Singer-songwriter Francis Magalona issued an official statement earlier today, August 14, via text message to his Eat Bulaga! family confirming the sad news that he is indeed stricken with leukemia.
Yesterday, August 13, word came out about Francis's delicate condition and his need for blood donors.
In a phone conversation with Pupil band manager and Francis's good friend Day Cabuhat, she told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that any blood type coming from donors will be accepted. Francis's blood is Type "O".
"Donations may be made at the lower ground level of the Medical City in the name of Francis Magalona," announced Day.
PEP also tried to get in touch with Francis's wife, Pia Arroyo, to solicit more details about her husband's current condition but she never replied.
POSITIVE KIKO. Kiko's (Francis's nickname) message was read on air by Eat Bulaga!'s Vic Sotto, with co-host Joey De Leon beside him .
Francis's message reads:
"Sa lahat ng mga dabarkads ko dito sa Eat Bulaga! miss ko na kayong lahat. Araw-araw magkakasama tayo at kayo'y naging second family ko na. Pati na rin lahat ng mga viewers sa mga bahay at sa studio.
"Ngayon meron akong isang pagsubok na dapat daanan at ang hiling ko lang ay ang inyong pang-unawa at suporta. I have been diagnosed with leukemia and I am preparing for my treatment.
"Sa tulong ng Panginoon kakayanin ko po ito. Abangan ninyo ang aking pagbabalik. Di ko lang kayo miss, love ko kayong lahat."