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Francis Magalona
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Birth name Francis Michael Durango Magalona
Also known as Francis M, Master Rapper, The Man From Manila, Kiko, The Mouth, The Filipino King of Rap
Born (1964-10-04)October 4, 1964
Manila, Philippines
Died March 6, 2009(2009-03-06) (aged 44)
The Medical City, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • actor
  • director
  • entrepreneur
  • host
  • photographer
Years active 1984–2009
Labels OctoArts International Inc. (now PolyEast Records) (1989–1993)
BMG Records (Pilipinas), Inc. (now Sony BMG later as Sony Music) (1994–2006)
Associated acts Andrew E
Hardware Syndrome
Joey Ayala
Ryan Cayabyab
Planet Garapata
Perfecto de Castro
Michael V.
Parokya ni Edgar
Ely Buendia
Evil Stepsisters

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Francis Michael Durango Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009), also known by the moniker Francis M, was a Filipino rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur & television personality. He is widely regarded as the best and the most successful local Filipino rapper of all-time. Born in Manila, he is often credited as the pioneer of Pinoy hip-hop as he was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to cross over into the mainstream. He became a significant influence to artists in the Pinoy hip-hop scene & the local rap community.

Beyond music, Magalona was also a television host on MTV Asia and Channel V Philippines and on the noontime variety television show Eat Bulaga!. Magalona died on March 6, 2009, seven months after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. Magalona was later awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit. The award's citation noted that it had been given "for his musical and artistic brilliance, his deep faith in the Filipino and his sense of national pride that continue to inspire us."

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