Dingdong Dantes sets aim on acting award this year

"I still believe in us, kami ni Marian,whether sa movies man o sa TV, na mas naniniwala ako sa amin," says DingdongDantes about his team up with Marian Rivera in Dyesebel.


Barely a week after the unveiling of his billboard in EDSAfor his Bench Body endorsement, Dingdong Dantes comes up with anotheradvertisement for television.

The Sergio Santibañez of the Philippines met theentertainment media last night, March 13, to introduce his newest endorsement,Medicol, at his co-owned restaurant, Circle's Café in Timog Avenue,Quezon City.

After the presentation, Dingdong received praises from themedia for continuously receiving product endorsements, which for him is alsoone indication of having a successful showbiz career.

"Ang range para masabi mong effective, kahit as a personman lang is when, you know, dumarating yung mga endorsements na ganito,"explained Dingdong. "So, ito [Medicol]talaga yung isang solid na endorsement. Talagang mayroon pang tagline andeverything, dahil ibig sabihin, ipinagkatiwala talaga nila sa akin ang ganungklaseng produkto. It's very flatteringand at the same time sana maging ganun na yung momentum, maging ganun na yunglahat."

Since the new endorsement was presented only a few daysafter he revealed his Bench billboard in Guadalupe, Makati City, reporters asked Dingdong about the difference between the two in terms of talent fee.

Dingdong replied without revealing the amount, "Sa totoolang talaga, ang Bench naman talaga, ang relationship namin ay hindi TF [talentfee]-based. Like, yung sponsorship palang nila sa akin, yung binibigay na damit. Kumbaga, hindi na matutumbasan ngkahit ano yun. Grabe talaga. Sa Marimar,lahat ng gamit ko roon Bench. 'Tapos nakakakuha rin ako sa Celio. So, sa ganung bagay pa lang, at saka ang relationshipnamin is not TF-based."

The actor-host-endorser also said that Medicol and Benchare two different products, so there is no point of comparison.

ACTING AWARD. Following the tagline of Medicol, Dingdong could say, "I will win an acting award this year."

"Gusto ko talaga," said Dingdong when asked about his wishto have an acting award. He continued,"Dati kasi sinasabi ko hindi, e. Sinasabi ko sa sarili ko ayaw ko muna ng award. Gusto ko lang mag-enjoy pero siyempre habangtumatanda ka, hindi sila sumusunod kasi talagang kailangan talaga ang mgadesisyon mo nag-iiba na rin habang tumatanda ka."

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Dingdong will be celebrating his 10th showbizanniversary in April. In line withthis, the entertainment press told him that maybe the reason he has notreceived an award yet was because of his wrong choices of projects.

Dingdong did not think of it this way. He explained, "Mas maganda siguro na kungmagkaroon man ng pagkakamali, which I don't think naman na nagkaroon, kungmayroon man, it's good na ginawa ko siya slowly but surely.

"Pinagdaanan ko ang lahat ng dapat kong pagdaanan, wala akong[na-skip]—mula nang pagiging miyembro ng dance group, ng isang love team, for atime nag-host—napagdaanan ko lahat. Siyempre napagdaanan ko lahat and I'm proud of it.

"Hindi ako instant na nandito, pinaghirapan ko siya. Kung may mali mang desisyon, I mean,mapangit man, at least natuto ako dun. I learned from it."

FRUSTRATED MOVIE ACTOR. In his ten yearsin show business, Dingdong has already tried almost every job in it—acting,dancing, singing, and even hosting. ButDingdong has become more popular in acting. He has been in several television shows like TGIS, Encantadia,Atlantika, and the most recent is Marimar, which will end tonight,March 14.

Dingdong also played a role in successful movieslike Moments of Love, Eternity, and last year in Resiklo. However, when asked what else he wants to doaside from doing teleseryes, the 27-year-old actor said that he wants to havemore movie projects.

"I'm frustrated, e," described Dingdong. "Because I reallywant to do movies and a really good one. Marami na akong ginawa in the past, pero siyempre after the success of Marimar,gusto ko sanang masundan agad siya. AndI really work hard for that [award] so sana this year."

