Japs Sergio

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Japs Sergio
Birth name John Paul Ricafranca Sergio
Also known as Japsuki
Born (1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 38)
Parañaque City, Philippines
Occupation(s) Musician, Record producer
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • bass
  • drums
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts

John Paul "Japs" Ricafranca Sergio (born August 20, 1979) is the former bassist/vocalist/guitarist of the Filipino band Rivermaya[1] and the current guitarist/vocalist for the band Peso Movement.


Sergio took over the role of Nathan Azarcon when the latter left the band in March 2001. Known to many as Japs, Japsuki, and JP, is actually a drummer. Furthermore, he is also one of the founders of the band Daydream Cycle and is the guitarist and co-songwriter of the said band.

He went on hiatus some time in 2011 in Rivermaya as he was focusing with Daydream Cycle. On December 19, 2011, Sergio released his project solo album titled "Monologue Whispers". On November 2012, Sergio posted on his official Facebook page that he is no longer with Rivermaya. Currently, he is the frontman of the band Peso Movement.

In 2016, Sergio temporarily returned to Rivermaya taking over Norby David after he left the band the same year. He toured on some live shows until original bassist Nathan Azarcon permanently filled in the position.

He co-produced the 13th studio album Sa Kabila ng Lahat, which was released on September 15, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

His older brother Andrew Ryan Steve "Dok" Sergio (born February 27, 1976), is the bassist of his other band, Daydream Cycle and Pupil.

Sergio attended Manresa School in BF Homes Parañaque City from preparatory school until high school. Sergio graduated from De La Salle University–College of Saint Benilde in 2000 with a degree in AB Human Resources Management.


With Rivermaya[edit]

With Daydream Cycle[edit]

  • Daydream Cycle (2001)
  • You're Still Young At Heart (2003)
  • Underwater Kite (2005)

With Peso Movement[edit]

  • The Gentle Sound of Chaos (2014)

As Japsuki[edit]

  • Monologue Whispers (2011)
  • Pinoy Pop (2015)


  1. ^ Tan, Jasper Lloyd (8 September 2007). "Album Review: Rivermaya's Bagong Liwanag". PhilMusic.com. Retrieved 22 May 2010.