TV TALK

MULAWIN VS. RAVENA

YES! (Philippines) - - In This Issue - TEXT BY ANNA PINGOL PHO­TOS BY MARK ATIENZA

Mu­law­invs. Ravena, the se­quel to the highly suc­cess­ful 2004 GMA-7 fan­tasy se­ries Mulawin, aired its pi­lot episode on May 22.

The orig­i­nal fan­taserye, about half-hu­man and half-bird breeds known as Mu­law­ins and Rave­nas, had Richard Gu­tier­rez and An­gel Loc­sin in the lead roles. The muchan­tic­i­pated come­back of the TV se­ries now has Den­nis Trillo in the lead role, repris­ing his dark­hearted char­ac­ter Gabriel in the orig­i­nal se­ries. In the se­quel, he is now the king of Hal­co­nia, the king­dom of the Rave­nas.

The new se­ries, which re­placed En­can­ta­dia, has a stel­lar cast that in­cludes Heart Evan­ge­lista (as Al­wina, the char­ac­ter orig­i­nally played by An­gel Loc­sin), Carla Abel­lana (as Aviona, orig­i­nally played by Bianca King), Bianca Umali (as Law­iswis, orig­i­nally played by child star Sam Bu­matay), Miguel Tan­fe­lix (who reprises his role as Pa­gas­pas in the orig­i­nal show), and Lovi Poe (as Magin­dara, a new char­ac­ter in the plot). Regine Ve­lasquez also joins the cast as San­dawa, a re­cur­ring god­dess char­ac­ter and the mother of Lovi Poe’s char­ac­ter Magin­dara.

The se­quel—as well as the orig­i­nal se­ries—was cre­ated by Don Michael Perez and di­rected by Mulawin di­rec­tor Dominic Za­p­ata (who had Lore Reyes as co- di­rec­tor in the orig­i­nal se­ries).•

Lovi Poe

What Magin­dara (Lovi Poe’s char­ac­ter) will bring to the life of the king of Hal­co­nia (Den­nis Trillo) is still a mys­tery. What’s clear, for now, is that she has the sex­i­est cos­tumes among the cast—and, of course, a lovely face that matches those cos­tumes.

The rest of the cast, play­ing new char­ac­ters as well, are Der­rick Monas­te­rio, Bea Binene, Kiko Estrada, Wyn Mar­quez, Dion Ig­na­cio, Chynna Or­taleza, Va­lerie Concepcion, Cha­ree Pineda, David Li­cauco, Joko Diaz, Roi Vin­zon, TJ Trinidad, Bobby An­drews, An­gelu de Leon, Ariel Rivera, and Ms. Nova Villa.

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