Tessie Tomas: No more house dresses, please


Veteran actress Tessie Tomas admitted that she turned down two TV projects because it required her to play “duster-wearing” characters who are “poor” and “oppressed.”

Tessie said she preferred a role that allowed her to wear fancy clothes, specifically those created by her son Robin, a successful fashion designer based in the United States.

“He said he wanted to see me wearing something glamorous on the small screen for a change,” she told Inquirer Entertainment, noting that she played down-and-out roles in her last three projects with ABS-CBN—“Noah,” “Bangis” and “Agimat: Tonyong Bayawak.” “Our prayers were answered when the character Doña Alicia was offered to me.”

Tessie was referring to the rich widow, Alicia de la Peña, in the latest Kapamilya afternoon drama “Mundo Man ay Magunaw,” directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and Rechie del Carmen and costarring Eula Valdez, Empress Shuck, Ejay Falcon and Nikki Gil.

During a recent media gathering at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater in Quezon City, Tessie, a single parent for 13 years, couldn’t help but talk about how proud she was of Robin.

Gifted child

Tessie described her son, now 24, as a gifted child who started painting at age 7. Robin, who graduated with a degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, had his first art exhibit at 18.

Shortly after college, Robin was hired by the advertising firm Ace Saatchi & Saatchi as an art director. “He worked as a copywriter, too,” said Tessie. “He has a gift for words, which he probably got from me. Two years later, he asked me, ‘Mom, can I do fashion design?’”

In 2001, Robin took a year-long course at the Parsons the New School of Design in New York. “That’s where Calvin Klein and Donna Karan graduated from,” the proud mom said. “This gave him the opportunity to work in America. He apprenticed with designers Anna Sui and Valentino Garavani and got to work with supermodel Naomi Campbell and other big names in fashion.”

Robin then landed a job as a designer’s personal assistant, Tessie related. “He bought buttons and zippers and lugged his boss’ attaché case, but he got to look at all the sketches,” she said.

Top designer

His son’s biggest break, according to Tessie, was signing up as an Asian designer for the brands Gap and Old Navy. “Nakikipagsabayan na s’ya

doon ngayon,” the proud mom added.

Another feather in Robin’s cap was being named one of the Top 10 designers at the recent 2011 Philippine Fashion Week.

Recently, Robin signed up as a designer in Bloomingdales New York. “For the first time,” Tessie said, “may Filipino na nakatapak doon.”

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  • dan brown

    ‘… Tessie, a single parent for 13 years’

    hiwalay na sila ni Roger, yung foreigner hubby nya?

    • Dana Elizabeth

      Baka   single parent siya  for  13  years before  she married Roger.

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  • Carrie

    Reads like paid article? anyway good to hear from Ms. Tessie Tomas. Loved her morning show on ABS CBN during the 90’s.

  • pedrongbata

    So what? baka bakla itong anak ni tessieLOL!!!!

    • rexandre delos reyes

      Eh ano ngayon kung bakla anak ni Tessie, just look at what he has achieved at such a young age, what is there to laugh about you moron! At least hindi mal-edukado na katulad mo! Baka bakla rin anak mo balang araw… :P

  • lucky

    ROBIN is only 24??? he should be happy reading this.

  • Czar

    In  my own opinion, Filipinos’ success in their chosen field does not have anything to do with their nationality but because of their motivation and enthusiasm. Why do we have to be proud? The parents are the ones to be proud. Manny Pacquiao became a champion bcause he is really a good boxer, not because he is Filipino. Charice Pampengco is a very good singer, because she really is, but not because she is Filipino. Why are we over reacting and too excited when a Filipino made a name abroad? Because there’s only a handful who made it, we’re always new to the experience. In other countries, one becomes famous, they rejoice but not over reacting.

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