Filipino Actor - Dingdong Dantes
José Sixto Gonzales Dantes III, popularly known as Dingdong Dantes was
born August 2 , 1980 in Quezon City. He is a model, host, director, television
and film actor from the Philippines.
Dingdong first attended college at San Beda College and took up Marketing Management.
He was kicked out from San Beda College and transferred at the Ateneo de Manila
University (AdMU) as an Interdisciplinary Studies and Communication Arts major.
He first became popular as a child star appearing in several commercials. He
was part of the male dance group Abztract. As an actor, he debuted on GMA Network's
youth-oriented show T.G.I.S. (Thank God It's Sabado), afterwards embarking on
a promising career in show business.
Dingdong Dantes began as a print and commercial model and appeared in a famous
dairy product commercial when he was nine years old. He was then part of an
all-male dance group called Abztract Dancers. By the time he was seventeen,
Dantes made his first television appearance when he was introduced as one of
the lead cast in the second season of GMA Network’s highly popular youth-oriented
(Thank God It’s Sabado). His role as the dashing boy-next-door
Iñaki was massively well received and contributed much to his growing
popularity. Almost immediately, Dantes was already a growing sensation. His
pairing with Antoinette Taus, whom he was romantically involved with, spun films
like Honey My Love So Sweet and I'm Sorry My Love and other television outings
including Anna Karenina. It wasn’t long before Taus left to pursue a film
and recording career abroad, by that time, their relationship had ended and
Dantes ventured as a solo artist.
In 2002, Dantes was paired with actress Tanya Garcia as they top-bill in GMA-7’s
primetime soap opera series entitled Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. Their pairing was
received satisfactorily but the show raked meager ratings. Dantes and Garcia
also headlined in another primetime romance-drama billing in 2003 entitle Twin
Hearts. Dantes then took on several hosting stints and has emceed for Binibining
Pilipinas Pageant in numerous occasions. His flair and spontaneity in the field
eventually led him to be selected as host for GMA Network’s reality artist
search, StarStruck in 2003 and has since hosted in the seasons that followed.
Aside from his television stints, Dantes also appeared in several chartbuster
films including Magkapatid and Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka and has starred with
big wigs like Sharon Cuneta , Christopher de Leon, Regine Velasquez and Judy
Ann Santos .
Dantes hosts the suspense-thriller program Wag Kukurap, for which he also occasionally
serves as director. He is well-known for his role as King Ybrahim in the Encantadia
fantasy-themed television saga, where he co-stars with his on-screen and off-screen
romantic interest, singer-actress Karylle. The couple also co-star in the 2006
film Moments of Love.