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What We Learned About Marian Rivera In 13 Magazine Covers

Read this for the ultimate Marian Rivera throwback.

Marian Rivera has always been feisty, outspoken, and uninhibited. Here's what the superstar had to say about her humble beginnings as a commercial model, being called a kabit, falling in love with Dingdong Dantes—and finally having her fairy tale ending.

Cosmopolitan October 2007

On having no concept of a budget:

“I have to admit, I used to spend everything I earned from doing commercials. I didn’t have any obligations or responsibilities so I was very happy-go-lucky. Wala talaga akong pakialam. I’d go shopping. I’d buy everything I wanted. My friends and I would eat wherever we wanted. Inubos ko talaga ang pera ko back then.”

On being independent from her parents:

Naku, medyo sumama nga ang loob nila. But I really had to be on my own for real so I had to reject the money they gave me. Nag-commute talaga ako. Ginusto ko na matulog sa airbed. I didn’t even have a ref for three months. It was fun, though. I proved that I could do without luxuries. I even washed my own clothes.”

On being single:

“I’m not with anyone right now. May mga nanliligaw pero sinasabi ko sa kanila ‘di muna pwede. Right now, priority ko talaga trabaho ko. If the guy really loves me, he’ll wait and let me do my thing first. He also has to realize that hindi ako pa-girl. I’m bungisngis.” 

Marie Claire March 2008

On her experience working at the National Mental Hospital:

“I couldn’t help but cry in their company, even if they were not my patients.”

Mas mahirap pa nga pakisamahan ‘yung mga normal eh. Kasi [the mental patients], they’re real people. Whatever they feel, nailalabas nila. When they’re mad, they really show it.”

“Working in the mental hospital requires intense love and understanding. Tinanggal ko anumang pandidiri ko.

On being a transparent person:

“When I hate something, I really hate it. Pag maldita ako, maldita talaga ako. If you raise your brow at me, titirikan din kita ng kilay. I didn’t finish college just to be belittled by anyone—showbiz or not. As long as I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes, ganito ako. My principle in life is if you’re kind to me, I’ll be kinder to you. Pero pag tinarantado mo ako, mas tarantado ako sa’yo. I’ll just reflect the way you treat me.”

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Favorite Bible quote:

“God without man is still God; man without God is nothing.”

Seventeen August 2008

How she shows her soft side:

“I’m very touchy! I’m a physical person—pala-hawak. And I’m always in a good mood—masayahin—when I'm around people I care about.”

Her type of guy:

“I like a guy who shows some effort. Gusto ko dinadalaw ako sa bahay. I don’t like it when he does ligaw through text or tawag-tawag lang. He has to try to talk to my lola. It shows that he isn’t just focused on me, but my family, too—he has to give them importance.”

On standing up for herself:

“When I know something isn’t right, like kung binabastos na ako…I really fight for what I believe in.”

Cosmopolitan March 2009

On the breakup of Dingdong Dantes and Karylle:

Hindi talaga ako mang-aagaw.”

“Basta ako, I’m honest and true to myself. Kung alam kong tama, ipaglalaban ko. It’s tough if I just keep quiet. At mismong si Dong ang nag-e-explain na ‘di talaga ako involved sa kung anuman ang nangyari sa kanilang dalawa.”

On getting closer with Dingdong after his breakup with Karylle:

Hindi [ako guilty]. Ang tagal na nilang wala. Hindi lang nila nasabi sa publiko.”

Cosmopolitan June 2010

On her relationship with Dingdong Dantes:

Alam naman natin na complicated noong una, pero after naman maliwanag na. Lahat kasi ng mga nangyari gradual lang…dumating lang sa point na importante na siya sa akin, then sinabi ni Dong sa interviews niya na ako ang inspiration niya, gan’un lang.

Nagsimula kami na parang magka-away! Ako kasi priority ko ang work ko, at basta gusto ko magawa ko nang tama ang Marimar, so hindi kami nag-uusap. Tapos n’ung nagkakilala kami, mabait naman pala siya! Nagyon siya na talaga yung pinaka-importante sa akin.

What she loves most about Dingdong:

Sobrang kalog niya, nahawa na yata siya sa ‘kin! At may paninindigan talaga.

On writing:

Mahilig ako magsulat. Ang sarap na isulat kung ano ang mga gusto ko mangyari this year—kunwari gusto ko makabili ng ganitong sasakyan, magkaroon ng investment. Tapos, iniisip ko rin ‘yung mga nagawa ko na at gusto ko pang gawin.”

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Women's Health July 2011

Her favorite food:

Mahilig talaga ako kumain basta Filipino food. At saka hindi puwedeng walang rice, parang mamamatay ako kung walang rice!”

One thing men need to know about women:

Ang babae kasi eh, kapag sinuyo mo, tapos na ang usapan. Malambot ang puso ng mga babae, lalo na kapag alam nilang nag-e-ffort ang isang lalaki sa kanila. Walang ibang salita. ‘Flowers for you. Chocolates for you. Can we have dinner outside?’ Awww!”

Cosmopolitan April 2012

What she calls Dingdong in private:

“Daddy”

Marian Rivera according to Dingdong Dantes:

Kung ano s’ya before, nothing can change her, not fame, not the things that come with being a celebrity.”

