After returning to work on the set last month, Dingdong Dantes talked about the convenience of being able to start on his gift list for Christmas even while he can’t go out to the malls.
“For people like me na bumalik na sa trabaho, like I’m currently in a lock-in shooting and I will be home siguro baka mid-December pa. So talagang lahat ng mga Christmas shopping kailangan online na. So it really is very, very convenient especially for working parents like me. Siyempre bumabalik na tayo sa mga regular nating ginagawa. We want everything convenient. We want everything fast and of course gusto natin madami talagang options,” he shared during the Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale media event where he and his daughter Zia were launched as the online shopping platform’s newest ambassadors.
Dingdong said his eldest child with wife Marian Rivera didn’t need much convincing when she first found out about their new endorsement.
“Si Zia kasi sobrang fan siya ng music ng Shopee at parati niyang sinasabi yun every day. Kasi pag napapanuod niya yung kay Jacky Chan na commercial so talagang nag-stick sa kanya yun. Parati niyang sinasabi ‘Salamat Shopee!’ And then nung nalaman nga namin na magiging part kami ng Shopee family, sobrang excited ako for her because I know matutuwa siya. That’s why we first kept it as a secret and then slowly rini-reveal namin sa kanya. Nung sinabi ko sa kanya yung good news talagang lumaki yung mata niya. So talagang we were absolutely delighted when we heard the news since we were given a chance to be part of this amazing company that Filipinos love and has now become part of their daily lives. Kaya thanks na rin to the safe, convenient, and rewarding shopping experience it provides,” he explained.
Even while shooting their commercial together, Dingdong said he had lots of fun especially since they got to work with two of the country’s top directors Cathy Garcia-Molina and Dan Villegas.
“Definitely Zia and I were excited about doing the TV commercial kasi bonding namin yung kumanta kanta at yung mag role-playing. So pag mga ganung klaseng mga laro ako ang kalaro niya eh. So we definitely had a great time during the shoot together and we hope that Filipinos can feel the Christmas spirit even more when they see it. We also have yung upcoming Shopee Celebrity Pamasko where we look forward to giving away money to Filipinos in app so they can have a merrier Christmas,” he added.
During the event, Dingdong also shared with the media what he would like to put on his wish list this year.
“Mahilig kasi ako sa kape so gusto iba’t ibang klaseng mga brewing methods. Si Zia pag gumagawa ako ng kape every morning kasama ko siya. In fact, baka alam na niya yung brewing method (laughs),” the actor said.
“Of course, bukod sa mga motorcycle accessories na kakailanganin ko para sa aking motorcycle,” he added.
With the pandemic changing the lifestyle habits of everyone in the country, Dingdong stressed why it’s only natural for people to shift their shopping habits.
“Alam mo nowadays inevitable na talaga ang shopping online. I think mas na-realize natin yan during this pandemic and I really believe that it’s going to be here to stay. And yung mga bagay na nagagawa ng iba last year and so we’re constantly looking for things to help us, like halimbawa si Zia mahilig siya mag-doctor doctor so talagang sinearch namin para meron siyang magawa during those times. Ako yung tipong shopper na kahit nung hindi pa online, alam ko na yung gusto kong bilhin eh. So kumbaga pinaplano ko na talaga sa pagpasok ko ng kahit anong store, lalo na online man o hindi, I already know what I need and what I want. So for me I do some research before I buy the item that I like,” he said.
The celebrity dad also shared his top tips when it comes to shopping just like how he does it.
“Siguro maganda alamin niyo ang gusto niyo. You should have an idea already of what you need and second, research. So paano mo gagawin yung research? Siyempre you got to get into the app first and look for options kasi if you look for an item marami yan. Maraming mga merchants ang puwedeng mag-alok sa ‘yo di ba? And then kung alam mo na exactly what you need, you can narrow it down by filtering the options. At siyempre samahan mo na rin ng mga best deal na maiaalok sa ‘yo. Siyempre huwag din natin kalimutan magbigay ng good vibes sa ating mga mahal sa buhay sa pamamagitan ng isang simple gift which you can purchase in Shopee. Especially nowadays yan ang kailangan natin, a sign that we’re here for one another. Na andito tayo at inaalala natin sila,” he shared.