MANILA – “Nonstop kilig!”
This was how Robi Domingo reacted to Claudine Barretto’s comment that she sees the late actor Rico Yan in him every time he hosts.
Barretto made the comment when she visited the set of “Pinoy Big Brother” earlier this month to promote her comeback movie “Etiquette for Mistresses.” Domingo is one of the hosts of the reality show.
In a text message sent to ABS-CBNnews.com, Domingo said he was elated to hear Barretto’s comment because Yan has been his idol ever since.
“Rico has been my idol ever since and that comment from Claudine amounted to getting my personal Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar rolled into one,” he said.
Arguably the most popular "love team" in the late '90s, Barretto and Yan co-starred in several ABS-CBN series and six movies under the network's film arm Star Cinema.
Barretto and Yan, who first worked together in the 1996 film "Radio Romance," eventually became a couple in real life after years of being paired on-screen.
They celebrated their fourth anniversary on March 4, 2002, only weeks before Yan passed away.
Yan died of cardiac arrest due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis on March 29, 2002.