Maria Letizia or simply Zia, the daughter of celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, has turned six.
On Instagram on Tuesday, November 23, Marian shared photos showing how they celebrated Zia's birthday at home as she shared her touching message for her daughter.
“Ate Z turns 6! My precious daughter, may you continue to be a loving, sweet and kind girl. You’re such a blessing to everyone around you,” she said.
Addressing Dingdong, who is reportedly in a locked-in taping for a project, Marian said: “We miss you dada, wish you were here to celebrate with us but thank you for working hard for us. We love you anak!”
Dingdong, on the other hand, shared a video of Zia singing "Can't Help Falling In Love" while he played the guitar in his birthday post for his daughter.
In the caption of the video, Dingdong penned a heartfelt letter for Zia where he expressed regret at having missed her birthday for the first time.
"Dear Z, For the last six years, this is the first time that I haven’t had you under my armpits for this long. I can just imagine how your Lolo Jigg felt, when he worked in a cruise ship for one year in HKG when I was around 8 years old. It's kinda hard for me, but the thought of you being safe and happy there at home with your mom and brother makes me at peace," he wrote.
"This last video that we did together definitely makes me miss you more—you were amazing!" he said. Don’t worry, when I get back home, we’ll definitely make more memories with these after-dinner songs, which will come after your regular animated storytelling of how your day had transpired".
According to Dingdong, it had been 20 days since he left home, and despite the gloominess of the day, he felt an "indescribable feeling of joy knowing that on this day, God has gifted the world with someone like [his daughter]"
Sharing his birthday message for Zia, Dingdong wrote: "Happy 6th, Ate Z. When you're a bit older, I hope you’ll understand why Dada isn’t with you on this special day. For now, I’ll just have to play this over and over till I have you back under my armpits again.
"Forgive me for posting this, for I can't help falling in love with you. Love, Dad"
Aside from Zia, Marian and Dingdong, who have been married for nearly seven years, also have a son named Jose Sixto, or Ziggy. He turned 2 last April.