Dingdong Dantes Recognized at the Seoul International Drama Awards


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GMA’s Instagram post said it best: Dingdong Dantes is not only a primetime king, he’s also an Asian drama awardee.

The actor was given the Asian Star Prize at the Seoul International Drama Awards on September 15. He was recognized for his role as Captain Lucas Manalo in the Filipino adaptation of the K-drama Descendants of the Sun.

The adaptation was also recognized as the Most Popular Foreign Drama Award of the Year.

The series follows special forces captain Yoo Si-jin and doctor Kang Mo-yeon as they fall in love while providing aid in a country ravaged by natural disaster and civil strife. The original series starred Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo.

Dantes gave a pre-taped acceptance speech during the ceremony. He said, “I am deeply honored to be recognized by the Seoul International Drama Awards. And I shared this award to all the men and women who work tirelessly to make the show alive in the hearts of our viewers.”


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He added, “This award is also a tribute to all frontliners of the world – soldiers, healthcare workers, and volunteers. This award is also for my loved ones and the Filipino people. May we find consolation knowing that our stories are being appreciated, especially during these trying times.”

The Filipino adaptation premiered this February and is still ongoing. Dantes is joined by Jennylyn Mercado, Rocco Nacino, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and more.

Dantes is the fourth Filipino actor to receive the prize, following Gabby Concepcion, Dennis Trillo, and Alden Richards.

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