THIS guy surprised me, really. And I thought he’s all “porma” and no serious inclinations to getting an education.
But, after meeting him and talking to him in network-organized get together, he rarely talked earnestly about him pursuing a college education after leaving Ateneo de Manila University for a career in show business.
But last Sunday, I heard he was in Bacolod City with his parents, siblings and girlfriend Marian Rivera to attend West Negros University’s commencement exercises. No, he wasn’t the graduation speaker, and why would he, I thought, he’s not even a college graduate.
Fact is, Jose Sixto Raphael Gonzales Dantes III, is one among the students conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. It has been a long wait for the actor who quietly and without fanfare shuttled between Manila and Bacolod to attend classes. He majored in marketing.
Dingdong also received a special citation for being the Ambassador of Goodwill of his batch.
Despite his busy schedule as an actor, producer and entrepreneur, Dingdong managed to give priority to his studies. He shared his happiness with his parents Jose Sixto Z. Dantes, Jr. and Ma. Angelita G. Dantes, uncles Col. Edgar Dantes and Commodore Herby Escutin, bestfriend Harvey Camposano, and girlfriend Marian Rivera.
“Alam mo, you really need to manage your time well. When you’re given assignments, kailangan matuto ka ring mag-sacrifice at mag-balanse kung alin ang dapat i-prioritize. Education is the solution. It is not enough to know what your goal is, you must know how to chase it—and chase it real damn well,” said Dingdong.
After his graduation, Dingdong plans to pursue the “One Chair, One Child” project of his Yes Pinoy Foundation and Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc. This aims to provide chairs to all students of a school in Iloilo City that was greatly affected by Typhoon Yolanda last year.
Apart from Yes Pinoy project, he is also gearing up for his return on Primetime TV via Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real with Maricel Soriano and Lovi Poe soon.
“It is a dream come true for me to finally work with the Diamond Star and the opportunity to work with an award-winning actress like Lovi Poe on television. The combination of these two women makes my job more engaging as an actor,” he noted.
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