GMA’s "Descendants of the Sun" has brought recognition to the network upon receiving the Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year award from the 15th Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA). The GMA remake of the hit Korean series is the very first Philippine drama to receive the recognition.
GMA shared the achievement on Instagram yesterday, 10th August, alongside a poster of its stars Dingdong Dantes, Jennylyn Mercado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Rocco Nacino. The primetime series was included in the list of winners together with two other foreign dramas “Snowpiercer” produced by US broadcaster TNT and “The New Pope” produced by Sky Atlantic and HBO. Its win was also alongside that of popular international series including Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer, and Sky Atlantic, HBO, and Canal+’s “The New Pope.”
Lead actors Dingdong Dantes and Jennylyn Mercado are happy that the Philippine adaptation of “Descendants Of The Sun (DOTS)” was acknowledged at this year’s Seoul International Drama Awards. “A proud member of Team DOTS here! Congratulations to the men and women behind the show!” Dingdong wrote.
DOTSPh, which premiered last 10th February, is headlined by Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado as alpha team leader Captain Lucas Manalo and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Maxine Dela Cruz, otherwise dearly known as "Big Boss" and "Beauty." The prestigious award ceremony selected GMA’s Pinoy version among several remakes that originated from the KBS drama aired in South Korea in 2016, highlighting the influence of K-drama not only in Asia but also around the world. This year’s festival will be held on 10th September at MBC Media Center Public Hall without an audience.