Not too long ago, I posted an entry about Francis M. and Ely Buendia’s first live performance after their series of hospitalization. Indeed, as I pointed out, it can be considered as history; seeing two Pinoy music icons perform live despite their medical conditions. And now, just yesterday, the 6th of March, the whole nation was saddened by the demise of the Master Rapper Francis Magalona.
I was out having lunch with some friends when I received the news thru another friend’s sms. It was still a shock, of course. He’s one of the persons I look up to in music. I remember when I used to memorize and sing along with his hit song “Mga Kababayan Ko” via a songhits, with the dancing and all that, when I was just a little boy. I then checked online when I got home, and finally confirmed the very sad news. I YouTubed the video when Vic Sotto announced it on Eat Bulaga, and my oh my, it was so heartbreaking! It moved me to tears! Seeing them trying to hide the sadness, their eyes welling up. And just earlier on Eat Bulaga again, the show/tribute they did gripped my heart anew. The songs they sang, the clips they showed, the messages they gave, were really heartfelt it will sure to touch your soul. I was drenched to tears yet again. It was just so sad that a man like Kiko finally left the world and the country he truly loved with all his heart. And the passion he gave for life, especially to his music, is so overwhelming.
But that’s how fleeting life is, and it is evident that he lived it well. Although the latter part was not so good, still it was a Happy Battle. So to my man, our Kababayan, the Man from Manila, our Master Rapper, Kiko… You are now a Free Man; free from all the pain and free to live with our Creator in Heaven. We will all be having Cold Summer Nights, but we’ll sure to get by. You and your music will stay alive in our hearts. May you rest in Peace.