Ariel Rivera

Jose Ariel Jimenez Rivera was born in September 1, 1970 Manila, Philippines but has since migrated with his family and became a Canadian citizen. Ariel Rivera was an architect in Canada before his singing talent was accidentally discovered while vacationing in the Philippines. He has since become a successful singer-songwriter, actor, and Aliw award-winning artist.


Music career

In 1989, Musiko Entertainment signed Rivera to their label. His self-titled debut album was released after two years. The first single, "Sana Kahit Minsan" was a #1 pop-r&b crossover hit. The album went 3x platinum. In 1991, he quickly released his second album, Simple Lang. This album also went 3x platinum.

In 1994, Ariel began recording new material for his next album, Photograph. Photograph was released in 1995. His album reached Gold status in the Philippines.

Acting career

In 1992, Ariel Rivera tried acting. His first starring role in the film Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal earned him a Best Supporting Actor award in the 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival. He landed a lead role opposite Sharon Cuneta in 1993's "Ikaw". He also co-starred in Isang sulok ng mga pangarap (1994); Anghel na walang langit (1994); Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995); May nagmamahal sa iyo (1996), Ikaw pala ang mahal ko (1997) and Bata, bata ... Paano ka ginawa? (1998).

Acting awards
1992: Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actor for "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
2005: 2nd Golden Screen Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Forever In My Heart" (GMA-7)

Personal life

Ariel Rivera was born on September 1, 1966. He has four siblings. Rivera is married to actress Gelli de Belen and they have two sons: Joaquin and Julio.


Ariel Rivera 3x platinum (300,000 copies)
Simple Lang 3x platinum (300,000 copies)
Photograph Gold (50,000 copies)
Paskong Walang Katulad Gold (50,000 copies)
Getting to Know Platinum (100,000 copies)
Aawitin Ko Na Lang Gold (50,000 copies)
In My Life 2x platinum (200,000 copies)
Platinum Hits 5x platinum (500,000 copies)
Once Again (released in 2008)
total Philippine sales: 1.6 million
see Ariel Rivera discography for worldwide sales


Ryan Cayabyab Silver Album (Sony BMG Music Philippines, Inc., 1996)
Something More (Jesuits Communications Foundation, Inc., 2001)
Signature Hits OPM's Best Vol. 2 (Vicor Music Corp., 2009)
Filipino Music Awards
1992: Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist
1997: Music Video of the Year ( Tunay Na Ligaya )
1999: Best Vocal Performance of the Year by a Duo/Group: "I Don't Love You Anymore" with Lea Salonga


TV Shows
Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN)
Sa Linggo nAPO Sila! (ABS-CBN)
1896 TV Series (ABC 5)
GMA Telecine Specials (GMA Network)
GMA Mini Series (GMA Network)
GMA True Stories (GMA Network)
GMA Love Stories (GMA Network)
Spotlight on Ariel Rivera (GMA Network)
Narito Ang Puso Ko (GMA Network)- Amoroso San Victores
Forever In My Heart (GMA Network)
Mahiwagang Baul (GMA Network)
Magpakailanman: The Willy Garte Story (GMA Network)
Sugo (GMA Network)
Atlantika (GMA Network) - Barracud
Fantastic Man (GMA Network)- Danny/Tadtad
S.O.P. (GMA Network) - guest performer
Kamandag (GMA Network) - Abdon Serrano
Luna Mystika (GMA Network) - Simon / Ybarra
Rosalinda (GMA Network) - Attorney Alfredo del Castillo
Bakit labis kitang mahal (1992) - David
Ikaw (1993)
Isang sulok ng mga pangarap (1994)
Anghel na walang langit (1994)
Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995)
Jessica Alfaro Story (1995)
May nagmamahal sa iyo (1996) - Nestor
Ikaw pala ang mahal ko (1997) - Tonyboy
Bata, bata... Paano ka ginawa? (1998) - Raffy
Padre De Pamilya (2009)

See also

GMA Network
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