Ariel Rivera BiographyJosé Ariel Jimenez Rivera more commonly known as Ariel Rivera was in May 21, 1970 in Manila, Philippines to Ben and Fannie Rivera of Chinese and Spanish ancestry. His family moved to and settled in Canada. He was an architect pursuing a career in Canada until before he was discovered. It was during a holiday stay in the Philippines that he was discovered to have a good singing voice. Since then he has become one of Philippines best singers, songwriters and actor.
He was titled Kilabot ng mga Kolehiyalawhich was formerly linked to Hajji Alejandro in the 1970s. He married Anna Gianelli De Belen, sister to Janice De Belen, an actress and a presenter, on December 22, 1997 at Santuario de San Jose. They made a film together right after marriage, Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko. They were blessed with 2 sons, Joaquin and Alessandro.
Ariel Rivera was able to release a self titled album through Musiko Entertainment which he was signed earlier in 1989 to their label. His first single Sana Kahit Minsan has become an instant hit after it was released in 1991. The album was able to receive 3X Platinum. His second album, Simple Lang was released immediately and also received 3X Platinum. Photograph was released in 1995 which has gained Gold records.
Ariel Rivera was the quiet kind of person. He always wants to keep his privacy even if showbiz has already become part of his lifestyle. He earned various awards in the field of acting and singing; Best New Male Artist in 1991, Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist in 1992, Best Supporting Actor for Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal in Metro Manila Film Festival in 1992, Music Video of the Year in Tunay Na Ligaya in 1997, Best Vocal Performance of the Year by a Duet in I Don’t Love You Anymore with Leah Salonga in 1999, Outstanding Lead Actor for Forever In My Heart at 2nd Golden Screen Awards in 2005 and Best Actor at Parola, Bahaghari Awards.
Ariel Rivera also appeared in a number of television shows. Among them are Sa Linggo nAPO Sila, Manilyn! Live, Mula Sa Puso, Saan Ka Man Naroroon, Narito Ang Puso Ko, Magpakailanman: The Willy Garte Story, Forever In my Heart, Sugo, Mahiwagang Baul, Duyan, Atlantika, Fantastic Man, Kamandag, Rosalinda, Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman ba kita?, Inday Wanda, Mula Sa Puso, Luna Mystika, Ina, Kapatid, Anak and Maalaala mo Kaya: Flash Cards being the most recent in 2012.