With Rico J. Puno’s passing, we are saddened by the departure of an influential and pioneering OPM music icon, and a Total Entertainer we all treasured.
Part of being the complete performer was his prolific television stints that further bolstered his pop star status since he began his career four decades ago.
After recording his breakout song “The Way We Were” and succeeding hits, Rico would appear in such musical variety shows as his self-named show, Rico Baby and Rated A in the seventies. He would stretch his TV stints throughout the next years, and his appearances on Kapamilya shows have been most noteworthy.
Rico J was a headliner in such shows as the defunct noontime programs Happy Yipee Yehey and Pilipinas Win Na Win. He would then take the role of a hurado on It’s Showtime’s Tawag Ng Tanghalan.
But being the witty and hilarious comedian he likewise is, a main role on Home Sweetie Home, a riotous sitcom based on family values, is destined.
And best of all, he depicted a character close to his heart, being a father.
Here he played the role of Vino “Daddy V” Valentino, the loving dad of John Lloyd Cruz’s character Romeo. While he had a lot of ROTFL moments on the sitcom, it was his being present in his son’s life, throughout all his successes and failures he faced.
From the time he would “return” to Romeo’s life by staying in his son’s Home Sweetie Home…
To the moment Romeo broached the idea of moving to another home, they seem inseparable.
Even to the time Daddy V fixed Romeo’s issues with the law and celebrate Father’s Day.
And spend time in Japan…
In all their vacations, Daddy V won’t miss out on these…
Yes, Rico J. Puno may be the Total Entertainer we all knew, but watching him playing the role of a father truly captures anyone’s hearts, just like his endearing songs of old. As such, we will not only remember him for his performances as a recording and concert artist, but for his onscreen acting roles as well, especially this role on Home Sweetie Home, which fathers like him should emulate.