Some say it’s a bit too late for Dominic Roque to join show business.
This 21-year-old newbie was given the first shot at showbiz when he did a bit role in Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo’s teleserye Habang May Buhay.
But pursuing a showbiz career did not become a priority for Dominic at that time.
“Kung may break po, game. Kung wala, hindi po namin pipilitin,” he recalled in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media at the thanksgiving press conference of Aryana held recently.
He found his way back to the industry when ABS-CBN business unit head Deo Endrinal and talent manager Biboy Arboleda encouraged him to audition for the said telefantasya.
Luckily, he was chosen to portray Hubert, the third wheel between the loveteam of Aryana (Ella Cruz) and Marlon (Paul Salas).
“Sobrang unexpected po ang pagpasok ko kasi wala po sa plano namin. Nabigla lang din po ako sa pagkuha nila sa akin sa Aryana,” he recalled.
“Sobrang tuwa po ako kasi sumama lang po kami sa meeting, hindi ko ine-expect... So pagkakakuha sa akin, diretso na ako kaagad kay Mother Biboy then, diretso na ako sa other staff. ‘Tapos po, pinag-audition ako.”
After Habang May Buhay, Dominic went to several auditions, but failed to bag any role. This made him think that showbiz might not be for him.
He recalled, “Siguro po dati, may mga nag-aalok naman sa akin, sinasabi sa akin, ‘Uy, bakit di ka mag-showbiz? Puwede naman.’
“Sabi ko po, puwede kung may mga audition, pupunta po ako. Pero siguro, doon sa mga napuntahan kong auditions, siguro hindi bagay ‘yong mga role sa akin.”
So, when he was cast in Aryana, Dominic was ecstatic.
PROUD ATE. His aunt Beth Tamayo, whom he calls “ate,” was happy for him. She learned about the good news through her good friend Judy Ann.
“Sobrang tuwa nila noong makuha ko po ‘yong project na ‘to. Kumbaga, hindi ko naman pinaplano ‘to, pero nakuha ko,” he said when PEP asked about the reaction of his father’s sister.
He continued, “Noong nalaman po ng ate ko, tuwang-tuwa siya. Tinext niya agad si dad, siya pa ‘yong nagbalita sa ate ko.
“‘Tapos, sabi po niya, ‘’Nak, pagbutihin mo ‘yan, galingan mo, at saka tuwang-tuwa ako sa ’yo.’”
So far, Dominic has been enjoying his stint in Aryana.
“Sobrang saya kasi mainit din naman po ang pagtanggap sa akin.
“Nagustuhan din naman po ako ng mga tao, kahit papaano po. Maganda naman po ‘yong feedback kaya nakakatuwa po,” he ended.