As it celebrates its 70th anniversary, GMA continues to strengthen its digital presence while staying true to its mission of creating world-class programs. Its biggest drama production this year, “Descendants of the Sun Philippines,” is the first GMA program to be streamed on Netflix Philippines and will be available on November 13.
Headlined by two of the biggest names on Philippine TV – Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado – the series revolves on the fickle romance of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Special Forces Captain Lucas Manalo a.k.a. “Big Boss” and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Maxine Dela Cruz, or “Beauty.”
With both of them having dangerous and demanding jobs, timing was never on their side.
But the more they tried to distance themselves from one another, the more that fate found a way to bring Lucas and Maxine together – surviving and making it through one disaster after another.
Reporting with them for duty are Rocco Nacino as Technical Sergeant Diego Ramos and Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Captain Moira Defensor.
Also in the series as hard-working doctors and nurses are Renz Fernandez, Chariz Solomon, Andre Paras, Nicole Donesa, Reese Tuazon, Jenzel Angeles, and Bobby Andrews.
Meanwhile, 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.
Director Dominic Zapata is at the helm of this series.
Last August, “Descendants of the Sun Philippines” brought honor to the country as the first local TV program to receive the Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year award in the 15th Seoul International Drama Awards. Its lead actor, Dingdong Dantes, was also awarded the prestigious Asian Star Prize in the same annual global festival.
“Descendants of the Sun Philippines” premiered on February 10, but production was temporarily suspended due to the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lock-in tapings with strict safety measures were held last month, which enabled the series to resume its run on October 26.