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Master of Rap needs blood

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LAST Monday, Ms. Arlene Santos of Max FM instructed me to interview a band called Pin-Up Girls on Saturday’s Tunog Kalye because Francis Magalona, who is supposed to be the segment’s guest, can’t come. Of course, I expressed my frustration because I was looking forward to interviewing the Master of Rap. I’m a fan! But Arlene told me Francis M is sick.

All the while, I thought he’s only suffering from cough or colds since the weather hasn’t really been kind to us these days. But I got the surprise of my life yesterday from an online magazine article which stated Francis M had been diagnosed with leukemia! According to the article he is currently at The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig City and the hospital is asking for blood donors in hopes of saving the musician’s life.

Fortunately, the latest report is that a blood transfusion had been conducted on Francis already but the hospital continues to accept blood donors to replace its blood bank. His wife, Pia, also informed the press that the doctor said Francis is still treatable.

I’m hoping for Francis M’s speedy recovery because his talent is rare. No one could ever forget how he took the country by storm in the 90s via his hit songs “Mga Kababayan,” “Meron Akong Ano,” “Cold Summer Nights,” “Kaleidoscope World,” and more. He performs not primarily for fame but to make people aware of what’s happening in the country and the world.

Upon seeing his interview with international hip hop artist Wyclef Jean sometime June of this year, I felt really proud. The Master of Rap has to live longer for he has yet to fill up that space reserved only for him in the international scene.

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28 thoughts on “Master of Rap needs blood

  1. since i’m far away from where you are now and i’m still underweight, i’ll pray for him and his family.

  2. I’m sure the Master of Rap would understand that ifoundme. Let’s all pray for him because he has no right to go yet.

  3. awww…. hope he will get well soon…

    Sonnet: Let’s all pray for that potsquared. It’s good that he has a positive outlook on life. It was reported that he refuses to dwell on his sickness. Mas concerned pa nga sya sa blood bank ng hospital kasi he consumed its supply daw.

  4. nagulat din ako..im also a fan sana gumaling sya 😦

  5. dhangski, ang lapit ng workplace namin sa hospital but I’m currently writing and editing articles that’s why I can’t check him out. I’m also not sure if his family would allow the press to talk to him. Hanggang sa phone lang ata.

  6. What sad news for the music industry. Let’s all hope that he gets better. Prayers and moral support are all that i can offer. =(

  7. Yes Carol, prayers and moral support are all we can offer because obviously, he wants to keep his condition private. Hindi nagpapa-interview masyado.

  8. aside from rapping he is also into photography. fellow member in digital photographers philippines. hope he recovers fast just like the way he raps.

    Sonnet: Really gmac? He’s so artistic talaga.

  9. sana you can give us updates.

    Sonnet: I just spoke with his road manager, Willie V. Nasa ICU na daw si Francis undergoing treatment. Had it not been for his sickness, he would’ve been very busy by now promoting his new album titled “F Word.” Awhile ago on Eat Bulaga, Vic Sotto read the Master Rapper’s message to everybody. Here’s what he said:
    “Sa lahat ng mga Dabarkads ko dito sa Eat Bulaga, miss ko na kayong lahat. Araw-araw magkakasama tayo at kayo’y naging second family ko na. Pati na rin lahat ng mga viewers sa mga bahay at sa studio.
    Ngayon, meron akong isang pagsubok na dapat pagdaanan at ang hiling ko lang ay ang inyong pang-unawa at suporta. I have been diagnosed with leukemia and I am preparing for my treatment. Sa tulong ng Panginoon, kakayanin ko po ito. Abangan n’yo ang aking pagbabalik. ‘Di ko lang kayo “miss”…LOVE ko kayong lahat.”

  10. oh, so it really is leukemia!it was not mentioned in the news last night—they jus said he has a certain “sakit sa dugo.” i love francism–am hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

    Sonnet: Same here Kat. What’s happening to him makes me really sad.

