Dingdong Dantes is glad that at this point when he is busy with a new soap opera titled Alyas Robin Hood, his wife Marian Rivera is the one whose schedule is free.
“We don’t really have an agreement when it comes to work schedule,” he says. “In the first place, we are just employees of GMA so we can’t demand. Perhaps, it’s a lucky coincidence and perfect timing knowing that we have a ten-month old daughter (Zia) to attend to.”
The popular actor is grateful to the Kapuso management.
“They are the ones who decide on what projects we’ll do. They know what’s best for their talents. Marian and I are thankful because even if we didn’t ask for it, GMA is so understanding of our stature as parents. Seemingly, they’ve arranged a work schedule in which we can alternate in taking care of Baby Zia.
“Maybe, it wasn’t intentional but the situation works well for us. As parents themselves, our bosses are aware that Marian and I should take turns in taking care of our child. This is an important phase in our parenthood and I’m happy that our mother studio is making the job easier for us, so to speak.”
During the first half of the year, he had more free time as compared to her equally popular wife.
“That’s right! While I was enjoying quality domestic time then, she was busy with ‘Yan ang Morning. Add to that her weekly exposure in Sunday Pinasaya. I was glad that we weren’t both busy during those times or else, we’d hardly find time for our daughter Zia.”
Now, the tables are turned as Marian is in a furlough from the showbiz scene while he is the one hugging the spotlight with Alyas Robin Hood.
“I’m excited with this project since it’s inspired by the English folklore Robin Hood. I’m required to do archery here for my character. Megan Young and Andrea Torres are my leading ladies in the show. We also boast of a star-studded production with the likes of Ms. Jaclyn Jose, Ms. Cherie Gil, Sid Lucero, Paolo Contis, Gary Estrada and Mr. Christopher de Leon lending their stellar power to the soap,” ends Dingdong.
A television station on Sky Cable’s Channel 35 based in Bacolod City called Piaya Network is gradually making its presence felt on the boob tube.
“Primarily, apart from promoting Bacolod City as a top tourist destination, we want Piaya to be the medium for indie stars,” says owner Anthony Leo Aguirre.
The network’s schedule in programs consists mostly of their original television offerings that cover travel, food, lifestyle and current events. It also covers special events such as sports, festivals, concerts and stand-up comedy and short films.
“Our current line-up of shows are interesting and diverse. There’s L: Live, Laugh, Love, A Listed, The Real Talk, Project Negros, Festival Junkie, Travel N’ Taste, Straight No Chaser, Piaya Documentaries, SmArts, Backpacker Adventures and Food Infinity!”
Interestingly, all their programs are broadcasted in their own vernacular.
“I guess, that’s what makes us unique. The diversity of our shows aim to entice our audience from every angle and reach out to highlight the beauty of Negros,” states Anthony.