Photo from her Facebook page
MANILA, Philippines - It's a fresh start for Marian Rivera as she is set to star in a new teleserye in the network that she still calls home.
The Kapuso star has signed a 3-year contract with GMA-7 after much speculation on her options that she herself had hinted at.
On Sunday, August 11, a day before her 29th birthday, Marian formally entered into a 3-year exclusive contract with GMA at the Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park.
After all that talk about moving elsewhere, Marian has opted for this virtual reprise of the time GMA groomed her in 2007 as its next star, riding on the remake of the Mexican telenovela, "Marimar."
It's a fresh start, all told.
Witnessing this ceremony were Atty. Felipe Gozon, GMA president and CEO, GMA COO Jimmy Duavit, CFO Felipe Yalong, executives Redgie Acuna Magno, Lilybeth Rasonable, and Marivin Arayata, and Marian's manager, Rams David.
"Hindi ko naman itatanggi, merong mga [I wouldn't deny there were] offers from different stations," she told the press.
"Pero wala naman akong dahilan para umalis sa GMA-7." (I have no reason to leave GMA-7.)
"Ang pagmamahal na ibinigay nila sa akin, sobra-sobra." (The support they gave me has been tremendous.)
"Wala naman akong ibang pupuntahan. Dito naman nagsimula ang lahat para sa akin." (I have nowhere else to go. This is where it all began.)
Marian had also celebrated her birthday in advance, throwing a party for the children of Child Haus.
It was the celebrator handing out gifts to these children afflicted with cancer and other diseases. For the actress, this was a poignant visit.
"Gusto ko rin ngang maging [I also wanted to be a] SpEd [Special Education] teacher dahil noong college ako [when I was in college], we visited this school for special children," recalled the psychology-trained actress.
"Since nandito na ako sa showbiz, ito ang ginawa ko." (Since I'm in showbiz now, this is what I do.)
"Kesa magkaroon ako ng malaking party na gagastos ako ng malaki, [Instead of holding a big party and spending big], I would rather do charity work at marami pa akong mapapasayang mga bata [and make children happy]."
Marian and her boyfriend Dingdong Dantes are now abroad, as of this writing. The trip wasn't really planned. She had no idea what Dingdong had in mind.