FrancisM, The Master Rapper, The Man From Manila and the King of Pinoy Rap, these are just some of the appellations of Francis Magalona, son of late movie screen legends Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, who is now confirmed to be battling the big C.
Yesterday, at 24 Oras (GMA7 news program), there was a portion of the entertainment news about Francis Magalona soliciting for blood donations for his illness, which they didn’t really mention what at the time, although some blind items and rumors went around about a singer-actor-TV host who is now in ICU. But today, August 14th, came the confirmed news that Kiko (Francis’ nickname) is indeed stricken with Leukemia and the blood donations they are soliciting are for replacing the blood supply that he used from the hospital, he is Blood Type O. It was also announced at Eat Bulaga! (GMA7 noon time show) by Vic Sotto while reading his text messages for the Eat Bulaga! family and audience.
Francis’s message reads:
“Sa lahat ng mga dabarkads ko dito sa Eat Bulaga! miss ko na kayong lahat. Araw-araw magkakasama tayo at kayo’y naging second family ko na. Pati na rin lahat ng mga viewers sa mga bahay at sa studio.
“Ngayon meron akong isang pagsubok na dapat daanan at ang hiling ko lang ay ang inyong pang-unawa at suporta. I have been diagnosed with leukemia and I am preparing for my treatment.
“Sa tulong ng Panginoon kakayanin ko po ito. Abangan ninyo ang aking pagbabalik. ‘Di ko lang kayo miss, love ko kayong lahat.” – courtesy of Philippine Entertainment Portal
Although melancholy filled the Eat Bulaga! studio, messages of support and prayers were given for Kiko who despite his illness is still in “high spirits” right now according to his wife Pia Arroyo. And indeed God is good to him for his illness is known to be treatable! He is really looking forward in going back to TV hosting and doing what he does best, singing and rapping.
I have been such a fan of Kiko since I was in elementary school, that was the time when he first came out with the song “Mga Kababayan” and gave birth to Filipino Rap music, also he was the one who paraded the Yo! insignia necklace (a peace sign) which of course was definitely imitated by everyone! I had a crush way back then to a classmate of mine who really copied Kiko’s moves and clothing. 😀
For me, Francis Magalona is really a true idol and a Filipino icon who will never fade. I sure hope and pray that he will emerge victorious from this episode of his life and will come back with another big hit song about it that will definitely inspire every person who is in this same shoes as he is right now.
Kudos to you, Francis M! Our prayers are with you! God bless you, man! Peace, yo!