Richard Ching Juan
August 2, 1992
|Alma mater||University of the Philippines|
|Occupation||TV personality, Model, Actor, Host|
|Also known as||Richard Hwan|
Richard Ching Juan (Chinese: Fan Hong Zhi; born August 2), also known as Richard Juan and Richard Hwan, is a Filipino 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.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Awards and nominations
- 3 Filmography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Life and career
Early life and educational background
Richard Juan was born on August 2 in the Philippines, the first child of Nixon and Evelyn (née Ching) Juan. 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.
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. Hwan also had his first campaign shoot with SM Youth in early 2014 at Pico de Loro.
Juan is currently under the management of Mercator Artist and Model Management, Inc., the same agency that handles the careers of Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj, other beauty queens and several movie/TV personalities such as Daniel Matsunaga.
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. In 2014, he was part of Chalk magazine's Bright Young Manila Campus Hotties 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
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.
Juaan 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.
Eat Bulaga host
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.
Hwan hosted Eat Bulaga!'s "Dabarkad's Pinoy Henyo" segment for five months in 2014.
PBB 737 Housemate
UPFRONT at the UAAP
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.
Philippines and beyond
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
|2014||Eat Bulaga: You're My Foreignoy||Dabarkad's Choice||Won|
|Chalk BYM Campus Hotties 2014||Male Winner||Won|
|2018||Tadhana: Karayom||Chris||GMA Network|
|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|
|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|
- "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
- Candy Magazine Philippines. "Candy Cuties 2013: Richard Juan". Candymag. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- "CHALK Bright Young Manila 2014". CHALK Bright Young Manila 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- "Gui Adorno, wagi sa 'You're My Foreignoy' ng 'Eat Bulaga!'". GMA News Online. Retrieved 25 October 2014.