Maricar Reyes has been proudly and happily living as Richard Poon’s loving wife for almost five years while also being a successful actress and endorser. But don’t you know that her life now wasn’t what she planned for in the past? Long ago – she knew she was meant to be a doctor until something better came along.
Maricar graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Medicine, in 2008 she passed the medical licensure exam but soon after, she had a change of heart and started pursuing her acting career.
In a blog, she wrote: “My parents are proud of me, but I believe they still wish I was a full-time doctor.”
“In 2nd grade, my teacher asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Without thinking I said, ‘doctor’ —and that was my dream until 2nd year medschool.”
“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,” she added.
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That’s why Maricar Reyes told her father that she wanted to leave med school, pursue a career in modeling and business. It wasn’t easy for the actress and her father. She admitted her dad wasn’t thrilled with her decision.
“Of course not. He was horrified! Giving up a stable and noble profession to be a model?! He wanted me to finish medschool. He hoped this ‘new dream’ was just a phase. ‘Pagod ka lang. Lilipas din yan.’ So out of love and respect for my parents, I pressed on until I finished.”
Maricar decided to stay the course and worked hard until she was able to earn the title “doctor”, yet deep inside she still wanted to finish her new dream.
After passing the medical licensure exam in 2008 her father gave her more freedom, juggled working as a new doctor while auditioning again and again for her passion.
“Relieved, my dad gave me more freedom. ‘At least now you have a degree that no one can take away,’ he said. But even with a stable job as a new doctor, I was more passionate about reviving my modelling career. I still wanted to earn and invest!”
“So I auditioned, got rejected, worked at my doctor job, auditioned again… until one day my agent got a call from Star Magic’s Mr. M to join showbiz. From there began the most eventful 9 years of my life—long work hours, controversy, fans and bashers, discovering I enjoy acting, finding my husband, saving money and finally… FINALLY… setting up my cake business.”
Maricar revealed that during Sundays, her staff’s rest day, she sometimes sits by herself in the middle of her kitchen and gets emotional because her dreams are only growing strong. She admits she can’t do it all and relies on the abilities of her trusted business team.
She also revealed that she has no regrets in leaving the medical practice.
“Do I regret following my parent’s wishes to finish school? Not anymore. The experience, abilities, and discipline I got from med school helped a lot in my acting and business roles. My dad was right I do feel more secure with a degree that no one can take away.
Today, the actress-model is content with her life as a wife and entrepreneur. This just proves that no matter how hard we study in life, there is a career out there that is really meant for us. So, continue to study but don’t lose the passion inside your heart.
“Be crazy in your dreams, but wise in making them come true. Excited for you! Take heart!”
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