One first appeared as a diligent and charming student in the reality show Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus in 2008, while the other started out as a charismatic commercial model for local brands in 2006. But like any ambitious young talents their age, Robi Domingo and Enchong Dee went on to conquer different realms in show business.
From starring in the popular reality program, Domingo has successfully established a name in hosting, while taking on acting projects every now and then. Dee on the other hand went head on for the “actor” label from the fashion runway, and also dabbles into singing and dancing for variety shows.
Both household names already, these multi-slashies—i.e. individuals who pursue more than just one expertise—are branching out to a surprising new role as educators.
Yes, Teachers Robbi and Enchong, the popular celebrities heeded the call of Knowledge Channel on its 17th anniversary to use their mass appeal to help young children to respectively deal with a daunting school subject and take a closer look at a not-so-popular career to pursue.
Math made easy
Domingo is “Kuya Robi” in MathDali, a show that aims to help Filipino students overcome their fear of numbers. A math enthusiast in real life, the articulate 26-year old will help young actors Igi Boy Flores, Vic Robinson III, and twins Joj and Jai Agpangan to learn to love and master the subject in their fun adventures.
Every episode shows a math concept through real-life situations that will allow students to have a positive mindset in learning math in new and exciting ways. The show is also inspired by the positive norms, key strategies, and classroom approaches by math education reformists Jo Boaler, Cathy Humphreys, and Ruth Parker.
Revealed Domingo, who before joining show business almost followed his father’s footsteps to become a doctor, “Much as I pursued a pre-Med course in college in the beginning, my favorite subject in school had always been math. So really, this is something I’m going to have fun doing.”
Beginning today, MathDali will air under the Mathematics curriculum block for Grade 4.
Agriculture made cool
Dee, meanwhile, leads the Knowledge Channel-Land Bank produced show AgriCOOLture where young viewers will see the 27-year-old exploring the potential of ‘agri-preneurship’ through aquaculture, crop production, and poultry.
Those wondering what the I Love You to Death film star can even contribute to such a program, the La Sallian swimming champ during his college days also revealed that his family has long been in the poultry business.
“Growing up, nasanay ako na may kinakatay sa bakuran namin,” the actor laughed at his choice of words. “I’ve long been aware how profitable a agri-business can be so hindi malayong bumalik ako doon, which is what I’m kind of doing now with this show.”
The six-episode series based on the Department of Education’s (DepEd) curriculum for Grade 9 Technology and Livelihood Education, showcases how students can learn fish farming, the proper handling of fish equipment and water management from the experts, selecting and raising a stock, and yielding good crops from the experts.
Premiering July 19, AgriCOOLture aims to make students realize that agriculture is a flourishing sector that can widely contribute to the country’s economy and uplift the lives of many Filipinos.
“Our two new programs are an embodiment of Knowledge Channel’s commitment to create engaging educational content that will really boost the learning performance of Filipino students in school. We want to provide them with an opportunity to learn using multimedia tools to have an enriching academic journey,” Rina Lopez-Bautista, Knowledge Channel president and executive director said in a statement.
Besides producing educational shows, Knowledge Channel is also providing educators programs and workshops that harness their competencies in helping students meet or exceed academic standards. It offers a flagship teacher-training program, Learning Effectively through Enhanced Pedagogies (LEEP). To date, Knowledge Channel has trained more than 5,000 teachers and principals from more than 1,500 schools nationwide.