MANILA, Philippines – It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without singer Rico J Puno, who passed away early Tuesday, October 30. The iconic Filipino singer was 65.
It was his raspy, husky, and always soothing voice that was the Rico J trademark. Many swooned and sang his iconic songs passed on from generation to generation.
To celebrate the singer’s life, we’ve come up with a few of Rico J Puno’s most memorable hits. Grab a cup of coffee or a beer or two and sit back and relax – we’re pretty sure that’s what the charming singer himself would have wanted you to do.
The beginnings of an icon. The singer was discovered by Vicor Records in 1975, according to a Tempo report. Clearly, the record company did not make a mistake – the year after, Rico J Puno won the Aliw Awards for most promising entertainer.
It was his take on “The Way We Were” that was particularly attention-grabbing – the singer recorded a Filiipinized version of the Barbra Streisand hit (“And if we had the chance to do it all again / Tell me, would we, could we / Alaala, nang tayo’y mag-sweetheart pa / Namamasyal pa sa Luneta / Nang walang pera,” he sang).
He would go on to live a storied and fulfilling life and career. Here’s just a few of the hits Rico J Puno is best known for:
For those who’ve lost hope, there’s always “May Bukas Pa“
For the marupoks of the world, there’s “Magkasuyo Buong Gabi” and the aptly-titled “Ang Tao’y Marupok.”
Of course, the iconic and very danceable “Macho Gwapito” deserves a spot on any Rico J Puno list
“Sorry Na, Puwede Ba”
Back in 2015, Rico J Puno had to undergo open-heart surgery after he experienced chest pains and had difficulty breathing while on set. He recovered soon enough and in an interview in 2018, told media: “Only God can stop me from singing.” – Rappler.com