Dingdong Dantes still a Kapuso; renews partnership with GMA Network

After more than two decades, Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes once again affirmed his loyalty to GMA Network during the renewal of his contract held on April 22.

“I’ve been here for 21 years…higit kalahati ng buhay ko sa GMA. Dito ko nakilala ‘yung asawa ko, siyempre kinasal kami, nagkaroon ng panganay, at ngayon nagkaroon ng pangalawang anak. Practically lahat ng highlights ng buhay ko, dito na nangyari. GMA is definitely part of my life,” Dingdong shared.

Present during the signing and media conference were GMA Network Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon; GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; President of GMA Worldwide, Inc. and GMA Network Films, Inc. Atty. Annette Gozon Valdes; Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Chief Risk Officer and First Vice President for Corporate Strategic Planning and Program Support Department Regie C. Bautista; Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie A. Magno; Vice President for Business Development and Department III Darling de Jesus-Bodegon; Vice President for Business Development Department II Janine Piad-Nacar; Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angela Javier Cruz; GMA Regional TV Vice President and Head Oliver Amoroso; Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Senior Program Managers Ali Nokom Dedicatoria, Cathy Ochoa Perez, and Mildred Natividad; and Dingdong’s manager Perry Lansigan.

More than his magnetic charm and undeniably attractive looks, it is Dingdong’s commitment towards public service and genuine love for his craft that makes him an industry royal in his own right.

This latest contract renewal paves way for a deeper partnership between Dingdong and the Network. As a way of showing his gratitude and appreciation to GMA, and his dedicated fans, he will be taking on a more vigorous participation not just on-screen, but also behind the scenes as a creative consultant of his shows. With this, he hopes to share what he has learned through his years as a Kapuso.

Currently, he is the host of top-rating infotainment program, Amazing Earth, and is standing in as the host of weekly drama anthology show, Tadhana. He will also take on the iconic role of Captain Lucas or Big Boss in GMA’s highly-anticipated adaptation of the hit Korean series, Descendants of the Sun.

Dingdong is also an active advocate of nation-building and social movements that empower the Filipino Volunteer Sector. He is the founding chairman of YesPinoy Foundation, an institution which partners with several organizations that promote education, disaster preparedness, battling climate change, and more. The said foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary later this year.

During the contract signing, Atty. Gozon expressed his gratitude towards Dingdong’s unwavering loyalty to the Kapuso Network, “Dingdong is truly one of our home-grown talents. He embodies what GMA stands for: quality, professionalism, integrity and above all, heart. In everything he does, he excels. Whether it’s in acting, producing, hosting or directing, ibinibigay talaga ni Dingdong ang kaniyang buong puso” he said.

Mr. Duavit, on the other hand, had nothing but praises for the Kapuso star, “Si Dong ang one of the very first na lumagda ng exclusive contract with us. And now, parang nagbabalik tanaw tayo. There’s a great sense of happiness and pride kasi bukod sa hindi siya nagbago, bagamat ang laki na ng itinaas ni Dingdong dito sa industriya, he has remained the same—very humble, very professional, very conscientious, loyal as an actor and as a friend. Lalo na ngayon, padre de pamilya na siya. Time really flies and it’s great to continue working with a person who has remained to be an example to everybody.”

Meanwhile, Atty. Valdes also praised Dingdong, dubbed as GMA’s son, for his long list of accomplishments and professional contributions to the network, “Dingdong has accomplished so many things here in GMA during his career. I become a witness to many of those, from being the best leading man in the country, to being a legitimate movie star, to being a director also to being a producer. Makikita mo ‘yong dedication and love niya sa kaniyang career and profession and of course also to GMA and we’re very thankful for that. Isa siyang tunay na Kapuso through and through.”

Rasonable also voiced her admiration for the Kapuso actor. “Magkasabay kami halos na nagsimula dito sa GMA. Kaya masasabi ko talagang nakakagalak na makita siya mag-develop as an actor, as a director, as a producer, and as a family man. He’s such a versatile actor, so ang sarap niyang gawan ng iba’t ibang characters kasi kayang-kaya niya. Everytime you see him on screen, may bagong napapanood sa kanya,” she shared. (30)DISCLAIMER: This Message may contain confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message is prohibited. If you received this message in error please notify your Mail Administrator and delete this message immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the views of GMA Network, Inc.

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“Love You Two” premieres this April 22 on GMA Telebabad

Beginning April 22, Kapuso viewers are in for a delightful time as the heart-warming romantic comedy,Love You Two, premieres worldwide on GMA Telebabad.

Headlining this light-hearted and feel-good drama series is the much awaited tandem of Kapuso Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado and sought-after actor Gabby Concepcion.

Jennylyn breathes life to Raffy, a woman who has a thriving career and is happily in a relationship. Gabby is Jake, the charming businessman and Kalayaan Hotel owner who remains to be a dashing debonair even in his 40s.

