Richard Yap

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Richard Yap
Born Richard Edison Uy Yap
May 18, 1967 (1967-05-18) (age 50)
Cebu City, Philippines
Other names Papa Chen
Sir Chief
Alma mater Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
De La Salle University
Years active 2010–present
Agent Star Magic (2010-present)
Height 5'9

Richard Edison Uy Yap (born May 18, 1967) is a Filipino actor, model and businessman, best known for his role as "Papa Chen" in My Binondo Girl and in the television drama Be Careful With My Heart as Richard "Sir Chief" Lim.


In 2011, Yap launched his career in ABS-CBN via My Binondo Girl where he played Kim Chiu's father, Chen Sy.[1]

In 2012, Yap made several appearances in the network. He played a recurring character in Walang Hanggan as Henry de Dios.[2] But it was his role as Richard "Sir Chief" Lim, where he co-starred alongside Jodi Santamaria in the daytime drama Be Careful With My Heart that catapulted him to fame spreading to other countries and made him a household name. The show ran from 2012 to 2014 due to its large following and loyal fanbase. Be Careful With My Heart would go on to have worldwide tours, concerts, an album, and has been aired in numerous other continents.[citation needed]

After his stint with Be Careful With My Heart, Yap starred in Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita, where his character was paired with Vina Morales, and Ang Probinsyano, portraying as an antagonistic character by the name of Philip, and had a special participation in My Super D[3] and Till I Met You.

In 2016, he and Sta. Maria reunited onscreen and topbilled the romantic film The Achy Breaky Hearts which was a box office success. Because of this, there is a strong clamor for them to also reunite on television.[3]

On his singing career, Yap along with fellow chinito crooner Richard Poon collaborated in an album and a major concert.

He topbilled the last installment of Regal Films' Filipino-Chinese drama Mano Po 7: Chinoy. He is also set to do a teleserye next year.



Year Title Role Network
2017 Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko ABS–CBN
Till I Met You Oliver Duico
2016 My Super D Delta / original Super D
2015–2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Philip Tang
2015 Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita Carlo Asuncion
Wansapanataym: My Kung Fu Chinito Chairman Peter Tan/Mang Bai/former Kungfu Chinito
Home Sweetie Home Dr. Richard Dee
2012–2014 Be Careful With My Heart Richard "Sir Chief" Lim
2012 Walang Hanggan Henry De Dios
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Gayuma Edgar
2011–2012 My Binondo Girl Chen "Papa Chen" Sy
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Jandy


Year Title Role
2013 Ekstra Himself (cameo)
2014 Past Tense Old Babs
2014 Praybeyt Benjamin 2 General Wilson Chua
2015 You're Still The One Vincent
2015 Felix Manalo Glicerio Santos
2016 Just the 3 of Us Capt. Alex Gatchalian
2016 The Achy Breaky Hearts Frank Sison
2016 Mano Po 7: Chinoy Wilson Wong, Sr.


Popular music by Richard Yap[edit]

  • Popular Music by "Richard Yap" Album
  • Promise Ain't Enough
  • I Think I'm in Love Again
  • Don't Know What to Say (Don't Know What to Do)
  • Can Find No Reason
  • You Take My Breath Away
  • Chasing Cars
  • High
  • After Glow
  • Oh Babe (Chinese Version)
  • Please Be Careful With My Heart (w/ Jodi Sta. Maria)
  • Salamat

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and Nomination
Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2012 Golden Screen TV Awards Breakthrough Performance of an Actor My Binondo Girl Won
26th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Male TV Personality Nominated
Anak TV Seal Awards Favorite Anak TV Makabata Stars
(shared with Jodi Sta. Maria)
N/A Won
2013 Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Ensemble Performance
(shared with Be Careful with My Heart cast)
Be Careful With My Heart Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Love Team on Television
(shared with Jodi Sta. Maria)[4]
27th PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Drama Actor Won
2014 1st Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards Best Television Actor Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Popular Love Team on Television
(shared with Jodi Sta. Maria)[5]

Personal life[edit]

Yap was born and raised in Cebu City. He graduated from Sacred Heart School and De La Salle University. Coming from a family who loves to cook, Richard aspired a to be chef in his younger years.

As he said in one of his interviews, he is a full-blooded Chinese who was born and raised in the Philippines.


  1. ^ "Richard Yap on his instant popularity as Papa Chen: "It's really very flattering na kinu-consider akong gano'n at my age."" [Richard Yap on his instant popularity as Papa Chen: "It's really very flattering that they considered me (as popular) at my age."]. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  2. ^ One good role deserves another (, 20.04.12)
  3. ^ a b Bonoan, Regee (9 April 2016). "Sir Chief at Jodi, magtatambal uli sa bagong serye" [Sir Chief and Jodi, will pair up again in a new series] (in Taglish). Balita. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  5. ^ "Complete List of Winners: 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2014". The Summit Express. Retrieved 2014-05-019.

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