luna’s long ears when she was a baby and she would hanker for the “makinis na buwan” when she was pregnant with Luna, thus her smooth skin. Helgad decided to drop the topic and told her daughters to go home.

The Return of Avria

Cassiopeia knew something bad will happen to her and decided to look for Ether, the goddess appeared before her, Cassiopeia fought Ether but the goddess wouldn’t let her win this time, Avria appeared behind Cassiopeia, and through Ether’s power, Avria successfully possessed Cassiopeia’s body. Ether returned to their hide out where a cloaked encantada met her, it was the same encantada who attempted to steal the mother gem but failed because the sang’gres casted a powerful incantation to protect the gem. It was Agane. Ether knew getting the mother gem wouldn’t be that easy, but informed Agane that she successfully helped Avria possess Cassiopeia’s body. The first queen of Lireo and the Queen of Old Etheria are now one and the same.

Raves:

💜💗 Can we all just admire at how beautiful Lira and Mira are in their new royal garments? I looooove everything about their new looks, they look more regal and very queenly just like the elder sang’gres. So refreshing to see them being so graceful and poised throughout the celebration. Awra mga bessy!

⚜ This is not exactly a rave but this isn’t a rant either so bahala na kayo mag-decide Hahahaha! So, Solenn is Avria as well (for now). Actually I didn’t have any intense reaction when the episode finally revealed who will be playing Avria. When the Etherian queen possessed Cassy I was like, “Ah…okay…” it wasn’t really disappointing, it was just that I was expecting someone else.

🌼 Avisala Luna! I couldn’t say much about her yet except that she’s really, really hyper. I can tell Inah is very excited based on her performance so definitely looking forward for her story and what role will she play in the show.

Rants:

😱 I have read a tweet from a YA twitter page ranting about how the network lied about not replacing Kylie as Amihan in Encantadia, I was team replay last night guys I have no idea, what the hell is going on? Somebody please explain!

😤 Same old rants about the Alena and AleBarro: it’s on my last blog post entitled “Ex’s and Why’s” and if you haven’t read that, please do.

Best performers for this episode:
Everyone 💎

Rating: 8 out of 10💎s

Week-ender thoughts: Well, this is just the epilogue of book 1 and the beginning of book 2, nothing really much happened and the only exciting part was Lira and Mira now turning into sang’gres (finally!). You guys know how I feel about Alena right now, and what the heck is with that tree and Amihan attempting to eat it’s fruit to be able to go back to Encantadia, any theories or ideas mga bes? Would love to know!

Overall best performers for this week:
Mikee Quintos ⚡
Kate Valdez 💥

Overall rating: 8 out of 10💎s

Photo credits:
From Twitter:
@GMAEncantadia (Encantadia 2016-2017 official twitter acct)
@gmanetwork (GMA network); official website: gmanetwork.com
@GMADrama (GMA Drama)

From Facebook: Encantadia 2016

Video credits: GMA Network via YouTube & dailymotion

How Do You Know What’s Right?

Title: How Do You Know What’s Right? (Part 4 to Not That Kind of Fun)

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Angel: Balthazar

Reader: female

Words: 1360

Author: Mira

Warnings: injury, fighting, fluff

Note(s): none


Your name: submit What is this?

Your leg was stuck under a concrete pier. It was a stupid idea to run back into a building that already started collapsing, but there were still people inside and you had to make sure they made it out safely.

You felt the pain rush up your body and left your mind clouded. The building was on fire and collapsing around you. Your thoughts rushed to Balthazar and how happy you were since you knew him. You didn’t even realize that you had prayed to him until he stood in front of you.

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4R’s: Encantadia Season 2 (Feb. 9, 2017 episode review)

Episode 149

Recap:

The Second Saga

The story of the gods

Many years have passed, Encantadia is very much at peace.

