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Marian Rivera Gracia-Dantes (Fil) or Marian Gracia Rivera de Dantes (Es) (née Spanish: Marian Gracia y Rivera; Filipino: Marian Rivera Gracia; born 12 August 1984), known professionally as Marian Rivera, is a Filipino commercial model and actress, best known for her roles in MariMar, Dyesebel, Amaya, and Temptation of Wife.
As a recording artist, Rivera has released two studio albums: the Marian Rivera Dance Hits and Retro Crazy. She starred in such films as My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend, You to Me Are Everything, and Panday 2.
She was included in 2011’s Top 20 Endorsers. She was hailed as FHM Magazine’s Sexiest Woman in 2008, 2013, and 2014, setting the record of three cumulative victories through voting online and SMS.
2014–15: Carmela and Eat Bulaga!
Rivera returned to prime time with a heavy-drama project temporarily entitled as Carmela (formerly “Catarina”) broadcast by GMA Network on 27 January 2014, wherein she was occasionally paired with Alden Richards.
On 19 April 2014, she headlined in another Lenten television drama anthology special, Panalangin. It was the fourth time she had starred in a Lenten series which was also produced by APT Entertainment and broadcast in the same network.
In 2015, Rivera was supposed to appear in her comeback television program entitled The Rich Man’s Daughter, but due to her pregnancy, she was then replaced by fellow Kapuso celebrity Rhian Ramos respectedly. Despite of her first pregnancy, Rivera pursued to continue some of her appointments in which she appeared in different television commercial ads namely Biofit Tea, Hana Shampoo, Kopiko Cafe Blanca, 555 Tuna’, and the recent Del Monte Quick & Easy TV ad, together with her husband Dingdong Dantes. Magazine covers that featured Rivera such as UNO Magazine, MEG Magazine, Preview Magazine, Speed Magazine, Weddings & Beyond Magazine are to be name the few. In the cover of UNO Magazine, Rivera was quoted as saying “Pregnancy is a beautiful thing”, describing her present condition in her Instagram account.
Rivera was selected as USTv’s Student Leaders Choice for Female Social Media Personality Gawad Sulo ng Bayan Natatanging Pilipinang Aktres sa Pelikula at Telebisyon on Golden Torch CCA, Inc., and the 2nd PEPList Choice Awards for its Newsmaker of the Year category, with Dingdong Dantes, was accepted by ABS-CBN newscaster Korina Sanchez on behalf of the couple. Rivera was included to Rogue Magazine’s Top 50 Most Influential Filipino Online.
2015–present: Sunday Pinasaya and Encantadia
That same year, she headlined with Ai-Ai delas Alas, joined by Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, as well as comedians Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola in the comedy-variety show Sunday PinaSaya. In 2016, Rivera marked her comeback in television as part of the remake of GMA-7’s fantasy TV show Encantadia.
Rivera made her surprise cameo appearance in romantic-comedy film, Imagine You and Me which stars the love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.