Rico Yan

  • Birth Name: Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan
  • Birth Place: Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Died: March 29, 2002
  • Profession: Actor, Model
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Fast Facts

  • Appeared in his first commercial for Master Facial Cleanser in 1995 while he was still a student at the De La Salle University.
  • Was one of the original members in Star Magic Batch 1 (1995).
  • Built his reputation as a charming Matinee Idol during the late 1990s especially with roles like Ricky Salveron on Gimik (1996) and Gabriel Maglayon on Mula Sa Puso (1997).
  • Debuted on the big screen in the movie Radio Romance (1996).
  • His final movie was Got 2 Believe (2002) where he starred alongside his real-life girlfriend Claudine Barreto.
  • Received Best Male Star award in 1997 from Movie Star Magazine for his role in Gimik.
  • Was the first official youth spokesman for the Department of Education and Culture in Sports in 1998 where he promoted education among the youth.
  • Was the first Philippine National Red Cross Pledge 25 spokesperson in 1999.
  • Died at the age of 27 due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.


  • Bobby Yan — Brother
  • Roberto Yan — Father
  • Geraldine Yan — Brother
  • Tina Yan — Sister
  • Teresita Castro Yan — Mother
  • Claudine Barreto — Ex-significant Other


  • De La Salle University, Malate, Manila, Philippines (Marketing Management, 1997)

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