about

RICCI is an actor, singer, teacher, stylist, host, musician, makeup artist, writer, musical director, songwriter, creative thinker, record producer & artist. After he started performing at the age of 8 with the Ateneo Boys’ Choir, he has since made a career out of being a thespian, having done countless productions with the country’s top theatre groups, with the likes of Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino for the CCP, Dulaang UP, New Voice Company & Actor’s Actors Inc., to name a few. He is best known for his critically-acclaimed performance as Angel in the 1999 production of the Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT, as the hapless and hilarious Joshua in the premiere run of the smash camp hit TEMPTATION ISLAND at the CCP, and was well received by the critics for his performance in ALL ABOUT MEN: PENIS TALKS 1 & 2, to which he credits his 2004 Aliw Award for Best Actor In A Musical to.  His most recent triumph on the stage was for his critically acclaimed performance as Didi in the hit production of ZSAZSA ZATURNNAH ZE MUZICAL at the CCP. Ricci has also done workshops on acting and singing for The New Voice Company, and has also done Musical Direction for plays produced by Repertory Philippines and Tanghalang Ateneo.

When he is not indulging in his passion for the stage, Ricci busies himself with film and TV. He is part of the cast of MARKOVA, which was one of the official entries to the 2000 Metro Manila Film Festival and has since been shown and toured around different international film festivals, and was last seen in the box-office cult hit ANG TANGING INA for Star Cinema. He has also done five major soap operas, 3 for GMA 7:  the first (NARITO ANG PUSO KO) playing opposite the likes of Carmina Villaroel, Amy Austria, Jolina Magdangal & Dina Bonnevie; and the most recent ones (STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN & FIRST TIME) with Jean Garcia, Sandy Andolong, Dingdong Dantes & Rhian Ramos; one where he was also the series’ Musical Director aside from being one of its actors (SA DULO NG WALANG HANGGAN), and the last one where he plays best friend, foil & on-screen conscience to Anne Curtis’ character (MAGING SINO KA MAN) — the last two produced by ABS-CBN 2.  When not acting though, Ricci busies himself as a host, having been one of the regulars for Channel 2’s then daily morning show MAGANDANG UMAGA PILIPINAS, and was also seen as a co-host for Studio 23’s youth-oriented debate show YSPEAK.

Ricci can also be seen doing beautiful and famous faces on magazines, commercials, and print ads. He is part of the makeup and style group PROPAGANDA, and has done the cover for most of the major glossies in the country, painting the faces for countless beauty TV commercials here and abroad, as well as styling dozens of billboards which line the metropolis. His hands have touched some of the country’s major stars, and when he is not busy doing his makeup magic on his select client list, he can be seen teaching the art of makeup at the ATENEO DE MANILA, where he lectures on Theatre Makeup Design for its Theatre Arts Program. Aside from this, he also contributes as a contributing writer to most of these major magazines in his spare time.

Outside of the performing world, Ricci dabbles into songwriting, and was nominated in 2003 by the Awit Awards for Best Composition for the song STAY, which he co-wrote with Carol Banawa & Andoy  Ranay. He is also credited to have co-produced two albums, one for David Pomeranz’s most recent work (HOLD TIGHT) and the other the dance album of Nancy Castiglione (NANCY JANE), where he also served as songwriter & creative director. Recently, Ricci received praise for his original music for the internationally-acclaimed independent film 100, written & directed by Chris Martinez, specifically for providing the movie its theme song entitled THE HARDEST PART, with which he received nominations from The Entertainment Press of the Philippines (The 6th Golden Screen Awards) & The Philippine Movie Press Club (The 25th Star Awards for Movies) as Best Original Theme Song.  He is presently finishing a compilation of songs he wrote, and is seriously finishing the production of his own album. He also does musical arrangement for advertising and can be heard as a voice talent and singer for some of the countries major commercials.