In Memory of Rico Yan

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“ IF WE CAN TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK HARD, TO PERSEVERE TO ENDURE THE PAIN IN MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF THEMSELVES AND IN PURSUING A DREAM, THEY WILL SURELY HAVE CHARACTER. AND WHEN OUR GENERATION TAKES OVER THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTRY, IMAGINE, FATHER, WE WILL BE A NATION OF CHARACTER, ”  –  RICO 

 

This is created in

loving memory of Rico…

…his undying love for the love of his life, Claudine Barretto…

…their love stories…

…his kindness, his generosity…

…his tremendous love for the his family, his friends

…and, the people around him…

…his great love for mankind…

 

Rico is an inspiration to the youth…

Rico was masa, yet exuded a kind of class that didn’t make him baduy or jologs. He was adored by the general public just like all matinee idols and yet I know a lot of pretty sosyal girls who would give an arm and leg (and maybe even more) to go out with him.

His business partners were congressmen and respected businessmen. And yet, he was accepted by his legion of fans “as one of them.” He came from a prominent family yet he acted like the typical boy next door. Rico clearly had the best of both worlds; but not because it was laid on his lap. Rico worked hard for it.

…Rico Yan had everything a typical guy could ever dream of. He had the five Fs ; face, fame, fortune, and female fans! What more could he have asked for, right? He was living every guy’s dream. He had the “goodies.”

…a young man whom many consider a role model for today’s youth. At the time of his death, Rico was certainly an achiever: an accomplished dramatic actor, comedian, singer, TV host, product endorser, role model, youth ambassador/spokesperson for the Department of Education, sports buff, businessman, college graduate, hobbyist and foundation head; all rolled into one. At the young age of 27, he had certainly accomplished more than what most people would have accomplished in three lifetimes!

The thing that strikes me about this guy is that he really didn’t have to accomplish all that much. By merely being a matinee idol, he got it made and he was assured of a good future. But he didn’t stop there. He became a spokesperson for the Department of Education. He put up a foundation and got involved in business.

I find that admirable. Normally, for a lot of successful showbiz guys, if things are going so well in their career, they have a tendency to sit back, relax, and enjoy the good life. Success equals wine, women, song and drugs. Even here, there are so many who could have been something but flushed their life down the toilet with an excessive lifestyle.

But Rico thought like a very responsible businessman; planning ahead, investing in the present, and stocking up for the future.

Rico was given a lot, and a lot was expected in turn. He certainly delivered much in his a relatively short life.

I realize that not everyone is that lucky. Not all of us are as lucky to have been given the talents (and looks) of Rico Yan. But all us, like Rico, are called upon to make the most of our gifts.

Rico dabbled into so many things. And to me, that’s inspiring.

We could all certainly learn from Rico Yan. Life is an adventure; a journey. And we are all given a backpack of “goodies”; our talent, our time, our resources, our loved ones. Go ahead, take a look; you’d be surprised with what you have.

Rico Yan certainly went through his “goody bag” of talents and resources. He did it pretty fast; and with so much gusto. And that’s why he’s already in the finish line. And us? Well, we’re all still lagging behind, just trying to catch up.

So, c’mon, keep your head up! Check out your bag of goodies and check out what you can use to make your journey in life more exciting and meaningful.

Enthusiasm in life can be contagious. So if you show a little zest, maybe others would see where their passion lies too. All of us know it. We all saw it in Rico.

–   An Excerpt from, “Learn from Rico, INSPIRING yan!”   A WONDERFUL LIFE, by Rod Nepomuceno

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