Rico Blanco is a Filipino singer, songwriter and musician. As a solo artist and with his former band, Rivermaya, Blanco has so far recorded, written and produced more local and regional number one hits than any other musician since 1994; and has sold over a million albums in the Philippines and Southeast Asia during the period. Rico was one of the founding members of Filipino rock band Rivermaya, in varying roles as vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist, and main songwriter from 1993 to 2007.
In 2003, Blanco was the first solo musician tapped to be a Pepsi ambassador when the brand decided to enlist local endorsers. The success of this bold and unprecedented move started a trend in musicians becoming endorsers for major brands. Blanco also previously endorsed HUMAN, a clothing label where he had his own line of shirts.
In November 2008, just a few months after starting his career as a solo artist, Rico won the Vocalist of the Year award in the NU Rock Awards.
In December 2008, he was heralded RX93.1 OPM Solo Artist of the Year for 2008. He also opened for Myx Mo 2008 and performed "Yugto." Aside from his band, The Mandaluyong Children’s Choir, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Kulintangan musicians (headed by Malou Matute), and various Percussionists (headed by Iggy de Dios), all performed with him. The opening set was touted to be the biggest in the event’s history.
In February 2009, he won as "Best New Artist" in the MYX Music Awards 2009. Then, Blanco was picked by Unilever Philippines to re-write and sing a version of the regional campaign song of Close Up toothpaste, the outcome is a single called "Come Closer".
- Also known as : Blanco
- Born : March 17, 1973
- Origin : Manila, Philippines
- Years active : 1993-May 2007; August 2008-present
- Labels : Warner Music Philippines
- Associated acts : Rivermaya
- Website : ricoblanco.com.ph
- 2008 : Your Universe