The Bathalas/Bathalumans (gods/goddesses) are fictional characters from the Philippine telefantasya series Encantadia.
The Bathalas/Bathalumans are the major deities of the world of Encantadia. Supernatural beings descended from the realm of the Celestial beings, these entities are endowed with both mystical and physical powers, and are the creators and source of all life in Encantadia.
Names and originWhen a civil war started in the realm of the angels, the three Gods Emre, Ether, Arde didn't join the battle because they are friends to both sides. The leader of the white group sent them away as Emre said "Hindi na tayo mga kerubin, hindi rin tayo mga isinumpa at di rin tayo tao" (We are neither cherubims, nor one of the fallen nor mortals). They were sent to a land they decided to claim as their own and named it Encantadia. Another proof of this theory is that the line on the Etheria Theme "Osno Celestia" means Mga kerubin (Cherubims)
The Diwatas refer to him as bathala, the Supreme God of the Encantandians, and brother to Arde. His likeness is represented by the many statues scattered around the palaces of Lireo and Sapiro. One of his statues became alive when he gave the Jewel of the Elements to the rulers of the four kingdoms during the waar against Etheria, namely Queen Cassiopea of Lireo (and later Encantadia), King Meno of Sapiro, King Bartimus of Hathoria, and Aegen of Adamya.
Emre, before being a Bathala, was executed from the heavens together with his brother Arde and Bathalumang Ether. He became the chosen leader of Encantadia after long observation between the three descended beings. He is also the one who cursed Arde to become a ferocious dragon for many beings, the Encantados preferably, to reject him, and Ether to become a helpless Snake for her to be unable to return to the land of new beings, Encantadia, because she have to crawl on her belly to reach it.
Emre is also the cause of Encantadia's separation and classification. After some time, Ether demonstrated her powers to the Encantados and made her worship her due to fear. These Encantados became the first Etherians, and established Encantadia's first kingdom, Etheria. Arde, on the other hand, became the guardian of Limbo, the "gates" of Devas.
After some time, Emre heard the leaders of the four other kingdoms to aid them in defeating Etheria. He listened to them, and granted them the house of the four powerful elements, the Jewel of the Elements mentioned above, or the Brilyante.
In 2016 requel, Emre created the world of Encantadia alongside Ether, Arde, Haliya, and Keros. When the encantados are worshipping Emre than Arde and Ether, both became jealous and they're planning to attack Emre. However, after finding out their trechery, Emre curses Arde and Ether.
EtherEther is one of the triumvirate of deities — along with Emre and Arde — who created the beings that inhabit the world of Encantadia. Ether was turned into a gigantic serpent by Emre as punishment for her having a forbidden love affair with Arde.
In the period immediately following her transformation Ether roamed Encantadia with fury. This caused most of the inhabitants to fear her. But there were those who began to worship Ether for her power. This group of people eventually founded the first nation of Encantadia which became known as Etheria. Towards the ending of the Book 2, it is assumed by Danaya that it was Ether who revived Animus and the other two Etherians to kidnap Cassandra and to battle the Sang'gres and Ybrahim and also they battled the three guardians of the portal earlier. However they're all defeated by the Sang'gres and Ybrahim.
In Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas, she becomes the main antagonist, plotting against the Sang'gres. She poses as Ynang Reyna Mine-a and gives Cassandra a gift, a crystal orb that Ether claims will grant the young Sang'gre anything she wishes but whose existence she must keep secret. Subsequently, Cassandra drops the orb which shatters, and cuts her finger on the broken shards, drawing blood, before she is hastily called away by her Ila Pirena. Unknown to the Sang'gres, the orb had contained the spirits of the Etherian Herans Avria, Odessa, Andora and Juvila, which Either had gathered after the fall of Etheria. She also revived Arkrey and she sent him to kill Cassiopea and Evades. The blood of the young Sang'gre (who had Etherian blood through Cassiopea) was the key to resurrecting the Etherians, who were re-embodied in the present. The Bathaluman tells the Herans that they have returned to destroy the Sang'gres. They have returned to steal the Jewels of the Elements that defeated them thousands of years ago.
After the deaths of Andora and Juvila, she has another plan to make the Sang'gres' and Ybrahim's lives miserable, which is to resurrect Hagorn. Ether and Hagorn temporarily rules Hathoria. After Avria's ultimate demise, she sets another scheme just to trick the Sang'gres. She uses the gem of earth to summon and brainwash Sari-a, a spirit guide of the gem of earth to defeat Queen Danaya. As Ybrahim, in his Kalasag, rescues Armea from the Hathors, Ether shows up and he wounds her face. However, she stabs Ybrahim with her poison blade to death. Before the final war, Ether ressurects the undead Etherian soldiers and uses this opportunity to defeat the Sang'gres. She challenges Amihan in the final battle. She summons the three undead Etherian soldiers (from Hera Andal, Hera Sensa and Hera Volo) and a Hathor to weaken Amihan, until Raquim arrives from Devas to save his daughter. Ether is finally destroyed by Amihan. Ether is the only bathaluman who can be killed.
