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“Pia, Maxene Magalona honor Francis Magalona on his 10th death anniversary”

Pia Magalona recalls the day she had found out about her late husband Francis Magalona’s leukemia diagnosis sometime in 2008: “The most difficult was telling the three youngest who still lived at home at the time, whom I told face to face.”

Honoring the 10th death anniversary of her late husband, rapper Francis Magalona, Pia Magalona on Wednesday looked back on the day that she had found out about his leukemia diagnosis sometime in 2008.

‪Today is Ash Wednesday. We also commemorate the 10th death anniversary of FrancisM. ❤️ On 08/08/08, Francis Magalona was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). I remember distinctly that we were both lying in his hospital bed, watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics, when a doctor came by and asked to speak to me in the hallway. She carefully broke the news, and my only reaction was ok… so what’s the method of treatment, and how long is he going to be confined? I even had a smile on my face, because I was just glad to know they had found out why he was having daily fever and was lightheaded. The doctor then said the dreaded words: it’s cancer. Oh… That was pretty bad news. Next thing, we both went into the room to tell him about it. After that, I called my children one at a time, from eldest to youngest. The most difficult was telling the three youngest who still lived at home at the time, whom I told face to face. They were only 14, almost-9 and almost-8. I cried with them with each and every revelation, answering the same questions eight times over. Francis lived a total of 7 months more after that, and it was a whirlwind of confinements and discharges and treatments and test, after test, after test. Faith is really all we ever had, and still have for those he left behind. Our family will forever be grateful to family, friends, co-artists, companies and the Filipino people who supported us both financially and in spirit throughout the journey we called his Happy Battle, and even afterward. 🙏🏼 Through his recordings, his legacy lives on. Now, more than ever, say a prayer and listen to FrancisM. Peace. 🙏🏼❤️‬

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“I remember distinctly that we were both lying in his hospital bed, watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics, when a doctor came by and asked to speak to me in the hallway. She carefully broke the news, and my only reaction was ok… so what’s the method of treatment, and how long is he going to be confined? I even had a smile on my face, because I was just glad to know they had found out why he was having daily fever and was lightheaded. The doctor then said the dreaded words: it’s cancer,” she began.

Pia said that it was she who broke the news to their children in an emotional confrontation one at a time. “The most difficult was telling the three youngest who still lived at home at the time, whom I told face to face. They were only 14, almost-9 and almost-8. I cried with them with each and every revelation, answering the same questions eight times over,” she said.

“Francis lived a total of 7 months more after that, and it was a whirlwind of confinements and discharges and treatments and test, after test, after test. Faith is really all we ever had, and still have for those he left behind,” she added.

But through his music, with which he was able to touch many lives, the legacy of the legendary Master Rapper lives on, said Pia. “Our family will forever be grateful to family, friends, co-artists, companies and the Filipino people who supported us both financially and in spirit throughout the journey we called his Happy Battle, and even afterward. Through his recordings, his legacy lives on. Now, more than ever, say a prayer and listen to Francis M,” she said.

Francis’ daughter, actress Maxene Magalona, also took to social media Wednesday night to commemorate her father’s death anniversary. “It’s been 10 years and yet it still feels like it was just yesterday when we lost you. I admit I still miss you everyday and wish you were still here with us. But I am at peace knowing that you’re happily watching over us from heaven — far from all the pain and suffering. More than your music, art and all the beautiful things you created, my heart beams with pride every time I hear someone say kind words about you,” she said.

“I’ve heard countless stories about how you treated the people around you with kindness, how you were so down to earth and how you always knew how to make others feel special and never let anyone feel left out. Thank you for showing me what it means to be human even after your death. Rap in peace, pop,” she added.

Francis passed away on March 6, 2009 after his months-long battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. He left behind his wife Pia, along with their eight children, Una, Nicolo, Maxene, Frank, Saab, Elmo, Arkin, and Clara.