Dexter Dalisay – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

Tastemaker – Dexter Dalisay 

Commercial Model and Actor 

Photo by: Alex Fusilero

Dubai-based engineer, model, and actor Dexter Dalisay could very well be “the” handsome face of the Filipino community in the UAE.  He has starred in numerous commercial campaigns; the most recent ones include projects for Dubai Holdings, Etisalat, British Council UAE, Jashanmal, and Marhaba among others.

He was also involved in both in international and local indie films including Twisted Blues (Hollywood Film) slated for release in the last quarter of 2020; Love Check (Bollywood Film) which was officially selected for the Oasis Short Film Festival; Shabab Sheyab translated to On Borrowed Time (Arabic-Hollywood Film) which officially made its rounds in film festivals overseas; and of course, the much-revered Lamentasyon which was the first full-length film made by Filipinos in the UAE.

Passionate about pursuing his own dreams, Dexter encourages Filipinos to go follow their bliss while always being flexible and open to adapt.  “Everyone can become successful in their career, work, or family but not everyone is happy,” he says. “It is not all about money or other material things and sometimes we need to consider that we will only live once and we must live in a positive and happy way. Plus, we need to cope up and see all the possibilities that come with challenges. It may mold you or break you. Continuous learning is the key to progress. We need to live through the battles and risks of life.”


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