Kahit hindi sila nagkasama sa anumang proyekto, itinuturing ni Alma Concepcion na malapit na kaibigan ang namayapang singer na si Rico J. Puno.
Sa ika-anim na gabi ng lamay ni Rico sa Santuario de San Antonio Parish, Forbes Park, Makati City, nitong Lunes, November 5 , ikinuwento ni Alma sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kung bakit “pinsan” ang tawag sa kanya ng namayapang singer.
Lahad ng beauty queen-turned-actress, “Nung mga 1990s, ang tawag niya sa akin, pinsan.
"Kasi yung anak ko, ang apelyido, Puno.
“When I was with the father of my son... tinatawag niya akong cousin.”
Ang ama ng anak ni Alma na si Cobie, 16, ay ang negosyanteng si Dody Puno.
Patuloy niya, “So, of course, mami-miss ko yung kanyang boses at yung kanyang pagiging jolly.
“Yung kanyang… every time Rico’s around, talagang you can feel his presence dahil sobrang positive lang niya saka happy man.
"So, mami-miss ko yung kanyang contribution to the society, yung kanyang pagiging positive, vibrant, happy, kolokoy, joker.”
Isa raw malaking kawalan sa industriya si Rico dahil sa pagiging positibong tao nito.
Ayon kay Alma, “Yung positive, contagious personality niya na, actually, bibihira yung ganun and those personalities really stand out sa kahit anong... it’s ageless, alam mo yun?
“I’m sure, siguro ganun siya ever since, ever since he was young, he’s always...
"Everywhere he goes, talagang meron siyang charm, meron siyang... charismatic ba?
“So he’s a very charismatic person aside from having a great voice, having a very unique voice, his personality outside singing is really charismatic.”
Ayon pa kay Alma, malaki ang naiambag sa local entertainment industry ng yumaong OPM legend.
“Thank you for bringing so much joy aside from bringing so beautiful music and legendary pieces.
“Thank you for all the lives that you’ve touched; including mine, including my friends.
"Thank you for bringing smile to a lot of people with your laughter, I mean, the voice is just one of the talents that he has.
“I think, his number one power and gift is really being able to catch attention just merely standing up or just laughing or just talking, alam mo yun?
“Very ano siya, he affects people, a lot of people."
Bibihira raw ang ganung katangian ng tao na nakakaimpluwensiya sa iba.
"And for me, that is very powerful, to affect people with just your mere presence na, effortless ba?
“Kahit hindi siya kumanta.
"Kahit hindi siya kumanta, people will always look at him, listen to him, and laugh with him.
"And it’s a very powerful position and he used it well.
“Kasi, to be able... to be a person with that kind of power, you have the responsibility to do it right, to use it right and, he did, he did.”