Dominic Zapata

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Dominic Zapata
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Born (1971-02-14) February 14, 1971 (age 47)
OccupationFilm Director, TV series
Years active1994-present

Dominic Zapata (born February 14, 1971), is a Filipino television and film director. He is a graduate of the De La Salle University-Manila and Don Bosco Technical Institute-Makati. He took up AB Communication Arts and BSC Marketing Management (CAM-MMG) at De La Salle University-Manila where he entered the communication arts program in 1988.

His most noted work is My Husband's Lover, nominated as Best Telenovela in the 2014 International Emmy Awards[1] held at New York City. The same project also got him a nomination nod for Best Director at the Asian TV Awards in Singapore[2] that same year.

Zapata first became known for directing large-scale soaps, namely Mar's Ravelo's Darna (both versions, first with Angel Locsin and the updated Marian Rivera starrer) and Captain Barbell. He showed his versatility with the musical soap Diva. He did local adaptations of international titles like the Kim Samsoon (Korea), La Lola (Argentina), Zaido (Japan) and Zorro (US).

His Filipino version of the Korean drama Temptation of Wife and My Beloved both aired in 2012 and Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Mundong Ibabaw. Then came the commercial and critical success of My Husband's Lover.[3] Aside from television shows, Dominic directed films such as Kuya, Mulawin: The Movie, My Valentine Girl, and Boy Pick-up the Movie.

In 2005, he won the Metro Manila Film Festival People's Choice Award for Best Director[4] for his work on Mulawin, the Movie. He was also nominated in the 2014 Asian Television Awards[5] in the Best Direction category and won five citations in the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards,[6] nominated in the 9th Seoul International Drama Awards, nominated for an International Emmy Award under the Telenovela category, given by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


Year of release Title Category
1997-1998 T.G.I.S. Batch 2 Weekly Teen Drama
2002 CLICK Batch 2 Weekly Teen Drama
2002-2003 Beh Bote Nga TV Sitcom
2003 Love to Love Anthology
2003-2008 NUTS Entertainment Weekly Sketch Comedy
2003 Twin Hearts TV Series
2003 MULAWIN TV Series
2004 KUYA Movie
2005 Darna TV Series
2005 Mulawin: The Movie Movie
2005 SUGO TV Series
2006 Captain Barbell TV Series
2007 Super Twins TV Series
2007 Zaido: Pulis pangkalawakan TV Series
2008 Ako si Kim Samsoon TV Series
2008 LaLola TV Series
2009 Zorro TV Series
2008-2009 Obra (9 episodes) Weekly TV Anthology
2009-2010 Darna TV Series
2010 Diva TV Series
2010 Jejemom Weekly TV Family Comedy
2010 Grazilda TV Series
2010 Captain Barbell TV Series
2011 My Valentine Girls (segment "Soulmates") Movie
2011 Comedy Bar Weekly TV Comedy Variety
2012 Boy Pick-Up: The Movie Movie
2012 My Beloved TV Series
2012 Luna Blanca TV Series
2012 Temptation of Wife TV Series
2013 My Husband's Lover TV Series
2012-2013 Magpakailanman (7 episodes) TV Anthology
2013 Carmela: Ang pinakamagandang babae sa mundong ibabaw TV Series
2014 Hiram na Alaala TV Series
2014-2016 Ismol Family Weekly TV Family Comedy
2015 The Rich Man's Daughter TV Series
2015 MariMar[7] TV Series
2016 Poor Señorita TV Series
2016 Alyas Robinhood TV Series
2017 Mulawin vs Ravena TV Series
2017 Alyas Robinhood Season 2 TV Series
2018 Victor Magtanggol TV Series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Event Award Title
2006 New York Festivals TV Programming & Promotion for Best Special Effects (TV-Movie/Mini-Series) Mulawin
31st Metro Manila Film Festival People’s Choice for Best Director Mulawin the Movie
8th Seoul International Drama Awards Programmer’s Choice for Best Drama Series Temptation of Wife
5th Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Adapted Drama Program
2nd International Emmy Awards Best Telenovela My Husband’s Lover
19th Asian Television Awards Best Director- Nomination
PEP List Editor’s Choice Awards TV Show of the Year
5th Golden Screen Television Awards Outstanding Original Drama Program
31st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Primetime Drama Series Alyas Robinhood


  1. ^ Rothman, Michael. "2014 Emmy Awards -- Winners List". ABCNews.
  2. ^ "Dennis Trillo, nag-iisang Pinoy actor sa 19th Asian TV Awards". Balita. 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Dominic Zapata on My Husband's Lover: "We'll play by the rules."". GMA Network. 18 July 2013.
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  5. ^ Caligan, Michelle (18 November 2014). "Dennis Trillo, Dominic Zapata nominated at the 2014 Asian Television Awards". GMA Network.
  6. ^ Buning, Ning (24 January 2016). "10 LGBT- friendly Films and TV Series since 2000". LionHearTV.
  7. ^