Dominic Ochoa (L) and buddy Rico Yan (R). File/Composite photo
MANILA, Philippines -- Eleven years after the death of actor Rico Yan on Good Friday in 2002, his good friend Dominic Ochoa said he has fully accepted what happened to his fellow Kapamilya star.
In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, Ochoa said he believes everything happens for a reason.
"It's been 11 years already ano na lumipas na 'yung panahon? Gaya ng sinabi ko before we were able to move on mga two years din. It's really hard for us but 'yon ang gusto ni God," Ochoa said.
"Ako I strongly believe na it was his destiny. Gusto ni God na doon siya dalhin and for me mas maganda na 'yung exit niya sa mundo. Baka he might be struggling now or anything. So mas masaya nang ganoon. Wala tayong magagawa kasi God's will yon," said Ochoa, who was with Yan when he died at the Dos Palmas Resort in Palawan in 2002.
The reported cause of his death was cardiac arrest due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis, which was then attributed to Yan having slept on a full stomach after a party.
According to Ochoa, Yan was heard groaning at around 6 a.m., but they dismissed this as his usual snoring.
Yan was found dead at 9 a.m. on March 29, 2002.
Re-introducing Rico to new fans
In the interview, Ochoa also shared his happiness that their sitcom "Whattamen" will be having re-runs on the cable channel Jeepney TV as this would help introduce Yan to the younger generation.
"For me it's good that other artist also will get to know him. May mga iba kasi bata na hindi inabutan ang kaibigan natin. Madami ang magagaling ngayon but I think ang kulang lang sa kabataan ngayon nakakalimutan nila 'yung pinangagaalingan o history ng ginagawa mo. Nakakalimutan nila yung mga taong nagsimula. Maraming mga ganoon," Ochoa said.
"Ako kasi I make it a point to study not only the present but 'yung mga ginawa din ng dati at ano ba ang difference ng acting dati at acting ngayon," he added.
In "Whattamen," which ran from 2001 to 2004, Yan, Ochoa and Marvin Agustin play friends who live under one roof along with their aunt Vicky (Ai Ai delas Alas). It airs on Jeepney TV every Tuesday, from 7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Aside from "Whattamen," one of Yan’s career milestones was when he played the role of Gabriel in the ABS-CBN hit television series “Mula Sa Puso.”