She was named the country's sexiest woman by FHM magazine, and was also included in the "hottest" list of other magazines like Maxim and Uno.
The hashtag #DONGYAN (a portmanteau of their names Dingdong and Marian) became the top Twitter trending topic in the Philippines right after Dingdong's proposal on the GMA-7 dance show “Marian” on Saturday, August 9.
Marian Rivera was born in Madrid, Spain to Francisco Javier Gracia Alonso, a Spaniard, and Amalia Rivera, a Filipina from Cavite.
Her parents separated when she was two years old, after which her mother brought her to the Philippines where she grew up.
However, her mother had to leave to continue her work commitment abroad and Rivera was sent to her maternal grandmother, Francisca Rivera, in Bacoor, Cavite.
At the MGM Butterfly Pavilion (front row, from left): Vicky Dantes, Marian Rivera, Trina Dantes-Quema, Tyler Quema and JP Quema; (back frow, from left) Jude Gonzalez, Dingdong Dantes, Aya Dantes-Aurelio, Jon Aurelio, Angeline Dantes and Angelo Dantes Eventually, Dong decided that a marriage proposal was in order. Then he gathered the guys in his family and showed them the ring, for opinions.