Alena and Imaw arrived at Cassiopeia’s island and found the ancient diwata doing a “pamamanata,” Alena informed that the test for the diwanis was about to begin, Cassiopeia immediately left to give the said tests to the princesses. Alena wondered why Cassiopeia came back to her island and why she was doing a “pamamanata,” Imaw explained that it is her way of keeping her heart pure and fair as a part of the process of becoming a bathaluman (goddess). Imaw told Alena a brief story of how Encantadia was created, about a group of deities who remained neutral during the celestial war between the “light/good” and “dark/evil.” These deities created the world of Encantadia and lived there in peace with the creatures they brought to life, but some of the deities became weary and decided to leave Encantadia and the gods Emre, Arde and Ether who were left swore to never leave the realm, but because of greed and jealousy, Arde and Ether attempted to take down Emre in order to gain his power, but Emre defeated both of them, he punished both gods. Despite of this, there were denizens who were still in awe of Ether’s power and ended up worshipping her, thus the Kingdom of Etheria was established. For a long period of time, the Etherians led by Queen Avria terrorized other races. But the once powerful kingdom crumbled into dust when Emre appeared and gave the mother gem to Cassiopeia, this gem was the key to the downfall of Etheria. The fact that Cassiopeia is the oldest living diwata, the first keeper of the mother gem and the first ruler of the diwatas made it possible for her to become a goddess in the future. She has been through many tests and has proved herself powerful enough to defy all odds, now she is on the final process of becoming a bathaluman herself, the answer was yes, it is possible for anyone to become a deity. Alena hoped for Cassiopeia’s success.

In memory of Hara Amihan

Danaya and the diwatas paid their respects and remembered Amihan once again. Hara Danaya was grateful for everything that Amihan did to restore peace in Encantadia, her sacrifice was truly something to be thanked for, but deep in their hearts, they were still longing for their beloved Hara. Muros comforted Danaya and reminded her that Amihan wouldn’t want to see her loved ones still mourning for her, instead, they should look at the bright side, the prizes of her sacrifice. Pirena continue to become a compassionate and kind diwata and at the same time a good ruler to Hathoria, Sapiro has become more progressive thanks to Rama Ybrahim’s wise leadership, everything Amihan did was truly worth it.

The road to becoming a sang’gre

King Ybrahim went to Lireo to visit his daughter, Danaya informed her that she and Mira were going through a test made by Cassiopeia, the queen assured him that the diwanis will be able to surpass their tests, Danaya invited Ybrahim to the guest room while the king waited for Lira. When Danaya and Ybrahim left, Alena showed up with Muyak, the pixie knew Alena hasn’t gotten over with Ybrahim (me: are you fuckin’ serious?!), Alena chose to avoid Ybrahim as much as possible to avoid tension or awkwardness between the two of them (me: somebody get me chocolate to calm my nerves please!).

Lira and Mira, riding a flying pashnea, hovering over a deserted place saw Awoo being attacked by insects. The princesses did not hesitate to land and help their old friend. Lira tried to swat them off but got stung by the insects, Mira tried to use her sword but it was useless, Lira then used her powerful voice in an attempt to help Awoo, the diwani successfully sent the insects away, truly, she has mastered how to use and manipulate her singing voice thanks to Alena’s tutelage. Lira and Mira bid goodbye to Awoo. Mira was happy to see her cousin and best friend smile again, Awoo is Alena and Amihan’s favorite pashnea, and Lira admitted that everytime she sees Awoo, she remembers Amihan. To prevent Lira from mourning for her mother again, Mira immediately dropped the topic. Not long after, a strange looking creature appeared, Lira tried to talk to the creature but the latter hurt her, thus it was time for Mira to act quickly and defeated the beast. The test was a piece of cake for both girls. But there was one test left, a pile of stones suddenly moved and turned into a beast, Lira remembered Hitano’s story and recognized the monster, the Mancao from Balaak. The diwanis attempted to defeat the Mancao using Lira’s power, then Mira’s skill in combat alternately, both had no effect against the creature. Lira and Mira decided to combine their forces and successfully took down the Mancao. Then the monster transformed, it was Cassiopeia in disguise all along. Cassiopeia spoke in En-chan and congratulated the diwanis for passing her test. Lira is now fluent in En-chan and even spoke to Cassiopeia in that language, the diwanis thanked Cassiopeia and went back to Lireo.

Through Imaw’s cane the elders saw how Lira and Mira passed their test, Hara Danaya commended her nieces Mira, now addressed as diwani of Hathoria, and Lira of Lireo for their hard work. As proud parents, Queen Pirena and King Ybrahim granted their daughters new shields as reward. Hara Danaya prepared a feast to celebrate the diwanis’ accomplishments.

The return of Queen Avria

It was about time.

