Friday, March 6, 2009

R.I.P. Francis Magalona

Francis "Kiko" Durango Magalona
October 4, 1964 - March 6, 2009

Today is a sad day for the Philippine entertainment industry. At 12:20PM, Francis "Kiko" Magalona, succumbed to leukemia at the age of 44. Master rapper, actor, songwriter, producer, photographer, entrepreneur, patriot, father, husband, friend, idol - these are just among Kiko's many "titles".

I do not claim to be a fan of Francis but I feel a certain affinity to him. His wife Pia and I belonged to the same circle of Havaianas addicts in GIRLTalk called "Havies". We used to exchange posts and private messages in GT and chat in YM. I have never met them in person save for one time when I spotted Francis at Starbucks in Greenhills. But my Philippine-based fellow Havies have met up with the couple several times during the regular Havies night outs. Francis had no qualms tagging along to these "all girl" events and he would even gamely volunteer to be the group's photographer. An adopted Havie himself, he was proud of his Havaianas Filipinas. No surpirise there as he was one of the country's most openly nationalistic artists, a trait which I admired most about him.

And now, he is gone. It has only been seven months after he was diagnosed with leukemia. The sad news came when everybody thought he was on the road to recovery.

I pray that Pia and her eight children will remain strong through this difficult ordeal. I join them and the whole nation in mourning a great artist.

"Every color and every hue
Is represented by me and you
Take a slide in the slope
Take a look in the kaleidoscope
Spinnin' round, make it twirl
In this kaleidoscope world"

- Francis Magalona

(photo courtesy of


jaspercaesar said...

so sad nga e. God bless her soul.

jaspercaesar said...

ay sorry, God bless HIS soul diay. sige man jud ta tabi about kang gizelle.

Eds / Sarj said...

he seemed to have been forgotten. now people realize how big his contributions are to OPM and pinoy pride.

napa youtube jud dayon ko ug kaleidoscope world. ;-(

may he rest in peace.

mikay said...

Malacañang is set to award him a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit "for promoting patriotism through music".