After the success of Grand Leisure Corporation‘s Music and Laughter concert top-billed by the Man with Many Faces and Voices Willie Nepomuceno and music icon Nonoy Zuñiga last July 27, at the Theatre at Solaire, Grand Leisure Corporation produces a sequel titled “Sana Tatlo Ang Puso Ko,” featuring OPM legend Rico J Puno, sultry host-actress Giselle Sanchez, and singer-comedienne Marissa Sanchez, slated for November 23 at The Theatre at Solaire.
Noted for his propensity for naughtiness whenever he performs, Rico says that “Sana Tatlo ang Puso Ko” is going to be full of surprises.
He adds, “It has the vibe of a real treat, that feeling that you don’t know what to expect. I always want to expect a show to be like that, spontaneous. If not, we should retire.
“You cannot explain magic, can you? This show will click not because I am part of it, but because it’s an evening that will make you anticipate every moment.”
Also known as Rico J and The Total Entertainer, the 65-year-old singer is famous for his on-stage performances infused with tongue-in-cheek comedy and adult humor.
Meanwhile, Giselle Sanchez was 22 when she and Rico J started doing shows together.
“I was branded the girl [version of] Rico Puno because I was also known for naughty jokes. But it was all always double meaning because I couldn’t mouth sexual words.
“After working with Rico Puno, I realized that my jokes were not naughty. Compared to him, I am clean and wholesome,” laughs Giselle.
“Rico will just say risqué words nonchalantly na parang wala lang. My colegiala sensibilities were totally shocked.”
For her part, Marissa Sanchez got to work with Rico J in 2000.
He saw her performing at a hotel and told Marissa, “Kukunin kitang front act kapag nagso-show ako dito ha.”
Instantly, she learned one of Rico J’s secrets to a lasting career.
She recalls what Rico J told her when she was a newbie: “Kahit mahusay kang singer, kung wala kang rapport sa tao, you will not be able to connect with them. Kausapin mo sila, magpatawa ka.”
Marissa remarks that Rico belongs to a music era in which the songs were more lyrical. “When he sings, you get the message of the song immediately,” she says.
Giselle agrees, “His songs are classics. All his jokes are phenomenal and funny. Even if it’s scandalous, the people who watch it are not offended at all.”
Rico Puno started in the business performing at folk houses and small clubs in Metro Manila. His first single was “Love Won’t Let Me Wait,” while his first big hit was the Taglish version of Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were.” His other hit songs included “Kapalaran,” “Buhat,” “Macho Gwapito,” “Lupa,” “May Bukas Pa,” “Ang Tao’y Marupok,” and “Magkasuyo Buong Gabi.”
In 1976, Puno won Aliw Awards’ Most Promising Entertainer. Two years later, he was hailed as Aliw’s Entertainer of the Year.
His Rico in Concert show in the ‘70s at the Cultural Center of the Philippines cemented his status as one of the leading Philippine pop stars.
Four decades later, he still sees performing as “a never-ending learning story.”
In his heyday, Rico had this tremendous “tough guy” appeal to women.
Giselle affirms, “When I was just six, my Cebu-based aunt was a big Rico Puno fan. I would tell her, ‘Tita, he isn’t really that handsome,’ to which my aunt would reply, ‘You should hear his voice.’”
Marissa looks up to Rico Puno. “The mere fact that we’re doing a show with him is already a big honor.”
Giselle says that “Sana Tatlo ang Puso Ko” is not to be missed because it’s going to be a combination of great music, good laughs, and gifted performers.
“Marissa is a talented singer and comedienne and a good dancer. Rico Puno is like an eternal star. I’m honored to be with these performers.”
Expect the unexpected on November 23, at The Theatre at Solaire, with Marissa’s soul repertoire and funny impersonations, Giselle’s sexy comedy and singing, and Rico’s ability to mesmerize and elicit guffaws of laughter.
“Sana Tatlo Ang Puso” is presented by Grand Leisure Corporation and StartUp Village, in cooperation with Solaire Resort and Casino.