PEP Gift Guide Day 82: Hot kicks for Ariel Rivera's sons

IMAGE Demai G. Sunio-Granali

Ariel Rivera and his wife Gelli de Belen like to give their sons five to six gifts every Christmas. This year, one of those five or six gifts would be a pair of coveted basketball shoes.


82 DAYS TO GO. Ariel Rivera’s family is perhaps one of the strongest and toughest this industry has seen in a while.

For nearly 16 years, he and his wife Gelli de Belen have devoted themselves to each other and to raising their kids Joaquin Andres, 14, and Julio Alessandro, who is turning 13 in November.

What Ariel considers as one of the secrets to having a harmonious and happy family life is to put priority on the kids—that even in the tradition of giving gifts on Christmas, it is always the kids that come first.

“You know, this is funny, but… hindi kami nagreregaluhan na mag-asawa pag Christmas,” he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview last October 11, at the Facial Care Center For Men branch in Ayala Avenue, Makati.

“We usually just buy mga five or six gifts sa mga bata, but sa amin, wala,” he continued.

His explanation for this: “I’m actually uncomfortable receiving gifts.”

This Christmas, what gifts could Joaquin and Julio expect from mom and dad?

“Hindi ko alam, e. It’s always a struggle thinking about gifts for them.

“Usually something they can use and, of course, they like.

"Ang gusto nila ngayon, they’re into shoes—mga running shoes, basketball shoes—so siguro, definitely, shoes ang isa doon.”

SHOES FOR BOYS. Like Ariel’s pair of shoe lovers, boys will certainly appreciate getting new kicks for the holiday season.

Topping the wish list of many basketball fanatics are the latest releases from international brand Nike: the Lebron XI, Kobe 8, and KD VI.

Lebron XI is the newest from the Lebron James collection, named and tailored to meet the needs of the popular Miami Heat player.

Lebron XI King's Pride in parachute gold artctic green-dark loden-black (P 9,495). Price from Nike Park.

It is said to have less rubber material, therefore reducing weight, but is given added cushioning for feet protection.

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The Kobe 8 System is modeled after the Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.

Kobe 8 System Pit Viper in purple dynasty green glow raspberry red (P 8,195). Price from Nike Park.

It features a low-cut ankle design that allows for more breathability and flexibility. Plus, it has knit-in pattern design, taking inspiration from Kobe’s moniker “Black Mamba,” and a part of his signature sheath logo imprinted on the heel.

The KD VI is also the latest from the line inspired by Oklahoma City Thunder’s top man Kevin Durant.

KD VI Texas in black green glow urban orange (P 6,995). Price from Nike Park.

It features cool, colorful details; and has a special tongue feature, called the Flywire technology, that allows for an extra secure fit.

Now, these shoes are not only comfortable to wear on the basketball court or when you’re playing similar sports that involve running or jumping.

These also give guys major “pogi points” on a street fashion level.

And not only do they go well with jerseys and uniforms, they can also be worn with jeans and walking shorts, too!


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