Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan, better known as Rico Yan was a Filipino nationality matinee idol, film as well as television actor, model, entrepreneur, and spokesperson. He was born on 14 March in the year 1975 in Mandaluyong located in Rizal, Philippines. A matinee idol is a term used for a movie or a theatre star who is adored and loved excessively by their fans.
Rico Yan Early Life
Rico Yan was born on 14 March in the year 1975 in The Medical City located in Mandaluyong, Philippines. His father was Roberto Yan Sr. and his mother’s name is Marianne Castro-Yan. Yan’s father was born in the year 1947 and died in the year 2017. Additionally, Yan was the grandson of Manuel Yan, who was born in 1920 and died in the year 2008. Yan’s grandmother was Colonel Isabelo Ruiz Castro. Manuel Yan was the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He was also an Ambassador to Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Indonesia. Rico Yan has 2 sisters and one brother whose names are Tina, Geraldine, and Bobby. His brother Bobby is a television host. Yan’s family consisted of businessmen and soldiers. His parents, Roberto and Marianne were business owners. They owned a security firm due to them having a military background.
Yan completed his primary education at the Xavier School in the year 1988. He graduated from his high school De La Salle Santiago Zobel School in the year 1992. He then pursued his higher studies by enrolling at the De La Salle University and graduating with a degree in Marketing Management in the year 1997. Rico Yan was also the first official spokesperson of the youth for the Department of Education, Culture and Sports in the year 1998. He traveled all over the Philippines in order to promote the importance of education among the youth. He also established the Pinoy Yan Movement which is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote education among the youth population as well as make sure that the children stay in school and don’t drop out. Yan was also a part of the Are You a Forest King? Foundation, wherein he visited numerous schools in order to promote the importance of trees in the ecosystem as well as encouraged the children to plant more trees. Rico Yan was known to be a person who was involved in various charities and championed a lot of social issues such as education of the youth, poverty, and the environment. Some of the organizations that Rico Yan was a part of include the Blue Eagle Foundation for Sports Development, the One Dream Foundation, the Youth Study 2001, the Blue Eagle/KIDS/ODF Leadership, the Leadership Research Centre, and the Athletic and Spiritual Summer Training. Yan was the first spokesperson for the Philippine National Red Cross Pledge 25 in the year 1999.
Rico Yan Career
Rico Yan was a part of ABS-CBN Corporation’s Star Magic in the year 1995. He started his career as a commercial model after signing a contract with Cosmopolitan Modeling Agency and then slowly turned to act. He was still studying at the De La Salle University at the age of twenty when he first got a chance to be on TV. The Cosmopolitan Modeling Agency picked Yan to be the lead man for their Master Facial Cleanser commercial. The screening committee’s head Johnny Manahan asked Yan whether he wanted to be in the movies or not. Yan expressed hesitancy in joining the entertainment business but he eventually agreed and his manager was Biboy Arboleda. He was then made a part of the group Star Circle Batch 1. While Yan had begun his acting career he was also finishing up with his studies in marketing and making sure that he graduated with his degree. By this time, he had become a fan favorite and had gained attention from the public through his magazine covers and commercials.
The year 1996 marked a breakthrough in Rico Yan’s career. His first acting role was in the show Gimik where he played a boy-next-door character named Ricky Salveson. The show was about a young group of children that lived in an imaginary village that tackles the experience of being young. His co-stars were Jolina Magdangal, Judy Ann Santos, Giselle Toengi, Diether Ocampo, Mylene Dizon, Patricia Garcia, and Marvin Augustin. The show was an instant hit among the audience and it ran for three years on The Filipino Channel (TFC). In 1999, the show was adapted to be a movie titled GIMIK: The Reunion. Yan then starred in the TV drama titled Mara Clara where he played the role of a medical intern named Derrick Gonzales. In 1997. Yan was part of a TV show called Mula sa Puso where he played the lead role of Gabriel Maglayon, a cab driver who is willing to sacrifice everything for his family and his loved ones. The series was a huge hit among viewers and it aired on TV for 2 years. In 1999, he then started on another television drama titled Saan Ka Man Naroroon wherein he played the role of an agriculturist Daniel Pineda. He then starred in a mini-series called Detour in the year 2000, directed by Chito S. Rono. He played the role of Carl, who was a wealthy eccentric young man who learns that he dying. Carl meets different people all throughout the movie and as a result, ends up being a better person at the end of the movie. The movie role required Yan to wear prosthetics during extreme 40-degree temperatures and he did so without a single complaint and executed his role to perfection.
