Arroyo to confer Francis M presidential medal
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 09:58:00 03/09/2009
MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will award the late Filipino music icon and hip-hop pioneer Francis Magalona the Presidential Medal of Merit, Malacañang said Monday.
Arrangements are being made for Arroyo or a representative to confer the award posthumously on Magalona at his wake or at any time convenient to his family, deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said.
“This is in recognition of his contributions through his music and promoting patriotism,” Fajardo told a news conference at the Palace.
Asked if the Arroyo was familiar with Magalona’s music, Fajardo said: “Who doesn’t know ‘Mga Kababayan’?”
Fajardo was referring to Magalona’s breakthrough rap hit in the early 1990s, which helped the genre enter the mainstream of Filipino music.
Magalona died due to complications from leukemia last Friday. He was 44.
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