For ‘nationalist and patriotic’ songs
MANILA, Philippines — Francis Magalona’s love of country has not been lost to activist members of the House of Representatives, two of whom have urged the chamber to institutionally express its condolences on the death of the “Master Rapper.”
In House Resolution 1045 filed Monday, Representatives Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casiño of the Bayan Muna (People First) party-list, called Magalona, who was also called the “King of Pinoy Rap,” “one of the most idolized, celebrated and influential rappers within this musical genre,” and urged the chamber to express its “profound condolences to the family and fans” of Magalona.
Magalona’s “rap songs took up social commentary along nationalistic and patriotic themes that inspired many activists and ordinary folk,” the resolution said.
Magalona, son of the late Philippine movie screen legends Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, and a grandson of the late senator Enrique Magalona, passed away on March 6 due to acute myelogenous leukemia.