Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera talk about joys and challenges of raising Zia

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Dingdong Dantes, his wife Marian Rivera, and their two-year-old daughter Maria Letizia, aka Zia, are on the cover of YES! magazine's December 2017 issue.


Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera talked about the joys, challenges, and adjustments in raising their panganay as they were all photographed in the living room of their Makati City residence. 

Marian told YES! magazine that she’s really in love with motherhood. 

“Love ko talaga,” she beamed. “Kebs ko sa mga haters na palagi akong pinipintasan na matured na daw ako, gurang na daw ako, lawlaw suso ko. I don’t care, ’day!

“Malaking factor talaga na hands-on talaga ako. Buhos kaming dalawa ni Dong para kay Zia.

“Kasi kung yaya lang, parang feeling ko, hindi magiging ganyan ang development niya. 

“So happy ako na nabigyan ko siya ng time.

“Hindi matatawaran ’yong personalidad ng anak ko, ’yong pagiging smart niya.”


Dingdong, for his part, considers fatherhood as the best job in the world.

“Basta as a parent, ako, free-flowing lang, e,” he explained.

“I’m learning along the way. Basta my job is to protect my family all the time.”

The Kapuso stars enjoy their real-life roles as first-time parents that they look forward to having more children in the future.

Marian, who is an only child, wants four more.

Baby Zia yearns for a baby brother. 

“No’ng ’kinasal naman kami, ’yon naman talaga ang pakay namin—magpalaki ng pamilya,” Dingdong pointed out.

“So, in God’s time… kailangan din, ’hinahanda na namin ang sarili namin.”


Marian sees herself taking a break when Super Ma'am, the fantasy-action series that she headlines, ends its run.

“Time naman para sa sarili ko at saka do’n sa gusto naming mangyari ulit na magkaroon [ng isa pang anak],” she said.

“Siyempre, kailangan ko ring alagaan ’yong sarili ko para maging healthy pa ako.

“Lalo kasi, pag pagod ako, stressed ako, wala akong tulog, pa’no makakabuo, di ba?”

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Also in the December 2017 issue of YES! are features on the Star Magic Ball, the engagement of Iza Calzado to Filipino-British entrepreneur Ben Wintle, and the wedding of former Eat Bulaga! co-host Julia Clarete to Irish business executive Gareth McGeown.

Plus: RK Bagatsing in the YES! Pogi Series and Xander Ford in the Spotlight section, as well as a farewell tribute each to Isabel Granada and Franco Hernandez. 

YES! magazine’s December 2017 is out now in stands. Get your copies now.

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