A new blessing for Dingdong Dantes

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GMA’s Primetime King as a man of the cloth

GMA’s Primetime King as a man of the cloth

GMA Network’s Primetime King Dingdong Dantes takes on a role he has never done before the station’s newest inspirational drama series entitled Pari Koy.

Dingdong, one of the country’s most sought-after leading men who is blessed not just with bountiful talents but especially with the heart to reach out and act upon his advocacies, will portray the role of Kokoy Evangelista.

Besides having the complete package of good looks, humor, warmth, and wisdom, Kokoy is also admired in his community because of his on-point principles in life. A go-to person in times of problems, he is the kind of friend who will unconditionally offer a shoulder to lean on.

Indeed, Kokoy is the ideal guy, Mr. Right, and the man any woman would like to introduce to her parents. But here’s the catch: Kokoy is a priest.


Fr. Kokoy better known as “Pari Koy” is known for his non-traditional and non-conformist ways of bringing people closer to God. He will do anything just to show that it is cool to believe. But his own faith will be put to the test when he is assigned in the parish of Barangay Pinagpala and starts to deal with a very different community.

Set in a contemporary barangay, stellar performances will be delivered by some of the country’s most respected and talented artists including Sunshine Dizon as Noemi, the secretary of the parish in Pinagpala who remains to be optimistic despite being maltreated by her husband; Chanda Romero as Martha, the self-righteous leader of the lay workers in the parish of Pinagpala who is against the unconventional ways of Father Kokoy; Luz Valdez as Esther, one of the lay workers in the parish who loves to talk about gossips and rumors; and Dexter Doria as Salome, also a lay worker who loyally serves in the parish despite being teased by Martha and Esther.

According to Dingdong, another highlight of the show is how Fr. Kokoy puts his faith in action as he meets the people of Barangay Pinagpala. Playing equally vital roles are Gabby Eigenmann as Jude, the influential and corrupt chairman of Barangay Pinagpala; Rap Fernandez as Sol, the right-hand person of Jude, who helps him with his illegal schemes; JC Tiuseco as Timo, the irresponsible brother of Noemi; and Carlo Gonzales as Simon, the abusive husband of Noemi who fails to provide for his family.

Bringing more delight in the series are characters to be portrayed by GMA Artist Center’s homegrown talents led by Jillian Ward as Sarah, the loving daughter of Noemi; Jeric Gonzales as Eli, the son of Salome who thinks of going to parish is uncool; Lindsay De Vera as Ava, the charming grandchild of Martha who will fall in love with Eli; Hiro Peralta as Sam, the closet homosexual brother of Fr. Kokoy; and David Remo as Pinggoy, the high-spirited “village’s son” of Barangay Pinagpala.

Directed by the award-winning Maryo delos Reyes, Pari Koy premieres on March 9 after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad.

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