‘Chen Sy’ happy with 'My Binondo Girl' stint

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Monday, January 9, 2012


CEBUANO actor Richard Yap, more popularly known as “Chen Sy” in the hit primetime series "My Binondo Girl", still could not believe the recognition and support of the viewing public.

Every night, audiences are not just glued on their television sets because of Kim Chiu-Xian Lim's team up, but also Ai-Ai delas Alas and Cherry Pie Picache's dreams of happy ending with Richard's character.

In an interview with him after the "My Binondo Girl" grand fans day Sunday evening, the 44-year-old actor said, though he does not have any formal training in acting, he is happy with the positive response of many.

Cebuano actor Richard Yap
MANILA. Cebuano actor Richard Yap plays 'Chen Sy' in the hit primetime series "My Binondo Girl" on the Kapamilya Network. (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)

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"I'm very happy na natanggap ako ng tao lalo na it's my first time. I'm just very thankful they gave me a chance. Hindi ko pinangarap talagang mag-artista but since it here, I'm embracing it now."

Richard shared that when the role was offered to him by the Kapamilya Network, he was hesitant at first knowing that it requires acting skills and will eat up most of his time.

"Pinagisipan ko and I asked my family kung okay sa kanila. I told ABS(-CBN) also na I don't have any formal training in acting and luckily okay parin sa kanila."

Though he is seen in front of the camera, Richard still works at day in a marketing company. The actor said he tries to balance his showbiz schedule and shuffling paper works.

When asked if he is willing to quit his corporate job and go full time in the entertainment industry, Richard said it all depends on the offers given to him and the decision of his family.

Unknown to many, the Cebuano actor is happily married for 18 years now with his non-showbiz wife and has two kids.

Richard said his wife does not get jealous over his scenes with Ai-Ai or Cherry Pie and his family is very happy and proud of what he achieved in "My Binondo Girl".

"She's very understanding. When we started out tinanong ko naman sa kanya if it is okay with her, she gave me her go signal."

The actor is allotting more time with his family now because of his busy schedule. He added that they understand and are pretty much amused when people recognize him in public places.

"Nawawalan lang ng private time with the family. As much as possible we try to do the things we used to do before. They are very understanding, tatabi na lang sila pag may magpapa-picture. They know that it comes with the job."

When asked what he discovered in "My Binondo Girl" and his first experience in local tinsletown, Richard said: "I used to think that it’s very easy to act and believe me it’s not. You have to learn it also, yung mga emotions mo you need to get it from your experiences. It is not an easy job like some people think it is." (Sunnex)

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