Rico J. Puno

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Rico J. Puno
Birth name Enrico de Jesus Puno
Also known as Rico J Puno
Born (1953-02-13) February 13, 1953 (age 65)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Manila sound
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975-present
Associated acts Hajji Alejandro
Rey Valera
Marco Sison
Nonoy Zuniga

Enrico de Jesus Puno (born 13 February 1953), better known as Rico J. Puno, is a popular Filipino pop singing artist, comedian, and television host who is credited as a pioneer-promoter of original Filipino music. He started the trend of incorporating Tagalog lyrics in his rendition of the American song The Way We Were and other foreign songs. Also known as Rico J. and as The Total Entertainer, Puno became known as a singer who regularly infused his on-stage performance with tongue-in-cheek comedy and adult humor. He hosted the noontime variety show Pilipinas Win na Win alongside Rey Valera, Marco Sison and Nonoy Zuniga for two months in 2010 replacing Kris Aquino. He also hosted on Happy Yipee Yehey together with John Estrada, Randy Santiago, Mariel Rodriguez, Pokwang and Toni Gonzaga as one of the main host replacing Pilipinas Win na Win.

Puno has also been active in politics. In 1998, he was elected as the City Councilor of Makati City from its 1st district until his third and last term ended in 2007. He ran for a comeback in 2010 as the vice mayoralty candidate of Makati City, but was unsuccessful. In 2016, Puno was elected as a councilor in Makati, under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).[1]


Puno was born in Manila to parents, Felipe Puno Sr. and Corazon J. Puno. Although he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Philippine School of Business Administration, Puno dreamed of becoming a singer.[2]

Music career[edit]

Puno introduced himself and his talent to the entertainment business by performing at folk houses and small clubs in Metro Manila. In 1975, while singing at the Palazzi, Puno met and performed with the American Motown group, The Temptations. Puno’s talent was later noticed by the executive producers from Vicor Records (now Vicor Music). His first record was Love Won't Let Me Wait, while his first big hit was the Tagalog-infused The Way We Were.[2]

In 1976, Puno won the Aliw Award for Most Promising Entertainer. Two years later, he became Aliw's Entertainer of the Year. His Rico in Concert show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines launched him as one of the foremost Philippine pop stars.

In 1977, Puno covered the Carpenters song Merry Christmas Darling from his 1st Christmas Album, The Spirit of Christmas which was originally sung by Karen Carpenter.

In 1978, Puno’s popularity and his regular concerts at the Araneta Coliseum (now SMART Araneta Coliseum) in Quezon City and his performance tours in the United States broke records in terms of audience attendance. His fame also made him into a sought-after product endorser including advertisements for San Miguel Beer Corporation in the 1970s.[2]

In 1979, Puno represented the Philippines at the Tokyo Music Festival in 1979, with Lupa (Ground), a song that imparted messages on how an individual could strive to change for the better, on how to gain humility and other human values, on how not to judge others, and on how to struggle against one’s own weaknesses.[3]

From 2001, the Greatest Hits series in Manila, produced by Viva Concerts helped maintain Puno’s popularity. These Greatest Hits concerts brought him together with other Greatest Hitmakers in the Philippine music scene during the 1980s, namely Philippine pop icons: Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, Nonoy Zuñiga and Marco Sison.[2][3]

He also covered the song Ang Huling El-Bimbo in 2005 and originally composed by Ely Buendia, who was originally from the Eraserheads.

He also covered the song Mabuti Pa Sila in 2010 and originally composed and recorded by Gary Granada.

During Puno’s recent performances, he is often joined on stage by his oldest daughter, Tosca Camille.[2] Rico's son is also a singer and a band member.

Rico was honored and awarded recently in ASAP Pinoy on ASAP show on ABS-CBN 2 contributing his best in singing performing as a total entertainer who celebrating his 40th year anniversary in music and entertainment movie and tv career in 2017.

Hit songs[edit]

Puno’s hit songs included Kapalaran (Fate), Buhat (Ever Since), Macho Gwapito (Gorgeous Young Man), Lupa (Soil), Damdamin (Feelings), May Bukas Pa (There's Still Tomorrow)", Ang Tao'y Marupok (People Are Weak), Magkasuyo Buong Gabi (Together Through the Night) - a duet with Elsa Chan - and his Filipino rendition of You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show).[2]

One of Puno’s recent album is Aliw by Sony BMG Records. Its carrier single was Kay Hirap Mong Limutin (It Is Hard To Forget You) by Lito Camo.[3]


Among his contemporaries in the original Filipino music industry, Puno is one of the still consistently-active performers since he launched his career in 1975. The duration of his career as a Philippine singer now spans three decades. He became a favorite of the Philippine Amusement and Games Corporation (PAGCOR) and other casinos around Metro Manila and the provinces. His performances included tours in the United States, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and European countries.[3]




  • Instant Mommy (2013)
  • Who's That Girl? (2011) - Rico
  • Asboobs: Asal Bobo (2003) - Capt. Palma
  • Pakners (2003) - Richard de Guzman
  • A.B. Normal College (2003)
  • Alas-Dose (2001) - Congressman
  • Juan & Ted: Wanted (2000) - Mr. Mariano
  • Matalino Man ang Matsing na-iisahan din! (2000)
  • Alyas Boy Tigas: Ang Probinsyanong Wais (1998)
  • Sailor's Disaster (1994) - Bruno
  • Tom & Jerry: Hindi Kaming Hayop (1993) - Alfie
  • Dr. Potpot Travels to the Moon (1991) - Enzio
  • Isang Platitong mani (1986)
  • Annabelle Huggins Story (1982)
  • Bullet for your Music (1978)
  • Silang mga mukhang Pera (1977)
  • Wow! Sikat Pare, Bigat! (1977)
  • Bawal na pag-ibig (1977)



