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6 March 12

Reblogged: juanrepublic

4 October 11
juanrepublic:

Francis Magalona, Filipino
I first met Francis when I was about four years old. My kuya, an artist, was busy then painting a portrait of Francis Magalona in a one-eighth illustration board at our old kubo. The face was familiar. He’s the man behind the infectious patriotic song Mga Kababayan Ko. And I have watched him on the movie Mama’s Boys with Ogie Alcasid, Michael V., and Anjo Yllana.
I saw Francis as a revolutionary young face that will achieve great heights. He challenged the conventional music style of his age. His music paved way for the unification of the then-opposing sides of Pinoy hip-hop and rock by experimenting on the merging of rap with rock music. After all, music is the language that should unite us, not divide us.
But more importantly, I saw Francis as a young man, whose heart is united with his beloved land. He redefined patriotism. He made it easier for the youth of this generation to appreciate and understand. And he showed us how great a race and nation we are.
Pride. Identity. Meaning. Perhaps, he saw that before we can shout to the world that we love our country, we must first know what it really means to be a Filipino.
I saw Mga Kababayan Ko then as an anthem which promotes Pinoy pride and identity along with the songs Ako’y Isang Pinoy by Florante and Tayo’y mga Pinoy by Heber Bartolome (and later recorded and reinvented by the Man from Manila himself). These three songs, together with our regular Monday school anthem Ako ay Pilipino, were my first inspirations to love my country, to appreciate my Pinoy identity, and to be proud of my ancestry. And this was long before Pinoy Ako by Orange and Lemons.
But he was gone too soon. Had he not died on that fateful Friday noon of March 6, 2009, he may have personally done greater things for our country and to our countrymen. 
But as in all war and tragedy, life continues. He may have gone too soon but his spirit, music, and legacy still continue. Thanks to her wife Pia and the rest of the Magalonas, the Francis Magalona Foundation was born.
The Francis Magalona Foundation was established to realize in each Filipino a true sense of Filipino pride, personal integrity and a commitment to positive change through awareness campaigns and personal development and skills building programs. Its tagline, Finding a Meaning in every Filipino, is an invitation to every Filipino to ask themselves the significance of their identities as a Filipino. How is it to be a Filipino? How do I promote my pride and identity to the whole world?
He may have gone at a young age but what is more important is that he had lived his life with meaning. He has influenced a whole generation. He has inspired many with his music. And with that, he is already immortal.
On his 47th Birthday, let us remember The Man from Manila who have inspired many by his great music, who have been a good father to his children, who have been a good husband to his wife, and who have been a modern example of Filipino Patriotism.
You may have gone Francis but your legacy of music and patriotism will remain in our minds and hearts forever.
Maligayang kaarawan at maraming salamat Kiko!
Kickass photo courtesy of scarypet.deviantart.com 

juanrepublic:

Francis Magalona, Filipino

I first met Francis when I was about four years old. My kuya, an artist, was busy then painting a portrait of Francis Magalona in a one-eighth illustration board at our old kubo. The face was familiar. He’s the man behind the infectious patriotic song Mga Kababayan Ko. And I have watched him on the movie Mama’s Boys with Ogie Alcasid, Michael V., and Anjo Yllana.

I saw Francis as a revolutionary young face that will achieve great heights. He challenged the conventional music style of his age. His music paved way for the unification of the then-opposing sides of Pinoy hip-hop and rock by experimenting on the merging of rap with rock music. After all, music is the language that should unite us, not divide us.

But more importantly, I saw Francis as a young man, whose heart is united with his beloved land. He redefined patriotism. He made it easier for the youth of this generation to appreciate and understand. And he showed us how great a race and nation we are.

Pride. Identity. Meaning. Perhaps, he saw that before we can shout to the world that we love our country, we must first know what it really means to be a Filipino.

I saw Mga Kababayan Ko then as an anthem which promotes Pinoy pride and identity along with the songs Ako’y Isang Pinoy by Florante and Tayo’y mga Pinoy by Heber Bartolome (and later recorded and reinvented by the Man from Manila himself). These three songs, together with our regular Monday school anthem Ako ay Pilipino, were my first inspirations to love my country, to appreciate my Pinoy identity, and to be proud of my ancestry. And this was long before Pinoy Ako by Orange and Lemons.

