18 March 2009

Bogus Tribute to Francis M

Photo courtesy of Francis Magalona's MySpace account
Only a few days since the Master Rapper or The Man from Manila was laid to rest, there were already two bogus tribute concerts being organized for Francis Magalona. The first one was scheduled on 27 March 2009 in Ontario, Canada and the other one is on 5 April 2009 in Dubai, UAE.

Reports from Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) had it that the first concert is being organized by "Mstudio" and will benefit the so-called "Francis M foundation," while the latter will be mounted by "Filipino artists" and its proceeds will go to "Philippine Red Cross."

Publicity materials bear Francis M's photos, which the Master Rapper posted on his Multiply account himself when he was still alive. One of the organizers even hyped about wearing "The Sun and Three Stars" shirts for the King of Pinoy Rap.

However, the big puzzle here is that why is the family of Francis M clueless?

They only found out about it last 16 March when Unna Lu, one of the daughters of Francis, stumbled upon two Facebook event invitations. Links were initially provided, but as of 11:00 a.m. of 17 March, the links had been canceled.

The PEP was able to get a copy of the online message of Pia Arroyo Magalona, wife of Francis M, to the Ontario organizers and it reads,

"This is Pia, the late FrancisM's wife. My attention was called to this site by my daughters and I am quite disappointed that you are holding an event using his name and persona to make money off without my express permission.

"There is no such thing as a legitimate Francis Magalona Foundation. I am terribly, terribly hurt by this. I hope you could respect me and my dearly beloved's memory by not exploiting his death.

"What you are doing goes against the values Francis wrote about in his songs. This is exactly what he spoke of when he wrote those lyrics speaking of graft, corruption and greed.

"Do the right thing.

"God bless, Pia Magalona"


According to PEP, Pia also posted this message to the organizers of the Dubai Concert:

"This is Pia, the late FrancisM's wife. My attention was called to this site by my daughters and I am quite disappointed that you are holding an event using his name and persona to make money off without my express permission.

"Did you even course this through the Philippine NATIONAL Red Cross? If so, why is their name on your invitation wrong? It just says Philippine Red Cross. It's very haphazard. I am terribly, terribly hurt by this. I hope you could respect me and my dearly beloved's memory by not exploiting his death.

"What you are doing goes against the values Francis wrote about in his songs. This is exactly what he spoke of when he wrote those lyrics speaking of graft, corruption and greed. Do the right thing."


If the organizers of those two events did not get the message clear, then maybe the Facebook post of Maxene, the eldest child of Francis and Pia, can make them feel how angry the family of Francis M is and how disappointed the Filipinos are on the way they promote their vested interest in the guise of public service:

"Although we understand that papa influenced millions of people with his work, we don't approve of these gimmicks that pretend to pay tribute to his legacy when it is OBVIOUS that they are merely using him to make money.

"FRANCIS M.'S FOUNDATION? There's no such thing! Mama never approved of anything like that! If they were honest and true about paying tribute to papa and wanting to earn money for some foundation, they would have done the appropriate thing and respectfully asked my mom for permission. This is like using my dad as a performer in a concert except they don't pay him for it.

"Plus, they're selling shirts just like those my dad's clothing line.. GAYA GAYA! How do these people sleep at night?! PLEASE RESPECT MY DAD AND LET HIM REST IN PEACE. Nakakabastos kayo!"


It is clear that the organizers of these two bogus concerts are just trying to lure unsuspecting person into their loads of bollocks being easily peddled online. These 'reckless' concerts were never intended to help anybody, much less the cause of Francis M. It is nothing but a convenient way to make money at the expense of the Master Rapper's family and friends, not to mention his growing fans.

The authorities are better advised to penalized these organizers for misrepresenting themselves, not to mention for being greedy, insensitive and fraudulent people who may get away with their scheme because some government agencies are not doing its job properly or for having a misplaced set of priorities.

The only surprise is that there were some Filipinos and Francis M fanatics who apparently really believed that such events were really genuine. They are allowing themselves to be simply led by a pair incoherent, arrogant, doomed, bumbling incompetent who are trying to cash in on the miseries of others.

Not a few would like to see the organizers of these two bogus concerts locked up in an underground cellar, partially starve to death and then slowly buried until forgotten.