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Francis Magalona

Biography

Filipino rapper and performer who was simply known beneath the titles FrancisM, THE PERSON From Manila, and Expert Rapper. He was the 1st Filipino rapper to add nationalistic sentiment into his music. He began his career like a breakdancer and was presented in several movies and he released his 1st recording in 1990. He was granted a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit for his contribution towards the Filipino tradition. His parents had been the stars Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, and he previously eight siblings. He was a longtime friend of Eraserheads vocalist Ely Buendia.

Quick Facts


Full Name Francis Magalona
Date Of Birth October 4, 1964
Died March 6, 2009, The Medical City, Quezon City, Philippines
Place Of Birth Mandaluyong, Philippines
Profession Rapper
Education San Beda College, Don Bosco Technical College, Kaleidoscope World, Cold Summer Nights, Mga Kababayan
Nationality Philippine
Spouse Pia Arroyo
Children Kaleidoscope World, Cold Summer Nights, Mga Kababayan, Elmo Magalona, Maxene Magalona, Frank Magalona, Saab Magalona, Arkin Magalona, Clara Magalona, Nicolo Magalona, Unna Lu
Parents Pancho Magalona, Tita Duran, Kaleidoscope World, Cold Summer Nights, Mga Kababayan
Siblings Maricar M. Martinez, Susan M. Contreras, Martin Magalona, Vicky Magalona, Henry Magalona, Victor Magalona, Malot Magalona, Popeye "Pye" Magalona, Kaleidoscope World, Cold Summer Nights, Mga Kababayan
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1One of the original members of That's Entertainment (1986).
2Earned the tag The Man From Manila for his hit song of the same title.
3Has collaborated with artists like Joey Ayala, Heber Bartolome, Ryan Cayabyab, Mike Hanopol 'Andrew E', Michael V., Denmark, Eraserheads, Pikaso, Gloc-9, Stick Figgas and Parokya ni Edgar.
4He was able to launch a collaboration album with close friend Ely Buendia and various OPM artists in 2009, dubbed as "The Sickos Project." It would be released posthumously. Both FrancisM and Ely Buendia were having health problems at that time.
5Founded record company called Red Egg Records, and production company called Filipino Pictures Inc. wherein he was the resident Director and has made music videos for several bands and solo artists. His work on Sponge Cola's "KLSP" won Best Rock Video at the 2006 MYX Video Awards. Other music videos he directed were for artists such as Ely Buendia.
6A member of fraternity Alpha Kappa Rho in the 1980s.
7Launched a compilation album in 2002 showcasing a basic who's who of local hip-hop talents in and around the islands. It was in partnership with then FUBU Philippines' management Carlo Maniquiz and Nick Tuazon.
8A recipient of MTV Pilipinas Video Music Awards Generations Award in 2006 "in recognition of his career that has spanned decades and broken boundaries, and for his music which continues to inspire generations of artists and music fans both here and abroad." He was the second honoree, the first having been singer Gary Valenciano at the 2005 rites.
9Aside from television, he also hosted live events and presentations.
10Youngest brother: Martin.
11Given the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award by Empire Entertainment at the 1st Annual Philippine Hip-Hop Music Awards in 2005.
12His contributions to the rap genre have been featured in several international hip hop publications including the All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop (2003) published by Backbeat Books; as well as the May 2004 issue of the U.S. based publication The Source.
13His song, Mga Kababayan Ko, marked the birth of Makabayang or Nationalistic rap in Filipino hip hop in 1990.
14His album, "Yo!: was the first commercially released Filipino rap album in the Philippines.
15He started as a break dancer in the early 1980s.
16Grandson of the late Senator Enrique Magalona and faith healer Pauliene.
17Had nine brothers and sisters.
18The first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to successfully crossover to the mainstream.
19A prominent Filipino rapper, songwriter, disk-jockey, producer, actor, director, and photographer.
20One of the original video jocks of MTV-Asia. He was one of the three MTV Asia's first Filipino VJ along with Regine Tolentino and Donita Rose. He worked with MTV from 1997 up to 2000.
21Owned the clothing line called FMCC (FrancisM Clothing Co.) which carries the "3 stars & a sun" design that started the nationalistic t-shirt fad in the Philippines. It inspired several copycats.
22Photography was one of his passions.
23Nephew of Ester Magalona.
24Managed by his wife, Pia.
25Two of his daughters -- Maxene Magalona and Saab Magalona (aka Saab) followed his footsteps.
26The "Father of Pinoy Hip-hop" and the "King of Pinoy Rap". He was the most idolized, celebrated and influential rappers in the Philippines.
27A second generation actor. Both her parents -- screen legends Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran -- were matinée idols in 1950s.
28One of the original judges in the Philippine version of the "Idol" franchise, alongside Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Pilita Corrales, Asia's Queen of songs. He was chosen by Fremantle Media, owners of American Idol, and their local counterpart ABC-5. When the second season was acquired by GMA Network, he was no longer attached. Ironically, Francis has been a loyal GMA talent since starting his TV stint in the 80s.
29A member of Eat Bulaga's Dabarkads.
30Tagged as the Master Rapper of the Philippines. He was the first Philippine-based Filipino to record a rap album, Yo!, in 1989 that produced his signature hit, Mga Kababayan Ko!.
31Has eight children with Pia Arroyo -- Unna, Nicolo, Francis Jr., Elmo, Arkin, Clara, and actresses Maxene Magalona and Saab Magalona (aka Saab).
32As singer-rapper, he uses the name Francis M. in his musical works.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ang anak ni Brocka2005
True Love: Eat Bulaga Special2005TV Movie
Astigmatism2004Victim 1 (as Francis M)
Kwentong kayumanggi2002Narrator - Hundreds Island and the Bravery of Datu Mabiskeg (voice)
Kamada1997TV Movie
Tong-its1996
Ano ba 'yan 21993Kiko
Mama's Boys1993
Engkanto1992Uban
Estribo Gang: The Jinggoy Sese Story1992Elmer
Boboy Salonga: Batang Tondo1992Obet
Ano ba iyan?1992Kiko
Joey Boy Munti, 15 anyos ka sa Muntilupa1991
Iputok mo... Dadapa ako! (Hard to Die)1990Mario
Gumapang ka sa lusak1990RJ
Hati tayo sa magdamag1988
Action Is Not Missing1987
Kung aagawin mo ang lahat sa akin1987Dino
Family Tree1987Edwin
Okleng Tokleng1986
Ninja Kids1986Eston
Doctor, Doctor, We Are Sick1985
Bagets 21984Ponce

