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


  1. Anonymous9:00 pm

    hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

  2. Anonymous12:17 am

    oo nga pare, IDOL ko rin si Francis M.


  3. Hapi: please be more sensitive to the blog post you are commenting on.

    quesera: He contributed a lot to our music industry..

  4. I wondered nga why there were suddenly a lot of people linking to his blog/webpage. Now I know.

  5. Even if you weren't a fan of his music, you can't have been a teenager (or in your early 20s) in the 90s without being familiar with at least one of his songs. Amidst the band explosion of that decade, he helped shape the OPM music scene of that time (and his influence stretches on through the years).

    He will live on via his great contribution to local music and culture and his devoted and unique way of promoting patriotism will be deeply remembered as well.

  6. Anonymous5:32 pm

    Sa blog ko lang din nabasa ang tungkol kay Francis, then check ko agad sa google, the last time kasi na ipakita sya sa tv eh parang ok naman sya.

  7. Wil: Are you familiar with FrancisM too?

    Meowok: I heard he was cremated today? Godspeed, FrancisM

    Ann: oo nga eh... nakakagulat ano?


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