Dantes said he is extremely proud of Rivera, who endured the pain of giving birth.
“Wala sa kalingkingan na maiintindihan mo ang nararamdaman o sakit na pinagdadaanan nila. The most that you can do na lang is to really be there for them, especially for mothers na nag-labor. Kakaibang pagkabilib ang natuklasan ko, lalong-lalo na sa mga pagkakataon na ganun,” he said.
Asked if he shed tears when he finally saw their daughter, Dantes said he was more concerned about the safety of Rivera and their baby Maria Letizia.
“Mas naka-focus ako sa safety ng dalawa over kung ano man ang magiging emotion ko. Siyempre sariling moment ko na ‘yun kung meron man. But ang mahalaga nung time na ‘yun, ang kaligtasan ng dalawa. And nagpapasalamat kami sa mga doctors na nandun that the two were okay under their supervision,” he said.
Are they planning to release a photo of their daughter?
“Well, I don’t think na kailangang planuhin. Gaya nga ng sabi ko, may tamang pagkakataon. So kung naramdaman namin na okay ‘yung chance, ‘yung opportunity, probably in an event, family gathering, nandiyan naman ‘yan,” he said.
Rivera gave birth to Maria Letizia at exactly 5:25 a.m. last November 23.
After five years of being together, Rivera and Dantes tied the knot in a grand church wedding ceremony, celebrated by eight bishops and seven priests, at the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Quezon City last December 30.
A star-studded affair, it was attended by no less than President Benigno Aquino III as Dantes’ best man. The couple also had 40 principal sponsors, 18 groomsmen, 18 bridesmaids and 25 secondary sponsors.
Rivera and Dantes met in 2007 when they co-starred in the local adaptation of “Marimar.” They went on to play sweethearts in several more television series, including “Dyesebel” in 2008. (MNS)