Ramon Jacinto

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Ramon "RJ" Jacinto
Birth name Ramon Pereyra Jacinto
Also known as The Main Man, The Guitarman
Born (1945-06-03) June 3, 1945 (age 69)
Origin Pasay, Manila, Philippines
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1960–present
Labels RJ Records, Ivory Music, Alpha Music, Viva Records, Warner Music Philippines, MCA Records

Ramon Pereyra Jacinto (born June 3, 1945) is a Filipino musician, radio dj, tv host, and entrepreneur. He is more commonly referred as RJ Jacinto. He is the founder of the legendary radio station, DZRJ and the proprietor of the Rajah Broadcasting Network.


Jacinto attended the Ateneo de Manila University and graduated with honors in Economics. To further his studies, he took up law at the University of Sto. Tomas while working for his father's steel company, Iligan Integrated Steel Mills, Inc.

RJ Graduated from the number one Jesuit Catholic University in the Philippines. He graduated with Honors in BS Economics and promptly worked with the family business, becoming Vice President for Purchasing and Marketing and eventually becoming Senior Vice President for Operations of the steel conglomerate at a very young age. While working, he also went to law school at night and had finished three years when Marshall Law was declared on September 21, 1972.

At odds with the Marcos Dictatorship, RJ’s family happened to be abroad celebrating Don Fernando’s birthday, and the family decided to remain in exile for 14 years.


Jacinto has always tried to put music and business together. He started entrepreneuring at the young age of 15. He set up his first enterprise called RJ Enterprises, a company which dealt with producing and releasing records. RJ Enterprises pioneered multi-track recording in the country and eventually became the primary studio choice for many artists and advertising agencies at that time. Two years later, Jacinto ventured to establish what would become a legendary radio station in the Philippine broadcasting industry – DZRJ. It served as a venue for on-air experiments of radio concepts which were never heard before in Philippine entertainment history. Manned by students, mostly coming from Jacinto's high school class, the radio station introduced alternative music to the Filipino youth. It was the first station to play songs from rock legends such as the Beatles, the Ventures and the Beach Boys. The radio station also gave emphasis on playing the music of local talent. Apart from DZRJ, Jacinto also established the now defunct, DZUW.

RJ has been performing for over 50 years in the show business industry and celebrated that milestone with a concert with his idols from his teenage years, The Ventures, in December of 2010. He has performed not only locally, but also abroad in Australia, Vietnam, and the USA. He also performed with America and the Beach Boys in the country’s premier venue, the Araneta Coliseum.

RJ Radio and Television[edit]

While manning his own radio station, Jacinto was also the Senior Vice-President of their family business, with 2,500 employees reporting to him. During the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, the Jacinto family's assets were forcibly seized and placed under military control and executives of the company were jailed with no charges filed. The sequestered assets included Jacinto's two radio stations. At that time, Jacinto was in the United States and opted to stay there in exile for 14 years to save himself from being jailed. During his exile, Jacinto recorded songs together with other Filipinos and secretly sent them to the Philippines for airplay. The songs "Muli" and "Don't Let Go" became hits but the composers and singers were not named in order to avoid military sanctions.

On March 5, 1986, Juan Ponce Enrile, who was then the Defense Minister, returned the radio stations and some of their family's steel mills to the Jacintos. DZRJ was finally transferred from military administration on June 1986 and Jacinto began to make DZRJ, the leader in retro wave by playing music from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

RJ’s radio station, DZRJ, became the voice of the democratic revolution, known as Radyo Bandido, and was the recipient of freedom awards after that.

RJ immediately expanded his radio stations and started many businesses after that, making up for lost time.

Today, the RJ Group is composed of broadcasting, entertainment, and music store enterprises.

This includes a nationwide network of 11 total FM and AM radio stations and a TV station, 2nd Avenue, which is carried nationwide by the cable networks. The RJ broadcasting group is known to be the prime movers of locally produced music, discovering many talents from the 60s on, who have become name-brand entertainers in the Philippine music scene.

RJ FM 100.3, the flagship radio station of the group, plays the greatest and the latest hits from five decades, packaging it as three songs in a row. Its programming format has been popularly lauded as a groundbreaking formula and is streamed 24 hours a day via Facebook and on the web. Its primary markets are the movers and shakers, decision makers, and upwardly mobile youth. RJ FM DJs, namely Steve O’Neal and Renen de Guia, owner of Ovation Productions, have become major producers and promoters of the biggest and hottest concerts in the Philippines.

