Arts & Leisure

After Vi, Sharon and Maricel, Marian Rivera gets her own variety show

Posted on June 17, 2014

AFTER PROVING her acting skills in dramas like Amaya, Temptation of Wife, and Carmela, among others, superstar Marian Rivera, 29, takes on a new challenge: hosting her own variety show starting this Saturday night.

Called Marian, the one-hour program, which will air on GMA Network, Inc., aims to showcase Ms. Rivera’s dancing and hosting skills.

The program’s director, Louie Ignacio, said they hope to bring back the glory days of variety shows on prime time television.

“Prime time TV now is filled with drama programs. There are no more variety programs at night,” Mr. Ignacio told reporters last week. “This show hopes to offer an alternative for those who want to watch something different, especially during weekends,” he added.

Ms. Rivera hopes to fashion her career after those of top performers like Vilma Santos, Sharon Cuneta, and Maricel Soriano who all had variety shows named after them.

Ms. Santos appeared on the variety show V.I.P. (Vilma In Person) in the 1980s, followed by a Friday night program Vilma!, which aired from 1986 to 1995. Ms. Cuneta hosted The Sharon Cuneta Show from 1986 to 1997, while Ms. Soriano appeared on two variety shows: Maricel Live! in 1986 and Maria! Maria! in 1987.

“Of course, who wouldn’t want to have the careers that they all had?” Ms. Rivera told reporters in the vernacular. “Just to be considered to be like them is an honor. I will do my best because I know I still have a long way to go before I can get to the levels of their career,” she added in Filipino.

Aside from production numbers featuring Ms. Rivera every week, there will also be face-to-face “battles” between various dance groups together with celebrity dancers.

The show also has a segment called “Playlist,” which will feature Ms. Rivera dancing to the top three dance hits every week.

Joining Ms. Rivera as her co-hosts are Paolo Ballesteros, Christian Bautista, and Mark Bautista. Young singer Julie Anne San Jose is also part of the show with her own segment where she will sing the latest hits.

“I am so excited because this is something I really wanted to do,” Ms. Rivera said in Filipino. “Viewers will get to see another side of me,” she added.

Marian will air Saturdays, 7:45 p.m., starting June 21 on GMA. For details, visit the show’s Facebook fan page at or the show’s Twitter account at -- Jeffrey O. Valisno