Jose Ariel Jimenez Rivera, professionally known as Ariel Rivera (Tagalog: [ˈaɾjɛl ɾiˈbɛɾa]; born September 1, 1966), is a Filipino singer, songwriter and actor.

Ariel Rivera
Rivera in 2023
Rivera in 2023
Background information
Birth nameJose Ariel Jimenez Rivera
Born (1966-09-01) September 1, 1966 (age 57)
OriginManila, Philippines
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active1989–present
LabelsSony-BMG, 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 a graduate of architecture in Canada and he was also an undergraduate of Psychology before his singing talent was accidentally discovered by Vehnee Saturno while he was on holiday in the Philippines singing at a cousin's wedding.[1] In 1989, Musiko Records & BMG Records (Pilipinas) Inc. (now known as Sony Music Philippines) signed Rivera to their label. His self-titled debut album was released after two years. The first single, "Sana Kahit Minsan" was a No. 1 pop-r&b crossover hit. The album went 3× platinum. In 1992, he quickly released his second album, Simple Lang. This album also went 3× platinum.[2]

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. Due to his acting commitments, he wasn't able to release albums as frequently as he did before, but in 2008, he released Once Again, which continued nine original songs and covers of "Kung Ako na Lang Sana" and Michael Bolton's "Go the Distance".[1][3]

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). In 1999, he played the title character of Rama in the staging of Rama at Sita – The Musical by SK Entertainment at the University Theatre. For most of the 2000s, he acted in GMA teleseryes.[1]

Personal life


Rivera has two older siblings (Leo and Gemma), and two younger siblings (Orven and Marvin).

He married actress Gelli de Belen, on December 22, 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 January 29, 1999) and Julio Alessandro (born November 6, 2000).[4]


  • Ariel Rivera 3× platinum (300,000 copies)
  • Simple Lang 3× platinum (300,000 copies)
  • Photograph Gold (50,000 copies)
  • Paskong Walang Katulad Gold (50,000 copies)
    • Paskong Walang Katulad, the special Ariel Rivera Deluxe Christmas album[5] (released in 2009)
  • Getting to Know Platinum (100,000 copies)
  • Aawitin Ko Na Lang Gold (50,000 copies)
  • In My Life 2× platinum (200,000 copies)
  • Platinum Hits 5× platinum (500,000 copies)
  • Once Again[3] (released in 2008)


  • Ryan Cayabyab Silver Album (Sony BMG Music Philippines, Inc., 1996)
  • The Best of Love Duets (Viva Collection Forever) (Viva Records, 1998)
  • 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 ActorBakit Labis Kitang Mahal, Metro Manila Film Festival, 1992[6]
  • 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
2023 Can't Buy Me Love Raul Kapamilya Channel / A2Z / TV5
2022 The Fake Life Onats Villamor†[7] GMA Network
2021 Unloving U Henry Acosta iWantTFC[8]
2020 Lunch Out Loud Himself / Judge of Kantrabaho[9] TV5
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Drawing Rey Kapamilya Channel
A Soldier's Heart Gen. Victor Mondejar ABS-CBN/Kapamilya Channel
2019–2020 Sandugo PC/MSgt. Eugene Reyes† ABS-CBN
2019 Ipaglaban Mo: Caregiver Mario Garcia
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Jersey Abner
2017–2018 Hanggang Saan Jacob Montecillo (antagonist)
2017 Sunday PinaSaya Himself/Guest Performer GMA Network
Mulawin vs. Ravena Panabon
2016–2017 Hahamakin ang Lahat Nelson Solano / Alfred Benitez
2016 Born for You Mike Sebastian ABS-CBN
2015–2016 Doble Kara Ishmael Suarez
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sapatos Roel
2014–2015 Bagito Gilbert Medina
2014 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Marriage Contract Leo Bautista
2013–2014 Maria Mercedes Santiago Del Olmo
2013 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Saranggola Eddy
2012–2013 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[10] Don Fernando Pereira
2010–2011 Inday Wanda Daddy Lee TV5
2010 Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? Daniel Bustamante GMA Network
2009 Rosalinda Alfredo Del Castillo
2008—2009 Luna Mystika Simon / Ybarra
2007–2008 Carlo J. Caparas' Kamandag Abdon Serrano (antagonist)
2007 Fantastic Man Danny / Tadtad (antagonist)
2006–2007 Atlantika Barracud (antagonist)
2006 Now and Forever: Duyan Mateo
2005–2006 Sugo Samuel
2005 Ang Mahiwagang Baul
2004–2005 Forever in My Heart Michael Bernabe
2004 Magpakailanman: The Willy Garte Story Willy Garte
2003–2004 Narito ang Puso Ko Amoroso San Victores
1999–2001 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Angelo Cabrera (antagonist) ABS-CBN
1998–1999 Mula sa Puso Rafael Buencamino
1995–2003, 2022–present ASAP Natin To Main Host / Performer
1990–1992 Manilyn! Live IBC
1989–1995 Sa Linggo nAPO Sila ABS-CBN


Year Title Role
2021 Love is Color Blind Fidel[11]
2019 Damaso[12]
2019 Ang Sikerto Ng Piso[13][14] Ronnie
2017 Love You to the Stars and Back Mika's father[15]
2015 Everyday I Love You Dr. Rex "Anthony" Madrigal
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV[16] Alberto
2009 Padre De Pamilya Joselito Mirasol[17]
1998 Bata, Bata… Pa'no Ka Ginawa?[18] Raffy de Lara
1997 Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko[14] Tonyboy Balmaceda
1996 May Nagmamahal Sa'yo[19] Nestor
1995 Jessica Alfaro Story[20]
Minsan May Pangarap: The Guce Family Story Aldo Guce[21]
1992 Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal[22] David


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  7. ^ "Ariel Rivera, Sid Lucero, and Beauty Gonzalez uncover the truth in Afternoon Prime series 'The Fake Life'". GMA News Online. June 3, 2022. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  8. ^ E, Baby (February 10, 2021). "Maja, may napatunayan tungkol kay Heart". Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  9. ^ Gabinete, Jojo (November 9, 2021). "Ariel Rivera, umalis na ng TV5 noontime show Lunch Out Loud". (in Tagalog). Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  10. ^ "JM De Guzman, Lauren Young, and Enrique Gil will lead new cast of Mula sa Puso | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved March 7, 2012.
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  12. ^ "Marlo Mortel umamin sa nakaraan nila ni Morissette; dumepensa sa 'walkout scandal'". (in Tagalog). November 17, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2023.
  13. ^ "Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen Reunite In "Ang Sikreto Ng Piso"". Orange Magazine. January 13, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
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  15. ^ Hawson, Fred (September 1, 2017). "Review: Julia, Joshua shine in 'Love You to the Stars and Back'". ABS CBN News. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  16. ^ "SNEAK PEEK: Shake, Rattle & Roll XV: Ahas". December 16, 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  17. ^ "Ariel Rivera stars in indie film OK'd by Catholic bishops". ABS-CBN News. April 14, 2009. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
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  22. ^ "Lea nominated best actress". Manila Standard. December 19, 1992. Retrieved October 18, 2023.