It was about 12 midnight that Francis Magalona’s necrological services ended last evening at Christ the King Chapel. Eulogies were said in memory of what they have seen Francis both on how he lived his life and how he accepted his final hour before he died.
Michael V. is one of the privileged close friend who actually witnessed how Francis fought and how he gladly let go. Una, Nicolo, Maxene, Frank, Saab, Elmo and his wife Pia expressed their deepest gratitude of how great their father about raising them up to pursue their dreams, their passion and to be very strong especially during times of trials.
Francis was carried afterwards to the crematory at La Funeraria Paz by 2am finishing just before 6am. He was brought back to Christ the King to have a mass and was finally buried at Loyola Memorial Park Marikina at 1pm.
This may seem to be Francis’ last but we all know that his legacy has just began. It was a Happy Battle indeed. Thanks and farewell Francis M!
Francis Magalona’s family held the last wake tonight at Christ the King Main Chapel at Green Meadows together with relatives and close friends. The fans and a lot of people, artists, politicians and ‘mga kababayan’ who have been influenced with Francis’ music and life have taken part of his funeral.
The likes of Imelda Marcos, Joseph Estrada, Cory Aquino and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan have shown up during the day. Ely Buendia, Allan K., Vic Sotto, Joey De Leon, Pia Guanio never missed their opportunity to be with their beloved and much missed friend.
Francis’ necrological services was headed by his wife, Pia and 8 of his children, along with close friends Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Michael V. and Gary Valenciano who offered their heartfelt farewell songs. Videos and eulogies has been rendered as well.
Francis Magalona’s life has been well lived and his death made so much impact that it moved a country to shed a million tears and felt a place that wouldn’t be the same again without his voice and presence.
Last Saturday, March 7th Eraserheads performed their last “The Final Set” concert at SM Mall of Asia grounds. Ely Buendia, Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Sabala and Marcus Adoro were immortalized and will never be again seen together on stage.
E-Heads fans came in around 100,000 to watch them play their legendary music together once more as a patch-up for their botched reunion concert last year in August due to Ely Buendia’s heart failure in the middle of their act.
Eraserheads, known as the “Beatles of the Philippines” gave a strong musical and cultural statement back there… and even paid tribute to the “Master Rapper” Francis Magalona. Francis supposed to make an entrance rapping at the end of their song ‘Superproxy’, however he died the day before the concert.
Ely did have some qualms after Francis died, especially about his health. They both had their health battles last year and even have a more defined life, as “a ticking time bomb” for Ely and “borrowed time” for Francis, though he had let go now of his “borrowed time.”
Both of them came out as great persons to even inspire other people who also have sickness or illnesses they’ve been going through. They actually came up with “The Sickos” album, a project that right now is in the hands of Ely Buendia to push through. Francis may seem to have just made it halfway, but his voice, heart and compassion for his fellow artist and countrymen have gone in full throttle enough to fuel his undying cost.
“The Sickos” project proceeds is said to be a primer fund for a foundation for sick people in the music and entertainment industry they’ve pulled together. It doesn’t have a release date yet. But watch out!
Francis Magalona died yesterday, March 6 at the age of 44 and his remains lie down at the Christ the King Chapel in Quezon City. It will be open for public viewing from 6am to 6pm starting today until Tuesday next week.
The Entertainment and Music industry lost another icon but he will always be a visionary legend. His works, compositions, music, ideals and heart for the country will forever remain. He’s known as the Master Rapper, King of Pinoy Rap, The Man from Manila, Francis M., Kiko and someone who is ‘always present’ to his friends and family.
He actually fought leukemia as he fought life’s legendary battle… bold, strong, passionate and with so much heart and energy.
To Francis Magalona, the Man Of The 3 Stars & A Sun… your life will remain a symbol of vigor and hope, of zest and passion!
Check out Francis Magalona’s website or Francis’ A Free Mind in Multiply.Com.