13 Secrets To Marian And Dingdong's Successful Relationship

Trust, compromise, and a whole lot of KILIG.

We're still on a high from Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes' engagement! In case you missed it, Dingdong proposed to Marian on national TV on Saturday, August 9. Obviously, she said yes. The couple caused quite the media frenzy with the surprise proposal, and Marian's official hashtag #ForeverStartsToday has been making its rounds on social media.

Want a love like theirs? Read up on exclusive excerpts from our interview with Marian during her February 2014 cover feature with Dingdong, and find out why they are our ultimate couple peg:

1. They're better together.
"I believe that in every relationship, you have to meet halfway," says Marian, who explains that this is the secret to their relationship's longevity. "Opposite kami sa attitude and everything. Blue gusto niya, ako pink. Pero pag pinagsama blue and pink, okay kaming dalawa."

2. They never stop wooing each other.
"Yung relationship namin parang laging bago. Marami kaming nadi-discover sa isa't-isa. We never run out of things to talk about. Di kami nauubusan ng kuwento. Best friends kami, barkada. Pag busy siya, pupuntahan ko siya. Pag busy ako, [bibigyan niya ako ng] flowers. Hanggang ngayon kinikilig pa rin ako."

3. They are super busy, but they make time for each other.
Marian and Dingdong make it a point to squeeze in "us time" no matter how short or unexpected it is. "Pag may libre siya, kahit one hour lang, kakain kami nang mabilis. Dapat may balance pa din. Even if we are busy every day, may isang tuldok na may free."

4. They think long-term.
"O, sige, after mong mag-give in sa temptation, anong mangyayari? Kami ni Dong, marami kaming memories. Di kami maglolokohan. Enjoy kami sa isa't-isa at walang dahilan para mag-give in sa temptation

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5. They are super honest with each other.
On finding other celebrities hot: "Hindi siya ganon. Minsan sasabihin ko, 'Ang ganda ni ano, no?' At sasabihin nya, 'Hmmm...mas maganda ka don.' O minsan niloloko ko sya, at sasabihin niyang, ‘O, mas may gaganda pa ba sa'yo?' Echoserong palaka, pero kinikilig na ako."

6. They always try to look good for each other.
"Sobrang kinikilig pa din ako, eh. That's our biggest secret: di ka mawalan ng kilig sa partner mo, at ang partner mo dapat gumawa ng paraan na pakiligin ka. When one of us gets a haircut, it's like having a new boyfriend or girlfriend. Dapat alam mo dalhin sarili mo. Isa yon sa mga kinikilig ako sa kanya. Date tayo? Formal. Nasu-surprise din siya. You can't be complacent. Hindi puwedeng, eto lang ako, mahalin mo ako. Dapat ipakita mo sa kanya na, 'Ah, ikaw din…Di porket ang tagal ng relationship mo, naka pambahay ka, naka tsinelas ka.' You have to look good for each other. Paano gaganahan sa'yo ang lalake? Ikaw bilang babae, alagaan mo sarili mo para alagaan ka."

7. They don't evade issues. 
"When Dingdong says sorry, suko ka na, tupi ka na. Nakikipag-ayos na eh, para di na humaba. We always have an explanation, hindi yung hindi pinag-uusapan. Nagdi-discuss kami."

8. They value their relationship over pride.
"May mga girls na sobrang taas ng pride na bahala ka sa buhay mo. Okay lang yon minsan, pero dapat mag-meet kayo halfway. Di pwedeng lagi kang nakatayo; kailangan mo din mag-bend. I wouldn't bend if Dingdong wasn't worth it; worth it kasi siya. Mabait na tao at inaalagan niya talaga ako. Para kahit papaano, maayos. Pag mahal ko ang tao, mabilis mawala ang galit ko. Pag hindi, dedma."

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9. They trust each other.
"Non-negotiable: alam namin ang limitasyon sa isat-isa, dapat o hindi dapat, kung ano ang makakasakit sa bawa't isa. What's important is after the [director says] 'cut,' alam mong tapos na. Ganon naman si Dong eh. Nakatrabaho ko na siya before na hindi pa kami, and he’s very professional. I don't worry about him. Off-cam na naglalandian sila, patulan ko pa ba? At the end of the day, kanino ba yan? Akin yan, di ba? Manigas ka, ganon nalang."

10. They keep their romance alive.
"One of the sweetest things Dong has done for me is he gave me a bouquet of flowers made of art paper. For every rose, may wish na nakasukat para sa akin. Nung Valentine's, sinet-up niya na dalawa sila ni Papa ka-date ko. Kapag love mo ang isang tao walang dahilan para manghinayang ka o mapagod ka para gawin ang mga bagay-bagay. As long as nakikita mo na nakangiti siya, at masaya ka, ibig sabihin na totoo ang pagmamahal mo. At habang totoo ang pagmamahal mo, ibigay mo na."

11. They support each other all the way.
On competing with each other: "If you're just going to compete with each other, you shouldn't stay together. You should support each other. Dingdong swallows his pride. Ibibigay niya lang sayo. When we have conflicts, we know how to handle it. Di puro pride. Di pwedeng ikaw ang magaling. Hayaan mo naman na ikaw ang shadow niya. Pag competition, 'di love yon."

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12. They are each financially independent.
"Ang babae mabubuntis, tataba, lolosyang. 'Wag ka maubusan ng kumpiyansa sa sarili mo. Ikaw mismo pinapatay mo sarili mo. You need to save so that you're not fully dependent on your husband. You should have your own money. O kung tumaba ako, may pang pa-lipo ako. Dapat wala kang sisihin kung di sarili mo."

13. They both want kids.
"I want a lot of kids. When I enter a new chapter in my life, ready na ako. Malosyang man ako, lumawlaw man ang kailangan lumawlaw sa akin, tanggap ko na yon. Di puwedeng all the time hot ka. Nagpabuntis ka, ano yon, puro sarap lang, puro ligaya? Parang artista kumikita ka lang, di ka binabash—imposible yan. Parang sinigang lang yan, kung walang asim, waley!"

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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