Rico Blanco: Stop presenting Filipinos as local versions of global icons


Posted at Jul 09 2019 06:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2019 08:41 PM


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MANILA – Rico Blanco has had enough.

The singer-songwriter has taken to Twitter to lament how celebrities like him are often presented as local versions of international personalities.

In his case, he was referred to in an entertainment piece as the “Keanu Reeves of the Philippines,” presumably because of their similarities in appearance.

“Let’s stop making Filipinos local versions of global icons,” the former Rivermaya vocalist said, adding that such a label will “get me into trouble.”

In the article, Blanco explained that while he is flattered by the comparison, he and Reeves are “two different people.”

“How many gigs has he played? How many Hollywood blockbusters have I starred in?” he asked.

“But I think people mean it lightly lang naman – long hair sila, pareho silang hindi nag-aahit. It’s nakakahiya, kasi guwapo ‘yung Keanu Reeves. Pero ‘yun lang sana, ‘yung Pilipino, itigil na natin ‘yung versions tayo, like kapag nagsuot ako ng suit, [sasabihin nila] ‘ginaya niya si [Keanu].’”

Blanco has made a name for himself in the local entertainment industry, with his music career spanning more than two decades.

Last March, he took to social media to call out artists and managers who do not honor their work commitments, calling them “really cheap.”