Marian Rivera marks her 38th birthday with a new cover feature on Cosmopolitan Philippines for the month of August. This serves as her 7th cover for the magazine. Just like in her previous covers, Marian never missed the beat. She is a Queen and I(and I’m sure I’m not the only one) will always rise for her. BOOM! I said what I said.
Marian Rivera-Dantes is inarguably one of the most recognizable faces in local showbiz. At 38, she remains as fresh and lovely as when she first made headlines as the lead actress in the local adaptation of the Mexican telenovela Marimar.
So much has happened on her life journey since her TV debut. She has portrayed iconic characters including Darna, Dyesebel, and Amaya that have firmly cemented her place in Pinoy pop culture, but the role she no doubt enjoys the most is being a wife to Dingdong Dantes and a mother to Zia and Sixto. Not to mention, she’s a successful entrepreneur—she’s the owner and founder of lifestyle brand Flora Vida, which offers easy-breezy fashion pieces, chic flower arrangements, and stylish home accents with sustainability at its core.
On being an entrepreneur
Growing up, Marian has been taught to have a practical approach in life. It’s a mindset that’s been ingrained by her lola since her childhood. “Well-trained ako ng lola ko,” she explains. “For example, sa pagiging masinop talaga, turo sa akin na wala naman talaga kasing permanente sa mundo. Lahat ng ito ay dadaan, mawawala, minsan babalik, pero kailangan alam mo kung paano papahalagahan itong mga bagay na ito, which is maging praktikal ka.”
Meanwhile, she credits her mother as the one who developed her being business-oriented. “Si Mama kasi ma-business at ma-investment talaga siya. Pinapakita nia sa akin ang mga investments niya tapos tatanungin ako kung ano ng balak ko sa mga kinikita ko,” she shares, noting how her mother urged her to look for investments and be forward-looking with her earnings.
On self-care and self-love
While Marian is unquestionably a dedicated wife and mother, she manages her time well to balance work, family, and self-care. Not forgetting the importance of her own well-being, she makes it a point to also do things that she enjoys. “I find time kapag tulog sila, or nagbo-book ako ng service para sa massage, foot spa and cleaning. Kapag nasa room ako, kahit hindi ako solo, I listen to music o nag-a-arrange ng flowers, me-time ko na iyan,” she shares.
For Marian, becoming a mother doesn’t mean she needs to let go of herself. She advocates for ‘me-time’ for moms as means of self-care. “Hindi ko masisi ang mga mommies na walang time sa sarili dahil sa sobrang pagmamahal nila sa pamilya nila. Pero paano ka makakapagbigay ng 100 percent na pagmamahal, kung yung sarili mo nakikita nila hindi mo inaalagaan?” Additionally, she says self-discipline is the key. “Dapat isipin nila, kapag buo ako, kaya kong gawin lahat para sa iyo. So kailangan ko maging complete, buo, at happy ako so ginagawa ko, which is ang nakikita ng mga anak ko sa akin kaya lumalaki silang grounded at lagi silang sweet sa akin. Okay na ako doon.”
As a Psychology graduate from the De La Salle University in Dasmariñas, Cavite, Marian speaks up on the importance of having conversations about mental health to help remove the stigma around it. “Serious matter yan. Parati kong sinasabi kapag iyan ang topic, ‘never, ever compare yourself to other people. You are special, you are unique, and you are loved.’”
She underscores the importance of having faith and believing in God’s perfect timing, and surrounding yourself with people who understand, support, and love you. “Openness about your feelings is very important, and so is seeking help kapag pakiramdam mo hindi mo na kaya.”
All that being said, Marian is clear about one thing: She will always put her family as her priority. “To be honest, gusto ko mas i-achieve yung maging good mother sa mga anak ko at good wife sa husband ko. Gusto kong irurok yung pagiging the best of the best for them, kasi nitong pandemic, na-realize ko na para sa akin, walang mahalaga kung hindi sila. Sila talaga yung kayamanan ko at gusto kong i-achieve na maging mabuting ina para sa kanila, hanggang kaya kong ibigay kung ano yung para sa kanila.”
She concludes, “Iyon ang aking priority.” (READ FULL ARTICLE: COSMO PH)