Dingdong Dantes

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Dingdong Dantes
Born 2 August 1980

Jose Sixto Raphael Gonzales Dantes III (b: 2 August 1980) is a Filipino actor, model, television presenter, and film producer. He is an exclusive talent of GMA Network. He is the Chairman of the YesPinoy Foundation, Commissioner of the National Youth Commission, and manages his own film studio, AgostoDos Pictures. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai West Parañaque.



Dantes proposed to his longtime girlfriend Marian Rivera on 9 August 2014. They were married in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on 30 December 2014. Rivera gave birth to their daughter Maria Letizia on 23 November 2015.


Dantes was initially a model appearing in various print and TV advertisements. In 1995, he debuted as an actor in GMA's show T.G.I.S. (Thank God its Sabado). He was paired with Filipina actress Antoinette Taus. He then played major roles in movies Honey My Love So Sweet, I'm Sorry My Love, and television series Anna Karenina.

In 2002, Dantes was paired with actress Tanya Garcia in the primetime drama series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. The success of the pairing led to the primetime drama Twin Hearts in 2003. Dantes also became the host of various Binibining Pilipinas pageants and GMA's reality talent search, Starstruck.

From 2003-2006 he was recognized for various roles in successful movies including Magkapatid and Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka. He also played a significant role in the fantasy themed TV series in the Philippines, Encatandia.

In 2007, he played the lead male role in the Filipino adaptation of the Mexican telenovela Marimar with actress Marian Rivera. Their successful team up earned him succeeding lead roles in primetime series Dyesebel (2008), and Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa aking Tadyang (2009).

Dantes was named one of the most eligible bachelors in the country and one of the sexiest men in the world. He is currently an image model for Bench Underwear and appeared in the Bench Blackout Underwear and Denim Fashion Show.

In 2008, his film One True Love received a B rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines. In 2009, he appeared on Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang.

Dantes was Myx's guest VJ in August 2009 to promote his album The Dingdong Dantes Experience. He played the role of “Cholo” in the Philippine adaptation of the Korean drama Stairway To Heaven. He was also chosen to replace Richard Gomez as the host for Family Feud. He was also part of Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid's US tour.

In 2010, he appeared in Endless Love. He was also part of Party Pilipinas. In 2011, he was Regine Velasquez' partner in a comedy primetime TV series I Heart You, Pare!.

In 2011, he was part of the Star Cinema suspense film Segunda Mano with Kris Aquino and Angelica Panganiban for the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

In 2012, he was part of the TV series My Beloved. He was also part of the 2012 MMFF entry One More Try with Angelica Panganiban, Angel Locsin, and Zanjoe Marudo. He also appeared in a primetime TV series Pahiram ng Sandali with Lorna Tolentino, Christopher De Leon, and Max Collins.

In 2013, he and his longtime girlfriend Marian Rivera joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in their campaign to free Mali from the Manila Zoo. Mali, who has been kept most of her life alone in a tiny enclosure in the said zoo, is in need of proper care.

As National Youth Commission Commissioner

In May 2014, he was appointed and sworn-in by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III as commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission (NYC).

In July 2015, Dantes visited two schools in Manila to drum up support for earthquake preparedness. NYC emphasizes the Filipino youth's role in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) as the youth is in the forefront of disaster response efforts serving as volunteers.

Metro Manila conducted the #Mmshakedrill on 30 July 2015. All government and private sector earthquake drill efforts and initiatives were plotted on MovePH's Project Agos alert map. The map has already incorporated the MMDA's hazard maps for Metro Manila.

Dantes visited the San Sebastian College (SSC) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) to train them for the “Big One.” Dantes commended the initiatives of both schools on disaster awareness and preparedness and called on everyone to take seriously the threat posed by the “Big One.”

Dantes, NYC commissioner-at-large, delivered a speech at the Climate Vulnerable Forum of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference on 30 November 2015. In his speech, he shared the commission's climate change advocacy campaign called #NowPH. It is an initiative of the NYC and the Climate Change Commission, with support from USAID Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability Project (B-LEADERS). #NowPH advocates for “robust awareness, participation, new habit forming, and behavioral changes that will help--no matter how seemingly insignificant--care for the Earth.” According to Dantes, #NowPH's online and offline campaign have reached a total of 221 million social media impressions and 3.6 million total pledges.

Together with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Dantes was given the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Freedom Flame award on 4 February 2015. They were recognized for going the extra mile in making Filipinos more free.

According to Dantes, the award will help boost youth participation in governance. He said that it will serve as an inspiration to continue encouraging the youth to be part of the solution to the country's problems including the issue of climate change.

FNF is a German political foundation which gives the citation annually to individuals for their outstanding commitment to freedom and good governance.




Awards and recognitions

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Program for Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real, 6th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards, 2015
  • Awardee, Anak TV Awards, 2014
  • Outstanding Youth Ambassador Awardee, International Business and Academe Conference, 2013
  • Gintong Palad Public Service Awardee with Marian Rivera, Movie Writers Welfare Foundation, 2013
  • Best Actor for One More Try, Gawad Tanglaw Awards, 2013
  • Outstanding Reality Competition Program Host for Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break, 4th ENPRESS Golden Screen TV Awards, 2013
  • Film Actor of the Year for One More Try, 44th Box Office Entertainment Awards, 2013
  • Most Liked Kapuso Drama Actor, 1st Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards, 2012
  • Hottest Couple with Marian Rivera, Meg Top Choice Awards, 2012
  • Most Liked Kilig Moments with Marian Rivera, 1st Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards, 2012
  • Most Liked Love Team with Marian Rivera, 1st Party Pilipinas Most Liked Awards, 2012
  • Best Actor for One More Try, 38th Metro Manila Film Festival, 2012
  • Best Actor for Segunda Mano, 37th Metro Manila Film Festival, 2011
  • Best Drama Actor for Stairway to Heaven, 24th PMPC Star Awards for Television, 2010
  • Phenomenal Loveteam with Marian Rivera, Box Office Entertainment Awards, 2009
  • Most Powerful in Showbiz: Rank #7, YES Magazine, 2009
  • Kapuso Male Favorite Artist, SOP Kapuso Tag Awards, 2009
  • Most Romantic Kapuso Smooch, SOP Kapuso Tag Awards, 2009
  • 7th Most Powerful in Showbiz, YES! Magazine, 2009
  • Kapuso Male Fav-Artist, SOP Kapuso Tag Awards, 2009
  • Most Kapuso Blopped with Marian Rivera, SOP Kapuso Tag Awards, 2009
  • Most Romantic Kapuso Smooch with Marian Rivera, SOP Kapuso Tag Awards, 2009
  • Awardee, Philippine Walk of Fame, 2008
  • Favorite Actor of the Year, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, 2008
  • 3rd Sexiest Men in the World, E! Entertainment Television Hollywood, 2008
  • Most Popular Actor in Drama Series, 4th USTV Students Choice Awards, 2008
  • No. 1 Bachelor of the Year, Cosmopolitan Magazine, 2007
  • Favorite Television Actor, 1st Annual Fil-Am Visionary Awards , 2007
  • Best Talent Show Program Host, 21st PMPC Star Awards for Television , 2007
  • Number 1 Bachelor of the Year, Cosmpolitan Magazine, 2007
  • Best Talent Search Program Host , 18th PMPC Star Awards for Television , 2004
  • Prince of RP Movies , 2nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards, 2000

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