The story is set in Central Visayas in the 1500's, during the time of Rajah Mangubat's reign. He was not only known as a good warrior, but also as an undefeated one. Nobody stood a chance against him especially with his extraordinary battle skills and his magical amulet. Not long after, a village priestess prophesizes that there will be a day that he will be defeated by a girl who has a snake twin.
The Making of Epicserye Amaya
Filipinos by nature are great fans of Epics. Famous among the stories that we know are Biag ni Lamang, Epiko ng mga Maranaw, Kodigo ni Maragtas and a lot more. Up until know we still appreciate Filipino art because it promotes our heritage, tradition and culture.
Despite of so much exposure to pop culture, we still desire to look for our own television shows. Now GMA with the help of Philippine historians created the epicserye "Amaya" and it will showcase the beauty and wealth of our culture. A very amazing and well researched story. This is from the original concept of Suzette Doctolero together with the guidance of UP historians, under the helm of renowned Director Mac Alejandre.
"Katulong ng aming crative group ang mga UP Department of history professors
Dr. Neil Santillan and Dr. Vic Villan habang binubuo yung script sa kanila naka konsulta lahat. Hindi sila nawawala sa tabi ko hanggang sa matapos ang script dahil gusto naming maging accurate sa konteksto.
With this project, I'm hoping na yung merging ng Phiippine history at pop culture ay mag produce ng magandang epekto sa audience." narrates Direct Mac.
Amaya had it's private screening last May 26 and we were able to witness the first episode of this much awaited epicserye. If you have seen those giant billboards of Amaya characters in GMA Kamuning, you'll noticed that it was well done and conceptualized. The beauty of it is the same beauty of the story.
I would not tell anymore about what happened because the story is something that you must wait and see starting May 30 on GMA Primetime Television.
After the success of primetime shows such as Marimar, Dyesebel and Darna, Marian Rivera returns as a beautiful warrior for Philippine Television's Primetime. Expect no less from GMA Network as it ushers in Philippine primetime's boldest, most anticipated epicserye that will not only take viewing satisfaction to greater heights but will also leave audiences in awe for its visually stunning production values and an absorbingly well-researched story.
"Ako si Amaya, isang prinsesa , ang Ama ko ay isang datu at ang ina ko naman ay isang alipin. Si Amaya ay magiging prinsesa, magiging alipin at magiging warrior. Kapag naging warrior na si Amaya doon na magsisimula ang kuwento.
Matindi ang preparation ko dito, nag one on one kami ni direk para sa script at nag aral ako ng martial arts tulad ng arnis para sa mga fighting scenes. Enjoy talaga ako sa mga fight scenes (laughs)
Tuwang tuwa ako dito sa ginawa ko sa Amaya, kaya dapat abangan po nila. Marami silang matututunang lenggwahe dito" says Marian.
This pioneering historical epic series features the country's bankable stable of stars in plum roles top billed by no less than Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as the warrior princess Amaya. The talented actress displays her versatility and acting caliber once more in the network's most expensive and most ambitious television production to date.
Joining Marian in this blockbuster spectacle are two of the most desired leading men in the industry:
Award-winning actor Sid Lucero as Bagani, Amaya's dashing warrior lover and model-turned-actor, fashion police Mikael Daez as Lumad, Amaya's good friend and protector who falls in love with her.
This is a great collaboration between creative's and the academe in terms of injecting realism. The story was well created and researched as well.
The First Episode
We were so lucky to witness the first episode of Amaya at SM The Block. The whole cast were there and it was well attended by people form the press and media. The DongYan fans were also very supportive during the private screening. They showed support by shouting everytime Marian Rivera flashes on the screen. Above all they really liked the story and it's setting.
Photos during the Private Screening:
More photos here : http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.214119438620075.58738.147726555259364
I interviewed some folks and here are some Testimonials:
"Napakaganda ng palabas na ito. Kasabay ng pagiging malikhain nakabatay pa rin ang istorya base sa research". - Alvin Campomanes UA&P Dept. of History.
"I rerekomenda ko ang Amaya sa aking mga estudyante at magpapagawa ako ng reaction paper".
- Xiao Chua, Philippine Historical Asscoiation
"I'm hoping na yung merging ng Phiippine history at pop culture ay mag produce ng magandang epekto sa audience." Mac Alejandre, Director of Amaya