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The Voice Kids host Robi Domingo: From reality star to award-winning presenter

Mary Ann Bardinas August 02,2019 09:00 AM


His hosting gig in Pinoy Big Brother: Otso may not be over yet until the weekend, but it was already announced that Robi Domingo will reprise his role as host of the fourth season of The Voice Kids Philippines – opposite Ultimate Multimedia Star Toni Gonzaga-Soriano.


It can be recalled that in 2013, he was tapped to be one of the V-Reporters or social media correspondents of both the adult and kiddie versions of the of the prestigious reality singing competition alongside his equally-wacky “Pards” Alex Gonzaga. 


But as we anticipate his next on-screen appearance, let’s take a look back first on his magnificent journey as a sought-after and award-winning television presenter through this feature.


Those who have been following his career know that his ticket to the local entertainment industry was his participation in PBB Teen Edition Plus in 2008, wherein he was declared the Second Big Placer. Just like what his fellow alumni did, he put his acting chops to the test as well through his appearances in the narrative programs of ABS-CBN, such as My Girl, Kahit Puso'y Masugatan, My Binondo Girl, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Your Song Presents, and Wansapanataym. At the same time, he also became a mainstay in ASAP, initially as a member of the all-male group Gigger Boys, then eventually as one of its gregarious hosts. 


But it seemed that he’s indeed slated to become a host because more than a decade after being one of the four winners of the MYX VJ Search in 2008, he has remained to be one of its main VJs up to the present. 


It was in 2010 when his reputation as one of the most in-demand hosts officially started. His first hosting stint in ABS-CBN was via the youth-oriented variety show ShoutOut!, alongside his fellow teen stars during that time. 


From being one of its alumni, Robi became one of the hosts of PBB – from Unlimited, Teen Edition 4, All-In, 737, up to its latest and on-going Otso season. The same happened to him in the reality show I Dare You, in which after being one of the celebrity participants of its first season, he became one of the hosts for its second staging in 2013.


After his team-up with Alex Gonz in The Voice Philippines clicked, they were chosen again as emcees of the reality dance contest Dance Kids in 2014 and the celebrity talent competitions I Can Do That in 2017 and The Kids’ Choice in 2018.


Moreover, he used to be the semi-regular co-host of the Popstar Royalty in her very own Sunday night variety show Sarah G. Live in 2010 and one of the game masters in the reality show The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles alongside Matteo Guidicelli and host Iza Calzado in 2014. He has always been one of the go-to guest co-host of It's Showtime as well.


Alongside with Kim Chiu, the 29-year-old in-demand host ushered the Star Dreamers from different parts of the world towards their dream of making it to at least one of the reality contests of the Kapamilya network. They were hosts of Star Hunt: The Grand Audition Show, which was a primer to PBB: Otso that they are presenting alongside Alex Gonzaga, Melai Cantiveros, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, and Toni Gonzaga-Soriano.


He also lends his unprecedented hosting prowess to the other channels under ABS-CBN, such as Sports & Action and Knowledge Channel, as well as in its online platforms, namely, the online musical variety show iWant ASAP and the first online current affairs program under ABS-CBN News Lakwatsero.


Robi won numerous awards as a host, including PMPC Star Awards trophies for Best Reality Show host in 2014 and 2016.


It’s not only Toni who will join him on the much-awaited return of The Voice Kids Philippines for its fourth season, as original coaches Sarah Geronimo, Lea Salonga, and Bamboo Mañalac are going to reprise their roles as well.

 

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