TV host-actor Robi Domingo and Ateneo volleybelle Gretchen Ho’s relationship has not gone beyond friendship – yet. But Robi acts like a proud boyfriend when he talks about Gretchen’s accomplishments.
“Kilala na siya dati pa pero ngayon sobrang nag-boom ang volleyball. It’s not for me to say na natulungan siya ng volleyball. It’s completely opposite. Or rather it’s a dialogue between volleyball and Gretchen. Natulungan ni Gretchen yung volleyball and at the same time, natulungan ng volleyball si Gretchen bilang isang tao,” Robi told reporters at the press launch of his newest endorsement, YoT watches.
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Robi added, “I can talk about her all day long without swiping a smile on my face.”
Last year, he admitted on national TV that he has a crush on Gretchen and that they have been going out since.
“She’s very independent. She can handle herself very well. She’s very responsible. I guess, sa word na independent, you can attach a lot of adjectives to that. Initiative, responsible and very social na tao siya eh,” he said.
Gretchen’s Chinese roots doesn’t matter to Robi, who revealed that the cultural difference doesn’t get in the way of their blossoming relationship.
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“Pinatunayan ng family niya na they’re open. And on my side, it’s always my joke na yung great wall of China is for the Huns, not for Filipinos. This time around, I feel like I belong to their family already. I hang out with her brothers. I get to talk to her dad, mom, even the helpers. When I go to their house, I belong,” he added.
Robi pledged to support Gretchen if she decides to enter showbiz. She can always do so, since Gretchen is one of the most popular volleyball players of UAAP (University Athletics Association of the Philippines). She has over 200,000 likes on Facebook and more than 88,000 Twitter followers.
Does this threaten Robi?
“I don’t know if I should feel threatened in any way kasi what we have right now is something really special and sacred. It’s built on trust, honesty and respect. Kung doon naman umiikot yugn relasyon ng kahit kanino, you shouldn’t worry,” he replied.
Recognition as host
Robi is happy people are recognizing his talent in hosting. The “Pinoy Big Brother” co-host shared that talking and interviewing people has always been his passion.
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“The pressure is on right now because everyone’s looking at Luis Manzano, Ryan Agoncillo and Billy Crawford. Everyone’s looking at Tito Boy (Abunda). If I want to be on that sphere or on that same level, I have to step up. So, what I’m doing right now, I watch their shows, listen to radio, do my own research before I go to the set. It’s a long way to go but I’m certain that I’m on the right path.”
Robi will host the new season of “I Dare You,” together with John Prats, Melai Cantiveros and Denise Joaquin.
“Mas matinding hamon, mas matagal ang immersion period, mas intense, mas maganda,” Robi said.
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