Last March 14, 2015 would have been Rico Yan’s 40th birthday. Claudine Barretto posted a tribute on Instagram to her former on-screen and real-life partner.
The post was accompanied by a photo of them on “Got 2 Believe”, their last movie together.
Happy Birthday RY. You will forever remain in our hearts
The post quickly went viral, garnering over 10,000 likes within a day.
Popular love team
In the late 90s, Rico and Claudine were among the top love teams, especially because they were not just an on-screen couple but were also dating in real life. Though Rico also starred in movies and shows alongside other actresses, including Judy Ann Santos, his most popular team up was with Claudine.
As an actor, Rico was the most successful from 2001 to 2002; thus, his untimely passing on March 29, 2002 came as a shock to the nation.
Claudine was overcome with grief and was too shocked to talk. She had to be sedated.
At the time of his death, he and Claudine had already broken up for over three weeks.
Rico, a successful young star
Rico is considered to be among the best actors and most bankable talents of his generation. He began his career on ASAP in 1995 as one of the regular performers before landing a main role on Gimik in 1996, a stint which lasted until 1999.
He also starred on several TV shows, including Mara Clara, ‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila, Mula Sa Puso, Saan Ka Man Naroroon, Magandang Tanghali Bayan, Whattamen, and various features on MMK and Star Drama Presents, among others.
Rico starred in a total of eleven movies, all under Star Cinema. This started with Radio Romance in 1996 plus two other films on that same year: Ama, Ina, Anak and Madrasta.
In 1997, the actor also starred in three films: Paano Ang Puso Ko?, Home Along da Riles da Movie 2, and Flames: the Movie. He had two in 1998: Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay and Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita. Mula Sa Puso: The Movie and Gimik: The Reunion were his films in 1999 while his last movie was Got 2 Believe in 2002.
After his death, a portion of the proceeds from Got 2 Believe and Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita was given to the Rico Yan Youth Foundation. The foundation also received some of the proceeds from Forever Young: Remembering Rico, a documentary.