Here is an interesting article from Manila Times about Kris Aquino and James Yap.
Who is James Yap?
From UE’s pride to PBA star, to Kris Aquino’s love (with an unknown past)
By Tessa C. Mauricio
FINALLY.” It’s the common reaction on the street to Kris Aquino’s announcement that she’s getting married. Whether it’s said out of happiness for the controversial daughter of former President Cory Aquino or relief that it will put an end to her bizarre revelations on national television is another matter all together.
What’s for certain are the following: 1) She’s engaged to be married to Purefoods’ small forward James Yap whom she met in February. 2) He proposed to her in May and she accepted. And 3) they applied for a marriage contract on June 6 and are now waiting for the document’s release.
These were the most significant points to Kris’s very detailed rundown of events that led to her first-ever engagement in her 34 years on Sunday’s The Buzz. Never mind that she said she took a sleeping pill when her former lover Joey Marquez asked her out to dinner during a recent trip to Cebu, because she has “found the love of her life in James.” Kris Aquino is finally getting married and let’s leave it at that.
And anyway, the nation practically knows everything about Ninoy Aquino’s youngest child. Her life has been an open book since she first caught the public’s eye 22 years ago, campaigning for her late father. We all know about her dream of becoming a TV host and movie actress, which she did make happen with flying colors (all Kris needs now is Best Actress award and she’d have done it all). We are well informed about her illicit affairs with married (but separated) men, namely Philip Salvador (the father of her son Joshua) and Joey Marquez, and everyone and everything in between. She told us about them herself.
It’s the groom-to-be that we know very little about. James Yap who is 11 years her junior. He is what this story is all about.
On Sunday, Kris asked for the Filipino people’s blessing on her yet undated wedding to James Yap. She apparently got the go from her sisters Ballsy and Viel, manager Deo Endrinal and The Buzz co-host Boy Abunda, and felt the need to ask the nation’s permission too, seeing that we’ve all been witness to her life story. Again, never mind that she’d tell us everything about her anyway. Kris Aquino is finally getting married and let’s leave it at that.
Let’s give in to her request shall we—the proverbial pagpapaalam in Filipino culture—and size up cager James Yap.
At the start of his PBA career, ‘The Manila Times’ sports reporter Joel Arellana wrote: “After Robert Jaworski, Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera, comes another University of the East hotshot who has the makings of being the next Philippine Basketball Association superstar.”
James is a tower at 6-foot-3 and hails from Escalante, Negros Occidental.
He was the 2003 UAAP MVP and promptly got the longest contract and biggest paycheck from among the PBA rookies when he made the crossover from amateur to professional—a childhood dream come true, according to the Arellana report. Selected second overall by the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs in the draft, he was signed on to a contract that is spread over three years and nine months.
And with rumors that he and his fiancée will pursue a pre-nuptial agreement before exchanging vows, it is safe to say that James can hold his own with a net worth pegged at P11 million.
Finally, according to Kris, her fiancé has promised to love her son Joshua like his own and take care of her for the rest of their lives.
The big blank
With a sterling basketball career, and what seem to be very genuine intentions to love and cherish Kris all the days of their lives, then it should be easy for us to grant Kris’s request and give them our blessing, just as we would a member of our family.
However, if we are to really take the whole thing seriously, then we must take note of a mystery that Kris imparted on Sunday—one that may just set fire to controversies in the next weeks and months. She said that before she gave her wholehearted yes to James’s proposal, he told her of his past, which he feared might change how Kris feels about him. Something so serious that she even had to consult her former Hiram co-actor John Estrada “for a man’s point of view. Something that Kris—for the first time—did not divulge bit by bit to the public.
What could that big blank be about the love of her life, James Yap? And if and when we find out about it, will we still give them the unconditional blessing that Kris asked of us all? Will she really finally get married when the secret is revealed?
Another article from UAAP :
University of the East King Warrior, James Yap, is University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 66 Most Valuable Player. Yap lives up to his hardworking and dedicated reputation by pulling his status in the individual awards race through the approval of mentors, colleagues and sports media altogether expressed through votes. The fact that team members could not vote for their teammates, as a UAAP Board ruling, attest to the fact that a majority of co-players from other teams admire Yap's skills and respect his talent.
Like how unpredictable the race has been for this year's Men's Seniors Basketball Championship the race for the individual awards was also in the same state. It drew mixed emotions of surprise and shock among coaches, players and media that the UAAP Board had to explain that the coaches and players' votes and the media votes which account for 25%, respectively, spelled the difference for Yap's winning the MVP plum.
This year-end honor for Yap will truly serve as an inspiration for him keep improving his lot for his last UAAP season or move to the professional league.
Arwind Santos of Season 66 Men's Seniors Champion Team FEU Tamaraws, Rich Alvarez of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Reynaldo Mendoza of the NU Bulldogs and Paul Artadi of the UE Red Warriors with UAAP Season 66 MVP James Yap complete the season's Mythical 5 roster.
Arwind Santos' defensive moves proved rewarding as he was chosen Defensive Player of the Year while Joseph Casio earned Rookie of the Year honors.
In the Juniors Division, Ken Barracoso of Champion Team Ateneo Blue Eaglets ran away with MVP honors. Jerome Tungcul of UE, Simon Atkins De La Salle-Zobel, Raymond Leyga of the UST Tiger Cubs and Alvin Joseph Villanueva of UP joined Barracoso to complete the Mythical 5 selection.
Jomar Canuday of the Adamson Baby Falcons took the Rookie of the Year plum home.
The Adamson Lady Falcons continued to shine as Dorothy Torres was awarded the MVP plum for the Women's Division. Aimee Mañosca and Regina Velarde of the La Salle Lady Archers, Camille Dowling of UP and co-Lady Falcon Minerva Narcisa joined Torres to complete the M5 roster.
Lady Eagle Cassandra Tioseco kept the flight for the Ateneo by winning the Women's Rookie of the Year plum.
Here is a yahoo group dedicated to James Carlos Yap !James Yap