Dingdong Dantes sets aim on acting award this year

by Nerisa Almo
Mar 14, 2008
"I still believe in us, kami ni Marian, whether sa movies man o sa TV, na mas naniniwala ako sa amin," says Dingdong Dantes about his team up with Marian Rivera in Dyesebel.

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

The Sergio Santibañez of the Philippines met the entertainment 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 the media for continuously receiving product endorsements, which for him is also one indication of having a successful showbiz career.

"Ang range para masabi mong effective, kahit as a person man 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 and everything, dahil ibig sabihin, ipinagkatiwala talaga nila sa akin ang ganung klaseng produkto. It's very flattering and at the same time sana maging ganun na yung momentum, maging ganun na yung lahat."

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Since the new endorsement was presented only a few days after 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 totoo lang talaga, ang Bench naman talaga, ang relationship namin ay hindi TF [talent fee]-based. Like, yung sponsorship pa lang nila sa akin, yung binibigay na damit. Kumbaga, hindi na matutumbasan ng kahit 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 relationship namin is not TF-based."

The actor-host-endorser also said that Medicol and Bench are 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 wish to 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 habang tumatanda ka, hindi sila sumusunod kasi talagang kailangan talaga ang mga desisyon mo nag-iiba na rin habang tumatanda ka."

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Dingdong will be celebrating his 10th showbiz anniversary in April. In line with this, the entertainment press told him that maybe the reason he has not received 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 kung magkaroon man ng pagkakamali, which I don't think naman na nagkaroon, kung mayroon 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 a time 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 years in show business, Dingdong has already tried almost every job in it—acting, dancing, singing, and even hosting. But Dingdong 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.

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

"I'm frustrated, e," described Dingdong. "Because I really want 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. And I really work hard for that [award] so sana this year."

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

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

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

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

"Huli, meaning sa main. Kasi Dyesebel, Fredo, at saka director, 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."

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

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

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

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

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"Puwede ring mangyari yun," Dingdong replied. "Pero ako, naniniwala ako na may mga tao rin na gusto kaming makita together and siyempre mas kakampihan ko yung 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 still has a lot more to expect from him and Marian in their upcoming soap opera.

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

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

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"It's also a challenge for us na hindi pumareho sa Marimar para hindi 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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