Joining them in Love You Two are multi-talented Kapuso stars: Solenn Heussaff as Lianne, Jake’s free-spirited ex-fiancée who remained friends with him even after their breakup; Shaira Diaz as Sam, Raffy’sspunky and pretty younger sister and a true-blue millennial who wants to experience everything at once; Sheena Halili as Nina, Jake’s caring executive assistant who’s always on top of things; Jerald Napoles as Harrison, Raffy and Sam’s amusing and protective older brother; Kiray Celis as Darling, Raffy and Sam’s childhood friend who is secretly in love with Harrison; Nar Cabico as Migs, resident manager of Kalayaan Hotel who becomes Raffy’s confidante; Yasser Marta as Edison, Jake’s nephew who also works at the Sales and Marketing Team of Kalayaan Hotel; Michelle Dee as Mochi, Sam’sclose friend since their college days; 

Also featuring in this primetime soap are Freddie Webb as Jake Reyes Sr., Jake’s dad who is a former banker; Madeleine Nicolas as Teresita, the mother of Jake; Joshua Zamora as Baste, the general manager of Kalayaan Hotel.

Introducing in Love You Two is newest Kapuso Clint Bondad as heo, Raffy’s ex-boyfriend who will seize a career opportunity abroad and leave her behind.

For their first team-up together, Jennylyn and Gabby showcase their strength as icons of the rom-com genre.  Shaira, for her part, brings to the screen a refreshing character that adds an interesting twist to the story. After all, how can Raffy and Sam, two sisters who are very close to another, deal with the fact that they’ve fallen for the same man, their “the one”? If they’re all saying “I love you, two” in their own meanings, who gets the happy ending?

The show’s creative team is composed of creative director Aloy Adlawan; creative consultant Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan; Concept Creator Glaiza Ramirez; Headwriter Rona Lean Sales; writers Renei Dimla, Glaiza Ramirez; and brainstormers John Borgy Danao, Patrick Ilagan.

Award-winning director Irene Villamor, who is known for her expertise in compelling scenes and storylines, helms Love You Two, the first tele-pelikula of the GMA Drama Group. The ground-breaking program will give Filipino audiences a filmlike experience on the small screen, complete with stunning cinematography that elevates the usual primetime viewing. Pao Orendain is the Director of Photography.

This original series is headed by the SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for DramaRedgie A. Magno, AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Program Manager Ali N. Dedicatoria and Executive Producer Joy Lumboy-Pili.

Join the crazy, kilig-filled antics of Raffy, Sam, and Jake in Love You Two, beginning April 22, on GMA’sflagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com. (30)DISCLAIMER: This Message may contain confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message is prohibited. If you received this message in error please notify your Mail Administrator and delete this message immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the views of GMA Network, Inc….

Yasmien Kurdi showcases drama prowess anew in ‘Hiram na Anak’

They say a mother’s love is unconditional. But how can you love a child whom you have treated as your own , after finding out that her true parents ruined your dreams of raising your real daughter?

Beginning February 25, GMA Network presents another enthralling tale of a mother’s love for a daughter she raised as her own in Hiram Na Anak, topbilled by outstanding and highly-talented artists Yasmien Kurdi andDion Ignacio, together with Paolo Contis and Lauren Young.

After 10 years, Yasmien and Dion reunite to breathe life into the characters of Miren and Adrian, a happily married couple. Miren is a simple, loving, and kind woman who works as a midwife. Adrian, on the other hand, is a faithful gentleman and her one great love. Unfortunately, Miren has difficulties conceiving a child and the couple decides to adopt—a decision that dramatically changes the course of their lives.

Joining them are equally versatile artists Paolo Contis as Benjo, a street-smart and arrogant former seafarer; and Lauren Young as Dessa, a strong-willed woman who never got over her anger towards her parents.

Playing a very special role in the series is Empress Schuck as Wena, a doting yet naïve department store saleslady who falls for Benjo. 

Adding color to Miren and Adrian’s lives are talented actors and actresses: Rita Avila as Hilda, Adrian’s elder sister who is self-centered, clingy, and possessive; Vaness del Moral as Alma, Miren’s cheery older sister who loves and protects her very much; Sef Cadayona as Vince, Adrian’s best friend since high school who also grows close to Miren; Maey Bautista as Engke, Miren and Adrian’s trusted helper at home; Leanne Bautistaas Duday, a smart, charming kid and the couple’s adopted daughter who will change the lives of everyone around her.

Behind this engrossing drama is the creative team composed of Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Creative Consultant Denoy Navarro Punio; Headwriter Gina Marissa Tagasa; Writers Maria Prescilla Hidalgo andAnna Aleta Nadela; and Brainstormers Hilda Marcelino and Roda Sulit Marino.

The series is another original creation of the GMA Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Redgie Acuña-Magno; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Senior Program Manager Cathy Ochoa Perez, Executive ProducerOmar Sortijas.

Hiram na Anak showcases how a parent’s love remains selfless in the face of adversity, and how far they will always be willing to go for the sake of their child.

Under the helm of esteemed Director Gil Tejada, Jr., don’t miss the intriguing story of Hiram na Anakbeginning February 25 which will also air abroad via GMA Pinoy TV.For the program guide, visitwww.gmapinoytv.com. (30)