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Showbiz personalities, politicians celebrate the life of Rico J. Puno in a “musical” necro

Veteran singer Rico J. Puno dies at the age of 65

Veteran singer Rico J. Puno succumbed to death on Oct. 30 at the age of 65 due to heart failure.

Last night, Puno’s friends from showbiz and politics gathered together to celebrate and re-live the colorful life of the singer through his songs.

In a musical necrological service, just like what the OPM singer wished for, the Santuario de San Antonio Parish in Forbes Park, Makati City was filled with laughter, singing and what his friends referred to, “tatak Rico J.”

OPM singers like Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid, Chad Borja, Dulce, Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto, Richard Reynoso, Rannie Raymundo, Renz Verano, Claire Dela Fuente, Imelda Papin and Eva Eugenio all sang beautifully Puno’s classics.

Some like Bibeth Orteza, Rey Valera, Hajji Alejandro, Marco Sison, and Nonoy Zuniga made sure that the family and friends of Puno who were in attendance will not miss the funny, “pilyo” and down to earth attitude of the singer with their eulogies.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Jejomar Binay and son, Junjun were also present during the necrology.

Junjun claimed that he was part of the Sangguniang Kabataan when he first met Puno.  The singer-actor was even his running mate in the 2010 elections.

A few years ago, Puno underwent a triple bypass surgery after suffering from shortness of breath during one of his tapings at an ABS-CBN sitcom.

He almost even lost his voice in the process.  Aside from bringing in hits like “Kapalaran”, “Macho Gwapito”, and “Lupa”, Puno was also known for his comedic timing; evident in films like “Who’s that Girl?”, “Pakners”, “Isang Platitong Mani” among others.

He has appeared in It’s Showtime’s Tawag ng Tanghalan as one of the hurados.

Today, Puno’s remains were laid to rest at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

 

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