By Reyma Buan-Deveza
Mr. Dimples of Philippine entertainment, the late Rico Yan would have turned 33 today. Almost six years have passed since Yan died in Palawan. As his family and fans celebrate his birthday, his former sweetheart actress Claudine Barretto put an end to the issues involving her relationship with Yan, and of the supposed rift between her and his family.
"Huwag na nating pag-usapan iyon kasi parang ako respeto na lang sa asawa ko. Saka tapos na iyon, tapos na iyon (Let's not talk about it anymore as a sign of respect to my husband. And that's already over, it's over)," Barretto told members of the entertainment media during the press launching of "Belo Skin Magazine."
After all the conflict in the past, Barretto confirmed that she is now on good terms with Yan’s family, and that Yan's sister goes to her house to visit Santino, her son.
"Okey kami ng pamilya, okey kami si Geraldine nakakasama ko binisita ako nagdi-dinner kami sa bahay binisita niya para makita si Santino, all is well ang ganda ng ending parang teleserye (I'm okay with his family, we are okay. Geraldine visits me, we eat dinner at our house, she visits Santino. All is well and the ending is good just like in a teleserye)," Barretto shared.
When asked if she believes that the late actor is happy wherever he is right now, Barretto said: "I’m sure, yes, yes."
On March 29, 2002, Good Friday, Yan suddenly died at the Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan. The cause of his death was acute hemmoraghic pancreatitis, more commonly known as "bangungot" in the vernacular.
Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan in real life, was under an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. He was a member of the network's Star Magic and was a Youth Spokesman for the Department of Education before he died.
Meanwhile, Claudine Margaret Castelo Barretto-Santiago or Claudine Barretto is married to actor Raymart Santiago. They have two children, Sabina and Santino.
Barretto is busy taping her latest television series for ABS-CBN entitled "Maligno".