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Richard Yap says he enjoys playing Kim Chiu's dad on 'My Binondo Girl'

8/24/2011 8:47 AM

by: Rhea Manila Santos

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082411-richard_main.jpgAfter the successful premiere broadcast of My Binondo Girl last Monday, August 22, viewers got to see the acting debut of Fil-Chi commercial model Richard Yap who plays Chen Sy, Kim Chiu’s father in the series. Richard, is also from Cebu and speaks fluent Visayan, which is another reason why he and Kim get along well on and off the set. Before joining the cast of My Binondo Girl, Richard had appeared mostly in commercials of a popular Chinese fast food franchise and a telephone company since 2003.

The 44-year-old father of two admitted that the thought of showbiz had never entered his mind until he was invited to come in for an audition for My Binondo Girl. “Actually I never thought about it. Parang ngayon lang kasi an opportunity came along pero never before na nag-isip ako na papasok ako dito,” he admitted.

Richard said even on their first working day, working with veteran actors like Ai-Ai De las Alas and Cherry Pie Picache put some pressure on him to deliver his lines well. “Medyo pressured ako a little kasi I know I’m working with very good actresses and actors in this story. Pero lahat sila very supportive. Especially si Direk Malu Sevilla at Direk Francis Pasion, they’ve been teaching me along the way and it’s been getting a little bit easier every day with all their guidance,” he shared with Push.com.ph.

Richard said that he enjoys playing the role of Kim’s father because the My Binondo Girl star is very easy to get along with and is a good actress. “Kim is a very nice person, very down-to-earth. Mabait talaga siya and mabilis kami nagkasundo talaga kasi we’re both from Cebu and we’re both Chinese. She’s very easy to get along with, mabait talaga na tao,” he stressed.

Richard explained that his character is not exactly as cold-hearted and stiff as he may initially appear at the start of the series. “My character Chen Sy is more of a stern person who’s that way because of his culture. Pero hindi naman siya kontrabida in a sense, kasi he’s just playing his part as the strict Chinese dad. Medyo mahirap din siya gawin pero sila Direk Malu guide me naman sa mga gagawin ko, na dapat ito yung nafi-feel ko sa scene na yun, so I have to really get into the part.”

Richard also gets help from Cherry Pie Picache, who plays his scheming wife in the drama-comedy series. “Siyempre in real life, the characters we play are very different from our real personalities. Si Ms. Pie naman, she’s also very supportive. Mabait siya, makuwento siya and she helps me out talaga with my scenes. Pag meron akong hindi masyado alam, sasabihin niya, ‘O eto dapat gawin mo,’ so tinuturuan din niya ako,” he said.

Even before joining My Binondo Girl, Richard was already a fan of the Kapamilya network and has watched series like Tayong Dalawa and various koreanovelas. He is also thankful that he has not had to let go of his regular job at a marketing company in Cebu. “Hindi ko pa naman kailangan mag-leave kasi hindi naman everyday yung shoot,” he shared with Push.com.ph.

Richard said his family has been very supportive about his acting debut, including his two kids, aged 8 and 15. “Actually before I started this I asked them na kinukuha ako for this part at kung okay lang ba sa kanila? They were very supportive. They wanted me to do it actually,” he said. Richard also shared that viewers can expect the storyline of My Binondo Girl to get even more exciting the longer that it airs. “Kasi the story is still unfolding as of now but in the first few days pa lang, there’s a lot excitement

jolyn santos
2/9/2012 1:37 AM
sorry was so busy that's why i didnt have the chance to thank abs-cbn sa napakagandang ending ng binondo girl. syempre very happy kc di namatay c papa chen sa ending. sana nman bigyan nyo ulit sya ng teleserye pra everyday pa rin nmin sya makikita. miss na miss na namin sya. thank u so much sa kris tv kc guest nila ngayon ang one & only love nmin na c papa chen.(richard yap). super ganda ng araw ko dhil nakita ko ulit sya. thank u so much ms. kris....

jolyn santos
1/20/2012 11:04 AM
sana naman after binondo girl, magkaron ulit c papa chen ng teleserye. baka naman puede isali nyo sya sa budoy or sa walang hanggan para lagi namin sya mapanuod. puede po ba?

jolyn santos
1/20/2012 10:59 AM
this coming friday na ang final episode ng binondo. namatay c onyx nakakalungkot pero ok lng. pero di ok samin d2 sa illinois pag namatay c PAPA CHEN. baka di na kmi manuod ng mga teleserye ever...kya please lng sna makarecover sya. please!!!!!

lorie borja
1/4/2012 10:21 AM
To the wife of "papa chen", i'm just a fan who's just trying to pacify my curiosity...don't get mad at me please....

lorie borja
1/4/2012 10:11 AM
Pwede bng paki sabi kay PAPA CHEN aka RICHARD YAP kung pwede ko syang maka-date?just a friendly date....pero DINNER.
Wala pong biro. i mean what i've said...
here's my contact numbers:
044-815-77-56 (land line)
09163603067 - Globe carrier
09328553553 - Sun carrier

I'm hoping that this message will caught his attention and he's going to grant my NEW YEAR's WISH....

jolyn santos
12/29/2011 11:47 AM
I like "papa chen" so much. he's so cute.super crush ko sya. nagagalit nga baby ko pag cnasabi kong boyfren ko sya. sana naman makarecover sya sa sakit nya kc ayaw namin mawala sya sa binondo. pangit pag namatay sya. maddisappoint kmi lhat d2 sa illinois. sana rin c andy @ c jade ang magkatuluyan talaga.

Dhonna Ocier
12/27/2011 12:04 PM
I like Papa Chen, I thought he was a Veteran Actor. I really wonder who is he in real life. Na-amazed tlga qo wen i found out that he is the chef in Chowking Commercial. Go papa Chen. Wag nmn sana sia mawala s My Binondo Girl..:(

Mariel Ann Yray
11/19/2011 9:42 PM
i like papa chen vety much, hehehehehe

Renato Reyes
10/17/2011 1:14 AM
for the first timer as an actor, he is very good. i hope they won't kill his character in Binondo Girl. i love this show & watch it every episode. & i hope to see Mr. Richard Yap in more Kapamilya Project.

Joan Pales
10/15/2011 4:08 PM
What a handsome Guy.

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