Four top-rating TV shows since 2007, the latest being Stairway to Heaven, a multitude of endorsements, a dance album, and involvement in various charities—it seems like the list of projects never ends for A-list actor Dingdong Dantes.
But in the December issue of Men's Health magazine, Dingdong shows another side of himself that fans are not used to seeing, as he talks about his other passion—the Philippine Marines.
Unknown to many, Dingdong is actually in the Philippine Marine Reserve corps. He enlisted in 2006 and trained for over a month. Ten days were spent in the Philippine Marine Corps Basic School in Cavite, where Dingdong's Men's Health cover shoot was held.
Ten days of intense activity was no joke. You wake up at 4:00 a.m.., and are subjected to mental and physical challenges until the early evening. The Kapuso actor didn't mind the difficulties and, in fact, recalled the experience fondly. "We experienced what [the marines] really do. Sa umaga, sa hapon, with the chant and everything, training, lahat yan," he said with a smile.
Now the logical question would be—why would a celebrity like Dingdong voluntarily submit himself to such a strenuous venture?
Dingdong, who comes from a family of soldiers, answered, "Naging curiousakoonhow and why the philosophy [of the military] isdahil nakikita ko na siyabefore [as I was growing up]. So I got to understand it better when I immersed.
"In those ten days, I was able to comprehend and know the basics of how it is to be in a military unit. So the discipline, the terms, basic procedures and principles, yun ang na-instillsa akin."
The two-time Men's Health cover guy admitted that he finds pleasure in satisfying his curiosity by involving himself with the unconventional. He said he also keeps in mind that the greater challenge is to prolong his success and refuse ideas of entitlement and complacency. The actor also declared that if he weren't in showbiz, he'd want to be a marine.
Find out more about Dingdong's training with the marines and his tips on building a long and lasting career in the December issue of Men's Health Philippines, now available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide. For more fitness tips online, visit www.menshealth.com.ph.