MANILA, Philippines -- Despite starring in major ABS-CBN films two years in a row, Dingdong Dantes said his relationship with his home network remains "very positive."
|Dingdong Dantes. File photo
"I think I have always established a good relationship with them... Walang mabigat na dugo, walang anything, everything was done in a very smooth-sailing way," Dantes said during a press conference held Tuesday.
Dantes, 32, is a contract artist of rival network GMA-7.
He stars alongside Kapamilya talents Angelica Panganiban, Angel Locsin and Zanjoe Marudo in the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry "One More Try," which is released and produced by ABS-CBN's film production outfit Star Cinema.
Last year, Dantes earned his first Best Actor trophy for his role in the horror flick "Segunda Mano," which was also a Kapamilya project.
According to Dantes, "One More Try" was not originally intended to be a film fest entry, "[pero] syempre maraming nagbago, but on top of everything, I am just grateful that I was given another opportunity to do this with Star Cinema."
Referring to GMA Films' entry to the MMFF, "Sosy Problems," Dantes shrugged off the "competition" as being favorable to Filipino moviegoers. Whereas his film is "adult family drama," his home network's film fest bet is a "comedy" flick, Dantes noted.
"I believe it's rare and seldom na mabigyan ng opportunity na ganito," Dantes said of topbilling a Star Cinema film. "Kaya nagpapasalamat ako, that one, they considered me, and two, I was allowed."
"Masaya na nagkakaroon ako ng pagkakataon na magtrabaho sa mas malawak na lugar aside from my own network. At the end of the day, gusto lang natin magtrabaho, makagawa ng pelikula," he added.
Asked if there are plans for him to star in another ABS-CBN film, Dantes said he only hopes the same "impossible" opportunity would open up for other talents as well.
"Before, I thought it was impossible for me to do such a move, but now it's the second time that's happening, so baka posible na hindi lang siya posible para sa 'kin, kundi sa maraming pagkakataon din at ibang mga tao," he said.
"In an ideal world, maganda sanang ganoon, na mabigyan lahat ng pantay na opportunity para mapalawak ang kanilang gawin, para mas wide ang range ng kanilang audience," Dantes added.
Also starring Carmina Villaroel, Agot Isidro, Edward Mendez, and Gina Pareño, "One More Try" along with Star Cinema's "Sisterakas" hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.