She said: “Kung meron siyang gusto na simpleng bagay na ayaw mo sana, pero kung di mo naman ikamamatay at wala namang masasaktan, why not give it? Pag nagbibigay ka, natututo kang mag-adjust. You become selfless.”
He said: “It’s give and take. It’s communication. The appreciation for your wife. It sounds corny pero it’s really ano…huwag mong isipin ang sarili mo, ang isipin mo kung ano ang makabubuti sa kanya, just being unselfish.”
After twenty-two long years since their last dramatic movie together entitled Ikaw Pala Ang Mahal Ko was shown in 1997, real life couple Ariel Rivera and Gelli de Belen are back on the big screen, portraying the roles as husband and wife. This time, they top bill Ang Sikreto Ng Piso, a family-oriented comedy flick from MPJ Entertainment Productions and JPP Dreamworld Productions, directed by Perry Escaño, and will hit the cinemas on January 30 (Wednesday).
For Gelli, working with her husband is like exploring a new territory again. “It felt weird to work with him again,” said Gelli, adding that she has always watched his husband doing drama and romance movies. “I had to overcome that feeling while we were doing our scenes together. Ariel is so sweet and cheesy in this movie. He’s very different in real life.”
On the other hand, Ariel admitted that since he’s been doing heavy dramas and romantic movies the past years, he’s been looking for a “light and easy” movie project, and so when Ang Sikreto Ng Piso was offered to him and wife Gelli, he loved the story and immediately grabbed the project.
“I’ve been looking for a project that’s light and easy because I’m always given heavy drama or romantic roles. This is a good change for me and I enjoyed it. Doing a comedy is just rising up to a new challenge,” he shared.
“It’s my first independent movie and my first comedy movie, too. But on television, I’ve worked with some of these comedians before, so I didn’t have to adjust much,” he added. “Besides, my wife is funny, even off-cam. She’s so funny when she throws punchlines, especially when you’re not used to her doing it.”
The movie is about the strength of familial love even as it explains what viewers need to know about the Philippine peso. “I am happy to work with Ariel. I welcome the opportunity to play as couple with him in reel. As an actor, Ariel has matured a lot. I am proud of him! I have seen all his dramas but it is still different kapag up-close ko siyang pinapanood when he acts. Our exchanges of dialogues went smoothly during the shooting since kilala namin ang isa’t-isa. We gave one another pieces of advice on how to make a scene more convincing while we were doing the movie. I hope the viewers will watch and enjoy our new movie,” added Gelli.
Indeed, Ariel and Gelli are the perfect choices to portray husband and wife in the film as they are one of local showbiz’s most enduring marriages. The couple has been married for more than two decades. Their sons Joaquin and Julio are currently based in Toronto, Canada to continue their studies, and mommy Gelli admitted she’s experiencing separation anxiety ever since.
“We’re like boyfriend and girlfriend all over again. Because the children are away, we’ve become closer. We’ve re-bonded in a different way. When I’m abroad for concerts, I’d miss her and would always want to go home immediately,” said Ariel.
“When the boys were still here, I was preoccupied with taking care of them. I’m more focused on Ariel now. These days, we’re together all the time, even at the gym. He has become my gym buddy!” shared Gelli.
Their marriage is among the few stable unions in local tinsel town and the couple explained: “We’ve been together for 26 years, 21 years of which as a married couple,” Gelli recounted. “I think generosity is the key. Not just generous of yourself or of any kind. May mga bagay na ayaw mo sanang gawin pero alam mong ikasisiya ng asawa mo, di gawin mo na lang kung hindi mo naman ikamamatay. Hindi naman selfless na lose yourself. Importante rin naman na you don’t lose your identity, pero palaging alam mo kung sino ka o ano ka, iyon ang importante,” she shared.
“We have one goal in mind, and that is, one happy family. So, since ganoon nga iyong one goal, I think the formula to a happy marriage is just open communication and being unselfish…I think that is the most important,” Ariel concluded.
Also part of the cast of Ang Sikreto ng Piso are Bea Binene, Angelica Ulip, Nico Nicolas, as well as veteran comedians Lou Veloso, Long Mejia, Ricky Rivero, and Beverly Salviejo, also with Wacky Kiray, Ernie Garcia, Raphael Robes, Amberlicious, and Joyce Peñas Pilarsky, the film’s executive producer. With a PG-rating from MTRCB, the film will have a premiere night on January 27 (Sunday), 7 p.m. at SM Megamall Cinema 7. There will also be “Meet and Greet” on its opening day on January 30 (Wednesday), 1 p.m. at SM North Edsa, 4 p.m. at SM Manila, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at SM Mall of Asia.