Dingdong Dantes remembered the first time he brought up the idea of collaborating with painters to his wife. Her reaction? Super nervous.

Marian Rivera was scared to do it at first because it was her first time to be part of an exhibit and her first time to incorporate fresh flowers (from her shop Flora Vida) into Artworks.


“Napi-pressure ako to be honest,” she shared in an interview for during the opening of YesPinoy’s “I Am Super: An Art Exhibit for Resilience”. The event was held at the groud floor of Resorsts World Manila.

She continued, “Kasi, first time I’ll do it. ‘Soon, will I buy it? Is it okay to do it? Will it be fun?’

“So in fairness naman, today na-sold-out siya.”she recalled.

The exhibit opened on August 21 and will run until August 27.

Her initial concern was that the flowers might ruin the painting. They were fresh flowers, after all.

“Kasi sinabi ni Dong na gusto niyang may collaboration with the painters.”she shared.
“Sabi ko parang mahirap ‘yan ‘tapos dun sa mga painters, tinanong ko, ‘Kayo na ang magsabi, kayo na ang mag-dictate kung ano ang gagawin ko.”she added.

She further explained, “Hindi ko painting, e. Parang medyo sensitive para sa akin. Ayokong galawin, natatakot ako.”

Aren’t the flowers going to wither or wilt?
“Hindi sana, hindi sana… Well sana alagaan nang mabuti. Hindi mababasa, hindi maaarawan.”
We must admit that it’s actually a bit sensitive.


Painting with real flowers is even more delicate than a painting alone. And in case they die, Marian said that she was willing to replace the flowers, and, the painters, to retouch them.

“Sabi ko nga kung may bibili, masira or whatever, ibalik lang sa akin at gagawin ko or kung gusto nila. Nagsawa na sila sa flowers, pe-painting-an na lang ulit.”she explained.