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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 22, 2018

Rico Puno Has Valentine Show With Imelda Papin & Claire De La Fuente At Resorts World, Imelda Requests Him Not To Call Them Formalin Beauties

 RICO PUNO headlines the cast of the Valentine show, “Timeless OPM Valentine Concert”, produced by Anna Puno’s Star Media at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World on February 14. The other performers are Imelda Papin, Claire de la Fuente and Rey Valera, with young singers Rita Daniela and L.A. Santos as their special millennial guest stars.

How come Hajji Alejandro and Marco Sison, who usually perform with Rico, are absent this time? “Iba kasi ang concept nitong ‘Timeless OPM’,” says Anna. “Pero makakasama nina Rico at Rey sina Hajji at Marco sa ‘OPM Hitmakers USA Tour 2018’ in seven cities sa States this coming April.”

Rico is turning 65 on February 13 and he says he’s now on his second life after surviving a 7-hour heart operation. At their concert’s presscon at Icon Hotel, he’s his usual jolly self, making fun of his co-singers at the presidential table. Imelda Papin is obviously not that amused as she requested Rico later: “Okay lang paglaruan ang edad natin pero sana, huwag naman kami tawagin ni Claire na formalin beauties.”

Although most of them are of retirement age, Rico says it’s not for him to decide whether he’ll retire or not. “Ang Diyos ang magdedesisyon tungkol diyan. Kasi, kahit sabihin kong ayokong mag-retire, pero kung gusto ni Lord, i-retire na ako, wala rin tayong magagawa. Pero kung ako lang, marami pa kong gustong gawin, so dapat, ingatan na lang ang katawan natin at nang madisiplina ang ating kalusugan. May ginagawa akong bagong album of duets. Yung past hits ko, kakantahin kong may ka-duet, like yung ‘Lupa’, kasama ko si Gloc 9 na nag-rap siya. Yung ‘Buhat’, with Ogie Alcasid, at many songs din ako ka-duet sina Imelda, Claire at Martin Nievera.”

Tickets for “Timeless OPM” are now available at Ticketworld and Resorts World Manila box office.