Self-love is Ria Atayde’s mantra for the year 2019. She welcomes the year with more happiness that is rooted from embracing her own self. She has started fresh and she believes that it is going to be a good year. As part of her fresh beginnings, Ria offers her fans a new project, “High”, that has been awakening audience’s interest.
“High,” an exclusive online series streaming on iWant, also caught the attention of Ria’s mom, Sylvia Sanchez. Her mom eventually showed in the set upon finding out that Ria did not want to wear a harness in a scene that required her to climb on top of a building. She was surprised with Sylvia’s sudden visit but she understands that her mom is simply concern about her safety.
Ria and Sylvia’s relationship has always been smooth because it is founded in a deep sense of understanding and respect. They always know where they are both coming from. Ria considers her mom as her diary. As much as possible, she keeps her openness and honesty with Sylvia even about her personal life. Sylvia has always been supportive of her since she was young.
Ria’s whole family has always been close-knit. She even considers her brother, Kapamilya actor Arjo Atayde, as her best friend. Like true best friends, they also have a special handshake exclusive only for them. Ria can read her brother’s thoughts sometimes. She would even know if Arjo is in love even without him telling her.
Since Ria is known to have a strong bond with her brother, she is always being asked about Arjo’s love life; especially now that Arjo is being linked to actress Maine Mendoza. When asked about it, Ria simply says that Maine is making her brother happy. Yet, she does not want to give more details.
“I like her”, is what Ria said when asked about Maine. Real and funny are two words she used to describe her. Ria loves her brother so much and she would support anything that makes him happy. This love and support was more evident when Ria turned emotional as she talks more about Arjo and Maine. She is aware that while there people who are rooting for the two as a couple, there are also some who do not like the idea. Ria could not help but cry as she recalls how other people try to discredit Arjo’s hard work by saying that his success is simply because of Maine. “I just love him so much eh”, Ria says about Arjo.
Ria is now being linked to actor Dominic Roque. When asked about it, the Halik star is straightforward in saying that there is really nothing romantic between them. The two are just childhood friends. Ria can’t even swallow the thought of having a romantic relationship with someone she already considers as a brother.
Photos of her and BoybandPh member Ford Valencia also tickled fans’ curiosity. As honest as she is, Ria admits that Ford tried to court her. However, she has decided to put her love life aside and focus on her career first. She is just making the most out of the opportunities that life is throwing upon her right now.