September 13, 2019
Ever since giving birth to her adorable children Maria Letizia “Zia” in 2015 and Jose Sixto 4th “Ziggy” this year, Marian Rivera and her husband Dingdong Dantes have generously given the public updates about their beautiful children’s milestones.
From the cute and adorable siblings’ first photo after delivery to their first official portrait, baptism, and in the case of Zia, first birthday, the celebrity parents captured these moments to share on their social media accounts.
As such, even before being able to grasp their parents’ superstar stature in local showiz, the Dantes kids have unknowingly amassed a huge following of their own. Their photos are perennial favorites among netizens and words like “cute” and “adorable” pour in for them every single day. In fact, a quick search on social media platforms would show pages already dedicated for Zia and Ziggy and for general Dantes family updates.
Ultimately, the Danteses have since been labeled“the perfect family”serving as an inspiration for many Filipino families. But what does Mother Dantes think of all these praises?
“Wala namang perpektong pamilya pero siyempre thankful kami na yung mga anak namin ay mahal ng mga tao,” Marian shared on the sidelines of her TV comeback press conference when asked to comment.
It should be noted, however, that despite their openness in raising their children, the husband and wife, just like any couple, have boundaries when it comes to public perception.
An example of this was the recent exchange between Marian and a netizen who “policed” the former in giving her infant solid food.
In a now-expired Instagram story, Marian showed Ziggy trying a broccoli puree, which concerned some users because Ziggy is only four months old.
On its website, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that “infants start receiving complementary foods at six months of age in addition to breast milk.”
With the exchange taking place a few days before her TV comeback, the media could not help but ask the ever-vocal actress-host to air her side during the media conference for the show “Tadhana.”
“Binigyan ako ng pahintulot ng pediatrician ko na puwede na, allowed na si Ziggy but small amount. Still ang breast milk pa rin ang pinaka-main source of food. Kumbaga, ini-introduce mo lang sa bata ang mga solid [food],” Marian shared.
A separate article from popular medical website Mayo Clinic notes that while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth, by ages four to six months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid food as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.
Those who raised concerned over Marian’s decision also noted that the celebrity, with her undeniably influence, may set bad example to her followers.
But Marian answered, “Wala namang ina ang naghahangad na mapahamak ang kanilang anak. Pero nirerespeto ko yun [the comment].
“Sabi ko nga kung para sa kanya, kung ang information ay dapat six months pataas, okay fine pero ito ako, ito ang gusto ko, ito ang gagawin ko. Kanya-kanya tayo, irespeto natin ang isa’t isa. Hiling ko lang, sa bawat kapwa ina ay huwag tayong makasakit ng kapwa ina [when giving comments on parenting].”
Marian also stressed that not because she is already introducing solid food to Ziggy means she will stop breastfeeding her youngest child.
“Definitely not! Hanggang kaya ko, hangga’t may lumalabas, gagawin ko yan [breastfeeding],” Marian emphasized adding that her eldest, Zia, was breasfed until she was two years old.
So dedicated is Marian that she divulged even her TV comeback is not a hindrance to feed Ziggy her own milk.
“Actually, kaya ako medyo natagalan [to arrive at the media conference], nag-pump muna ako bago pumunta sa inyo and on the way, gagawin ko ulit yan para sa anak ko.”
This setup works well with Marian that she is now ready to slowly come back to show business. Besides the award-winning weekly drama anthology “Tadhana,” Marian revealed she will soon return on GMA’s variety show “Sunday PinaSaya.”
But the dedicated mother that she is, Marian said parenting her young brood still remains as her top priority.
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