• Marian Rivera gives birth to first daughter

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    The ‘royal’ baby is here!

    Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, dubbed as Philippines’ own “royal couple”, welcomed their first-born Maria Letizia Gracia-Dantes on Monday morning.

    The couple’s home network GMA News took to Instagram the good news and posted a photo of the couple with the caption, “Marian Rivera gave birth to Baby Maria Letizia Gracia-Dantes this morning Congratulations to the Kapuso Primetime King and Queen!”. The photo garnered 1,784 likes as of this writing.

    Its news site gmanetwork.com, confirmed the actress’ successful normal delivery in a Makati hospital.

    GMA’s President of All Access to Artists and Rivera’s manager Rams David, on other hand, posted on his Instagram account @ramsdavid86 a screen shot of Dantes’ message to him confirming Rivera giving birth to baby Maria Letizia at 5:25 a.m.

    Upon the confirmation of Rivera’s delivery, the words ‘Marian Rivera’ and ‘Congrats DongYan’ instantly landed on Twitter’s Philippines Trends list.

    Earlier in September, Rivera explained that they have decided to name their daughter Maria Letizia since his husband’s grandmother and her aunt share the same name Leticia. They also liked that the name sounds classic. Following Rivera’s first name, they added Maria.

    Dantes and Rivera got married on December 30, 2014 in a well-attended and much-talked about “royal wedding”. Soon after, in April, they announced that they are expecting their first child.

    CHRISTINA ALPAD

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