Sampaguita (singer)

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This article is about the Pinoy rock singer from the Philippines. For other uses, see Sampaguita (disambiguation).
Sampaguita (1978).jpg
Cover art for Sampaguita (1978), the eponymous debut LP of Sampaguita
Background information
Birth name Tessy Alfonso
Genres Pinoy rock, OPM
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, composer
Years active 1977–1994, 2010
Labels Unknown

Tessy Alfonso, better known by her stage name Sampaguita, was a Pinoy rock singer from the Philippines during the 1970s and 1980s.


Sampaguita started out as a model under then-First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos' Bagong Anyo.[1] She was discovered by her then-husband Nilo Santos. Her stage name was coined by the percussionist Nick Boogie, after the species of jasmine locally known as sampaguita, which is also the national flower.[2] Her first performance was at the New Moon Concert in 1977 at the Folk Arts Theater in Pasay, Metro Manila.


In 1994, Alfonso retired from the Philippine music scene when according to her own words "[Life became] too dangerous, with sex, drugs and rock and roll, rock until you drop."[1]

On December 3, 2010, she went onstage again at the Ugat, The Legends of Pinoy Folk Rock concert held at the Araneta Coliseum. She performed along with other Filipino rock artists from the 1970s and 1980s.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Alfonso is the mother of three children: Dolly and Kowboy Santos (with Nilo Santos), and Jacinta Romero (with Miguel Romero).[4] Kowboy Santos, is also a musician, and is the frontman of the band Generation.[5][6][7] Alfonso currently resides in Parañaque City with Romero and their daughter, Jacinta.[1]



Sampaguita (1978), Vol. 2 (1980), Beatwave (1989), Sa Ngayon (1991)



  1. Salamat
  2. Tao


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Crispina Martinez-Belen (November 5, 2010). "Legends of Pinoy rock gather in 'Ugat'". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sampaguita". Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Pocholo Concepcion (November 29, 2010). "MUSIC NEWS : Sampaguita inspired to record again". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Nini Valera (February 4, 2005). "Rock goddess to domestic diva". Philippine Daily Inquirer 20 (58). pp. A3 1–3. 
  5. ^ "Cowboy Santos: The son of rock 'n roll". Manila Bulletin. February 23, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Baby A. Gil (August 4, 2014). "Generation keeps the music going". PhilStar. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ Jeffrey O. Valisno (August 7, 2014). "The second generation". BusinessWorld. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 

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