MANILA, FEBRUARY 6, 2012 (PHILSTAR) CONVERSATIONS With Ricky Lo - (PHOTO - Marian: My ultimate goal is... for now, to study culinary arts, make good TV shows and movies, and invest in real estate. Dingdong: My biggest fear is... if an earthquake or a tsunami happened without my loved ones by my side.)

On the screen and off, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera make a handsome pair, seemingly so compatible that their fans (or maybe even their non-fans) wish that they would live happily ever after not just in reel but for real.

They are inseparable. But they vehemently deny that they plan to end up “Mr. & Mrs.” this year, or in the very near future, never mind if unreliable managhuhula predicted otherwise.

But who knows? Dingdong and Marian might end up at the altar — in their latest small-screen team-up My Beloved which premieres on Feb. 13, eve of Valentine’s Day, on GMA. It’s the same soap that created a gigantic traffic jam several days ago during a “fake” accident where a big bus jumped off a skyway (or a bridge) at the intersection of Buendia and Roxas Boulevard.

Directed by Dominic Zapata, the all-star-cast includes Carl Guevarra, Jennica Garcia, Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes, Mikael Daez, Katrina Halili, Saab Magalona and Ynna Asistio.

To make sure that Dingdong and Marian really match, Conversations asked them to complete some questions, separately of course (so there wasn’t any, uhm, comparing notes).


I hate people...who pretend to know it all, mayabang na wala namang ibubuga.

I avoid people...whom I hate.

My greatest pleasure is...sunset brandy or beer with my family (wife) by the porch of my ranch, while watching my children play.

My worst moment is...when I slipped on a staircase during a wedding, wearing my favorite tux, with my date by my side. (I was more worried about a back injury than my stupidity or clumsiness, hehehe!)

My biggest fear is...if an earthquake or a tsunami happened without my loved ones by my side.

I pray for...gratitude, hope, strength, love and clarity of mind.

The most important person in my life is...a group of people and not just one person.

If I were to be reincarnated as an animal, I would be...torn between choosing to be a monkey-eating eagle and a lion. Lion because I want to be the most knowledgeable in my territory. Eagle because aside from the fact that it can fly, its being an endangered specie makes it more valuable. So in case I want to rest from flying, I can go back to my home base, without the fear of anyone shooting me down.

My most traumatic experience was...when a mayor of a town that I visited during a campaign period was assassinated 10 meters away from where I was standing. More than the fear of death, it was the sight of pandemonium that followed that haunted me. I pity the children who were hurt.

[PHOTO - Dingdong Dantes and girlfriend Marian Rivera get up close and very personal in these publicity shots for My Beloved, their new TV starrer that premieres next Monday, Feb. 13, on GMA.]

I deal with gossip by...first, laughing. Then, I will face the truth by revealing facts to a respectable person who does not have any bias.

The one thing I can’t do without is…food...food...food!!!

Am I afraid of growing old?...Never.

The type of girls who turns me on...knows when to become a baby, regardless of stature.

The type of girls who turns me off...I have forgotten about it because the image of the girl that has turned me on erases the not-so-good memories.

My philosophy in life is...“lahat puwede, pero hindi lahat dapat.” — ROBOCAP

I lose my temper when...I have this black funny vision which I dread to happen.

When I’m alone in my room, I fantasize about…being limitless.

If I were somebody else I’d be...A PSG (Presidential Security Group) member.”

I am happiest when…it is Halloween and Christmas.

I am saddest when...a show/project that is close to me ends.

My ultimate goal is...to be ultimately happy.

[PHOTO - Dingdong up close solo during the launch of Bench’s Empower Deo Cologne By Dingdong Dantes yesterday at the Mall Of Asia (MOA)].

What I like about myself...I see the goodness in every person.

What I don’t like about myself...hard-headed at times.

Face-to-face with God, I’d tell Him... “Thank you for giving me this life. I will do my best to take care of it and live by Your inspiration. I will see You...but not yet, not yet!”


I hate people…who are fake.

I avoid people…with bad intentions.

My greatest pleasure is…baking cakes and pastries.

My worst moment is…when I’m very tired and sleepy.

My biggest fear is…to lose my loved ones.

I pray for…good health and happiness for myself and for the people that I love.

The most important person in my life is...(aside from my family) Dingdong.

If I were to be reincarnated as an animal I would be…a butterfly.

My most traumatic experience was...falling and breaking my foot during a shoot.

I deal with gossip by…praying to God for strength.

The one thing I can’t do without is…my wallet.

Am I afraid of growing old?...No. I want to be a sexy, dancing lola.

The type of guy who turns me on...sweet, kind and loving.

The type of guy who turns me off...mayabang, conceited

My philosophy in life is...what cannot kill you will make you stronger.

I lose my temper when...I’m hungry and there’s no food (hahahaha!).

When I’m alone in my room, I fantasize…about...the future.

If I were somebody else I’d be...Amaya!

I am happiest when...I am at home cooking and baking.

I am saddest when...I don’t have work.

My ultimate goal is...for now, to study culinary arts, make good TV shows and movies, invest in real estate and eventually start a family.

What I like about myself…I am very affectionate, loyal and honest.

What I don’t like about myself…I am very emotional and trusting.

Face-to-face with God, I’d tell Him…“Thank You, God, for giving me a wonderful, happy life…I love You.”

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