Enrico de Jesus Puno, better known as Rico J. Puno, is a popular Filipino pop singing artist 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 is a singer who regularly infused his on-stage performance with comedy and jokes.
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.
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 1978, Puno’s popularity and his regular concerts at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City and his performance tours in the United States broke records in terms of audience attendance. In 1979, Puno represented the Philippines at the Tokyo Music Festival in 1979, with Lupa (Dirt).
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.
Puno’s hit songs included Kapalaran (Fate), Buhat (Ever Since), Macho Gwapito (Good-looking Young Man), Lupa (Soil), Damdamin (Feelings), May Bukas Pa (There’s Still Tomorrow)"The TV Program of ABS-CBN", Ang Tao’y Marupok (People are brittle), 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). 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. He also revived "Ang Huling El-Bimbo" in 2005 and originally composed by Ely Buendia & original from Eraserheads.
- Birth name : Enrico de Jesus Puno
- Born : February 13, 1953
- Origin : Manila, Philippines
- Genres : Manila sound
- Years active : 1975-present
- Associated acts : Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera
- With Love In Our Hearts
- Once Again…
- The Way We Were
- Walang Kupas… All Hits
- 40th Anniv Collection
- The Ultimate Collection )
- Rico Silver Series (Viva Records)
- Hits Of R.Puno, B.Dominic & R.Manrique J
- The Way We Were: Live
- Spirit Of Christmas