Jose Sixto”Dingdong” Dantes III
Aside from being one of the most promising actors of today’s generation (he was awarded the Best Drama Actor Award in the 24th PMPC Star Awards for TV, Best Actor at the 37th and 38th Metro Manila Film Festival, among others), Dingdong Dantes was recently recognized by People Asia Magazine “for his selfless advocacy to promote the welfare of the youth through his YesPinoy Foundation”.
Dong (as he prefers to be called) is the official Youth Ambassador for the Arts of the National Commission for Culture and Arts and remains the consistent model youth leader of the Department of Education and Sports (Dep Ed) that gave him the Youth Leadership Achievement Award (YLAW). He is now a Commissioner of the National Youth Commission.
Through the YPF, Dong has been noted for his philanthropic work, providing full college scholarships to the children of fallen soldiers of the Philippine Marines where he is a reservist with the rank of Master Sergeant under the 3rd Technical Service Battalion PN M. At the height of Typhoon Ondoy, the actor, together with a team from the Philippine Marines and YPF volunteers carried out relief operations in devastated communities located in Rizal.He took part in National Bookstore’s Project Aklat that donated school supplies to the typhoon victims.
An early riser in life where he started working at the age of 9 as a commercial child model, Dong’s professional success is an affirmation of his determination and good mould, courtesy of a closely-knit and respectable family.