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Claudine Barretto Spills Why She Shared All Those Throwback Rico Yan Love Letters

"Gusto kong buhayin yung legacy na iniwan ng ex ko."


Claudine Barretto broke the Internet a few weeks back when she posted several throwback hand-written love letters from her late ex Rico Yan.

The actress’ sudden tributes to Rico seemed all too random, shocking netizens (us, included) and leaving all of us wondering WHY she did it. After all, he did pass away way back in 2002.


Well, now, Claudine has spoken. She says it happened when Rico’s sister, Tina Yan, unexpectedly found some mementos of the late matinee idol.

Parang medyo may sign na may nahanap si Tina na ganito, may nahanap ako sa wallet ko na picture at saka letter,” Claudine tells

She also shares she can finally honor the legacy of her ex—something she feels she couldn’t have done while being in a relationship with her now estranged husband Raymart Santiago.

“It’s because din naman, before, sinabi ko na gusto ko lang naman na sana huwag makalimutan ng tao si Rico. And in a relationship, you cannot say that to your husband na, you know, 'I want to…' Alam mo yung, 'gusto kong buhayin yung legacy na iniwan ng ex ko.' Hindi naman puwedeng ganun yun. Ngayon, I’m more open.”

She adds, “May freedom ako to do whatever it is that I wanna do, it is about Rico na hindi ko nagawa dati.”

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Now, Clau, do what you’ve always wanted to do. #RicoForever

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