Ramon Jacinto

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Ramon "RJ" Jacinto
Birth name Ramon Pereyra Jacinto
Also known as RJ Jacinto, The Main Man, The Guitarman
Born (1945-06-03) June 3, 1945 (age 69)
Origin Pasay, Manila, Philippines
Genres Rock and Roll, Filipino Rock, Jazz Original Pilipino Music, Pop
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 jockey, TV host and entrepreneur. He is more commonly referred to as RJ Jacinto. He is the founder and chairman of the legendary radio station, DZRJ and the proprietor of the Rajah Broadcasting Network since 1963.


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.

He graduated from the number one Jesuit Catholic University in the Philippines and 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, Jacinto’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 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.

Jacinto 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 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 at the Araneta Coliseum.

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.

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

Jacinto 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 onwards, 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 the 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 was renamed back to Bistro RJ again for a bigger venue. It was then 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 later, 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. Jacinto 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)
  • The Sharon Cuneta Show (1989-1995)
  • 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, 2015)
  • MYX Live (MYX Channel, 2005)
  • Wowowee (ABS-CBN 2, 2005-2010)
  • Sharon Talk Show (ABS-CBN 2; 2008)
  • Powerhouse With Mel Tiangco (GMA News TV 11; 2012)
  • Walang Tulugan With The Master Showman (GMA 7, 2013)
  • Wasak (AKSYON TV, 2014)
  • Boys Ride Out (9TV; 2014)
  • Tunay Na Buhay (GMA 7, 2015)
  • Sabado Badoo (GMA 7, 2015)


Early career (1960s–1970s)[edit]

Year Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1961 The Teenage Touch
  • Released: 1961
  • Label: Rajah Records
  • Formats: LP, CD
1964 RJ & the Riots
  • Released: 1964
  • Label: J Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette

Studio albums as Solo career (1980s–present)[edit]

Year Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1987 RJ Back From Exile
  • Studio album
  • Released: February 1987
  • Label: Ivory Music
  • Formats: LP, Cassette
  • PARI: 4× Platinum
1990 The Guitarman
  • Studio album
  • Released: February 1990
  • Label: Viva / RJ Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1991 Giliw
  • Studio album
  • Released: August 1991
  • Label: Viva / RJ Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1992 The Guitarman II
Compact Series
  • Studio album
  • Released: September 1992
  • Label: RJ Records / Quantum Music Corp.
  • Formats: Cassette
2011 Ride n' Rule with Good Ol' Rock 'n Roll
  • Studio album
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: RJ World Recording Company
2012 RJ Duets
2014 Fine as Wine Instrumentals
  • Studio album
  • Released: March 2014
  • Label: RJ Productions
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2015 RJ Orig
  • Studio album
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: RJ Productions
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Holiday albums[edit]

Year Album details Sales[1] Certifications
1988 Pasko Na Naman
  • Holiday album
  • Released: November 1988
  • Label: Alpha Music
  • Formats: LP, Cassette, CD
1990 Christmas with RJ
  • Holiday album
  • Released: October 1990
  • Label: Viva / RJ Records
  • Formats: LP, Cassette


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

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Certifications
1999 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


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

Box Sets[edit]

Year Album Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2000 The Ultimate RJ Bistro Collection
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: RJ World Recording Company
  • Formats: CD
  • 5-CD box set for his 2000 studio album The Ultimate RJ Bistro Collection.

Video and DVD releases[edit]

Information Sales
RJ Symphonic Rock
  • Released: 2007
  • Concert
  • DVD


Original Songs in alphabetical order, as Solo Artist[edit]

  • "Weightless" (1961)
  • "Trip to Manila" (1964)
  • "Advertising Man" (1965)
  • "Muli" (1977)
  • "Don't Let Go" (1977)
  • "Sugat Ng Puso" (1981)
  • "Fran" (1981)
  • "Sum of It All" (1981)
  • "Freedom in the Sun" (1982)
  • "Rising Sun" (1982)
  • "Balikbayan" (1982)
  • "Hele-Hele" (1986)
  • "Philippines My Philippines" (1986)
  • "Pasko Na Naman" (1988)
  • "Hirap Makatulog" (1990)
  • "Sariwang Pagmamahal" (1990)
  • "Stopped it Just in Time" (1991)
  • "Giliw" (1991)
  • "Kailan Kita Makikita" (1991)
  • "Pilipinas" (1992)
  • "Makati Avenue" (1992)
  • "Ilang Beses" (1992)
  • "Matud Nila" (1999)
  • "Bulacan" (2006)
  • "Bolero" (2006)
  • "Mashi-Mashi" - Another instrumental version (2008)
  • "Sa Bistro" - official theme jingle of the RJ Bistro (2011)
  • "Presyo" - featuring Ely Buendia (2012)
  • "Ano Ka Ba" - official theme jingle for RJFM 100.3 (2014)

Cover Versions[edit]

Instrumental Cover Versions[edit]

  • "Lover's Guitar" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Electromaniacs)
  • "Let's Go/Wipeout Medley" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Ventures)
  • "Apache" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Shadows)
  • "Just for Tonight Medley"
  • "Blue Star" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Shadows)
  • "Spring is Nearly Here" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Shadows)
  • "Bulldog/Yellow Jacket" (Remake of an original instrumental version and also duet with by The Ventures)
  • "Dave Clark Medley" (Remake of an original version by Dave Clark Five)
  • "Driving Guitars" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Ventures)
  • "Pipeline Medley" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Ventures)
  • "Dark Eyes Twist" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Ventures)
  • "Sleepwalk" (Remake of an original instrumental version by Santo & Johnny)
  • "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
  • "Twomp" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Ventures)
  • "Slaughter on 10th Avenue"
  • "Telstar" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Shadows; also covered by The Ventures)
  • "Tales of the Raggy Tramline" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Shadows)
  • "Walk Don't Run/Diamond Head/Anak Medley"
  • "Pipeline Medley" (Remake of an original instrumental version by The Ventures)
  • "Caravan"


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