Monday, December 08, 2008
Marian Gracia Rivera, more popularly known as Marian Rivera (born August 12, 1984 in Madrid, Spain) is a Filipino actress and Commercial model. Her first TV role came in 2005 via TAPE Inc.'s afternoon drama, Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako in the lead. However, her breakout role did not come until 2007 when she was cast for the title role in the Philippine remake of MariMar.
Rivera was born in Madrid. Her father is a Spaniard named Francisco Javier Alonso Gracia and her mother is a Filipina named Amalia Rivera. When her parents separated 2 years after her birth, Rivera and her mom left Spain and flew back to her mother's hometown in the Philippines. However, her mother had to leave to continue her work commitment abroad that she was sent to her maternal grandmother, Francisca Rivera in Bacoor, Cavite.
Rivera attended attended in Saint Francis of Assisi College System where she spent her Elementary and High School years and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas for college. She had a 3-month practicum, after which she graduated with a degree in B.S. Psychology.
Rivera evolved from a YouTube video tagged "Marian Sex Scandal". It was allegedly about the actress 'slapping' and shouting at a man in an incident during one of her shootings. Apparently, an unidentified man was apprehended by the actress for recording a video through a phone camera while at the set, resulting to a heated argument. In an interview about the said video, Rivera defended herself, to quote "Kahit payat at maliit ako, hindi ako papayag apihin. Caviteña ako, lalaban ako! Walang nang-aapi sa akin!" ("Even if I'm slim and petite, I will not be oppressed. I'm a Caviteña, I will fight! No one can oppress me!"). Rivera claimed that the man had rudely responded to her with a raised voice when she initially 'teased' him to stop as recording was prohibited on the set, provoking her to defend herself. She denied that she was snobbish to him and no evidence on the said unedited video showed that she said any vulgar words or slapped the man.