In time for his 40th birthday, Dingdong Dantes wrote a touching tribute to two important women in his life – his mom Angeline and wife Marian Rivera.
Dingdong celebrated his birthday last Sunday, Aug. 2.
“… It isn’t a day I imagined 5 months ago – definitely far from the supposed Oktoberfest-themed, 90’s rock, all-out party. That was the plan,” he wrote.
Despite the shift in plans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the actor said his birthday remains a blessing.
He also took on the opportunity to recognize the important people in his life.
“Today, I honor my mother who brought me into this world. I had to have my own children to make me realize the sacrifices that our mothers do for us. She literally put her life on the line for me. So whenever I get a birthday greeting, I also celebrate her strength, love, and commitment in raising a kulit boy like me,” he said.
“Today, I also honor my wife who has been my rock and core. Building a family of my own and reaching milestones have been a blissful and contented journey because I have her as my partner in and for life. So whenever you greet me, I too laud her dedication, care, and love for me and our children – who have brought so much meaning to our marriage and our lives.”
It didn’t end there. Above all, Dingdong honored our Creator.
“And of course, today, I honor our Creator, who have made all things possible and surmountable for me all throughout these years. So, I welcome and embrace your well-wishes so that I can continue glorifying Him.
“Muli, maraming salamat sa mga pagbati. (Again, thank you for all the birthday greetings.) Open a bottle of beer for me and distantly, I’d like to thank you for being part of my ongoing life’s journey,” he added.
Dingdong and Marian have been married since 2014. Their kids are Zia and Sixto.