Remembering Francis Magalona

Years ago, I got the chance to interview master rapper himself – Francis Magalona. I arrived ahead of our scheduled TV interview. I waited at their living room a bit nervous.

Francis welcome me with a smile, introduce himself to me (as if I don’t know him) and shook my hand.

Why would I interview a performer like Francis Magalona you might ask? Because Francis is tech savvy person and a gadget freak. But never did I expect that he really knows his technology.

When I asked him what he thinks of the Internet, Francis said “the internet is a huge repository of information. Everything you need is there. The only limitation of this technology is your imagination.”

The interview went for almost an hour and I can’t help but be amazed about his ideas, his thoughts, his passion for his art, his love for his country and his technology. He even showed me some his gadgets.

After the interview, Francis even ask me for some advice regarding his plan then to buy a new notebook computer.

I met Francis in two more ocassions and we asked how each other is doing and he never failed to ask me what’s the latest in technology and what’s the latest gadgets that I have.

The news of his passing (March 6, 2009 due to leukemia) came as a shocked to me and to every Filipinos. His last blog post (http://francismagalona.multiply.com/) on January 14 gave me the impression that while he will be undergoing his 4th chemo, the guy is responding well from his treatment.

Anyway, we are not here to question why this thing had to happen but we simply have to trust our Lord Jesus Christ. Thy will be done.

To Francis M., thank you for the memories, thank you for the laughter, and thank you for the music. God Bless us all!

Just to give you a glimpse of how good Francis “Kiko” Magalona is with his craft, let me share with you the lyrics of one his popular songs here in the Philippines entitled “Kaleidoscope World”:

Kaleidoscope World by Francis Magalona:

So many faces, so many races
Different voices, different choices
Some are mad, while others laugh
Some live alone with no better half
Others grieve while others curse
And others mourn behind a big black hearse
Some are pure and some half-bred
Some are sober and some are wasted
Some are rich because of fate and
Some are poor with no food on their plate
Some stand out while others blend
Some are fat and stout while some are thin

Some are friends and some are foes
Some have some while some have most, yeah

Every color and every hue
Is represented by me and you
Take a slide in the slope
Take a look in the kaleidoscope
Spinnin’ round, make it twirl
In this kaleidoscope world

Some are great and some are few
Others lie while some tell the truth
Some say poems and some do sing
Others sing through their guitar strings
Some know it all while some act dumb
Let the bassline strum to the bang of the drum
Some can swim while some will sink
And some will find their minds and think
Others walk while others run
You can’t talk peace and have a gun
Some are hurt and start to cry
Don’t ask me how don’t ask me why

Some are friends and some are foes
Some have some while some have most, yeah

Every color and every hue
Is represented by me and you
Take a slide in the slope
Take a look in the kaleidoscope
Spinnin’ round, make it twirl
In this kaleidoscope world

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