Maria Letizia Dantes, the adorable baby girl of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, will be turning two on November 23.
But the couple are having second thoughts about throwing a birthday party for her.
Marian tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Parang hindi party, basta may nakita kaming events place ni Dong para siya mag-enjoy.
“Gusto namin, yung siya ang mag-eenjoy talaga, as in playground siya.”
What's the most recent milestone of Zia? (That's the little girl's nickname.)
According to the hands-on mom, the toddler has made significant progress in her speaking skills.
“Parang hindi nga magtu-two years old, e,” she exclaims.
TIME FOR ZIA. Marian is, of course, one very busy mom. Aside from her action fantasy series Super Ma'am, she is busy with endorsements, signing up only recently with Kultura Filipino.
But no matter how busy the Kapuso actress gets, she says she makes sure she makes time for Zia.
“Kapag may time ako, ginagala ko talaga, pinapasyal ko talaga.
“Siguro kung makikita niyo sa IG stories ko, dinadala ko talaga siya sa playground kung saan niya gusto talaga."
Marian held up her hands and showed us some of her “battle scars”—scratches and small nicks she got from going through some of the playground's obstacle courses.
“Ang dami ko ngang kalmot-kalmot, kasi ang liliit ng mga obstacles.
“Kung saan niya gusto, doon din ako sumusuot, siyempre kailangan kong bantayan.
“Baka ma-out of balance, masuot ang paa o kaya mauntog, kaya kung saan sumusuot, doon din ako."
TIME WITH DINGDONG. Since she's busy taping her own series and Dingdong still has a hectic schedule with his own series, Alyas Robin Hood 2, do they still have time for each other?
She says, “Darating naman tayo run, hindi naman kami nawawalan ng time, palagi naman kaming nag-uusap na dalawa.”
Marian reveals how Dingdong shows his sweet and soft side in the most unexpected ways, "Ang sweet nun!"
She recalls their bonding time at the premiere night of the movie Seven Sundays, where Dingdong is one of the lead stars.
Marian recalls, ““Bago ako pumunta sa premiere night, nagpadala siya ng roses sa akin.
“’Tapos pagbukas ko ng pinto, may dala siyang isang rose.
“Sabi niya, eleven lang daw yun, yung pang-twelve, hawak niya.
“May mga pa-ganun naman ang asawa ko, umaarte-arte.”
She's also proud of her hubby's movie.
“Nakaka-proud naman. Sabi ko nga, worth it naman ang hindi natin pagkikita kasi ang ganda-ganda ng pelikula.”
Dingdong really asked her opinion on the drama flick.
Marian relates, “Nakakatuwa nga, sabi niya, 'Kumusta ang pelikula?'
“'Ang ganda! Ang gagaling niyong lahat. Parang swak yung character sa inyong lahat.'
“At saka, sabi ko, worth it talaga. Nakaka-proud. 'Ang galing mo!'
“'Tapos, nag-text siya, 'Basta sa paningin mo magaling ako, okey na 'ko.'
“Sabeee, ang arte!!!”
This interview took place at the GMA Coop Building on October 16, 2017.