Jose Ariel Jimenez Rivera is also known as the "Kilabot ng Kolehiyala" like Haji Alejandro.He was born in the Philippines in 1966 but has since migrated with his family to and became a Canadian citizen. He is a Filipino actor, singer, songwriter and Aliw award-winning artist.
Ariel Rivera was born on September 1, 1966 to Ben, a Chinese-Filipino and Fannie Rivera of Spanish ancestry. He has four siblings and keeps his personal life private. Rivera has stated music was always played around his home and that he was raised in a middle class family.
In 1989, Musiko Entertainment signed the 23 year old to their label. His debut was crafted very carefully and was labeled as their "Next Big Thing." After two years, his self-titled debut album was finally ready for release. The firsr single, "Mahal Na Nahal Kita" (I Love You So Much) was a #1 pop-r&b crossover hit. The album went 3x platinum. In 1991, he quickly released his sophomore album, Simple Lang. This album also went 3x platinum.
In 1992, Ariel Rivera decided to take a change at acting. His first starring role in the movie Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal earned him a Best Supporting Actor award in the 1992 Metro Manila Film Festival. A lead role opposite Megastar Sharon Cuneta in 1993's "Ikaw" made him a bankable leading actor. He also co-starred in "Isang sulok ng mga pangarap"(1994); Anghel na walang langit(1994); Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story (1995); and May nagmamahal sa iyo (1996).
"Ikaw pala ang mahal ko"(1997) had him starring with real-life love Gelli de Belen. His role as Vilma Santos' first husband in 1998's "Bata, bata... Paano ka ginawa?" proved he is one of the most talented thespians in the Philippine entertainment industry.
- 1992: Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actor for "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
- 2005: 2nd Golden Screen [Entertainment TV] AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Forever In My Heart" (GMA-7)
Return to music
In 1994, Ariel began recording new material for his next album, Photograph. Photograph was released in the spring of 1995. The album would earn critical acclaim. His album would turn Gold in the Philippines.
Ariel married charming actress Gelli de Belen at Santuario de San Jose on December 22, 1997 after five-and-a-half years of being together. They are now blessed with two sons: Joaquin Andres (born on January 29, 1999) and Julio Alessandro (born on November 4, 2000).
- Ariel Rivera 3x platinum (300,000 copies)
- Simple Lang 3x platinum (300,000 copies)
- Photograph Gold (50,000 copies)
- Paskong Walang Katulad Gold (50,000 copies)
- Getting to Know Platinum (100,000 copies)
- Aawitin Ko Na Lang Gold (50,000 copies)
- In My Life 2x platinum (200,000 copies)
- Platinum Hits 5x platinum (500,000 copies)
- total Philippine sales: 1.6 million
- see Ariel Rivera discography for worldwide sales
Filipino Music Awards
- 1992: Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist
- 1997: Music Video of the Year ( Tunay Na Ligaya )
- 1999: Best Vocal Performance of the Year by a Duo/Group: "I Don't Love You Anymore" with Lea Salonga
Ariel Rivera Quotes
"I was surprised. I was riding a jeepney then. So I whispered to my cousin that it was my song being played on the radio." - on hearing his song on the radio for the first time
"I was so nervous then. I kept rushing in and out of the comfort room. I felt sick." - on his concert stage debut
"I speak my mind. I don’t care whether other people like my opinion or not. I don’t sugar-coat. I am honest and I am true to my word."
"I’ve never looked at my job as a stepping stone to something bigger. Rather, I consider it as a blessing. I’ve reached my goal. Being happy with myself, with my family, and with my life."
“Maloko! I like to play practical jokes on the set like throwing things, making light of the situation.” - when asked for one adjective that would best describe his personality
"Family always comes first. Even if I am presented with the best project in the business, if I think it would interfere or adversely affect my family, I will not accept it. It’s always my family first."
"There’s no need to insinuate anything because I really love my wife. I will never give rumor-mongers the chance to even think that a reconciliation (between me and Regine) is possible. That’s the way to handle things in this industry. It’s really best to stop intrigues even before they start. Otherwise it would just become bigger and bigger."
"Firm, but at the same time approachable." -describing himself as a father