Contrary to speculations, child star Xymon “Onyok” Pineda wasn’t removed from the top-rating primetime show FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
According to Onyok’s mother Mary Ann Nulos, they opted for Onyok to put his career in the backseat in order to prioritize his education.
“Nag-decide po muna kami na medyo pahinga muna siya. Kasi magre-regular school na po siya, para maka-focus siya sa studies niya,” explained Mary Ann in an interview during the mini press conference of his contract renewal with local clothing brand H/Head Kids Apparels.
Mary Ann explained that Onyok was previously enrolled in a home schooling program when he was still part of Ang Probinsyano. But now, Onyok has enrolled in a regular classroom setup.
Along with reports that Onyok was removed from the show were rumors that Mary Ann was the reason why her son got the boot.
But Mary Ann vehemently denied such reports.
“Minsan lang, pag nagtatanong ako tungkol sa cut-off, yung sa oras... minsan nagtatanong po ako kung anong oras na ba, ‘Pack-up na po ba?’ Ganun lang naman po,” she explained.
Mary Ann likewise pointed out that they secured the green light of the necessary individuals before they left the show.
“Opo, nagpaalam naman po kami nang maayos sa mga boss at kina Kuya Coco (Martin). Nag-agree naman po sila na ano ang pag-aaral,” she said.
“Siguro dun sa mga nang-iintriga, may mga tao po kasi na siguro ay hindi kami kilala, ganun. Nagdya-judge na kami raw ang inalis,” Mary Ann continued.
Even the Ang Probinsyano lead star affirmed that Onyok left their show in good faith in order to pursue his education.
But even after deciding this, Mary Ann confessed that she somehow regrets her son’s departure from the show.
“Nanghihinayang din po ako, lalo na't ang ganda ng tandem nila ni Coco. Kaya lang, bilang nanay, nasa isip ko rin talaga ang pag-aaral ng bata, yung kinabukasan niya,” she said.
But she reiterated that Onyok’s “graceful exit” from the show is not necessarily permanent.
“Siguro pag walang pasok, puwede naman siyang mag-guest, sabi din po nila,” said Mary Ann.