Kahapon, March 6, 2021, ang ika-12 death anniversary ni Francis matapos pumanaw sa sakit na acute myeloid leukemia noong 2009. Siya ay 44 years old noon.
Bukod kina Pia at Maxene, isa rin sa mga nag-post ng tribute para kay Francis ang kasamahan nito sa Eat Bulaga! na si Michael V.
PIA MAGALONA’S THROWBACK POST
Para gunitain ang alaala ng kanyang asawa, nag-post si Pia ng isang throwback photo kasama si Francis, na sa tantiya ni Pia ay nakuhanan noong 1991 sa Enrique B. Magalona town.
Noong panahong ito, apat pa lang ang anak nila ni Francis: sina Maxene, Unna, Frank, at Saab.
Kuwento ni Pia sa kanyang caption, “Remembering FrancisM on his death anniversary, 06 March 2009. [heart emoji]
“Here’s a photo of us when we visited EB Magalona town (formerly Saravia), around 1991.
“Next to Francis are Maxene, Frank and Unna. In my arms is our then-bunso, Saab aka Belly.
“That statue is in tribute to Francis’ grandfather, Enrique, the senator and father of the late actor, Pancho Magalona (for whom baby Pancho is named).”
Sa mga sumunod na taon, masusundan pa si Saab ng tatlong supling, sina Elmo, Clara, at Arkin.
MAXENE MAGALONA TO “THE MAN FROM MANILA”
Isang mahabang post naman ang inialay ng panganay ni Pia at Francis na si Maxene para sa kanyang ama.
Isang black-and-white throwback photo ni Francis ang ipinost ni Maxene sa kanyang Instagram.
Pinamagatang “The Man From Manila” ang post ni Maxene, na isa rin sa mga tawag kay Francis pagkatapos niyang pasikatin ang kantang “Man From Manila” noong 1992.
Umpisa ni Maxene, “His passion for his artistry was deep. His love for family and friends was unconditional. His zest for life was immeasurable. The way I witnessed him live his life at full throttle is what keeps me going today.
“Today and everyday, I honor this man. Not only for his limitless talent as an artist but more importantly, for his incredibly kind heart as a human being.”
Isa raw sa hinangaan ni Maxene sa ama ay ang tapang nito sa kabila ng mga pagkakamali sa buhay.
Patuloy niya, “He was far from perfect and made a lot of mistakes in his life but I saw with my own eyes how he strived to always do and be better. No matter how many times he tripped and fell, he would always dust himself off and get back up again.
“He had a lot of flaws and negative traits but was never afraid to show his true self. He was a famous artist but never forgot that he was still human and treated others with respect and equanimity.
“It was through him that I saw how even though there are so many faces and so many races, everyone is equal in this kaleidoscope world. Everyone is equal in God’s eyes.”
Sa huli ay nagbigay ng maikling mensahe si Maxene sa kanyang “Pop.”
“Hope you’re having a blast in heaven, Pop! 12 years later, I can still feel your spirit guiding me. I’m forever proud of the powerful and inspiring energy you contributed to the world. Rest in eternal paradise. You deserve it.”
MICHAEL V. REMEMBERS FRANCIS M’S LAST EAT BULAGA! PERFORMANCE
Ang litratong ipinost ni Michael V. ay kuha niya kay Francis sa huli niyang performance sa Eat Bulaga! noong October 2008.
Bahagi si Francis ng Eat Bulaga! mula 1995 hanggang 2008, bago siya nag-leave sa programa para magpagamot.
Kuwento ni Michael V, umasa raw ang buong pamilya ng Eat Bulaga! na makakabalik si Francis bilang regular host pagkagaling nito.
Saad ng comedian-TV host, “This photo was taken on October 25, 2008 during his last performance sa Eat Bulaga. Lahat kami expected na babalik na s’ya sa regular hosting after that set. Lahat kami umasa. At lahat kami nabigo.
“I think a part of EB died nu’ng nawala s’ya. Pero a big part of him stayed with all of us.”
Sa huli, sinabi ni Michael V. na nami-miss pa rin niya si Francis kahit na matagal na itong lumisan.
“Still missing you, my brother even after all these years.”