Ask Robi Domingo why he has not been seen in any of the soap operas on ABS-CBN and he’d simply smile away the question.
Robi, the teen who would have a been a medical doctor if he pursued education rather than show business, is now more decided to forsake his one-time medical ambition being the son of medical doctors – his father Boy Domingo is a surgeon and mother Mary Ann a pediatrician –and con concentrate on show business, but not as an actor.
We met the PBB Teen Edition Plus (2008) first runner up at the Town Hall (a press gathering dubbed as such to give the meeting some hint of a dialog between the people behind Nutra Berde Inc., the makers of BioHerb, and members of mass media) and asked him if he has broken his decision not to be in teleseryes yet.
“ I am busy with PBB Otso and other shows. No, I am not doing a teleserye, and maybe never,” he said.
Robi had been featured in several teleseryes in the past, among which were My Girl (2008) after he left the Big Brother house and in an Maalala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode called “Lubid” in 2009.
It was when he appeared in Kahit Puso’y Masugatan that his decision to stay away from teleseryes was galvanized.” I was supposed to report for work for only a couple of days and then the couple became more and then I had to stuff that I didn’t like. That traumatized me a bit and I said to myself, “Enough of teleseryes” and from then I’d think hard if I’m up to doing one ever again.”
It must have been devastating for Robi, an ADMU graduate (major in health sciences) for him to shun the possibility of becoming a bigger star than what he is now.
“But I’m happy. I can sleep peacefully at nigh, go to work in the morning and not looking harassed,” he said.
Robi is also busy with other stuff ABS-CBN produces for its other platforms, like University Town in ABS-CBN S&A and Mathdali on the Knowledge Channel.
Every now and then, he is asked to host corporate events, like the NutraBerde Town Hall at Mario’s recently.
“I am lucky my parent are both doctors and when I got the call about hosting this event I was able to discuss things with them in addition to my little knowledge as health sciences major,” he said.
NutraBerde’s President Mark Lopez announced that it is making available to the market the supplement developed by former Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan for people with diabetes. It is called BioHerb and is now available at all Mercury Drug stores nationwide.
Robi’s confidence in the subject was evident in how he was able to moderate the town hall, encouraging the media to talk to Dr. Tan and Mark Lopez on how the supplement should be taken, either alone or in combination with the medicine prescribed to patients by their doctors.
“If you pursued medicine, you would have been a doctor by now,” I told him. And he retorted, “I have batch mates at Ateneo who went to medical schools and they told me the landscape in medical education now has greatly changed. I am not sure if I could still fit in this new environment.”