06 March 2009

Thank you, Francis Magalona

I still couldn't believe it. Francis Magalona has passed away.

Francis has succumbed to acute myelogenous leukemia at around 12 noon today. I just learned about it when I logged in to YM to kid around with my Manila officemates before they sign off for the day and saw links to Francis M's blog. We were aware of his bout with cancer last year when we were about to leave. Links about him only meant two things. Either he's better or...

I really couldn't believe he's gone...

He was one of the more popular faces in the merry 80s. He was part of the Bagets II cast as well as Ninja Kids. He was a breakdancer, and a rap artist. He popularized Pinoy hiphop, with lyrics that tackled politics, Filipino life, and more importantly, Filipino pride.

I have this video of Parokya ni Edgar with Francis M in a jamming session similar to MTV Unplugged. His segment is easily one of the highlights of the CD. He is truly an artist that rode the wave of my generation.

Thank you, Francis M, for giving Pinoys pride in our music, and for making the 80s a lot of fun.

Related news: Inquirer
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