Through Ether’s blood Avria was brought back to life, the Queen of Old Etheria still haven’t regained her full strength yet but Ether assured that she will once her “task” with Cassiopeia is done. Meanwhile, Evades visited Cassiopeia and warned her about his dream, about how Cassiopeia turned into a terrifying image of Ether, taking this as a bad omen, Cassiopeia must be more cautious now that she’s close to becoming a goddess herself. Back in Lireo, a dama found Alena watching over the mother gem and informed her that the diwanis has returned, Alena immediately left to welcome her nieces back. What they didn’t notice was a cloaked Encantada successfully entered the room and is attempting to get the mother gem.

Raves:

💎 YES! To the upgraded looks of the cast! I looooove the sang’gres’ new royal garments, they look more mature now which is appropriate in this timeline since Lira and Mira are most probably in their early twenties and the sisters and Ybrahim are most likely in their late 30s to early 40s (they were very young when the diwanis were born remember?). Loving the long hair of Ybrahim and his gold and brown garment, he kind of reminds me of a Korean king but it suits him really well, so excited of what’s gonna happen in this new season, and Jake Vargas will be joining the team pala. Also looking forward for Deshna’s first appearance!

🕸 Guys! I still have no idea who’s going to play Avria, I was expecting that they will reveal her now but damn, even if I take a closer look at her I still couldn’t figure out who she is!

💜💗 Cheers to our diwanis! They are still adorbs even as young adults, although I still see some hints about Lira still longing for her mom, glad that her sense of humor is still there, or…is it her defense mechanism to cope up with the pain? Also I loooove that black and silver color palette of Lira’s new warrior costume, it looks much lighter and I feel like Mikee is able to move more freely compared to her original purple and gold costume. That aside, it’s also twinning with Ybrahim’s kalasag, although I do not like her cape because it looks kinda off to me with all these black and silver colors, I would prefer a black cape instead of a blue green (or whatever that color is, I’m not good at describing colors sorry!) or they could have just simply excluded it. And Mira’s costume seems to be more Hathorian now, very fiery and badass just like her, and the concept seemed to be taken from Pirena 2005’s costume. Cheers to Lira for that powerful voice and kame-hame wave, while Mira slays in combat! Great job diwanis!

💚 Do you guys think Alena is interested on becoming a goddess? I’m quite curious, or is she thinking that Amihan could possibly become a bathaluman?

Rant:

😳 Oooookaaaaaay! So here’s the thought that has been bugging me: Danaya will vow to never conceive a child to give way for Lira to become queen, and since Mira is more likely to succeed mommy Pirena as queen of Hathoria in the future (unless Deshna claims her birthright), the Sapirian council will become worried that there will be no heir to the Sapirian throne thus they will pressure Ybrahim to marry in order to sire an heir, Ybrahim will be forced to get married (most likely Alena) and ta-daaa! Unhappy marriage. That’s my assumption, I am glad that Alena is trying to stay away from Ybrahim because Rama isn’t interested with her anyway, and god forbid if the AB story will take this route I will really, really be pissed! First, it’s unfair for both Ybrahim and Alena, second, it’s downgrading for Alena’s character, come on! A lot has changed in this version so why not change Alena’s story into a more inspiring and realistic one instead of an overly melodramatic and not to mention too cheesy story, it’s not gonna work except for the die hard fans. But for the rest of the Enca community it will be very irritating af. Alena’s pain has been long overdue, she has gotten over Kahlil’s death, why can’t she get over Ybrahim to think that their story lacked depth, even Kahlil’s conception was more of an “accident” than fated, I can’t even consider Kahlil as the fruit of AleBarro’s love since both parents were passed out when the boy was conceived, anyhoo, I just hate how they are writing Alena’s story in general, she can give so much more, she is a good mentor to Lira, and a strong pillar of Lireo, why can’t the writers focus on that aspect instead of her taking the same old first love never dies pattern?