But he was gone too soon. Had he not died on that fateful Friday noon of March 6, 2009, he may have personally done greater things for our country and to our countrymen. 

But as in all war and tragedy, life continues. He may have gone too soon but his spirit, music, and legacy still continue. Thanks to her wife Pia and the rest of the Magalonas, the Francis Magalona Foundation was born.

The Francis Magalona Foundation was established to realize in each Filipino a true sense of Filipino pride, personal integrity and a commitment to positive change through awareness campaigns and personal development and skills building programs. Its tagline, Finding a Meaning in every Filipino, is an invitation to every Filipino to ask themselves the significance of their identities as a Filipino. How is it to be a Filipino? How do I promote my pride and identity to the whole world?

He may have gone at a young age but what is more important is that he had lived his life with meaning. He has influenced a whole generation. He has inspired many with his music. And with that, he is already immortal.

On his 47th Birthday, let us remember The Man from Manila who have inspired many by his great music, who have been a good father to his children, who have been a good husband to his wife, and who have been a modern example of Filipino Patriotism.

You may have gone Francis but your legacy of music and patriotism will remain in our minds and hearts forever.

Maligayang kaarawan at maraming salamat Kiko!

Kickass photo courtesy of scarypet.deviantart.com 

Reblogged: juanrepublic

23 March 11
One day when I leave this world, my voice will be heard. Always. At a touch of a button or switch, I am “alive again.
— Francis Magalona

(Source: twitter.com)

8 March 11

Happy Battle.

Happy Battle By: Marah Joy Roque

I’m not a fan of his art until he died. It’s true that end justifies the means. Francis Magalona made me realized a lot of things about life. He’ll always be a part of me and I will always be a follower of his words.

I wrote this article two years ago for my journalism project. I was a third year high school then. Our TV screen was filled with his images, his memories and his legacy and it gives me interetst to know how he handle his sickness. I checked his multiply account and saw his blogs about his treatment, his art and his family. Francis Magalona is a great man, Indeed.

Kuya Kiko

I hope you’re having a great time up there! Please continue guiding our country and your fellow citizens around the world. We miss you. We miss seeing you in BULAGAAN. We miss the Master Rapper. Thank you for letting your kids to share their talents to the public. Just so you know, I’m a fan of your family, especially Saab as she inspires me to express myself through blogging! Don’t worry, we’ll never forget you. You’ll always be in our hearts.

P.S Sir Kiko, RIP (Return If Possible)

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Marah

6 March 11

Remembering Francis Magalona.

There’s more behind the legacy he left. He’s a great man, Indeed.

Posted: 7:35 AM

FM

Every color, Every hue is represented by me and you - Ilang beses mo na kinanta to? Eh nung mapasabay ka sa kanta ng Mga Kababayan ko nais kong malaman niyo bilib ako sa kulay ko AKO AY PILIPINO!Isang tao lang naman ang nagpauso niyang lahat.

 The man who has the courage to stand up for our own music. The man who has the ability to encourage youth to make music. The man who open the eyes of every Filipino to love his own motherland. He’s one of a kind creature by God. He’s no other than, The Master Rapper, Francis Magalona.

Maraming beses niya tayo napapabilib, from variety shows to drama! From mellow to Rap siya ang Bida! Hindi mo maiaakila ang kanyang pagiging positive sa lahat ng bagay! Kaya hindi mo maiaalis na malungkot ang karamihan ng nawala siya. He’s was  a friend, a son, a husband, a father and a servant of God. Pero hindi naman talaga siya nawala, Iniwan niya sa atin ang ala ala niya at ang kanyang MUSIKA.

Today we remember this man as he celebrate his second death anniversary! Kuya Kiko, RIP (Return If Possible)

-Marah Roque

Posted: 6:36 AM
Life Goes By In A Blink Of An Eye
— Francis Magalona
Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh