Francis M's journey ends


Posted at Mar 06 2009 04:28 PM | Updated as of Mar 07 2009 02:19 AM

“I look forward to the pain as I know my journey is on full speed ahead. I will not be bold to say that without asking a favor from you all. PLEASE PRAY for me as I undergo treatment. Your prayers, as always, have sustained me. And am sure the Lord will listen to all our prayers. To His will I submit myself.”—Francis Magalona

This was taken from Magalona’s last blog entry dated January 14, 2009 found on his multiply page “a Free Mind” ( He succumbed to leukemia on March 6, 2009 at age 44.

Master Rapper Francis Magalona was born Francis Michael Durango Magalona on October 4, 1964. Fondly called “Kiko” by his family and friends and “FrancisM,” “Master Rapper” or “The Man from Manila” by fans, Magalona is the son of late Philippine movie icons Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. He has nine brothers and sisters. Magalona is married to Pia Arroyo and they have eight children, namely Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr., Elmo, Arkin, Clara, and actresses Maxene and Saab.

He started out as a break dancer in the early 1980s, before launching his vast showbiz career as an actor, host, rapper, veejay, producer, photographer and director. He is best known for his smash hit song “Mga Kababayan” from the album Yo! (1990),said to be the first commercially-released Philippine rap album in the Philippines.

According to Magalona’s Wikipedia page, Magalona is regarded as the first Filipino rapper to successfully crossover to the mainstream market. Because of this, he is known as the "King of Pinoy Rap."

Magalona released many albums including Rap Is FrancisM (1992), Meron akong ano! (I have something!)(1993), and FreeMan (1995) spanning more hits like "Ito ang Gusto Ko," “Girl Be Mine” and “Kaleidoscope World.” His greatest hits album, The Best of FrancisM,was released in 2002.

He also dabbled into hosting television shows and events. His hosting credits include being a VJ for MTV Asia, a judge in ABC-5’s “Philippine Idol” and host of noontime show “Eat Bulaga!”

Magalona even directed music videos for bands and artists under his production company Filipino Pictures Inc. He also had his own record company called Red Egg Records, and a clothing line named FMCC (FrancisM Clothing Co.) which carries the “3 Stars & a Sun” line of stores.

In addition, he got into painting and photography and was even a member of the Camera Club of the Philippines.

He also started a foundation with Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia (now with the band Pupil) called Heartist Foundation, which aims to help Filipino artists with health and commercial concerns.

Recently, he was involved in the making of "The Sickos Project,” a collaboration album with Buendia and other artists.

Magalona’s contribution to Philippine rap music was cited in the international publication All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop (2003).

He was also given the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award at the 1st Annual Philippine Hip-Hop Music Awards in 2005.

His Wikipedia entry also states that he received the Generations Award in 2006 at the MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards "in recognition of his career that has spanned decades and broken boundaries, and for his music which continues to inspire generations of artists and music fans both here and abroad." -- research by MA. ROSANNA MINA,