Actors Dingdong Dantes, Rocco Nacino, Lucho Ayala, Paul Salas, Prince Clemente and Jon Lucas underwent real-life military training in preparation for their roles in the Philippine remake of a 2016 South Korean TV series titled “Descendants of the Sun”.
The new Kapuso series is proving to be a tough challenge for these actors, based on the videos released to the public by GMA Network.
They went to Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija to undergo Special Forces Training for several days. Dingdong said they were privileged to train in the midst of the new Special Forces recruits in the camp.
They ran for several miles in the mountains, crawled and rolled through long stretches of mud, carried logs, climbed walls of ropes and ran through obstacle courses. These were aside from the regular conditioning routines and exercises that trainees go through.
“Kailangan namin i-internalize ‘yan and physically maramdaman…iba pala talaga sya nung actual na naming ginagawa,” Dingdong, who will play the role of “Big Boss” Captain Lucas Manalo, said.
“Talagang nalampasan yung expectations ko dahil sobrang hirap pala talaga ng training ng ating mga military; sobrang pagod na pagod talaga physically and mentally,” Jon shared.
They also experienced living and sleeping in a makeshift tent that had zero convenience. Before they were allowed to go to sleep, they were made to exercise and sweat a lot.
They said their resolve was really tested, but the team did not quit. The original “Descendants of the Sun” starred Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo and Kim Ji-won and aired on KBS2 from February 24 to April 14, 2016 for 16 episodes plus three special episodes.
Information provided for the series said it is a love story between Captain Yoo Shi Jin, Korean Special Forces, and Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, surgeon at Haesung Hospital. Together they face danger in a war-torn country.