Have you ever been hooked with Korean novelas? I’m sure you’ve seen the military k-drama series “Descendants of the Sun”. This television series originated from South Korea and was released last 2016. Various k-pop celebrities are featured in this drama series including Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo, and Kim Ji-won. The show bagged a number of prestigious awards including the “Grand Prize” in television at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards and “Most Popular Show of the Year” at the Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards.
“Descendants of the Sun” has sixteen episodes that made waves on screen not only in Korea but also in the Philippines. In fact, GMA Network even aired its original Korean version from July to September 2016 to enable Filipinos to appreciate the program even more.
Allow us to break the good news to you – “Descendants of the Sun” will finally have its Filipino version on television this 2019. Last April 22, GMA Network introduced the worthy actors and actresses who will star in the said show. The brilliant line-up includes Dingdong Dantes who will portray the role of “Big Boss” or Captain Lucas Manalo. His leading lady is no other than Jennylyn Mercado who will portray the role of “Beauty” or Dr. Maxine Kang, a cardiothoracic surgeon.
In line with this, Dingdong together with the rest of the cast had undertaken military training with the Armed Forces to prepare for their respective roles – including Jennylyn Mercado herself. The actress underwent training at the AFP Health Service Command and shared her determination to give justice to the role and promised not to turn down televiewers. “This is a big blessing for me,” says Jen. “I felt overwhelmed with gratitude when I learned ako talaga ang napili nila. I felt pressured also kasi I know how big a flagship project this is for GMA. So I promise I will do everything and give my 100 percent best to give justice to the role and nang hindi naman ako mapahiya sa mga nagtiwala sa akin. I promise not to let them down. Pinag-aralan ko talagang mabuti ang character ni Dr. Kang at ayokong malayo sa kanya. She is a skilled surgeon who can be headstrong and principled and always willing to do everything in her power for the sake of her patients, even if she’s putting herself at risk.”
Jennylyn is likewise looking forward to work with the rest of the powerhouse cast that includes Rocco Nacino as Sergeant Major Diego Ramos or ‘Wolf’ and Jasmine Curtis Smith as Lieutenant Moira Defensor or Yoong Myeong-Joo.