Ariel Rivera

José Ariel Jiménez Rivera also known as Ariel Rivera (born 1 September 1966) is a Filipino recording artist and actor.

Ariel Rivera
Background information
Birth nameJose Ariel Jimenez Rivera
Born (1966-09-01) 1 September 1966
OriginManila, Philippines
GenresOPM, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Actor
Years active1989–present
LabelsBMG, Musiko

Rivera was born in Manila, Philippines but has since migrated with his family to Canada. He has since become a successful singer-songwriter, actor, and Aliw award-winning artist. He is dubbed as "Kilabot ng Kolehiyala", a title formerly bestowed upon Hajji Alejandro, a popular Filipino singer in the 1970s.


Music career

Rivera was an undergraduate, studying to be an architect in Canada before his singing talent was accidentally discovered while he was on holiday in the Philippines. In 1989, Musiko Records & BMG Records (Pilipinas) Inc. (now known as Sony Music & BMG Rights Management) signed Rivera to their label. His self-titled debut album was released after two years. The first single, "Sana Kahit Minsan" was a #1 pop-r&b crossover hit. The album went 3x platinum. In 1991, he quickly released his second album, Simple Lang. This album also went 3x platinum.

In 1994, Rivera began recording new material for his next album, Photograph. Photograph was released in 1995. His album reached Gold status in the Philippines.

Acting career

In 1992, Rivera tried acting. His first starring role in the film Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal earned him a Best Supporting Actor award in the 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival. He landed a lead role opposite Sharon Cuneta in 1993's "Ikaw". He also co-starred in Isang Sulok Ng Mga Pangarap (1994); Anghel Na Walang Langit (1995); Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995); May Nagmamahal Sa Iyo (1996), Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko (1997) and Bata, bata ... Pa'no Ka Ginawa? (1998).

Acting awards

  • 1992: Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actor for "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
  • 2005: 2nd Golden Screen [Entertainment TV] Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Forever In My Heart" (GMA-7)

Personal life

Rivera has four siblings and prefers to keep his personal life private. He was the ex-boyfriend of Asia's Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. They broke the so-called fairy tale relationship in 1995.

He married actress, television presenter, and his true love, Anna Gianelli de Belen, on 22 December 1997 in Santuario de San José, and both did a film released five months before their marriage entitled "Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko". The couple has two sons: Joaquín Andrés (born 29 January 1999) and Julio Alessandro (born 6 November 2000).[1]



  • Ryan Cayabyab Silver Album (Sony BMG Music Philippines, Inc., 1996)
  • Something More (JesCom Foundation, Inc., 2001)
  • Signature Hits OPM's Best Vol. 2 (Viva Records Corp. & Vicor Music Corp., 2009)


  • Best New Male Artist- Awit Awards, 1991
  • Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist- 1992
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal, Metro Manila Film Festival, 1992[4]
  • Music Video of the Year- Tunay Na Ligaya, 1997
  • Best Vocal Performance of the Year by a Duet/Group- I Don't Love You Anymore with Lea Salonga, 1999
  • Outstanding Lead Actor- Forever In My Heart, 2nd Golden Screen Awards, 2005
  • Best Actor- Parola, Bahaghari Awards



2020A Soldier's HeartVictor MondejarABS-CBN
2019 SandugoEugene Reyes
Ipaglaban Mo: CaregiverMario Garcia
Maalaala Mo Kaya: JerseyAbner
2017Hanggang SaanJacob Montecillo
Sunday PinaSayaHimself/Guest PerformerGMA Network
Mulawin versus RavenaPanabon
2016-17Hahamakin ang LahatNelson Solano / Alfred Benitez
2016Born For YouMike SebastianABS-CBN
2015–16Doble KaraIshmael Suarez
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: SapatosRoel
2014–15BagitoGilbert Medina
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Marriage ContractLeo Bautista
2013–14Maria MercedesSantiago Del Olmo
2013Maalaala Mo Kaya: SaranggolaEddy
2012–13Ina, Kapatid, AnakJulio Marasigan
2012Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flash CardsFidel
E-BoyGabriel Villareal
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Lumayo Ka Man Sa AkinMaurice Del Castillo
2011Ikaw Ay Pag-IbigArnel
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tap Dancing ShoesLuciano Mata
Mula Sa Puso[5]Don Fernando Pereira
2010Inday WandaDaddy LeeTV5
Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?Daniel BustamanteGMA Network
2009RosalindaAlfredo Del Castillo
2008–09Luna MystikaSimon / Ybarra
2007–08Carlo J. Caparas' KamandagAbdon Serrano
2007Fantastic ManDanny/Tadtad (antagonist)
2006AtlantikaBarracud (antagonist)
2005Ang Mahiwagang Baul
2004–05Forever In My HeartMichael Bernabe
2004Magpakailanman: The Willy Garte StoryWilly Garte
2003–04Narito Ang Puso KoAmoroso San Victores
1999Saan Ka Man NaroroonAngeloABS-CBN
1997–99Mula Sa PusoRafael Buencamino
1995–presentASAPMain Host / Performer
1990–92Manilyn! LiveIBC
1990–95Sa Linggo nAPO SilaABS-CBN


2019Ang Sikerto Ng PisoRonnie
2017Love You to the Stars and BackRicky
2015Everyday I Love YouDr. Rex "Anthony" Madrigal
2014Shake, Rattle & Roll XVAlberto
2009Padre De PamilyaJoselito Mirasol
2000Café OléBand Leader
1998Bata, Bata… Pa'no Ka Ginawa?Raffy de Lara
1997Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal KoTonyboy Balmaceda
1996May Nagmamahal Sa IyoNestor
1995Jessica Alfaro Story
Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story
1994Anghel Na Walang Langit
Isang Sulok Ng Mga PangarapHomer Saavedra
1992Bakit Labis Kitang MahalDavid


  1. Miralles, Nitz (2007-05-03). "Ariel Rivera and family migrating to Canada in 2015" (in Tagalog). Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  2. "Ariel Rivera releases 16-track album Paskong Walang Katulad". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  3. "A busy Christmas for Backroom artists". Philippine Star. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  4. "Metro Manila Film Festival: Awards for 1992". Internet Movie Database.
  5. "JM De Guzman, Lauren Young, and Enrique Gil will lead new cast of Mula sa Puso | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 2012-03-07.
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