The sight of the dusky, sweet-faced Yam Concepcion heartily eating rice and beef tapa for lunch easily quells the jitters and intimidation elicited by the persona she exudes as a men’s magazine cover girl and big screen seductress.
Isn't she on a diet?
Giggling, Yam says she tries to watch what she eats, but she really just loves food!
Yam next confesses that she is a sweet tooth, shrugs her shoulders, and blurts out, “I just… bawi na lang ako sa exercise! Pero I eat!”
She laughs at herself, yet again, when prodded to give away her secret to maintaining her hour glass figure—an exercise combination of suspension training and cardio, also called P60X, which she religiously follows three times a week.
Does it get to her, being an FHM cover girl?
No, Yam retorts, smiling in a way that says she finds the question a tad bit silly.
“I just want to feel fit, I want to feel healthy.”
And it shows in her curvaceous assets, which she flaunted in October last year.
Yam adheres to a personal brand of sexy, explaining it as “being just comfortable with your own body, with your own bone structure.”
She adds that “thin” is not her exact idea of “sexy” as many people think.
“I think it’s more of accepting yourself kung sino ka.”
WORTH IT. Yam wistfully looks back to the time she starred in Erik Matti’s Rigodon, a sexy film that generally earned the nod of critics for tastefully tackling the well-worn theme of infidelity, and declaring the return of the lauded buxomy films of the ‘90s.
In the movie, Yam plays the character of the young Sarah, who unbeknownst to her, becomes the third party in the married life of the couple Riki (John James Uy) and Regine (Maxene Eigenmann), partly out of desperation to find a lover.
The unabashedly sensual scenes in Rigodon signaled newcomer Yam’s bold foray in showbiz.
Has it been worth it, starting out sexy in her movie career? The actress firmly says that everything happens for a reason.
“Hindi ko naman in-expect na mangyayari ito sa akin—yung cover, yung movie. It wasn’t really part of my plan.
“Now that I think about it, I think may rason din kung bakit ko pinagdaanan yung ganun kasi it made me stronger as a person and it made me more confident about myself.
“It tested me kung gusto ko ba talaga itong ginagawa ko,” she says, fully aware of the implications of being a sexy actress.
“We are a conservative country and most people don’t accept those kinds of movies.
“Di ba, they’re very close-minded in terms of that na pag naghubad ka, ibig sabihin no’n, you’re cheap, wala kang pinag-aralan."
Yam brushes off the misconception, saying, “It doesn’t define me as a person na ginawa ko yun.”
As it happens, the actress relates, she graduated with a degree in Multimedia Arts from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde the year prior to her venture into showbiz, and she was raised well by her parents.
“Hindi naman ako patapon,” Yam states with a sense of pride.
Without remorse, she is standing by her decision to stay on her chosen career path.
“Pinanindigan ko siya at kung ano man sabihin ng ibang tao, kung bakit ko ginawa yung gano’ng klaseng pelikula, [na] it’s none of my business.
“I know myself and I know my worth as a person, especially now.
“Ang importante lang sa akin is wala akong tinatapakan na ibang tao.
“And I’m happy with what I do and finally, I’m discovering, little by little, myself more and what my passions are and what I love to do.”
PROJECTS. Yam’s conviction paid off. She was cast in a leading role in Dugong Buhay, her first teleserye project.The show, which aired from April to September this year, also starred Sunshine Cruz and young actors Ejay Falcon and Arjo Atayde. Her second movie, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy, is an entry in the Metro Manila Film Festival. And next year, her beverage endorsement will be launched.
Apart from mentioning her upcoming projects, she discloses nothing beyond.
Yam admits to being scared about the future. “Honestly speaking, it’s parang ‘Ano ba ito? Ano kayang next?’
“Pero sa akin, I trust naman my boss and VIVA na hindi naman nila ako papabayaan.
“I think may follow up din kasi, may mga plano din for me but I don’t know yet if it’s going to happen.
“Kasi di ba? Sino bang makakapagsabi? We’ll see na lang pero next year…” Yam remarks, hopeful.