Richard Juan

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Richard Juan
Born (1992-08-02) 2 August 1992 (age 28)
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines
OccupationTV personality, Model, Actor, Host
Years active2015–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese范鴻志
Simplified Chinese范鸿志
Musical career
Also known asRichard Hwan
OriginHong Kong

Richard Juan (Chinese: Fan Hong Zhi;[1] born 2 August 1982), also known as Richard Juan and Richard Hwan, is a Hong Kong Chinese TV personality, model, actor and host that is based in the Philippines. He gained popularity through Eat Bulaga!'s "You're My Foreignoy" and won the Dabarkad's Choice Award.

He was also one of the regular housemates of Pinoy Big Brother: 737.

He hosted a new fashion programme for Viu, an over-the-top (OTT) video service operated by PCCW Media.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and educational background[edit]

Richard Juan was born on August 2, 1982 in the Philippines. Though a permanent Hong Kong resident, Juan still holds Filipino citizenship. When he was only a month old, their family moved to Hong Kong. There, he completed high school education in Island School. Juan then returned to the Philippines to continue his studies and graduated cum laude with a degree in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Juan is multi-lingual; aside from his native Cantonese, he is fluent in Filipino, English, Mandarin and Hokkien.

Modelling career[edit]

Before he became a TV personality, Juan worked as a part-time model. He started modelling inside the campus for school event posters. Eventually, he had his first modelling stint via Philippine Fashion Week: Spring Summer 2014. Succeeding months saw him walking for several fashion shows including Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Coca-Cola and Adidas. Simultaneously, he also did shoots with newspapers (Philippine Inquirer) and fashion magazines like Candy, Chalk Magazine, Sparkling Magazine, and Garage Magazine. Juan also had his first campaign shoot with SM Youth in early 2014 at Pico de Loro.

In 2013, Juan was part of the Candy magazine's list of Top 20 Candy Cuties where he was ranked as the 14th Candy Cutie.[2] In 2014, he was part of Chalk magazine's Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties[3] and won the UAAP division. In January 2015, he became an ambassador for Smart Telecom and also Systema. In February of the same year, he was officially launched as one of the SM Youth Ambassadors.

Television career: You're My Foreignoy[edit]

In January 2014, Eat Bulaga! announced a new segment entitled "You're My Foreignoy" ("Foreignoy" is a portmanteau of "foreigner" and "Pinoy"). It is a contest for foreigners, who are currently living in the Philippines, who claim to have a heart of a true Filipino.

Juan joined the contest in its second week where he won the daily round. Instantly, he became a crowd favorite. He then competed with foreigners from different countries including the rumored ex-boyfriend of Lindsay Lohan, Christian Arno Williams during the second weekly finals. Juan lost to Christian but he won the Dabarkad's Choice Award (People's Choice Award). He trended among the Top Ten on Twitter locally and internationally in every appearance he made during the contest which earned him the nickname "The Trending Boy".

A week before the grand finals, Juan returned to compete for the Wildcard Edition. He battled against Arlen Gaspar from Brazil and won the round. Wildcard winners were called the "Manlalaban" who will face the first, second and third weekly winners.

During the "You're My Foreignoy" grand finals where Gui Adorno won, Juan was once again awarded the Dabarkad's Choice Award for having a total of over 8,000 likes on Eat Bulaga!'s Facebook poll. This poll clearly showed that he was the most popular among the "foreignoys" that competed in the grand finals.[4]

Eat Bulaga host[edit]

After winning the Dabarkad's Choice Award, Juan has been visible in several shows on the GMA Network. He was interviewed by Ryzza Mae Dizon in The Ryzza Mae Show along with his fellow 'You're My Foreignoy' winners, Gui Adorno and Diego Furoni. He also hosted the waterfalls segment during the Summer Special episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and later returned as a celebrity guest along with Gui Adorno on its Fiesta segment the following month at Obando in Bulacan.

Juan also guested in some GMA News TV shows such as Brigada, iJuander, Day Off and Mars.

Hwan hosted Eat Bulaga!'s "Dabarkad's Pinoy Henyo" segment for five months in 2014.

PBB 737 Housemate[edit]

Juan recently part of ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother: 737 as a regular housemate and eliminated in week 17 (day 119), placing him final 6.

UPFRONT at the UAAP[edit]

Juan became part of ABS-CBN Sports + Action's UAAP coverage show called UPFRONT at the UAAP. He is one of the new male hosts (alongside Justin Quirino and Marco Gumabao) that was introduced in the second part of UAAP Season 78.


Besides hosting and modelling, Juan also started to act in 2017. He played the male lead in TV5's Wattpad Presents: AFGITMOLFM and GMA's Tadhana: Karayom in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

In 2020, Richard made a comeback to Philippine television as he plays Richie Tan, in the afternoon soap opera, Love Thy Woman, on ABS-CBN.

Philippines and beyond[edit]

2018 onwards, Juan have been involved in many international projects. In early 2018, he interviewed the cast of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War in Singapore. Later on that year, he was also had the chance to interview legendary fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith and celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay. He also went to Seoul Fashion Week S/S19 to shoot a special with the OTT platform, Viu.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2014 Eat Bulaga: You're My Foreignoy Dabarkad's Choice Won
Chalk BYM Campus Hotties 2014 Male Winner Won
2019 Village Pipol Choice Awards Lifestyle Influencer of the Year Won



Year Title Role Network
2021 Pinoy Big Brother Host/Himself ABS-CBN
2020 Love Thy Woman Richie
2018 Tadhana: Karayom Chris GMA Network
2017 Road Trip Himself
2016 A1 Ko Sa 'Yo Joaqs GMA Network
Be My Lady Kevin ABS-CBN
UPFRONT at the UAAP Host
Kaya Mo Bang Guest/Himself
2015 Pinoy Big Brother: 737 6th Place/Himself
Aquino & Abunda Tonight Himself
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho GMA Network
Day Off GMA News TV
Taste Buddies
2014 Eat Bulaga! Himself/segment host GMA Network
The Ryzza Mae Show Guest/Himself
Day Off GMA News TV
Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho GMA Network
Poptalk GMA News TV
Unang Hirit GMA Network
Mars GMA News TV
Celebrity Bluff GMA Network
Tunay Na Buhay
Don't Lose the Money


  1. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  2. ^ Candy Magazine Philippines. "Candy Cuties 2013: Richard Juan". Candymag. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "CHALK Bright Young Manila 2014". Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Gui Adorno, wagi sa 'You're My Foreignoy' ng 'Eat Bulaga!'". GMA News Online. Retrieved October 25, 2014.

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