Rico Blanco has engraved his name as one of the most iconic Filipino musicians in recent history. He is one of the founding members of the famous alternative rock band Rivermaya. His band, along with Parokya ni Edgar, Eraserheads and others, spearheaded the popularity of rock music in the Philippines in the late '90s. The artist founded the band with Jesse Gonzalez, Kenneth Ilagan, Nathan Azarcon and Rome Velayo in 1993. He later left the band in 2007 to start his solo career.
Rico Blanco is a Filipino singer, actor, endorser and entrepreneur. He rose to prominence as one of the founding members of the popular rock band Rivermaya, where he was the primary songwriter, vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. The singer is a solo artist known for his chart-topping singles such as Antukin, Wag Mong Aminin, Your Universe and Yugto.
|Full name||Rico Rene Granados Blanco|
|Date of birth||17 March 1973|
|Age||50 years (as of 2023)|
|Place of birth||Ermita, Manila, Philippines|
|Height||5'8" feet (173 cm)|
|Weight||154 lbs (70 kg)|
|Eye colour||Dark brown|
|Mother||Purita Granados Blanco|
|Father||Rene Aldeguer Blanco|
|School||O. B. Montessori Center and Benedictine Abbey|
|University||Ateneo de Manila University|
|Profession||Singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur|
|Net worth||$5 million|
Rico Blanco's biography
Rico Blanco was born as Rico Rene Granados Blanco at Manila Doctors Hospital in Ermita, Manila on 17 March 1973. He is the son of Rene Aldeguer Blanco and Purita Crisostomo. The artist grew up in San Pedro, Laguna, alongside three other siblings: Rey, Patrice Blanco and Heart Blanco-Elizon.
How old is Rico Blanco?
As of 2023, Rico Blanco's age is 50 years old. Her zodiac sign is Pisces.
The artist graduated grade school at O.B. Montessori Center and high school at San Beda College Alabang (formerly Benedictine Abbey School). He later on, graduated as an A-grade student at the Ateneo De Manila University in 1992. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Management Economics.
Rico began acting in 2006 when he appeared in the comedy film Nasaan si Francis? as Sonny. He went on and starred in other TV series such as May isang pangarap and Imortal.
Below is a table of his acting credits according to his IMDb profile.
|2022||The Goodbye Girl||Ciao|
|2015||Liwanag sa dilim||SPO2 Norberto|
|2013||May isang pangarap||Joseph 'Otep' Santos|
|2006||Nasaan si Francis?||Sonny|
Rico Blanco's music career
Working with Rivermaya, Blanco and his band quickly became one of the most well-known producers of alternative rock music during the early and mid-2000s.
Hit songs by the band such as If, Elesi, Kisapmata, Himala, and Ulan are all still widely heard on local radios even after ten years after being released. The band's success was directly attributed to Blanco's brilliant and uncanny ability to write and produce songs that would be big hits.
During the MYX Music Awards in 2019, the band won the MYX Magna Award as a recognition of their exemplary and long-standing contribution to the local music industry. The award was given by MYX, the Philippines ' most prominent music channel and subnetwork of ABS-CBN.
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As a solo artist, Rico made his debut when he released the album Your Universe in August 2008. The album was a hit among fans, most notably the songs Yugto and Your Universe. With Warner Music Philippines, he released his second album in 2012 featuring the songs Amats, Lipat Bahayand many more. His third album, Dating Gawi, was released on 27 November 2015.
Rico also collaborated with several other hit musicians to deliver more hit singles. He was featured on one of the songs in the album Liham at Lihim (2013) by Filipino award-winning rap music artist Gloc-9.
He provided vocals alongside the rapper in the music video of Magda, a song that depicts the human trafficking that brought tragedy to the love story of Magda and Ernesto. The song won awards during the 27th Awit Awards, notably Song of the Year and Best Collaboration.
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Rico Blanco's songs
Rico Blanco's Antukin song is one of his popular singles released in 2008. Some of his other songs include:
|2020||This Too Shall Pass|
|2016||Bye Bye Na|
|2015||Wag Mong Aminin|
|2005||Liwanag Sa Dilim|
|2005||You'll Be Safe Here|
|2002||Alab Ng Puso|
|1997||Kung Ayaw Mo, Huwag Mo|
|1996||Panahon Na Naman|
|1994||Awit Ng Kabataan|
Why did Rico Blanco leave Rivermaya?
On 19 June 2007, one of the band's former managers Lizza Nakpil announced Rico's resignation from Rivermaya through a letter to press members. Rico never made a direct statement confirming his official reason for leaving, but it was widely presumed that he left the band to start his solo career.
What is Rico Blanco's net worth?
The singer is alleged to have a net worth of $5 million. He has made his net worth majorly from his career as a singer and actor.
Rico Blanco's wife
Is Rico Blanco married? The musician has never been married. He was previously in a relationship with the KC Concepcion. Rico Blanco's ex-girlfriend is an actress, singer, dancer, TV host, entrepreneur, socialite and humanitarian. The two dated from 2003 to 2005. Rumours about the former couple having a child together have been denied by the actress.
Who is the girlfriend of Rico Blanco?
Rico Blanco's girlfriend is known as Maris Racal, she is an actress, vlogger and singer. Maris Racal and Rico Blanco confirmed they were in a relationship on May 2021.
What is the age gap of Rico Blanco and Maris Racal? The couple has an age gap of 25 years. Maris was born in 1997, while Rico was born in 1973.
What is Rico Blanco's height?
The multi-instrumentalist is 5 feet 8 inches (173 centimetres) tall and weighs 154 pounds (70 kilograms). He has black hair and dark brown eyes.
Rico Blanco is a Filipino musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer whose music is defined by appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical styles. He is considered one of the most powerful characters in the Filipino music industry.
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