“Maraming salamat at nakikilala mo pa ko,” Big Brother said to one of his hosts on Pinoy Big Brother. “Hindi ko po makakalimutan ‘yang boses na ‘yan,” Robi Domingo promised.
While the nation is forced to stay indoors during this enhanced community quarantine, Robi is reminded of his time as a housemate back in 2008 for PBB Teen Edition Plus. At the time, he had to face all sorts of challenges. In the end, it was all worth it because of the lessons he learned and the opportunities he received.
Once again, he is confined indoors but manages to find a reason that makes this experience worth it. “Natutuwa rin ako ng kaunti dahil siyempre nagkakaroon ako ng time para maka-bonding ‘yung pamilya ko,” he shared. Because of his busy career, Robi rarely gets to join his family for lunch or dinner. Now, they eat three times a day together. “Parang mas lalo ko po sila nakikilala,” he added.
This community quarantine, however, is more than just time to be with family. We must keep in mind that all of this is for the sake of slowing down the spread of COVID-19. The reason why Kuya called Robi is to talk about the BIG 4 Steps necessary to stay healthy as a pandemic takes over the world.
“’Wag ka nang magpupupuyat kahit wala pang pasok kinabukasan,” Big Brother started off. Sufficient sleep is just as important for a healthy lifestyle. This means dosing off for at least seven hours. Admittedly, this is a problem for the Kapamilya host because there are so many shows to watch. But it seems he has no problem following the other steps.
“Bawal ang pahiga-higa lamang,” Big Brother continued. We must find ways to stay active. Robi’s work out routine now is doing 100 push ups, sit ups, and squats every day. Eating nutritious food and boosting our immunity also helps, especially for Robi’s parents who are both senior citizens. Because there is no vaccine or cure for COVID-19 yet, our body’s defense system is all we have.
Aside from this BIG 4 steps, Robi has one more to add that is just as important. Just because we cannot leave our houses does not mean we cannot contact our loved ones. “Ang simpleng pagsabi ng ‘Kumusta ka?’, malaking bagay po ‘yun para sa mental health,” he advised.