Marian Rivera is the kind of woman who speaks her mind, demonstrates her feelings openly, and won’t turn the other cheek if you do her wrong.
Like glass, she gives off what you put in. She’s keeping it real, except that she’s a star.
This nature of hers has had some people criticizing her and even her loved ones. It’s been going on for years that by now, she just yawns at it all most times.
“Alam niyo, since day one transparent akong tao. Kumbaga, what you see is what you get. Simula’t sapul na mag-artista ako, alam kong magiging public property ako. Ibig sabihin, dapat hindi ako maging masyadong sensitive na tao,” she said in an interview.
When it comes to her bashers, Marian practices the art of “dedma.”
“Sa panahon kasi ngayon, matindi ‘yung crab mentality. Pero para sa akin, kung iintindihin mo ‘yung sinasabi nila (bashers), ‘yung bawat pintas nila… ay nako, maloloka ka na lang!”
Pushed against the wall, though, and she will stand up for herself.
“Iisipin mo kasi, ito bang mga taong pinu-put down ka, mahalaga ba sila sa’yo?” she said. “Kung hindi, ‘wag mo na lang silang i-entertain at ‘wag mong i-absorb ang mga negative comments nila. Ako nga kung pwedeng lahat (ng bashers ko) sabihan ko na, ‘Halika, mag-dinner tayong dalawa. Ngayon, tignan mo kung negative talaga akong tao.’ Kaso hindi naman pwedeng ganu’n, ‘di ba?”
Marian said it’s important to keep close the ones who truly love you. They serve as her anchor, hsr lifeline.
“Pumunta ka sa circle of friends mo na talaga magbu-boost ng confidence mo bilang isang tao. Kasi kung puro pintas ang pagtutuunan mo ng pansin, walang mangyayari sayo. ‘Yung energy mo, dalhin mo na lang sa mga positive na bagay,” she shared.
“Ako naman, from the very beginning alam kong hindi ako perfect at tanggap ko ‘yung mga kakulangan ko. At dahil tanggap ko ‘yun, naniniwala akong walang dahilan para saktan ako ng ibang tao.”
Marian, who looks up to Lola Francisca as her inspiration, believes the true essence of a woman is that she gives her all in everything she does.
In her case, she is taking the responsibility of being a loving wife and mother.
“Sobrang mabigat na responsibilidad ang pag-aasawa. Hindi talaga siya biro especially kapag independent kang tao. Pero I believe, kapag mahal mo, ibibigay mo lahat eh at walang masama duon,” she said.
The word “losyang” is definitely not in Marian’s vocabulary. She aims to inspire others, noting looking drab is not inevitable just because you are wife and mother.
“Gusto kong maging ehemplo sa mga kababaihan na porke ba may anak ka, pababayaan mo na ang sarili mo? Kailangan alagaan mo rin sarili mo kasi once na makita yan ng anak at asawa mo, walang dahilan para hindi ka nila mahalin,” she said.
But really, what’s her secret to looking fresh and fabulous at 33?
Love, Marian enthused.
“Sobrang in love kasi ako sa lahat, 100 percent, that’s why!” she said, smiling. “Sobrang daming blessings kaya walang dahilan para hind maging masaya.”
Talking about her fitness routine, the actress now does cross fit training. Well not only to be sexy, but to be fit and healthy.
“Before kasi hindi ako masyadong OA sa pag-e-exercise, hindi ko kina-career. Ngayon na may Zia na ako, I want to be healthy for her. Sa pagkain naman, lahat pwede, ‘wag lang ‘yung sobrang intake talaga.”
Marian revealed she is gearing up for a new film and TV series this year. Come Holy Week, the Dantes family will go on an out-of-the-country trip.
We caught up with Marian at the recent press conference of Mega Global Corporations. The actress has been named the ambassador of the product anew, this time representing the entire Mega Prime Canned Vegetables and Fruits line.
Marian also became the first-ever member of Prime Mom Club, an exclusive social community of moms who understand the needs of start-up moms and help them become successful homemakers through relevant and meaningful activities and knowledge-sharing.
A quick peek at her Instagram account shows how hands-on she is in preparing her family’s food.
Marian prepares lots of vegetable dishes. This is because Zia, unlike other kids, eats lots of vegetables. Her favorites? Broccoli and spinach.
“I guess lahat naman ng bata, pihikan talaga. Ang maganda sa anak ko, sinanay ko talaga siyang kumain ng vegetables habang bata pa,” she shared. “Pero siyempre may mga araw na medyo mahirap talaga siyang pakainin, so ang ginagawa ko, bibigyan ko siya ng reward. Kumbaga sasabihin ko sa kanya, kapag kinain niya ‘yung gulay, may makukuha siyang candy or anything from me. Eh ang bata madali namang lambingin yan eh.”
According to Marian, their daughter Zia is growing up quite the entertainer. She has no problem if her daughter decides to pursue a career in showbiz later but she needs to finish her school first.
As early as now, Marian is confident Zia will grow up strong like her.
“’Yung mga bashers if ever, I know kaya ng anak ko yan! Basta ang alam ko, growing up dahil nakikita ‘yung pagmamahalan naming mag-asawa, yan ‘yung magiging pundasyon niya para maging mabuting tao.”