One of Philippine television’s drama queen, Marian Rivera, is now a mother to two beautiful children. Even before she became a wife and a mother, she first took the film, entertainment and showbiz industry by storm. People know her as Marimar and Darna, but there is a lot more to discover about the star.
Get to know Marian Rivera's bio, facts and favorites. Keep reading.
Marian Rivera profile summary
- Full name: Marian Rivera Gracia-Dantes
- Stage name: Marian Rivera, Marian River-Dantes
- Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
- Nationality: Spanish-Filipino
- Birthday: August 12, 1984
- Age: 35 (2019)
- Height: 5 feet 2 inches
- Mother: Amalia Rivera
- Father: Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso
- Husband: Dingdong Dantes
Marian River biography
Marian Rivera is half-Filipino and half-Spanish by birth. Her father, Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso, is a Spanish national while her mother, Amalia Rivera, is a Filipina. Marian was born in the year 1984, and she just turned 35 in August 12 this year.
She was born in Spain, but after her parent’s divorce (when she was only 3 years old), she was taken to the Philippines by her mother. She stayed and grew up at Bacoor, Cavite and was raised by her grandmother, Francisca Rivera.
Marian Rivera went to Saint Francis of Assisi College’ (SFAC) for high school. After graduating from high school, she took her Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology degree at the De La Salle College in Dasmarinas. She then started working in the National Institute of Mental Health at Mandaluyong City right after she graduated from college.
Not long after she started working in the institute, a new door of opportunity opened as she was given a chance to showcase her skills in modeling and acting.
Marian Rivera is not only a woman with a beautiful face but also with a wonderful heart. She joined the Philippine Red Cross team to extend help to people in Quezon City because of flooding. On her 28th birthday, the actress organized a blood donation program for the Philippine Red Cross.
She was then appointed by the Congress of the Philippines to be the Ambassador for Women and Children with Disabilities in 2013. Rivera also supports an international children’s charity, Smile Train, a charity for children with cleft lip and palate.
The actress is truly a blessing to many, and that is why it is no wonder that she has a beautiful and flourishing career.
Marian Rivera career
Blessed with an angelic face and alluring features, Rivera landed some ramp modeling gigs and was given the opportunity to model and endorse local brands such as Skin White lotion and Sky Flakes.
In the year 2005, Tony Tuviera, the Executive Producer of TAPE Inc. spotted Marian because of her commercial appearances. The producer recommended her to play a role in the afternoon soap opera, Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako.
A year later, Marian played a lead role in another Philippine television drama series, Pinakamamahal. Her character was Carissa Crismundo, the love interest of Martin Padua, the character played by Oyo Sotto. She also appeared on the drama series, Agawin Mo Man Ang Lahat.
The year 2007 is considered to be the highlight of Rivera’s acting career as she was chosen to play the lead role in the Filipino adaptation of the most popular Mexican series, Marimar. Out of numbers who auditioned for the role, Rivera was blessed to get it.
The TV show was considered as the highest-rated prime time show in the country at that time. Being Marimar, the actress garnered different awards such as Guillermo Box-office Award for Phenomenal TV Star in the same year.
After her Marimar stint, she then played her first Mars Ravelo’s superhero lead, Dyesebel. It was a fantasy series where her character was a mermaid who fell in love with a human being.
Her acting prowess landed her another lead role, which is the iconic Filipino superhero, Darna, in the year 2009 that lasted up to 2010. Marimar, Dyesbel, Darna, and other Rivera’s TV shows gave her more exposures in the industry.
