Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes remains a full-fledged Kapuso as he inked an exclusive five-year contract with GMA Network, Inc. The contract signing was held today at the Manila Polo Club and attended by the top officers of the Network.
Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., GMA Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, GMA Films President Atty. Annette Gozon-Abrogar, GMA Entertainment TV's Officer-in-Charge Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari Abacan, GMA Vice President for Program Support Department Regie C. Bautista, GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno, GMA Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, GMA Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications Angela Javier-Cruz, Program Manager for ETV Drama Redgynn Alba and Dingdong's manager Perry Lansigan.
Dingdong said he is very happy to renew his contract with GMA 7 which has been his home network for almost two decades. "I've been with GMA for 15 years. Ang pinaka-importante throughout the years, which is practically half of my lifetime, is that they were always there to support me noong nag-u-umpisa akong mangarap, noong hindi ko pa alam ang magiging direksyon ko sa buhay, noong mga panahon kung kailan I failed, noong mga panahon na hindi ko alam ang gagawin ko hanggang ngayon, andiyan sila. They were always there in fulfilling my dreams. That support is beyond just being a company, a network and just a house that holds my talent, but a home. I consider this as my home where my heart truly belongs."
The award-winning actor is currently taping Genesis, the network's primetime drama slated to premiere on October 7 on GMA Telebabad.
Dingdong is recognized as one of the country's top celebrity endorsers, a much-admired youth advocate and one of the most accomplished TV and movie actors of his generation. Dingdong started his career in GMA's top-rating youth-oriented series T.G.I.S. in 1995 and since then, he was given various projects that honed and developed his craft as an actor, host and versatile performer.
During the contract signing, Atty. Gozon said he is pleased that Dingdong continues to affirm his loyalty to the Kapuso Network, "Alam niyo mga 15 taon na si Dingdong sa GMA. Ito ang magpapatunay na marunong makadevelop ng Primetime King ang GMA. He is our exhibit number one kung paano nakaka-develop ng artist ang GMA 7. "
Mr. Duavit shared that he is very proud of Dingdong's achievements and how he has matured and grown as an actor over the years, "We are very, very happy about the signing today. In fact nung nabanggit na 15 years na si Dingdong na Kapuso, parang kailan lang Dong was the very first exclusive contract that I recall signing many, many years ago. This event today somehow gives us that gratification and we're honored that we've grown together, ang GMA at si Dong. At malayong malayo pa ang mararating natin together."
Rasonable said that the network will continue to provide good projects for Dingdong that will further his career and stature in the showbiz industry and will keep on supporting his endeavors and advocacies.
On the other hand, Perry said he is very contented with the way GMA is handling Dingdong's career and is looking forward to a stronger working relationship with the network, "Nagpapasalamat kami sa GMA sa tiwala nila, panibagong yugto ng another lifetime ni Dingdong. Maraming salamat kila Atty. Gozon, Mr. Duavit, Mr. Yalong, Ma'am Lilybeth. Buong puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa pagtitiwala at pag-aalaga nila kay Dingdong."