Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes whose real name is Jose Sixto Dantes III, donned the rank of Lieutenant Commander in a ceremony at the Philippine Navy Headquarters on Monday, January 27.
The 39-year-old actor first enlisted and trained to be a marine reservist back in 2006. He returned in 2017 with the rank of Master Sergeant.
His wife, Marian Rivera attended the ceremony to show her support and posted on Instagram photos of her husband receiving his new rank. She captioned, “Lieutenant Commander Jose Sixto G. Dantes III PN (Res). Super proud of you my husband… Salute!”
Dingdong also received recognition for the Yes Pinoy Foundation and Philippine Navy relief operation collaboration called Damayan Pinoy-Taal Relief.
Yes Pinoy Foundation which was chaired by the actor, donated 2,500 relief packs for the evacuees of the Taal Volcano eruption.
At the last part of the ceremony, Dingdong gave an inspiring speech to all attendees. He then posted the excerpt of his message on his Instagram.
“Sharing with you an excerpt of my message during yesterday’s morning colors at the Philippine Navy Headquarters. • • •
Hindi lang sa pagiging sundalo o kasapi ng unipormadong hanay nasusukat ang pagmamahal sa bayan at pagtulong sa kapwa. Nariyan ang mga guro na araw-araw ang sakripisyo para lang malinang ang ating mga kabataan. [Nariyan] ang mga doktor at nars na pinagpapalit ang oras kasama ang mahal sa buhay para magbigay kalinga. Nariyan ang mga social workers, sekyu, construction worker, call center agent, Angkas drivers, parking attendant, at marami pang ibang na sa sariling pagsisikap ay naghahatid ng makabuluhang serbisyo sa ating lahat.
Nasa gobyerno ka man o pribadong sektor, may katungkulan man o karaniwang namamasukan, sundalo man o isang aktor, tangan natin ang ‘puso’ ng isang bayani. Dahil araw-araw, lahat tayo ay may pagkakataong maging mabuting mamamayan.
So whatever uniform we may be in today, be it your soldier’s uniform or your usual office attire, let’s not forget to put on our strongest hearts, and commit ourselves to be heroes in our own ways. I am reminded of this quote that is very close to my own heart: “Heroism lies in the nobility of committing to a way of life that focuses on goals that are greater than oneself,” he wrote.
His Descendant of the Sun Philippine Adaptation co-star Rocco Nacino and also a Navy reservist, was recognized for his participation in distributing relief goods in Southern Luzon.
Of course, Rocco’s parents Linda and Ralph were both present to witness the new achievement of their son.
Although no specific date for airing has been announced yet, GMA’s Descendants of the Sun is set to premiere anytime soon this 2020 and fans surely cannot wait.