Sunday, March 08, 2009

Francis Magalona, Freeman

by Ryan Macalandag

Without doubt, Francis "Kiko" Magalona is one of the country's most influential artists in the music industry. A multi-talented visionary, Kiko dabbled and excelled not only in rap music but also in rap-infused rock songs as well. Not limited by archetypal boundaries, he wrote Kaleidescope World, Girl Be Mine and other masterpieces that a lot of generations have listened to.

He also painted, did amazing photography, wrote poetry, hosted shows, directed and acted in films, kept good friends and adored his family.

Francis M. helped new bands and rap groups with their projects, too.

He loved his country more than anyone else in the biz by a mile. His culture-induced, deeply-nationalistic songs about our Pinas will leave future generations singing Mga Kababayan Ko, Man From Manila or Tayo'y Mga Pinoy among others.

During his battle with cancer (acute myeloid leukemia), Kiko never wavered. Instead, he called it "The Happy Battle" posting photos of his condition in the hospital, calling/hosting Eat Bulaga while bed-ridden and even making music with his project band (Sickos w/ Ely Buendia) in between chemo rounds. He always made it a point that his illness will not bring about depression for his friends and family. Of course it helps that he has a very supportive family and circle of friends.

Last Friday, March 6, the Master Rapper finally succumbed to multiple-organ failure after having been rushed to the hospital and incubated the night before. His body did not make it to his scheduled bone-marrow transplant.

In his passing, Francis D. Magalona has left a grieving nation. But not for long I suppose, for even in death, his songs, art and memory will forever remain.


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