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Local ‘Descendants of the Sun’ gears up for an October return

GMA Network has resumed production of new episodes for the local adaptation of the popular Korean series

The Kapuso Network is poised to bring back the original program line-up of its primetime block, as cameras are once again rolling for its programs halted by the covid pandemic.

Most anticipated of those returning programs, is the Dingdong Dantes-starrer, ‘Descendants of the Sun’, the Philippine version of the international Korean hit of the same title.

Dingdong Dantes and Jennilyn Mercado play the leading roles in the Philippine adaptation of Korean hit ‘Descendants of the Sun’ (@GMA Network)

Like any other production unit in the industry, Descendants of the Sun now operates under strict safety protocols. Cast and crew members have been in their lock-in location in Tanay, Rizal, for more than a week now, as the series tries to produce as many episodes as they can before the show returns to Telebabad, presumably before the year ends.

Preparations are made to ensure the production unit can operate safely under the new normal. For the actors, the preparation is largely spent in making sure they’re again as fit as they were where the series left off last March.

It can be recalled that TV stations stopped airing fresh episodes when content production was no longer viable. The series had only aired at least 30 episodes when GMA Network temporarily suspended its airing.

Actor Rocco Nacino, who plays TSgt Diego “Wolf” Ramos in the series, shared via Instagram his work-out routines, as part of his preparation to get back in shape, before taping resumes. “Back to Wolf’s soldier condition. DOTS family will be reunited soon. #DOTSph” his caption read.

Cast and crew members of ‘Descendants of the Sun’ are in separate tents as part of the set’s compliance to prevailing safety guidelines,   © Unang Hirit/GMA Network

The 33-year old actor, also shared in an Unang Hirit report, their adjustments as the entire production complies with the new filming guidelines set for the whole industry. “We’re not allowed to take off masks unless we have a scene,” he said.

Actress Jennilyn Mercado shares their adjustments in the set,  ©  Unang Hirit/GMA Network

His co-actor, Jennilyn Mercado, meanwhile, shared how everyone is required to put on masks every-time they go out of their cabin and set. “Everyone has their own tent, you can’t be in large groups,” she added. Nacino also showed they can only allow up to three people in a tent.

Dingdong Dantes teases the audience about an upcoming major scene, © Unang  Hirit/GMA Network

The series lead actor, Dingdong Dantes, who plays Cpt. Lucas Manalo, more popularly known as the “Big Boss”, said in a GMA News report, while that everyone on the show is adjusting to the new protocols, there are still things he thinks the team should be thankful for “…it was a bonus that the team has already established a good and smooth working relationship, so the adjustment became easier.” he shared.


DESCENDANTS OF THE SUN is slated to return to GMA Telebabad in OCTOBER.


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