There is something to be said about the true character of a person, man or woman.
Francis Magalona was a true-blooded showbiz personality, he the offspring of a showbiz union.
Perhaps it is that old school lineage manifests itself no matter the bumpy journey one has — or had, as his— that niceness, gentlemanliness, courtesy, humility and passion for one’s calling seep through the superficial social stereotypes, self-vandalisms and peer pressures.
Francis was always a cut above the rest because he was articulate, artistic and intelligent and demonstrated the freest of expressions than any of his contemporaries ever did. Yet he always did things with flair, even as a noontime show host from which a live feed on its sister station broke to announce his passing today, Friday.
Rap is not Filipino, but Francis made it Pinoy. As a rap musician, he put an agreeable, friendly face to what became an angry, jaded and sometimes negative, genre. Like in person, his anger was acceptable and viral because, really, they were about concern for the Bayan (country) and for each kababayan (countrymen).
I guess Francis has said and done enough in 44 years: about his very public life, his nationalism, politics and advocacy, and his private pain and gallant battle with illness in which, finally, his physical shell could no longer handle.
FrancisM’s last entry dated 14 Jan 2009
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.
I salute a Filipino for accomplishing a lifetime in 44 years. Hopefully, your life messages will be listened to for years to come. Salamat, FrancisM.
Watch the breaking news on QTV 11’s Balingtanghali here
(This blog is cross-posted) | Image above: krvilla.09
UPDATE with a couple of links on general reading about FrancisM’s cancer, 08 Mar 09
Read up on Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia from cancer.gov
About Leukemia, AML and other types from leukemia-lymphoma.org
About Mixed-Lineage Leukemia from Howard huges Medical Institute, published Dec. 2001
Adult acute myeloid leukemia from the National Cancer Institute
Some AML FAQs from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Philippine music chronicler Pocholo Concepcion’s write-up (PDI: “FrancisM loses happy battle”) on the breaking news as it appeared in print on 07 March 2009 said so much more than any other quick write-ups that made it to the deadline. Read it here.
A growing number of links by and about Francis Magalona can be found here.