Dingdong Dantes

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Dingdong Dantes
Dingdong Dantes at the Eat Bulaga! Press Conference, July 2008.JPG
Dantes at the Eat Bulaga! US press conference, July 2008
National Youth Commission
Assumed office
September 1, 2014
Personal details
Born Jose Sixto Gonzales Dantes III[1]
(1980-08-02) August 2, 1980 (age 35)
Quezon City, Philippines
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Spouse(s) Marian Rivera (m. 2014)
Children Maria Letizia
Residence Quezon City
Alma mater West Negros University
Occupation Actor, director, presenter, model, recording artist, businessman, politician
Religion Catholic[2]

Jose Sixto Gonzales Dantes III,[1][3] better known by the screen name Dingdong Dantes, is a Filipino actor, television presenter, commercial model and film producer. Dantes is currently working as an exclusive talent of GMA Network, is Chairman of the YesPinoy Foundation, is Commissioner of the National Youth Commission, and manages his own film studio named AgostoDos Pictures.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Dingdong was born at 10:50 AM at Constabulary Station Hospital (now known as PNP General Hospital) in Quezon City, Philippines on August 2, 1980 to Jose Sixto Zafra Dantes Jr. and Maria Angelita "Angeline" Enriquez Gonzales.[1] He began his career as a child model at the age of two, appearing in a television advertisement for a dairy product. Several other commercials ensued before he joined an all-male dance group called Abztract Dancers, with his friend, actor Nathan Dados, and his cousin, actor Arthur Solinap. Their group became regulars on Eat Bulaga! and That's Entertainment.

As an actor, his first movie appearance was in the Shake, Rattle and Roll V episode "Anino". After three years, he debuted on GMA Network's youth-oriented T.G.I.S. when he was 17, under the name Raphael Dantes playing the role of Iñaki. He was first paired with Antoinette Taus. Dantes and Taus became one of the most memorable loveteams in Philippine entertainment industry, especially in the 90's. He appeared in films like Honey My Love So Sweet, Kiss Mo 'Ko and I'm Sorry My Love, and television programmes including Anna Karenina, and did a few guesting stints on ABS-CBN such as a F.L.A.M.E.S. episode, a youth-oriented romantic-drama anthology with different love teams and stories that aired from 1996 to 2000.


In 2000, Dantes appeared in the sitcom Super Klenk. In 2001, he was paired with actress Tanya García as they top-billed GMA-7's primetime soap opera series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. The two headlined in another primetime romance-drama billing in 2003 titled Twin Hearts. He took on several hosting jobs including beauty pageants such as Binibining Pilipinas and GMA Network's reality artist search, StarStruck, and the game show Family Feud before its transfer to Edu Manzano. Aside from his television stints, he also appeared in films including Magkapatid and Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka. He hosts the suspense-thriller Wag Kukurap, occasionally directing. He played King Ybrahim in the Encantadia fantasy-themed television saga and the 2006 film Moments of Love.


In 2007, Dantes portrayed the lead role Sergio to Marian Rivera's character, Marimar. During the same year, he was named No. 1 Bachelor of 2007 by Cosmopolitan magazine (Philippines).[4] He won the USTV Students’ Choice Award for "Most Popular Actor in a Drama/Mini-series."[4]

In 2008, he was cast by his home studio to play the role of Fredo, a love interest of Dyesebel in Dyesebel. In March 2008, he debuted as the Bench image model.[5]

Also in 2008, Dantes starred in One True Love. The Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines rated the film a B. In early 2009, Dantes appeared on Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang.

Dantes was chosen as Myx guest VJ in August 2009 to promote his album The Dingdong Dantes Experience.[6] The album turned gold one week after it was released on the variety show SOP.[citation needed]

Dantes was chosen to portray the role of "Cholo" in the Philippine adaptation of the Korean drama Stairway To Heaven. He replaced Richard Gomez as the new host for Family Feud.[7]

In 2010, Dantes was scheduled to release You Are To Me Are Everything. He was part of Regine Velásquez and Ogie Alcasid's U.S. tour mid May–June. He appeared in the television show Endless Love from 25 June to 15 October 2010. Dantes became a cohost of Party Pilipinas on channel 7. He won the "Best Drama Actor Award" for Stairway To Heaven in the 2010 Star Awards for TV and was nominated for the same category at the 2010 Asian Television Awards.

In 2011, Dantes did a comedy primetime TV series titled I Heart You, Pare! with his leading lady Regine Velasquez. He plays an obnoxious macho guy who falls with a heterosexual woman played by Velásquez who, after a chance encounter, will meet again as she plays a drag who tries to run away from the law. They will fall in love unexpectedly. Unfortunately Regine Velásquez left seven weeks before the series came to a close due to her pregnancy with husband Ogie Alcasid. Iza Calzado replaced Velásquez in the series.

Dantes at the National Youth Commission event in Dingalan, Aurora, September 15, 2014.

