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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 24, 2014

Marian Rivera Proud Dingdong Dantes Is Now A College Graduate And 'Carmela' Is Zooming In The Ratings

DINGDONG DANTES graduated last Sunday from his business administration course at West Negros University in Bacolod and Marian Rivera joined his parents and two uncles in attending the graduation ceremony. For the past couple of years he was able practice good time management in juggling his numerous assignments in school with his hectic sked taping TV shows and shooting films.

“Kahit minsan, gusto kong lumabas at mag-night out, I have to sacrifice and prioritize my studies,” he says. “Now, I feel so fulfilled na may college diploma na rin ako like Marian, na tapos na as a psychology major in La Salle when she joined showbiz. We can never overemphasize the importance of having good higher education.”

It’s just as well that he has finished his college studies as he’d soon be busy taping a new primetime soap, “Dalawang Mrs. Real” with Maricel Soriano and Lovi Poe, and shooting a new film, “Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2”, with Isabelle Daza.

As for Marian, she’s so proud of her boyfriend. “Yung ibang artista, dahil may trabaho na, ayaw ng mag-aral. But siya, bilib talaga ako dahil nagpursigi siyang makatapos. He’s really a good role model for young people and for other movie stars.”

Marian is also rejoicing because her “Carmela” has gained so much in the ratings. The past week was a banner one for the show after Marian as Carmela is reunited with her mom, Agot Isidro as Amanda. The evil Roi Vinzon as Fernando got to shot her twice but she survived. Alden Richards as Yago now knows the crimes that his Lolo Fernando has done to Carmela and her mom. Laurice Guillen as Fides has also learned the truth about Fernando’s evil deeds and confronted him about it. Fernando warns both Carmela and Amanda to keep quiet about him and not ruin his reputation as their town mayor, but Carmela is determined to fight back.