This early, celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes’ adorable kids, Zia and Ziggy, are aware of their parents’ job, especially since the couple have been working from home. Zia has seen her Dada Dingdong directing her Mama Marian for GMA’s drama anthology, “Tadhana.”
What if “tadhana” or fate leads their beautiful children to showbiz?
In a Zoom media con on Wednesday, actress Marian Rivera, who also hosts “Tadhana,” admitted she and her husband know it is not impossible for their kids to follow in their footsteps. And being in the spotlight is not exactly new to Zia, particularly, since she has had endorsements before, but the celebrity couple have made it a point to include the feelings of their daughter, who is turning five this month, in the decision-making process.
“Dati syempre, bata pa ‘yan, hindi pa sya marunong mag decide para sa sarili niya,” related Marian, “This time, ‘pag may mga ginagawa kaming [endorsements], tinatanong namin muna siya, ‘Gusto mo ba ito? Zia, ito ang gagawin mo, OK ba sa’yo?’ So siya na ang nag de decide, ‘Yes, Mama, I want it or no, Mama, I like this one lang.’ May mga ganun kami. At naniniwala ako na kailangan tinatanong na emosyon nya at ayokong pinipilit ang anak ko sa mga bagay na ayaw niya, dapat gusto niya ginagawa niya.
“At kung hindi mapigilan at susunod sa yapak bilang artista, isa lang naman ang sasabihin namin ng tatay ni zia. Ibibigay ko lang ‘yung sinabi ng mga magulang ko rin – magtapos ka muna ng pag-aaral anak, bago mo gawin ang mga gusto mong gawin. Syempre, suportahan naming siya, 100% nasa likod niya kami, kahit anong gusto niyang desisyon ang gustohin niya. Pero as of now, gusto niyang maging singer, oh di ba? Kanta nang kanta, with acting pa,” she added with a laugh.
So until Zia gets her diploma, it would be her parents who would be visible on screen. And Marian is happy she can host “Tadhana” at home. The GMA’s award-winning drama program is now on its third year. Marian said the show is moving its focus from exclusively featuring the stories of overseas Filipino workers to including tales of everyday Filipinos – whether here or abroad – but despite the change, “Tadhana” remains true in its commitment to entertain while giving life lessons that will inspire and touch lives.
“For our third anniversary, medyo light dramatic pero love story siya. And then sa susunod light din naman pero kwentong Pilipino lang din na dito lang din ang storya. Minsan kasi ang Pilipino ganyan, kahit may nangyayaring pandemya, gusto nila dramatic, para nadadala pa rin siya, at ‘yun pa rin ang ibibigay namin sa kanila,” said Marian.
For Nov. 7 and 14, “Tadhana” will show “The One That Ran Away” about Hannah, played by Kim Molina, who is scheduled to get married to an architect named Carlo, played by Edgar Allan Guzman, and the wedding photographer Jared, played by Paolo Contis, who becomes part of the triangle.
On Nov. 21 and 28, “Tadhana” will inspire with “55 (Hindi pa Huli ang Umibig),” about middle-aged widow Cordelia and the mysterious Ramil. It will star Cherie Gil, Jon Lucas, Rochelle Pangilinan, Aira Bermudez, and Cecil Paz.