Tim Yap just wants to be known as "Ambassador of Pinoy Party"

"Kaya nga sa akin, sana people will give me the chance namakilala muna ako, na sana buksan nila ang puso at isip nila para sa akin. Angtotoong Tim Yap ay isa lang simple at mabuting tao," says Tim Yap when told that people often see him as too "sosyal."



Hindi pa man masasabing tuluyang pumasok sa mundo ng showbusiness, naging laman na agad ng mga showbiz gatherings and news si Tim Yap.Takaw-eksena kasi siya dahil sa kakaibang istilo ng pananamit at pagiging lifeof the party, most of which he organized, since isa rin siyang eventsorganizer, or in his own words, an "eventologist." Malapit na kaibigan din siTim ng ilan sa mga kontrobersyal at sikat na artista tulad nina GretchenBarretto, mga Gutierrez, at iba pang celebs na mahilig sa party.

Bilang isa sa mga may-ari ng kontrobersyal na Embassy Barand Restaurant sa The Fort in Taguig City, si Tim ang humarap sa press nanagtatanong nung nabalitang magsasara na ang sosyal na party place. Dahil kasiito sa sunud-sunod at iba't ibang gulo na kinasangkutan nito.

POKER IN EMBASSY. Pero nang makapanayam ng PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Tim sa nakaraang presscon ng PhilippinePoker Tournament for Charity, masayang ikinuwento sa amin ni Tim na sa Embassygagawin ang nasabing event. When PEP asked him kung secured na ba angkatahimikan at kaligtasan ng mga pupunta sa Embassy, he assured PEP na angganitong concerns ay hindi na isyu pa sa kanila.

"Tahimik na. Ang ginawa namin, we increased our securitymeasures 100 percent. Kung makikita ninyo saibaba, pagpasok niyo pa lang mayroon nang metal detectors. All our offices, allour hallways, lahat with CCTV [Closed Circuit TV security cameras]. We have ourhidden cameras all over the venue inside and outside. So, bago pa man maymangyaring insidente, nakita na namin. Inayos na ng security namin. That's foremost of our concern, the peaceand order situation. We already know that Embassy is the most funestablishment, we also want it to be the safest as ever."

Ang Embassy ang magsisilbing venue for the Philippine PokerTournament for Charity at, ayon kay Tim, ang magiging beneficiary sakikitain nito ay isang pipiliing charity institution in Taguig.

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"They approached us para maging venue ng poker tournamentand they asked us to do it on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, days that theclub is not open. They told us it's a charity event and 100 percent will go to thecity of Taguig and it's chosen beneficiaries.

"Yung beneficiary hindi manggaling sa akin, manggaling yunsa kanila. Kami we're just the venue. Wala kaming alam kung sino ang pipiliinnila. Ako personally, we're still establishing our own foundation pa lang."

AMBASSADOR OF PINOY PARTY. With his popularity at samaganda't makabuluhang proyekto na tulad nito, agad naming tinanong si Tim ifhe plans to enter politics.

"Wala, none in our family, except I have a cousin, si Sec.Arthur Yap [Department of Agriculture secretary], but he was appointed. None ofus decided to run for an executive post.

"I just want to continue being the Ambassador for PinoyParty. On our own effort, we got media from all over he world, ‘tapos incooperation with DOT [Department of Tourism], I became their tour guide, inikotko sila around Manila's night life para makita nila how vibrant and how safeManila is."

MASTER'S DEGREE. Isa sa mga host ng Living It Upin QTV-11, kahit gustuhin mang pumasok na nang tuluyan sa show business ayhindi magawa ni Tim because he's finishing his master's degree at the AsianInstitute of Management.

"I'm studying right now, I'm on my second year of mymaster's degree studies in Asian Institute of Management and I'm graduatingthis December. Nag-usap na kami ng GMA-7 na pagka-graduate ko, saka akomagpu-fulltime to do the showbiz stuff.

"Tapusin ko muna yung pag-aaral ko para may diploma namanakong ipapakita sa magulang ko na hindi lang negosyo, di lang pag-e-enjoy,gusto kong ipakita na pinaghirapan ko siya. Mayroon na akong tinanggihang mgaoffers before. Kasi kung may gagawin akong bagay, gusto kong i-devote ang buongsarili ko. Pagkatapos ng pag-aaral ko, tuluy-tuloy na ako sa showbiz."

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SIMPLE TIM. Mahirap daw tanggapin sa showbiz ang mayimahe na masyadong sosyal o hindi maabot ng masa. With his image and status, hindi raw kaya maging malaking isyu ito sa TV host?

"Actually, yung mga kaibigan ko na talagang kilala ako, alamnila na nagkataon lang na itong ginagalawan kong mundo, parang sosyal pero alamninyo kahit saan ka man pumunta, mapasosyal man ang mga tao o hindi,pare-parehong tao lang ang mga ‘yan and ako, ang pakikitungo ko sa kanila,pantay-pantay lang.

"Kaya nga sa akin, sana people will give me the chance namakilala muna ako, na sana buksan nila ang puso at isip nila para sa akin. Angtotoong Tim Yap ay isa lang simple at mabuting tao."

ABOUT GRETCHEN. Nabanggit din ng PEP kay Tim, anonaman ang masasabi niya tungkol sa isa sa mga matalik niyang kaibigan na si GretchenBarretto, na laging nasasangkot sa kontrobersya?

"Gretchen kasi is a fighter. People often mistake her forsomebody who likes to initiate chaos. Lahat naman ng tao, gusto ng peace ofmind, ng kaligayahan, iba-iba nga lang ang method of how we achieve that kindof happiness. Gretchen is Gretchen, so kung anuman ang ginagawa niya parai-defend ang kaligayahan niya, nasa kanya yun."


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