Marian Rivera is pregnant for the second time!
Her husband Dingdong Dantes made the formal announcement today on his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Although Dingdong’s announcement started with his clarification that he will not run in the 2019 Senate Elections, he revealed his reason for doing so is because he needs to be there for Marian’s second pregnancy.
Part of Dingdong’s statement read, “In the process of my discernment, I received His response in the most surprising and beautiful way. With overflowing joy, Marian and I, are happy to share with everyone that we have been blessed with another child!
“Natupad na rin and matagal na dasal naming mag-asawa, lalung-lalo na ni Zia.”
The couple’s daughter Zia is turning three in November.
He added, “My discernment revealed what is truly important in my life—panahon ito para suportahan ang pagdadalang-tao ng aking asawa.”
Dingdong thanked his family, friends, and supporters, and asked for continued prayers for Marian’s safe pregnancy and delivery.
A few minutes after her husband’s post, Marian herself took to Instagram and posted a photo of the baby’s ultrasound. According to our source, Marian is now eight weeks pregnant.
Marian wrote in the caption, “My heart overflows with gratitude and humility. Dong and I, with our Zia, have been gifted with the miracle of life! Looking forward to meeting our ‘little’ one soon.
Both Marian and Dingdong attached the following hashtags to their posts: #YesAnotherDantes, #BigSisZia, and #4DnaKami. And while Dingdong added #YesSheIsBuntis to his announcement, Marian tweaked it to #YesImBuntis.
Dindong clarified, however, that he will remain committed in serving his community and the country even just as a private citizen, a desire that was molded by his past work as a Commissioner-At-Large of the National Youth Commission, as well as his continued involvement in the YesPinoy Foundation and YesPH Community Development.
He noted, "Sa lahat nang humihikayat sa aking lumaban sa darating na eleksyon, salamat sa inyong tiwala at suporta.
"Ngayon, habang nag-aaral, naghahanda, at naglilingkod ako bilang isang volunteer at private citizen, umaasa akong patuloy pa rin ang ating pagtutulungan para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan, sa anumang paraan— maliit man o malaki, may posisyon man o wala."
You can read Dingdong’s full statement below:
"Marami ang nagtatanong kung tatakbo ako sa darating na eleksyon, at marami rin ang humihingi ng pormal na sagot.
"Ang pagkakataong maglingkod bilang Commissioner-at-Large ng National Youth Commission, at tumulong sa pamamagitan ng YesPinoy Foundation at ng YesPH Community Development, ang ilan sa mga naging inspirasyon ko upang patuloy na magsilbi sa bayan.
"Pero naniniwala ako na ang pagiging 'public servant' ay isang mabigat na responsibilidad na dapat pinag-aaralan, pinaghahandaan at, higit sa lahat, ipinagdarasal.
"Kung gagawa ako ng malaking hakbang para sa darating na halalan, hindi lamang isang simpleng decision-making ang dapat kong pagdaanan. I should be able to discern His Will and seek guidance.
"And in the process of my discernment, I received His response in the most surprising and beautiful way. With overflowing joy, Marian and I, are happy to share with everyone that we have been blessed with another child! Natupad na rin ang matagal ng dasal naming mag-asawa, lalung-lalo na ni Zia.
"At sa kabila ng buong suportang ibibigay sa akin ni Marian, ng buong pamilya, at mga kaibigan sa anumang magiging desisyon ko sa pagsabak sa pulitika, malinaw sa akin na sa panahong ito ay kailangan kong maging buo para sa aking pamilya.
"My discernment revealed what is truly important in my life— panahon ito para suportahan ang pagdadalang-tao ng aking asawa.
"Life has presented me with two good aspirations, and I can always rationalize to weigh the pros and cons. But I know that, at this point, I am being redirected to my reason of creation— my family.
"My humble service to the public will continue and it could take a different form or level in the future; but first, I have to ensure that my home is protected and secured before I can take care of others.
"Sa aking pamilya at mga kaibigan, thank you for always trusting my judgement and direction. Sa lahat ng nagmamahal sa amin nina Marian at Zia, na umaasang lumaki ang aming pamilya, thank you for your prayers.
"Sa lahat nang humihikayat sa aking lumaban sa darating na eleksyon, salamat sa inyong tiwala at suporta.
"Ngayon, habang nag-aaral, naghahanda, at naglilingkod ako bilang isang volunteer at private citizen, umaasa akong patuloy pa rin ang ating pagtutulungan para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan, sa anumang paraan— maliit man o malaki, may posisyon man o wala.
"Nawa'y ang bawat kabataang kabahagi ng aming mga adbokasiya ay patuloy ding mangarap at maglingkod sa kanilang mga pamilya, paaralan at komunidad.
"And to all my fellow Filipinos, I am with you in believing that in times of uncertainty, God’s unfailing love will always reign supreme.
"Thank you and I humbly request for your continued prayers of protection and good health for my family, especially on Marian’s second pregnancy.