You would think that a wholesome celebrity like Richard Yap would be spared from intrigues but this isn’t so.
Last year, several critics took a jab at Richard deeming him undeserving of the Best Actor trophy he received at the 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television.
Asked how he handles the criticism, Richard said “medyo naapektuhan din, it’s only natural. Medyo umiinit ang ulo kapag sinisiraan pero hindi naman kailangan pansinin ang mga ganun. Basta, dito lang tayo sa magagandang bagay, think positive and let go if things that are not important…”
How about negative write-ups?
“Hindi ko nababasa, or hindi ko binabasa. Anyway, everybody has something to say. Si Jesus Christ nga may mga bashers, tayo pa kaya? But let’s just go with the flow, basta namumuhay naman tayo sa magandang paraan, and we’re earning a little the honest way, okay na. Kung patulan mo hahaba lang, useless lang. So why waste your time on something useless?”
Asked if he goes online often, Richard said “I don’t have much time, but I go on Twitter or Instagram so I can update my fans. If they have questions, sinasagot ko, but I don’t go online much because I don’t have the luxury of time.”
Richard said he is open to work with other leading ladies apart from Jodi Sta. Maria.
“Madami magagaling. Siyempre gusto nating makasama silang lahat,” he said.
Among stars he admires are Anne Curtis and Dawn Zulueta. “But it doesn’t mean na gusto ko silang ligawan kasi may asawa akong tao.”
Considering the many endorsements (more than 20 at the latest count) that have fallen into his lap (the latest two of which are Giordano and C-Lium Fibre), Richard could be a rich man now. But he is not known to flaunt his wealth. Is he “kuripot?”
“Depende. Practical ako. I don’t spend unnecessarily. We have to remember that hindi ka dapat gumastos para lang magpakitang-tao. Kasi ang culture natin minsan, magpa-bongga, magpa-party ka, pero wala ka
palang pera sa banko, mangungutang ka pala. Sasabihin na galante ka pero nangungutang ka pala. Practical ka lang dapat.”
The most expensive thing that he has spent on, Richard said, is his house. “I already had a condo, a car and a business prior to my entering showbiz. Ang bago lang now that I’m in showbiz is my Wang-Fu Restaurant along Tomas Morato. This is my third restaurant venture. My first was a franchise in Makati six years ago, and the second one we put up tree years ago but we closed it down already because it wasn’t doing very well.”
About politics, Richard said, “Wala sa Plano ko, hindi ko ping-iisipan. Hindi natin masabi what the future has in store for us but politics is not in my plans or agenda.”