In 2016 requel, Ether and Arde are conspiring to kill Emre because the encantados are worshipping Emre more than both of them. However, Emre cursed her, along with Arde, thus turning her into a giant snake. After the fall of Etheria, Ether meets Hagorn, whose appearance is being cursed by Queen Minea, and she gives the power to Hagorn and she provides him resurrected Hathors as well.
Brother of Emre. He was turned into a dragon by Emre because of his forbidden affair with Ether. He leads the souls of dead Encantadians to Devas. He guards the floating rock called, Limbo. When Lira didn't desire to go to Devas, Arde fought Lira, but Lira used her Sonokenesis powers on him making him fall alseep, setting Lira free to live once more. He also helped Hagorn to get the gem of fire from the slain Pirena. In the final episode of Book 3, Arman, who becomes a historian, rides the dragon. It is assumed that the dragon that Arman rode is possibly Arde.
Five Celestial Beings Banished from the Highest Heavens
In the 2016 requel, the story has changed. During the war in the Realm of the Celestial Beings between the good and the evil, there were five Bathalas that didn't join the fight and remained neutral. They were Emre, Arde, Ether, Keros, and Haliya. After the war was over, the triumphant side of Good searched their presence and asked why they didn't participate, since they claim no allegiance to anyone, they were expelled from the realm of the Celestial Beings and were deserted in an empty land which they later call Encantadia.
In Episode 149, the story of Keros and the other Bathala is that they got bored and left Emre, Arde, and Ether alone in Encantadia. But in Episode 184, Keros' story changed. He no longer left Encantadia but instead banished himself from Encantadia because he only causes destruction and death to nearby beings and other forms of life. The Fifth Bathala, Bathalumang Haliya left Encantadia because she was unhappy there and wanted to go back from where they came from but she was not allowed to return to the high heavens, since they are still banished there for eternity. She then decided to live in one of Encantadia's Two Moons and declared herself the Moon Goddess of Encantadia.
In Episode 210, Ether revealed that if a Bathala dies, they will go back to the Realm of the Celestial Beings - the original place where the All Powerful God is residing, and where they all came from.
The Bathalas and Bathalumans
Bathalang Emre is the most powerful god in the Encantadia universe, most of the beings are worshiping him as their one true god. As a god who created almost the totality of Encantadia, he is also the one responsible for creating the Mother Gem, a divine object that possess the powers of the core elements that makes up the entire world, Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Spirit.
As a god, he is quite similar to the Almighty God. His approaches and blessings are given in a manner where he wants people to learn to stand up for on their own feet. Much to the difference where Ether and Arde most of the time gives their worshipers the favor they are asking head on. Although, he is also quite hands on, sending help when really needed, like sending Ades to guide Lira out of Lireo, creating the Mother Gem, giving it to Cassiopeia as a tool to win the Etherian war and so much more.
Ether is one of the five deities of Encantadia, she is a bathaluman, she and Arde grew jealousy on Emre and attempted to kill him but they were defeated and as punishment, was turned into a large snake by Emre to remind her and Arde of the teachery they've done.
Though there are encantados who fear her and worship Emre more, there are encantados that respect and worship the Bathaluman. They are the Etherians.
Ether is a very powerful bathaluman. She also has the power of creation, which she used to create the Encantados along with Emre. She also has the power to block magic, like when she blocked Cassiopea's power to see the future and blocked the Tungkod ng Balintataw when Imaw and Amihan tried to find Lira. She can also create powerful blasts coming out from her mouth. Ether is also very skilled in hand-to-hand combat, as shown hen she fought Amihan with her bare hands.
She manifests to the element of Earth.
Arde and Ether became jealous of Emre because the encantados worship him more than both of them, so they conspired to kill him. However they failed and Arde, along with Ether, was cursed by Emre, changing their forms to remind them of the treachery they've done. Arde was turned into a dragon and he was made the guardian of Balaak.
He manifests to the element of Fire.
Keros is one of the five elemental Bathalas of Encantadia who lived on an island called Binyaan. He later joined forces with Ether and Arde to defeat Emre and make him immortal.
He manifests to the element of Quintessence, which is actually ironic because Quintessence is also almost the same as Oneness or Wholeness and Keros' power is Destruction. However, he is uniquely important especially for how shall existence have meaning without destruction.
Haliya is a Bathaluman that was the one with them during Encantadia's creation. She left Encantadia because she was unhappy, she decided to try to go back from where they came from but the portal going there was already closed.
Emre was on a quest with the pashneas and Cassiopea to find the Bathalumang Haliya to ask help in defeating Ether, Arde, and Keros and retrieve back Devas. Haliya is derived from boholanos meaning "Moon Goddess". Haliya manifest to the Element of Water and is the Goddess of Wisdom.
Amarro once told to LilaSari the legend of Encantadia's moons. And it is because Haliya once loved an encantado (who was later known as Lilasari's father) but he loved someone else (Lilasari's mother) that is why she cursed their daughter to have a beautiful but deadly face. Since then she never loved and never made contact with Encantados. However, she never forgot her beloved's treachery that even the Moon she stays at is the witness of her unavailing love. So she decided to create a second moon, using the De-jar, as a home of true peace and meditation. Thus, why Encantadia has two moons.
After her death, Emre revived her as a bathaluman as reward after her hardwork and determination to free Devas from Ether and Arde.