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Just One Summer2012writer: "Girl Be Mine"
Amok2011/IIas Francis M., "Lando"
Txt2006performer: "Ikaw Lang Ang Aking Mahal" - as FrancisM
Umaaraw, umuulan2006as Francis M., "Girl Be Mine"
MTV Pilipinas Music Video Award 20062006TV Movie performer: "Francis Magalona mix"
Ang alamat ng lawin2002writer: "Mga Kababayan Ko"
Friday the 13th Part X: To Hell and Back1995Video performer: "Dream Girl", "Magic in Your Eyes", "I'm Not Mad", "The Real Thing" - as FM
Pare ko1994as Francis M., "Kabataan para sa kinabukasan"
Ano ba 'yan 21993performer: "Meron Akong Ano", "Carolina" / writer: "Meron Akong Ano"
Ano ba iyan?1992performer: "Ano Ba Yan", "Mga Praning" / writer: "Mga Praning"
Naughty Boys1990performer: "Mga Kababayan Ko" / writer: "Mga Kababayan Ko"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's My Job2008TV Series music performed by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pain Things2007producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MTV Pilipinas Music Video Award 20062006TV MovieHimself
K, the P1,000,000 Videoke Contest2006TV SeriesHimself - Hired Killed
Philippine Idol2006TV SeriesHimself - Judge (2006)
The GMA All-Star Special2005TV MovieHimself
Show ko 'to2004Video documentaryHimself - Performer (as Francis M.)
That's Entertainment1986TV SeriesHimself
Eat Bulaga1979TV SeriesHimself - Host

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Posthumous AwardGolden Screen Awards, Philippines

In grateful recognition and appreciation for his outstanding contribution to Philippine showbiz ... More



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