Best performers for this episode:
Mikee Quintos ⚡️

Kate Valdez 💥

Rating: 9 out of 10💎s

Photo credits:
From Twitter:
@GMAEncantadia (Encantadia 2016-2017 official twitter acct)
@gmanetwork (GMA network); official website: gmanetwork.com
@GMADrama (GMA Drama)

From Facebook: Encantadia 2016

Video credits: GMA Network via YouTube & dailymotion

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4R’s: Encantadia (Feb. 8, 2017 episode review)

Episode 148

Recap: 

Into a new beginning

Lira had the chance to see and talk to her mother Amihan for the last time. And although Emre didn’t grant Lira’s request this time, Amihan told Lira that she will never leave her and will always be in her heart. She also gave Lira a warning about a great danger that’s threatening to ruin the peace and harmony in Encantadia, they are much worse than the Hathors and that she and Mira should head back to Lireo and train so that from being a diwani, Lira will turn into a sang’gre Amihan could be proud of. Lira vowed to grant her mother’s wishes, Amihan and Lira hugged and told how much they love each other before bidding farewell. Lira woke up back to reality, Emre told her to heed Amihan’s words for all of it were true. Lira and the crew immediately headed back to Lireo. 

Mira could not believe that it was Ether whom Amihan was talking about. Wahid and Wantuk, although scared were just relieved that they made it back to Lireo safely. But there is someone who is much scarier than Ether, Pirena. The diwanis knew they were in trouble. Pirena sarcastically welcomed the diwanis with Rehav Ybrahim. Lira and Mira apologized for what they did, but Ybrahim didn’t mind and asked for Amihan instead. Judging from the look on Lira’s face, the prince knew they failed. Lira admitted they weren’t able to get Amihan back but relayed to them Amihan’s message—that she and Mira should start training in preparation to another possible battle. Pirena knew something strange has been happening in Encantadia lately and agreed to mentor both Lira and Mira along with Danaya and Ybrahim. 

From then on, the elders spent their time teaching and training the diwanis. But because of what happened to her mother, something changed in Lira. Pirena scolded her for not being able to defend herself properly and warned her that she could get killed if she fights like that. Ybrahim who was having a sparring session with Mira decided to switch with Pirena and teach Lira instead. Truth was, Lira doesn’t want to learn sword fighting anymore, Mira reasoned that their powers were still weak that’s why their only chance was to become skilled sword fighters. Because of what happened to Amihan, Lira dreaded the idea of using a sword to protect Lireo and knew there are other ways to defend the kingdom, something that doesn’t require any form of physical weapon. 

Alena was training with Imaw when Lira came and asked her to teach her how to use the power of her voice. Alena was the best mentor for Lira since she inherited her beautiful voice from her Ashti. Alena immediately let her join and taught her how to turn Lira’s voice into a dangerous one, capable of destroying anything. From then on, Lira focused more on enhancing her innate powers. 

Peace and harmony dominated Encantadia. Years passed, and the kingdoms started rebuilding, Lireo was known to be the most powerful kingdom for they have all the five gems in their possession. The gems became one again, the sisters vowed to guard the mother gem well so that mistakes of the past will never happen again. Pirena decided to leave Lireo to avoid getting tempted with the gem’s power, up until now, she still admitted she still doesn’t trust herself. The sang’gre went back to Hathoria and through the help of her daughter Mira, they were able to rebuild the kingdom, this time, the new Hathoria is now a strong ally of the diwatas and Sapirians. Of course, Sapiro rose to it’s fully glory once again, Ybrahim was officially crowned as the new Rama (King) of Sapiro. The coronation was attended by the sang’gres, headed by Hara (Queen) Danaya, the diwanis, the Carcero women, the diwatas, Sapirians and Hathors. But despite being crowned as king, Ybrahim never smiled again even if he was still with his only living child. Father and daughter has changed a lot, the smiles on their faces faded ever since their beloved Queen [Amihan] died. Speaking of, in honor of the late queen whom everyone considered as hero, a memorial statue was created and was placed in front of Emre’s statue so that they will always remember Amihan who sacrificed her own life to save Encantadia. 

Alena continued to teach Lira about many things, shortly after their lesson ended, King Ybrahim came and asked Lira to go to Sapiro with him to have dinner, he also invited Alena to join them but Alena opted to go back to Lireo. The king and his princess left, truth was, Alena was avoiding something, something which still pains her even after all these years. Even Aquil who chose to stay away was still heartbroken that he could only see his beloved Danaya from afar. These great encantados who chose to fulfill their duties and responsibilities over their hearts’ desires were in still in deep pain. 

