Saturday, October 9, 2010

FrancisM Clothing Co. 4th Year Anniversary @ The Collective - October 8, 2010

Since I’ve started this day talking about influences, a notable Filipino personality popularly known as the “King of Pinoy Rap”, Francis Magalona, comes to mind.

Francis died more that a year ago but his legacy in both music and national pride lives on in the Filipino psyche. He is a rapper, song writer, producer, director, photographer, and entrepreneur. In all these endeavors Francis was able to put in his distinctive Filipino mark.

Yesterday, my wife and I went to the 4th year anniversary of the FrancisM Clothing Co. (FMCC) at The Collective in Makati. The FMCC provided Francis another avenue to showcase the Filipino. “Brown Like Wood, Filipino by Blood” is FMCC’s company creed. Their mission, “To create worthy products for the urban patriot, the balikbayans, and the local market. To mix “cool” with subliminal social commentary, and create awareness towards issues that the Filipino faces in this new millennium. To put it simply, our goal is to “FILIPINIZE THE WHOLE WORLD”.

The event showcased an exhibit of Francis Magalona memorabilia: his numerous movie posters, awards, photographs, concert costumes, comics collection, and his toys. GMA 7 and ABS-CBN covered the event and interviewed the personalities in attendance which included Francis’ siblings Maxene and Elmo Magalona and Francis’ rapper protégé Gloc9.

The event was capped off with a mini concert by Gloc9 and Francis’ son Elmo Magalona at the B Side bar. Unfortunately, the concert was too late in the night and since we still had our parental obligations to attend to me and my wife had to split early.

Rest in Peace, Brother! You remain in our hearts!

You tend to wonder why a grown man can have so many
toys! But I guess it only goes to show the young child in the
legend of Francis Magalona.

The many faces of the Master Rapper

Two of the rare Tagalog films I've watched in
my life time.

The master's various accomplishments in film, music, and photography.

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