This October, YES! magazine is turning the spotlight on comedian Empoy Marquez, the male star of the phenomenal hit movie Kita Kita.
Touted as the New Pogi, Empoy opened his Baliuag, Bulacan home to YES! and candidly talked about the funny-sad tale of a comedian’s life.
His parents separated when he was in sixth grade, and as the eldest child, he looked after his younger siblings and found ways to earn money.
“Naglilinis ako ng bahay ng tita ko,” he said. “’Tapos bibigyan niya ako ng ten pesos a day para mabili ko ’yong paboritong-paborito kong relo na Casio. Gustong-gusto ko ’yong relo ng Casio.’"
Empoy helped in his mother Cecil Ramos’s small business of selling peanuts by buying the ingredients in cooking adobong mani and selling the packets of nutty snacks to neighbors.
After graduating from high school, the enterprising teenager tried his hand at assembling photo albums. “Nagtatahi siya ng mga album sa kasal,” Mommy Cecil said.
He was a working student in college, first as a crew member in the Jollibee fastfood chain, then as an attendant in the 7-Eleven convenience store.
“Ang pasok ko sa 7-Eleven, ten p.m. ’tapos out ko six a.m. Graveyard shift ako,” he recalled.
“’Tapos seven a.m., ’yong pasok ko ng school. E, lagi akong nakakatulog. Humihilik pa ako.”
His teacher in one of his major subjects eventually called him out for sleeping in class.
He related: “Sabi niya, ‘Mr. Marquez, bakit mo ako tinutulugan sa classroom? Bakit ka natutulog?’ Sinabi ko ’yong totoo, nagwo-work ako. Pinamili ako kung school o work.”
The conversation happened in the middle of the semester, and Empoy was left with no choice.
“Hindi ko na tinapos ’yong school year,” he lamented. “Kasi kapag hindi po ako nagtrabaho, wala akong pang-aral.”
Empoy shared more stories to YES! that brought him all the way to where he is now: a certified box-office star who has a string of movie and TV projects in the works, as well as product endorsements and a book deal.
Also featured in the October 2017 issue is Kapuso heartthrob Ruru Madrid, who gave a tour of the rest house in Antipolo, Rizal, that the Madrid clan goes to every vacation time.
Ruru, a rising action prince displaying both brawn and acting chops in the action-drama series Alyas Robin Hood, likewise let YES! into the Marikina City townhouse that he and his immediate family live.
In the YES! Pogi Series, readers will get to know more of newbie actor-singer Tony Labrusca of the hit ABS-CBN fantasy series La Luna Sangre.
Other must-reads: the debut party of Claudia Barretto; the church wedding of actor-turned-politician Alfred Vargas and Yasmine Espiritu; and the making of a good actor by way of Pen Medina and his sons Karl, Ping, Alex, and Victor.
Grab your copies of #YESOctober2017 issue today.