Amidst the peace and harmony in Encantadia’s current timeline, in the middle of an uninhabited land lurks danger that is only waiting for the right time to come and destroy everything the encantados fought hard for. Ether went to the tomb of an ancient encantada which was carefully guarded by Emre’s soldiers. Ether easily defeated the guards and opened the tomb where skeletons of Ether’s most loyal follower lies, through her blood Ether was able to bring Avria, the queen of Etheria back to life.

Raves:

💎 YAAAAS! Finally! Encantadia book 2 IS OFFICIALLY HERE! My ghaad! I’m dying to know who’s the actress playing Avria AND the the three other herans! Woooot! I’m excited to see my favorite herans Juvila and Andorra back to life, I love the sang’gres, but the herans are just as badass y’know! 

💪 I don’t know how the team does it, but I am having this mixture of excitement and heartache at the same time, although Ybrahim is now the Rama of Sapiro, did you all see that sad look in his eyes? He is still longing for Amihan, her death weighed heavier on him than Lira prolly because he and Amihan didn’t have the chance to be together for the last time and disclose whatever they have for now. This is similar to Amihan 2005 who became stern after Lira’s death that she didn’t even show any signs of affection towards her granddaughter Cassandra (at least Ybz is not doing it to Lira). I think his depression will pave way for Hera Odessa to get a hold of him which will make more sense if you ask me, and it will be up to either Alena or Lira who will remind him of who he really loves. 

💜 My gosh baby girl! So glad that Lira is focusing and is learning to use her innate power, this is to signify that Lira may not be as good as Mira when it comes to sword fighting, but she can surely beat the shit out of anyone using her voice, I do see maturity in Lira’s character now, not as hyper and childish as before, she must have lost her sense of humor eversince her mother died as she became too focused on becoming a sang’gre that the old Lira is starting to vanish. Anyhoo, I kinda like it, even the way she talks, she seldom use taglish now and is starting to learn how to speak and even act like a true Encantadian. But I do hope Lira retains her sense of humor, she’s the happy pill of Encantadia after all. 

💛💂 Juice colored! Isa pa ‘to! Seems like Aquil and Ybrahim are going through the same path, I’m starting to notice that Aquil is being too overly depressed over Danaya that he is starting to forget what he fought for back then, Encantadia. I think Aquil will once again be put to a test or a situation that he’ll come to realize that the world does not revolve around Danaya, and to re-discover his purpose in life. 

Rants:

🤔 So keme lang pala ang pag move-on ni Alena bes? I’m truly proud of what she did, but bes I know how she feels, been through the same shit years ago. But you know, you can’t really say that you have moved on if you still feel something right? And please NOT an AleBarro reunion! Anything but that, I would rather see Alena go on a route where in she will realize that what she’s feeling towards Ybrahim is no longer love, but pity and concern as a good friend, and that she will find someone to make her realize that the pain in the past can’t always be your motivation to do better, you strive to become better because you want to, because you want to let go of the past, live happily and just be free in general. I agree with that twitter user who tweeted about how disappointed he or she was towards Alena because she’s still using the past to motivate herself and not because she simply wants to do it for herself. 

🤔 I don’t understand why Emre sent some puny and pathetic “guards” to watch over Avria’s tomb when he knows that they are no match against Ether, why can’t he come down and fight Ether again instead? Explain Emre. 

Best performers for this episode:

Everyone 💎

Rating: 9 out of 10💎s


Photo credits: 

From Twitter:

@GMAEncantadia (Encantadia 2016-2017 official twitter acct)

@gmanetwork (GMA network); official website: gmanetwork.com

@GMADrama (GMA Drama) 

From Facebook: Encantadia 2016 

Video credits: GMA Network via YouTube & dailymotion

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4R’s: Encantadia Season 2 (Feb. 23, 2017 episode review)

Episode 159

Recap:

Lira’s frustrations

Ether appeared before Pirena, Danaya and Ybrahim and created a whirlwind to keep them from attacking Etheria and left the three of them. Ybrahim and Danaya used the air and earth gems to free themselves from the whirlwind and landed safely on the ground. Muros returned from his fight with Amarro, the Mashna got knocked out but was fine nevertheless. The four went back to Lireo where the younger sang’gres Lira and Mira were waiting for them, Mira was relieved that they were safe, but Lira resented the elders for not letting her and Mira join the battle which would have increased their chances to win against Ether’s forces. This resulted to a heated argument between her and the elders especially her Ashti Hara Danaya, Lira bitterly walked out. Pirena also asked if Mira feels the same which the young sang’gre admitted and even got into a misunderstanding between her and her mother as well.

