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Local adaptation of ‘Descendants of the Sun’ now on Netflix

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GMA Network’s internationally-acclaimed drama Descendants of the Sun streams on Netflix Philippines beginning tomorrow.

As the first GMA program to be streamed on Netflix Philippines, its esteemed director Dominic Zapata proudly shared that he is thrilled and honored to be part of this pioneering series.

Local adaptation of ‘Descendants of the Sun’ now on Netflix
BEAUTY AND THE BIG BOSS. Descendants of the Sun lead stars Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado.

“I’ve never put much weight on being called a director. With my collaborative style of work, I feel I merely represent a whole team of very talented individuals. We also need to credit a good part of this recognition as well to all the people who inspire us in our work, our loved ones and our families, and of course, the viewing audience that has allowed television to grow to what it is today,” Zapata said.

Headlined by Dingdong Dantes as Big Boss and Jennylyn Mercado as Beauty, the series is well-loved by both local and international fans. Last August, it became the first-ever Philippine TV program to receive the Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year award from the 15th Seoul International Drama Awards. Its lead actor, Dingdong Dantes, was also bestowed the prestigious Asian Star Prize in the same annual global festival.

“Descendants of the Sun Philippines” revolves around the love story between Captain Lucas Manalo (Dingdong) and Dr. Maxine Dela Cruz (Jennylyn). As a soldier and a doctor, they both have demanding and dangerous jobs. Time never seems to be on their side, but when two people are meant for each other, love always has a way of bringing them together.

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Also part of the series are Rocco Nacino and Jasmine Curtis-Smith who portray Technical Sergeant Diego Ramos and Captain Moira Defensor, respectively.

Meanwhile, the hard-working doctors and nurses are played by Renz Fernandez, Chariz Solomon, Andre Paras, Nicole Donesa, Reese Tuazon, Jenzel Angeles, and Bobby Andrews.

On the other hand, the brave military team is composed of Paul Salas, Jon Lucas, Lucho Ayala, and Prince Clemente.

Completing the cast are Neil Ryan Sese, Pancho Magno, Antonio Aquitania, Ricardo Cepeda, Ian Ignacio, Rich Asuncion, Carlo Gonzalez, Hailey Mendes, Marina Benipayo, and Roi Vinzon.

Today, 30 episodes of the series premiere on Netflix Philippines, and five new episodes will launch on the service each Friday after until New Year’s Day in 2021.

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