Stars share experience in grand gathering of play enthusiasts
It wasn’t just international celebrities Kristian Narin (Game of Thrones’ Hodor) and Dean Cain (Lois & Clark’s Superman) who turned heads over the weekend’s Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention or ToyCon 2016, but an enchanting assembly of local stars who definitely gave the best cosplayers in town a run for their money.
Indeed, there was no better venue to hold the grand launch of TV’s highly anticipated fantasy series Encantadia but the equally awaited annual gathering of toy enthusiasts at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on June 11 and 12.
Beginning with the unveiling of its official trailer that captivated the crowd, the ground breaking debut of GMA Network’s most awaited telefantasya was spearheaded by its lead stars Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, Sanya Lopez and Glaiza de Castro, wearing their royal costumes as Amihan, Alena, Danaya and Pirena respectively for a meet-and-greet opportunity with the Encantadia fans.
Padilla said that attending ToyCon has always been in her and her siblings’ bucket list, which is why her energy was high all throughout the very demanding event.
“Actually hindi ako napagod. Sobrang tagal ko nang pangarap na maka-attend ng ganitong event so I feel at home. Kanina lang inikot ko itong buo. Ako nga lang mag-isa, napagod na ang PA ko. Pangarap namin itong magkakapatid, sayang wala sila dito. Pero in-enjoy ko na lang din ito for them,” she said.
Overwhelmed with crowd’s enthusiasm, Garcia also marveled at how the series, in its original, continues to have loyal fans to this day. “First ToyCon ito ng Encantadia and the first time we got to face the public in our costumes. Nakakatuwa kasi yung pag-embrace ng mga ‘Encantadiks’ sa bagong cast ng Encantadia. Hindi mo makukwenstiyon yung support and loyalty nila. Ang sarap na we got to feel it first hand,” she enthused.
Lopez, on the other hand, said she is very grateful for the support the fans gave them before, during and after the launch that helped her overcome the pressure she has been feeling since joining the project. She shared, “Siguro hindi ko talaga maalis na hindi ma-pressure kasi iba yung pagmamahal na binigay ng tao sa Encantadia, kaya, pinipilit kong tanggalin yung pressure na yun para hindi makaapekto sa trabaho na dapat kong gampanan. Thank God tinulungan ako ng mga fans na ma-overcome yun kasi for them, we are Encantadia—we are the characters they love.”
As a first time attendee, de Castro expressed her excitement in joining one of the biggest toy conventions in the country. “Masaya, yung first time na experience dito kasi fan din ako. So alam mo yung feeling na nakikita mo yung idol mo, yung hinahangaan mo, or yung isang bagay na may significance sa’yo, sobrang precious nun,” shared Glaiza.
Together with the four Sangres, the powerhouse cast of Encantadia came in full force as Rocco Nacino, Ruru Madrid, Rochelle Pangilinan, Vaness del Moral, Pancho Magno, Buboy Villar, Carlo Gonzalez, Kate Valdez, Mikee Quintos, James Teng, Klea Pineda, Migo Adecer and Solenn Heussaff wowed the crowd with their fantastic costumes.
Encantadia’s director Mark Reyes and lead visual designer Noel Flores were also present during the launch.