  • The Way We Were (CD, cassette, digital download) 1973
  • With Love In Our Hearts (CD, cassette, digital download)
  • Once Again... (CD, cassette, digital download)
  • Kapalaran (CD, cassette, digital download)
  • RICO J. PUNO (RICO J. PUNO) (LP, cassette, digital download) 1976
  • Spirit Of Christmas (LP, cassette, digital download) 1976
  • Rico Baby (CD, cassette, digital download) 1977
  • The Total Entertainer (CD, cassette, digital download) 1977
  • Tatak (CD, cassette,digital download) 1978
  • Macho Gwapito (CD, cassette, digital download) 1979
  • Diyos Ang Pag-Ibig (LP, cassette, digital download) 1980
  • Sana Pag-Ibig (LP, cassette, digital download)
  • Sorry Na, Puede Ba (Single, digital download)
  • Time After Time (Single, digital download) 1987
  • May Bukas Pa (single, digital download)

Compilation Albums[edit]

  • Walang Kupas... All Hits
  • 40th Anniv Collection
  • The Ultimate Collection
  • Rico Silver Series (Viva Records)
  • Hits Of R.Puno, B.Dominic & R.Manrique Jr.

Live Albums[edit]

  • The Way We Were: Live (CD, cassette)
  • Rico J. Puno: Live in Hawaii (Album) Produced by Willy Martin

Christmas Albums[edit]

  • Spirit Of Christmas (CD, LP, digital download)

Collaborations of Rico J. Puno[edit]

  • The 2nd MetroManila Pop Music Festival (Vicor Music Corp., 1978)
  • Metropop Song Festival 1996 (GMA Records "Formerly Infinity Music, Inc.", 1996)
  • 25 Great Songs 25 Great Artists (PolyEast Records, 1998)
  • Ultraelectromagneticjam (Sony BMG Music Philippines, 2005)
  • No. 1 Signature Hits OPM's Best (Vicor Music Corp. & Viva Records, Corp., 2008)
  • Pinoy Sound Trip Vol. 1 (Vicor Music Corp., 2008)
  • Pinoy Sound Trip Vol. 2 (Vicor Music Corp., 2008)
  • 18 Inspirational Love Songs (Viva Records Corp., 2009)
  • Live Na Live: Unforgettable Live Performance (Viva Records Corp., 2009)


  • All I Ever Want (a song finalist of Metropop Song Festival 1996) (CD single, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, digital download)
  • Ang Huling El Bimbo (Original by: Eraserheads) (CD single, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, digital download)
  • Kapalaran (covered by Radioactive Sago Project & Martin Nievera) (CD single, 7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm vinyl)
  • Lupa (covered by Gary Valenciano; previously covered by ASIN) (CD single, 7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm vinyl, digital download)
  • Mabuti Pa Sila (Original by: Gary Granada) (CD single, 7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm vinyl, digital download)
  • Macho Guwapito (covered by Protein Shake) (CD single, 7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm vinyl, digital download)
  • May Bukas Pa (covered by Kyle Balili, Ogie Alcasid and Erik Santos) (CD single, 7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm vinyl, digital download)
  • Merry Christmas Darling (Original by: The Carpenters) (7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm vinyl)
  • Give Love On Christmas Day (Original by: Jacksons 5) (7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm vinyl)
  • The Way We Were (Original by: Barbra Streisand) (CD single, 7" 45 rpm vinyl, 12" 33 ⅓ rpm single)


Politics and other ventures[edit]

Enrico D. Puno
Member of the Makati City Council from the 1st district
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
Personal details
Nationality Filipino
Political party PDP-LABAN (1998-present)
Children Tosca Camille, Rio
Profession Politician, Businessman, Entrepreneur, Singer

From 1986 to 1987, Puno had a noontime variety show, "Lunch Date" over GMA-7. In 1994-1995 he headlined Chibugan Na (It's Eating Time), aired on weekdays at 12 noon on RPN 9, with Hajji Alejandro.[4]

Puno returned as TV host for "Macho Guwapito" on the now-defunct Makisig Network. He was one of the judges in the inaugural week of the reality talent show Showtime on ABS-CBN.

Puno is also the owner of the karaoke bar, Coriks, at Vito Cruz Extension, Manila. He also manages a trucking business.

He won a seat in the Makati City Council from the first district from 1998.[4] Among Puno's notable ordinances filed during his first term was the installation of a surveillance camera in every convenience store in Makati that operates 24 hours a day, as protection against robbers who prey on convenience stores.[5] He left the city council after his third and final consecutive term ended in 2007. His seat in the city council was kept by his eldest daughter, Tosca Camille. Three years later, he teamed up with Jun-Jun Binay to run for city vice mayor in Makati City. Although Binay won the mayoralty race, Puno lost to Barangay Valenzuela captain Romulo Pena, Jr., who was the running mate of then-outgoing vice mayor Ernesto Mercado.


  • Special Lifetime Achievement Award, ASAP Pinoy 2017, ASAP Show, ABS-CBN 2

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