Rico J. Puno is idol and icon

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BOTH – An idol is not nec­es­sar­ily a lon­glast­ing fig­ure. One can be an idol – be it singing or act­ing or what­ever – for only a few months. Or per­haps a year or so. There are many overnight sen­sa­tions who dis­ap­pear from the lime­light in no time.

An icon is one who’s long-last­ing, has stood the test of time. Dura­bil­ity is the name of the game.

With those def­i­ni­tions in mind, Rico J. Puno is most cer­tainly both idol and icon.

Rico J’s singer, record­ing and con­cert artist, TV-Movie ac­tor. Not to say Makati coun­cilor. And he’s still around. Truly a To­tal En­ter­tainer.

TRIB­UTE – Come De­cem­ber 2, at 8 p.m. There’s an event ti­tled:

“Tatak Rico J.: A Trib­ute to 40 Years of the To­tal En­ter­tainer.”

Venue is The Theatre at So­laire Re­sort and Casino, with many guest artists – all of them friends – join­ing the Trib­ute. They in­clude Wil­lie Revil­lame, Ogie Al­casid, Randy San­ti­ago, Imelda Papin, Claire de la Fuente, Glock 9, and

Ms. Ai-Ai de las Alas. The guest list is by no means com­plete as more big and bright names have vol­un­tered to be part of Trib­ute.

Will the num­ber reach 40 or even more? Col­league Jun Lalin says, “In all prob­a­bil­ity.”

Muis­cal di­rec­tor is Louie Ocampo and stage di­rec­tor is Row­ell San­ti­ago. Brought by Star­me­dia and So­laire.

NIGHT OF – The Trib­ute will be a night of mu­sic and laugh­ter, with Rico J. dish­ing out those ri­otous joke...some of them green.

It’ll also be a night of nostal­gia. Think of such Rico J. hits as “May Bukas Pa,” “Ma­cho Guapito,” “Ka­palaran,” “To­gether For­ever,” and the Ta­gal­ized ver­sion of “The Way We Were.”

Ex­pect the se­nior cit­i­zens of Makati to troop to So­laire. Rico J.’s daugh­ter Tosca (yes, named af­ter the opera) says that be­ing a se­nior cit­i­zen him­self, “May­ora” (Makati Mayor Abby Bi­nay) asked the coun­cilor to take care of the se­niors’ needs. And how they love him.

By the way, Tosca served as Makati coun­cilor for three terms (nine years).

RICO J. Puno

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