Ybrahim followed Lira and expressed how he disliked the way Lira acted towards her Ashtis. Lira was getting frustrated at how the elders seem to treat both her and Mira like kids, their overprotectiveness, and how they seem to not trust her and Mira, this only made Lira wish her mother was there, for it was only Amihan who never treated her the way everyone treats her, she was the only one who trusted her. Lira admitted she still miss her mother so much, it was evident that she’s still hurting and couldn’t accept her mother’s death even after all these years. Ybrahim explained his side, that he didn’t want Lira to get hurt which was why he’s overprotective, and like her, he still misses Amihan and he always think about her every single day, and like Lira, Ybrahim is still hoping to see Amihan once again.

Meanwhile, Danaya ordered Muros to find Hitano and tell him about Lila Sari, Aquil came and was baffled at Danaya’s sudden cold behavior towards him. Danaya told him about what she just found out and didn’t want to talk to him until Aquil is ready to tell her the truth.

The gamble

Mira went to Lira’s room after the latter’s argument with her father and knew that her cousin still wasn’t okay. Lira realized one thing though, Ybrahim still hasn’t moved on like her, Mira advised to do something rather than just be upset about it. Lira remembered the onion-looking man who helped her when Ether turned her into a pashnea and thought that maybe he could also help them bring back Amihan. Mira was skeptical about it, if Evades could do something about it, he would have already done it, still Lira wanted to know if there is a possibility and decided to leave with Mira. The two went to Evades, the latter told them that his magical tree is unable to raise the dead, unless he or she will eat one of the fruits from the mother tree in Devas and be reincarnated, that was the only way and nothing else.

In Devas, Amihan saw how Ybrahim and Lira still longed for her and seeing this broke her heart, all this time she thought they will be able to forget her but she was wrong. Somehow she regretted her choice to die without even thinking about them, this made Amihan want to return to Encantadia for her family, and the only way to do that is to pick a fruit from the mother tree and eat it, something which Ades strongly disagreed and reminded her of the possible consequences, she will be reborn to a different life and she will have no recollection of her past, she will forget everything—even her loved ones, and her family won’t be able to recognize her as well. Emre said before that Amihan is now free to create her own destiny, and her desire to be with her family is much stronger than anything else, she has faith with Ybrahim and Lira’s love for her and knew that their hearts will be able to recognize her. Despite all of these, Ades still wanted Amihan to think about it and hoped that she will change her mind, Emre appeared and told Ades to let Amihan choose the path she wants to take, despite of the consequences, Amihan has made up her mind, she will take risk for her loved ones. Emre let Amihan pick a fruit and ate it.

and the queen has risen

Ether was disappointed at how Andora and the rest were unable to defeat their enemies, Amarro admitted that the diwatas are still more powerful compared to them. Lila Sari was getting worried and asked if there is another way to speed up Avria’s return, Ether confirmed that there is, but they will be needing a blood sacrifice. They picked one from their captives and used her blood to help Avria recover faster, but it wasn’t enough, so Ether used her own blood as well. Through this they were able to raise Avria from the dead, like Amarro and Asval, Avria was no longer an ivtre, but a living, lethal encantada.

Rave/s:

