Rico Yan, who would’ve been 44 today, remembered by friend Marvin Agustin
Marvin Agustin remembered his good friend, the late matinee idol Rico Yan, for his friendship and kindness on what would have been the late actor’s 44th birthday today, March 14.
“Happiest birthday my brother…,” Agustin addressed the late actor in an Instagram post, where he shared the poster for the 1997 film “Flames: The Movie” starring him, Yan, Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal and Bojo Molina.
“[H]inding hindi ko makakalimutan ang mga saya at kalokohan natin,” Agustin said about Yan. “Lalo na ang friendship at kabutihan mo. Im sure mas nageenjoy ka dyan sa langit! Love you bro!”
(I will never forget the fun and craziness we had, especially your friendship and goodness. I’m sure you’re enjoying it more up there in heaven. Love you, bro!)
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Happiest birthday my brother… hinding hindi ko makakalimutan ang mga saya at kalokohan natin. Lalo na ang friendship at kabutihan mo. Im sure mas nageenjoy ka dyan sa langit! Love you bro! #RY Bro, mga pangarap natin etong tinutupad namin. Si @domochoa tumatakbo bilang konsehal. Ibulong mo dyan kay Lord na manalo, ok tong bata natin. Ako naman patuloy na nagaartista at nagnenegosyo. Masaya ako sa mga narating namin, madami pa pangarap pero may saya at payapa na isip at puso. . #FLAMES was my first movie. These people in the pic are the people i just used to watch on tv. Magagaling at mabubuting tao. Hanggang ngayon, araw-araw nagpapasalamat ako na nabago ng entertaiment industry ang buhay ko at ng pamilya ko.
Agustin also told Yan that his fellow actors are reaching for their dreams. At one point, he mentioned Dominic Ochoa, who is currently vying for a public post as Parañaque City Councilor. “Ibulong mo dyan kay Lord na manalo, ok tong bata natin (Whisper to the Lord to let him win, our bet is okay),” he said.
“Ako naman patuloy na nagaartista at nagnenegosyo,” he told Yan about what he is up to now. “Masaya ako sa mga narating namin, madami pa pangarap pero may saya at payapa na isip at puso.”
(As for me, I continue to act and venture into business. I am happy with what we have achieved. We still have a lot of dreams but our minds and hearts are at peace.)
Yan was part of ABS-CBN’s Star Circle first batch. He achieved leading man-status with the teleserye “Mula Sa Puso” opposite Barretto and Diether Ocampo. He also starred in the films “Radio Romance”, “Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita” and “Got 2 Believe”.
The actor was found dead by Ochoa on March 29, 2002 at the Dos Palmas Resort in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The cause of death was declared as cardiac arrest due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis. Yan was 27 years old when he passed away. JB
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