Bistro RJ[edit]

On July 25, 1986, Jacinto set up Bistro RJ, a rock and roll music lounge and restaurant which became famous for those who were into singing and dancing. At that time, live bands traveled abroad to make a living and the night circuit in Manila depended on piano bars and discos. Jacinto decided to hire live bands to provide financial opportunities as well as to revive the night life in the Philippines through live music. Bistro RJ renamed as The RJ Bar in 1991 in Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Rd.), but it was moved to Mandarin Oriental Manila Hotel in 1997, then it was moved again to Buendia Ave., and later in 2008 RJ Bar is renamed back to Bistro RJ again for a bigger venue and now it was currently moved to Dusit Hotel Manila. It became the home of rock and roll in the country, featuring live bands 7 days a week. Today, over 25 years after, RJ Bistro stands as a monument to its standing power, still drawing jam-packed crowds at the Dusit Thani Hotel, where he still performs every Friday night.

RJ Guitars[edit]

Jacinto developed an interest in music and he was particularly inclined to one instrument – the guitar. RJ Guitars Store was launched in 1987 or 1988 in Glorietta Mall (formerly Quad Mall), Makati City. While performing in his bistro, Jacinto felt exasperated about switching between a Fender Jazzmaster and a Gibson Les Paul. He decided to approach Rudy Discipulo to make a guitar versatile enough to produce all the sounds he needed. Impressed by Discipulo's workmanship, Jacinto embarked on putting up a guitar manufacturing business. At present, there are 10 RJ Guitar Centers in the Philippines, providing world-class RJ Guitar models and distributing Taylor guitars and Belcat products from abroad.

The RJ Group has also engaged in guitar manufacturing since 1988, partnering initially with the owner of Schecter, Joey Uy. RJ has designed his own brand of guitars and eventually expanded into retailing and wholesaling a wide line of musical instruments.

The RJ Guitar company, at one time or another, was the exclusive distributor of Gibson and Epiphone, Promark, Tama, Ibanez, Paiste (Pai-steh), Kaman (Kay-man), Sabian, Rickenbacker, Taylor, Alesis, D’Addario, GHS, Ernie Ball, Di Marzio, Dunlop, Soundtrack, Randall, Peavey, Crate, Orange, Takamine, and Casio Keyboards.

After the Asian crisis, RJ Guitar Center chose to concentrate on their own line and meticulously chose certain foreign lines, now exclusively distributing Taylor, Aria, Carvin, Belcat, GHS Strings, and Rocktron.

The main thrust of RJ Guitar Center is to design their own unique items and market them in their own ten stores and 50 dealers nationwide.

RJ Academy of Music[edit]

The RJ Academy of music was started in 1994 as RJ Guitar Center became the licensee of the Music Institute of Los Angeles, California.

Television show appearances[edit]

  • GMA Supershow (GMA 7; 1989-1997)
  • 5 & Up (ABC-5 (now on TV5), 1992)
  • RJ Sunday Jam (formerly known as RJ Online) (2nd Avenue; 2003–present) (simulcast on RJ 100)
  • Thank God It's RJ (2nd Avenue, 1993–present)
  • ASAP (ABS-CBN 2; 1995-2000, 2005, 2010)
  • Sharon Talk Show (ABS-CBN 2; 2008)
  • Powerhouse With Mel Tiangco (GMA News TV 11; 2012)
  • Boys Ride Out (9TV; 2014)

Studio Albums[edit]

Early career (1960s-1970s)[edit]

Year Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1961 The Teenage Touch
  • Released: 1961
  • Label: Rajah Records
1966 RJ & the Riots
  • Released: 1966
  • Label: J Records

Solo career (1980s-present)[edit]

Year Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1987 RJ Back From Exile
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Ivory Records
  • PARI: 4× Platinum
1988 Pasko Na Naman
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Alpha Records
1990 The Guitarman
Christmas with RJ
1991 Giliw
1992 The Guitarman II
Compact Series
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: RJ Records / Quantum Music Corp.
2011 Ride n' Rule with Good Ol' Rock 'n Roll
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: RJ World Recording Company
2012 RJ Duets
2014 Fine As Wine Instrumentals
  • Released: March 2014
  • Label: RJ Productions


Year Album Certifications
1991 RJ Best of Original Hits
2005 The Very Best of RJ
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: RJ World Recording Company
Rock 'n Roll Classics
2006 Muli

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Certifications
1999 The Ultimate RJ Bistro Collection (5-CD Box Set)
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: RJ World Recording Company
The Ultimate RJ Bistro Collection Vol. 1
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: RJ World Recording Company
2000 The Ultimate RJ Bistro Collection Vol. 2
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: RJ World Recording Company
2007 RJ Symphonic Rock


Year Album Certifications
2006 Tunog Acoustic 4
2008 Mga Gitarista
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: 12 Stone Records