Today marks the end of top actress Marian Rivera-Dantes’ first week as TV’s newest daily morning talk show host, and it seems she has every reason to celebrate.
Asking after the ratings of the Monday premiere of her program Yan ang Morning, The Manila Times received a triumphant message from GMA’s corporate communications team that it garnered a viewership of 11.8-percent in Mega Manila, against rival network ABS-CBN’s 8.1-percent for Kapamilya Blockbusters. (Source: Nielsen TV Audience Measurement).
Initially hesitant to try an entirely new genre all on her own, the network’s reigning queen was right on the bat when she said just before the show hit the airwaves, “Lahat ng bagay matututunan mo basta ang pagsisikap ay galing sa puso mo.”
In fact Rivera’s current mantra is also clearly the premise of her program, which basically serves a parenting program, especially for first-time moms like herself.
On Monday, the ever beautiful and effervescent wife of Dingdong Dantes engaged her audience in what turned out to be a hotly debated topic of whether who should remain a woman’s priority once she has a baby—her child or her husband?
Rivera, who is a hands-on mom to their months’ old daughter Zia proved an effective arbiter between audience members arguing over the real-life situation.
In the end, she agreed with one of her guests, Cristina Rosella, a clinical psychologist, who advised that both parents should prioritize the baby first, but use the time caring for their child as bonding. The host-cum-first time mom also took the opportunity to thank her famous husband for being a very supportive partner and a very hands-on dad as well.
In another interview, Rivera said, “Maybe one of the reasons I am blooming like everyone says is because of the love and support my husband is giving me. Dong is always there for me sharing all the challenges of being first-time parents.”
She is convinced, especially with her successful first week on the show that her latest project is the perfect venue to share her personal experiences on being a new mom and homemaker, and at the same time become an inspiration to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
“Ngayong nanay na ako, mas napatunayan ko na kaya palang matutunan ang lahat basta gusto at mahal mo ang iyong ginagawa. Na-realize ko rin na ang pagkakaroon ng talk show ay magandang paraan para maibahagi ko ang pananaw ng isang baguhang ina na nagsisikap magkaroon ng work-life balance sa panahong ito. Kaya naman sabay-sabay natin matutunan ang lahat ng bagay, lalo sa mga katulad kong first time maging isang ina.”
Her next challenge, as her director Louie Ignacio announced, is to go on Yan Ang Morning live.
“Ayaw pa niya,” said the director, “but she’s building the confidence to do it with every episode we tape. Malapit na yon for sure.”
‘Yan Ang Morning!, airs Monday to Friday on GMA Network.