Ariel Rivera

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Ariel Rivera
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Background information
Born (1966-09-01) September 1, 1966 (age 48)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres OPM, Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1989–present
Labels Sony BMG/Musiko Entertainment

José Ariel Jiménez Rivera (born 1 September 1966) is a Filipino recording artist and actor.

Rivera was born in Manila, Philippines but has since migrated with his family to Canada. He has since become a successful singer-songwriter, actor, and Aliw award-winning artist. He is dubbed as "Kilabot ng Kolehiyala", a title formerly bestowed upon Hajji Alejandro, a popular Filipino singer in the 1970s.

Career[edit]

Music career[edit]

Rivera was an architect in Canada before his singing talent was accidentally discovered while he was on holiday in the Philippines. In 1989, Musiko Entertainment signed Rivera to their label. His self-titled debut album was released after two years. The first single, "Sana Kahit Minsan" 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.

In 1994, Rivera began recording new material for his next album, Photograph. Photograph was released in 1995. His album reached Gold status in the Philippines.

Acting career[edit]

In 1992, Rivera tried 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. He landed a lead role opposite Sharon Cuneta in 1993's "Ikaw". 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 ... Pa'no Ka Ginawa? (1998).

Acting awards[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Rivera has four siblings and prefers to keep his personal life private. He married actress and television presenter Anna Gianelli de Belen on 22 December 1997 in Santuario de San José, and both did a film released five months before their marriage entitled "Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko". The couple has two sons: Joaquín Andrés (born 29 January 1999) and Julio Alessandro (born 6 November 2000).[1]

Albums[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

  • Ryan Cayabyab Silver Album (Sony BMG Music Philippines, Inc., 1996)
  • Something More (JesCom Foundation, Inc., 2001)
  • Signature Hits OPM's Best Vol. 2 (Viva Records Corp. & Vicor Music Corp., 2009)

Awards[edit]

  • Best New Male Artist- Awit Awards, 1991
  • Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist- 1992
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, Metro Manila Film Festival, 1992[4]
  • Music Video of the Year- Tunay Na Ligaya, 1997
  • Best Vocal Performance of the Year by a Duet/Group- I Don’t Love You Anymore with Lea Salonga, 1999
  • Outstanding Lead Actor- Forever In My Heart, 2nd Golden Screen Awards, 2005
  • Best Actor- Parola, Bahaghari Awards

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Marriage Contract Leo Bautista ABS-CBN
2013 Maria Mercedes Santiago del Olmo
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Saranggola Eddy
2012-2013 Ina, Kapatid, Anak Julio Marasigan
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flash Cards Fidel
E-Boy Gabriel Villareal
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin Maurice del Castillo
2011 Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Arnel
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tap Dancing Shoes Luciano Mata
Mula Sa Puso[5] Don Fernando Pereira
2010 Inday Wanda Daddy Lee TV5
Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? Daniel Bustamante GMA Network
2009 Rosalinda Atty. Alfredo del Castillo
2008–2009 Luna Mystika Simon / Ybarra
2007–2008 Kamandag Abdon Serrano
2007 Fantastic Man Danny/Tadtad
2006 Atlantika Barracud
Duyan Mateo
2006-2006 Sugo Samuel
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul
2004–2005 Forever In My Heart Michael Bernabe
2004 Magpakailanman: The Willy Garte Story Willy Garte
2003–2004 Narito Ang Puso Ko Amoroso San Victores
1999 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Angelo ABS-CBN
1997–1999 Mula Sa Puso Rafael Buencamino
1995–2006 ASAP Host
1989–1995 Sa Linggo nAPO Sila
1990-1992 Manilyn! Live IBC
1986–1989 Sa Linggo nAPO Sila

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Padre De Pamilya Joselito Mirasol
2006 Tulay
1998 Bata, Bata… Pa'no Ka Ginawa? Raffy
1997 Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko Tonyboy Balmaceda
1996 May Nagmamahal Sa Iyo Nestor
1995 Jessica Alfaro Story
Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story
1994 Anghel Na Walang Langit
Isang Sulok Ng Mga Pangarap
1993 Ikaw
1992 Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miralles, Nitz (2007-05-03). "Ariel Rivera and family migrating to Canada in 2015" (in Tagalog). Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Ariel Rivera releases 16-track album Paskong Walang Katulad". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ "A busy Christmas for Backroom artists". Philippine Star. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival: Awards for 1992". Internet Movie Database. 
  5. ^ PEP.ph. "JM De Guzman, Lauren Young, and Enrique Gil will lead new cast of Mula sa Puso | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2012-03-07.