“Macho gwapito raw ako, kinagigiliwan dahil may pangalan.”
Whenever I hear the name Rico J. Puno, the first thing that comes into my mind is the song “Macho Gwapito.” Since the peak of his career in the 1970s until a few months ago, this song has always been part of his repertoire in every show he became part of, whether on television (Remember when he blurted out, “Are you happy?” during his performances in Pilipinas Win na Win?) or during concerts in the country or abroad.
Aside from “Macho Gwapito,” Puno’s other major hit songs were “May Bukas Pa,” “Kapalaran,” “Lupa,” and many more. He has also released his own version of Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were,” with additional lyrics in Tagalog.
This morning, a news has been circulated on Facebook which saddened the Filipino music industry.
The Macho Gwapito legend has passed away, due to cardiac arrest. He may have already passed away, but his music will always be remembered.