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Richard Poon is getting used to being called the young Jose Mari Chan

Richard Poon feels honored to be compared to OPM legend Jose Mari Chan.

BY BERNIE FRANCO

FRESH SCOOPS

11/11/2011 9:13 AM
Richard Poon is getting used to being called the young Jose Mari Chan


111111-richard_main.jpgRichard Poon has gotten used to the idea that a lot of people say that he is the young Jose Mari Chan, with both being of Chinese descent and having similar musical tastes. Richard said that he feels flattered about the comparison and that he feels privileged about the chance to perform with the legendary OPM artist in a concert on December 2 at the PICC Plenary Hall entitled, The Songwriter and The Crooner.

May nagsabi sa akin noong 2005, si Cito Beltran (a respected journalist) sinabi sa akin na, ‘para kang batang Jose Mari Chan.’ Hindi ko ma-gets at that time pero parang later on andami nang nagtu-tweet sa ASAP na, ‘Parang batang Jose Mari Chan ito,’” related Richard.

The ASAP sessionista member also related that it is always a pleasure to talk and spend time with the OPM icon. He even recalled that the first time that Jose Mari texted him, he felt giddy like a kid. “Medyo close siya sa sister ko, ako hindi niya ako masyadong nakakausap,” Richard shared. “[One time] nag-text siya sabi niya, ‘Alam mo bata ka pa lang, you’re starting out pagsipagan mo ‘yung umikot sa radyo mag-promote kasi ‘yun ang pinakamahirap, ‘yung umpisa.’ Ako naman kinikilig ako, sino ba naman ako para i-text mo. So to work with him now, ‘pag nakakausap ko siya natutuwa ako para akong batang nakikinig sa nagkukuwento.

He went on to describe the seasoned singer. “Nagso-story tell siya, nakaka-mesmerize! Wala talaga akong sinasabi talaga, nakikinig lang ako. ‘Pag kinukuwento niya ‘yung kung paano niya sinulat ‘yung songs niya. Nakikinig lang ako para akong bata.”

He added that working with Mr. Chan is a chance for him to learn important things from a highly respected figure in the OPM industry, who composed classic OPM songs such as “Beautiful Girl,” “Tell Me Your Name,” “Christmas In Our Hearts,” and many more. “Honestly I love his songs kasi songwriter din ako eh. Ako neophyte na songwriter, I like his songs,” Richard said. “Ngayong nakakausap ko siya nakikita ko more paano niya ginawa, paano niya na-fulfill, nakilala ‘yung songs, just writing it at home, paano niya naisulat, paano niya na-create paano niya pinag-isipian [at] hinintay rin niya. Mayroon din silang songs na ilang years na ‘di niya mai-release eh. So habang nakikinig ako lalo akong nai-inspire na nakakapulot ako ng advice.”

Richard said he admires the legendary singer-composer’s calm attitude. “He’s very caring, I like the fact that he’s very diplomatic as a friend. If he doesn’t agree with you, he will say in such a nice way that won’t offend you. I just love the way that he comes through very fatherly.”

He added that apart from music, he has also sought the advice of Mr. Chan on personal stuff. For instance during their first meeting, he asked his mentor about girls. “’Being a single man can you advise me on what qualities to get in a girl?’ And he answered me, he told me, ‘You know, my wife, you know, dapat ganito, one, two, three.’ Ako nag-enjoy ako don.”

For his part, Jose Mari Chan related that even if they are being compared to each other, he stressed that, “Each person is unique. Richard Poon is Richard Poon and there will never be another Richard Poon. So everyone is unique. Those who are saying Richard Poon is another Jose Mari Chan probably were just joking. He is his own man, he has his own personality he has his own style and I’m proud of him.”