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Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!

July 17, 2009


"The Dingdong Dantes Experience" is an AUDIO/VISUAL project conceived by Universal Records for the Ultimate Pinoy Hunk Dingdong Dantes. It's not just the FIRST project Dingdong Dantes has with a record label, but also the FIRST for any local celebrity to release such an exciting concept!

The 'VISUAL' side includes MINI-COFFEE TABLE BOOK/SCRAPBOOK containing exclusive Dingdong Dantes images and a DVD featuring 4 Dingdong Dantes music videos shot by topnotch music video & commercial directors exclusively for this project. Directors like Louie Ignacio ("Cucu (Oh Yeah)" music video), Rico Gutierrez & Shoti Benares ("I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" music video), Adrian Calumpang ("Shining Star" music video) and Treb Monteros ("Tender Love" music video), worked closely with Dingdong Dantes in conceptualizing the look and feel of each music video. These videos are, after all, Dingdong's babies. The beautifully photographed Mini-Coffee Table Book/ Scapbook showcases the serious, the playful and the sexy sides of Dingdong. These EXCLUSIVE photos are only available in this book and has never been published elsewhere. Also included are some behind the scenes pictures taken during his music video shoots.

The 'AUDIO' side is actually a CD containing 6 international hits personally selected by Dingdong Dantes. Songs range from r&b/hip hop tracks to club hits and even a tender ballad. Songs like the #1 Billboard smash "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull, club favourite "Shining Star" by Get Far, "Tender Love" by Jordan Knight and the infectious Latin-flavoured carrier track "Cucu (Oh Yeah)" by Miguel Fernadez, will give each buyer a different audio sensation once they hear it!

Dingdong started in showbiz as part of the male dance group called Abztract Dancers. At 17, teenagers fell in love with him when he essayed the role of the debonair boy-next-door Iñaki in GMA 7’s youth-oriented show T.G.I.S. (Thank God It’s Sabado). From then on, the public did not get tired of following him as he made more movies and telesines as well as hosted shows, even beauty pageants.

Dingdong, as industry observers will say, has become popular for his role as King Ybrahim in the Encantadia fantasy-themed television saga. His popularity skyrocketed in November 2007 when he played the role of Sergio Santibañez in the local version of the Mexican hit series, “Marimar" and then followed by the record-breaking "Dyesebel". He is now regarded as one of the hottest leading men in local showbiz, with a wave of commercial endorsements - Goldilocks, Bench, Medicol, Touch Mobile (TM), San Mig Light Beer, Ponds etc.

Last year, E! Entertainment included Dingdong on their list of 25 Sexiest Men of the World. Dantes is the only Filipino who made it, and the highest-ranking Asian who made the list. E! Entertainment is one of the largest and most popular networks in Hollywood and the most subscribed network around the world, which is available to 88 million subscribers in the U.S. and 600 million homes internationally.

"The Dingdong Dantes Experience" is available in 2 formats - Book+DVD+CD and VCD+CD.

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