Mariel Rodriguez is finally back on television!
It’s been two years since she took a break from showbiz to focus on her pregnancy and later her daughter Isabella with husband Robin Padilla. Now, she’s ready to head back into the spotlight.
The 33-year-old returned to the “It’s Showtime” stage today, June 18, and was warmly welcomed by hosts Amy Perez, Teddy Corpuz, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Jugs Jugueta, Karylle, Anne Curtis, and Vice Ganda.
“Grabe, sobra ko kayong na-miss! Nakakaiyak pero pinipigilan ko,” she said with a smile after her grand entrance. “[Na]-miss ko kayo, grabe - all of you.”
"It feels good to be back,” she continued. “It feels good to have a home to come back to. Wala nang mas gaganda pa kaysa dito sa ‘[It’s] Showtime’ - the best talaga!”
And now that she’s back, Vhong excitedly announced that she can finally join “Magpasikat” later this year in October. 🙌
Her “It’s Showtime” family also prepared a short tribute video to show her how much she meant to them, having missed her unique voice, her laugh, and her humor these past two years.
In the video were messages from her close friend and fellow “Pinoy Big Brother” host Toni Gonzaga and her husband “Sana Dalawa Ang Puso” actor Robin.
“You have been such a great mom for a year and a half to Isabella. Witness kami kung gaano ka nag-transform from the old Mariel to the new mom that you are. We’re so excited to see you back on TV once again and to watch you every day,” Toni said in her video message.
Robin expressed his joy at his wife’s happiness in his video message, saying, “Ako po ay masaya dahil ang aking mahal na asawa ay nagbabalik na po sa ‘[It’s] Showtime.’ Maraming salamat sa muli niyong pagtanggap sa aking asawa. Hinintay niyo siya, naging patient kayo - maraming salamat po.”
Check out these photos from Mariel’s first day back!
Before Mariel returned to the noontime show’s stage, she shared photos teasing her return earlier today.
Robin also surprised his wife by sending food over to the studio to celebrate her return. Ang sweet naman! 💖
“Thank you babe Robin (@robinhoodpadilla) for the food you ordered from Cucina Ni Nadia (@cucinaninadia) and sent to ‘It’s Showtime’ (@itsshowtimeofficial_ig). Very, very thoughtful of you!!! Thank you!!!! 😘😘😘” she wrote in her caption.
Welcome back, Mariel!
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