|10.04.2010 - The Philippine music scene won't have the flavah of hiphop and rap if not for Francis Magalona, who is known in the local scene as the "King of Rap". Two years ago he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. |
He passed away at the age 44 on March 6, 2009 and if he was alive today he would have celebrated his 46th birthday.
Beyond the talented rapper he was an entreprenuer, songwriter, producer, actor, director and photographer.
Besides all that he was also a certified geek who loves play video games, reading comics, and into toy collecting. I've met the man in so many occassions.
Though not on a personal level you can say he's a casual friend, and I was one of his fans who followed his rise to the top. I first met Kiko (his given nickname called by his friends) back in 1991 at the now defunct 89.1 DMZ (Danze Music Zone) FM radio, where he has a regular show every Fridays going by his airname as The Mouth.
The last we saw each other was during the first day of Toy Con 2008. We share a common interest in Transformers, and he had the chance to play around the unreleased Soundwave from The Animated cartoon as that time.
Though he's gone his memories lives on from his family and friends. Starting today October 4th up to the 7th the FMCC (FrancisM Clothing Co.) will have a special museum exhibit of photos, videos, and anything that made Francis Magalona iconic. I got the chance to see it all namely his signed comics and a portion of his toy collection that was on display. If you have the luxury of time to pay tribute to the Man From Manila visit 2224 Malugay Street at the back of Caltex gas station.
This is also the fourth anniversary of the FMCC (FrancisM Clothing Co.), which he founded in 2006 along with three others. You can also avail their latest line of shirts and other FMCC at the OuterSpace Gallery, where his exhibit is currently on display until Sunday.
Its located at the same place Vinyl on Vinyl store opened recently in February. The exhibit will be open to the public from 12 noon to 9PM until Sunday. They will also have a special treat to those who will be at Malugay Street this Friday.
Elmo Magalona and the Mags will lead a perfomance at 7PM along with Gloc-9, Pin-Ups, ILL-J, Dr Rye, Nimbus 9, J-Rad, and MC Dash at B-Side this Friday October 8, 2010.
Check out Orange Magazine TV's feature on Saab Magalona, where you can see the cover on their facebook page for this month.