Kapuso Prime-Time King and Queen Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera are no longer the only stars in their household.
Their two children Zia and Ziggy both have multitude of followers on social media, even if they don't have their own official social media accounts.
Marian says with a smile, “Nakakatuwa.. sabi ko nga, maraming salamat sa mga nagmamahal sa anak ko, di ba?
“Kahit ako rin, aliw na aliw ako sa mga anak ko.”
Now that she is a second-time mommy, she has noticed some changes in herself.
“Siyempre, bilang first-time mom ka, marami ka pang kinakapang mga bagay-bagay. Pero ngayon, kahit paano, medyo kalmado na.
“Alam mo na yung mga routine na gagawin,” she affirms.
She has also observed that her two children have different personalities.
“Well, magkaiba ng personalities pero kaya namang i-handle. Si Zia noon, habang lumalaki, kumukulit. Si Ziggy, chill, e. Chill boy siya.”
Marian adds, “One thing for sure kay Ziggy, ang nakuha niya sa akin is bungisngisero siya. Palaging naka-smile talaga.”
MARIAN ON BEING AWAY FROM DINGDONG
On September 29, Dingdong is set to participate in the 42-kilometer run at the Berlin Marathon 2019. However, Marian and the kids will not be there to cheer him on.
“Malungkot, ‘no?” Marian remarks beofre revealing the reminders she gave him.
“Basta sabi ko lang sa kanya, mag-iingat siya. Palagi niyang tatandaan na tatlo kaming naghihintay sa Pilipinas kaya kailangang i-enjoy niya doon, at the same time, uuwi siyang safe.”
Will she be giving Dingdong anything so he won't miss her while he's away?
“Kiss left and right,” Marian jokes.
“Ipagdadasal namin siya siyempre na i-enjoy niya yun. Kasi, pangarap niya yun at yung journey na yun, gusto ko siyang suportahan.
“Although, wala ako roon physically, pero alam kong magagawa niya yun. Sabi ko nga, wrong timing kasi may five months kami tapos siyempre, ang layo, bitbit ko ang dalawa.”
Isn't she worried about him?
“Kaya niya yun, kilala ko naman yun, kaya niya yun. Hindi papasok yun sa isang bagay na hindi niya kaya.”
Although Dingdong will be gone for almost two weeks, this is not the first time that he will be away from Marian and the kids, since he also travels by himself for his show, GMA Pinoy TV.
MARIAN ON DINGDONG AS A CONSERVATIVE DADDY
This writer tells Marian that Dingdong seems to be a conservative dad.
This is because one of Dingdong's Instagram posts featured a photo of Zia in a luau outfit, which, of course, showed her tummy as she wore a bra top.
Dingdong jokingly commented that it was the first thing he saw upon waking up, and it prompted him to say, "Bigyan nga ng jacket iyan!"
Marian laughs as she says, "Conservative siya! Nakakatawa, kasi sabi ko lang sa kanya, may party sa school ni Zia at yun ang theme ng school nila.
“E, puyat, galing taping. Bumaba, sabi niya, 'Ano iyan? Bigyan nga ng jacket iyan!' Totoong sinabi niya iyan. Kaya noong pinost niya, tawa ko nang tawa.”
Is Dingdong really a conservative dad, though?
“E, kung sa akin nga kailangan kong mag-cycling, [si Zia] pa kaya?” she laughs.
Speaking of outfits, are they feeling any pressure now that Halloween is just around the corner? For the past few years, their family has gone viral because of their Halloween costumes, and everyone is waiting to see what their costumes will be this year.
In 2017, Dingdong was Batman, Marian was Catwoman, and Zia was Batgirl. In 2018, they were the Batman villains—The Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Joker, respectively.
“Yun na nga, napi-pressure kami. Sabi ko nga, magko-costume pa ba tayo? Nag-iisip kami kung magko-costume pa ba kami.
“Na-pressure ako roon, sige, kukulitin ko siya kung ano kami.”
MARIAN RIVERA, QUEEN OF ENDORSEMENTS
For now, Marian can be seen in her show Tadhana. By next month, she will be back in Sunday PinaSaya.
But even if she hasn't been back in showbiz full time since giving birth to Ziggy in April, Marian is still very visible because of her many endorsements.
Just recently, Marian was launched as a brand ambassador for two brands.
Is she the reigning Queen of Endorsements?
“Ang hirap namang sabihin ng ganun. Pero, ang laki ng pasasalamat ko na kinukuha talaga nila ako para i-endorse sila.
“At nakakataba ng puso ang pagtitiwala nila at ang lahat ng ito ay para sa future ng dalawang anak namin.”
She and Zia also have a new endorsement, and their fees will be saved for their future.
The mother of two reveals, “Actually, naipakita na yung teaser plug. Para sa future nila yun, at sabi ko nga, salamat sa mga biyayang ito dahil mase-secure namin ang kanilang future.”
Is Zia also aware that when she does endorsements or commercials, she receives a corresponding talent fee?
“Alam niya, dapat alam niya,” Marian replies. “Kasi, kahit noon pa lang, sinasabi ko sa kanya kapag may binibili akong isang bagay sa kanya na pinagta-trabahuhan ko, pinaghihirapan ko siya, kaya dapat alagaan niya.”
Marian adds, “Tinatanong din namin si Zia kung gusto niya. Bago namin tanggapin ang isang produkto, tinatanong namin siya, 'Puwede ka ba? Gusto mo ito?' Kasi, nakakasalita naman na siya, nakaka-decide na siya.
“Sabi niya, 'Yes mama, gusto ko iyan.' So okay, gawin natin. Kapag ayaw, e, di wag.”
For her youngest child Ziggy, he should be at least six months old before accepting any endorsement, if the opportunity arises.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke to Marian at the soft opening and blessing of the flagship and 88th store of Beautederm Home, which Marian endorses. The event took place at Marquee Mall in Angeles City, last September 18.
At the event, Marian tells us that her mother is also putting up her own Beautederm branch in Cavite. She says, “Itong October na ang ribbon cutting din niya.”
Of course, she will be there to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony at her mom's store. “Siyempre, dapat,” she ends with a smile.