We remember asking, “Who are you?” on our first meeting. Sorry about that! There’s no need for an elaborate introduction now, is there?
Bakit mo naman nasabi yun? Ha ha!
Everyone knows who you are and what you’re capable of doing. So how has life changed?
It’s still the same. I’m still my old self. But now I get more recognition from people, at nakakataba ng puso. You see that they recognize your work. Whenever I go out, somebody would just approach me and have a photo with me. Yung ganun ka-simpleng gesture ng tao, nakatutuwa.
What’s the weirdest place a fan has stopped you for a photo-op?
Recently I went to New York for a vacation. I was there for a week, then after I went to Washington DC to watch the Foo Fighters’ concert. Dream kong panoorin sila nang live at natupad na yun...
Dave Grohl came up to you!
Ha ha, no! While I was walking around Brooklyn Bridge, may Pinoy na lumapit. Sabi niya, “Artista ka di ba? Ikaw si Yam!” So parang, naks, yabang ko! Ha ha! Ang sarap ng pakiramdam. I don’t think it’s weird but it’s quite surprising because even in another country nakikilala na rin ako.
We’d have believed you if you said the Foo Fighters frontman did recognize you, you know…
But were you able to meet the man?
Hindi ko siya na-meet kasi he had a broken leg because of their European tour. So yung pinaka-last concert nila hindi na niya tinuloy. After ng European leg nila, ang first concert nila ulit was Washington DC, which was their 20th-anniversary blowout. So 20 years as a band and it was Fourth of July nung tumugtog sila. Sobrang big event siya in the States.
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Photography Doc Marlon Pecjo Styling Banj Genato Makeup Krist Bansuelo Hair Iwa Ajinomoto using Keira Hair Extensions by Lynelle, special thanks to Jennifer Sevilla Special thanks to Ms Veronique Corpus and Barbie Laureta of Viva Artist Regency