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Cory, celebrities mourn over Francis M's death

March 7, 2009 3:03pm

Tags: Eat Bulaga
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine entertainment and music industry has definitely taken a hit with the loss of master rapper Francis Magalona, leaving many celebrities distraught and mourning over his death Saturday.

Former president Corazon Aquino also expressed her sadness over Magalona’s death when she visited the wake of the master rapper early Saturday night at the Christ the King chapel in Green Meadows in Quezon City.

Q’s Balitanghali on Saturday reported that celebrities like Gary Valenciano and wife Angeli, Michael V., Ogie Alcasid, Tirso Cruz III, William Martinez, Ramon Christopher, Joey De Leon, and the Eat Bulaga family were all present during the first night of the rapper’s wake.

Magalona, 44, succumbed to multiple organ failure Friday noon. His body was taken out of the Medical City on Friday afternoon and brought to the Funeraria Paz at around 5 p.m.

Mrs. Aquino praised Magalona’s widow Pia for her strength in facing the loss of Francis.

Members of the music industry also flocked the Philippine rap icon’s wake to pay their respects.

Both Rapper Gloc 9 and Eraserheads drummer and Sandwich vocalist Raymond Marasigan came on Friday night but refused to give any comment as a sign of respect to Magalona’s family.

But the band Alamid, which collaborated with the rapper on the album “1896," just chose to relive what they remember most about him.

“Bilib na bilib kami kay Francis kasi on the spot ginawa niya agad yung lyrics nung rap niya sa 1896 na song, so talagang may talent talaga," said lead vocalist Gary Ignacio.

[We really were impressed by Francis when he came up with lyrics for his rap portion in “1896" on the spot, he really has talent]

The band Parokya ni Edgar said that they will not forget Magalona’s teachings.

“Para ko talaga siyang kuya kung magbigay ng payo from religion to how to live a rock and roll lifestyle with discipline," said lead vocalist Chito Miranda.

[He’s like an older brother to us when giving advice, whether it be about religion or how to live a rock and roll lifestyle with discipline]

On the other hand, the Master Rapper’s band, Hardware Syndrome, chose to remember him as a person who would always liven up things.

“Madedesrcibe ko si Francis M. as very inspirational, every time we play, never a dull moment pag tumutugtog kami," said guitarist Carlo Sison.

[I can describe Francis M. as very inspirational, every time we play there is never a dull moment]

Hardware Syndrome bassist Francis Villanueva even said that Magalona still had so many plans.

“Gusto niyang magkaroon ng comeback concert pagkagaling niya, pinaplano na namin yan for him, marami pa eh, alam mo si Francis marami yang idea eh," he said

[He wanted to have a comeback concert when he got better, we were planning it for him, Francis still had so many ideas]

Meanwhile, fans are welcome to visit the rapper’s wake during the public viewing from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV

Tags: Eat Bulaga