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Richard Quan role model infront & behind the camera

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By GEORGE VAIL KABRISTANTE

GOING the distance in crackling flying colors best describes the acting  career of actor Richard  Quan who took to the tinseltown unobtrusively towards the late 80s and still actively counting up to the present time.

In hindsight, we would like to locate the career path of Richard from the lens of his  religious affiliation Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) along  with few others in the same religion sustaining highly postive  ambitious path in the direction. 

Richard has joinned the rank of actors from the INC who have earned a respectable niche  in local tinseltown for their commendable  performances including their durability in the business.

He was predated by the dear departed iconic and phenomenal Rico Puno including the touted drop-dead good looks of  boy-next-door  Joel Alano who was considered most promising teenage hearthrob of his time. Unfortunately, Joel died of heart attack at his prime age. He would have been in his mid-50s by now.

Add to the list GMA-7’s shining  newbie Ruru Madrid and the old reliables like John Regala, Gladys Reyes, Snooky Serna, and Jaclyn Jose who was the first to win the most coveted Best  Actress at the Cannes (2000) Int’l. Film Festival.

In the realm of film direction, it is most conspicuous to mention the veteran and iconic director of action films Director  William G. Mayo of “Lapu-Lapu” fame, etc. He is also the current President of  Kapisanan ng mga Direktor Sa Pelikulang Pilipino (KDPP), of which we happen to be his Chairman of the Board of Directors.

To date, Richard Quan has at least three acting  awards tucked under his belt, namely as New Actor of the Year from the Phil. Movie Press Club (PMPC) for “Saan Ka Man Naroroon, ” Best Supporting Actor for “1957” from To Farm Festival, and just the past week an  Award of Merit (Special Mention – Lead Actor) for “The Spidermans’ Man” from Accolade Global Film Competition 2020. This was directed by multi-awarded Italian Filipino actor-director Ruben Soriquez.

Quan is gamely riding the crest of indie filmmaking to the hilt and is more than lucky enough because he gets mostly the meaty roles and the good reviews as well. And as a Filipino actor he is an authentic role model in front and behind the camera.


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