• Dad we Love: Ariel Rivera

    This Father's Day, Ariel Rivera sings to us a new tune: that of living the life he's always dreamed of as a loving husband and devoted dad.
    by Stephanie F. Esguerra .
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    There is no hesitation, no fancy play of words when Ariel Rivera says that his greatest goal in life is to be a parent.

    “My greatest goal in life is to be a father,” the 45-year-old recording artist and actor, soon to appear in the ABS-CBN primetime soap Ina, Kapatid, Anak, reveals. “I want to be a good father and a good husband.” It’s something he has imbibed from his old man, as he says that the way his father raised him and his four siblings was ideal for him.

    As a young man, Ariel saw how his dad prioritized family over career. He admires how devoted his father was to his mother, saying, “I wanted to be like my dad, how he treated my mom, and I vowed, ‘That’s the same way I will treat my wife, my kids.’”

    Ariel’s wife, television host and actress Gelli de Belen, supports this statement by saying, “His dad had three jobs, pero ‘pag Sunday, kahit pagod na pagod, he’ll take them out, teach them how to play basketball, teach them how to drive, spend time with them. That’s the dad he remembers.”

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