Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen's first home!

Dec 7, 2007
Ariel Rivera with youngest son Julio and wife Celli de Belen with Joaqui in their QC town house. (YES! September 2001 issue)

Celebrity couple Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen have been occupying their narrow but cozy three-story townhouse in Cubao for four years now (1997 to 2001).

"Si Ariel ang unang tumira dito," says Gelli. "November 1997 noon, nagdadala-dala na kami ng mga gamit dito. By December, kinasal na kami. Ito na talaga yung house namin. Dito kami nagsimula."

Gelli runs the household—the groceries, the menus, the budget, and the two little ones. But Ariel puts in his equal share in everything. "Ariel is a very hands-on man of the house," says a very satisfied Gelli. "Siya talaga ang Mr. Fix It dito. Yung mga shelves sa labas na lagayan namin ng mga gamit na hindi na kasya sa loob, siya ang gumawa at nagkabit noon. 'Pag pintura, siya!

"Maski naman sa mga bata, share kami sa load. Like, kapag pinapaliguan ko si Julio at Joaqui sabay-sabay na kami; si Ariel naman ang taga-bihis nila. Ganun ang routine namin. Tapos si Joaqui, sa tabi niya natutulog; ako naman kay Julio. Ganu'n kami."

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But with Joaqui and Julio growing up so fast, the townhouse has also grown smaller. And so, soon the couple will relocate to a much bigger property in the suburbs.

"May binibili na kaming property ni Ariel," Gelli says. "Kasi gusto namin na may natatakbu-takbuhan naman ang mga boys namin at lumaki sila sa isang safe and environment-friendly na lugar. Yun ang kinonsider namin first and foremost."

So is the townhouse up for sale?


"Medyo nasa plano 'yon," she notes. "Of course, we'll always hold this place dear, may senti value siya talaga. Kaya lang, mas okay naman sa lilipatan namin."

(YES! September 2001 issue)

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Ariel Rivera with youngest son Julio and wife Celli de Belen with Joaqui in their QC town house. (YES! September 2001 issue)
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