He was to be part of a Star Cinema suspense film Segunda Mano with Kris Aquino and Angelica Panganiban for the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. This marks Dantes' first project with rival station and film archive Star Cinema a division of ABS-CBN. It was his first time to work with Kapamilya stars. He stated that he signed a one-film contract with Star Cinema to do the film and work with Kris Aquino.[8][9]

He was slated to do a primetime TV series My Beloved which is scheduled to air February 13, 2012.

In June 2012, he was chosen to star in another MMFF Entry for 2012 in the film One More Try starring Kapamilya actors Angelica Panganiban, Angel Locsin and Zanjoe Marudo. It is Dingdong's second film with rival Star Cinema of ABS-CBN and is a comeback for Ruel S. Bayani after his critically acclaimed successful blockbuster film No Other Woman hit the box-office last year. It is an adult-themed drama and a comeback for then Kapuso star Angel Locsin to work with the Kapuso star.

In November 2012, Dingdong Dantes sets in a primetime TV series Pahiram ng Sandali with Lorna Tolentino, Christopher De Leon and Max Collins.

Dantes with Rivera in LA, December 2008.

In 2013, Dantes and Marian Rivera joined PETA in their campaign to free Mali from the Manila Zoo, where she has been kept for the majority of her life alone in a tiny enclosure and in need of proper care.[10]

He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai West Parañaque.

In March 2014, Dantes was awarded his college degree by West Negros University.

In May 5, 2014, Dantes was appointed and sworn-in by President Benigno Aquino III as commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dantes proposed for the second time to his perennial leading lady and longtime girlfriend, Marian Rivera, on the Marian dance show on August 9, 2014. They met on the set of Marimar in 2007. His first proposal was in Macau on August 2012.

In December 30, 2014, Dantes married Rivera in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cubao, Quezon City. Both Dantes and Rivera are A-list exclusive artists of GMA Network. After years of hard work and proven successes of their television projects, both individually or together, GMA gave them the honor of the title as their network's primetime king and queen. Thus, their wedding was given the title "The Royal Wedding".[12][13] They announced they are expecting their first child in April 2015. Rivera gave birth to Maria Letizia on November 23, 2015. [14][15][16][17] [18]



Year Title Role Network
1996–2002 Anna Karenina Brix GMA Network
1997–1999 TGIS Iñaki Torres
1997–2010 SOP Co-Host
1998 TEXT (The Extreme Team) Lance
2000 GMA Mini-Series: Tuwing Kapiling Ka Gerald
2001–2003 Sana ay Ikaw Na Nga Carlos Miguel Altamonte a.k.a. Leomar Umpad
2003–2004 Twin Hearts Adrian Asuncion
2003 Kakabakaba Adventures Director
2003–2007 StarStruck Himself / Host
2004 Love to Love: Sweet Exchange David Saldan
2004–2005 StarStruck: The Second Wave Himself / Host
2004–2006 Wag Kukurap Host
2005 Kakabaka-boo Various
Encantadia Ybarro / Ybrahim
2005–2006 StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion Himself / Host
2006 Etheria Ybarro / Ybrahim / Alexus
Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Ybarro / Ybrahim
2006–2007 Atlantika Aquano
StarStruck: The Next Level Himself / Host
2007 Magic Kamison Rudy
2007–2008 MariMar Sergio Santibanez
2008 Dyesebel Fredo Legaspi
2009 Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang Homer Alcaraz
Stairway to Heaven Cholo Fuentabella
2009–2010 StarStruck V: Worldwide Invasion Himself / Host
Family Feud Host
2010–2012 Party Pilipinas Co-host
2010 Diva Cameo Appearance
Endless Love Johnny Dizon
2011 I Heart You, Pare! Kenneth Castillo
Spooky Nights Presents: Bampirella Alfonso
Mind Master Host
Spooky Nights Presents: Da Mami Franco
Spooky Nights: Ang Mama Kong Mamaw Bongbong
2012 Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break Main Host GMA Network
Amaya Ferdinand Magellan
My Beloved Benjamin "Benjie" Castor / Arlan
Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break Main Host
Tweets For My Sweet Special Guest
2012–2013 Pahiram Ng Sandali Alex GMA Network
2013 Celebrity Bluff Guest Gangnammm
Genesis Isaak Macalintal
2014 Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real Anthony Real
2015 Pari 'Koy Kokoy Evangelista
Starstruck VI Host

Television specials[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1998 TGIX-mas Iñaki Torres GMA Network
2010 GMA @ 60: The Heart Of Television Anniversary Special Host/Performer
2010 Report Card: GMA News and Public Affairs Education Special Host
2014 Ang Kuwento Nating Dabarkads: Eat Bulaga! Documentary Special:
2015 2 Degrees : Panahon Na, GMA News and Public Affairs Climate Change Special


