Dingdong Dantes

Jose Sixto Gonzales Dantes III, popularly known as Dingdong Dantes, is an award-nominated director/actor, born August 2, 1980 in Quezon City, the Philippines. He is one of the most popular actors in the Philippines, and is also one of the highest paid underwear model in the country.


Dingdong first attended college at the San Beda and took up Marketing Management. He transferred to the Ateneo de Manila University as an Interdisciplinary Studies and Communication Arts major. He is also a real life cousin of fellow actor and co-star in MariMar and Encantadia, Arthur Solinap. Dingdong's mother is the sister of Arthur's mom. They both have Gonzales as their middle name.


Early years

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, together with his buddy and fellow actor, Dino Guevarra, and his cousin and actor, Arthur Solinap. Their group became regulars in Eat Bulaga and That's Entertainment, making him treat legendary starmaker, German Moreno like his own father.

As an actor, he debuted on GMA Network's highly popular youth-oriented flick T.G.I.S. (Thank God It's Sabado) credited himself as Raphael Dantes when he was seventeen. 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 and the show raked ratings. Dantes and Garcia also headlined in another primetime romance-drama billing in 2003 entitled Twin Hearts. Dantes, then, took on several hosting stints and has emceed for the 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.


In 2007, Dantes played the lead role Sergio, and for the first time, teamed-up with Marian Rivera, who portrayed the role of Marimar, in the GMA Teleserye version of Marimar, which was a phenomenal hit on national television. During the same period, he was also named No. 1 Bachelor of 2007 by Cosmopolitan Magazine (Philippines). He also won the USTV Students’ Choice Award for Most Popular Actor in a Drama/Miniseries.

In 2008, he was tagged by his home studio to play the role of Fredo, love interest of Dyesebel, who was portrayed by Marian Rivera. In March of that same year, he debuted as the Bench's newest image model, alongside his idol, Richard Gomez, who also portrayed his father in Marimar. He was then formally launched as image model for Bench Underwear in the "Bench Blackout Underwear and Denim Fashion Show." A few weeks after being launched by Bench, he was also launched by Ibuprofen Medicol as their newest endorser, and many other companies started showing interests in getting him as their endorser.

On August 22, 2008, Dantes was chosen as one of the 25 Sexiest Men of the World list in the Entertainment Television special. Dantes is the only Filipino who made it, and appeared with the world’s sexiest male celebrities including Dan Carter (New Zealand), actor Gilles Marini (France), actor and fashion model Michael Lewis (Israel) and singer Kostas Martakis (Greece). This September, he is set to do a movie with Iza Calzado and Marian Rivera entitled One True Love.



Year Title Role
2009 Ang Babaing Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang Homero
2008 Dyesebel Fredo
2007 MariMar Sergio Santibañez
2007 Magic Kamison: Little Big Rufo Rudy
2006 StarStruck: The Next Level Himself (Host)
2006 Atlantika Aquano
2006 Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Haring Ybrahim
2005 Etheria: Ang Ikalimang Kaharian ng Encantadia Haring Ybrahim/Alexus
2004 StarStruck 3: The Nationwide Invasion Himself-Host
2005 Encantadia Ybarro/Ybrahim
2004 Wag Kukurap Himself-Host/Director
2004 StarStruck Wave 2 Himself-Host
2004 Love To Love Season 4: Sweet Exchange David Saldaña
2004 Kakabakaba Adventures Himself-Director
2003 StarStruck Host
2003 Huling Yakap sa Tag-Araw Rodel
2003 Twin Hearts Adrian
2001 Sana ay Ikaw Na Nga Carlos Miguel
2001 Cover Story Host
2001 Keep on Dancing Himself-Host/Performer
2000 SOP Himself-Host/Performer
2000 H2K: Hati-hating kapatid Homer
1996 Anna Karenina Brix
1995 T.G.I.S. Iñaki (credited as Raphael Dantes)


Year Title Role
2008 One True Love TBA
2007 Resiklo Angelo
2006 Eternity Crisanto
2006 Moments of Love Marco
2006 Mulawin The Movie Ybrahim
2005 Bahay ni Lola 2 Rupert
2004 Spirit of the Glass Noel
2004 Annie B. Fernando
2003 Malikmata Alvin
2003 Pangarap ko ang Ibigin ka Kevin
2002 Magkapatid Mike
2002 Akala mo Eric
1999 Kiss Mo 'Ko Aaron Vincent Nakpil
1999 Honey, My Love, So Sweet Paco
1998 I'm Sorry, My Love Butch
1994 Shake Rattle & Roll V Elmer
1993 Edgardo Gang: Santa Rosa Daang Ben Santa Rosa
1993 Makati Avenue Office Girls Marco
1992 Takbo Talon Tili German


Year Film Award/Critics Award/Nomination
2008 E Entertainment Televison Hollywood Voted as one of the 25 Sexiest men in the world
2008 24th PMPC Award for Movues Movie Director of the Year (nomination)
2008 24th PMPC Award for Movues Movie Director of the Year (nomination)
2008 4th USTV Students' Choice Awards Most Popular Actor in a Drama/Miniseries
2007 Cosmopolitan Magazine Voted 2007's Number 1 Bachelor of the Year
2007 1st Annual Fil-Am Visionary Awards Favorite Television Actor
2007 21st PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Show Program Host for "StarStruck: The Next Level, shared the award with co-hosts Jolina Magdangal and Raymond Gutierrez"
2007 21st PMPC Star Awards for Television Male Star of the Night
2007 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies Male Face of the Night
2005 ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards Male Star of the Night
2004 18th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Talent Search Program Host Nomination for StarStruck
2000 2nd Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Awards (now Box Office Awards) Prince of RP Movies


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