Friday, December 21, 2007



picture of ariel rivera

Ariel Rivera was born on May 21, 1970 to Ben and Fannie Rivera of Chinese and Spanish ancestry, respectively. He has four siblings and keeps his personal life private. Rivera has stated music was always played around his home and that he was raised in a middle class family.

In 1989, Musiko Entertainment signed the 19 year old to their label. His debut was crafted very carefully and was labeled as their "Next Big Thing." After two years, his self-titled debut album was finally ready for release. The firsr single, "Mahal Na Nahal Kita" (I Love You So Much) was a #1 pop-r&b crossover hit. The album went 3x platinum. In 1991, he quickly released his second album, Simple Lang. This album also went 3x platinum.

Acting career

In 1992, Ariel Rivera decided to take a chance at acting. His first starring role in the film Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal earned him a Best Supporting Actor award in the 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival. A lead role opposite Sharon Cuneta in 1993's "Ikaw" made him a bankable leading actor. He also co-starred in Isang sulok ng mga pangarap (1994); Anghel na walang langit (1994); Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995); May nagmamahal sa iyo (1996), Ikaw pala ang mahal ko (1997) and Bata, bata ... Paano ka ginawa? (1998).

Acting Awards

* 1992: Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actor for "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
* 2005: 2nd Golden Screen [Entertainment TV] AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Forever In My Heart" (GMA-7)

Return to music

In 1994, Ariel began recording new material for his next album, Photograph. Photograph was released in the spring of 1995. The album would earn critical acclaim. His album would turn Gold in the Philippines.
Family Man

Ariel married actress Gelli de Belen at Santuario de San Jose on December 22, 1997; they have two sons: Joaquin Andres (born on January 29, 1999) and Julio Alessandro (born on November 4, 2000).


* Ariel Rivera 3x platinum (300,000 copies)
* Simple Lang 3x platinum (300,000 copies)
* Photograph Gold (50,000 copies)
* Paskong Walang Katulad Gold (50,000 copies)
* Getting to Know Platinum (100,000 copies)
* Aawitin Ko Na Lang Gold (50,000 copies)
* In My Life 2x platinum (200,000 copies)
* Platinum Hits 5x platinum (500,000 copies)

* total Philippine sales: 1.6 million
* see Ariel Rivera discography for worldwide sales

Filipino Music Awards

* 1992: Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist
* 1997: Music Video of the Year ( Tunay Na Ligaya )
* 1999: Best Vocal Performance of the Year by a Duo/Group: "I Don't Love You Anymore" with Lea Salonga

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