Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes limit Baby Zia's TV time

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Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes were launched as Cignal TV Prepaid's newest ambassadors last February 26, at Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City.


TV time usually serves as a bonding session for families.

Same thing goes in the household of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.

The Kapuso couple talked about their TV viewing habits now that they have baby Zia, during their press conference as the new ambassadors of Cignal TV Prepaid last February 26 at Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City.

Dingdong said they are now more careful about picking TV programs to watch now that they have Baby Zia.

He noted, "Yung totoong may hawak ng remote ngayon, yung nagdidikta talaga sa amin, hindi kaming dalawa.

"Yung anak namin yun. Yun talaga!"

Marian said she usually accompanies her daughter while watching child-friendly programs. 

She said, "Siyempre pag kasama ko yung anak ko, gusto ko yung mga Disney, Nickelodeon."

TV HABITS. In a separate interview, Marian reiterated the importance of picking child-friendly and educational programs for kids of Zia's age.

She said, "Ay, mapili talaga kami ni Dong. Maingat talaga kami. More on educational talaga.

"Hindi puwede na bara-bara lang kasi nga iba na ang mga bata ngayon. Kung anong nakikita nila, ang bilis mag-absorb talaga. So, maingat talaga.

"Hindi siya ma-watch ng TV, e. Mas malaro siya."

At the presscon, Dingdong noted that a lot has changed with their TV viewing habits.

The Alyas Robin Hood actor narrated, "Bago lumabas yung baby namin, talagang ano kami, madalas manood [ng TV].

"Pero may period nung nanganak siya, siyempre kailangan tahimik na pati yung pagpapanood ng TV, e, talagang nabawasan.

"Now that she's two years old, e, bumabalik na kami sa regular TV viewing habit namin.

"Konti sa umaga, 'tapos konti sa tanghali, meron din sa gabi.

"Regulated din siya kasi we need to allocate time for work, we need time for play.

"Pero it can also serve as time for bonding as a family."

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Marian added, "Yung pinaka-bonding namin, e, yung sa kwarto talaga namin, and tulad nung sabi ni Dong, nung medyo buntis ako medyo namimili ako ng pinapanood ko.

"Talagang piling-pili, and ngayon na malaki na si Zia, for sure hindi lang kami ang nakaka-relate, maraming pamilya ang nakaka-relate na kapag nanonood sila ng TV, nagba-bonding talaga sila.

"So masasabi talaga namin na ngayon si Zia, two years old na, yun yung isa sa pinaka-bonding namin na masarap na nakahiga lang kami, nanonood kami.

"Nililipat ni Dong, aagawin namin ni Zia, manonood kami."

Dingdong usually prefers watching sports channels, but gives the remote control to Baby Zia every time she's around.

Marian further quipped, "Wala siyang choice, kapag gusto namin ni Zia ng Disney, nood din siya."

The Kapuso actor, however, noted that they also set time limits when it comes to watching TV.

He told the press, "May oras ang TV sa amin, kapag oras na ng tulog wala na talaga."

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Marian what their usual cut off time is and she answered, "Pag mga 8:30 or 9:00 p.m., kailangan tulog na si Z, e, so kapag tulog na siya kami na lang ni Dong ang nanonood."

DANTES HOUSEHOLD. Members of the press also asked whether they consider themselves a traditional or a millennial couple.

Dingdong answered, "Kami siguro, I'd say we're a mix of both traditional and millennial couple."

When asked how they divide their responsibilities, Dingdong said Marian is fully in charge of managing their household expenses.

The 37-year-old Kapuso actor said, "Siyempre yung mga babayarin, yung asawa na."

The couple were also asked whether they both give their share when it comes to their household bills, to which Dingdong answered, "Ganun talaga dapat, what's mine is hers."

Marian added jokingly, "And what's mine is mine."

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