Marian Rivera Calls Dingdong Dantes Her "Kabiyak" (Better Half)Marian Rivera surprisingly called boyfriend Dingdong Dantes her "kabiyak" or better half in a public speech during the awarding ceremony of the 1st Gintong Palad Public Service Awards.
Both Marian and Dingdong were awardees of the said ceremony that was held at the One Esplanade in Pasay City last November 20.
Dingdong wasn't able to attend the awards night because he has a prior commitment, so Marian was the one who thanked the awards committee on behalf of Dingdong.
She said she falls more in love with Dingdong because of the charity works he has done, especially with his YES Pinoy Foundation. The actor is also an active member of the Philippine Red Cross.
"Dahil ako rin po, bilang kanyang kabiyak, ay nakikita ko po ang kanyang pagmamalasakit at pagmamahal sa kanyang kapwa, higit lalo po sa Yes Pinoy Foundation niya, na talagang ipinagmamalaki ko po siya."
The Gintong Palad Public Service Awards are being given by the Movie Writers Welfare Foundation to individuals who selflessly reach out to their fellowmen in light of natural calamities and disasters such as the Bohol earthquake and the Typhoon Yolanda.
Aside from Marian and Dingdong, other awardees from the entertainment industry were Arnold Clavio, Ricky Reyes, Arnell Ignacio, Ara Mina, Isko Moreno, Diether Ocampo, Aga Muhlach, Robin Padilla and Angel Locsin.
In the field of politics, the awardees are Batangas Governor Vilma Santos and Quezon City Congressman Alfred Vargas.
In business, Manny V. Pangilinan and Miguel Belmonte were given the awards while in institutional, the recipients were Fr. Anton Pascual of Caritas Manila and Boots Anson Roa of Mowelfund.
In the networks category, the awardees are Mel Tiangco of Kapuso Foundation, Gina Lopez of Bantay Bata Foundation), Menchie Silvestre (Alagang Kapatid Foundation) and Daniel Razon of Kamanggagawa Foundation.
The award, Marian said, was priceless. "Bilang artista po, magiging makabuluhan lang po ang isang artista kapag nakaka-touch ka po ng iba’t ibang klaseng tao at minamahal ka nila bilang ikaw."