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|Born||Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan
March 14, 1975
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Died||March 27, 2002
Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
|Other names||Rico Yan|
|Occupation||Matinee idol, Actor, Model, Businessman, Spokesperson|
Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan (March 14, 1975 - March 27, 2002) was a Filipino matinee idol, model, actor and entrepreneur. He was under an exclusive contract in the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network and was a member of their circle of home-grown talent named Star Magic. He was a Youth Spokesman for the Department of Education, touring the Philippines for free to promote education among youths, as well as establishing "Pinoy 'Yan!", a non-profit organization that aims to make young people stay in school and value education.
He assisted the "Are You a Forest King?" foundation, visiting many schools to promote the importance of tree growth. He was also a successful strategist entrepreneur having owned several restaurants, one of which is "Tequila Joes."
Before Rico's death, he finished taping his summer 2002 blockbuster film Got 2 Believe under Star Cinema and was about to finish the last 2 months of filming the primetime soap opera Saan Ka Man Naroroon which also starred his girlfriend and screen partner, Claudine Barretto. Rico was about to start a new primetime TV series Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan with Barretto after the success of their top rating soap operas.
On March 29, 2002, Yan was found dead inside his hotel room by his friend, actor Dominic Ochoa at the Dos Palmas Resort in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Autopsy concluded that Yan died of cardiac arrest caused by acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis while asleep. He was 27. According to Ochoa, the group attended a party the night before and went back to their cottage at around 2 AM Friday. The five friends slept together in one big room, but Yan occupied the loft because he was a snorer. At around 6 AM, Yan was heard groaning but his companions dismissed it as mere snoring. When Ochoa tried to wake Yan at past 9AM, he found Yan stiff and lifeless.
His public wake was held in La Salle Greenhills where he finished grade school and high school. An estimated 10,000 people attended his last funeral rites in Manila. His funeral was also televised live on ABS-CBN. He is buried in Manila Memorial Park, Parañaque City.
A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales of his last movie, Got 2 Believe, his documentary Forever Young: Remembering Rico, and his other movie Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita, contributed to the Rico Yan Youth Foundation.
Yan is one of four children, a grandson of former Foreign Affairs Secretary retired Gen. Manuel Yan. He was the brother of TV host Bobby Yan. He is also the nephew of broadcaster Angelo Castro, Jr. and, at the time of his death, was the boyfriend of Claudine Barretto.
|Year||Film||Role||Notes and Awards|
|1996||Radio Romance||Gary Balmaceda|
|1996||Ama, Ina, Anak||Dennis|
|1997||Paano ang Puso Ko?||Jason|
|1997||Home Along da Riles da Movie 2||Gabriel|
|1997||Flames: the Movie||Joel||"Pangako"|
|1998||Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita||Miguel|
|1998||Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay||Alex|
|1999||Mula Sa Puso: The Movie||Gabriel|
|1999||Gimik: The Reunion||Ricky Salveron|
|2002||Got 2 Believe||Lorenz Montinola||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Award for Box-Office King
Nominated—FAMAS Award for Best Actor Last Movie Appearance
|1996||Mara Clara||Derick||Book 2 (1996—1997)|
|1996||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Dante||Episode "Agua Bendita"|
|1996||Sine Siyete||Rico||Episode "Roses for Tracy"|
|1996||Star Drama Presents||Carlo||Episode "Recuerdo"|
|1996||Star Drama Presents||Carlo||Episode "Personalan"|
|1996||Gimik||Ricky Salveron||Main role (1996—1999)|
|1997||Mula Sa Puso||Gabriel Maglayon||Main role (1997—1999)|
|1997||Esperanza (TV series)||Gabriel||Main role (1997—1999)|
|1997||Wansapanataym||Rico||"Ang Mahiwagang Palasyo" episode.|
|1998||Magandang Tanghali Bayan||Himself||Host (1998—2002)|
|1999||Amerika o Wala|
|1999||Saan Ka Man Naroroon||Daniel||Main role (1999—2001)|
|1999||Maalaala Mo Kaya||Dante||Episode "Medalya"|
|2001||Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan||Daniel||Main role; Last soap opera appearance (2001—2002)|
|2001||Whattamen||Castro||Main role; Last sitcom appearance|
1999 FAMAS Youth Achievement Award,
1999 Philippine National Red Cross Pledge 25 Spokesperson
1999 Parangal ng Bayan - Best Young Actor
1999 Official DECS-CSCA Spokesperson and Role Model for Students and Youth
1998 Outstanding Youth Male Model in The Field of Entertainment (KASAMA Foundation)
1998 Most Popular Love Team - Rico Yan and Judy Ann Santos (Pabonggahan sa Moviestar'98),
1997 Best Male Star - Kislap Magazine
1997 Best Male Star - Movie Star Fan Magazine
1997 Star Awards for Movies Best New Actor
2002 FAMAS Awards for Best Actor-Got To Believe in MAgic
Bleue tab jeans
PR Omac Athletic shoes
Talk 'N Text
- Rico Yan at the Internet Movie Database
- The Mystique of Rico Yan: The Wholesome Kid as an Icon
- Rico Yan's Last Interview