Robi Domingo started out as one of the contenders in the reality series Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition in 2008. He may not have won the grand prize but he has gone on to become a skilled and polished TV host.
His successful start as a MYX and Studio 23 VJ 10 years ago paved the way to bigger hosting jobs like Pinoy Big Brother, ASAP, and The Voice Philippines. Award-giving bodies like the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) eventually took notice and rewarded his hard work. The PMPC Star Awards named him the Best Reality TV Host in 2015 for PBB and the Best Talent Search Program Host in 2016 for The Voice Kids.
At an Under Armour event, Robi tells MB Entertainment that, though he has been a part of several ABS-CBN programs, there is one show which he is eyeing to host someday. “Ang pinakagusto ko na project na makuha sana, kung pagbibigyan, ay yung programang talagang minahal ko dati pa nung bata ako, which is Pilipinas, Game KNB? I would love to have that certain show where you get to ask the questions na may kaunting gimik. Sana ibalik,” he explains.
Kris Aquino hosted Pilipinas, Game KNB? when it was launched back in 2001. Edu Manzano took the hosting duties later on. The show aired its last episode in October 2009 and has not been renewed by ABS-CBN since.
The 28-year-old, who is currently single, adds that he would also love to host side-by-side with Megan Young, Alex Gonzaga, or former girlfriend Gretchen Ho. “Ang best partner for me, alam naman natin, si Alex Gonzaga. But when it comes to having sense, minsan wala lang sense talaga yung babaeng yun!” he teases.
Rob’s gift of gab and easy camaraderie with his co-hosts helps him land hosting jobs left and right. When it comes to acting, however, the 28-year-old thinks that this is not the right path for him. “The last time I acted was in 2013,” shares Robi. He admits that the project he did back then left him wary of accepting further acting assignments. “It was not just a kissing scene. Biglaan, wala sa script, (I had to do) a love scene. That haunted me forever.”
Robi was still studying then at Ateneo de Manila University. “The Jesuits were looking at me in a certain way. Sabi nila, ‘Bakit mo ginawa yun?’” he continues.
The experience made him see that hosting is his best option. It is what he should concentrate on. “Hindi naman naging effective sa’kin yung love scene,” he quips. “Right now, I’m focusing everything in hosting, which I love the most.” It is where he is best at, after all.