Dingdong Avanzado

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Dingdong Avanzado
Birth name Fernando Avanzado
Born July 7, 1968 (1968-07-07) (age 48)
Quezon City
Origin Philippines
Genres OPM, pop
Occupation(s) singer, actor, TV host

Dingdong Avanzado (born July 7, 1968) is a singer, actor, politician, TV host and composer in the Philippine music industry.[1]

Early life[edit]

Fernando "Dingdong" Veloso Avanzado was born on July 7, 1968, in Quezon City.[2]

Music career[edit]

His performance in movie theme songs prompted Dyna Records (now Dyna Music) to sign him to a record deal. His single, "Ikaw Lamang", earned him his first Gold Record.[2] His first major concert, called Shine On, was held in Rizal Theatre (now occupied by Shangrila Hotel Makati).[3][4]

In 1988, he released the album Tatlong Beinte Singko under Dyna Records.[5] The album contained eight tracks, including hit singles: "Ikaw Lamang", "Maghihintay Sa'Yo", and "Tatlong Beinte Singko" (composed by 17-year-old Rannie Raymundo).[4] In the same year, he staged his second major concert at the Folk Arts Theater.[3]

From 1989 to 1990, he performed two major concerts at the University of Life Theater and Recreational Arena (ULTRA). He also performed stunts in movies and starred in several youth-oriented films such as Pik Pak Boom, I Love You Three Times a Day, Estudyante Blues, and Love At First Sight. [6]

From 1991 to 1994, Avanzado returned to performing and touring in different regions of the country.[2] His nationwide tour gave him a larger audience and further increased his popularity. His fame grew when his compositions "Paalam Na" (co-written with his then-girlfriend, Rachel Alejandro) and "I Will Be There for You" gained recognition.[7]

In 1997, he recorded his seventh album, Decade After, which was released by GMA Records (formerly Infinity Music) in celebration of ten years in the music business. The album contained hits like "Wish I Could" and "To Love Again" by Sharon Cuneta. The album went platinum, establishing him as one of the top recording artists in the Philippines.[8]

It was also during this time that he met in 1998 and married in 2001 Jessa Zaragoza, one of the Philippines' biggest selling female recording artists.[9] Several foreign concerts followed, where they performed in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, and the United States.[1]

In 2000, Avanzado released the album, Here To Stay, under Star Records.[10] It contained the hit song, "Walang Kapalit", by Rey Valera.[11] As well as singing, Avanzado started directing concerts for other artists.

He released a historic duet album, Laging Ikaw, on Universal Records, in 2006. In 2012, Avanzado released Download, which was produced by Viva Records.[12] All tracks on the album were original songs written by Avanzado.[13]

Political career[edit]

The Honorable
Fernando V. Avanzado
Vice Governor of Siquijor
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Governor Zaldy S. Villa
Preceded by Art Pacatang
Succeeded by Mei Ling Quezon
Personal details
Born July 7, 1968 (age 46)
Quezon City
Nationality Filipino
Political party Liberal Party (Philippines) (2012-present)
Spouse(s) Jessa Zaragoza
Children Jayda Avanzado (b. 2001)
Residence Quezon City
Occupation Actor, Singer, Politician
Religion Roman Catholicism

In 1998, he embarked on a new career as he ran for public office and was seated in the city council of the 3rd District of Quezon City.[14] In a span of three years, he was able to establish Quezon City as the "City of Stars", highlighting the major film networks of the film and music industry to boost tourism.[14]

In 2007, Avanzado migrated to the United States, settling in Vallejo, California, with his wife.[15]

In 2012, he also announced his intention to run for Vice Governor of Siquijor under the Liberal Party. In the 2013 elections, Avanzado received 25,159 votes compared to 20,472 from his opponent, Art Pacatang, from Lakas–CMD.[16]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Dingdong Avanzado Extended Play (1987; Dyna Music)
  • Dingdong Avanzado (1988; Dyna Music)
  • Just Can't Stop (1989; Dyna Music)
  • Reachin' High (1991; OctoArts International)
  • Coming of Age (1993; OctoArts International)
  • Brand New Love (1995; OctoArts International)
  • Decade After (1997; Sony Music and GMA Records)
  • Recall (1999; Sony Music)
  • Here to Stay (2003; Star Records)
  • Laging Ikaw (with Jessa Zarragoza) (2009; Universal Records)
  • Download (2012; Viva Records)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • OPM Timeless Hits: Dingdong Avanzado (1997; PolyEast Records)
  • The Story of Dingdong Avanzado (2002; PolyEast Records)


  • Song of the Year - "Paalam Na", Awit Awards 1995
  • Best Ballad Recording - "Paalam Na", Awit Awards 1995
  • Best Dance Recording - "I Will Be There For You", Awit Awards 1996
  • Best Concert Director (nomination) - Aliw Awards 2005
  • Celebrity Inductee Winner - Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines 2009


Television series[edit]

  • That's Entertainment (TV series) (1986–1991) (GMA Network)
  • Estudyante Blues (1989-1990) (PTV 4)
  • Shall We Dance: The Celebrity Dance Challenge (2005) (TV5)
  • Magpakailanman (2005) (GMA Network)
  • Jologs Guide (2005) (GMA Network)
  • Balikbayan (2005) (QTV)
  • Noel (2005) (QTV)
  • Search for the Star in a Million (2005–2006) (ABS-CBN)
  • O-Ha! (2006) (TV5)
  • Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers (2008) (ABS-CBN)
  • Talentadong Pinoy (2009) (TV5)
  • Sarap at Home(2010) (QTV)
  • Showtime (2010) (ABS-CBN)
  • B@gets: Just Got Lucky (2011) (TV5)
  • Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman (2014) (GMA Network)
  • Sabado Badoo (2015) (GMA Network)
  • Sunday PinaSaya! (2015) (GMA Network)


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    - "It's payback time for Rachel Alejandro". Philippine Star. November 15, 2002. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
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  9. ^ Lo, Ricardo. "Jessa-Dingdong wedding on March 18! - FUNFARE by Ricardo F. Lo". Philippine Star. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Gil, Baby. "DINGDONG AVANZADO GOES BACK TO THE PAST". Philippine Headline News Online. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Down Memory Lane with Rey Valera". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
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  13. ^ "DINGDONG AVANZADO – His Three 25 Cents on Making a Comeback, OPM Music and Hometown Siquijor". rainCHECK. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Chavez, Chito. "QC arches to welcome visitors to 'City of Stars'". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on February 25, 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado move to the U.S.". Pep.ph. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ "LP ousts Siquijor political dynasty". Rappler. Retrieved August 12, 2014.