Dingdong explained further, "Frustrated meaning sasobrang gusto kong gumawa, walang opportunity because yung Marimar. I'm not blaming anyone, I'm not blamingmyself, I'm not blaming anyone. It'sjust the opportunity kasi, sobrang nag-iinit ako to really make one and yet walapa siyang perfect opportunity, which I believe na mangyayari rin soon. I want it to happen."

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PLAYING FREDO. Dingdong happilytold the entertainment reporters that he will definitely play therole of Fredo in Dyesebel, which will replace Kamandag.

Despite rumors that the role was first offered toDennis Trillo, Dingdong stayed positive and replied, "I'm sure mahihirapantalaga sila because GMA-7 has plenty of talented artists. Ako, siguro isa lang ako sa nasa listahannila, marami rin silang iniisip. Bastaako, at the end of the day, masaya ako na ibinigay sa akin."

Dingdong narrated how therole landed on him. "Alamko lang, I think, na they considered him [Dennis] pero hindi ko alam nana-offer na siya. Ako ang isa sa hulingkinausap, e. Kumbaga, lahat alamna—alam ko na si Direk Joyce [Bernal] na, alam ko na si Marian [Rivera]—perowala pang Fredo, hanggang sa nakapag-decide sila na ako, ako yung hulingkinausap nila about it."

"Huli, meaning sa main. Kasi Dyesebel, Fredo, at sakadirector, at saka siguro yung staff," enumerates Dingdong. "Huli, meaning sa first line-up. Kasi sa ibang cast alam ko hanggang ngayon,hindi pa rin 'ata sigurado. Nagulat ako na kino-consider nga ako. Yun ang importante, sa akin siya lumanding."

Dingdong is very thankful to GMA-7 for takinggood care of his career. He added, "Akonaman, ever since, yung tiwala ko sa kanila, especially kay Tita LilibethRasonable, kay Ma'am Wilma [Galvante], at saka kay Ms. Sheryll See, nanduntalaga ang tiwala ko sa kanila. Alam konaman na hindi nila ako pababayaan. So,kung feeling nila talaga na para sa akin yung project, feeling ko para sa akintalaga and never ko gagawin na susulutin ko siya."

DINGDONG-MARIAN TANDEM. Since he already talked about doing amovie, the press asked if he would want to be paired with Marian on the silverscreen.

"Why not?!" Dingdong replied. "Kung hinihingi ng tao namakita kami sa TV, I'm pretty sure na gusto nila kaming makita sapelikula. And gustung-gusto ko siyangkatrabaho because... maganda yung kinalalabasan ng ginagawa ko kapag siyaang katrabaho ko dahil magaling siya."

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What can he say about the comment that Marian is betterpaired off with Richard Gutierrez in movies?

"Puwede ring mangyari yun," Dingdongreplied. "Pero ako, naniniwala ako namay mga tao rin na gusto kaming makita together and siyempre mas kakampihan koyung tandem namin. Mas nininiwala ako sa tandem namin kaysa sa tandem nila[Marian and Richard Gutierrez]."

The actor does not also think that people will get tired when they team up again in Dyesebel. Dingdong believes that the audience stillhas a lot more to expect from him and Marian in their upcoming soap opera.

He explained, "Naniniwala ako na hindi pa namin na-squeezelahat ng kapasidad namin as a tandem. Kasi yung Marimar, ano yun, e, naging masyadong seryoso yungistorya, naging masyadong mabigat, maraming conflict, masyadong ma-drama lalona para kay Marian.

"Ito kasi, Dyesebel is alam kong we can offer something new,something different, something lighter, something that you just wanna watchbecause you wanna be entertained, 'di ba? So, it's something different and naniniwala kami na roon kamimagaling—doon sa mga kulitan na wala lang. Sa Dyesebel, yun ang mas makikita nila.

"It's also a challenge for us na hindi pumareho sa Marimar parahindi kami pagsawaan ng tao. Pero ako,I strongly believe in the tandem and I hope that it would go on for long."


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