Have you seen Bobby Yan lately?
Now 43 years old, he doesn’t look like he aged a day since his hosting stint on Alas Singko Y Media more than a decade ago.
"I thank mom and dad for that, not botox ha. Pag may botox ‘yan, walang line ‘yan," he said when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with him in an event of Rustan’s recently.
He’s not as visible on television as before.
“I only have Swak na Swak on ABS-CBN every Saturday and Sunday, but I get to do other things.
“I’m part of the White Planet, we’re the distributor of Dyson,” a brand famous for its bladeless fans.
He resumed, now talking about the product his company has been pushing to the Philippine market, “It is on the not cheap side, but it’s our bestseller. Surprisingly.
“We were expecting our vacuums to be bestseller kasi that’s how it started…and we’re pleasantly surprised our bestsellers are the blades.”
MOTIVATION TO STAY FIT. With regard to his physique, Bobby admitted, “I really had my ‘fat’ era.
“But I had to lose wait not exactly for vanity.
“I play kasi basketball, and then I had a hard time jumping na because I couldn’t lose my tummy.”
So three years ago, he made the decision to do something about it.
"I started getting rid of my carb.
“I did it gradually. For dinner, I did with half rice lang. Then I mixed brown rice with my white—half-white, half-brown—for breakfast. And then, no rice na at night.
“I was kinda hesitant because I play basketball, and if there are no carbs in your body parang wala kang energy. Saka di ba pag wala kang carbs, parang umiinit ulo mo?
“So I kinda went a little bit through that sa dinner.
“Sabi ko, ‘Sige, I’ll try lunch. Bawasan ko yung rice ko sa lunch.’ So half-rice na lang sa lunch.
“Then no rice sa lunch.
“Then, breakfast na rin.”
How did he solve the panlalata?
“In place of carbs, siyempre mahirap naman na meat lang kinakain so I load up on vegetables.
“It worked for me. I never lose energy.
“I still go to the gym. I still play basketball. So I’m able to do what I used to do before.
“But now, I’m a lot lighter so it’s good for my basketball.”
What’s the frequency of his workouts and ball games?
“I go to the gym at least once a week, and then I play basketball at least once a week.
“I don’t overdo it.
“You know what, guys, it’s important din hindi stressed out ang body mo.
“That’s how I take good care of my body.
“Unlike other people, they go to the gym mga three of four times a week, ako hindi, mga once or twice lang.”
And the number of hours he spends on his gym routine?
“I work on my core. Hindi na ako nagpapalaki. One hour lang.
“I don’t stay much longer because a lot of people just go there, watch TV, nagkukuwentuhan.
“Ako, I go there to work out and sweat.
“So that’s my secret. It’s not a big secret. Just no carbs.”
Once again, he underscored,"I didn’t do it for TV, I did it for basketball.
“Siyempre the benefit, people say, ‘Hey you look younger. Hey you look like this on TV.’”
SINGLE? At the time this interview was held, his relationship status was “dating, not married though.”
“I don’t know. Because I’m still dating?” then he laughed.
Bobby continued, “Because if I’m dating after I’m married that will make me a bad person.
“Unfaithful husband. That’s not me.”
Doesn’t he have any target age?
Still smiling, he asked back, “To get married? Or for the girl I’m dating?”
The he laughed again.
“I can settle down tomorrow. I’m ready.” He added.
It’s just a matter of finding the right girl?
“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
TV JOB. The topic shifted to his hosting career.
Bobby said he can no longer do the morning grind because of sleep apnea—“a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep,” according to MayoClinic.org.
He said, “Actually my show is shown in the morning. It’s shown at 7 a.m. but it’s taped.
“I had an operation in 2005, and it worked. So my apnea is less now so I’m better off.
“But if I had to choose, I’d rather not do shows in the morning.”
How about any acting project, will he be interested?
“The thing is when Rico was alive, he wanted na I’ll do my hosting thing and he’ll do his showbiz thing.”
He was referring to his brother Rico Yan, one of ABS-CBN’s brightest stars in the 90s, who died on March 29, 2002, due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis or bangungot.
Bobby resumed, “Acting never crossed my mind. I really didn’t envy that part of it.
“I didn’t want to be an actor, but I did a movie, I did a teleserye. If it comes, it comes.
“I know what I’m good at, I know what I’m not good at. So I guess, showbiz, now, maybe not.”