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

Ariel Rivera
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Background information
Birth nameJose Ariel Jimenez Rivera
Born (1966-09-01) 1 September 1966 (age 53)
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 careerEdit

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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 careerEdit

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 awardsEdit

  • 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 lifeEdit

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



Year Title Role Network
2020 A Soldier's Heart Victor Mondejar ABS-CBN
2019 Sandugo Eugene Reyes
Ipaglaban Mo: Caregiver Mario Garcia
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Jersey Abner
2017 Hanggang Saan Jacob Montecillo
Sunday PinaSaya Himself/Guest Performer GMA Network
Mulawin versus Ravena Panabon
2016-17 Hahamakin ang Lahat Nelson Solano / Alfred Benitez
2016 Born For You Mike Sebastian ABS-CBN
2015–16 Doble Kara Ishmael Suarez
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sapatos Roel
2014–15 Bagito Gilbert Medina
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Marriage Contract Leo Bautista
2013–14 Maria Mercedes Santiago Del Olmo
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Saranggola Eddy
2012–13 Ina, Kapatid, Anak Julio Marasigan
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Flash Cards Fidel
E-Boy Gabriel Villareal
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin Maurice Del Castillo
2011 Ikaw Ay Pag-Ibig Arnel
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tap Dancing Shoes Luciano Mata
Mula Sa Puso[5] Don Fernando Pereira
2010 Inday Wanda Daddy Lee TV5
Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? Daniel Bustamante GMA Network
2009 Rosalinda Alfredo Del Castillo
2008–09 Luna Mystika Simon / Ybarra
2007–08 Carlo J. Caparas' Kamandag Abdon Serrano
2007 Fantastic Man Danny/Tadtad (antagonist)
2006 Atlantika Barracud (antagonist)
Duyan Mateo
2005–06 Sugo Samuel
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul
2004–05 Forever In My Heart Michael Bernabe
2004 Magpakailanman: The Willy Garte Story Willy Garte
2003–04 Narito Ang Puso Ko Amoroso San Victores
1999 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Angelo ABS-CBN
1997–99 Mula Sa Puso Rafael Buencamino
1995–present ASAP Main Host / Performer
1990–92 Manilyn! Live IBC
1990–95 Sa Linggo nAPO Sila ABS-CBN


Year Title Role
2019 Ang Sikerto Ng Piso Ronnie
2017 Love You to the Stars and Back Ricky
2015 Everyday I Love You Dr. Rex "Anthony" Madrigal
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Alberto
2009 Padre De Pamilya Joselito Mirasol
2006 Tulay
2000 Café Olé Band Leader
1998 Bata, Bata… Pa'no Ka Ginawa? Raffy de Lara
1997 Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko Tonyboy Balmaceda
1996 May Nagmamahal Sa Iyo Nestor
1995 Jessica Alfaro Story
Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story
1994 Anghel Na Walang Langit
Isang Sulok Ng Mga Pangarap Homer Saavedra
1993 Ikaw Eric
1992 Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal David


  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.