Marian Rivera TV shows
Here is the list of some of her TV shows and series
- Ang Mahiwagang Baul:Ang Alamat ng Kawayan (2005)
- Super Twins (2007)
- SOP Rules (2007-2010)
- Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang (2008)
- Sugat ng Kahapon (2008)
- Show Me Da Manny (2009-2011)
- Anghel sa Lupa (2010)
- Endless Love (2010)
- Jillian: Namamasko Po (2010)
- Party Pilipinas (2010-2012)
- Amaya (2011-2012)
- Temptation of Wife (2012-2013)
- Carmela (2014)
- Eat Bulaga! (2014-2015)
- Sunday PinaSaya (2015)
- Encantadia (2016)
- Tadhana (2017)
- Super Ma’am (2017-2018)
She has dominated not only the showbiz and television industry but also the film industry. The actress has starred in countless movies.
Some of her movie roles have been acknowledged and have gotten her nominated for various awards. She was nominated for FAMAS Awards for Best Actress because of the movie, Ang Panday 2 in 2011. She was also nominated for Worldfest-Houston International for Best Supporting Actress because of her movie, Ekstra in 2013.
Marian Rivera movies list
- Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka Fairy Ko: The Legend Continues (2005)
- Pamahiin (2006)
- Bahay Kubo (2007)
- Desperadas (2008)
- My Best Friend’s Girlfriend (2008)
- One True Love (2008)
- Scaregivers (2008)
- Shake Rattle & Roll X (2008)
- Deperadas 2 (2008)
- Tarot (2009)
- You to Me Are Everything (2010)
- Noy (2010)
- Super Inday and the Golden Bibe (2010)
- Temptation Island (2011)
- My Lady Boss (2013)
- My Big Bossing's Adventures (2014)
- Fantastica (2018)
These TV shows, series, and movies only prove how great of an actress Marian Rivera is.
It is not only her acting skills that are commendable but also her modeling and even dancing skills. In 2008, Rivera was hailed as the most sexy woman by the FHM magazine. Five years later, she was able to acclaim the top spot of the same title in the same magazine.
Marian Rivera net worth
Marian Rivera’s net worth is about 5 million dollars. People agree with the numbers because Rivera has been a sought-after actress for many years now.
Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes
Rivera and Dantes were first paired up in the iconic TV series, Marimar. Dingdong Dantes played the role of Sergio Santibañez, the love interest of Marimar, played by Marian Rivera, but this was not the first time that both of them met. Their first meeting was in the TV show, SOP.
According to Dingdong Dantes, his heart was already captured by the actress’ beauty the first time that he laid his eyes on her. They got to know each other because of Marimar.
Marian even said that Dingdong was not her ideal type of man, but when it comes to love, there is nothing you can do. They had been together for numbers of years before Dingdong Dantes finally asked Marian to marry him.
In August 2014, Dingdong Dantes asked his long-time girlfriend to marry him on national TV. Their family, friends, and even their fans were excited about the great news.
December of the same year, the two got married at the Cubao Cathedral in Quezon City, Philippines. Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera wedding was televised in their home network, GMA.
One year later, another member was added to the Rivera and Dantes family, their first child. Marian Rivera daughter, Zia, was born on November 23, 2015.
The couple named their daughter, Maria Letizia Dantes but they call her Zia. The young girl, who is now 4 years old, is very pretty just like her mother. She is the mini version of Marian and sometimes, they wear the same style and color of dresses, which makes them look cute.
Just this year, Marian Rivera gave birth to their second child and first son, Jose Sixto G. Dantes IV. He was named after his father, whose full name is, Jose Sixto Raphael Gonzalez Dantes III. The couple calls their son, Ziggy.
Marian Rivera Instagram is filled with their family pictures. Many fans say that they are a perfect family.
Marian Rivera latest news
Marian Rivera took a break from the industry due to her pregnancy and giving birth to Ziggy. However, according to news, the Kapuso Primetime Queen is back on track.
She has started to work again after months of maternity leave. Her Tadhana family welcomed her as she taped another episode of the show. While she was away, her husband took over as the host of the said show. Her episode will be aired this September in celebration of the TV show’s anniversary.
Marian Rivera is truly a successful. With her career and growing family, many people believe that her talent and skills will take her further and further.