Support and understanding is what master rapper and Eat Bulaga co-host Francis Magalona needs right now and that is what daughter Maxene needs as well. Since the announcement of Francis M's condition in Eat Bulaga!, rumors began circulating that the rapper was already weak and bedridden, prompting Maxene to react and speak her mind about the issue.
"Contrary to reports na sinasabi na very weak already, nakaratay na, e, that's not true," Maxene told Startalk. "At first, siyempre, I was devastated and I kept crying. I'm still sad about it, I won't deny that. But I'm keeping it together kasi siyempre I have my work and I need to be strong for my family and my dad."
"Actually, my very first visit to the hospital, my dad was at the ICU and okey naman kami. Walang problema and he is very, very strong and very happy. He's very strong right now and he is preparing for his treatment. Mag-i-start ang treatment niya very soon, so, he's excited about it and we're all excited about it. And, hindi totoo yung reports na he's very weak already and kalbo na daw siya. It's not true. He is very much in shape."
SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC. For Maxene, support from friends and fans of her dad makes them stronger.
"Actually, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who went to Medical City blood bank who donated blood and platelets," a grateful Maxene said. "When the news broke out, ang dami talagang pumunta, even the people we don't know. To the Eat Bulaga! family, thank you so much. Ang dami talagang natutulong ng EB sa family namin. Thank you so much for being there and supporting my dad 100 percent."
"Naiiyak siya," Maxene said. "Lalo na yung nakita niya yung mga signs [of support] from the audience. Actually, he was crying tears of joy. He was happy to see that all the people were so supportive and they were staying strong for him. So talagang natuwa kami."
MESSAGE TO DAD. "Papa, I love you very much and I know that you are a strong person. Idol ka ng lahat ng tao that's why everyone's looking up to you. This is just a challenge na alam ko na malalampasan mo din kasi you are a strong person. Kaya natin ito and I know na kaya mo ‘yan. Don't forget na I'm here and all of us are here behind you and we're just gonna stay here. I love you so much."