PEP EXCLUSIVE: Marian Rivera still works non-stop as she celebrates 24th birthday

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When asked how she will celebrate her 24thbirthday on August 12, Marian Rivera answered, "Taping ako, e. Simula nang mag-artista ako, lahat ngbirthday ko, may trabaho ako. Two yearsna akong nagtatrabaho ng birthday ko, pangatlo na ito."


On August 7, 2007 Marian Rivera was declared as "the nextbig star" by GMA-7's President and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon. This was during the press conference of Marimar,the show that started the success of Marian's career in showbiz.

A year after this declaration, what were the changes thathappened to Marian? Marian was humble in answering PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal) when we visited the set of Dyesebel yesterday, July 29,in Subic, Zambales.

"Actually, ayaw kong sabihin... Laging sinasabi nila na princess nila ako,ganyan-ganyan, na ako ang next big star. Ayaw kong isipin ang mga ganyan kasi kung iisipin mo nang ganun, walanamang mangyayari sa buhay ko, e. Mamaya lumaki pa ang ulo ko, mamaya ganun."

She also said that nothing has changed with her despite thesuccess of her career—she is still the Marian that her fans knew when she wasstill starting out in showbiz.

Marian added, "At saka ang lagi kong sinasabi, sige, kungnasa isip ko na ako 'yong big star na 'yon at ako ang princess nila, hindi akoganito magsalita sa inyo ngayon. So,gusto ko lang 'yong normal lang 'yong lahat, 'yong totoo ako sa sarili ko.

"Alam n'yo iyon ever since, at saka alam ng tao kung gaanoako ka-transparent, kung gaano ako kapalaban, kung gaano ako walang kaanu-anona kiyeme. Ganun talaga ako. Masaya ako na nagagawa ko 'yong trabaho koat nagagawa ko nang ako 'to, at wala akong tinatago. 'Yon ang masarap."

Since her showbiz career is blooming right now, along withher onscreen partner Dingdong Dantes, Marian wants to give the success of their team-up back totheir fans through a free concert on August 27. This will also serve as a grand celebration of the birthdays ofMarian and Dingdong on August 12 and August 2,respectively.

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"Ang nag-isip niyan 'yong mga managers namin [PopoyCaritativo for Marian and Perry Lansigan for Dingdong] at saka mga boss saGMA-7," said Marian.
"Parang ang dami nang nagawa ng mga tao sa amin. Bilang gantimpala naman sa kanila, bibigyan namin sila ng librengconcert namin ni Dingdong sa Araneta."

Marian refused to divulge the concept of the grandconcert but she said that their die-hard fans would surely enjoy theshow. "Kasi birthday namin,parang thanksgiving na rin para sa kanila [fans] kasi sobrang OA ang suportanila sa amin."

MARIAN ON THE COVER OF FHM. Last July 17, Marian Rivera surprised her male fans at the FHM100 Sexiest Party 2008 held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Although she has not been on the cover ofthis number-one men's mag, her name landed on the top spot of the 100 Sexiest Women in theWorld. So, in turn, Marian did a dancenumber during the party.

What did Marian feel when she started walking the ramp?

She answered with a smile, "Actually noong rampa na 'yon, nagdyo-joke nga ako, sabi ko, ‘Parang napasubo yata ako, ah!' Kasi nakaka-tense talaga siya at hindi koalam kung paano ako tatanggapin ng mga tao, kung ano ang gagawin ko.

"Noong hindi pa ako lumalabas, talagang kinakabahan paako. Pero noong lumabas na ako 'taposnarinig ko 'yong mga tao nagtsi-cheer talaga sila sa akin, nawala 'yong kabako."

Now that she was voted as the No. 1 sexiest woman thisyear, does this mean that she is now willing to grace the cover of FHM?

Marian answered indirectly, "Actually, kinu-consider naminsiya pero hindi ngayon, kasi ang dami ko talagang ginagawa. Itong August na ito, mayroon akong Australiapara sa pictorial ng Jag, 'tapos pupunta kami ng New Jersey, 'tapos ang damikong commercial na isu-shoot, 'tapos meron pa kaming movie na gagawin niDingdong. So, hindi pa namin alam kungkailan siya isisingit, pero kinu-consider namin siya."

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MOVIE WITH DINGDONG. Aside from Dyesebel, Marian will be paired with Dingdong in the movie titled One True Love, which was originally calledAmnesia. It was first reported that the movie will be directed by Maryo J. de los Reyes, buthe has been replaced by Mac Alejandre.

This would also be different from the TV projects they didtogether, Marimar and Dyesebel. Marian explained, "Actually, heavy drama talaga, sobrang heavydrama. Actually, nag-usap kami ni DirekMac noong isang araw, sabi niya, ‘Yan-yan [her nickname for people close to her], iba-ibang klaseng iyak ang gagawinmo dito—may teary-eyed, mayroon talagang nagwawala, mayrooong tahimik lang,mayroong sakit lang.'"

The movie will be a love triangle between Marian, Dingdong,and Iza Calzado. Iza is one ofthe reasons Marian is excited to do this movie. She said, "Excited din akong makatrabaho si Iza kasi magalingdin, e. Alam mo 'yon, magaling umiyak,matsa-challenge ka rin talaga."

She added, "At saka first time din namin ni Dong. Purokami soap opera magkasama, first time lang na movie. So, excited din talaga."

During the interview, Marian also enumerated some of the projectsthat she is scheduled do in the coming months—most of which are productendorsements. However, she refused to reveal these yet because she has no idea about the plans for them.

ACCEPT ME FOR WHO I AM. With all these blessings that she is receiving, what else doesMarian wish for her birthday?

She answered, "Gusto ko na palagi akong masaya kasiimportante sa akin ang pagiging masaya. At saka sana mas mahalin ako ng mga tao sa pagiging ako. Kasi gusto ko 'yong sarili ko sa pagigingako, e.

"Kahit pa sabihin nila na, ‘'Yan si Marian, naku, palabaniyan, bungangera 'yan...' I don't care, basta ako, totoo ako sa sarili ko, na itoako. Naipapakita ko sa inyo kung sinoako kesa naman sa wala ngang nasasabi sa 'yo, pero hindi naman totoo 'yon.

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"Gusto ko na 'yong, sige, pintasan n'yo na ako, pulaan n'yona ako, okay na 'yon. Basta angimportante sa akin, ako, hindi ako naninira ng kapwa ko, masaya na ako doon."


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