Dominic Ochoa recalls good times with best friend Rico Yan. While it took time for Dominic to recover from the tragedy, he says  everyone should have learned a lesson or two about Rico's death. He continues to close the gap by moving on. And if he gets the chance to "talk" to Rico, he will say: ‘Rics, I don’t want to talk about the past—yung nangyari sa atin... I want to talk about the present—yung good news."

Left to right: Dominic (extreme left) with Rico's parents, Sita and Roby Yap, and Father Carmelo Caluag.

Photo: Allan Sancon / File photo

"Di ba kasi, usually ‘pag wala ka, aalis na rin siya?

“Hindi, e. Si Rico yung kaibigan na pagdating mo, malalaman mo na lang.

“He sings with my dad and nag-inuman sila, you know what I’m saying?

“It’s really hard to find yung ganyang klaseng kaibigan… si Marvin, ganyan din.

“Yung kahit wala ka, close din sa parents mo.

“Yun yung ibig kong sabihin, yung tiwalang na-instill niya sa mga tao.”

 

RICO'S MOM. Nakausap din ng PEP ang ina na Rico na si Mrs. Sita Yan.

Aniya, tungkol sa yumaong anak,"After ten years, he is still part of our lives. Everything about him, I guess,

"What I cannot still not understand or get over is how much he has touched the heart of so many people, so many.

“Katulad kanina, I just came from the tomb this morning, at nakita kong ang dami ng fans dun na naglalagay ng bulaklak sa puntod ni Rico.

“Sabi ko nga, ‘Wow! It’s just a short time but he touched [the lives of] so many people!’

“And I guess, I’m, not questioning that anymore why he died, he left us but so much so much very much part of our life up to now.”

 

Tinanong din namin si Mrs. Yan kung napapanaginipan niya o nagpaparamdam si Rico sa kanya.

“Hindi naman, hindi naman. Pero sometimes, mga funny dreams about him.

“It’s like… one morning, I woke up that I hold a baby, I hold him with  my arms… but it’s not a lot, very few dreams lang.

“We always remember him, lalo na when we go in our house in Baguio, it’s full of Rico—his portrait, all his ads and endorsement posters are there.”

Ano ang masasabi ni Mrs. Yan tungkol  sa nabanggit ni Fr. Caluag na si Rico raw ang standard ng ABS-CBN sa paghanap ng magaling na artista?