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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.

Aug 6, 2020


IF LIFE BEGINS at 40, then Dingdong Dantes just started his own life when he celebrated his 40th birthday on August 2.

Because of the lockdown, he had a simple birthday celebration at his own home with his close relative and friends, led by his wife Marian Rivera and their two kids, Zia and Ziggy.

In an Instagram post, Dingdong wrote messages of thanks for some very special people in his life, led by his own mom Angeline. He wrote:

“Today, I honor my mother who brought me into this world. I had to have my own children to make me realize the sacrifices that our mothers do for us.   She literally put her life on the line for me.

"So whenever I get a birthday greeting, I also celebrate her strength, love and commitment in raising a kulit boy like me.”

And this is what he wrote for his wife and for the Lord:

“Today, I also honor my wife who has been my rock and core. Building a family of my own and reaching milestones have been a blissful and contented journey because I have her as my partner in and for life.

"And of course, today, I honor our Creator, who has made all things possible and surmountable for me all throughout these years. So, I welcome and embrace your well-wishes so that I can continue glorifying Him.”

Dingdong earlier planned to have an Oktober-fest kind of rock and roll part to celebrate his natal day but, as we all know, the corona lockdown came along to prevent that.

The next member of their family who’d celebrate her birthday is his wife Marian, on August 12, and she will be turning 35 years old.

They’re really getting on in years as Kapuso Primetime King and Queen and whether we like it or not, much younger stars will eventually come and dominate the Kapuso stable of regular stars.

But we’re sure the GMA Network will always have a special place for them in their own firmament.