The entire Pinoy entertainment world was shocked as news broke out that OPM legend, Rico J. Puno, had died on Tuesday morning due to cardiac arrest.
The Total Entertainer had been suffering from heart problems for years now; he underwent open heart surgery in 2015, and then had an angioplasty two years later, as well as a new pacemaker. Yet despite his condition, his daughter, Tosca, said that the singer was "still in high spirits last night and looking forward to his shows and the ABS-CBN Station ID shoot."
With a distinct voice and charming personality, Rico J. Puno is known for 70s hits "May Bukas Pa," "Macho Gwapito," and "Sorry Na Pwede Ba" among many others that has influenced generations as well as fellow artists in the industry who have set an outpouring of love and support on social media.
Rest In Peace, Rico J. Puno. Your distinctive voice that lent itself to so much of the music of my childhood will not be forgotten.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) October 29, 2018
To Tito Rico’s family, my deepest condolences.
I grew up with you. Actually singing in the same concerts that Vicor and Blackgold put together for all their artists, with you. I had no idea then that I was singing with one who would become a true LEGEND. The Total Entertainer, the funny, always down-to-earth guy who was always humble and in the forty years I’ve known you, never, ever changed or let success go to your head. I hated when you would make green jokes but loved that they made people laugh. You were a true gem of a talent, and person, dearest Kuya Rico. We and the whole entertainment industry have just been turned upside down by your passing. Thank you for being so sweet and loving to me. Daddy loved you and I know you loved him too and made him laugh, so thank you also for that. Mahal kita, Kuya. Salamat sa sinabi mo not just once na I had “one of the prettiest faces.” Muntik na akong maniwala pero mukhang seryoso ka naman. Huwag masyadong bastos ang jokes sa taas ha Kuya baka ihagis ka ni Lord pababa hala! Seriously, we will never be the same...we miss you already. Rest in peace, the great RICO J. PUNO. Our most loving and deepest condolences to your family. May God give them strength during this painful time. I will miss you dearly. I love you.
This man was the reason I wanted to be a singer. His voice, his charm, wit and entertainment style has wowed millions of opm fans all over the globe. I am deeply saddened to hear that he has now joined our creator. More than being my idol, he was a dear friend. Everybody loved and adored the great Rico J. Puno. Rest now rico. The whole country applauds you for your contributions as a singer, and entertainer and as a public servant. #ricojpuno
Total entertainer... yan ang tawag kay rico j. Puno.. tama naman dahil hindi lang basta kumakanta, talagang performer... magkasama lang tayo 2 weeks ago SA show.. tulad ko makulit At sensya na mejo “naughty” ... pero yan ang style nya na nakasanayan na NG lahat.. yan ang hinahanap NG tao... komedyante na At magaling na singer.. konsehal... hurado.. host.. at napaka swerte ko kc ilang beses na kami nagkasama SA mga concerts at shows.. nanalo pa nga kami NG award matagal na bilang “best performance (collaboration) in a concert” .. na hindi ko makakalimutan kc natawa kami dahil walang script at kulitan lang ang concert na yon pero nanalo.. maharot sa entablado At kaibigan At masaya kasama. SA totoo lang hindi lahat kaya syang sakyan dahil SA kanyang kaharutan.. pero yon ang hindi ko makakalimutan SA kanya, malamang dahil ganon din ako,. Salamat SA mga alaala corics, sa mga KLASIK Mong mga kanta na binigyan mo ako NG pagkakataon na makanta kasama mo. Macho gwapito, Salamat SA kulitan. Ma mi miss ka NG lahat dahil nag iisa ka. “Ang iyong pagdaramdam, Idalangin mo sa Maykapal, Na sa puso mo ay mawala nang lubusan” — MAY BUKAS PA 🙏🙏🙏😞
This is a very sad day. Just found out that my original music idol has just passed away. This was taken from my performance last Friday October 26 In Chicago. This is my tribute to the man who had a huge influence on my being an entertainer. He started it all for me. Thank you so much Mr. Total Entertainer for inspiring me to pursue and achieve what I thought could only be a dream. More than that thank you for becoming a dear friend to me all these years. I will miss you. Rest In Peace Rico J. Puno #ricojpuno
A legend, ever and always. You will be missed. Rest in peace, Koriks.
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A Filipina born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Alyssa always has a story to tell. She is a writer by day, singer on occasion, ballerina by heart, and forever a musical theatre enthusiast. When she's not immersing herself in her Spotify playlists, you'll find her training to be a triathlete or being a full-time cool tita to her 7 nephews and nieces.