Rico Rene Granados Blanco, was born March 17, 1973. He is a Filipino singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, endorser and entrepreneur, who began his career as one of the founding members, and served as the chief songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist of the Filipino rock band Rivermaya from 1994 until 2007, and has been a solo artist since 2008. Blanco’s songs and performances gained success and critical acclaim, earning himself a reputation of being one of the well received local music icons in the Philippines. Rico Blanco was born at Manila Doctors Hospital in Ermita, Manilaon March 17, 1973, to Rene Aldeguer Blanco of Iloilo City and Purita Crisostomo Granados of Leyte. Blanco grew up in San Pedro, Laguna. Blanco graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree of AB in Management Economics. Blanco is currently in a relationship with actress and singer-songwriter Maris Racal.
Rico passed through a huge path as a musician and by talking about the last 10 years of his career it is important to remember that his path started in 1994. In 2012, Blanco released a new single, Amats, available for digital download via iTunes. The single was taken from his second studio album “ Galactik Fiestamatik” released on July 10, 2012. On November 27, 2015, Blanco released his third album Dating Gawi. On January 9, 2016, he reunited with his former Rivermaya co-members, Perf de Castro, Nathan Azarcon and Mark Escueta for a “secret mini semi-reunion”, following de Castro’s gig at 19 East, Taguig City. His single “Wag Mong Aminin” was the number 1 song for 2016 in Magic 89.9’s OPM chart. In 2021, Rico released his newest single, a new cover version of “Pinoy Ako” entitled “Pinoy Tayo” was released in 2021 for the brand new season of “Pinoy Big Brother Kumunity Season 10”.
In March 2011, Sesame Street Philippines went into partnership with Blanco to launch the new education campaign called Sesame Street “Kid Ako”. The campaign will launch in schools which will use Sesame Street books and videos to help encourage learning among kids at an early age. Blanco is also set to make two songs for the campaign. Blanco currently serves as the president of the Filipino Society of Composers Authors and Publishers. A non-profit, nongovernment, collective management organization that champions intellectual property rights.
Throughout his career, Rico Blanco has partnered with some of the biggest brands in the Philippines for their advertising campaigns.Blanco was a partner in Capone’s Makati, and Alphonse Bistro/Vault in Pasig. He is currently a partner in Time in Manila in Makati and The Brewery at the Palace in Taguig. In 2010, Rico Blanco established Loudbox, an audio production/post studio mainly catering to the Advertising industry. His business partners are Manuel Legarda of Wolfgang, Sach Castillo, Allan Feliciano, and Edsel Tolentino. Also in the same year, following his endorsement in the Human clothing brand, Rico launched his own brand named Koboi, located at San Juan City, Metro Manila. In 2014, Rico Blanco was introduced as the newest brand ambassador of Giordano Philippines.
Rico Blanco is showing activeness on various social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The YouTube channel of Blanco is Rico Blanco. It was created on May 2, 2013. As for now the channel has more than 560K subscribers, there are 159 uploaded videos and over 73 million total number of views. The Instagram account is called ricoblanco100. The audience on this platform exceeds 410K followers. As for Twitter, Rico joined this social media platform in May 2009. The channel is ricoblanco, and has over 1.6 million followers. Facebook is the platform which has the biggest audience. Rico’s account is Rico Blanco and has more than 1.7 million followers.