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8 actors and actresses we’d love to see in ‘Bagani’

MANILA, Philippines – Upcoming fantasy series Bagani has been the talk of the town as people debate over foreign-looking actors being cast in a story inspired by pre-colonial Philippine mythology.

The debate has prompted Bagani star Liza Soberano to defend herself and her Filipino identity by saying her father is a “full Filipino,” and asserting her love for sinigang – a statement that has since birthed a new meme. (READ: 'Bagani' draws flak for casting, Liza Soberano responds)

And while Liza Soberano certainly isn’t any less Filipino than other people in the industry (whether they love sinigang or not), here are some equally talented stars that can bring that showbiz diversity that many people are now calling for. (READ: ABS-CBN releases statement on 'Bagani' controversy)

Maymay Entrata

 

The Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) alum is ready to take over the world as she dazzles fans with every appearance (most recently, she brought on the Disney princess realness for a Mega Magazine shoot), and we don’t doubt she’ll be doing the same when she steps into a fantaserye role.

Gabbi Garcia

GABBI GARCIA. The actress is no stranger to fantaseryes. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GABBI GARCIA. The actress is no stranger to fantaseryes.

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Gabbi Garcia is no stranger to fantaseryes, having played Sang’gre Alena in rival network GMA’s Encantadia. This show would be right up her alley, and they can probably find a way to write her singing chops into the role as well.

Nadine Lustre

NADINE LUSTRE. The actress can bring her star power to any role. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

NADINE LUSTRE. The actress can bring her star power to any role.

File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

As half of one of the hottest love teams in the country, Nadine definitely has the star power to get people to tune in to a show like this. Plus, it’d be great to see the actress take on a role that’s different from anything she’s done before.

Maris Racal

MARIS RACAL. The PBB graduate proves her acting skills in the 2018 MMFF film 'Haunted Forest.' File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MARIS RACAL. The PBB graduate proves her acting skills in the 2018 MMFF film 'Haunted Forest.

' File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Another PBB graduate, Maris proved her acting mettle when she appeared in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival’s Haunted Forest. The actress may be ready for her breakout role in a fantaserye.

Inigo Pascual

INIGO PASCUAL. The young star could be showbiz's next big leading man. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

INIGO PASCUAL. The young star could be showbiz's next big leading man.

File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

With Iñigo’s music career well underway, it’s only a matter of time before we see the young star take on a leading role in the vein of his father – and Bagani would have been the perfect opportunity.

Rocco Nacino

Closing time = opening time for graffiti art enthusiasts. #RoccOnBord A post shared by Rocco Nacino (@nacinorocco) on Dec 4, 2017 at 6:50am PST

It cannot be denied that Rocco is leading man material. His martial arts training will also for sure come in handy for Bagani’s battle scenes.

Edgar Allan Guzman

EDGAR ALLAN GUZMAN. The actor can take on any role. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

EDGAR ALLAN GUZMAN. The actor can take on any role.

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The MMFF 2018 Best Supporting Actor winner is definitely a chameleon who can adapt into any character.

JM De Guzman

@ronnieldeguzman1 thanks for managing my account for 2 years and 1 month. Today I’m allowed to use social media at laast! #promotedtoaftercarephase. A post shared by JM De Guzman (@1migueldeguzman) on Jan 13, 2018 at 10:11pm PST

After a stint in rehab, the actor is poised to make a comeback, which a show like Bagani would be perfect for.

Who would you love to see in Bagani? Sound off in the comments! – Rappler.com