Some of Rico Yan’s other movies include Madrasta, Paano Ang Puso Ko, Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay, Mula sa Puso: The Movie, Gimik: The Reunion, Got 2 Believe, Flames: The Movie, Home Along da Riles da Movie 2, Ama Ina Anak and Radio Romance.
Rico Yan’s television roles include ASAP, Gimik, Mara Clara, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Sine Siyete, Star Drama Presents, Mula sa Puso, Esperanza, FLAMES, Usapang Business, The Correspondents, Saan Ka Man Naroroon, Coverstory and Whattamen.
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Rico Yan Modelling Career and Endorsements
Rico Yan became an endorser of the various brands such as Molecules Shirts, PROMAC Athletic Shoes, Blue Tab Jeans, Genre Shirts, United Colors of Benetton, Salon de Manila, Ritazzo, Planet Fitness Studio Ritratto, Sari-Sari Store, Diesel Footwear, Hangten, Adidas Sports, Ray-Ban, Mendrez Footwear.
He also modeled for Sterling Notebook, Presto Wannabe, Johnson’s Face Powder, Eskinol Facial Cleanser, Greenwich Pizza, Nissin Cookies, Talk N’ Text, Rain Forest Water, and Timex.
Rico Yan Cause of Death
Rico Yan died on 29 March in the year 2002 at the age of 27 years. His body was found by his friend who is also an actor Dominic Ochoa at the Dos Palmas Resort located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. His cause of death was a cardiac arrest caused due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis. His funeral was held in La Salle Greenhills. Around 10,000 people attended his funeral held in Manila. It was televised on ABS-CBN wherein many of his fans and his peers gave him tributes. Gary Valenciano sang The Warrior is a Child at Yan’s funeral. He was buried in Manila Memorial Park located in Paranaque. His funeral was ranked at the #6 spot on SPOT’s “List of Most Attended Funerals in Philippine History”. A portion of the profits from the last movies he filmed titled Got 2 Believe, Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita as well as his documentary Forever Young: Remembering Rico, were donated to the Rico Yan Youth Foundation.
Rico Yan Awards
Rico Yan has many awards and titles bestowed upon him such as the Youth Ambassador Award in 2001, FAMAS Youth Achievement Award (1999), Philippine National Red Cross Pledge 25 Spokesperson (1999), Official DECS-CSCA Spokesperson and Role Model for Students and Youth (1998), Outstanding Youth in the Field of Entertainment (1998), Medal of Honor (1998), Outstanding Youth Role Model (1998), People’s Choice Awardee (1998), PMPC Star Awards for Movies (1997), 12th Star Awards for TV (1998), FAMAS (1998) and 21st FAP Awards (2003).
Rico Yan Net Worth
Rico Yan is considered to be one of the richest Filipino matinee idols and his net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million. His income comes from his film and television roles, commercials, modeling gigs, and brand endorsements.
Rico Yan was also an entrepreneur and he owned several businesses such as Java Hut, Orbitz Pearl Shakes, Timbuktu Café, Buddy Burger, and Tequila Joe Grill and Restaurants.
Rico Yan Personal Life
Rico Yan had a spiritual advisor named Father Tito Caluag, who said that Yan had expressed a wish to be president. Father Tito said that Yan had wanted to become a leader only for the sake of serving his people and empowering the youth. He added that Yan wanted to be like the American President John F. Kennedy who gave the country of America and its citizens hope for a bright future.