This news broke out like a massive wildfire, I received tons of IMs, txt msgs, plurk post about the death of Francis “Kiko” Magalona. At first, I don’t believe it.. I can’t believe it unless I’ve seen or read in news. Thanks to one of my plurk friends who gave me this link http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/topstories/topstories/view/20090306-192678/Rapper-Francis-Magalona-passes-away which I have read right away to once and for all confirm the issue. Then when I read it, I still can’t believe it or I just don’t want to believe it. I have to admit that I’m not really that shock but instead I felt like is this for real? Is this real? He is a poet, patriotic, nationalist, lyricist, mentor, singer, photographer, rapper, innovator, teacher, influence, role model, father, brother and many more that one can describe him. I don’t really know him personally. I know him as one of my influence. When I was still young listening to his music, I would memorize his lines and rap it. I still remember those line like “Nasa palad mo, ang kapalaran, kabataan para sa kinabukasan” from his song “Kabataan Para Sa Kinabukasan” which is one of my favorite local rap song. Cold summer nights, Three Stars and A Sun, Kaleidoscope World and so many other songs that is on my list. I still got his album, the 2-disc CD Album of Freeman 1 & 2 and his other albums. His biggest hit for me is the “Mga Kababayan” which is probably his biggest hit and most influential song that he has ever written. I think most of the rappers and aspiring rappers today has idolized and/or being influenced by him. He is probably the greatest lost of the Philippine Hiphop Scene. He has helped so many rappers and people to pursue their dreams. He has inspired and touched so many lives. Until now, I still can’t believe that he died. He never died. He just traveled. He has his place in history. He will never be forgotten. He will forever live in our hearts and minds. He is a King. Long Live the King!
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Rapper Francis Magalona passes away
By Gerry Plaza
First Posted 12:44:00 03/06/2009
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 2) Rapper-TV host Francis Magalona died of leukemia Friday at the Medical City in Mandaluyong, his co-hosts at the GMA Network’s noontime show “Eat Bulaga” said. He was 44.
Magalona succumbed to severe sepsis as a complication of leukemia and passed away at 12 noon, said Philippine Daily Inquirer sources who were not authorized to talk to media.
Magalona had been undergoing several chemotherapy sessions since he was diagnosed with the disease in August last year but was too weak to fight the infection, sources said.
Magalona is the son of popular 1950s movie tandem Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran.
“I don’t want a media circus. I want privacy with my family,” Francis said in a phone interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, after reports of his illness broke out.
“What I’d rather talk about is how to we can solicit blood donations to replace the supply that I have consumed in the hospital,” said Magalona, the father of eight children.
Francis’ wife, Pia Arroyo-Magalona, said her husband started exhibiting symptoms in March this year. “It was very gradual, hindi siya biglaang lumabas [it didn’t manifest right away].”