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Mar 06

National embrace

It’s marvelous that the moment word was out that he’d passed away, the radio stations marked his passing by playing this song, and the country paused to pay tribute the best way it could -with his own music, so much a part of our lives.

A Free Mind was his blog. Tributes by Life: BLIPS Network, An Apple A Day, tonyocruz, and many, many more…

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  1. c5

    I was watching Eat Bulaga while thinking of what to blog about when Vic announced it. Immediately I tried to capture what I can from my internal TV.

  2. Madonna

    RIP Francis M.

  3. iRonnie

    kiko,
    i thank you for your inspiring life…

  4. Bert

    With my whole family, our condolences to the family of Francis!

  5. niki

    I also thought it was wonderful of the radio stations to play Francis M.’s songs to pay tribute to the man who over the years has inspired us with his music, and his life.

    Rest in peace, Francis M.

  6. hector_olympus

    not just music, mlq3, but music with Filipino patriotism.

  7. JBM 7.83

    God Bless your soul Master Rapper…

    God Bless to the Magalona Family…our condolences..

  8. la_flash

    RIP Francis M.

    and thank you.

  9. Starshadow Rivaulx

    It was so saddening to hear the news of Francis’ passing. But as St. Paul says, Kiko fought the good fight and kept the faith, and I know he has received his heavenly reward.

    He will be missed, so very much.

  10. ramrod

    Farewell to the man who lived life well, who’s music impacted so many hearts, so many lives…I particularly liked his Kaleidoscope World…

  11. ramrod

    So many faces, so many races
    Different voices, different choices
    Some are mad, while others laugh
    Some live alone with no better half
    Others grieve while others curse
    And others mourn behind a big black hearse
    Some are pure and some half-bred
    Some are sober and some are wasted
    Some are rich because of fate and
    Some are poor with no food on their plate
    Some stand out while others blend
    Some are fat and stout while some are thin
    Some are friends and some are foes
    Some have some while some have most

    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

    Some are great and some are few
    Others lie while some tell the truth
    Some say poems and some do sing
    Others sing through their guitar strings
    Some know it all while some act dumb
    Let the bassline strum to the bang of the drum
    Some can swim while some will sink
    And some will find their minds and think
    Others walk while others run
    You can’t talk peace and have a gun
    Some are hurt and start to cry
    Don’t ask me how don’t ask me why
    Some are friends and some are foes
    Some have some while some have most

    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

  12. Darius

    Here’s something to remember the “Man From Manila” by.. It’s one of his lesser-known songs, but quality-wise, it’s right up there with “Ito Ang Gusto Ko,” “Kabataan Para Sa Kinabukasan,” and “Kaleidoscope World.” The song is “1-800-NINETY SIX” (or 1896.. clever, huh) from his 1996 album, Happy Battle. It could not have been written at a more appropriate time.

    Just read the lyrics below, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. And while you’re at it, listen to the song through youtube.. and enjoy that funky beat behind the wicked bass lines and tight guitar riffs!!

    ———

    1-800-NINETY-SIX
    Francis Magalona feat. Hardware Syndrome
    from the album “Happy Battle” (1996)

    Sumaludo sa harap ng bandila
    Kastila ka bang umaalipin sa alila?
    Sinakop ng puti ang mga kayumanggi
    Pinagnanakaw ang lahi at sila’y naghari..

    Hanggang ngayon pa rin, sila pa rin nakaupo
    Ilang daang taon, mula noon, nakagapos ang ating mga kamay
    Nakapiring ang mga mata
    Dila’y pinuputol pag ika’y nagsasalita..

    Tulad ni Rizal na panulat ang pinairal
    Si Andres ay pinatay ng kanyang mga kakulay

    “Yo hablo español?”
    “Si, señor, coño
    Ako po ay isang mestizong indio po”

    “You a friend of Uncle Sam?”
    “Yo! my man, I am
    I don’t speak Tagalog, but I try to understand”

    “Piripino ka ba?”
    “Banzai! Shinjimai!
    Dorobo kedo moto oto kumai”

    CHORUS:

    Dugo’y inialay para sa bayan
    Sayang naman ang kanilang pinaglabanan
    Dugo’y bumaha at naging pataba
    Bulok ang bunga, tumulo ang luha

    Dugo’y inialay para sa bayan
    Sayang naman ang kanilang pinaglabanan
    Dugo’y bumaha at naging pataba
    Bulok ang bunga, tumulo ang luha

    Perlas ng Silanganan kung tawagin ang ‘Pinas
    Isinilang sa Silangan, angkan ni Malakas
    Anak ni Bathala at ako’y nababahala
    ‘Di ako naniniwala na ako ay malaya..

    Akala ko ba, Philippines 2000?
    Pero bakit gano’n, parang walang patutunguhan?
    Kung buhay lamang ang ating mga bayani
    Alam kong sila ang unang-unang magsasabi

    Na, “Kahit kailanman, bayan muna bago sarili”
    Sa pagnanakaw ang nakaupo’y nawiwili
    Kapuna-puna ang mga anomalya
    Ang kakapal nila, mga walanghiya

    Barong Tagalog pa ang suot ng mga gago
    Pag nag-Tagalog, baku-bako, ang labo
    Ilan sa liderato dapat sa krus ipako
    Alam na ninyo kung sino ang mga tinutukoy ko

    [repeat chorus]

    [instrumentals]

    Dugo’y inialay para sa bayan
    Sayang naman ang kanilang pinaglabanan
    Dugo’y bumaha at naging pataba
    Tumulo ang luha, bulok ang bunga

    Dugo’y inialay para sa bayan
    Sayang naman ang kanilang pinaglabanan
    Dugo’y bumaha at naging pataba
    Bulok ang bunga, tumulo ang luha

    [repeat chorus]

  13. The EQualizer

    “To graduate in life with honors and without regrets”

    Goodbye Francis.Well done!

  14. grd

    RIP Francis M.

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    off-topic.

    in Bahrain, rape is “harmless fun” according to a female defence lawyer. sadly, the victim is a filipina.

    http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/arc_Articles.asp?Article=244784&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=31349

    below are readers comments.

    http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/story.asp?Article=245230&Sn=LETT&IssueID=31354

  15. jlg

    He aquí un grupo de Facebook que busca que Filipinas recupere sus raices hispanas…. uniros..
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=55468249345

  16. junjun guzman

    Would it be nice even ifyou can feature those awardees of the presidential medal of merit in your tv shows and news article? those who are still living and perhaps see what they have done so far, as of this date, if they have improved or not? most particularly those who are not so popular as Francis M and Manny Paquiao so you can at least give some importance to those who are so meek but have done something equally important and valuable for the country,not so sensationalized by the media though THANKS

  17. ark

    Today is the 40th day since Francis M passed away. I’m giving him a little Freeman tribute at my site. Please drop by. Thanks.

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