After being welcomed as one of the new World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines celebrity ambassadors last year, Robi Domingo revealed where his passion for protecting the environment first started.
“My advocacy is about pragmatic sustainability. It just originally stems from I’m very kuripot. I’m sure lots of people in my life know that. The thing is, I got this show called Lakwatsero and I was exposed to different environments especially here in the Philippines and my gosh, ang ganda ng Pilipinas. I got to be on top of Mt. Apo. I got to go to Moalboal and different, beautiful places in the Philippines. And sayang kung sisirain lang. And naisip ko being this kuripot being, in the process you could save more and you can save the planet. So yun ang naisip ko,” he shared with writer G3 San Diego on Live with G3 last August 16.
Aside from his concern for the environment, Robi said he will never tire of encouraging Filipino youth to register as voters for the 2022 election.
“Another advocacy na I’m very passionate about ngayon lalo na we got 45 days until the registration ends is that certain ability to vote. Especially for the youth kasi the question na palaging tinatanong sa akin or sentiment is, ‘Isa lang naman ako eh, ano ba ang effect nito?’ But I just want to encourage everyone na let’s have a change of mindset and challenge the system. Instead of saying ‘Isa lang ako,’ say, ‘Isa pa ako.’ Because what you’re doing is not just your right, it’s a responsibility. And that responsibility entails not just your story, my story, our story, but it’s part of history. And it will have this ripple effect in the stories of the next generations to come. So we have that certain ability to put accountable people in power who have informed decisions and sustainable plans for the country. So if you’re just wondering bakit kailangan gawin ito, I just invite you to really open your eyes, open your ears and see and listen to what’s happening right now,” he said.
As one of the local celebrities who is not afraid to voice his opinion on political matters, Robi said there is nothing wrong with being concerned about the government even when you are part of the showbiz industry.
“As a brand, you have different caps to wear, you have different faces and as a human being, it’s not just being an artist, it’s not just being an interviewer, it’s not just being a politician, it’s being a Filipino. It’s being a citizen of this beautiful country. To the people who are very vocal, I am with you. And to the people who are just getting there, we’ll be waiting but we are for you,” he said.