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.
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. As a solo artist, the singer is known for his chart-topping singles such as "Antukin", "Wag Mong Aminin", "Your Universe", and "Yugto".
The artist founded the band Rivermaya with Jesse Gonzalez, Kenneth Ilagan, Nathan Azarcon and Rome Velayo in 1993. After utilizing his talents as a songwriter and producer for the band, he left in 2007 to start his solo career.
- Name: Rico Rene Granados Blanco
- Birthday: March 17, 1973
- Age: 46 years old
- Birthplace: Ermita, Manila
- Nationality: Filipino
- Parents: Rene Aldeguer Blanco and Purita Crisostomo
- Marital status: Single
- Height: 172cm (5’ 8”)
- Net worth: $100,000 – $1M (approx.)
Rico Blanco family
Rico Blanco was born at Manila Doctors Hospital in Ermita, Manila. He is the son of Rene Aldeguer Blanco and Purita Crisostomo. The artist grew up in San Pedro, Laguna alongside three other siblings namely, Rey "King" Blanco, Patrice Blanco and Heart Blanco-Elizon.
In recent news, the singer revealed in an interview that his recent two-year break from music is partially because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“I wanted to spend more time with my family and friends. I wanted to travel, explore the country and the world; now is the best time to do it because I’m getting older. I wanted to finally get my diving certification, which I had been putting off for the longest time due to my schedule”
Rico Blanco educational background
The artist graduated grade school at O.B Montesorri Center and high school at San Beda College Alabang (formerly Benedictine Abbey School). At the age of 19, Blanco graduated as an A-grade student at the Ateneo De Manila University in 1992. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Management Economics.
Rico Blanco songs and albums
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 "You'll Be Safe Here", "214", "If", "Elesi", "Kisapmata", "Umaaraw, Umuulan", "Himala", "Awit Ng Kabataan" and "Ulan" are all still widely heard on local radios even after 10 years of being released. The success of the band 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.
Why Rico Blanco left Rivermaya
On June 19, 2007, one of the band's former manager Lizza Nakpil announced Rico's resignation from Rivermaya through a letter given to members of the press. 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.
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 Bahay" and many more. His third album, "Dating Gawi", was released on November 27, 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, most notably "Song of the Year" and "Best Collaboration".
In a series of music videos tagged as "#RICOVERED", Rico collaborated with Chito Miranda in a song titled "Panahon Na Naman ng Harana". His collaboration with the fellow rock icon became a hit, earning more than 8 million views on youtube.
Rico Blanco 2019
Earlier this year, the artist collaborated with boy band IV of Spades and released their single "Nagbabalik". In an interview with MYX Philippines, he also revealed that the idea to record the song came to him during their preparation for their concert that was held on August 3, 2019.
How old is Rico Blanco?
Rico is currently 46 years old. On his 45th birthday celebration, actress Maris Racal greeted the singer in a tweet in which she included a request for Rico to sing "Balisong" on her wedding day. A day later, the singer responded to Maris in another tweet, agreeing to her request and adding that he will also sing his original song "Your Universe" for the actress.
Rico Blanco dating history
There is no Rico Blanco wife yet. The artist is currently single. His last reported girlfriend was Kapamilya actress KC Conception, whom the actor dated from 2003 to 2005. Rumors about the former couple having a child together have been denied by the actress.
Hopefully, all your questions about Rico Blanco have been answered after reading this detailed biography of the star.