After launching the new version of the iconic Pinoy Big Brother theme song “Pinoy Tayo” earlier this month, Rico Blanco said he can also envision how he would be if he were a housemate on the Philippines’ longest running reality show. “Oh my God they’re going to get a free concert every day. In fact, they might want to kick me out kasi ang ingay naman niyan, bakit ba tugtog ng tugtog yan, kanta ng kanta? I-kick na nga natin yan. Baka yan ang mangyari (laughs),” he shared during the Pinoy Tayo mediacon.
The “Pinoy Tayo” singer revealed that he is open to joining PBB. His family has been a longtime fan of the reality show and even wondered if he would ever join one of the show’s celebrity editions.
“Why not? Kailangan magpaalam lang ako sa mga artist na mina-manage ko. Magpaalam lang ako ng maayos na I’ll be gone. But let’s say wala yun, I think that would be interesting but I had this conversation before with my family when we were watching (PBB) kasi paborito siya ng lola ko God bless her, she’s not with us anymore. There was a time I used to go to her room, yun yung bonding namin and nanunuod siya. So my titas, my mom, my relatives would ask me kung ako, but then they’d say, ‘Ay huwag na lang ikaw kasi makikipagsagutan ka kay Kuya eh,’ parang ganun (laughs). Magpapaliwanag daw ako, hindi ako magpapatalo. So huwag na lang, huwag na lang ako. Maybe not me. Sige wag na lang (laughs),” he revealed.
When he started working on his own version of the PBB theme song earlier this year, Rico said he had a lot of factors to consider before adding his own flavor to “Pinoy Tayo”.
“I have to admit there’s pressure because the original version was so well loved. But this is a chance to rediscover it. There’s a new generation maybe coming up and maybe some of them are not familiar with the old version. It’s time na puwede magbigay ng bagong fresh take dun. I wasn’t fixing anything pero tinanong ko sa sarili ko and nasa lyrics din kasi yung being true to yourself so tinanong ko, ‘Ano ba yung ako?’ So doon pumasok yung things like the elements, that’s really been something I’ve enjoyed from the start of my career.
“Even sa Rivermaya pa lang, mahilig ako maglagay ng parang mas ethnic flavor or kahit oriental flavor from this part of the world. East meets west eh. Mahilig din ako sa Western classical music so that’s really been the kind of music that I enjoy, yung hindi mo alam saan galing yung sound. Yung pinagha-halo halo ko, may sitar tapos may electronic. Hindi lang Filipino pero may global. So, may song na ngayon about Pinoy so it’s a chance na gawin ko yun and naisip ko that’s why nung umoo ako na gagawin ito that’s part of it, dapat ilalagay ko yung tatak ko,” he said.