💙 HA! I GUESSED IT RIGHT! This is the story they came up for Amihan’s character. If you are asking if I am disappointed, actually I am not. Probably because I have seen this one coming, and I was already expecting it. Yes I was mad as hell when I found out about the possibility of replacing Kylie in the show, Yes I am still bummed that Kylie won’t be a part of the show at least for now, I am frustrated that my ship turned into a fuckin’ submarine that’s swimming like a mermaid underwater, but guys, this is not about Kylie, it’s about AMIHAN. If you have been following me you already know by now that I have been a huge fan of Amihan since 2005 and I have grown to love her character more because of Kylie and kudos to her for portraying the character so well. But guys, honestly I would rather go for this route than not having Amihan for good. It’s bad enough that Kylie won’t be a part of the show anymore, but it will become way worse than not having Amihan around just because the actress can no longer play the character because of her current condition. I have been reading some of SD’s tweets and I get that she’s getting frustrated at people bombarding her with hate tweets thus her feisty responses to the fans. I can’t blame the fans either because I myself admit was one of the very frustrated encantadik who ranted so much about this when the news about Kylie’s pregnancy spread like wildfire, and I just had the worst feeling ever when she herself confirmed it. But during her interview I saw how happy she was, and I realized that this is not the end for Kylie, life has so much to offer and I am genuinely happy for her. I will always remember Kylie as Amihan and Iza’s successor, but at this point guys, we should also listen to the Enca team’s side—if they choose to keep Kylie that would mean risking herself and the baby. Remember they are shoot to air, they are exposed to injuries and accidents because of fight scenes, they lack sleep and rest most of the time because they have to finish the scenes on a given time frame, and it is not good for someone who is pregnant to be exposed to such harsh working environment. If anything happens to Kylie the entire team will be held responsible and will get all the hate and be blamed at the end of the day. Amihan is a major character, tell me honestly guys: would you settle for having Kylie around and turn Amihan into a minor character just to lessen Kylie’s exposure? I for one did mention before that I would settle for that, but I never said that I will be a hundred percent satisfied with that. And even if there will be some sort of an “acceptable” mi ultimo adios between YbraLiraMihan which would have been fine as well, admit it: it’s not the same without Amihan, Encantadia is not Encantadia without Amihan. SD chose to keep Amihan, let’s be happy about that, she wrote Amihan’s story the best way she can to preserve the character and I truly appreciate that. Aside from that, I honestly think that this is an interesting sub plot so please YA before you flood the Enca team’s social media with hate posts, look into the story and give it a chance—Amihan is a mother, she’ll do anything for her family, and remember her promise? She will come back and this is it, she’s taking the risk just for Ybrahim and Lira, isn’t this something admirable? Knowing the consequences she might face, she still chose to gamble for the man she loves and their daughter who has been longing for her, come on seriously! You guys gave that chance to Kylie before why can’t you do the same now? Just give this story chance, as for the new Amihan, I don’t know who she will be but I wish her the best of luck, fingers crossed that they chose the right actress.

💜 Lira is definitely one of the most relatable characters in Encantadia, and I am really enjoying how Mikee is portraying the character in such a way that everybody will sympathize with her. Lira is always known to be carefree, playful, and the one who lights up the mood in the show, but one thing that lacked is the more serious side of Lira, what is she really thinking? What does she truly feels? How does it feel to be bound to follow orders all the time and everybody treating you like a kid when you’re already a grown up, how shitty does it feel not to be “trusted” by your own family? We all have our fair share of experiences in this situation and I’m just glad that Lira’s character continues to embody the youth of this generation. And yeah, her father and daughter team up with Ruru is on point as well. As always.

Rant/s:
😪 Danaya bessy naman eh! I think it’s unfair for Danaya to treat Aquil harshly I mean come on, even you Danaya? Girl, as queen you can’t just make judgement based on what you heard from someone—this is what’s lacking with Danaya’s character, giving the benefit of the doubt is not her forte, she should have listened to Aquil’s side and then make judgement.

Best performer/s for this episode:
Mikee Quintos ⚡

Rating: 9 out of 10💎s

Photo credits:
From Twitter:
@GMAEncantadia (Encantadia 2016-2017 official twitter acct)
@gmanetwork (GMA network); official website: gmanetwork.com
@GMADrama (GMA Drama)

From Facebook: Encantadia 2016

Video credits: GMA Network via YouTube & dailymotion

Los signos en las vacaciones de verano

Aries: Jamás está en casa

Tauro: Quiere hacer un roadtrip pero no tiene ni dinero ni auto

Géminis: Llama a todo el mundo y sale a todos lados

Cáncer: Se encierra en su casa por tres meses

Leo: Liga con cada cosa que se mueva

Virgo: Mira series hasta el cansancio

Libra: Va a comprar a todos los lugares que conoce

Escorpio: Tiene mucho sexo

Sagitario: Se olvida de ponerse el protector solar y pasa sus vacaciones en casa

Capricornio: Planea todo lo que va a hacer a partir de ese día

Acuario: Va a investigar los misterios del Área 51

Piscis: Se la pasa en la piscina

Originally posted by katekarma