I learned of Francis Magalona‘s passing yesterday while I was in school. It came as a surprise, and all who learned of the news were disbelieving: “Di nga? Walang stir?”
Death is always a sad incident, especially if it’s sudden. The Master Rapper may have succumbed during his self-proclaimed “happy battle” with leukemia, but his thought-provoking works and insights on the Philippine social and political landscape — FrancisM, if we are to encapsulate everything into a word — will live on: cherished and remembered by those who have been lucky enough to have heard or seen him perform, and discovered by the next generation of music enthusiasts who will Google or Wikipedia his name.
The Man from Manila will surely be missed.