GMA-7's Amaya: Pinakapangyarihang Babae :Ang Pagwawakas ng Epiko, Ika-15 Banwa
Amaya is a Philippine historical fiction and period drama created and developed by Suzette Doctolero, with Marian Rivera in the title-role. Directed by Mac Alejandre, it premiered on May 30 on GMA Network and on June 1, 2011 on GMA Pinoy TV.
What is an Epic? A long poem, typically derived from oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.
What is Fiction? Fiction is any form of narrative which deals, in part or in whole, with events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary and invented by its author(s). Although fiction often describes a major branch of literary work, it is also applied to theatrical, cinematic, and musical work. In contrast to non-fiction, which deals exclusively in factual events (e.g.: biographies, histories).
Ms. Suzette Doctolero
This story is fiction yet based on old Filipino History of their cultures, tradition and beliefs.
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Amaya who was born with a twin snake who is destined to defeat the highest ranking leader in their time because of his misuse of power. At the beggining, Amaya was taken away from her mother's side by his father to give her the good life. She became a princess (BAYI)however, her stepmother was jealous that DATU BUGNA, the leader of their clan was giving her the love and attention that she and her two children wanted. She then went to Amaya's room (bukod) and started to harass her and question her about what's so special about her that she is favored by her husband. Bugna came and hurled her away from Amaya. After the event, she went to the empire, the one that owns their clan, and told that Bugna was planning a rebellion againts him. He then decided to get a preemtive strike and invaded Bugna' clan. On the other hand, while the invasion is on it's way, Amaya's twin snake visited her, however she doesn't have any idea at the time that although she can speak to it that its her twin. The snake foresaw an attack and warned her. Amaya panicking, went down her room (BUKOD) and told everyone about the warning. They didn't believe her until the guard sounded the warning siren. Bugna then meets up with the invaders and was surprised that his wife forsaken him. The emperor then demands for his beloved Princesses. Amaya on the other hand hid her youngest sister and along with her older step sister, they were taken to the shore where the current battle is happening. Amaya then stepped on the ground, which is forbidden because its a disrespect to her Father and that it represent cleanliness. She run and gave him a big hug however, the emperor took her as a hostage and bargained for her life. Bugna then said that he rather die than see her beloved princess die and admitted to his "Crime". He was killed and hostages were taken into their place. Meanwhile, her stepmother asked him to give her the authority over maya. He said yes, and the following day, she took Amaya out of the Coral (Animal room) and started undressing her symbolizing that she is no longer a princess but a simple servant. The episode then ended Amaya meeting the son of the emperor that she once met and thought that she like, and reject her feeling towards him due to the blood relation of him and the emperor that killed her father.
The story is set in Central Visayas in the 1500s, 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.
Rajah Mangubat becomes anxious about the prophecy not only because he will eventually be defeated, but also because the person who will take over his power is a girl - a girl who has a snake for a twin. With this, he orders all pregnant women in his own village tribe and also in others to be killed. Datu Bugna's village is the only one that survives Rajah Mangubat's terror because they have long been friends and alliances.
What Rajah Mangubat doesn't know is that the baby girl that he has been looking for to be killed has been born in Datu Bugna's village. Amaya is Datu Bugna's daughter from Dal'lang, a slave woman. And because he wants to protect Amaya, he hides her in a secret chamber as a "binukot" and tells her that Dal'lang, is already dead. Amaya's twin snake is thrown away to the forest and is told that it may only come back if Amaya is in dire need of help.
Amaya has once attempted to escape from her chamber when she wanted to see the outside world for the first time. That was when she saw Prince Bagani for the first time. They immediately fell in love with each other. No matter the distance and the years that have passed, they still have not forgotten that day when they first met.
Because of Lamitan's evil desire to get rid of Amaya, she betrays her husband Datu Bugna and tells Rajah Mangubat her husband's plan of revolt. Rajah Mangubat's men take Amaya from her chamber and use her as blackmail to make Datu Bugna confess. He eventually does and Rajah Mangubat kills him in front of Amaya.
Rajah Mangubat takes Amaya to his village and there, turns her as one of her slaves. Amaya sees the treacherous Lamitan and becomes enraged with her father's double-crossing wife. She promises that she will do anything to avenge her father. But Rajah Mangubat still has no idea about Amaya's true identity - the girl with the twin snake
Amaya is surprised to see her long lost love, Bagani, but is devastated to find out that he is Rajah Mangubat's son. Bagani is shocked as well when he finds out that the girl he once fell in love with is now a slave. In spite of this, he still remains in love with her. However, Amaya tries to get rid of her feelings for him all for her father's sake.