MANILA — As the ubiquitous meme “Daniela the Explorer,” Dimples Romana, in a glamorous red dress and with a matching luggage in tow, has explored the farthest corners of the Philippines, both little-known and world-renowned.
That’s about to come true as Romana joins a program of Department of Tourism, promoting tourist destinations across the country.
Romana, 34, met Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday, as seen in photos published by the Department of Tourism on Facebook.
“An art enthusiast and a self-confessed museum lover,” Romana will collaborate with the government agency to “help promote lesser-known destinations, museums and heritage sites, and advocate for sustainable tourism,” it said.
The group confirmed with ABS-CBN News that Romana will serve as a volunteer advocate of its tourism efforts.
Daniela Mondragon, Romana’s character in the hit afternoon drama “Kadenang Ginto,” has been a source of hilarity for Filipino social media users in the past week, with the meme placing her in the unlikeliest of places, including private family gatherings, pageant stages, and flooded streets.
The now-iconic image comes from a trailer for the new season of “Kadenang Ginto,” where a humiliated Daniela is seen walking on the street — her glamorous look a stark contrast to her environment.
The third book of the Dreamscape production will follow the reversal of fortunes of the warring Mondragons: Romina (Beauty Gonzalez) builds her own business empire, rivaling and in the process dismantling the one Daniela stole from her. — with a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News