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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.

Apr 3, 2020



IN THESE dangerous and trying times when we are told to just stay at home, it would be best if you have your own family to keep you company. And you can easily see the blessing that this brings to Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera who have found heaven with each other and their two children, Zia and Ziggy.

In the no-contact online edition of “All Out Sundays”, GMA’s Primetime King and Queen shared how they while their time away bonding as a whole family while we're under quarantine.

“We divide each day into three parts,” says Dingdong. “Sa umaga, it’s study time and in the afternoon, it’s time for play and their recreation and in the evening, magkakasama kaming lahat sa aming bonding time as a whole family.”

“We prepare worksheets for their assignments para naman kahit nasa bahay lang, may natututuhan sila,” adds Marian. “We make use of our time wisely in a way na lagi kaming magkakasama lahat. And siempre, lagi kong ipinagluluto ngayon ang aming family habang hindi ako busy with work.”

Dong and Marian showed their kids in the online show and also in the GMA Kapuso Foundation fundraiser, Buong Puso Para sa Pilipino, which featured other Kapuso stars willing help those affected by the corona pandemic, specially the medical and military frontliners who are putting their lives on the risk.

“Tungkulin nating tulungan sa panahong ito na may krisis ang ating health workers, at yung mga hindi makapagtrabaho dahil sa corona quarantine,” adds Dingdong, who’s currently on leave from taping his primetime action-drama, “Descendants of the Sun”.

“It’s also our responsibility to our own selves to keep fit and healthy para hindi tayo basta tablan ng virus.

"Kaya nga kami ng mga kasama ko sa DOTS, Rocco Nacino, Lucho Ayala and Jon Lucas ng Alpha Team, we do our simultaneous work outs habang nasa sarili naming mga bahay and then we show this live streaming on Facebook para mahikayat ang viewers na mag-exercise din sila kahit nasa bahay lang sila.

"Kasama rin namin yung co-actors namin who play rebels, sina Neil Sese, Carlo Gonzalez and Ian Ignacio. We want to show how solid our brotherhood is sa DOTS and our common goal is to improve our body’s resistance to fight the virus.”

Dingdong and Marian also helped our frontliners at Quezon City General Hospital by cooking healthy meals for them. “Marian herself cooked the menudo,” says Dong and you can see the video on Instagram with Marian cooking and them repacking the cooked food for distribution.

“This is our way of thanking them and honoring them for their services and dedication to their job of protecting us”

Marian has also put up her own fund raising drive called Kindness Kitchen for those who want to help out in feeding our health workers and other frontliners.

“Ang sitwasyon natin ngayon, maraming itinuturo sa atin,” she says. “It teaches us resiliency as a community, that we should remain positive that we will all survive this ordeal together.

"It also teaches us to be compassionate to other people, lalo na yung mahihirap na walang regular na trabaho ngayon.”

Marian has started taping for her new series, “My First Yaya”, with Gabby Concepcion. She hopes they can resume taping it as soon as this crisis is over.