Sobrang pure ang kanyang soul. She really only has good things to say about everyone. If these people say otherwise, that’s because they [offended her]. Someone has done something bad to her and it’s just how she [reacts].”

On being mataray:

Ikaw ba, ‘pag ginagago ka, ‘pag tinarantado ka, ‘pag sinsaktan ang mahal mo, ‘di ka magmamaldita? Aba, hindi pwede!”

Preview November 2012

On the type of actress she is:

Mahilig kasi ako na kapag may ginagawa akong soap, nakikipag-usap ako sa director ko. Ako yung tipong artista na open. Hindi ako sensitive. Kapag pasado ‘yung ginagawa ko sa’yo, gusto ko ‘yung sinasabi mo sa akin.

On pleasing people:

“As long as alam mo kung ano ‘yung totoo, alam mo kung saan ka masaya, gawin mo ito hindi lang para sa sarili mo. Marami kasi magbe-benefit. Gagawin mo ‘yung trabaho mo, magiging masaya ka sa makukuha mo at maibibigay mo ‘yun sa family mo at mae-enjoy nila ‘yun. At the same, ibang ligaya ang naibibigay ng artista sa mga fans nila.”

Her idea of glamour:

“As long as you feel that you’re beautiful, kaya mong dalhin, with or without makeup, ‘yun ‘yung glam para sa akin.

On how her relationship with Dingdong has grown:

Napagdaanan na namin lahat. Alam naming kung paano i-handle ang mga bagay-bagay. Tsaka dumating sa point na ngayon na para kaming higit sa magkaibigan, higit sa magkapatid, higit sa pagiging mag-boyfriend-girlfriend. Dati, pa-cute lang, pa-arte-arte, tampu-tampuhan. Ngayon, wala nang ganun. Lumalim na siya. May rason pala kung bakit kailangang mapag-daanan ‘yung mga ganun kasi ang saya ng resulta ngayon.”

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On her altercation with Heart Evangelista:

May mga bagay kasi na, hindi ko sinasabi kay Heart, pero kasi ‘pag may bagay na namarkahan na, o ang damit mo, mabutasan na, kahit tahiin mo, may mark pa rin ‘yan.”

FHM January 2013

On her concept of ‘sexy’:

“I have no pretentions coming here to do this cover kaya I was able to do what was asked of me, kahit anong ibigay n’yo sa aking damit isinuot ko because I came here knowing what I was capable of doing and what was required of me. I don’t have to prove ‘sexy’ to anyone because I believe it comes out naturally.”

Cosmopolitan March 2013

On her first FHM cover:

Ngayon, open na ‘yung window ko na ma-try ang mga bagay na dati hindi ako sanay!”

On dealing with negative people:

Dati, once na binastos mo ako, lagot ka sa akin, bastusan tayong dalawa. Pero ngayon, natutunan ko na, binastos mo ako, ay, 'God Bless na lang!'”

Cosmopolitan February 2014

On dealing with Dingdong’s cheating rumors:

“I trust Dong, alam kong ‘di siya gan’un. Malaki ang tiwala ko sa kanya. Hanggang walang pruweba at sabi-sabi lang, dedma! Happy kami sa isa’t-isa.

On resisting temptation:

“You have to think like this: Sige, after mong mag-give in sa temptation, anong mangyayari? Kaming dalawa naman hindi naman kami naglolokohan. There’s no reason at all to give in to temptation.”

FHM March 2014

On the sexiest soap she’s done:

Marimar is very sexy; Dyesebel is topless; Darna is two-piece. So mas malala yung mga yun. Ano pa ba? Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang is very sexy din. Ang Amaya is topless din. So marami.”

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On Dingdong’s surprise proposal at the Macau Butterfly Dome:

Wala akong naramdaman na mag po-propose siya sa akin kasi maraming pagkakataon na naramdaman ko, pero hindi nangyari.”

On Dingdong’s second proposal on live television:

Na-windang na ako kasi nakita ko biglang may lumilipad na mga butterfly, lumuluhod na siya, tapos may singsing siyang hawak.”

On how she loves:

’Pag ako kasi nakipag-relasyon, binibigay ko ang 100% ko.”

On their wedding:

I-on or off-the-record mo pa ‘yan: Ni isang kusing wala akong ginastos sa wedding ko. Lahat talaga si Dong ang gumastos.”

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Liz Uy, on her friendship with Marian Rivera:

Nandiyan siya pag masaya, pero nandiyan din siya pag hindi masaya. Yan is very mindful of things going on around her.”

On continuing her career after marriage:

Ayoko yung umaasa lang ako sa asawa ko.”

Her thoughts on marriage:

Gasgas man sabihin, pero ang pag-aasawa, hindi biro ‘yan. Hindi porket nag-away kayo, ayaw mo na. Kailangan may mga pagkakataon na nagbe-bend down ka. Pero hindi ibig sabihin magiging martyr ka. May tinatawag na compromise.”

’Yun pala yung sign na hinintay niya [Dingdong]: Yung buuin muna yung pagkatao ko, na magawa ko lahat ng gusto kong mangyari bago siya umentra sa buhay ko.”

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