Gelli de Belen (MNS photo)

Gelli de Belen (MNS photo)

Gelli de Belen shared her thoughts about sustaining a marriage as she and husband Ariel Rivera celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary this December.

De Belen stressed the importance of a person’s willingness to give.

“’Yung mutual respect and generosity of spirit,” she said, adding, “More of wanting to give. Kasi when you feel that your husband is very giving sa iyo, sa mga anak mo, mae-engganyo ka na, ‘ako rin, gusto kong i-share ang love ko sa’yo.’ Gusto kong ibigay lahat.”

“Parang it becomes a pattern na you always want to give. And when he sees that, he also wants to give,” she added.

De Belen went on to say that women and men should also consider how their respective partners treat their families.

“Iba rin kung how he treats his family, his parents. Kung paano niya tini-treat ang pamilya niya, ganoon din siya sa’yo,” she said.

De Belen and Rivera exchanged “I do’s” in December 1997. (MNS)