Year Title Role Film Production
2014 Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 Makoy GMA Films, AgostoDos Pictures, Reality Entertainment
2013 Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel Johnson Spring Films, MJM Productions, and Quantum Films
She's The One Wacky Star Cinema
Dance of the Steelbars Inmate GMA Films & Portfolio Pictures
2012 One More Try Edward Star Cinema
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles Makoy GMA Films
Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Cameo GMA Films & Regal Films
Kimmy Dora and The Temple of Kiyeme Johnson Star Cinema & Spring Films
2011 Segunda Mano Ivan Gálvez Star Cinema
Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Cameo GMA Films
2010 You to Me Are Everything Raphael Benítez GMA Films & Regal Films
2009 Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme Johnson Star Cinema, Spring Films & MJM Productions
2008 One True Love Miguel "Migs" Mijares GMA Films
2007 Resiklo Angelo Imus Productionsl
2006 Eternity Crisanto Regal Films
2005 Moments of Love Marco GMA Films
Mulawin The Movie Ybrahim GMA Films
Bahay ni Lola 2 Rupert Regal Films
2004 Spirit of the Glass Noel OctoArts Films & Canary Films
Annie B. Fernando Viva Films
2003 Malikmata Alvin Canary Films
Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka Kevin Viva Films
2002 Magkapatid Mike Viva Films
Akala mo Eric Viva Films
1999 Kiss Mo 'Ko Aaron Vincent Nakpil Viva Films
Honey, My Love, So Sweet Paco Viva Films
1998 I'm Sorry, My Love Butch Viva Films
1994 Shake Rattle & Roll 5 Elmer Regal Films
1994 Hindi Magbabago Ritchie Regal Films
1993 Edgardo Gang: Santa Rosa Daang Ben Santa Rosa
1993 Makati Avenue Office Girls Marco Regal Films
1992 Takbo Talon Tili German Seiko Films
1987 Forward Match Small Boy Regal Films



Year Title Record Label Certifications
2009 The Dingdong Dantes Experience Universal Records Platinum Award

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Film awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award/Critics Categories Nominated Works Result
2014 40th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 Nominated
62nd FAMAS Awards Best Actor She's the One Nominated
30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year Dance of the Steel Bars Nominated
TEMPO Best of '13 Best Performance by an Actor Included
2013 Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Actor One More Try Won
44th Box Office Entertainment Awards Film Actor of the Year[19] One More Try Won
61st FAMAS Awards Best Actor One More Try Nominated
10th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role-Drama Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles Nominated
29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year One More Try Nominated
2012 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor One More Try[20] Won
60th FAMAS Awards Best Actor Segunda Mano Nominated
28th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year Segunda Mano Nominated
2011 37th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor Segunda Mano[21] Won
2008 58TH FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actor Resiklo Nominated
24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Director of the Year Angels Nominated

Television awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Categories Nominated Works Result
2015 6th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Program Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real Won
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real Nominated
5th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series Pahiram ng Sandali Nominated
2013 4th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series My Beloved Nominated
Outstanding Reality Competition Program Host Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break Won
2012 26th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor My Beloved Nominated
2010 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actor Stairway to Heaven Won
15th Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2007 21st PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Show Program Host StarStruck: The Next Level Won
2004 18th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Talent Search Program Host StarStruck Nominated

Special awards[edit]

Year Organization Categories
2014 Anak TV Awards Anak TV Makabata Awardee
2013 Anak TV Awards Anak TV Makabata Awardee
International Business and Academe Conference Outstanding Youth Ambassador Awardee
Movie Writers Welfare Foundation Gintong Palad Public Service Awardee with Marian Rivera
2009 Box Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Loveteam with Marian Rivera
YES Magazine Most Powerful in Showbiz: Rank #7
2008 Philippine Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Awardee
E! Entertainment Television Hollywood Top 25 Sexiest Men in the World: Rank #3
Yes Magazine Readers Choice Awards Most Popular Loveteam with Marian Rivera
Young Male Superstar: Rank #1
2007 Cosmopolitan Magazine 2007's Number 1 Bachelor of the Year

Entertainment awards[edit]

Year Organization Categories
2012 1st Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards Most Liked Kapuso Drama Actor
Meg Top Choice Awards Hottest Couple with Marian Rivera
1st Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards Most Liked Kilig Moments with Marian Rivera
Most Liked Love Team with Marian Rivera
2009 SOP Kapuso Tag Awards Kapuso Male Fav-Artist
Most Kapuso Blopped with Marian Rivera
Most Romantic Kapuso Smooch with Marian Rivera
2008 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award Favourite Television Actor
Supreme to the Extreme Awards Best in Chemistry with Marian Rivera
2007 1st Annual Fil-Am Visionary Awards Favourite Television Actor


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  2. ^ Siazon, Rachelle. "Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera are now married!". Philippine Entertainment Portal. PEP, Inc. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.nyc.gov.ph/about-national-youth-commission/national-youth-commission-officials/commissioner-jose-sixto-qdingdongq-dantes-iii
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  8. ^ PEP.ph (27 September 2011). "Segunda Mano director Joyce Bernal describes Kris Aquino as 'laging handa' on the set - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". 
  9. ^ SEGUNDA MANO Teaser. 26 October 2011 – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ Marian Rivera And Dingdong Dantes Join PETA In Calling For The Transfer of ‘Mali’ The Elephant From Manila Zoo, theglobaldispatch.com, 17 July 2013
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  12. ^ "IN PHOTOS: Minutes to Marian-Dingdong wedding". philstar.com. 
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  18. ^ "Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes welcome baby girl Maria Letizia". Rappler. 
  19. ^ "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
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