Monday, April 13, 2009

Robi Domingo feels being responsible isn’t only for grown-ups by Rachelle Siazon from

Can you imagine Robi Domingo becoming a priest instead of the young heartthrob-slash-rising star that he is now? Lots of girls will surely die from heartbreak if it comes to that but such a scenario is not really next to impossible according to the ex-PBB teen housemate. “When I was a kid, dalawa lang ang pinupuntahan ko parati: simbahan at saka school. Sa school naman, makikita mo lang ako sa classroom, cafeteria, and library,” he divulged to

Though he never wished to become a man of the cloth, most of his trusted mentors in AteneoHigh School used to urge him to enter priesthood. “I was in third year high school nung sinabi nila na pwede ito’ng mabait na bata na ito. Natawa lang ako kasi ‘di ba, bakit nila ako gusto mag-pari, papagalitan ako ng nanay ko. And naii-imagine ko pa si Robi junior eh,” he admitted with a laugh.

No one can deny though that this True Blue Atenista truly upholds good values worthy of his position as youth spokesperson and consultant of Department of Education. But aside from learning how to become a ‘Man for Others’ from his Alma Mater, Robi mainly thanks his parents for his admirable upbringing. “Lumaki ako na marunong maglinis ng bahay. My father wakes me up in the morning to wash the cars. Tinuruan nila kasi kami ni Maro (his younger brother) maging versatile and independent,” he further shared.

Involving him in the household chores though has made him a better person and closer than ever to his family. In fact, living on his own has never crossed his mind as opposed to what the usual teenagers hope to experience once they are old enough to do so. “Gusto magka-apartment on my own? Never. Hindi naman sa ano ha, kasi if you’re living alone, lalo na kung nandyan pa naman parents mo, parang sinasabi mo na hindi ko kayo kailangan. Sa akin kasi dito (sa bahay) ako kumukuha ng strength sa kanila. Sa family talaga nagsisimula or makukuha yung fulfillment ng isang tao,” Robi exclaimed. His parents also served as his role models while growing up to the point that he decided to follow their footsteps in pursuing medicine as a field of career as well.“Sa school nga kung may dissection ng palaka, ako na gumagawa lahat. Pati puso pinaglalaruan ko,” he added.

How come he joined PBB when in fact he can’t wait to practice medicine? “Yung nanay ko pumilit sa akin para makabawi daw ako sa kanya. Actually pangarap daw niya kasi mag-artista,” he quipped. Seriously though, his mom Dr. Mary Ann encouraged him to try out, knowing that he would excel not only in school but even in the world of show business as well. “It’s not easy balancing my time for school and work. Usually sa school na ako nakakapag-aral lalo na nung My Girl na talagang inu-umaga yung tapings. But I won’t give up schooling. Iba pa rin kapag nag-aaral ka kasi mas paniniwalaan ka ng tao, kumbaga meron ka’ng credibility,” he proclaimed.

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