Daniel Padilla is KFC’s new Colonel Sanders

Daniel Padilla is KFC Philippines' newest Colonel Sanders.

by Marsha Dizon

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KFC Philippines brings a new spin to its latest advertisement with actor and singer Daniel Padilla (age 23) as probably the youngest ever Colonel Sanders.

The KFC advertisement is also quite different for Daniel Padilla, whose youth is usually highlighted in his endorsements and tv and film projects, the latest of which is the 2018 mega-blockbuster “The Hows of Us” with his reel to real partner Kathryn Bernardo.

The new KFC commercial shows a silver-haired Daniel Padilla initially watching a short video clip of an advertisement of fried chicken by another company.

Daniel then says that it’s nothing compared to his chicken. The KFC advertisement continues with Daniel “Colonel Sanders” Padilla extolling the originality of KFC Fried Chicken and how it is done to perfection.

KFC: That’s how we do it!

It’s not the first time that a KFC advertisement features an endorser who is quite different from the iconic image of KFC founder Colonel Sanders.

In 2016, actor Vincent Kartheiser of hit TV series “Mad Men” portrayed the “heartthrob Nashville Hot Colonel”, when he was 37 years old.

vincent kartheiser as colonel sanders

KFC also featured a woman, American singer-songwriter Reba McEntire dressed as Colonel Sanders in 2018.

reba mcentire colonel sanders [photo: Nash Country Daily]

As for Daniel Padilla’s version of Colonel Sanders, netizens are saying he’s a very handsome “lolo” (grandpa).

A couple of hours after the KFC advertisement with Daniel Padilla as the new Colonel Sanders was posted, the hashtag #DanielTheNewColonel or #danielthenewcolonel became one of the top trending topics on Twitter Philippines.

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