Before the rise of young, popular love teams such as Kathniel, LizQuen, and JoshLia, there were the classics. On an interview with Judy Ann Santos on “Magandang Buhay,” she talked about her former leading man, Rico Yan. Momshie Jolina Magdangal asked the veteran actress whether or not she and Rico became a couple back when they were a popular onscreen tandem.
If you remember, Jolina worked with both Judy Ann Santos and Rico Yan in the popular 90s television series, “Gimik.“ With them were other popular actors like Marvin Agustin, Diether Ocampo, G. Toengi, Mylene Dizon, Dominic Ochoa, and a lot more.
During the interview, Jolina expressed how much she “shipped” Judy Ann and Rico during their golden days. According to Judy Ann:
“Kami ni Rico hindi talaga kami dumating dun sa point na nagkaron kami ng relationship na more than friends. We will always say na we’re more than friends but we’re not lovers.”
Other than “Gimik,” Judy Ann and Rico also had other series entitled “Esperanza,”and “Mara Clara.” However, the on-screen couple’s most loved project together was their film “Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay.”
Besides Judy Ann, Rico was also paired with Claudine Barretto who became his last real-life girlfriend. While Judy Ann was paired with Piolo Pascual, who was just starting out in showbiz at the time.
It was 2002 when Dominic Ochoa found the unconscious matinee idol at his hotel room in Palawan. According to the autopsy, he had what Filipinos call “bangungot.” In medical terms, Rico suffered from heart failure due to acute hemorraghic pancreatitis while sleeping.
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