For those of you who didn’t know, actress and model Maricar Reyes-Poon happens to be a doctor as well! She has a degree in Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas, earning her license to practice in 2008 after passing the grueling Physicians’ Licensure Exam. Despite her degree and her license, however, Maricar chose not to work as a full-time doctor.
In a recent blog entry, the Kapamilya actress explained why she pursued a different career.
According to Maricar, it has always been her childhood dream to become a doctor. Her parents wanted it for her as well, but during her 2nd year in med school, she realized that she wanted to become something else.
The actress shared:
“Then reality hit me. I could endure long study hours and loved seeing people get better. But when I made some money on the side as a model, I wanted to invest it. Slowly I realized my passion and interest wasn’t in medicine anymore. I will always admire doctors, but I didn’t want to do that for a living.”
Maricar eventually told her father that she wanted to give up med school to become a full-time model, but the latter did not approve of it. He said her new dream was just a phase, telling her that it will soon pass.
The actress said she loved and respected her parents so much that she honored their wish and finished her studies. She went on to become a full-fledged doctor, but she said her new dream still did not die.
At this point, her father finally gave her more freedom to do what she wanted.
Maricar Reyes then tried her luck auditioning for modeling stints while working as a doctor. Despite getting rejected so many times, she never gave up.
One fateful day, after countless times of being turned down, Star Magic’s “Mr. M” called Maricar’s agent with an offer for her to join the showbiz industry. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Kapamilya actress says she doesn’t regret giving up her medical profession. Neither does she regret finishing med school. She said she’s happy being the private doctor of her family, friends, and staff, and she feels more secure with a degree that no one can take away.
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