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Monday, July 7, 2008

Dingdong Dantes: Bench Blackout

real name: Jose Sixto Rafael Gonzales Dantes III
bday: August 2, 1980 (Quezon City, Philippines)
zodiac sign: Leo
showviz anniv: 1998
height: 5'11"

José Sixto Gonzales Dantes III is popularly known as Dingdong Dantes. Dingdong first attended college at San Beda College and took up Marketing Management. He transferred to 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. His role as the dashing boy-next-door Iñaki was massively well received and contributed much to his growing popularity. 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 Dingdong ventured as a solo artist.

In 2002, Dingdong was paired with actress Tanya Garcia as they top-bill in GMA-7’s primetime soap opera series entitled Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga. Dingdong 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, Dingdong 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.

Dingdong 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.

After "Marimar," he is filming now a new GMA Teleserye, Dyesebel.

Dingdong was actually surprised at first when he received an invite to be part of Cosmo. It has been known that Dingdong has prepared himself for many weeks for the sexy scenes in his GMA-7 soap opera Marimar, which in turn led to other opportunities for him to show the sexy side of him.
But many people were actually surprised when Cosmo released its latest issue with the conservative Dingdong in the nude.

"Dati pa naman gumagawa na ako ng mature roles, but it doesn't mean na magpa-pasexy na ako sa movies, sa TV... I believe na pag magpapa-sexy ka, you have to act it, you have to perform it, and not just pose.

"Kinabahan talaga ako noong una. Pero kasi, afterwards, inisip ko talaga na naglalaro lang ako. I would say na talaga na I'm in a different state, lalo na sa edad ko. Talagang pagtanda ko, mabablikan ko itong pangyayaring ito, e, and also be proud of it," said Dingdong in an interview with Startalk.

However, Dingdong admitted that he still doesn't know if the "sexy" decision would lead him anywhere. He took the catwalk on Cosmo's Bachelor Bash on September 6.

"May few invitations na to do similar poses sa isang health magazine," he said. "At nakaka-flatter naman na because of this, nagkakaroon ng offer na ganito."

Dingdong will be one of the main cast of the Bench underwear fashion show. And it is special as always because it only happens every two years and involves the who’s who of Philippine Showbiz and the Philippine Modeling world. The Bench Blackout: Underwear and Denim Show will be held on July 25, 2008, 7:00 pm at the Araneta Coliseum.

You can get in for Free! and see the hunks and hot girls live in their undies. Here’s how to get invites to the Bench Blackout: Underwear and Denim Show:

1.) For every single receipt purchase worth of Bench or Herbench items (excluding Bench Time and sale items) that includes Bench Body underwear or Overhauled / OJ denim, a customer is entitled to a corresponding free invitation to the Bench Underwear Show. Every P500 single receipt purchase = 1 General Admission Invitation / Every P800 single receipt purchase = 1 Upper Box B Invitation / Every P1,500 single receipt purchase = 1 Upper Box A Invitation

2.) A maximum number of 3 invites per single receipt is allowed, and combinations of invites are allowed.

3.) Invitations will be given outright at the counter.

4.) Valid only for cash and credit card transactions.

5.) Invitations are transferable but not convertible to cash.

6.) Bench/ Suyen Corporation and Araneta Coliseum reserve the right to deny entry if ticket bearer is proven to be under the influence of prohibited substances, liquor or displaying misbehavior.

7.) Invitations must be exchanged for actual ticket at the Araneta Coliseum ticket booth on the day of the event. LIMITED SEATS ONLY.

8.) Promo may not overlap with other existing promos unless specified.

PROMO PERIOD: June 25 – July 25, 2008 - For more details, inquire at Bench stores to find out which outlets offer promo invites.


1.) Show is strictly R-18.

2.) No cameras, video recorders inside the venue.

3.) Please come early, show starts on time.

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