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Francis Magalona (1964-2009)

Full Name: Francis Michael Durango Magalona
Nickname: Kiko, Francis M., Francis
A.K.A.: Master Rapper, The Mouth
Born: October 4, 1964
Birthplace: Manila
Died: March 6, 2009

Widow: Pia Arroyo-Magalona
Children: Unna, Nicolo, Maxene, Francis Jr., Isabella, Elmo, Arkin, and Clara

Filmography: Bagets 2 (1984), Ninja Kids (1986), That’s Entertainment (original member)
Discography: released seven award-winning full-length albums from 1987 to 2000 including the coveted Record Producer of the Year for the song “Kaleidoscope World”: Yo (1990); Rap is FrancisM (1992); Meron Akong Ano! (1993); FreeMan (1995); Happy Battle (1996); the Oddventures of Mr. Cool (1998); Interscholastic (1999); FreeMan 2 (2000)
Awards: chosen as an honoree Legend in Music Award during the 1st Visionary Awards held at Kodak Theater on March 7, 2008; recipient of Generation Award of MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards in 2006

  • son of the late Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, ’50s-’60s love team in reel and real life
  • pioneer in Pinoy rap
  • joined showbiz on April 10, 1984
  • joined Eat Bulaga in 1997
  • rapper/actor/TV host/professional VJ (for MTV Asia, from 1996 to 2000, and Ch. [V])/record producer/composer/songwriter
  • hit songs include “Mga Kababayan,” “Halalan,” “Meron Akong Ano!” etc.
  • established the clothing business FrancisM Clothing Co. (3 Stars & a Sun store, named after his single)
  • on Aug. 8, 2008, Francis was diagnosed with leukemia (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia with Mixed Lineage)

Sources: GMA News Research