***“I didn’t plan it to be all that easy,” said newcomer Dom Roque, 19, of his entry to showbiz. “If at all, ‘di ko pa plinanong mag-showbiz. Although, dream ko ang maging artista tulad ng aking Auntie Beth (Tamayo).
“Pretty satisfied na ako na nag-a-aral ako (taking up a course in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the St. Benilde College) and once in a while, gumagawa ng commercials.”
But one day, Dom related, Judy Ann Santos, a good friend of Beth, asked him to accompany her to ABS CBN, where she was to attend the storycon of her upcoming series for the network. Since he was not doing anything, he agreed.
And presto. Obviously attracted to his persona, the team of Judy Ann’s upcoming series, who included ABS-CBN Unit head Deo Edrinal and press relations head Biboy Arboleda asked Dom if he would be interested in an acting career.
“Wow,” gushed Dom, “before I knew it, isinabak na nila ako sa role na Hubert sa series na ‘Aryanna’.”
“Aryanna,” aired daily before “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN, stars 15 year-old Ella Cruz in the title role. Fellow teenagers Paul Salas, Michelle Vito and now, Dom, star with her.