The Philippine adaptation of Korea’s Descendants of the Sun will finally air on February 10, 2020 on GMA Telebabad.
During the press conference for the show, Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, who will play the role of Captain Lucas Manalo, expressed that they aren’t aiming to beat the original but to do the best retelling of the story they can.
Dingdong said: “Hindi naman namin hangad itong tapatan, lalung-lalo na higitan. Para sa’min privilege na i-celebrate itong remake sa pananaw nating mga Pilipino. So, what we have is just to do the best to retell the story. That’s what we’re doing.”
The Primetime King also revealed that they managed to implement some tweaks on the show to make it more relatable to the Filipino viewers.
To add up the Filipino culture, the Descendants of the Sun remake will tackle family struggles and issues.
“Sa role ko, mahalaga na kinuha lang namin ‘yung highlights na pagiging si Lucas, ‘yung character niya. And then, tinu-weak lang naming nang konti para maging Pinoy ‘yung flavor. Yung pinakadagdag sa istorya ay ‘yung tungkol sa pamilya.”
Meanwhile, Jennylyn Mercado confessed that she feels pressured to portray the role of Dr. Maxine during the press conference.
“Siyempre may konting kaba. Pero masarap na ‘yung pakiramdam naming na nakita naming kanina na kinilig kayo, natawa kayo, kinabahan kayo. Okay na ‘yun sa’min.”
Dingdong on working with Jennylyn
Dingdong described Jennylyn as a woman full of surprises and that there were days hat Jennylyn managed to surprise them with some acting tricks.
The Kapuso Primetime King revealed: “Kasi di ba, kilala si Jennylyn talaga sa pagiging napakahusay sa rom-com. And first time ko, first-hand na makasama siya sa ganito. Siyempre sa TV ko lang nakikita at sa mga movies. Pero ‘yung ‘pag live niya na ginagawa ‘yung mga tricks, e nagugulat kami.”
He continued: “May isang take, tapos ginawa niya ‘yung sa original, kung papaano ‘yung ginawa nung original. Nung pangalawang take, mayroon siyang ibang ginawa. So nagulat kami, parang wow!”
Dingdong claims that Jennylyn’s surprises help their remake show a Pinoy flavor in it.
“These things we appreciate kasi dun nga lumalabas ‘yung tinatawag na Pinoy flavor. In her case, she gave it a Jennylyn flavor which I think is very very much appropriate.”