  11. Really a sad news for us, sobrang fresh pa ng kay Rudy Fernandez and here we are again.

    Also had a write-up for francis m. naglagay ako ng track back not sure nga lang if its working.

    Kelan ka pa connected sa tunog kalye? may ask lang ako …

    Sonnet: It’s really sad, vhincent. It’s good Francis remains optimistic despite what’s happening to him. I started writing for Tunog Kalye noong January:) Anong question natin?:)

  12. that news came out unexpectedly. prayers for francis m.

    Sonnet: Oo nga Pine kaya it shook the nation. Let’s hope he recovers fast. Thanks for dropping by the haven:)

  13. whoa
    fast recovery sa kanya

    Sonnet: I wish the same denoy.

  14. hindi ako masyadong fan ni Francis, pero gustong-gusto ko yung Kaleidoscope World” nya… ang okay ap dito parang di tumatanda…
    well sana gumaling siya kaagad…

  15. Tama ka dyan Hoshi, eternal baby face ang taong ito:) Walang panabla si Aga Muhlach hehehe:)

  16. Was going to ask sana kung napapanuod mo yung mga bands na napi-feature nila, kya lang tagal na sept ’06 pa ..

  17. They still do that vhincent:) Every Saturday, may guest band and before they mount the booth to perform and be interviewed by DJ Carl, I do a sit down interview with them. Noong 2006, Heart FM pa ata ang name ng station, hindi pa Max.

  18. Tamangtama volunteer ako sa blood bank.

  19. Ayan Richmond, nag-donate ka na? Ang alam ko bago mag-donate ng blood, the doctor has to see you kasi kung mababa ang timbang hindi pwede. 105 lang kasi timbang ko kaya malamang hindi ako pwede.

  20. ay, crush ko yan dati. and i got to interview him before, kasama nya sempre si pia pero kahit na, picture picture pa rin. am sure maraming mag suporta sa kanya. di rin ako pwede magbigay ng dugo, underweight daw ako

  21. Same here Kengkay, light as a feather ako pwedeng liparin kaya hindi makakatulong ang dugo ko sa kanya. Kung tutuusin pwedeng-pwede ako sumaglit sa Medical City kasi a few steps away lang ako.

  22. tuloy pa din pla sila sa pagfeature ng mga bands every saturday, meron kse ako sinundan band dati dun… SugarHiccup … wala lang hehe

    meron pla kme gift sayo, pacheck na lang .. next na yung down to… 🙂

    Sonnet: Uy, magaling yung Sugar Hiccup, vhincent:) Their new vocalist plays the violin, galing. Parang The Corrs:) They’re part of Ballyhoo Records’ tribute album for Sampaguita.

    May gift kayo sa ‘kin? Wow! I feel like it’s my birthday hehehe:) Before I forget, the title of Mozart’s piece that I’ve been looking for is Divertimento in D Major, K.205. It’s from the CD titled “Music for Babies (and mothers, too). I saw it yesterday at Astrovision:) Get a copy for your baby, she’ll love it:) Jen will do, too:)

  23. hrmmm…

    kaya nya yan….

    Sonnet: Oo nga taps, he seems to be really strong:)

  24. Hello sis!

    Oh, just got to read this. Waaaaa! I so admire this man!

    I hope he’ll recover real soon.

    Sonnet: Hi Sherma:) I missed you:) According to reports, a blood transfusion had been conducted already kaya ok na sya. He’s now undergoing therapy. Let’s pray that he recovers fast.

  25. paborito ko pa naman yun cold summer nights nya
    saka yun kaleidoscope world

    Sonnet: Same here, den:) First time I heard Cold Summer Nights hindi ko inisip na local song sya. At the time kasi i was raving about rapper Jeremy jordan kaya kala ko foreign artist din kumanta ng cold Summer

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  27. shock tuloy ako coz he is one cute master who never age… hope for his speedy recovery

  28. True Rhapsody:) In spite of his condition, people close to him said he has remained positive:)

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