Francis Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009)

This post pays respect to the late Francis Magalona, artist, who passed away on March 6, 2009, of leukemia. He was only 44 years old.
Philippine music would never have grown to what it is now without his pioneering effort in introducing rap– largely an African-American art form– to Filipino culture. I will forever remember him as the man who wrote the most important Filipino rap ever: “Mga Kababayan Ko” (My Fellow Countrymen). That song, which came from his 1990 monumental album, Yo!, was a staggering work of genius! It is a patriotic song anchored on the three most important virtues of everyday life: God, family, country. Back then, I didn’t know anyone who didn’t know that song! It was really that remarkable– and unforgettable!
Francis Magalona was not only a musical legend, but a very good visual artist as well! I remember seeing his paintings in the 90s and I thought he was really very talented! I admired him all the more for that!
He will surely be missed! My prayers and sincerest condolences go out to his family!
May he rest in peace. GOD Bless his soul!

Read more about Francis Magalona on eklaVOOM’s blog here and from PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) here.

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When I met you

When you find the right person for you– or, in the case of the Jerry Maguire film, the one who will “complete” you– will you know for certain that he/she is truly the one? Uh, uh…absolutely! That’s why the art world teems of works of inspiration– portraits, sculptures, poems, stories, songs, etc.– for one’s beloved half! Everyone has a lifetime to find his/her true love. And when one does, the joy brought by such a blessing seems to last beyond his/her lifetime, perhaps even until forever! Whether you finally found someone to love, or someone to love you, the effect is the same: heaven! And even if you didn’t, you need not worry. Because the Lord will find you with His love! And all will be well!
The music video above is from the APO Hiking Society, arguably the Philippines’ greatest musical group ever! The song, entitled “When I Met You,” was released in the early ’80s and was composed by one of its members, the inimitable Jim Paredes! It is a beautiful love song and a personal favorite of mine. It sounds like the sort of a coming-of-age point in one’s life when true love is finally found!
Some say that the best love songs are written with a broken heart! Well, this one resonates to a harmonious tune– one of hope to ease an aching heart! The parts of the chorus, “You gave me a reason for my being…You gave me a meaning to my life. Yes, I’ve gone beyond existing. And it all began when I met you,” are probably some of the most poignant lyrics one can ever hope to hear! It is one of the few songs that can both take and bring me back in time with the same feeling of joy and fondest memories!

i love what i'm feeling, 12"x9", markers on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

i love what i'm feeling, 12"x9", markers on Bienfang 70-lb white paper